The pink 16 patch was finished last night – in addition to being the 3rd quilt bound during my binding marathon this week, it’s also my 5th UFO finish for the year!
Now I know we don’t need a pattern for a 16 patch but isn’t it nice when someone else does all the work for us? This is the 3rd quilt I’ve made using these dimensions – the individual squares are 3.5 inches finished (strips are cut 4 inches) but what I love about this block is that they’re made from fat quarters and included in the instructions was a quick reference to show how many fat quarters to use to make quilts of a certain size. You KNOW I have lots of fat quarters … I can’t seem to resist them.
See how helpful that is? The first time I made one I linked to the tutorial but since then the blog has been deleted so I spent some time searching the Internet archives today to find a link to share with you. It took a while to load on my iPad so be patient. I have no idea if the archived copy will also disappear at some point so I suggest you print it out if you want to keep a copy.
St Louis 16 Patch tutorial from the Sew with Sass blog
This one was finished yesterday – it’s a scrappy Bargello from the Quiltville site but I didn’t use her instructions. I like piecing in blocks not panels.
Another photo taken in the back. Usually I photograph my finished quilts in the front of the house but Finn has me up and working earlier than usual and the light is not right in the mornings so I’m experimenting with alternate locations in the back. Our townhouse community is built around a courtyard and inside the fenced area from the photo yesterday and today is our patio. We don’t use it much because we have the front porch but I’ve got a pen and potty area set up for Finn right now. Once he’s a little older and able to walk on the leash we’ll take him out front or to the park to potty but for now he goes out every one and a half to two hours and thinks the leash is for chewing so it easier this way.
I snapped this photo in the sewing room yesterday as I was trimming and getting it ready for binding. You can really see the texture from the pantograph – Fern Gully. It’s an ongoing frustration that I don’t have the right light at Big Canoe to show the quilting on these. Side lighting from a window gives the best result.
The 3rd quilt is ready for me to hand sew the binding down. Progress is being made!
The taxes have been mailed off, the quilts shipped to Mom and my Aunt and my binding marathon started yesterday. First up was my sashed Rainbow HeartStrings. I really, really love this one!
I layered and did the quilting on this RWB quilt except for the border 2 weeks ago. At first I was debating how to quilt the border – decided that rather than a meandering design in the border, I wanted some type of straight line quilting like I’d done in the quilt center. Thought about piano keys or a chevron and either would have worked but in the end I just did a couple spaced lines around the entire border. I finished the binding last night and my oldest UFO (from 2008) is now finished!
It seemed like I wasn’t making any progress on my goals between getting ready for company and entertaining but I have made a little progress all the way around. I’ve knit some on my Shine scarf and it’s slowly growing. All the Dutch Windmill blocks are made and I’m ready to assemble the top.
The Simply Woven top has been quilted and bound. It’s my first UFO finish for 2017 and it’s a free pattern from Moda Bakeshop found at this link. I had two blocks in the center I should have turned another way but I wasn’t about to take them out. It’s pretty obvious here in the photo but not really noticeable when you’re using the quilt. It’s just one of those things that as you turn some blocks in the quilt you create other areas that aren’t quite right and at some point you think you’ve got it all arranged OK until it’s all together!
Great progress has been made on our running/walking challenge and Chris and I have hit a combined 100 miles on our 2017 miles in 2017. He’s running and I’m walking my miles.
It’s Pirate season here in Tampa and the kids are coming this weekend for the Gasparilla Children’s Parade. Our flag is out.
I also decided to make a Pirate ship. This might go back with Rae for her tree in her playroom.
Not sure what the appeal is but it’s kind of meditative so last night after finishing my blocks I decided to make a quilt block. Technically I guess it’s not a block since I didn’t fill in the corners.
In spite of having a ton of scarves that need to be donated, I have a little bit of a problem making things that don’t seem to have a purpose. A few might make it to the Big Canoe tree or this one might end up as a coaster in my sewing room.
The Dino Strippie binding is done and it’s the last finish for me of 2016. It’s also UFO #17 for the year!
And a little closer view of the Dino’s and my quilting.
The Frog Strippie is finished. My 16th UFO finish for 2016.
A closer view of the frogs and the quilting.
The binding is done on the 9 patch and I’m happier with this now. I looked for the photo of the vintage quilt that inspired it but have no idea where that photo went. The colors are completely different and the quilts don’t even look like they’re from the same block which is what I wanted to show. Oh well, I really do need to be more organized with my digital photos. Brief instructions and a drawing of a RWB version are on the website.
This is not a UFO but finishing it up this week keeps it from going on my 2017 UFO list next week!
I’m working on both Strippies today – I’m quilting some stabilizing lines on either side of the small strip so I can remove lots of the pins before starting the freemotion quilting. Since I’m using the same thread, I’m doing all the walking foot quilting first. I hate changing threads and feet back and forth!
I hope your holiday has been wonderful and filled with family and love. Mine has!
I cooked most of the afternoon and didn’t think to take photos until Keith was cleaning up. There are plenty of leftovers.
We don’t give many presents – but Rae got books and we all took turns reading with her except Chris I think although he spent plenty of time playing with her too.
She got a quilt from Granny (my Mom) and loved it.
I showed this quilt a while back when Mom finished it. I’d sent her a kit and we modified it – changing the appliqué to Owls and adjusting the size of the quilt. Rae made sure to test it out.
Becky was the lucky one to get the green hourglass quilt of mine in our exchange. Here’s a final photo of it now that it’s been gifted. I love how this one turned out!
The Strippie is finished and I’m hoping I get to see Caleb next week to give him the quilt in person but Adam isn’t sure of his schedule yet.
The label is even sewn on. Don’t you love this backing fabric?!
Two finishes today – this doll quilt is a UFO and my 14th UFO finish for the year – seems like cheating to count the small ones but they need finishing too.
And here’s the simple pinwheel pieced from a Jelly Roll (2.5 inch strips). I was afraid that this was too blendy without enough contrast but I love the blues and greens and am happy with how it turned out. Both tops were quilted on the regular machine with a freehand leaf meander.
The Tumbler Race quilt is bound – it’s a UFO started in November 2014 and my 13th UFO finish for the year.
My schedule needs to be flexible right now and rather than being home for a few more days as planned, I’m heading back to VA in the morning. Today was spent getting myself organized for being gone for another 3 weeks and a little sewing, a little football, and a walk along the bay.
I did manage to finish the binding on the Drunkard’s Path quilt watching the Vikings beat the Packers tonight – I call that a win-win! (I’m leaving at 5am so no chance to get a better photo before I leave). This makes UFO finish #12 for the year.
I didn’t make much progress on assembling the HeartStrings top but it will be waiting for me when I get home.
Loved being home and walking along the bay in the evening.
Loved spending time with Keith
My 4 Patches on the Diagonal quilt is bound. It’s another UFO (#11 for the year) and the 6th quilt bound in my binding marathon this month.
There are two left to be bound when I get back from VA so I’ll definitely hit my goal of finishing all the ones quilted last month at Big Canoe. I’m anxious to do some piecing but that will have to wait until I return too. Today is for packing and figuring out which knitting projects I’m taking along on my trip. Hat #6 is already in progress and I want to get hat #7 started too. I’ve also been working on the gray Yowza shawl at night during the Olympics and I’ve started the ruffled edge so progress is being made on all fronts!
Binding #5 is done, it’s another one of my UFO’s. I love a double 4 patch!
Instructions and a couple other versions are available on my website.
I’ve got the 4 patch on the diagonal next on the list to bind but I took some time out to dig through my browns looking for binding options for the last two. I’d cut one binding for the tumbler but in the end decided to use that for the Drunkard’s Path and chose another one for the tumbler.
I don’t know where the last week has gone and find it hard to believe that I’m heading out of town again in just a few days. This afternoon was spent choosing countertops and the backsplash for the kitchen remodel. I’m thankful to have most of the choices made even though we won’t actually start the project until mid October.
It’s been rainy here the last few days and my walking has suffered although Keith managed to get out earlier today. I did get 5 miles in yesterday but I’ve missed 3 days (Sun, Mon, Wed). I have to make sure I get out the next couple days. The effects are coming slowly – I’ve lost 15 lbs and have toned up a bit but even better, I feel like I have more stamina. The challenge as always is to keep it up. I’m going to be traveling a lot this fall so I have to do better when I’m home.