Archive for the ‘Completed tops’ Category
I wasn’t sure I’d feel like assembling the blocks on the design wall this weekend but I had a little time this afternoon before we were scheduled to go out to dinner and if I’d stayed on the sofa reading I would have fallen asleep!!
My 4 Patches on the Diagonal quilt – instructions on the website. I decided not to add borders since the quilt is child size as it is.
Keith got home late last night and has been on conference calls all day so Chesty and I have been hiding out in the sewing room. The daybed makes a perfect place to park myself with the iPad after finishing my task for the day and with Pandora playing through my JBL speaker … We can drown out the business conversation from the other room!
My goals these days are less lofty but deciding what I want to accomplish in advance for the week and the day ensures that I make steady progress. This week my goals were to quilt a small HeartStrings top (✔️), bind it (✔️), and assemble these HeartStrings blocks I pieced during our July RWB project (✔️).
Being adaptable is important in quilting. For this quilt, I chose a border and then pieced the blocks using colors from the border but when I was done, the border didn’t work. I had several options that I could have chosen but I found these orange and blue/green fabrics in the stash and decided to use them. If I hadn’t had anything else, I would have pieced a piano key border from leftover strips.
Binding is also in progress for the last of the Heartstrings donation quilts. Of course, that doesn’t count the ones just received this week!
I’ve been sewing a bit on this top as I bound the other quilts but today I decided it was time to finally finish it up. These were the blocks I made during our last HeartStrings sew along.
I don’t usually use 2.5 inch strips for my HeartStrings tops but since I’m making quilts in 2014 with 2.5 inch strips and since I wanted to make one similar to one Ann brought to Maine last year, I decided to go with it. I have a bin of random 2.5 inch strips and these blocks were made from those strips so I didn’t have to do any cutting except for the center strip which was cut 2 inches and the corner triangles which I cut with my 4.5 inch half square triangle die.
I finished the assembly of this HeartStrings top I started yesterday at the sew-in. Blocks were pieced by AnnG.
I always press these seams open to decrease the bulk from the foundation and encourage everyone assembling our HeartStrings blocks to do the same. It takes more time but the top lies much flatter and is easier for the volunteers to quilt.
I also finished piecing my Black/White/Blue HeartStrings blocks and they’re ready to assemble.
More of the same going on around here.
Chris, Becky, and Rae came for the day. Rae loves the pool.
With company coming and going I needed some quick easy sewing rather than something I needed to lay out so I cut and sewed another Quick Strippie.
Keith and I ended the day with a quiet evening listening to music and more progress was made on my Camp Loopy Project 3 shawl.
I had some time this afternoon and evening and decided to cut out and piece another Quick Strippie.
I also soaked and then pinned my Vortex shawl. I finished knitting this the end of April but didn’t have anywhere at home that I could block it. I’m using the guest bed since I won’t need it until this weekend.