Archive for the ‘Completed tops’ Category
I couldn’t resist going back into the sewing room after Keith went to bed to finish assembling this little one. I’ve also decided this is a better choice for trying out big stitch quilting which I’ll do when I get back from GA so don’t look for the quilting to be started before the first part of November.
I could have replaced the photo in the post from earlier today but couldn’t bring myself to delete Chesty!
I’d said I wasn’t going to establish another stash here in FL but I seem to be ignoring that intention and ordering fabric (and a couple kits). I pieced this quilt from a set of fat quarters from Connecting Threads.
I never get tired of these Quick Strippies although you might because they were the easiest thing to kit up when I was preparing for the move so in addition to the two I assembled this week, I’ve got more coming.
I was going to free motion quilt this one on my sewing machine but I’ve been wanting to try some Big Stitch quilting and even packed a Tumbler quilt to try it on but I might practice on this smaller one first because the stitching is really going to show on the tumbler.
I always caution people to be careful when sewing the Strippies together when using directional prints. For some reason I had in my mind that these animals were oriented in all directions and didn’t pay attention. I was lucky I only had to pick out and resew 2 seams to fix the three rows that were upside down!
Bree’s Strippie – I’ll take it to GA to quilt and bind and give it to her when I’m there next month.
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 (✔️).
You won’t see lists of goals like in the past because the intention for however long we’re in FL is to spend my time more leisurely – walking, reading by the pool, working on my family genealogy, knitting, and yes piecing and quilting too but not at the same frantic pace of past years. However, that doesn’t mean that I won’t continue to focus on donation quilting and that I don’t have any goals … Each night before I sleep or in the morning before I get up, I think about my day and what I want to accomplish. Today – I need to walk, I’ll knit this evening while I finish listening to my current audiobook, and my quilting goal was to assemble the HSTeria top … And it’s done!
It will be set aside to wait it’s turn for quilting in GA but don’t expect to see it done this year. I’m still trying to decide how much time I’m going to be able to manage to squeeze in at Big Canoe in October but there are HeartStrings tops and some UFO’s ahead of this one to be quilted.
I did change my mind after designing the quilt and added a narrow inner border from a blue fabric found in the stash that worked with the other blues. And speaking of borders … How do you attach yours? Do you take the time to measure and pin? I do and I’m lucky that there’s just enough floor space in the sewing room to do it.
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.