Archive for the ‘Completed tops’ Category
The BowTie top is finished although it needs a good overall pressing. I’m going to fold it up and put it on the shelf for now so I’ll wait until I’m ready to layer it. Not sure if I’ll quilt this one here or in GA. I mentioned in a previous post that this was a kit from Craftsy but I added an extra row in width and in length and narrowed the border.
I thought I’d finish assembling this yesterday but I had more interruptions than I anticipated so I finished it up today. Love pressing that last seam! It takes more time but I press the seams open on my HeartStrings tops to decrease the bulk due to the muslin foundation. The top lies nice and flat and I’ll appreciate that when it comes time to quilt this one.
It’s a bit bright and I wondered whether I’d like it after I’d finished the first few blocks but I do! Won’t it make a wonderful donation quilt for a child in need?
- I like scrappy quilts
- They’re easy to pick up and sew when life is hectic
- I LOVE that I can use all my leftover bits and pieces to make a quilt that will comfort someone during a difficult time. Frugal and meaningful all at the same time!
I’m settling in and I think it’s kind of funny that the same time last year after we moved HeartStrings blocks were the first thing I pulled out to work on!
Chesty is having another good day and we’re thrilled that he seems to be better. I know that his kidney disease will continue to advance but for now, he’s eating, playing, and watching out the windows to catch a glimpse of me coming and going.
I really struggled with how big to make this one – I’d intended to make it child size and big stitch quilt it but I kept second guessing myself. My go to quilt size is a larger lap or sofa size. In the end, I made myself stop at 12 blocks – that’s 42 x 56 – so I will plan to big stitch quilt this one next after I finish the Pinwheel and Rails quilting.
I also assembled another small doll quilt from the trimmings.
Do you feel compelled to point out your mistakes to others? I’ve been knitting my Brickless shawl too – I made a pretty big mistake last night but after discussing it with myself, decided not to rip back … No one will ever be able to find the error with it wrapped around my neck or shoulders, no one but another knitter would be able to find it and then probably only if they knew there was an error and were looking for it. And I won’t even photograph it and show it to you.
Do you use your leftovers? While I had the fabric out for the HSTeria quilt, I cut some 2.5 inch strips from the leftover fabric and kitted them up for later. A simple 5 rail fence is the result. Quick and easy and better than the fabric going back in stash. It will be donated when it’s eventually finished (don’t hold your breath! My tops tend to age a bit on the shelf before being quilted).
Working on a little of this and a little of that makes for slow progress but I did manage to get the 16 patch top assembled.
I head to GA in two weeks so I needed to start sorting what goes and what stays. Why is it that organization in my sewing room is a never ending task?! As you can see, I have piles everywhere – and the fact that you can see is due to my finally buying a light for my sewing room so now I can work at night and actually see something beyond the sewing table. I haven’t even managed to remake the bed in there after Chris and Becky’s visit. I will get to that once I pack up everything going to GA.
I sorted through the finished tops – 4 small ones will stay here for quilting and 6 will go to GA. I might eventually decide to big stitch one or two of the ones going to GA but I have more than enough to keep myself busy for the next 6+ months and I expect to visit at least 4 times this year.
I sorted through the finished quilts and started washing them – again some will go to GA for donation and some will be mailed from here so there are two stacks.
There are 4 afghans to go to GA for donation – 3 need ends woven in before I go so that goes on the to do list.
While I told myself I wasn’t going to establish another fabric stash here in FL I haven’t stopped ordering fabric online so that’s sorted through – the larger 4-5 yard pieces go to GA for quilt backs and I’ll keep the rest here for now.
Making a doll quilt from scraps left over from the 16 Patch sounds like a good idea but probably only going to happen if I pieced it while everything was sitting out … I knew if I put it away to do later, later would never come so I assembled the little top today.
The 16 patch blocks are all made and next I need to get that top assembled.
I’ve had a bunch of emails about my Sharon inspired HeartStrings quilt so I’m going to summarize the challenge and my process in this one post so it will be easier to refer people who are interested in making their own version.
First up, here’s the information about the challenge which goes through the end of December.
While we were in Maine admiring yet another one of Sharon’s planned HeartStrings quilts we decided to challenge ourselves to make our own version and invite other HeartStrings members to join in the fun. The guidelines for the challenge are:
Using a muslin foundation like our typical HeartStrings block that is cut 10 inches and trimmed to 9.5 inches after sewing the strips to it. We’re setting these blocks 6×8 for a quilt that will finish at 54×72 inches.
Choose 8 fabrics – I yard each ( not all of each fabric will be used)
All strips are cut 2 inches
Corner triangles are the same fabric on both sides of the block from 4.5 inch squares cut on the diagonal.
This is a planned quilt with the strips in the same place for each block.
You know by now that I’m living temporarily in South Florida and my stash and Longarm are in our condo in the North Georgia mountains so I had to wait until I went to GA in October to pull my fabrics.
My favorite way to choose fabrics for a non scrappy quilt is to chose a multicolored fabric that I love (this fabric may or may not end up in the quilt). In this case, I chose a multicolored stripe and searched through my fabric bins for ones in colors from the stripe. I chose 11 fabrics in total because I wanted some wiggle room when I got back to Florida and actually started to make the blocks in case I didn’t like one or more of the ones I’d chosen.
My initial 11 fabrics
Back in Florida, I cut a 2 inch strip from each of my fabrics and arranged and rearranged them until I found 8 that worked well together.
When I went to cut the gold, I found I didn’t have a full yard and was happy I had another fabric in my original 11 that would work.
While I didn’t intend it, it just happened that I had two stripes, two stars, and two dots in my choices … The different prints and scale of the fabrics were key to making my quilt successful.
Once I had all my blocks made, I needed to decide the layout — there were only two options which made it an easy decision.
Which would you choose?
I chose B because I found the brighter green more distracting on the edges of the quilt and loved them when they were the focus of the center.
This is definitely one of my favorite HeartStrings quilts and I had fun with the process and challenge. I think I’ll pull fabric for another the next time I go back to GA.
Can you believe it’s December?! I have two trips this month and some family obligations so my goals are rather modest.
Assemble 2 HeartStrings tops
Bind 3 quilts
Quilt 1 small HeartStrings top
I’ll finish up my gray shawl and continue working on my Big Stitch Quilting project. Walking is a priority also as we’re doing another half marathon in March.
I’m getting ready to head out for a walk and I already have progress made on the list – the first HeartStrings top from blocks made this weekend is assembled. It’s a smaller 24 block top that I’ll be able to quilt here in FL.
The last set of finished blocks is now assembled. Child size as it is, it will not get borders and I might even choose this one as my next one for big stitch quilting. If not, it’s small enough that I could quilt it on my regular sewing machine.
We’re heading to Marco Island for a few days and Keith’s nephew will come stay at the apartment to watch Chesty. We’ve been lucky that he’s been available and that Chesty has only had to go to the kennel once since June. Of course that meant that one of my tasks for today was to clear off the bed in the sewing room and neaten up everything else in the room for him to stay. Laundry is in progress, packing is next and then a walk is on the agenda for the rest of the day along with some more big stitch quilting tonight.
These blocks were pieced from my leftover strips and strings last November. The plan was to spend the summer again at Big Canoe so I set aside some projects to work on while I was there … Of course, the move was unexpected and I did not spend the summer in GA but the bin came here to FL and now this too is done.
I’ve got a second set of blocks to assemble that I’ll work on next I think. A smaller quilt and no borders so I should get that one done before our trip on Friday … I think!
Yesterday I added a row to my Tumbler Race quilt so it’s now 12×13 blocks. I love how this one turned out!
And while I was in the sewing room, I went ahead and finished assembling the Drunkard’s Path Ladybug quilt. I’m also pleased with this one !
Now to decide what to work on next. I want to start a 16 patch quilt but I have two block sets that need assembly and a double 4 patch cut out and started just before the move. I really, really should work on one of those but we’ll see what I decide after I finish my coffee.
I don’t love it but I like it OK … I’m sure I’ll like it better after quilting.
Keith gets home this evening so I trimmed the other 4 quilts while I had the table up … This is much easier than crawling around on the floor to trim them like I did in MN.
This is why my string bins will never be empty no matter how many HeartStrings quilts I make.
The table is folded and back under our bed, I even vacuumed! I would like to do a 3 mile walk this afternoon but Chesty is not feeling well so I’m waiting a while to see if he feels better before leaving him.
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.