These 3 were tops sent to me by Sue from my HeartStrings group to finish and donate. They are all quilted and bound. I don’t have pattern information to share with you but several people wanted a full view of this first one so I didn’t drape it over the railing like I usually do. You should be able to view larger photos by clicking on an image and scrolling through them.
I finished this Rainbow HeartStrings of mine on the 5th but am just now getting around to taking photos. It’s my first UFO finish for the year. My goal is to finish 12 which will be a little harder than usual since I only have 16 UFOs this year and I won’t have as much choice about which ones to finish. The quilt will be donated.
This was actually my last finish of 2020 but I didn’t get a photo of it yesterday. It’s a layer cake quilt – they’re definitely not my favorite precut but I did like this pattern and have plans to make it again with 10 inch squares from stash. Modern Square in a Square.
I’ve still got more of this fabric and you will be seeing it again in a quilt.
This one is one of our Sharon Inspired HeartStrings quilts. I made these blocks in memory of Marianne, one of our HeartStrings members who died earlier this year. She always participated in our 365 block project and this year we finished it up for her since she was not able to. We ended up with over 800 blocks – all going into quilts that will be donated! Instructions are on my website.
This L Block Charm quilt was part of our Precut Challenge. The border is what makes this one and I’ve had it for a while waiting for the perfect quilt to use it on. The charm squares are from the same fabric line from Connecting Threads but it’s no longer available. Instructions are on my website.
It’s funny but I get more comments and emails about my hand stitching binding than you’d expect. I’ve been quilting for 20 years and I hand stitch all of my bindings down with the exception of the occasional tied HeartStrings quilts where I’m doing the binding and those I pull the backing to the front and machine stitch with a zigzag or decorative stitch. It may surprise some of you but I LIKE hand stitching them and yes it does take more time but I’m always awake late and it’s just hand work for me to end my day with just like my crochet and knitting. I listen to music or an audiobook or occasionally watch a program or football on TV. My bindings are as sturdy and hold up as well as machine stitched ones and I just think they look neater too.
And now, here are the last four I’ve finished. I’ve finished 9 in December so far. All of these will be donated.
I finished the bindings on both of these last night. The Puppy 5 Yard quilt is made from a pattern I got free with a kit a couple years ago and I have used it 3 times now. It makes a cute quilt when you have a fun focus fabric. I found the same instructions posted on Pinterest. I put a soft Minkee backing on it and it will be a gift.
That’s 8 quilted and 5 bound so far for December so progress is being made. I pieced a couple backs earlier today and I’m going to try and get a binding machine stitched on and ready for hand stitching tonight before it’s time to cook dinner. We did get out for a 10 mile bike ride this afternoon and it was a beautiful day!
I don’t usually do a lot of hand sewing other than stitching bindings down but I really enjoy handwork. I guess it’s why I like to knit and crochet too but I haven’t devoted much time to hand quilting over the years. I’ve finished a few with traditional hand quilting years ago and a few with the big stitch technique in the last few years. I’ve enjoyed picking it back up in the last few weeks and I’ve finished another doll quilt. The quilting is simple – a diamond shaped crosshatching. I finished the binding after snapping this shot but I still need wash the diagonal line marks out.
While I’ve been stitching on this I’ve been listening to an audio book by Craig Johnson, the Longmire series was based on these books and I enjoyed viewing it a while back on Netflix. The book I’m reading now is taking place near Devil’s Tower and in Rapid City and it’s fun to listen to a story that takes place somewhere I’ve visited. Our trip to South Dakota (with a quick visit to Devil’s Tower) in 2009 was one of our favorite family vacations.
EDIT: here’s the photo of the finished doll quilt now that it’s bound and washed to remove the marks for my stitching lines.