Sunday, February 18, 2018

Pastor's Attic Quilt, Still Appliqueing!

The second border for the Pastor's Attic quilt is finished and I've attached the two borders to the center body. I'm very pleased with the way the border looks.

I've started working on the next two borders. 

I haven't been hand quilting my quilt since my last post about Spring Fever. The hand quilters from my guild have been working hard at finishing up the quilt for this year's Michiana (Michigan/Indiana) Mennonite Relief Sale. The sale isn't until September but we want this quilt finished so we can work on our own projects.

The quilt stitched hard and my fingers got so sore. By the time they didn't hurt anymore, it was time to go quilt again.

Saturdays were all day quilting. Yesterday we finished the quilt! Happy Dance!! I finally remembered to take my camera along so I could take pictures.

The quilt is queen sized and has 800 yards of quilting thread. Rhoda and Kathy, who pieced this quilt, put 2 patterns together and came up with this design. I don't remember the name.

It needs binding and other tweaking but my contribution is finished. Now I can quilt again on Spring Fever.

Linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday StitchingQuilting is More Fun than Housework, Show & Tell Monday With Bambi, Em's ScrapbagLove Laugh Quilt, BOM's Away, Quilter's Monday, Esther's Wednesday WOW!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sweet Surrender Progress

 The pieced triangles for Sweet Surrender are all pieced and trimmed! The applique blocks have also been trimmed along with the half triangles. Now I just need to start sewing the bias edges.

I started appliqueing the blocks two years ago in January 2016 and finished them in June 2016. I don't know why I procrastinated on piecing the triangles for so long but, now they're finished! 

I get comments and emails asking where they can get the Sweet Surrender pattern. The only place I know to purchase the pattern is Material Obsession in Australia but Nanette has a Sweet Surrender pattern that she has listed for sale on her last post. Contact her about the price. Update - Nanette's Sweet Surrender pattern has been sold but still has other patterns available.

The flowers are not made with regular hexagons, they're made with a Hexden shape. I got my EPP papers from Paper Pieces.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Pastor's Attic Quilt, First Border Finished

The first border for the Pastor's Attic Quilt is finished. When the other side is completed, I'll sew them onto the center body. I'm very pleased with the way it looks.

I haven't been hand quilting Spring Fever much the last ten days or so. The hand quilters in my guild have really been working hard to finish the quilting on the guild's contribution to this fall's Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale. 

Linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, Show & Tell Monday With Bambi, Em's ScrapbagLove Laugh QuiltBOM's Away, Quilter's Monday, Esther's Wednesday WOW!, Jo's Junction, Let's Bee Social

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Bricks & Stepping Stones

I've been working hard on some of my long time unfinished projects but sometimes you just have to start something new. I have several new projects in the plans for this year. One of the new quilts I'm starting is Bricks & Stepping Stones, a free pattern from the Quiltville site.

I looked through all of Bonnie's free patterns and decided this was the easiest pattern on the list. I'm trying to use up older fabrics. In 2017 I pulled all the odds and ends of black fabrics, cut them into strips and stripped pieced them into 4 squares. See the cream fabric used with the black? That fabric is from mom's stash, she died 11 years ago. Who knows how long she had it. It is time to get some of these older fabrics used!
Whoops, wait a minute! Ok, I'm back. I just noticed I had sewn the 4-patches onto the rectangles incorrectly. This is the correct version.

I don't know how fast this quilt will come along. Hopefully I will have made a dent in the stash by the end of the year. And if you were wondering, this is one of the quilts on my list of 10.

I've been sewing the 4-patches onto rectangles as I sewed Sweet Surrender triangles. This is what I've sewn so far.

I've cut a lot of older fabrics with the intentions of sewing an autumn comforter. The browns are sewn and I've started started sewing the 4-patches onto this stack.

I'll sew the rectangles together when this pile is reduced and see how many blocks I have.

Linking to Oh Scrap!, Show & Tell Monday With Bambi, Em's ScrapbagLove Laugh Quilt, BOM's Away, Quilter's Monday, Jo's Country Junction, Sew Fresh Quilts, Sew Stitch Snap ShareMy Quilt Infatuation, Finished Or Not Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF!, Finish It Up Friday, Show Off Saturday

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sweet Surrender; the Triangles

I have hand quilting and hand applique for slow stitching work but I also have a project to sew with my sewing machine.

Sweet Surrender is another quilt on my list of 10 to be sewn into a flimsy in 2018. The applique triangles have been completed for probably a year. I have been procrastinating on piecing the pieced triangles but now I've started! 

The triangles are not trimmed. I'll trim all of them at the same time and cut the applique triangles apart too.

Sweet Surrender was designed by Susanne Cody. You can read about my Sweet Surrender journey here.

Linking to Sew Fresh QuiltsEsther's Wednesday WOW!, UFO Challenge, My Quilt Infatuation, Finished Or Not Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF!, Finish It Up Friday, Show Off Saturday, Quilting is More Fun Then Housework.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Hand Quilting & Applique

The middle row of Spring Fever has been quilted. 

Left side.

Center blocks.

Right side.

What I'm quilting now.

I'm still frustrated by the King Tut thread. Using Thread Heaven has helped immensely but there are still too many knots and loops. I'll never use this thread again!

Evenings are when I like to applique. I'm working on the first two borders of the Pastor's Attic quilt. I know, poor quality photo.

Yes, it is going to be straight vine appliqued. Every time I tried to envision a curved vine in my mind, the vine straightens into a straight line so that's the way it is going to be.

Linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, Show & Tell Monday With Bambi, BOM's Away, Esther's Wednesday WOW!.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Giant Churn Dash Crib Quilt

Last November I pieced a giant churn dash crib quilt to demonstrate spiral quilting at a guild meeting. That meeting was Monday evening. It was a short demonstration but the members learned how to get started. I've finished the quilting, added the binding and now I have a  finish. 

He measures 48" by 54", a nice sized crib quilt.

The white fabric has small pink dots. I was rather disappointed that the fabric was rather blah. I added a flange binding and the aqua fabric added some zing to the outside edge and woke up the dots! 

I sewed leftover fabric together to make the backing.

Now I can go check this project off the list.

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