Sunday, May 19, 2019

Weeds N Tweeds

A new hand quilting project is in the frame.

Many years ago I purchased a panel called Weeds N Tweeds from a local fabric store. There was a pattern in a quilting magazine on how to finish the panel but I didn't think that was necessary.


I added simple straight borders to my panel. I wanted looking through the window to be the center of attention, not the borders.


For the quilting, I'm experimenting with using thicker thread in varying colors, mainly Sulky #12. 

I started quilting the first border in one color thread then switched to darker color. One really nice thing about using larger thread is that it is much easier to remove the quilting stitches.



The 2nd border looks like this.

I've marked the borders with a white Sewline Fabric Pencil. 

After I'm completely finished with the quilting and binding, I'll mist water on what markings are still on the fabrics.


I'm going to free hand quilt the scene through the window using a variety of threads. I don't know if you can see but I did make black french knots on some of the flowers before quilting.

This is going to be a very slow quilting project. I won't be quilting everyday like I did on the Pastor's Attic quilt. I have three main goals with this wallhanging: 1. To finish an old project. 2. Keep my fingertips in quilting shape. 3. See how I like working with thicker thread.


Linking to Peacock PartyKathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, Bambi's Show & Tell Monday, Monday MakingDesign Wall MondayBOM's AwayMoving It Forward


Thursday, May 16, 2019

More Hands 2 Help 2019 Challenge

Two more flimsys are finished for the Hands 2 Help 2019 Challenge. They will be donated to the MCC Comforter Bash along with the other two I completed in April! They don't need to be quilted because they'll be knotted at the 'bash'.


The string stars that I started sewing together at retreat are finished and sewn into a 60" by 86" flimsy. 


And a clothesline view.
The other flimsy is a log cabin. It measures 61" by 83". It's OK if they're a little larger than the required 60" by 80" they request. They just can't be smaller than that size.


You can tell the dark strings came from the same box.

Linking to Needle & Thread Thursday, Peacock PartyTGIFF!, Brag About Your Beauties, Finished Or Not Friday, Hands 2 Help 2019, Oh Scrap

Here are some pictures from around the farm.
In spite of what the "experts" say, this bleeding heart loves the full sun on the west side of our house. 

It's about 3 feet tall and has been in this spot for many years.


This bleeding heart on the east side of the house has quite a ways to grow. It's  way behind the other one but when it starts blooming, it will bloom into July. It only gets direct light in the early morning.


These heifers are glad to be out on pasture. They love the fresh grass.


The bull is enjoying the grazing too.

It's the middle of May and farming should be going full force now but northern Indiana has had so much rain that we can't get in the fields. Enforced patience isn't fun!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The Pastor's Attic Quilt, the Last Post

My Pastor's Attic quilt is completely finished, including the label.


The Pastor's Attic quilt is a Baltimore Album quilt replicated by Marsha D. Radke.

Most Baltimore Album quilts are red/green/yellow but I couldn't bring myself to use those colors. When I saw these blacks, beiges and reds on display at the Pumpkinvine quilt shop, I knew I had found my colors.


I appliqued this first block in November 2015 and now 3-1/2 years later, the quilt is completely finished.

You may read about the start of this quilt on my Word Press blog.
The entire quilt displayed on my clothesline. 

The quilting started on October 5, 2018 and took me 29 weeks and 885 yards of thread to quilt. If you count the weeks on a calendar you'll see it is 30 weeks but I'm not counting the week I took off to hand quilt the medallion on Wilfred & Cloves.


I made a few changes to the quilt blocks. There were 2 blocks which I didn't like so I didn't make them. This block was a substitute for one of them.


I appliqued a red block in this same design as the above black one.


I also changed the border. If you click on the link of the Pastor's Attic above, you'll see that the border is actually appliqued in a zig-zag setting. I didn't like that zig-zag. When I said I planned to change the border, I had some people commented they liked it the zig-zag way. Fine, put it on your own quilt, I don't care. But this is MY quilt so I set the borders MY way!


View of the border while laying on bed.


Another change I made was the corner of the border. I've used a block from the 1857 quilt from Sentimental Stitches.

I decreased the size from the original pattern.


Close ups of quilting stencils. The pictures all got run together but you can see the designs just fine.

Marsha included a design for the label. Her version has
appliqued flowers and leaves. My applique skills are not oriented towards teeny, tiny applique so I opted for embroidery.

You can read about my Pastor's Attic Quilt adventure, a Baltimore Album Quilt here.

This is a link to the book on Amazon Prime. I'm sure you can track it down other places too. As you can see, the price is all over the place. 

I'm pleased with my quilt and my accomplishment. I have always wanted to make a totally appliqued quilt, now I have!

Linking to Peacock Party, Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, Oh Scrap, Bambi's Show & Tell Monday, Monday MakingDesign Wall MondayBOM's AwayMoving It Forward

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Metro Rings

I don't know about you but I have a list of quilts I want to make someday. One of the quilts on this list is a double wedding ring.

This last winter Jo Kramer from Jo's Country Junction had a Double Wedding Ring Along. I thought about joining in but didn't, it just looked too time consuming so I went a different route.


When I was in Utah last summer, I purchased the Metro Rings pattern at one of the stores we visited. Metro Rings is a modern version of the double wedding ring.

To make Metro Rings you do need the Quick Curve Ruler


The fun quick method of this quilt is you sew strips together and then cut the curves with the ruler! I sewed the strips and cut all the curved sections before I went to the Jane Stickle retreat. I sewed the blocks and the body together at retreat! These went together so easily, a lot more easy than a traditional double wedding ring would have.

Another quilter at my table was keeping tabs on my progress after I explained the process to her. Our retreat started on Wednesday afternoon. By Friday afternoon I had the center all sewn together. She was very impressed and purchased the pattern and ruler from me as I didn't have plans on making a second quilt.

I added the borders on my own. My flimsy measures 70-1/2" by 89-1/2". Now I can check a double wedding ring quilt off the list!

Linking to  WIPs On Wednesday, Let's Bee Social,  Needle & Thread Thursday, Peacock Party, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF!, Brag About Your Beauties, Finished Or Not Friday

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Finished Quilting Pastor's Attic!

It didn't take me long to finish quilting the Pastor's Attic quilt once I got home from retreat. The crack in my thumb was completely healed so I got to quilting again.

I don't have any lovely pictures taken outside. We've had a rainy week and the ground is too soggy to take this quilt outside. You'll have have to settle for indoor pictures.


The whole quilt.


Left bottom quarter


Right bottom quarter


Top left.


Top right.


Pictures of quilting motifs on the backing fabric.

The designs are easier to see in person.







A total of 885 yards of thread were used in the hand quilting.

Linking to Peacock PartyKathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, HQALBambi's Show & Tell MondayMonday MakingDesign Wall MondayBOM's AwayMoving It Forward

Thursday, May 2, 2019

May String Along

I'm getting back in to the swing of things here at home since the Jane Stickle retreat last weekend. I haven't touched my sewing machine since I've been home but I do have something to show.


My choice for strings has been to make log cabin blocks. For a change, I've been sewing string blocks. 

I used telephone book paper for backing. Never again! Next time I'll use thin fabric, too much time is wasted in removing the paper. And Yes! I did use a small stitch. 


At the retreat I sewed some of the blocks together. I had seen a quilt made with string stars somewhere online. I like the way the quilt looked so that's what I decided to make.

The stars are 28" unfinished. I've completed 2 stars so far, I need to make 4 more. 

I like how these are turning out.

Linking to String AlongNeedle & Thread Thursday, Peacock Party, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF!, Brag About Your Beauties, Finished Or Not Friday, Oh Scrap

Sunday, April 21, 2019

The End is in Sight!

The Lord is Risen! Have a blessed Easter.


The section of the applique border on the Pastor's Attic quilt is quilted! 


Now I've rolled and the finishing quilting has started.

As I quilt, I baste the top edge and remove the pins.

I'm sure you've noticed over the months of quilting, that I have left the selvage  on the quilt edges. It's so nice to quilt and not have ravelry edges. I know I could zigzag them but leaving the selvages is easier for me.

Don't worry. Once the quilting is finished, I will machine stitch, with very tiny stitches, where the edge is supposed to be and then trim off the selvage. Then the binding will happen.


This is how far I've gotten with the finishing quilting.

From the right side.


Working toward the center.

Quilting has come to a screeching halt at the moment. I've developed a very sore crack in the back of my right thumb. Since I'm right handed I used my right thumb for quilting. 

So, no quilting until the crack is healed. I know, I need to get some super glue in the crack. That will patch it up good.

There won't be a post next Sunday, April 28th. I have a lot going on the first of the week and then leave for the Jane Stickle retreat in Shipshewana Wednesday afternoon. There just isn't going to be much time for hand quilting this week. Good news is my thumb should definitely be healed after a week of rest.

See you in May!

Linking to Peacock Party, Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, Oh Scrap, Bambi's Show & Tell MondayMonday MakingDesign Wall MondayMoving It ForwardBOM's Away!



Sunday, April 14, 2019

Hands 2 Help 2019

I've signed up to join in with the Hands To Help 2019 Challenge.


I participate in the MCC Comforter Bash and make comforter tops for them anyway.

Two very simple 60" by 80" comforter tops have been completed for this challenge. I don't need to quilt these tops, they'll be knotted.
For my pattern, I cut fabrics left from other projects into 5" blocks which I used in the center of each block. The sashing on the sides are cut at 2-1/2". The block finished at 8 1/2". 

Yes, some of those squares are string blocks, anything goes for the centers. Crumb blocks would be wonderful too.

Feel free to use this easy pattern and feel free to modify it for your own use.

Linking to Oh Scrap, Hands 2 Help 2019Let's Bee Social,  Needle & Thread Thursday

Quilting the Border Applique


I'm still hand quilting on my Pastor's Attic Quilt. The diamonds between the quilt center and the border applique are quilted.   



I've rolled and now working on the applique part.








I can literally see the the end in sight! The top of the quilt has been unpinned from the header and pinned to the batting and backing fabric. 

This corner applique is not original to this quilt pattern, the pattern for this applique comes from the 1857 Album Quilt. I downloaded the free patterns from Sentimental Stitches but the pattern is no longer free. The pattern for the whole quilt is available for purchase if you're interested.

I did reduce the size of the pattern to fit the corners.


The left flower is the center of the border. 

There are still several weeks of quilting before she's finished.


I'm still counting the yards of thread but now I need to measure by the yard and cut it to length. I cut 10 yards at a time in 1 yard measurement. The way I keep it from getting tangled is to pin it to the quilt like this.

I pull the individual thread out from the bottom. It slides out by itself and there is no tangling.

Linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, HQAL, Bambi's Show & Tell MondayMonday MakingDesign Wall MondayBOM's Away, Moving It Forward

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Wiggly Whimsy Quilt

At the guild retreat in February, I pieced a crib quilt flimsy called Wiggly Whimsy. This is a free pattern (recipe) from the Moda Bake Shop which utilizes a charm pack but you can cut your own squares.

I've quilted the flimsy  with my Elna 720.

I altered the pattern by not adding one of the pieced rows. I wanted my quilt to be rectangular, not square.

The white in the center of the quilt looks whiter than the sides of the quilt. That's because the backing was pieced. All the white fabric came from the same bolt of Bella Solids.


My backing fabric needed to be wider so I added the extra row to the center. Now I won't have the stress of trying to figure out what to do with an unused row.

The back is cute in it's own way, it's a reversible quilt!
The yellow fabric was left from my Nearly Insane quilt.

The batting was Quilters Dream Poly, mid loft which worked perfect. I like to use poly batting in crib/baby quilts, poly dries faster than cotton.

I didn't mark the quilting lines on this quilt, just eyed my line. I guess you would call the quilting 'organic wavy line' quilting.


This is the glamour shot. We've been having drizzle so the ground was too damp for the tree stump photo.

I used a blue and yellow stripe from my stash for binding. The finished size is 48" x 57". I like crib quilts large enough so when you're up with the baby at night, there is plenty of quilt for the baby and the parent.


The plan is to keep this crib quilt until the perfect baby/toddler comes along to gift it to.

I recommend this pattern for a fast, easy project.

Linking to  WIPs On Wednesday, Let's Bee Social,  Needle & Thread Thursday, Free Motion Mavericks, Let's Make Baby Quilts, Peacock Party, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, From Bolt to Beauty, TGIFF!, Finished Or Not Friday