Sunday, May 16, 2021

Applique Center Quilted!

The quilting on the applique center was finished this week! It didn't take that long since there weren't leaves to stitch in the ditch.


After the center was finished, I quilted the left side pieced block and the borders.


I should easily be able to complete the quilting of the 3" blue border with the yellow corners stones this week. After that is the row of pieced blocks.

I'm posting a picture of the flimsy before any quilting happened so you can see my progress. I have quilted to the top of the applique center, I've reached the beginning of the end.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Red Easy Breezy Blocks

Using 2.5" strips, I made 10 red easy breezy blocks.

There are only 9 in this picture but I assure there is a 10th block.


I'm using a variety of background fabrics.

Linking to Scrap Happy Saturday.

Friday, May 14, 2021

Friday Finish

Today I'm going to show you the finish of the 3030 quilt which was a BOW from Sentimental Stitches. I started piecing the blocks the fall of 2020. Here is link with more information about my progress.


Lori Null long arm quilted the quilt with an overall feather design. This picture displays the quilting the best.


There wasn't much of a stained window effect with this backing fabric. I purchased this years ago and just decided to use it. The quilting doesn't show on the back at all.

The quilt finishes at 57.5" by 64".

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Antique Star Variation

I've pulled an older project that hasn't seen the light of day since 2019. The original idea was to make Sue Garman's Antique Stars pattern. She designed a beautiful quilt, I love how varying the background fabrics make the blocks look framed in circles.

After I started piecing the 4.5" finished Ohio Stars used in this quilt, I changed my focus and decided to use these blocks in my own way. The stars were made in conjunction with the RSC in 2018 and 2019 but I guess I missed some months, I couldn't find any pink blocks. I need to piece 24 more Ohio star blocks, I'll make pink and black.

I wanted a center medallion so I pieced a feathered star in September 2020.

I placed the feathered star and the blocks on my display wall. I thought I knew how the alternate blocks was supposed to look like but this wasn't right! It was ok but not the look I was going for.


I decided to focus on the enlarging the medallion star to be compatible with the Ohio Star blocks. I knew I wanted a HST border but first I added background fabric borders finished at 1.5".

While I was sewing the HST border onto the star, I realized the alternate block I needed was an hourglass block! This looks much better.


Isn't it amazing what you can see in a picture that you don't see in real life? Time out while I get the seam ripper out and remove that bottom HST border.

OK, now the border is attached correctly.


Then I added another round of 1.5" background border then an 1.5" black border. This medallion center finishes at 27" which is the measurement of six 4.5" blocks. After typing this, I stopped and multiplied again, just to make sure 6 X 4.5 actually is 27. You never know, sometimes those numbers change!


I used the black fabric because it was used in the feathered star and because I think black brightens a quilt. The beige used in the alternate block is rather a blah shade. I have a good sized piece of yardage though and I'm using it.

This is where I'm at for now. I need to piece more of the alternate blocks and the rest of the Ohio star blocks.

I like how the hour glass blocks make a star.

I don't have an EQ program. Most of the people I know who do have EQ can't figure out how to use it anyway. I'll just stick with my calculator, pencil and paper.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Hands 2 Help 2021

It seems like I've been working on charity quilts all winter and spring. Thirteen quilt tops and finished crib quilts have been pieced for the Hands 2 Help 2021 Challenge

The 7 flimsies will be donated to the MCC Comforter Bash. They'll be knotted and bound by volunteers in November then sent to various locations where someone needs some comfort. They ask that the quilts be at least 60" by 80". It is ok if the quilt top is larger than that size but they don't want them any smaller.

Two String X tops have been pieced. String X is a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter's website.



The white blurry spots on the quilt are snowflakes.

This is a framed 4 patch.

















A fun quilt to make was this jumbo granny square flimsy which was a fun and easy quilt to make.

I also made five crib quilts which I quilted myself. They have been delivered to the daycare at my church.

A finished panel crib quilt was also donated to the daycare.


Sarah lists several agencies as donation sites for the H2H challenge. They are all good charities and need donations but I donate to charities around my home.

Linking to Hands 2 Help 2021.

Almost to the Top of the Center!

The left side block and borders of blue Stars Around the Garden have been quilted.



I rolled, look at the center, I can see the top of the center! Progress is being made. Sometimes it just seems like I am swimming in place and not going anywhere but I have been.


I rolled and quilted the right side border and block. Next will be finishing the quilting in the applique center!


Last week I was asked about the quilting design I'm quilting in the center background. Here are links to this design in two sizes, 1.75" triangle and the 3" triangle. I like this design for the background, it's a welcome change from crosshatching or diamonds.

I took our grandson to get a haircut. We went a little early so he could play at the playground. Where we live, we have many people who utilize horse and buggy as their way of transportation. Their children also like to play at the playground. I took this picture of our grandson standing next to the trash bin which is located next to the hitching rack. The shovel is even provided by the parks department. 

Linking to Link Your Stuff!, Patchwork & QuiltsKathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, Show & Tell Monday, Monday Making, Design Wall MondayBOM's Away

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Red Jumbo Granny Square & 16 Squares Blocks

I already have 5 projects in progress for RSC so what did I do? I decided to add another one to the mix. I had fun making the jumbo granny square blocks so I decided to make one in reds. It only takes 12 blocks to make a quilt the size I want since these blocks finish at 18".


The pattern for jumbo granny squares is here.

I also pieced twelve 16 block squares but I only had room for 9 blocks on the display wall.

All of these blocks were pieced with 2.5" squares.

Linking to Scrap Happy Saturday.