Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Pastors Attic Quilt, A Baltimore Album Quilt

Other blogs are posting about starting new projects for this New Year. I also have a couple of new projects I will be starting to piece but I'll talk about them in a different post. 

My main goal in 2018 is to finish up several unfinished quilts that are in varying stages of progress. I've made a list of 10 projects. Will I actually get 10 quilts all pieced? No,  but I'm hoping to get at least 5 of them into the flimsy stage and make progress on the others.

I will talk about each quilt as I work on it. I am not going to rush myself, just plod along at my own pace.

First on the list is the Pastor's Attic Quilt. 

The center is pieced and the borders are finally marked.

A start has been made, these are 2 flower buds on the first border.

The Pastor's Attic Quilt book was written by Marsha D. Radtke in 2009 and published by AQS. She found the original quilt in the attic of the parsonage in which they were living. I call it the Pastor's Attic Quilt (and she does too in the forward) because there are so many Baltimore Album quilts and I want to differentiate my quilt from the crowd. This book is now out of stock.  

Linking to - Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, Show & Tell Monday With Bambi, Em's ScrapbagLove Laugh Quilt, BOM's Away, Esther's Wednesday WOW!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hoffman Watercolor Palette Quilt

I bought the inside panel of this quilt from the resale table at the Jane Stickle retreat last November. I had originally planned to use it on the back of another crib quilt but changed my mind. 

I liked the panel and decided it deserved to have a chance to be a lovely crib quilt, which it did. She measures 48" by 57". 

I did the fun easy piecing before Christmas and completed the spiral quilting last week on my home sewing machine.

The panel is a Hoffman Watercolor Palette. The date on the top left corner (not shown) says 2015.

I put a pretty batik on the back. I had purchased this fabric several years ago at the retreat but never found the right project for her.

I liked the colors but my favorite reason for buying the fabric was the butterflies. They add a touch of spring to the quilt.

Of course this post wouldn't be complete without a picture of the quilt on a pile of snow in my yard.

The Hoffman  Watercolor Palette quilt is my first complete finish of this new year.

Linking to  Sew Fresh QuiltsMy Quilt Infatuation, Finished Or Not Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF!, Let's Make Baby Quilts, Finish It Up Friday, Free Motion Mavericks, Show Off Saturday

Sunday, January 7, 2018

First Row Quilted

The first row of Spring Fever is quilted! 

I took the picture from the other end of the quilt for a change. 

The quilting on the blocks is an overall design. I'm liking how this looks and it quilts fairly fast too.

I've rolled and started on the next row. I don't know how much quilting will happen this week, the dreaded cracks are starting to appear in my thumbs!

A couple weeks ago I made the comment about how the King Tut thread was tangling and knotting so easily. Someone suggested waxing it. I probably have some beeswax somewhere from my candlewicking days back in the 80's but I pulled out my little blue box of Thread Heaven to use. This has helped immensely so thanks to whoever it was who suggested it. 

Linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday StitchingShow & Tell Monday With BambiLove Laugh Quilt, BOM's Away, Quilter's Monday, Esther's Wednesday WOW!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Regatta Quilt

Roseanne and Peggy had a sew-along yesterday with the Regatta pattern. The sew-along was announced November 10th and the date set for New Years Day, 2018. What a wonderful way to celebrate the start of a new year.

I've used a jelly roll I bought at Calico Point. They sell both regular jelly rolls and rolls they cut themselves. Since jelly roll is a copyrighted term, Calico Point calls the rolls they cut a Calico Whirl.

The roll I selected has blue and blue/gray fabrics, the white strips are cut from my bolt of Bella Snow. 

I started sewing the strips on Saturday and finished the flimsy today. I really like the colors. I'm normally a symmetrical person but decided to the arrange the values asymmetrically.

I usually take pictures on the clothesline but I just checked the weather channel to see what the temperature is; 2 degrees, wind chill factor -16 degrees. Sorry, no way am I going to take a picture outside.

This was a fun, simple pattern to sew. I will definitely use this pattern again.

Linking to Let's Bee SocialMy Quilt Infatuation, Finished Or Not Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF!, Finish It Up Friday

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Quilting Progress

I've finished the row I was quilting. The markings are still there but you can see the quilting pretty well in this picture. 

Since the picture was taken, I've rolled and have started quilting on the top half of those blocks. 

There are 3 rows of blocks and they quilt fast. Will I be finished quilting this quilt by the end of January? Guess I'll find out in a month. 

The name of this pattern is Cabin Fever but I don't think it fits this quilt. I'm going to change the name to Spring Fever. If you want look at the pattern, click here.

Linking to Sunday Slow Stitching.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Last Finish of 2017!

2017 was my first year to participate in the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge and my first RSC quilt is finished! I sewed the binding on the 4-patch summer quilt yesterday. She's finished except for the label which I forgot to add. I'll get around to it sometime.

She is a big king sized but I like them to completely cover the mattress and reach down the sides. I had planned to curve the corners, but I forgot and didn't remember until after the binding was sewn on.

A summer quilt doesn't have batting, just the top and backing. Tammy Payette of Three Sisters Fabric, New Paris, Ind, was the long arm quilter. She did an overall simple medium stippling. I asked her if she had any problems and she said she had to watch the tension closely but it wasn't too bad. This is a picture of the back. The quilting shows on the front of the quilt but didn't show in a picture.

I needed to piece the backing. I was trying to make the back have an off side plus but it didn't turn out quite right. This backing caused me more frustration than the quilt front did!

It feels good to have this quilt finished even if I won't be able to use it for six months. I hope you enjoyed the pictures, it is cold and windy outside!

Linking to - Scrap Happy SaturdayQuilting is More Fun than Housework, Show & Tell Monday With BambiLove Laugh Quilt, BOM's Away, Quilter's Monday, Let's Bee SocialMy Quilt Infatuation, Finished Or Not Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF!, Finish It Up Friday

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Hand Quilting

This week I've concentrated on hand quilting and I've made good progress.

The narrow white border has been quilted and the first long inside border that divides the blocks has been completed too.

I've started quilting the blocks. Three of the blocks have been half quilted!

I know the quilt looks a mess with the blue marking pencil. I'm looking forward to washing this quilt and seeing what she really looks like.

I also took a picture of the side quilting.

The border seams have been stitched in the ditch. The light blue thread doesn't look blue at all. 

The thread is a variegated King Tut thread.  I don't like the way the thread quilts. I have to watch it constantly, I keep getting little loops or knots. I had thought I would try King Tut once but never again! I'll finish this quilt with this thread for consistency but I'm sticking with YLI thread from now on.