Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Last 2 Weeks

Our daughter double masked and hand sanitized her way from Phoenix to northern Indiana for a two week stay. It was wonderful to have her here. She waited to visit until both the farmer and I were vaccinated. Thankfully neither one of us had any side effects from the vaccine.

I decided to take a vacation/break from hand quilting and just enjoy our time together. I also read a couple books, sewed binding on quilts, pieced some easy crib quilts and embroidered quilt labels. I've actually got the label ready for blue stars around the garden but no picture.

After a week of no hand quilting, I started again and made a little progress.

The center is slow going. I still need to stitch in the ditch around the leaves and stem on the right side of the big flower. And I need to get the stencil out and mark the space where I missed a line.

I also worked outside in the flowerbeds and the yard. The older grandson was on spring break so he got to spend time picking up sticks.

The crocuses are blooming, they're so bright and happy.

I wasn't home when the farmer put the cows out on pasture so no pictures of the celebration.  They enjoyed a lazy sunny Easter afternoon on the grass. The grass isn't very long, we're rather dry. 

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

Friday, April 9, 2021

Quilted Baby Quilts

The baby quilts I pieced in March have been quilted. Machine quilting is not my favorite thing to do but I kept after them and they're quilted.

Some quilters are able to free hand quilt beautiful quilting designs with their sewing machine. I'm not one of them, my quilting is basic. 

You can see on this quilt the border is baptist fan. The pieced center is quilted 1/2" from the seam line both horizontally and vertically. Those red blocks are actually pink blocks.

The center of the lavender quilt was quilted in the ditch vertically and horizontally then diagonally both directions.

This dark yellow quilt was quilted 1/2" from the seam line in just one direction and carried through the outside borders.

The center of the light yellow quilt was quilted with a clam shell design then baptist fans for the outside border.

I had a large cable stencil I traced overall the green quilt. It was harder to quilt those curved lines than I anticipated but it's finished!

Last fall I bought some new king sized flannel sheets. We use regular sized pillows on our bed so I didn't need the pillowcases. I removed the stitching then sewed them together for the backs of two of these crib quilts. I thought the backs looked nice mixing the two fabrics together.

You can see the cable quilting on the back of the left quilt.

I had an extra top sheet so I used that for two quilt backs. 

I needed to get a new set of sheets for the warmer days that are coming. Again I used the pillowcase fabric for backing.

I used striped fabrics for binding on all the quilts. They all measure 40" by 46" and have been donated to the daycare center at my church.

Linking to Put Your Foot DownNeedle & Thread Thursday, Peacock Party, Whoop Whoop PartyTGIFF!, Finished Or Not Friday, Off the Wall Friday, Brag About Your Beauties, Let's Make Baby Quilts,  Free Motion Mavericks, H2H 2021, Oh Scrap

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Blue RSC Easy Breezy Blocks

 Thirteen blue easy breezy blocks were pieced for RSC. I don't know why the pictures are slightly blurry.

I also pieced nine 16 block squares.

Linking to Scrap Happy Saturday

Friday, April 2, 2021

Peacock Moda Love Star

The peacock Moda Love star quilt is back from the long arm quilters at Calico Point. I selected an overall quilting design with curliques and hearts. I think it looks very nice.

The color isn't true in this photo, it's more purple colored. I had this problem when I showed the pieced flimsy. Roseanne suggested I show some blue fabric which I did in this picture, it helped some but it's still not the true color.

A bed picture which shows the quilting texture.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Still Hand Quilting

 I finished the row I was quilting the last time I posted but I didn't take a picture, The quilting on the borders always look the same. Today I'm showing you the quilting from the next row.

See the large flower in the applique section? That is the center of the quilt, I'm halfway finished with the quilting!!

Click here for the Stars Around the Garden pattern.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanette, SharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnie, and Sherrie

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

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Dancing Stars

Six green Dancing Stars were pieced this month. I was surprised by the variety of greens in the solids box. The center blocks have darker green that is harder to see in the pictures.

While I was rooting through the solids box, I came across some black fabrics to be used. I wasn't sure though if they were black or a very very dark navy blue. I used them anyway, the variation of background fabric will add some character to the quilt.

The pattern for Dancing Stars can be found here.

Linking to Scrap Happy Saturday