Monday, June 17, 2024

Planning Party, 2nd Quarter Check-in

Summer is here and not much time is being spent in the sewing studio but I'm still making progress. Here is a link to the list I posted last January.

Radiant Blues is a flimsy and has been delivered to a long arm quilter.


I'm sorry this picture has a yellow tint, I think the bright sunshine affected it. I didn't realize the picture was this way but the quilt isn't at home. You'll have to wait for a better photo until after the quilting is completed.

Dresden Stars has also been delivered to the quilter.

Hearts & Wreaths is completely finished, my first completed quilt in 2024! Hand quilting does take a long time.

I did start piecing the pineapple blocks at retreat in April. I plan to piece more blocks sometime this summer.

Linking to Planning Party, 2nd Quarter Check-in, Stitching Stuff, Oh Scrap, Sew & Tell,  Design Wall Monday, Monday Musings, To Do Tuesday, Midweek Makers, Wednesday Wait Loss

Thursday, June 13, 2024

This 'N That

I'm working on some odds and ends now since Radiant Stars has been completed.

First are some project bags I've made or partially made. Deanna gave me the pattern when she visited in April for the quilt retreat.

Do you notice that I didn't use blue fabrics, I'm kind of blued out right now. This project bag is the 18" size.


I ran into a problem though with the zipper so bag 1 is at a standstill until I get some help from a friend.


The next bag finishes at 16" and I used the same fabrics, I like the red and aqua colors. 


I used a white zipper I found in a drawer. It worked just fine.


I've also been doing some cleaning, sorting and organizing. I noticed a large tub on the bottom of one of the metal shelves and wondered what was in there. I opened it and discovered fabrics from mother's stash and . . . . some unfinished quilts!

Dots & Dash - 

Jewel Box blocks left from a quilt I made our oldest granddaughter many many years ago.


Also a bunch of uneven 9 patch blocks and embroidered blocks for a crib quilt. No pictures of those projects.

Mother's fabrics are going to be cut into blocks to make comforter tops then passed along to another person to piece the comforters.

I'll try to make the unfinished projects into small quilts, hopefully that won't take too long. I have several small quilts and other projects I want to machine quilt, I'll just add these to the stack when they're pieced.

Several weeks ago, Michelle (From Bolt to Beauty) posted about the scrappy stars quilt she pieced called Quilty Stars. This pattern was designed by Emily Dennis. She decided to gift the pattern to one of the people who commented on her blog that day and the random generator selected me! This looks like a fun pattern, I certainly have plenty of 2.5" squares to use.  Thank you Michelle!

Linking to Midweek Makers, Wednesday Wait Loss, Put Your Foot DownTGIFF!, Finished or Not  Friday, Off the Wall Friday, Beauty Pageant, Patchwork & Quilts


Sunday, June 9, 2024

Hearts & Wreaths Finish!

After five months of hand quilting, Hearts & Wreaths is completely finished!! She measures 78" by 94". 


Six hundred seventy-four yards of white YLI hand quilting thread was used for the quilting. I did not wash Hearts & Wreaths after binding but she already has that kind of scrunchy look that washing gives a quilt. Hobbs 80/20 batting was used.

Hearts & Wreaths was put into the quilting frame January 5, 2024 and removed from the frame May 31. I spent last week binding the quilt. I was very enthused about this quilt so the quilting went quickly, 5 months for a short stitched quilt is fast!


Someday this quilt will be displayed in the rafters but not until I have a chance to display her for show & tell at the November retreat and possibly the Sauder Village show next April.

I had no plans for this lovely Free Spirit floral fabric when I purchased it many years ago at retreat. It was on the resale table and it was love at first sight. I came across it when I was boxing fabrics for the move to the new house. That is when I decided it was the perfect backing fabric for Hearts & Wreaths. There is fabric left so the rest will be used on the back of another quilt sometime.

Here is a link to my first post about Hearts & Wreaths. The pattern for Hearts & Wreaths is located in Quiltmania magazine, edition #138. 

If you look at the picture of Hearts & Wreaths in the magazine, you see tiny little appliqued leaf clusters in the border. I can NOT applique things that tiny, my fingers just aren't agile enough. However I did use the little leaf design for the quilt label but the leaves are embroidered, not appliqued.

The picture of the label was taken right after I had hand stitched the label to the back of the quilt. 

Now the binding is attached, and it looks looks this. This yellow label is the TRUE yellow color of this fabric!

For now I'm keeping this quilt for myself but eventually it will be gifted to one of the grandchildren.

I'm taking a sabbatical from hand quilting for the rest of summer and I will not be posting next week. 

I will be spending my evenings appliqueing the borders for Blueberry Pie. But before I can applique, I need to decide what design I'm going to use, then mark the borders! 

Linking to Kathys Slow Stitching Sunday, Stitching Stuff, Oh Scrap, Handmade Monday, Sew & Tell, Craftastic Monday, Design Wall Monday, Monday Musings, To Do Tuesday 

Just one more picture, this time displayed on our bed.

Actually I have another picture to show you. This is my favorite block. Most of the hearts were not fussy cut but these turquoise hearts were. The butterflies are so cute!


Of course the yellow background fabric isn't the true color. Finally, after all these months I have my first quilt finish in 2024! 


Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Comforters & a Quilt

Other projects were pushed back while Radiant Blues was created. Now I need to play catch up.

First were 4 comforters that needed bindings attached. I did not piece the tops or knot them, I'm just part of the process by sewing the bindings then delivering them to the MCC Resource center in Goshen.

In April, Carolyn brought a comforter along to the retreat to have me deliver. It also needed binding. Comforters don't have a binding like quilts, we just fold the backside to the front and stitch it down. I use this tutorial I published last year.

Carolyn's comforter is beautiful and she had it quilted! Since this is a donation anyway, I suggested donating it to the Michiana Mennonite Relief sale held every September and she said yes. Since that is what she's going to do, I can't just fold the backing over to the front, it has to have a real binding.

Carolyn said she would purchase fabric and mail it to me for binding but I said I would use the fabric I cut from the excess backing. I decided to add some dark brown to the binding to make sure I had enough fabric. It doesn't really show though, binding is so narrow.


Maybe you can see it better on the backside of the quilt?


The pattern for Carolyn's quilt is Iconic designed by Lela Boutique. Her finished quilt measures 63.5" by 77".

We looked out the north window the other evening and we saw this doe with her fawn. Sorry the picture is blurry, it's taken through a window screen.

Linking to Midweek Makers, Wednesday Wait LossNeedle & Thread Thursday, Put Your Foot Down, TGIFF!, Finished or Not  Friday, Off the Wall Friday, Beauty Pageant, Patchwork & Quilts


Sunday, June 2, 2024

Hearts & Wreaths

Today I'm posting pictures that show 2 quiltings across the quilt. I hope you understand what I'm saying. The pictures show approximately half of the blocks, the bottom half. I'm pushing myself to finish this quilt, I'm ready to take a quilting break for the summer.






At the bottom of the blocks is the seam line. Last week I had quilted almost to the line. This week I quilted and rolled, the seam line is actually rolled. This way you can see more of the quilting. 

I only need to quilt the other sides of the blocks. Instead of rolling, I'm going to move my chair to the other side of the quilt and quilt on that side.

What does this really mean? It means I'm really close to a finish!


Last week I was in Wakarusa, the quilt garden is planted and growing. We've had an abundancy of rain this spring and the garden is off to a great start. Click here to read about the Quilt Gardens.


Linking to Kathys Slow Stitching Sunday, Stitching Stuff, Oh Scrap, Handmade Monday, Sew & Tell, Craftastic Monday, Design Wall Monday, Monday MusingsTo Do Tuesday


Thursday, May 30, 2024

Radiant Blues Flimsy

Radiant Blues is now a flimsy! Have mentioned how much I enjoy this quilt?!

I don't know why the white fabric has a yellow tint, the next picture should look better but it doesn't 😕. 

It was a very bright and sunny day, perhaps the bright sun made the problem?

I didn't realize these pictures were this way until I wrote this post. Ordinarily I would take new pictures but I've already delivered the quilt to Colleen for quilting. You'll just have to wait until it's quilted for a better photo.

Radiant Blues measures 78" square before quilting. The pattern for Radiant Blue(s) is found in the January/February 2007 issue of Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting magazine and is designed by Marsha McCloskey. 

I changed the pattern to make my quilt but the general effect is still the same. I didn't use Marsha's directions to piece the stars, I foundation paper pieced them using the 16" pattern found here at Threaded Quilting Studio. 

Radiant Blues was one of the projects listed in my 2024 Quilting Plan back in January. 

Linking to Midweek Makers, Wednesday Wait Loss, Needle & Thread Thursday, Put Your Foot Down, TGIFF!, Finished or Not  Friday, Off the Wall Friday, Beauty Pageant, Patchwork & Quilts


Sunday, May 26, 2024

Hearts & Wreaths

I've quilted across another section of Hearts & Wreaths. Here are the photos in whatever direction Blogger decides to place them.





This is a link to my first post about Hearts & Wreaths way back in August 2021. The pattern is found in Quiltmania magazine, issue 138. If you want the pattern, you'll have to find someone who has the magazines. They're no longer available online since Quiltmania no longer has a website.

This picture was taken several weeks ago and the bleeding hearts are no longer blooming. I enjoy these little flowers!



The hostas are growing. This flowerbed looks much nicer this year than last year. These plants were all transplanted in August 2022, not a good time for transplanting. I brought them over from the farmhouse.