Thursday, March 28, 2024

Planning Party, Spring Progress

It's March so it's time to see the progress I've made with the list I published in January

Tula Hexies is a flimsy, I'm planning to quilt her sometime this summer with my sewing machine. She measures 51" by 80" at this time which is as big as I can handle with my machine. I'm sure she'll shrink after she's quilted.

Dresden Stars is also a flimsy and measures 94" by 105". This quilt will be long arm quilted sometime but I'm not sure when. I'm also not sure who or where it will be gifted.

The anniversary quilt is pieced. I'll get it quilted sometime this year and it will be ready to gift in 2025.

Are you making progress with your 2024 quilting plans?

Sunday, March 24, 2024

Hearts & Wreaths

I am halfway finished quilting Hearts & Wreaths!!!!! See that seam line in between the blocks, that's the center line!

The pictures are posted from the right side to the left side.

I moved the quilting frame, I think I'm able to take nicer pictures now. The background fabric actually looks yellow and there are no shadows,

Here's a link to my first post about Hearts & Wreaths way back in August 2021. And here is a link to the Quiltmania magazine that has the pattern.

I will not be posting next Sunday.

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

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Sewing Comforter Bindings

I don't like knotting comforters, instead I have volunteered to sew the bindings using this tutorial

In the first part of February, I sewed bindings on four comforters from church. When I returned those four, I brought two more home. After they were finished, I took pictures of them to show you.

Comforters are different from quilts in that they're usually made with larger blocks and they're knotted, not quilted.

The comforter on the left has been knotted. Here is a close up of the knots.

The comforter on the left has been strung (stringed?) but the strings haven't been cut. That will happen later when there is a 'knotting'. Usually crochet thread is used for strings/knotting, sometimes yarn is also used.

The last time I showed a 'stringed' comforter, people said in the comments they couldn't see the strings, now you can! In April my church will have a snip & knot evening where anyone can come and help knot comforters.

My friend Elaine went to the resource at the MCC Depot and brought home 4 comforter tops and knotted them. I had told her that I would bind them for her. She was happy to hear that, she dislikes the binding process. We work well together, I dislike the knotting process and would rather bind! Here is a picture of the 4 comforters she knotted.

The two outside comforters are both the same design. The blue Dresden is cheater cloth, a pre-printed fabric. I used to see a lot of 'cheater' cloth in stores.

The above comforters were bound in February but more comforters have come to me in March. After I finished piecing the anniversary quilt, I got to work and did more bindings.

Here are three more from church.

The red one in the center was a top that was given to me. I added the red outside border. There are many ladies from church who sew bindings, I don't always get 'my' comforter tops back. These comforters will also be knotted at the 'snip & knot' at my church.

The day I told Elaine that I would sew the binding on the comforters, Marie was there and asked if I would bind some comforters for her, sure! I'm glad to help. The next three are from Marie and are also going to MCC.

Most of the comforters are made from large square blocks, 5" or larger.

But that quilt in the center was made with bricks that finished at 2" by 4". It was so cute! I've never made a brick quilt but if I would, the bricks would probably be 4" by 8" or larger!

So far this year I've sewed bindings on 20 comforters. I'm a small part in the process, last year MCC shipped almost 60,000 comforters to people who needed them. 

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Hearts & Wreaths

As usual, more hand quilting from Hearts & Wreaths.

Here are pictures of the blocks from left to right.

Last week someone asked if my fingers have callouses? Yes, my finger tips are fairly calloused but I have dry skin and I get cracks sometimes. Then I use a light coat of super glue. That seems to take care of the cracks.

Also, when I do any kind of hand stitching, quilting, embroidery, applique, I use a thimble on the middle finger of my right hand. I don't buy the expensive kind but a metal one from the fabric store. Interestingly, I need a smaller thimble in the winter than the summer. I don't understand the reasoning behind that but it's true!

Thursday, March 14, 2024

The Anniversary Quilt

The Anniversary quilt is a flimsy, Plan B was a success!

Sunday was a windy day but I didn't realize how windy until I tried to take pictures. The quilt on the glider went fine. It's up against the wall so the wind doesn't blow there unless it's directly from the north.

The quilt hanging from the display line didn't go so well. You can see the farmer standing behind the flimsy tried to keep it under control. I took it down to try for pictures another day.

I was gone all day Monday so I tried Tuesday around oneish. Again it was too windy so I took the flimsy down and took a picture displayed on our bed. 

The farmer told me let's try again around 7 pm when the wind dies down. We did but it was still windy!

Wednesday morning I checked to see when sunrise was forecast, 7:45. I hung the flimsy on the display line and took the pictures at 7:55. Success!

Here is what the back of the quilt looks like.

After I took the picture of the back of the quilt, the flimsy started to slightly billow and float upward, the picture was taken just in time!

The border around the carpenter star is 9 patches, both kinds. Nine patches worked perfectly and the border looks like random squares which was the effect I was going for.

I pulled all the purples I had and strip pieced the blocks. If the fabric had purple in it, it went in the quilt. The turquoise (there are purple blotches on that fabric) adds a nice contrast to the purples.

I used the 5" Moda Love pattern for the carpenter's star in the center. I did buy fabric for the star because I wanted it to be a single color.

The outside border is a dark blue batik that has blotches of purple in it. I have no memory of buying this fabric but it was perfect for this quilt.

This flimsy measures 96" square. I'll get it to Lori sometime this summer for quilting.

Another project crossed off my 2024 list. Now I actually get to start a NEW quilt!

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

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Hearts & Wreaths

Another week of hand quilting on the Hearts & Wreaths quilt. It's probably boring for you to see the pictures each week, you don't really see a lot of progress but it's happening. I'm half-way finished with the 2nd row. When the 2nd row is completed, the quilt is halfway finished!

I'm showing the pictures differently today, I'm posting them from the right side to the left. I'm not show the outside borders because I showed them to you last Sunday.

For some reason all the above pictures show some pink on the yellow fabric. It's not there is real life, the fabrics have NOT bled!

Here is a link to my first post about Hearts & Wreaths. 

And here is a link to the Hearts & Wreaths pattern in Quiltmania magazine.

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

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Anniversary Quilt

I want to start a new quilt project in 2024 but again, I'm going to finish piecing a project started in 2023.

When I published my list of quilting projects for 2024 in January, I included a gift quilt to be made for an anniversary happening in 2025. Yes, I know that's a long time away but I don't like to be scrambling at the last minute, that's not how I work.

I am using the 5" Moda Love pattern for the center of the quilt. I haven't used a charm pack though. For the center, I purchased purple fabrics so the star would be the same color.

Since I had sewed the HST's at the November retreat, it was a simple matter to arrange the various pieces on my display wall.

Then I sewed the individual blocks together into the star.

The quilt is going to be a medallion style so borders were added. It measures 48.5 now.

I thought I had done the math correctly and it would work to add 8" finished log cabin blocks. I did not do the math correctly, log cabin blocks are NOT going to work.

I've come up with a plan B which I will show you next week. 

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

Sunday, March 3, 2024

Hearts & Wreaths

Last week I had finished the first row of the center. This week I'm going to show you what I've accomplished on the next row.

First I quilted the side border on each side along the next block. It's easier to quilt down toward me than straight across. This is the left side border.

This is the right side border.

If I could figure it out, I would have the written information with the borders on the sides of my writing. However, I don't know how to do that so the pictures are kind of spread out in this post.

The bottoms of the blocks are completed. After I roll, I'll be quilting the larger hearts in the center.

There are two alternating designs in the corners of applique blocks. This design is called Heart Block.

The second design is called Feather Design.

The next two picture are the same designs along the edge of the border. First picture is the right side border.

This picture is the left side border.

Of course I have to have all the link! Here is the link to my first post about Hearts & Wreaths way back in August 2021.

This is the link to the pattern in Quiltmania magazine.

Here is the link to when I started the quilting. This post includes information about where the stencils can be purchased.

I include all these links because I like it when bloggers give detailed information.