The second project for April is finished – a fleece / flannel blanket.
The fleece is the red/black plaid and the flannel is Lightning McQueen from the movie Cars. This is a present for one of my grandsons.
The next project on the list for April is a baby quilt. I have been giving a lot of thought recently to the size of a baby quilts. I have seen patterns for baby quilts that run all the way from 32″ square to 60″ square. I decided that I prefer the middle road – 40″ to 45″.
I finished the Dresden Plates with string blocks today. You may have noticed the new name of the quilt – Broken Dresden Plates. Bonnie Hunter used pinwheels as a border on her Daylilies quilt, but since I used Dresden Plates it seemed more appropriate to use the broken dishes block instead.
As I mentioned before the Dresden Plates were gifted to me and they are all hand pieced. There is seersucker, lightweight corduroy, and even one blade of knit in with all the cotton fabric. I really like how this quilt top turned out.
This afternoon I cut the green fabric squares for Easy Street, so I will be ready for the next clue tomorrow morning.
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I finished the binding on this quilt several days ago, but finally washed and blocked it yesterday.
This quilt measures 57.5″ x 69″. I used several machine quilting patterns from the book Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters on this quilt. The outer border was quilted with Pulleys and the dark diamonds with Back & Forth. The light diamonds are quilted with large flowers.
It doesn’t look like I will get another quilt finished this month, but I am satisfied to have finished three.
The plans for next weekend include Easy Street Clue #6 and finishing the borders for Dresden Plate String quilt top.
Have you started thinking about your quilty goals for 2013? I have been thinking about mine!
Isn’t this the cutest Spidey-Frog fabric you have ever seen? I had this fabric for 4 or 5 years before I finally decided on a pattern. The reason that it was in my stash for so long was because I only bought 1/2 yard – what was I thinking?
Last year I made this little quilt top (37″ x 42″) and machined quilted it this last weekend.
It is a little hard to see in the picture, but I quilted a large spider web on the top.
Two quilts completed – two tops to quilt and one mystery quilt top to sew – no problem.
The second quilt on my to-do list is finished!
This top was completed sometime before 2007, so it is 7 or 8 years old. I don’t remember the name of the pattern, but it is from an episode of Simply Quilts. The quilt is 41″ x 54 1/2″.
Here is a close up of the free-form fans that I quilted on this top. I enjoy the texture that this design gives to the quilt.
If I made this quilt again, I would use more contrast in the fabric selection and probably add a border to make it a bit larger.
I finished the quilting on the third quilt top, and now it is time to put on the binding.
The Christmas Pineapple quilt top is complete.
Here is a close-up of one of the mitered corners. I like how it looks when you use a border print.
I thought that it was going to take me most of November to finish up these last two projects. December will be spent on the Easy Street mystery quilt and blocks for Sylvia’s Bridal sampler, but that is four weeks off.
So what shall I work on during the rest of November? First, I think I am going to machine quilt a top from 2004 / 2005. Then I will start a quilt using the Chopsticks pattern in one of my favorite color waves – red, white and black.
What will you be working on in November?
Hello and Happy November!
The 2010 Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt top – Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll – is finished and here it is.
I really like how it turned out and am very pleased with my color choices. This one will need to go to a long arm quilter to be quilted – probably at the beginning of the new year – because of its size.
It is hard to understand now why it spent two years in a box awaiting final construction when one week of serious sewing finished it. Oh, well I guess this is just one of the mysteries of the universe.
Now I can start gathering the fabric for Bonnie Hunter’s 2012 mystery quilt “Easy Street” next month. I plan on using the same colors that Bonnie used although the apple green fabric will involve a trip to the quilt store. There isn’t much of that color in my stash.
The Jason Yenter red and green fabric arrived, so now the Christmas pineapple quilt top is going to be completed.
I made this quilt last year –
The pattern is Amazing Maze from French Braid Transformation by Jane Hardy Miller. My original idea was to fussy cut leaves from the border fabric and float them through the quilt top as soft edge applique. However that plan did not work out.
The leaves in the fabric are small – only a couple of inches wide, so I would need a lot of leaves. I didn’t have enough fabric, I didn’t want to buy more to cut all of the leaves that would be needed, and cutting the leaves was tedious.
So plan B was formed – fussy cut large blue or red oriental flowers to applique on the quilt. This plan also was abandoned because the leaves said autumn to me and the flowers said summer.
Plan C – Sew down the sleeve and say the quilt is done. Some projects are like this – they change and evolve as you progress. You need to adapt or it is a fight to the finish.
It has been rainy and dreary here for the last two days which makes it difficult to take good pictures. So I decided that I would show you the Alphabet quilt in its new home.
All along I intended for this quilt to be a birthday present for JP on his 4th birthday. I couldn’t say anything about that on this blog because I wanted it to be a surprise for him and his mother.
Here is JP and his younger sister Emerson doing a close inspection of the quilt.
I promised Emerson that she would get her own quilt when she moves into a big girl bed.
The quilt looks like it will be well loved. If you would like to check out the further adventures of these two cuties, go here.
The Alphabet Quilt was a challenge. At 60″ x 70″ it is the largest quilt top that I have quilted.
One of my favorite things about this quilt is the surprise of the flannel in the middle of the block.
Every time I sit down at my Handi-Quilter, I am glad that I made the plunge and bought it. It has really increased my machine quilting skills and the number of quilts that I finish myself.
This week also held a surprise – I sold my first quilt through my Etsy store. This year has expanded my quilting in quite a few different areas and it has been fun!