Category: Flimsies

Mar 16 2016

Loco-Motion Quilt Top

The last week has been crazy.  Last Thursday I babysat three grandchildren and Friday I watched a different four grandchildren.  It is lots of fun and I treasure the time spent with them, but I spent most of Saturday recuperating.  However for the last three days I have made good progress on my sewing projects.

So, here is the reason that making quilts with recycled shirts was on my to-do list for March.

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What a mess!  I have been trying to decide if I want to dedicate a bin to the shirts or mix them in with my regular stash.  Right now I am leaning toward mixing them in, but I will make a final decision later.

After making a couple of the Nifty Thrifty blocks, I decided to make the Loc0-Motion quilt top first.  It measures 36 1/2″ x 48 1/2″, so it was a quick finish.

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I am very pleased with the finished top.  My plan was to use parts of the shirts in the 3″ and 6″ blocks.  All except two of the 6″ blocks are shirt pockets

031516C   (683x1024)and some of the 3″ blocks are embroidery or labels/tags from the shirts.

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I need to machine stitch the applique and then the top will be completed.  The machine quilting will be interesting since I won’t want to stitch the pockets closed.

The goal is to machine quilt & bind the Flags #2 quilt, stitch down the applique on the Loco-Motion quilt & make the purple Lincoln block – all finished by Sunday night.  I had better get busy.


Feb 16 2016

Flags and More Flags

Flags #1 quilt top was finished the middle of last week

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and Flags #2 quilt top was finished yesterday.  Both tops measure 61″ square.

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I made myself a few rules for these quilts –

  1.  Use all the flag blocks as is with no ripping out or resewing.  Done even though several of the blocks were extremely lopsided.
  2. Use stash fabric.  All the fabric came from the stash I inherited from my Mom.
  3. Incorporate the panel of patriotic bears.  I think that they add an extra unexpected touch to the quilts.
  4. Use the spools of red, white and blue thread for machine quilting.  I machine quilted Flags #1 this weekend.  When I was finished there was 12″ of the variegated thread left on the spool.  It is a good thing that I have another spool of red, white & blue to use for Flags #2.

The binding is almost completed for Flags #1 and the backing has been located and washed for Flags #2.  I have made some decisions regarding the Lincoln quilt, but I need to stay focused for a day or two more to finish up the Flag quilts.

Isn’t it a great feeling to have a completed quilt?


Jan 15 2016

Friday Update

It is always a challenge to juggle several projects at once, but I have made some progress in the last couple of days.  The small wallhanging that will be my first hand-quilting project is completed.

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As you may notice one of the bowties is leaning in the wrong direction and all the 4-patches were made with matching fabric.  I tried and tried to tell myself that it was okay with the incorrect pieces since I would be learning hand-quilting on it – but I knew that didn’t matter.  So I took out the borders and mixed up the 4-patches along with getting the bowties corrected.

011516B (797x1024)Maybe no one else would ever really notice, but I would have always regretted that I didn’t correct it when I had the chance.  Now I need to find some backing & batting and I will be all ready for my lesson.

I also finished all the embroidery on the small wool applique hanging.

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Since I used to do cross-stitch I have a bunch of floss, so it seemed like a good idea to use what I had instead of buying new.  When I do the wool applique I use two strands of DMC thread, but I wanted the vines and leaves to really stand out so I used four strands of floss.  The pattern also had embroidery for the flowers which I changed to a smaller wool applique flower.  I now have this top in a sandwich and am getting ready to quilt it.

The Dancing 4-Patches top is also a quilt sandwich.  I have been considering several quilting motifs and plan to start it this weekend.

The decision has been made regarding the new leader/ender project.  It will be Urban Cabin by Atkinson Designs.  I have a small bin full of patterns, so one of the items on my 2016 quilting list was to make a quilt using one of those patterns.

I don’t have any cleaning elves living at my household, so I had better get busy so I have time to quilt.  Hope everyone finds some time to quilt this weekend.


Jan 09 2016

First Finish of 2016

The leader/ender from 2015 is now a quilt top.

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It measures 54″ x 61″ which is my preferred size for a charity quilt.  I think the bulls-eye blocks add a bit of interest and movement to the quilt.  I hope to machine quilt this top sooner rather than later, but first I need to finish the wool flowers & embroidery on the Friends are Flowers wallhanging and piece a small sampler quilt for the hand quilting lesson later this month.

I also need to decide on a new leader/ender project – decisions, decisions.  Hope everyone is staying warm and finding some time to quilt.


Dec 18 2015

Star of Yesterday

Last night I finished stitching the last leaf on Star of Yesterday.

121815 (1020x1024)Here is a picture of the quilt on the cover of the directions.

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I am very pleased with the color design changes that I made to this quilt.  It feels great to get another item marked off of my end of year to-do list, especially since Strip Ribbons hit a snag.

121815A (1024x1024)I don’t like the darker brown sashing that I used in the top three rows.  It was one of those things where I wasn’t sure about it, but once I put in the horizontal sashing between rows one and two – no way.  Now I will be best friends with my seam ripper.  It is such a pain, but I will never be happy unless I fix it.

After thinking about it overnight, I have decided to use the block background fabric for the sashing.  That way the colored strips will look like they are floating on top.

Time to settle back on the couch with a good movie and my seam ripper.


Dec 09 2015

Bluegrass Frogs Quilt Top Completed

Yeah! – The Bluegrass Frogs quilt top was finished yesterday at 6pm.  The plan is to make the quilt sandwich on Friday and start machine quilting this weekend.  But what about Wednesday and Thursday?

120915 (933x1024)Well, today was spent visiting with youngest grandson

120915A (576x1024)and tomorrow I will be babysitting my youngest granddaughter (7 months old).  She can’t crawl yet, but she could wiggly around enough to inspect the legs of the coffee table.

120915B (680x1024)So Wednesday and Thursday are no-sew days, but very satisfying to the heart and soul.

I have a piece of black & green fabric with large bugs from IKEA that will be the backing for the Bluegrass Frogs quilt.  It would be great to finish out the year with a couple more completed quilts.


Nov 10 2015

Scrappy Something

Yeah!  The Scrappy Something quilt top is completed.

111015  (881x1024)It was a bit of a chore to finish up this top, but I stuck with it and now it is done – for now.  I will worry about the quilting at a later date.

Next up are some smaller projects – a couple of pillowcases to go with my Tumbler quilt and Mini-Lotus by Jaybird Quilts.  I have also decided on Bluegrass Frogs from Quiltmaker Sep/Oct 2005 as my next leader/ender project.  I am not sure if it technically qualifies as a UFO since the project box just contains fabric and the pattern, but this quilt has waited long enough.

I also plan to machine quilt another top, then resume working on a star quilt.


Oct 14 2015

Tumblers and Backing

The Tumbler quilt top is completed.  Doesn’t it look great on my bed?

101415   (1024x794) It finished at 81″ x 87″ and is larger than my design wall.  While sewing the top I was thinking about the backing and had an idea.  My idea was to enlarge by five the size of the tumblers.  The tumblers on the front are 3″ tall and 3″ wide at the widest part so the tumblers on the back are 15″ tall and 15″ wide.

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101415B   (1024x644)I think that this makes the perfect backing and hope to get it sewn together today.  The plan is to start the machine quilting this weekend.

Checking in with Esther’s Quilt WOW.


Oct 02 2015

Quilt Top Finished

The Pathway Quilt top was finished Wednesday afternoon, so I did make my goal of completing it in September.  With the two rows added to complete the stars, the top now measures 72″ x 82″.

100215  (907x1024)I also included gray triangles in the top & bottom row so that the gray border looks more friendly with its neighbors.  It will be fun to start the next star quilt – whichever one I decide on.

Until that decision is made, I will be machine quilting a basket wallhanging that was pieced in 2011.   I think it is about time that this one is a finished quilt.


Jun 11 2015

Cascades Quilt Top Finished

I had planned to have this quilt top finished last weekend, however that just didn’t happen.  The border fabric that I had purchased just did not play well, so it was back to the quilt shop I went on Sunday.  Monday and Tuesday were spent playing with grandkids, but I was able to attach the borders yesterday.

061115  (914x1024)The directions were easy to follow, however there is a mistake in the cutting instructions.  It says to cut a 12 3/4″ square for the setting triangles when it should be a 14″ square.  It made for an interesting design decision since the fat quarters that I used were several years old.  I decided to add strips to the long side of the triangles to bring them up to size.

061115A  (914x1024)This quilt will look great on my bed once I get it quilted, but now it is on to the next project.  I pulled out a bin with all the leftover fabric from the Bowtie quilt – time to play.