Posts tagged: 2012 finish

Aug 23 2012

Hunter Star finished!

It is finished – except for the label.  It is hard to see in the picture, but it is quilted with stars.  When you first look at the quilt, it looks like cross-hatch quilting, but then you notice the consecutive stars.  It is a challenge for me to decide on a masculine quilting design.

I will be able to give Hunter his present on his birthday.  I can’t wait to see what he thinks of it.

When I was finishing the binding on the Hunter Star, a new project demanded to be started.  It wasn’t even on my list, but this cute table topper in autumn colors said “Make me!  Make me!”.   Does your fabric talk to you also?

The pattern is Crazy Eight Strip Teaser by Jae’s Attic.  She gives great directions along with lots of colored photographs.  I started this Saturday evening and finished the machine quilting last night.  Tomorrow night I will sew on the binding, then it will be time to tackle the alphabet quilt.


Aug 17 2012

First one finished!

The first item on my list is now a quilt!

This quilt measures 42″ x 54 1/2″ and the top was finished in December 2009.    I do have to admit that when I was sewing the nine patches – I didn’t like them.  I was sure that the quilt top would be a dud.  However the scrappy patches play so well with the black & white hourglass blocks and I am very pleased with how it turned out.

I tried a new quilting pattern – a boxy meander.  It was lots of fun to do, although I had to keep reminding myself to sew “straight”.  Here are a couple of pictures so you can see the stitching.


I have been thinking that I need to sew a red version of this quilt, but not this weekend..

This weekend I am working on the next item on my list –  the Hunter Star quilt.  I am over 3/4 way done with the quilting, so the plan is to have it completely finished by Sunday.

So what are you working on this weekend?


Aug 07 2012

Back from vacation

I had made a couple of projects, but had to wait until they were gifted before I could share them.  The first is a Halloween wall hanging –

This wall hanging is 24″ x 28″ and was quilted in white thread with a giant spider web.  I had so much fun doing the machine quilting on this project.

The second was three covered journals.  These were gifts for three grandchildren.  Did you notice the Star Wars journal?

I had a great time visiting family, playing with grandkids and checking out the quilt shops.  Enough playing, now it is time to get sewing!


Jul 04 2012

Log Cabin Finish for the 4th of July

I finished hand sewing the binding on this Oriental Log Cabin quilt today.

It would have been finished 4 or 5 days ago but I had some tension problems which involved several days of “unsewing”.  This quilt measures 42 1/2″ x 52″.

The picture is a little dark because of the rain, but I was so thankful for the moisture so I am not complaining.

Here is a future project from the Hot Flashes quilt leftovers.

In making the Hot Flashes blocks, you cut off the corner and add a solid black triangle.  Using the cut off triangle, I sewed the small blocks on the left.  I think that they are really striking with the solid black.  There are enough triangles to make 16 blocks which should make a cute doll quilt.  I have a few other projects to finish up first, but I plan on working on this one leaders and enders style.

Happy Independence Day


Jul 02 2012

AWOL Fabric

I came across this pattern from Moda Bake Shop and had the perfect fabric for it.  The plan was to use this alphabet panel for the middle, black with white dots for the sashing and a bunch of bright crayon colors for the outer part of the blocks.

So Saturday morning I woke up ready to find the black sashing material.  After spending over three hours searching through my fabric bins, it is AWOL.  I was so positive that I had seen the fabric just a couple of weeks ago and knew where it was.  Obviously not

While I was considering the fate of my missing fabric, I pulled a quilt top out of the pile to be quilted.  This quilt top was made some time prior to 2007, so it had marinaded long enough.

Simple quilting and some binding transformed this quilt from top to finished.  This quilt measures 40.5″ x 48.5″ and will make a nice donation quilt.

The black with dots still hasn’t revealed itself, so a solid black will take its place.  Of course, once I make the first cut and sew the first seam then the AWOL black will be found.


May 20 2012

Another Finish

I am really enjoying my HQ Sweet Sixteen machine.  It is always amazing to me how quickly the machine quilting goes on the HQ.  This quilt (48″ x 48″) was quilted in 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

Now that this project is completed, I wonder what will capture my attention next.


May 10 2012

The Yellow Daisy Quilt

I found time during my trip to hand sew the binding down on this quilt.

It is always interesting to me how different people view the same quilt.  The name of this pattern is Twinkle which makes me think of stars.  Since I made my quilt with yellow/orange instead of red, I was thinking of yellow flowers and springtime.  My brother looked at the quilt and said “Autumn” because these are the colors of aspens in the fall.  What do you think of when you look at this quilt?


May 08 2012

A Pink/Purple Quilt for Granddaughters

I finished this quilt a month ago, but waited to show it until I could gift it to two blonde granddaughters – ages 22 months and 3 1/2 years old.  It is the perfect size (52 1/2″ x 65 1/2″) for two sisters to cuddle under.  What little girl can resist a pink and purple quilt?

The pattern is Birthday Presents in the Take Two and Add a Few booklet from Atkinson Designs and the machine quilting is loops with flowers and hearts in a pink/purple variegated thread.

I am sure that it will be well loved and used.


Feb 12 2012

Another Finish

Today this is the quilt top that yelled the loudest to be finished.

All that it needed was the inner and outer border.  The inspiration for this quilt was on Amy’s Passions blog.  She listed the pattern name as In Flight, however I had no success finding it on the internet.

So I just started sewing.  The name of the alternate block is Electric Fan and here is a close up of the blocks –

I really like the focus fabric with all the swirls and butterflies.  This is an easy pattern and shows off a large print.  This quilt top finished at 52″ x 68.75 ” and was made with 6″ finished blocks.  It would be simple to enlarge the blocks if desired.

Now what color quilting thread to use?  Decisions, decisions