The basket wallhanging is finished and measures 38″ x 38″.
I stitched in the ditch in the center and the pieced borders, then quilted a flower motif in the setting triangles and outer borders. It is a wonderful feeling to view a finished quilt!
Of course now it is time to start the next star quilt – Star Fusion by Janna Thomas. Even though the smallest size listed in the directions is twin, I wanted to make something smaller. I remembered purchasing a charm pack of oriental characters years ago, so off to hunt through my stash I went. The 9 characters in the pack are an Oriental Proverb that reads:
If we love nature as we love ourselves, the earth will become beautiful and all good things in our human lives will come to be part of the earth.
Since the charms are blue & white it was an easy decision to add black for the star points.
The Star Fusion directions also call for cutting the outer star points from a string set. I want the focus to be on the oriental characters, so I went with a single fabric outer star point. In fact the outer star points in these two blocks is leftover fabric from the Pathway Star quilt top.
At first I was concerned that the background fabric was too busy, but now I like it. I don’t recall that I have made a black/white & blue quilt top before, so this will be a first.
This quilt from the book Easy Pieces by Margaret Miller is now completed – binding, sleeve and all. The machine quilting shrunk it up an inch, so now it measures 35 1/2″ square.
This brings the count of finished quilts for 2015 up to 15. I just need one more and I will have reached my goal of 16.
My sewing area is a disaster of indecision. I am ready for a new project that is a more of a challenge – either a new technique or more complicated piecing. My current list is 1) Amish Wedding Ring in the Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Patterns book, 2) Gypsy Wife by Jen Kingwell and 3) Flags Flying by Sara Nephew in the book Not Your Grandmother’s Log Cabin. All three quilts are on the smaller size, so maybe I need to make all of them.
While trying to make a decision I have been machine quilting tops. The middle of last week I picked out 8 – 10 quilt tops to be finished. I don’t know if I will get them all completed, but I will continue working on them until I get distracted.
This is my first finish – Disappearing Frogs. I always have a hard time deciding on thread color with a high contrast quilt, so I used my old standby – monofilament thread in a stipple pattern. The quilt measures 38 1/2″ square and I think that the black & white striped binding was the perfect finishing touch.
And what is on my design wall? Another quilt top to be finished of course!
This top was made sometime between 2002 and 2008. Towards the end of 2008 I started recording the finish date of my quilt tops and this one was made sometime before that. It is from Margaret Miller’s book Easy Pieces and measures 36 1/2″ square.
The fabric on the right is the backing along with a quilting stencil that I plan to use and the batting is draped on the left side. I was tempted to use the backing as a border, but in the end I decided to go borderless.
The Pinwheels on Parade quilt is at the hand stitching the binding down stage, so that one should be finished in a day or two.
One of my goals for this year was to finish 16 quilt tops. The Disappearing Frog quilt brings my total to 13, so I am confident of over-achieving that goal.
Check out all the other quilt inspiration of Judy’s Design Wall Monday.
The Bloomin’ Peaks quilt is my 10th finish for the year. The top was completed in April and the quilt in May which is a pretty fast finish for me.
I stitched straight line zigzags in the green blocks with my walking foot and free motion quilted in the scrappy blocks. Bloomin’ Peaks measures 51″ x 64″ – a nice couch sized quilt.
Since I couldn’t quite decide on my next project, I am working on three. My leader and enders project is the cover quilt on the latest American Patchwork & Quilting magazine, Cascades by Black Cat Creation, and an appliqued Halloween quilt by Amy Bradley Designs.
What was I thinking to tackle another applique quilt? This one is all machine applique and it is just so darn cut that I couldn’t resist. I am half way done with the first block (a vampire) and will photograph it when completed.
The last few inches of binding was sewn down yesterday on Presley’s baby quilt. I am so happy to have it completed before she makes her grand appearance sometime in the next two weeks.
I don’t know the name of this pattern – I thought it was something like Big Block Quilt, but I didn’t find it under that name on the internet. Anyway the baby quilt is a nice size at 39″ x 48 3/4″.
As far as I know, this is the only quilt that I will have for this year that had a deadline. Now I can work on a new project – Pickledish Reinvented by J Michelle Watts. Of course I plan to add my own twist to the quilt so I don’t think it will end up looking like the picture.
Today I am linking up with Judy’s Design Wall Monday.
Yeah – My eighth finish for 2015!
The quilt top was finished in May 2009 and was an attempt to find a pattern for large scaled prints. I think that my fabric choices color-wise could have been better – maybe the trading the dark purple for a medium and changing the outer border. I wonder how it would look with pieced blocks instead of the print.
The name of the quilt pattern is Bellingrath by toadusew and the finished size is 49 1/2″ square.
I wanted some practice on a new machine quilting motif, so I used the same design on this top and the baby quilt. Of all the different phases of making a quilt, I am the most self-critical of my machine quilting, but the only way I will improve is by practice, practice and more practice.
The baby quilt is almost finished – just need to complete the binding – so I had better get to it.
I should have been quilting the baby quilt, but instead I machine quilted this cute car panel for my 2 year old grandson.
This quilt along with a bucket of Match Box cars will stay at my house for him to play with when he visits.
Now back to the baby quilt.
March has been a good month for finishing quilts. This is the 4th finish for March and the 6th finish for the year.
The quilt measures 42″ x 50 1/2″. This quilt was made with leftover scraps from another quilt. I have tried using software or paper & pencil to design quilts, but the best method for me is to make blocks and play with them on a design wall. That is the method I used to make this quilt.
Right now my design wall has two projects on it.
On the left is the start of a baby girl quilt which needs to be a finished quilt in the next five weeks. On the left is my current leader & ender project – Bloomin’ Peaks Quilt from Moda Bakeshop. The directions for the Bloomin’ Peaks Quilt called for 2 1/2″ squares, but I made my blocks with 2″ squares. All of the 9-patches have been made, so now it is time to sew the top together.
Since it is the last days of the month, I thought that I would check on my yearly goal progress.
1) Use over 125 yards of fabric – Have sewn 34 yards YTD
2) Track yardage bought – Have bought 23 yards YTD
3) Machine quilt 16 tops – Have 6 finished quilts YTD
4) Add no UFO’s – Done, in fact finished 3 UFO’s so far
Yeah – everything is looking good on the goal front.
Check out other quilting progress on Judy’s Patchwork Times.
Another quilt top finish –
This quilt measures 45″ x 53″ and is quilted with a black, gray & white thread. I used a quilting motif from my new book Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli. Here is the design I used –
It was a fun design and quilted up quickly. The hardest part for me was the long curvey lines between the spirals, but I was getting better at them by the time I finished the quilt.
This quilt also has a fun backing.
I basted my next machine quilting project today so that I will have four finishes for this month. Then I really need to make a baby quilt for the new granddaughter due in May.
Have a good weekend,
I have completed two more quilts in the first half of March for a total of four this year. The first March finish is this wallhanging – It is 25″ square with stitch in the ditch quilting.
The second finish is a Day & Night quilt from Eleanor Burn’s book.
This quilt is 40″ x 53″. This quilt top was pieced in 2010 before I started my blog. I like the sharp contrast, but the quilt is not one of my favorites and I am not sure why – it may be because it is a two fabric quilt. Anyway I am sure that it will find a good home as a community quilt.
I am also donating two quilt tops to a local quilt guild for finishing as community quilts. The first top was pieced in 2011 and measures 46″ square. This was a kit from Connecting Threads.
The second top is 50″ x 62″ and is one of the earliest quilt tops that I sewed – sometime between 2002 – 2005.
If you have recently received a Keepsake Quilting catalog, you will recognize this pattern. They show it made up in batiks.
Since both of these tops were pieced before I started my blog, I wanted a record of them before they flew off to a new home. I have quite a pile of tops, so it feels good to donate these and know that they will be appreciated where ever they end up.
There are more quilt tops to be finished this month, so I had better get to work.
Check out all the quilting excitement at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.