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A Week of Finishes and a New Start

I don’t think that I have ever had three finishes in one week, but that is what happened this last week.

First up – Batik Mexican Star (41″ x 41″), a wall-hanging from a Sew Batik kit.  This is the first Mexican Star that I made.

Just for fun I used cat fabric for the sleeve, although being stared at me while stitching was a bit creepy.

The second and third finishes are months 4 & 5 of the Whatnots Club by Kim Diehl.

Laugh Yourself Silly (15″ x 18″)

and Kick the Can (18 1/2″ x 18 1/2″)

It was great to get these two completed since yesterday I received an email that the month 6 kit has shipped.

My Bernina was calling to me, so I pulled out UFO bin #2 that contains parts for Smokey River and spent some time just pushing fabric through the machine.

Sometime in 2011 or 2012 I cut these pieces from a jelly roll and made 4 blocks.  Everything was then stuffed in a bin and it has been sitting on the shelf ever since.  It is time to piece this quilt top.

Have a good quilty week,


Simon the Hedgehog

This last week has been a mess – everything I touched on Monday & Tuesday went wrong and then Wednesday & Thursday was spent fixing all the messes.  Thank goodness that is history and now I can take a deep breath and move forward.

But before everything went crazy, I finished a small gift pillow featuring Simon the Hedgehog.

The hedgehog & flower is a laser cut applique kit from The Whole Country Caboodle.  The pillow was personalized with the name Simon to honor a beloved pet.

The Whatnots Club Month 5 – Laugh Yourself Silly – was received and quickly became a mini quilt top.

I have really enjoyed receiving the kits and making these mini wall-hanging.  Three have been completed out of five kits received, so I guess I had better get busy on the other two.

My leader & enders project has been growing slowly – extremely slowly.

The layout plan is for a 5 x 6 layout, so I am just over half done.  I like how the black diagonal lines through the blocks adds an additional layer of interest.

I was having tension issues with the long-arm, but finally figured out the issue.  After changing needles, rethreading the machine and fussing with both the upper and lower tension multiple times, I discover it was the bobbin.  To be technically accurate, it wasn’t the actual bobbin but how the thread was wound on the bobbin.  After putting in a prewound bobbin, the tension was perfect and Batik Mexican Star was quickly machine quilted.  Here it is coming off the machine.

Can you see Laugh Yourself Silly hanging in the background?  It will be the next one loaded on the frame.

The quilting-to-do list for this weekend include binding Batik Mexican Star, machine quilting/binding Laugh Yourself Silly and several other small applique wall-hangings.

Have a great quilty weekend,