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Machine Quilting Madness

Most of my sewing time for the last two weeks have been spent machine quilting.  The first quilt top completed was Dashing.

The panto-graph I used is Geisha which is like a combination of clam shells and Baptist fans.  This is the best picture I could get of the motif.

Backing surprise – a couple of extra blocks to decorate the back.

Dashing and Michigan were pieced from the same fat quarter stack, so once Dashing came off the frame I loaded Michigan using the same thread color.  My goal was 2 – 4 rows a day and the quilting on Michigan was completed on last Tuesday.

Hopefully I can get the binding started tomorrow.

Next on the frame was the Liberated Churn Dash baby quilt.

It was machine quilted with the panto-graph Ginger Flight.  I was a bit hesitant with this design due to the backtracking on the butterflies’ antennas.  To my delight most (not all, but most) of the butterflies look great.

Yesterday afternoon the Patchwork Basket wall-hanging was machine quilted in less than an hour.

I have plenty of hand-stitching for this week.

Have a good week and stay warm – it has been snowing here all day.


First Quilt Finish for the Year

I was able to spend quite a bit of time in the sewing room this last week.  A baby quilt (41″ x 56″) made with recycled shirts was completed in four days.  The pattern Follow My Lead is from Nancy Zieman’s booklet “Column Quilts”.  Her directions make a reversible quilt, however I stitched the columns on a backing/batting foundation instead.

Once the baby quilt was completed, I was motivated to load Dashing on the quilt frame.  After a couple of evenings the machine quilting was done.

I used the panto-graph Geisha from Urban Elementz.  This quilting design gives an open and airy feel to the quilt.  Geisha - Pantograph

Dashing is going to be a college graduation gift and I can’t believe that I will have it ready three month early.  Hand-stitching the binding is this weekend’s project, so I had better get busy.

Happy quilting,


Happy Holidays

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas filled with family, good food and maybe a little quilting time.

Yesterday I finished the final truck wallhanging – Fire Truck.

I really did not want this last truck wallhanging to roll over into 2022, so it moved up on my “got-to-get-it-done” list.

Dashing is now a completed quilt top.  I like how the secondary design forms around the churn dash blocks.  Hopefully I will find time soon to load this on the frame.

One applique border has been completed on the LBQ’s 2021 mystery – Michigan.  I really wanted to have this done by the end of December, but it is just not going to happen.

The applique is going slow since it is not my favorite thing, however I love how it finishes the quilt.  This is one of my favorite quits and will definitely be living at my house.


Juggling Quilting Projects

There are so many quilting projects that I am trying to get finished by the end of the year, sometimes I don’t know up from down.  However some small progress has been made – the quilt top Avignon has been machine quilted and gifted, so one down.

This quilt top was made in 2013 and measures 64″ square.  My usual choice of batting is Hobbs 80/20, however for Avignon I tested out Pellon 80/20.  It seems to me that it is a bit thicker than the Hobbs which gives it a wonderful texture from the machine quilting.

My second finish is Dump Truck – the third in the truck series.

As the other truck wallhangings, Dump Truck is 12 1/2″ square and the pattern is from The Whole Country Caboodle.  I had enough gravel fabric for the binding – isn’t that perfect?

The Tessellating Star top was loaded on the machine and quilted.

I plan to do a binding with a mitered color change at the two corners which will be a first for me.  The binding is a goal for this Thanksgiving weekend.  Wish me success!

Juggling ball one – the applique for the border of my Michigan (LBQ mystery) is ready to be attached.

I was surprised at how much fabric was actually needed to get all the applique shapes.  This is – hopefully- another goal for this four day weekend.

There was enough scraps from the mystery quilt to make the blocks for Dashing.

The pattern for Dashing is in the July/August 2017 edition of Quiltmania and designed by Corey Yoder.  I like the way the two blocks flow into each other.

Do you like my quilter’s shorthand to show what colors will be made into which block?  I all makes sense to me, so that is good enough.  Of course once all the blocks are completed, it will be time to play “block/color swap” for the final layout.

The big ball – and project for this weekend – is to get this monster top quilted as a Christmas gift.

Swing Your Partner is my second largest quilt top – missing the top billing by 1/2″.  This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern and measures 83 1/2″ x 83 1/2″.  I have backing fabric and thread, the only big decision left is the panto-graph.  There isn’t much time to decide, so I had better get busy.

Happy Thanksgiving,