Tag Archives: In and Out

Stir Crazy with Two Finished Wall-hangings

The finished Stir Crazy quilt top –

Since I only had one yard of the butterfly fabric and was not going to buy more, it was a bit of a challenge to design the border.  To avoid any seams in the butterfly fabric, I put blocks in the opposite corners with fabric squares in the other two corners.  This is different than the pattern directions, but works for me.  I think Stir Crazy will be a great quilt for one of my grandchildren.

Next on the list was machine quilting the In and Out wall-hanging.  The panto-graph used was a Baptist Fans variation panto-graph named Random Clams.

Once In and Out was completed, I loaded Flower Basket on the frame.

The Flower Basket wall-hanging top was completed in 2018, however since it had wool applique I had it in my head that it needed custom quilting.  But recently I saw a You-tube video of a wool applique quilt being machine quilted with a panto-graph and realized that custom quilting only  was a dumb idea to have stuck in my head.

It took less than an hour to machine quilt it and after three years it is now ready to display.  This is also the first time that I used wool batting, but it won’t be the last.  I could really tell the difference while hand stitching the binding – the needle flowed so smoothly through the batting.

It feels great to have two finishes even if they are smaller projects.  Wonder what new project will be next?

Marlene

Rose Garden and Other Quilty News

Rose Garden was completed a week or so ago, but the picture was taken yesterday.  This was the November 2020 Quilty Box quilt and I learned so much about working with odd shaped EPP pieces. 

The quilting design is Flower Festival by Urban Elementz.  The quilted flowers show so nicely against the solid background.

And, of course, all the extra hexagons went on the back of the quilt – makes me smile.

The March mini top from Kim Diehl’s Whatnot Club was finished last weekend.  I added a border to bring the size up to 18″ which works better with the hanger in the dining room.

Working with such small pieces can be a challenge, but I am mostly pleased with my piecing accuracy.  There is always room for improvement, isn’t there?  Hopefully I can get it quilted this week.

Now it is time to reward myself by starting a new quilt.  Here is a sneak peek of the fabrics.

It has been awhile since I have made a red, white and black quilt, so I am ready to get this one started.  Okay, okay – this quilt will technically be red, white, black & gray, but either way the colors make my heart sing.

Happy Easter,

Marlene

Biggy the Bee Completed

Last Sunday I quit sewing with only 6 seams left to do on Biggy the Bee.  The quilt top was finished on Thursday.  Yeah!

I like how bold and graphic this quilt is.  The only thing that I probably should have done differently was to have greater contrast between the grays in the wings.

Biggy is now loaded on the longarm and the plan is to get it quilted this week.

So what have I been working on this weekend?  This year I signed up for the Whatsnot Club from the Fat Quater Shop. 

In and Out is the kit for the third month and my project for this weekend.

Have a good week,

Marlene