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Friday Finish: So Many Stars


2018-09-13 15.58.14“Summer Stars on Fawn Lake”, the mystery quilt designed by Charlotte Hawkes, is finally finished!  We started cutting for this last November, began piecing it in the new year, and finished up assembling the top in May.

2018-09-13 15.58.26I made the smaller version (3″ stars!) that finished at 79 x 88″ with the borders.  This is the first one of these where I used a dark background.  I had a lot of dark batik scraps from a space quilt I made a long time ago.  I bought a little more to make enough, and the “feathery” batik for the borders and backing.  The rest was scraps, especially bright, multi-color and juvenile scraps.

2018-09-13 15.58.37This is quilted with black Bottom Line on the bottom, and black and purple Bottom Line and purple Art Studio Colors on the top.  The effect is pretty subtle, but it can be seen up close.  I needed a thread that would blend well with the dark batik, but not be too dark on the bright fabrics.  So purple was my neutral.

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Can’t wait to see what Charlotte has up her sleeve for next year!

I’m linking up to Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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Sunday Stash Report: 8/26/18

2018-08-26 17.17.44This week I used 3.75 yards of fabric on this baby quilt, an I didn’t buy any fabric.

 

This week: + 0 yards, – 3.75 yards

This year: + 63.5 yards, – 87 yards

Net destashed added in 2018:  23.5 yards

 

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Use that stash!


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Friday Finish: Ocean Baby Quilt

2018-07-13 16.17.26closeNo, it’s not low-volume, but I like the way this turned out.  It started life as a short wide panel.  I cut it apart and sewed it back together to make it a vertical rectangle.  Then I added the fish panels (the very last of that fabric) and the shell borders.

2018-07-13 16.17.47I quilted on the seam lines, dark blue lines, and around all the motifs.  Then I quilted waves around the borders.

2018-07-13 16.17.40I finished it with a blue and white diagonal stripe binding.

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And don’t worry, I had it professionally tested.  It passed.

Find this soon in my Etsy shop.


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Nautical Finish

2018-06-15 15.35.24Today I finished this very soothing neutral baby quilt in nautical fabrics.

 

2018-06-15 15.38.08detailI quilted it with diagonal rows of waves, and a few ropes thrown in for good measure.

 

2018-06-15 15.35.47The anchor is appliqued from a Moda Grunge red fabric.

 

2018-06-15 15.35.54I also used the Grunge for a faux flange on the binding.

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2018-06-15 15.36.02And, for you Yuri fans, here is the customary roll on the finished quilt.  It’s the first time in many months that he has run out to participate in a quilt shoot, so I take that as a good sign, even though he doesn’t have all his pep back.  Thank you if you’ve been inquiring about him.

You’ll find this quilt in my Etsy shop.


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Little Train Finish

2018-06-02 08.58.00I finished this quilt a couple of days ago, but today had the perfect bright, overcast conditions to photograph it (and since then, the sun has come out in full).

2018-06-02 08.56.41This was a quick fun project for my Etsy shop, and to work on using low-volume fabrics.  You notice that I still crave some contrast, but this is pretty light for me, isn’t it?

2018-06-02 08.58.00 detail I gave a lot of thought (too much) about the quilting.  I wanted to quilt train tracks, but wasn’t happy with any I drew- too straight or too curvy.  The tracks printed white-on-white on the fabric are irregular and hand-drawn.  I opted to quilt a grid freehand (unmarked) across the quilt, using the piecing to keep me lined up (on track?).  I’m not sure if it looks fun and organic, or as if I can’t quite quilt straight lines, but I feel good about it.

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I’m linking up to Let’s Make Baby Quilts at Michelle’s Romantic Tangle.


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Finished Tree Quilt

2018-04-27 10.02.33Finally, I’ve finished the Tree wall hanging.  It finished at 34″ x 42″.  I struggled getting good photos of it today, between the wind and lack of a good place to hang it, so I’ll probably take some more before I list it on Etsy.

2018-04-27 10.04.26I debated whether to bind it in green or purple, so I put it to the #Twilters.  Green won, but I went with Darla’s idea of a purple binding with a green (faux) flange.  Thank you!

2018-03-29 111870428406..jpgThis is the quilt that started with the scrap left from backing the green donation quilt.  It was tall and skinny, so I was inspired to cut the top off and let the tree go into the border, like this beauty by Cathy Geier.  I started carelessly adding border fabric, but I wish I had measured and been less improv about it.  That’s fine for blocks, but I struggled to get this top square again.  It’s pretty close, even if it doesn’t look it.

2018-04-27 10.02.45The leaves on the panel were chunky and squarish, so I cut little squares of green, gold, and purple fabric, mostly scraps from the donation quilt.  I wanted to sprinkle them around, but they refused to sprinkle, dropping instead as thick, layered clumps, so I ended up hand placing each bit into the areas I had prepared with spray baste.

2018-04-15 13.38.23Then I covered them with water-soluble stabilizer so I could quilt them into place.  I used Solvy and Dissolve, and found them to be just the same to sew on and both dissolved fine in the washer.  The washer also frayed the edges of the bits nicely.

2018-04-15 14.50.43I used metalic thread to brighten the sunbeam on the right.  It really shows more in indoor light (good!) and when you walk by, than in a still photo.

2018-04-27 10.05.06The hanging sleeve is caught in the top binding, and hand sewn underneath, so that’s my hand sewing for the week year.

2018-04-27 10.04.00I like the way it turned out, and if no one else wants it, it’ll look great in my house!

I’m linking up with Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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Quilt of Valor Finish, #it’llquiltout

These last two weeks I pieced and quilted this quilt for Quilts of Valor. I try to make one every year, but I may have missed last year.

I used the Four-Patch Star tutorialfrom Missouri Star because I had just used it for the Scrappy Stars quilt, was still in the mood, and because it fit the patriotic scraps and yardage I had.

After it was pieced, though, I found a problem. The stars lay flat enough, but the negative areas were billowing in the breeze. Apparently, the trouble was with the main background fabric, off-white with printed white stars. I received it as a prize during a sew-in. It must have been a very inexpensive fabric, and did it ever stretch as it was sewn. Whew!

To correct the problem I did several things.

  • I sprayed the areas with water and steamed them. It didn’t really shrink them much, but it directed the fullness toward the centers.
  • I cut the borders to the “correct” measurements, rather than measure the quilt. I always do this, but this time it was really importan t.
  • I spray-basted this quilt on my Ping Pong table, pushing and tugging until the borders lined up along the edges.
  • I quilted between all the blocks using my walking foot. I don’t do this religiously anymore, but this quilt sure needed it.

I used the same orange peel quilting I had used in the last quilt. I have already planned to, because I thought the “stars” in the negative space would look good, but it really proved to be the perfect motif for controlling fullness. The curved lines directed the fabric toward the center, and then against the seamlines, where I eased or tucked it in.

And flatness ensued. It looks pretty good, aside from some minor tension issues. I’m happy to donate this quilt.