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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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Monday Stash Report: 7/9/18

It wasn’t that I didn’t realize that yesterday was Sunday. I just couldn’t get these pictures off my phone. Sure enough, there they are today.

No, this is not one of my low-volume projects. I had made a leader-and-enders kit with old scraps (maybe twelve years old), and the blocks were ready to be sewn together and quilted. I backed it with the last of a very bright stripe from a line of road construction fabric. I used the last smidges of the stripe for the binding, but didn’t have enough, so I used my last strip of bar code stripe. It all used about three yards of fabric. I quilted it diagonally in both directions with yellow Sulky thread. I’ll be donating this to Project Linus.

This week: + 0 yards, – 3 yards

This year: + 55.50 yards, – 75.25 yards

Net destashed added in 2018: 19.75 yards

Hope you are well, and finding time to sew your stash.


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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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Friday Finish: Scrappy Stars

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I used the last of our rapidly melting snow to photograph this new quilt. This started out as a way to use up some scraps, and it grew from there.

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I used Missouri Star’s Four Patch Star tutorial to make the nine stars in the center. I made my ten inch “layer cake” squares from strings, then cut them apart for the star rays. (The quilting is done with Superior’s Fantastico and Living Colors on top, and Bottom Line on the bottom.)

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That was when this quilt got demanding. It didn’t like the background fabric I had for it, so I had to buy the golden snowflake fabric (on sale!). So much for using my stash. Then it told me it needed a curvy bias design in the border. And then, of course, it needed wavy edges. More bias binding. Sheesh. But I love the result. This is roughly 60″ square.

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Where have your quilts been taking you?

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

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Nautical Baby Quilt Finish

IMG_2949This week I put together this baby quilt that I designed a few months ago.  It has it’s roots in quilts I made in 2012 and 2013, but with much larger blocks.  The blocks are all real signal flags, but I chose them for their graphic appeal, rather than their meaning.

IMG_2951I had a signal flag print ready for the backing, but as I was looking for some fabric to piece into it, I found a big piece of this great fish batik, and this nautical stripe that I used for the binding.  Love those fish!

 

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This sunny picture shows the quilting.  I wanted improv wavy lines across it, but was afraid I would have trouble making smooth lines on such a large space.

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I used both sides of two rulers to mark a few lines.  That left these voids between the wavy lines, so when I echoed the waves, I doubled back to make wave/flame shapes to fill in.

Incidently, I spray basted this using that same can of June Tailor I started back on February 5.  It’s getting low, but I think I can do one more quilt in January!

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I had fun making this, and I think it came out well.  Find it in my Etsy shop soon.

I’m linking up to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.


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Poinsettia Finish

IMG_2920Last week I finished the Poinsettia Quilt, and I’m really happy with the result.  It’s 60″ square, with a bazillion 4″ curved patches.  The design is by Anne at Springleaf Studios, and she did it as a Christmas Quilt-Along in 2015.  I love her fabrics,  but I used what I had.

IMG_2921This is similar to my Spring Violets quilt from 2014.  It’s a Drunkard’s Path variation.  A regular Drunkard’s Path is easier to piece because the “legs” aren’t so exacting.  “Beach Drunk” is a good example of a regular one.

2017-11-16 16.31.37I used Superior Threads’ Fantastico in red and green to quilt the flowers and leaves, and Bottom Line in light green for the background and bottom thread.

IMG_2930The back is a wonderful green and white leaf print that I though was perfect.  So did Yuri.

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This is for sale in my Etsy Shop.

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And a nice scrappy binding!

Hope you are finishing something.


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Wednesday Finish!

IMG_2917This week I quilted and bound Pacific Stars.  This is the mystery quilt by Charlotte Scott (The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady), featured over at Carol’s Quilts.  I started the first clue in June, and I have to say that it remained a mystery until the end!  I think it turned out great.  I don’t think the pictures really do it justice.

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I don’t usually make medallion quilts, but isn’t this fun and starry?

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And I’m not a big fan of square quilts, but this is the second one in a row.  The top is quilted with teal Living Colors and gray Rainbows from Superior Threads, and the bottom is Bottom Line.

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This used a lot of scraps, and turned them into a beautiful and unusual quilt.

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I hope you’re finding time to finish projects!