My Christmas quilt

Gotta say I’m a little surprised I’ve completed my Christmas quilt – especially this year when I’ve had so many stops & starts! It turned out better than I expected and DH has already claimed it as ‘his’ πŸ˜€

I received the flannel backing Tuesday; I ordered 5 yards expecting to get one continuous piece however it arrived as two pieces: 4 yds & 1 yd – grrrrrr! Oh well gotta make the best of it :-/ I only needed about 10″ to make it long enough to cut in half and then sew together along the selvedge.

This doesn’t show the whole back but it’s ready for basting…

I haven’t worked with this much flannel before (only on baby size quilts) so I was a little nervous trying to wrangle all this for basting. I laid the flannel pretty side down on my ironing board, carefully placed the batting on top and then laid the flimsy on that. It took a lot of fiddling and finagling but I finally got it all pretty flat. Then I spent the next hour glue basting it… I usually use spray baste on something this big but it was only 36 degrees outside that morning and I was not about to go outside. In the end, the glue baste worked out great… I may just do this from now on instead of dragging everything outside :-p

I had an idea in my head for quilting, a variation on the dot & dash quilting I’ve done before – except I would make the ‘dot’ look like a Christmas ball. Here’s an example of the original quilting motif

And here’s how I changed it on this quilt

Here it is being smushed through my machine LOL

I finished the quilting up early Saturday and quickly found the perfect stripe fabric for binding. I had it all finished by dinner time – YAY!!! but it was already dark outside so I threw it on my king size bed for some pictures

The next morning I went outside for a few more pics

She’s been washed and is now laying across the couch for lots of snuggles!! I’m soooo happy with the flannel backing, it’s so soft and cuddly πŸ™‚

That’s about all for now… have a great rest of your weekend πŸ™‚

I’ve got a flimsy!

The Christmas Postage stamp quilt top is all pieced – woohoo!!

Once that was done I turned my attention to what I wanted to use for backing… I didn’t have any holiday fabric left in my stash so I was going to have to shop online for something (poor me!). I quickly figured out I wanted to use flannel…there’s nothing like wrapping up in a flannel blanket when it’s cold outside!

I went to many websites looking for what I wanted and I finally found it at JoAnn’s… and it was on sale!!!

Hopefully it will get here early next week… I’ve taken the week off just to use up some PTO and it would be a great time to finish up this quilt πŸ™‚

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We had a nice, quiet Thanksgiving. I made the traditional holiday dinner with Turkey breast, stuffing, sweet potatoes, limas, corn, gravy, biscuits and we topped it off with a Cracker Barrel pumpkin pie! Oh boy were we stuffed!! LOL We had leftovers the following night and the rest is history. The only thing still remaining is some turkey breast which will make one very healthy sandwich! After dinner we Skyped with my niece for about an hour to chit-chat about everything and nothing.

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That’s all for now… have a great rest of your weekend πŸ˜€

Weathering the storm

I live about 20 minutes south of Charlotte, NC and for the past week we’ve been preparing for the effects of Hurricane Florence. This storm was traveling so slow it felt like it was never going to happen but Friday the winds started to arrive and yesterday we got heavy rain on and off. Last night the winds picked up a bit and we got even more rain…which is supposed to continue for the rest of today. We’re fortunate enough to live on very high ground so flooding won’t be an issue; rather we’re more worried about falling trees and losing power – so far, so good.

Of course I spent most of the time in my sewing room trying to keep myself occupied from my worries and I’ve got another small finish. I started this tumbler quilt several weeks ago when I finally broke down and bought the Accuquilt Tumbler die, I wrote about it here.

I’ve got about 4 quilts waiting to be basted but between the hot, humid weather and now this storm I just can’t get outside to use the spray basting…and I refuse to get down on the floor to pin baste! This tumbler quilt was the perfect size to glue baste on my ironing board so that’s what I worked on!

Here it is after I finished the quilting. I didn’t initially plan to quilt it so much but once I got started with the swirls I just kept going.

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And a little close up

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The backing is a flannel I picked up in Myrtle Beach earlier this year…I have to say, this made the FMQ a bit difficult because the backing would ‘grab’ or ‘stick’ to my sewing table/tray from time to time; it was the weirdest thing!

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And here it is all trimmed and bound – I stepped out on the front porch to snap a picture with natural light; it finished 34×43.

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That’s all for this week…once the weather clears I’ll be focused on getting four quilts basted so I can get some quilting done. My first priority is the receiving blanket quilt for my great niece.

Have a happy day wherever you are!

 

 

This week

Lots going on in the sewing room this week. After playing with the layout for the Framed Out top for far too long, I ended up going with the first random layout! And now I have a finished top! Unfortunately I didn’t take a good pic after piecing so here it is on the design wall before it’s all pieced.

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I also decided on the backing fabric and got it all pieced! I have this gray tone-on-tone text fabric that worked really well with all the busy-ness of the top but there wasn’t enough for the whole back so I pulled out my solids bin again and went to work…I love it ❀ Now I need to get it basted so it can wait in line to be quilted :-p

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I follow KatyQuilts blogΒ and she frequently posts about quilts she makes with tumbler blocks and how easy they are when cut with the Accuquilt Tumbler die. I’ve almost bought that die about a hundred times and when I saw it was on deep discount last week I went for it!! It arrived on Friday and you know I couldn’t wait to try it out…

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It was back to my solids bin (I still can’t seem to get to the bottom of that thing!) I started cutting tumblers from all the scrap pieces and put them up on the wall…

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Before I knew it I had enough for a baby size quilt…Yay!! All these beautiful solids look so awesome in this size.Β I again started playing with layout…and got myself all confused so, as I did with the Framed Out top, I went back to my first layout! Lesson learned – I hope!

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Chain piecing the tumbler blocks was a breeze – the die cuts the corners off so it’s super easy to know how to line them up. I can see me using this die A LOT!

Next was trying to figure out what to use for backing. I have two pieces of flannel that are the perfect size but I was stumped which one worked better. The Hello Kitty fabric would be perfect for a little baby…but the gray/green starburst fabric had a bit more sophisticated feel. So I posted on Instagram asking for folks to vote…and the winner is

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The gray/green starburst flannel! I was leaning that way myself but it’s nice to hear other opinions! I’ll put this in the ‘basting’ pile and hopefully get it done soon πŸ™‚

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No walking this week…ugh! And I’ve not been keeping up with the blogger who challenged folks to join in with her weight loss efforts…I suck! I haven’t been able to find a program/plan/process that keeps me engaged – BUT – I’m gonna keep looking for one!! πŸ˜‰

Have a great rest of the weekend…ttfn!

 

Sewing for Baby

I finished the baby quilt for my niece in plenty of time for my trip this coming weekend…Yay! The color in the pictures is not quite right…the fabrics are a little more saturated but this is the best I could get :-/

Hanging on my design wall – before washing…

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Hanging from the ironing board after washing

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All folded, ready for packing…

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I also made another receiving blanket with the left over flannel

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And the new momma asked if I could try to make a tagtoy they saw on Pinterest, my first attempt is a little wonky but unless I can make another in the next two days this one will have to do.

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I’ve had my fill of pink fabric for now but I’m sure I’ll be using more as that little girl outgrows these!

I put the final seam in the Clemson tshirt quilt…I’m now waiting on the client to pick out backing fabric. I emailed her a few options but she didn’t love them so I asked her to go online and find something, let’s see how long this takes!

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We made a little purchase this past week – we’ve had a Dodge Van for over 20 years and it served us well but it was time to let it go. We’re downsizing everything for our move to Myrtle Beach so I guess it made sense to downsize the vehicle too! We’ve been checking out KIA Soul’s for quite a while and finally pulled the trigger…I love it. It has quite a bit of passenger space and just enough room in the back to haul small stuff when the rear seats are folded down. We’ve nick-named it our “Rat Rod” after those cute commercials with the mice!!

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That’s about it for now…what have you been up to this week?