Fat Quarter Fizz

I finished the FQ Fizz quilt I started last week…funny how I’m starting and finishing new projects but I can’t seem to find the motivation to finish the stack of tops that have been sitting around for years! Oh well!

Here’s it is after quilting. I got my Sammie to pose with the top! She never does that, she must have wanted a treat really bad!!

I used scraps from the project to make the binding, I really love how it turned out! And I was so happy that none of the seams landed on the corners!! Woohoo

I popped outside for some photos before I threw it in the wash

This finished 48×54 and now sits in my Charity pile waiting for a home.

I got a little motivation last week to unfold my Rainbow Postage stamp top and laid it across the ironing board…it sat that way for 3 days before I put it away again to start something else – UGH!

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Since it appears we’ll be wearing masks for a very long time, I went searching for a pattern that would provide more space between my mouth and the fabric, I find it very restricting to have the fabric so close to my face. I went to YT and very quickly found a tutorial, I gave it a shot…and…I LOVE IT!!

I posted this picture on FB and now I’m getting requests from family & friends to make some for them…ugh, I wasn’t trying to turn this into a business!!

I’ve already made some for my Niece, her wife and their 2.5yo daughter, I’m making some for my Uncle in CA and I’m making some for a neighbor. Now I have to decide if I’ll make some for the others who have asked, I have no idea what to charge and then of course I’ll add in postage.

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That’s all for now…Stay safe & stay strong 🙂

Have a great rest of your weekend and if you’re in the US I hope you enjoyed the holiday!!

Checkerboard quilt

Well this was much more difficult than I thought it was going to be… Ugh!

I finally got around to finishing the Checkerboard quilt but doing it ‘pillow case style’ was not as easy as I pictured. The cotton fabrics on the front were fine…it was the streeeetchy fleece I used on the back that caused all kinds of frustration. After laying it out, sewing around the outside and then turning it right-side out I realized it was out of proportion. I chose to push through, I started doing stitch in the ditch quilting but when I got to the other side I had way too much fleece pushed beyond the cotton top! grrrrrrr. Clearly that wasn’t going to work! And then it took longer than I thought to rip that line of quilting out because apparently I’m really good at SITD – LOL!

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, then I remembered a recent YT video from Jenny Doan about tying quilts! It was then I decided I would use embroidery thread and tie it. This was a first for me and I probably should add more but it’s done for now!

Here’s a shot I took before it was washed – you can see the way the fabric lays all uneven…it was worse on the back!

But a quick trip through the washer & dryer and it looks a lot better

The back is still a little uneven but I’m happy with it.

After I finished that I was itching to start a new project…

Earlier this year I signed up for monthly shipments of fat quarter bundles from The Fat Quarter shop. They were starting to really pile up so I pulled one out called Bloomington and made a quilt. I looked at the FQS free patterns and landed on Fat Quarter Fizz.

This is a pretty simple pattern and the top came together really fast. It’s not the same size as the pattern because the bundle only comes with 12 FQs and the pattern calls for 20…but it’s still a good lap size at 50×54.

I mulled over my options for backing and chose this pretty orangy-red I got from Connecting Threads a few months back. I only had two yards, I needed just a little more so I found a floral print from my FQ stash and made the back.

It’s all basted and ready for quilting!

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That’s about all for now. I hope you are safe and sound in your neck of the woods. Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

This and that

Not a whole lot going on around here… I finished the 4 big checkerboard blocks and just felt like something was missing

So I pulled more fabric and made it bigger!

I’ve had this fleece blanket laying my sewing room for a few years now…it just happens to be the perfect size for backing and it’s primarily gray with a little blue. Works for me!!

I’m thinking of finishing this ‘pillow case style’ (Ha, I have no idea if that’s to correct name!). I’m going to place these pieces right sides together with a piece of batting on the outside…then sew all the way around the outside, leaving an opening for turning it right side out. I’ll close the opening, do some minimal quilting and then sew a decorative stitch about a 1/4″ from the edge all around to finish it. I sure hope it turns out like I see it in my head!!

Other than this project I’ve not been doing much… we went to Damon’s on Friday for a late lunch and sat on the balcony enjoying the beach

Yesterday morning I drank my coffee on our back screened porch watching the golfers, hummingbirds and squirrels

That’s about all for now…I hope things are going well in your neck of the world 🙂

Have a great rest of your weekend!

Starting something new…

I saw this quilt by one of the bloggers I follow and I couldn’t get it out of my head. I kept thinking I could use fat quarters (cuz I have a ton of those) so I started something new…

A few days later, I decided to make it a little bigger (20×20) then I made another block and pieces for a third.

It’s not the prettiest thing but I’m going to keep going. I’ve decided to make another gray block and then call it done. It will measure 40″ square.

I really wanted to finish my rainbow postage stamp quilt but the thought of trying baste & quilt that monster keeps sending me in the opposite direction :-p

I can’t believe I finished this top ONE YEAR AGO!! Eeeeek, I really need to get it done!!!

SC has seen a spike in COVID cases so I’m going back into self-isolation mode. I’m only leaving the house to pickup my grocery order and to take walks. We’ve gone out to eat a few times over the past two weeks but I’m not willing to keep risking it until the numbers start coming down – Ugh!

That’s about all for now…stay safe & stay sane 🙂

Trip Around the World

I finished!!! Whoooop whoop!!

Yesterday I quilted and bound the Trip Around the World experiment quilt I made last month. I got done with just enough light left outside for pictures:

I don’t have any new patterns I want to try so it might finally be time to pull out my Rainbow Postage Stamp top and get it done… wish me luck!

Tata for now…

Not a lot going on…

For all the finishes I had last week…I’ve got nothing this week – Ugh!

I had plenty of time to work on projects but just couldn’t get my arse in gear – so frustrating 😦 I spent my evenings either watching TV, surfing the net or reading.

The only photo I have to share is one I took when we went out for an early dinner Friday. We went to Damon’s on the beach and got a table on the deck, the weather was perfect!

#nofilter

My plan today is to use a hera marker to mark quilting lines on my Trip Around the World and then ‘get it done’!!!

Have a great rest of your weekend…

Finishing mode

Every now and again I get on a kick to finish projects I’ve left untouched and it appears I’m having one of those moments. In my last post I said I was itching to start a new project and I not only started one but I finished it too!!

Several months back I dug into my scrap bins and cut a ton of 5″ squares, since then I’ve made several quilts but I still had many squares left. I pulled them out last week and sorted them into light and dark and laid them out in an offset pattern; within a few days I had the top finished!!

The next day I pulled a beautiful purple print from an old Denyse Schmidt line out of my stash for the back and got it all basted.

I didn’t want to use my standard Dove Gray thread color so I pulled a pink from my stash and used that for the top and in the bobbin. It blends in pretty nicely on the back while giving a little pop to the top. Since I had all those perfect squares to fill, I went with a Heart Strings quilting motif and I love it!

I squared it up and used the same Denyse Schmidt fabric for the binding. This finished at 49″ square and will be going off to Quilty Hugs for the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2020.

Next up, I pulled out this “Trip Around the World” experiment I started last month and got it glue basted with a pale blue print for the back. I plan to start quilting on it later today.

[These photos were taken before it was basted]

That’s about all for today…have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

Two finishes!

I’m slowly getting my mojo back and I finished two baby quilts this week! Whoop whoop! These are destined for the Hands2Help charity challenge hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict. My last post shows all the quilts I’m sending off this year, more than half of them were made many months ago but they fit the need so off they go!

The first finish this week is the Disappearing 25 patch, this tutorial was posted on Sarah’s blog at the beginning of April and I’m sure I would’ve had it finished long before now if Greta hadn’t needed her annual cleaning. I used fusible polyester batting in this one because I happened to have it left over in my stash and it was the perfect size…BUT I hated every minute of quilting it so I won’t be buying any more of that crap! Luckily once washed, it was soft and squishy – whew!

I did a simple all over meander quilting motif, then I auditioned several fabrics for binding before landing on this solid lavender. This finished 44″ square.

My next finish is a quick project called Deep Blue Sea by Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting. She offered a free pattern & tutorial on her blog and I just had to give it a go! I finished this top the night before Greta went into the shop so it sat on my design wall the whole time, just calling to me!! After I finished the D25P, I cut batting and made the back for this one. I knew I wanted to do wavy lines for quilting so it finished up very fast.

The colors are truest in this first photo

I found this fabric in my stash with blue birds but I didn’t have quite enough so I added the organic vines…the colors are perfect! This finished 38×48

I’m contemplating pulling out some other UFO tops and getting them done but I hear the siren song of starting a new project calling me!! Oh what will I do…

Oh and there is LIVE tennis to watch this weekend!! A few weeks ago the guys played a round-robin tournament in West Palm Beach, FL and now the ladies are doing the same this weekend…the final is today!! I love to watch tennis while I sew – squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Have a great rest of your long weekend…

Hands2Help quilts

I participated in the Hands2Help quilt challenge again this year. The challenge is hosted by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict and this is the tenth year!!

I made six quilts to be donated to Quilts of Compassion and Quilty Hugs charities Sarah has highlighted – these will be mailed off by the end of the month.

  1. Granny Cabin

2. Rainbox Improv

3. Meadowland

4. Squared Up

5. Plus 1

6. Plus 2

I have one more quilt in progress that should be finished this weekend – it’s called Disappearing 25 patch:

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Back to sewing!

I finally got my machine back late Friday from getting it’s annual service. I was getting pretty frustrated with the shop because they originally told me it wouldn’t take more than 3-4 days but they ended up having it for two weeks (ugh, just be honest people!). She’s humming like a champ now so I guess it’s all good 🙂

I wanted to jump right into sewing Friday night but DH wanted to venture out for dinner. SC has allowed restaurants to open up for limited seating both inside and out…we chose to sit outside. I was a little nervous at first but the restaurant had marked some tables closed so no one was sitting next to anyone else. We had a few cocktails and appetizers for dinner – it was so nice to get out for a little while – reminiscent of the ‘good old days’!!

I got up bright and early yesterday and went straight to my sewing room. I wiped down my machine with a clorox wipe (just in case!) and got her all set back up in her space… then I stalled! I couldn’t figure out what to work on first – UGH! I spun around for about an hour then finally decided to finish the Hexie pillow cover.

The last few pillow covers I made I used the envelope closure in back but I don’t like how it bulges once it’s been stuffed so I decided to use a zipper closure. I’ve done that before but it’s been a loooooooong time, so I pulled up a YouTube video for help. This was the first time I used this method but it worked really well! And here’s the final product

I used batting behind the Hexies and did diagonal quilting in both directions, no batting or quilting on the back.

The pillow is a bit overstuffed but it’s all I had on hand, I’ll have to get something more size appropriate whenever I get out for some shopping.

Next up I decided to finish the Disappearing 25 Patch top from April. I had set it aside because I wasn’t sure I wanted to use the fusible polyester batting I had in my stash (that just happened to be the perfect size!) But no more indecision – I iron basted it and I’ll be quilting on it today!

I also played around with a new mask pattern and I really like it!! I’ve been making masks using the Bijou Lovely pattern but I’ve been getting frustrated with how high they sit on my face…actually touching my lower lashes at times. I did some searching and found a tutorial using one of my dinner plates as a template and it sits so much better on my face!!! I especially like that I don’t have to fiddle with sewing in the elastic – you feed it through after the sewing is done! The first tutorial I followed is just two layers of fabric and it’s great but I found another tutorial with a pocket for a filter which is just as good.

The top mask is the first one I made for me, the bottom mask is for DH and has the filter pocket

I’ll be making more of these…I just need to remember to pre-wash my fabric first!! Hahaha!

That’s about all for today…I’m heading into my ‘Happy Place’ to begin quilting the Disappearing 25 Patch.

Have a great rest of your weekend!!