Category Archives: Pattern

Lots of Cutting & Retreat Prep

Sewing retreats – so very much gets done! To prepare for a 4 day retreat I’m going to, I cut out not one, but two new projects! The first is for a gift for a little boy. I’ve never done an “I Spy” quilt before and thought it would be the perfect gift for the little guy.  Unfortunately, my stash is not very supportive of this quilt. I did manage to cut 9-five inch blocks and then the request process to friends and my guild for more. I’m going to do “square in a square” blocks, using various colors of polka dots for the outside of each I Spy block. This should be so colorfully fun! Yeah for my quilting buddies – they surely came through with squares. What I have is cut, pinned and ready to sew.

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And I cut the Egyptian fabric I had. I’m using a Kaffe pattern, “Mardi Gras Star” from the book Kaffe Quilts AgainFirst time I’m using the paper plate organization method a friend recently shared with me. I love this! Every block is in it’s own plate. So much better than plastic baggies. This too is all ready to sew.

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Of course, that’s not all that’s traveling with me.  The leader-ender project I have at my machine at home will go with me and so will the string quilt I started recently.  One more WIP that’s been around for a while is going also. Hmmm, only 4 days. Too bad I’ll need to stop to sleep.

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Tribal and Thread

Oh how I loved this pattern when I first saw it and I had the perfect collection of fabrics! The pattern is “Tribal  Influence” by Pamela Goecke, Aardvark Quilts. The fabric collection is David Butler’s Parson Gray Curious Nature plus a few other random fabrics in my stash that I threw in. Here it is in progress:

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Yes, it was a lot of cutting and Yes, it was a lot of sewing. The almost completed quilt top sat in my closet for about two years and finally I pulled it out a week ago because I wanted it finished! I added another row to the top and bottom and then a border. I was going to add a pieced border and then another plain border but decided “enough!” The backing and batting are prepped and ready to take to the long arm professional. I even have the binding all ready to completely finish this quilt. The best part? After all this time, I still really like it!

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Thread – last year I posted a pic of all the empty thread spools from 2017. I began saving them again in 2018 and here they are! No, once again they weren’t all full, but really, that is a lot of thread. And yes, I’m saving them again. I already have three empty spools! I never really gave much thought as to how much thread is used in quilting. Obviously, it’s quite a bit!

 

Linking up with: WIPS on Wednesdays, Midweek Makers, Needle & Thread Thursday

On the Design Wall

Finally I have something on one of my design walls!  I’ve already eliminated a couple of blocks that just didn’t “fit.” Yes, it is all Kaffe fabrics. AND – all from my Kaffe scrap bin! (Not that the bin appears to be any less full.)

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This is from Kathy Doughty’s book, “Making Quilts”. I started this one out as  planned color, with each round being a particular color. Unfortunately, it wasn’t really working for me and am now putting it up as scrappy. I see that I have a lot of rearranging to do, but I need to walk away from it for awhile. I’d like to have it all set to sew together this weekend when I go away to sew with a few friends – we’ll see.

I’ve done quite a few quilts now with Kaffe fabrics. They are on the top of my favorite list, but am ready to something very different next time I allow myself to begin a new project.

More Mail Goodness

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How I love to get mail – especially packages! Once again I received a much enjoyed package from Jo of Jo’s Country Junction.

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First up: A quilt top that will be the perfect size for a Hospice Quilt – maybe even for a wheelchair bound patient. I will remove the large top and bottom borders, add another border, quilt and bind. Into the charity bin I keep to work on in the new year.

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Secondly, above is this ever so bright quilt top. This has cheer sewn all over the top! This quilt top will get a solid border (to help all that fun color), quilted and bound.

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The bat blocks are totally adorable and fun. Not sure how these will be put to use as they are not appropriate for a Hospice quilt, but our group will confer and am sure we’ll come up with something!

It is just so very heartwarming to see just how generous quilters are. The goodness is passed around in so many ways and I am grateful to be a part of it.

Sew Scrappy Fun!

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This quilt was started as a leader ender. How fun it is when it gets to the point when there are blocks to sew together! I also enjoyed remembering that many of the scrap pieces were from years of many other quilt projects.

I decided to use all purple in the border instead of scrappy – it brought a cohesiveness to the quilt that I rather like.

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Something I rarely do – I hand stitched the binding down! I brought it with me on vacation and worked on it in the evenings. How nice to come home with a completed quilt.

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We were in Southport, NC overlooking a marina.  I couldn’t resist the photo ops with the finished quilt. This big rusty boat was fun to look at – and boy was it rusty! It is a working boat that retrieves copper from the ocean floor. Obviously boat body maintenance and pretty are not part of their agenda. I was very careful and my quilt came away clean.

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Fun, Fun Mail!

We got back from vacation to find a pile of fun, fun mail! A quilter in Arizona sent the best box of goodness!

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There were completed blocks and a pile of scrap fabrics. My favorites – bright, bright, bright!

Her generosity went even further – a pack of rotary blades and two spools of thread. What an amazing generous and useful bonus! These will definitely be put to good use when I continue with Hospice quilts in the new year.

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She began a wonderful Rob Pete scrappy quilt having completed 15 blocks. For whatever reason not wanting to continue, she sent them to me for the Hospice quilts my group works on! I will use 12 of the blocks for one lap quilt, add sashing and a border. The other three completed blocks will go into a “save” bin. She sent the printed interfacing to make more of the same blocks and enough fabric for many more!

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This box was just so much fun – thank you Maureen for your incredible generosity. Oh the comfort this will all lead to for Hospice patients. And thank you to Jo from Jo’s Country Junction for providing my info for this contribution.

A Double Goodness!

How wonderful when at the end of my last quilt guild meeting, a member came up to me and handed over two quilts for Hospice! Dolores is an excellent quilter and these quilts are truly a prize.

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The first one is so colorful. All the pinwheels are just so playful and the appliqued flowers will sure add a smile to a patient’s day. It’s also a pattern I will keep in mind for all the scraps I have. I would actually like to reduce my scrap bins next year by using the many scraps I have.

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The second quilt is also a scrappy delight. I even recognize so many of the fabrics in this quilt from when I donated a large bag of scraps to my guild. (And no, it didn’t reduce my scrap collection by much!).  To me this quilt is fun and calming all at the same time.

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Thank you Dolores for your generous contribution that is sure to give comfort to those in need.

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