Christmas Break Goals

I am so very thankful that at this time of the year I get two weeks off. I sat down yesterday and figured out what I wanted to get done while I was off. This is an ambitious goal and if a chance for more family time pops up, there is a chance that a bunch of this will not get completed. I know that more of it will get completed if I have a road-map of what I want to get accomplished, than if I do not have one, so here we go.

  1. Make and send QOV blocks to Dar.
  2. Finish the Fourth of July quilt.
  3. Continue working on Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt, while trying to catch up at least to half size.
  4. Quilt 10 quilts including the Fourth of July quilt. (One done)
  5. Cut out Carpenter’s Star man quilt.
  6. Cut all my scraps into usable pieces.
  7. Cut out all of the quilts I think we will need for the year.
  8. Bind as many quilts as I can, hopefully all of them.

I realize I probably will not get a bunch of this done, but it gives me a place to start to keep me on track. I quilted a quilt last night that had been on the machine for quite some time and if I had not written these goals down yesterday, I would not have gotten up and quilted it, I would have continued sewing.

I do not have a lot of preparing left for Christmas, but I do need to stir up a couple more batches of cookies. I am so thankful that all of my shopping is finished, with a little help from my friend. I am off to load another quilt on the quilting machine.

Merry Christmas and a Happy Quilty New Year!

Terry

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Finished, On the Frame and Off the Frame

Well it has been a decent week, I finished quilting one quilt, got another quilt loaded ready to quilt, and got two completely finished. First up are two baby quilts were finished last weekend. This quilt was made one of the ladies from Quilts of Love. She likes this quick and easy pattern by Mary Johnson.

Butterfly Strippie

Butterfly Strippie

Next up is a Jelly Roll Race quilt made by a different member of Quilts of Love. Both of these quilts got a nice stripped binding that amazingly matched the fabric. I bought the butterfly fabric above and the strip fabric that was used for a binding at separate times without knowing they matched. The fabric below was not provided by me and I had fabric in my stash that went with the butterfly fabric for a binding.

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Racing Butterflies

This Strippie Quilt was made by a granddaughter visiting her grandmother who came to Quilts of Love. It was the first quilt she ever made and she had a blast. When she made a mistake and had to rip out some seams, she got discouraged so we made a game out of it. I said she would have to be like a frog and rip-it, rip-it. That made her laugh and kept her from getting to discouraged. It was quilted freehand with hearts, loops and flowers, the second picture is of the back showing some of the quilting. I am giving this to her and I will turn it over to her grandmother for binding.

Cats

Cats

Cats back

Cats back

Last up for today is the quilt I just loaded on the machine. I am quilting it for my mothers EHC group. They raffle it off to raise money for a scholarship for a high school student in their county. I will be able to count the backing out so that is a plus because I went on a shopping spree, damage report tomorrow.

Nine Patch

Nine Patch

That is it for me today, I hope you have a quilty weekend!

Terry

Working on Binding

I am working on getting the binding completed on the green double 4 patch. Quilting was completed the last week of February. I think that the binding will be finished soon and it will be ready to gift. I have two more quilts that are ready for binding so it looks like there is a lot of handwork in my future. Here is a picture of the green double 4 patch. If anyone has a suggestion for a name, I am open. This pattern is by Mollie Johnson if you would like to give it a spin. When you are making a quilt for use, do you hand stitch the binding or do you machine stitch the binding?

Double 4 Patch

Double 4 Patch

I hope you have a great week! I am so ready for spring!

Terry

Fabric Happenings 2/22/15

Well I have some outage to report. Most of it is because I traded fabric for some work, but outage is moving the fabric out of my house and I am good with that. Missy traded me some quilting for some fabric and that is 10.75 out.

A baby quilt was quilted yesterday so I can count the backing for that also. Here is the quilt that was quilted yesterday. The pattern is called Quick Strippie comes from Mollie Johnson over @ MaryQuilts.

Strippie Quilt

Strippie Quilt
Pattern by Mary Johnson

Slowly but surely I am making a very small dent in my stash.

Fabric out this week 1.25 yards
Fabric out Missy 10.75 yards
Fabric out Total 12 yards
Fabric in 0 (yay)
Fabric out ytd: 28.71 yards
Fabric in ytd: 6 yards
Total 22.71 yards out

See Patchworktimes for additional stash reports.

Thanks for visiting and keep quilting!

Terry

Play Day

Well after doing a little housework this morning, I had a play day. DH was out of town so Missy came and kept me company. We were working on a couple of quilts for Quilts of Love. Missy finished quilting the quilt that was on the frame and almost finished, then we had a leisurely lunch and visited for a while.

While Missy was quilting, I was getting the next quilt ready to go on the frame. I squared up the quilt and got the backing cut, then we loaded a baby quilt and it was quilted it also. Now we have some bindings to finish. Here is the baby quilt that Missy took home to bind.

Strippie Quilt

Strippie Quilt
Pattern by Mary Johnson

Next we cut some half yard pieces of batiks for Missy to take home. I will have some outage to report tomorrow. Woohoo! In return for the fabric, Missy is going to quilt a couple of my quilts that are backlogged which helps both of us.

I hope you found some time to get something quilty done today.

Terry

I Do Not Web Quilts

While I am in the process of putting together my Double 4 Patch I think about the different way that quilt tops are put together. There are some that web the top together in long rows and then somehow sew those rows together. While this is a great way to put the top together, this does not work for me. I absolutely hate sewing long rows together, so I work differently when sewing a top together. I join two blocks, then four blocks and so on.

Double 4 Patch

Double 4 Patch

In the picture above, you can see how I join the quilt. This quilt is 7X9, across the first row, I would sew two blocks together, two blocks together and three blocks together. When I have the first 2 rows sewn together I will sew them into a four patch another four patch and then a set of blocks that are three by two. I hope you can see well enough to understand how I sew the top together. If you have questions, feel free to ask.

Keep Quilting,

Terry

What’s Going On In My World

Today I am trying to get these blocks turned into a double 4 patch flimsy. My day started out by creating a design wall. This was done by hanging a sheet from a quilt hanger in my hall. From there I put all the blocks on the wall and then rearranged and here is the result. In my effort to use all of my fabric no matter the age, this has some very old pieces mixed in with some newer pieces. I think they make a nice mix and that they add interest to the quilt. Please do not burst my bubble by saying they look bad. Besides, maybe someday the fabric will confuse someone who is trying to date a quilt.

Double 4 Patch

I might add this was done without having to crawl around on the tile floor. My body thanks me for that 🙂 When finished, this quilt is slated for Quilts of Love.

I think my next QoL project is going to be a Mock Trip Around the World. I like the asymmetrical layout and my husband likes the traditional. Which do you prefer?

Asymmetrical Mock Trip

Asymmetrical Mock Trip

Mock Trip

Mock Trip

You can see some fabulous quilts over at patchworktimes.

Keep quilting 🙂

Terry