Yearly Archives: 2010

Nearing the Finish Line

In July, I completed week 5 of the Crazy Mom Quilts Quilt-a-Long.  Since then, the entire project sat in its storage container.  This weekend, I was checking out the Flickr Group with some of the completed projects.  It was a motivator to for me to pull out the project again and work on it for a Christmas gift.  Overnight, it doubled in size.  It was the fastest piecing process since I completed all of the cutting months ago.

Although I am only on week 7, the end is really in sight and it is looking great with the arrangement of colors.

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My First Pieced Backing

After seeing so many pieced backings at the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy’s Creative Side, I decided to take the plunge and try my first pieced backing.  It worked out well, as I was able to add a label surrounded by scrap fabric without having to buy additional fabric.

Here is my pieced back, along with a quilt top that I completed today!

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My New Trick to Piecing

Although there are many tricks to piecing, chain piecing is the best with a leader.  This avoids the extra trimming of excess thread that results in a mound of snippets that cling to every piece.  As I continued on my quilting adventure with my hexagon quilt, my leader for this session was frequently used as I was able to piece half of the quilt top.  This leader was used each time I started or ended a chain.

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Check it Out: Quilt Kits for Charity

If you are participating in the ‘100 Quilts for Christmas’ event hosted by Kate from Swim Bike Quilt and Aunt Spicy?

If so, check out Moda’s Website for organizations that collect charity quilts to distribute to those in need.  From here, I discovered the Quilts for Kids organization.  They are actually based out of the Philadelphia area.  They have many chapters and one may be in your area too!  Best yet, you can request a quilt kit to make a quilt for their organization.  I just requested mine and it should arrive in 1-2 weeks.  You may want to join the fun and help Kate and Aunt Spicy reach the 100 quilt mark goal.

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The Collaboration of Many for Charity

Philadelphia Modern Quilt Guild members spent the night collaborating to make several quilt tops and pillowcases for charity.

I worked on some orphan blocks from Julie of Jaybird Quilts.  With the help of Andrew pressing the seams and donated fabric, this quilt top was truly the result of collaboration.  With the completed quilt top ready, I will have an opportunity tomorrow to free motion quilt this top with my new stitch regulator on my machine.

After a night of sewing for charity, I am ready to try a new pattern with some of my stash of fabric for charity to make a fun kid’s quilt for a child in need within the community.  Kate from Swim Bike Quilt and Aunt Spicy are hosting a wonderful online event to encourage quilters to create a charity quilt.  Click on the button below for the details and spread the word.

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Border or No Border?

Sometimes when making quilting decisions, I feel like I am at the eye doctor’s when they asking “Which is better, one or two…”  I found that taking a picture and coming back to pictures a few hours later to be very helpful when determining the next phase in the quilting process.  Soliciting input from others is also beneficial!  Thus, blogging about my quilt is perfect; I review my pictures and receive comments with great input!

What do you think…Border or No Border?

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Collections of Fabrics

I am currently on a mission to find black background batiks of all colors.  With the shop hop this weekend, I was able to add 7 new fat quarters to my collection.  I am now up to 56 different batiks.  I still have 3 more shops tomorrow to visit and I am hoping to get up to 60!  Although I have not yet determined what I am going to make yet, at least I have a theme for my shopping for the shop hop!

Do you have a collection of fabric themes?

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The Development of the Sashing

Now that I determined my sashing for the Underground Railroad Quilt, I was able to quickly piece together half of the quilt.  Here is a glimpse of the quilt and each of the blocks are becoming more defined.  Although I was concerned previously, I have exactly enough of the sashing fabric!  Best of all. today was the discovery that the quilt looks awesome in my living room.  I just may be keeping a lap-size quilt for the first time!

The only block that I was not able to incorporate into the front of the quilt was the ‘Underground Railroad’ block.  I am going to piece it into the back with all of my left over fabric.  Additionally, I am going to determine a way to incorporate leftover fabric into the border.

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Sashing Fun

Sashing provides additional definition to blocks.  After spending hours determining my sashing method for my underground ground quilt, I decided not to use a traditional layout with the ‘square’ or ‘on-point’ layouts.  Each of my blocks will be tilted either left or right. Here is my first row.

Does anyone know the name of this layout? From my class, it was referenced as ‘a-kimbo’.

Links to Previous Underground Railroad Sampler Posts: Underground Railroad Quilt Class, Underground Quilt Blocks, The Underground Railroad Sampler Continues, Same Block with Many Names, Double Check the Double Wedding Ring, Take Two, Last Block

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Preparing for the Shop Hop 2010

The local sewing shops in my area are hosting the 2010 Shop Hop Adventure: Fall Fabric Frenzy this weekend.  Over four days, I will be visiting ten local sewing stores for hopes of winning a grand prize!  Also, I am in search for some items on my shopping listing for future quilts.  Top items on my list are black background batiks, landscape fabrics, complementary fabric for my upcoming Philly Modern Quilt Guild, and background fabric for my Gumball Quilt.

I plotted out the adventure and determined that the drive from the first to the last store is 3 hours and 20 minutes.  Although it will be fun to visit new shops, it will be a long weekend full of driving.  Luckily, I have my list and it will make visiting the shops 20 times faster.

Source: Google Maps (View Larger Map)

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