Yearly Archives: 2012

In the Works – A Car Mat

Little Jimmy is officially into toys — well, objects in general.  It is only some time before he figures out toy cars.  What a perfect way to play with them on a quilt with a town and roads.  About a month ago, I basted this panel with some Richard Scarry fabric for the backing.  Inspired by Angela Walters new book (Free-motion Quilting with Angela Walters), I wanted to incorporate many designs into this quilt.  I started with pebbling the roads.  Oh my!  It looks great, but took forever!  This past weekend, I finished pebbling all of the roads.  In total, I think that it took me over 5 hours just to do the roads.  I still have more to quilt, but I may be reconsidering the density of my other quilt areas.

I was too busy with pebbling that I didn’t make any more progress on my pickle dish or underground railroad quilts.  Next week….

Lee from Freshly Pieced Blog is hosting the Work-In-Progress Wednesday Link-Up.


Squared 2

I was on a roll making this square in a square pattern from the Kelby Sews Blog.  On Saturday, I posted my first quilt from this square in a square pattern.  Here is the second with a Jungle theme.  I have quite a collection of fat quarters.  Before I started buying more yardage of fabric, I would pick up a few fat quarters of  fabric each time I went shopping.  Over time, they accumulated; however, most of the projects I work on are not fat quarter friendly.  With this simple pattern, I was in luck.  All I needed was to combine 6 fat quarters and within a few hours, I would have another baby quilt.

Here are my link ups this week:

Fabric Update

This past week, I continued to work on my black-background-batik pickle dish.  I know that I will need to go fabric shopping for a background, once I determine my background fabric.  By this time next week, I will probably have made the plunge and there may be additional fabric to report.  In the meantime, there wasn’t any new fabric this week.

I finished up a couple of baby quilts with binding.  One of these was my square quilt that I showcased yesterday.  In the report, you will see a glimpse of my Chopsticks Quilt.  I will show more of this quilt later this week.  Also, the backing of the Twister Quilt pushed my numbers for this week to 3.75 yards.  I am slowly climbing out of the hole.

By the way, my Twister Quilt is being featured on the I Should be Mopping the Floor Blog today!

Linking up with Judy of Patchwork Times.

Square in a Square

Lots of squares – each block surrounds a 5.5″ square twice.  The pattern is from the Kelby Sews Blog and uses fat quarters.  The number of blocks is based on the number of fat quarters used.  This baby quilt is the perfect size a for a pack ‘n play.  I explored a new quilting pattern using more squares.

Saving Time with Machine Binding

I have spent many hours binding by hand. In fact, it took over a month to hand bind Jimmy’s bed quilt.  I really like the way hand binding looks with the blind stitch, but sometimes time doesn’t allow for hand stitching.  When I was at one of the PMQG sewing nights earlier this year, it was mentioned that Red Pepper Quilts had a great tutorial on machine binding.

When I attempted machine binding in the past, I sewed my binding onto the back and then stitched it down in the front.  It worked, but the back was a little all over the place (probably the sewer!).  Using Rita’s tutorial, I now add my binding on the front, pin it to the back, and then stitch in the ditch along the front.  I have a few change ups for next time to use 2.25″ binding and to pin evenly to not exceed the ditch by varying lengths.  Overall, the outcome was great!  I won’t be going back to my old ways of machine binding.

Here is a snapshot of the quilt that I finished this week.  I will post more details about the quilt tomorrow!

I am linking up with TNT (Trying New Things) with the Happy Quilting Blog.

Determing the Quilt Background Fabric

My current theme is repeating projects.  I jut finished my second Twister Quilt {post from earlier this week} and I am now working on my second Pickle Dish quilt and Underground Railroad quilt.  Repeating projects with different colorways really makes the project totally different from the first.

Another week goes by and I am still working on my second Pickle Dish quilt {previous Pickle Dish quilt}.  With 72 curves, it is a very time consuming quilt.  I finished all of the curves, trimmed them down, and removed the paper foundation.  I now need to reevaluate my background fabric.  Originally, I thought a dark purple would be perfect and I bought all of the fabric.  Now that I finished all of the curves, I am not so sure about the purple.  I placed the curves against some scraps and a brighter color is in order.  Now to determine the background color, which will result in a shopping trip!  Do you have any suggestions?

Also, I am half way through making the blocks for another Underground Railroad quilt {previous Underground Railroad Quilt}.  This time I am using Civil War fabrics and colors.  Again, using different colorways makes the project totally different.

Lee from Freshly Pieced Blog is hosting the Work-In-Progress Wednesday Link-Up.

QuiltCon Block

The Modern Quilt Guild is having their first quilt conference and show, called QuiltCon.  It us February 21-24, 2013 in Austin, TX.  Although I won’t be attending QuiltCon, I still participated in their block challenge, where guild members created a block using the colors of the QuiltCon logo.  Twenty of the blocks will be assembled into a quilt that will be raffled off at QuiltCon.  The remaining blocks will be used to make quilts for Austin Children’s Shelter.

My block for QuiltCon is finished!  I love the color combination.  I used organic piecing to add gentle curves.  I learned this method back in February when the Philly Modern Quilt Guild had a Sewing Summit with a workshop was with Sujata Shah.  With this block challenge, I was finally able to explore using this method.

Game Quilt

When you combine a quilt and a game, you get a Game Quilt. This quilt was made for my six year old cousin in Florida.  Florida doesn’t really have the climate to utilize quilts, but at least the game can used year round.

My original inspiration was AnneMarie’s Twister Inspired Quilt from the Gen X Quilters Blog.  I made one last year by truly appliqueing each circle {Link}.  For this quilt, I used raw edge quilting, where the edges will fray for a distressed look after washing.  I still used 12.5 inch squares — which was easy to cut with my 12.5 inch square ruler.  Rather than using my typical meandering stipple, I quilted on the diagonal of each block with a walking foot.

We just came back from vacation.  See the nice pool in the picture?  This is where Little Jimmy (and Dunder Dog too) enjoyed some fun swim time!  No quilting was accomplished over the past week; however, I have the next two days with some major sewing plans.

Be sure to check out the other sites where I am linking up :

I Like Fabric

The year of 2012 began with the goal of using yardage from stash — sound familiar?  I think we all start the year with that same goal.  Then, a Quilt Show happens…

I have reported any stash updates since March, when I ventured out to Lancaster for the Quilt Show.  The end result was that I like fabrics.  43 yards of fabric, just from that one day.  I went to the local Lancaster shops and the many vendors at the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show.  Amazingly, I bought for specific projects.  Granted, I probably now have projects that will take me into the next decade, but it is going to take me awhile to dig out of this pile of fabrics.

Also, I have been going through my stash as well.  I broke into my black-background-batik stash to start another Pickle Dish quilt {previous Pickle Dish quilt}.  I also have been plowing through my kid fabrics for numerous baby quilts.  Here is one shown in my recent post, Personalized Quilts.  Also, I started another Underground Railroad quilt {previous Underground Railroad Quilt}.  I will show pictures of this quilt in my WIP post for this week on Wednesday.  Also, I am at the tail end of my second twister quilt project {link to my first Twister Quilt}.  The general conclusion from this week is that I like fabric!

Linking up with Judy of Patchwork Times.


Thunderstorms – My Biggest Quilting Fear

Tonight was dedicated to quilting the Twister Quilt.  I prepped it for basting and then the thunderstorms started.  Since my sewing machine has a computer board, my biggest quilting fear is having it experience a serge.  Even with serge protectors, I am still fearful.  From a recommendation of another PMQG member, I even unplug my machine on sunny days when it is not in use.  You just never know when a storm will brew!

In the meantime, my Twister Quilt awaits and I am waiting for the storm to pass by blogging!