Category Archives: Quilting

The Quilting Progress

It is funny how we typically lump all elements of the design, cutting, piecing, quilting, and binding into the term quilting.  Rather, the quilting — the sewing of the top, batting, and back — is truly quilting.  Focused on the actual meaning of the term, this weekend was truly dedicated to free-motion quilting.

Last August, I started a Car Mat Quilt for Jimmy.  It contained some very dense quilting.  I pebbled the roads and textured the grass with the quilting.  It was taking hours — well, more like dozens of hours.  I eventually took a quilting break from the project and pulled it out again this weekend to wrap it up.  It is now awaiting binding.

Also this weekend, I completed the Floating Triangles quilt (Jaybird Quilts Pattern from Skip the Borders) with binding too!  More to come tomorrow with detailed pictures…

Besides quilting two quilts, the best quilt news this weekend was the discovery of another 1/2 yard of Moda’s Bella Black fabric in my stash.  The squares are cut for the next Floating Triangle Quilt.  My fabric usage this year is up to 7.5 yards of fabric with no new 2013 purchases.  Linking up with Judy of Patchwork Times.


Quilting Beyond Stippling

Stippling has always been my go to quilt design.  Before I was even quilting, my notebooks always had doodles with plenty of stippling designs.  This year I have really been trying to get out of my comfort zone and try new designs.  Earlier this year, I did a baby quilt by echoing the pattern of the quilt.  It turned out super cute.  Beyond echoing, I needed some how-to pictures so I per-ordered Angela Walter’s new book — Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters: Choose & Use Quilting Designs for Modern Quilts.  By reading this book, my free-motion quilting skills have already improved.  So far, I have been able to use three of her designs on the following quilts:

Wow is all I can say!  Using her step by step guides, I just followed her designs and before I knew it, I got my rhythm down!  By trying these new designs, I am now even more into free-motion quilting (and I didn’t know that was even possible!).  This book is definitely a keeper that I will be referencing quite often.  Great job Angela!

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

Busy Bee

Last night was my most productive quilt day for 2012.  I certainly was a busy bee.  Last weekend, I extended my quilt studio into the hallway with a folding table for basting.  I should have taken a picture, but there wasn’t enough room.  I pin basted 3 small quilts — two baby quilts and a wall hanging.  Thank goodness I bought more basting pins!  Last night, I quilted all three quilts and added the binding.  I used free motion stippling for baby dinosaur and A to Z wall panel quilting.  I keep resorting back to my comfort quilting of stippling, so I decided to try something new with straight line quilting on the half square triangle quilt.  I love how it turned out!  To branch out of my stippling rut, I will be on a look out for all-over patterns that don’t take over the quilt.

Basting: The Longest Part of Quilting

My favorite part of the quilting process is the actual quilting — the part that keeps the three layers together.  I enjoy cutting the fabric (unless it is one of my favorites and I am taking the plunge to use it!) and piecing the entire top.  However, then I tend to stall and wait hoping that the basting part will magically happen on it’s own.  The bigger the quilt, the more I stall.  Does anyone actually enjoy basting large projects?

I am currently working on the bed quilt for my son.  It is a full size bed, so I have been stalling for about two weeks.  Yesterday, I pulled out my basting tables and squeezed them into my living room.  The basting process is finally underway.  The only thing getting me through the point is that soon I will be working on my favorite part of quilting!

Here are some basting tips — let me know if you have others!

  • Use folding tables and line them up next to each other (it is quick to assemble/disassemble)
  • Curved safety pins add speed to the process.  Don’t be stingy and use lots of them.  Store them in the open position!
  • Make sure each layer doesn’t have any wrinkles and are taunt by using masking tape and clamps (found in hardware store)
  • Start pining in the center.  Work then outward and check along the way that there are no wrinkles


Snoopy and Friends Quilt

A friend of mine is having a baby with such a cute theme — Snoopy!  Oh my, it was hard to find fabric to follow this theme.  Eventually, I got my hands on fabric with Snoopy and all of his friends.  Best of all, the fabric was in primary colors, which is my favorite baby quilt color schemes.  Following the Yellow Brick Road pattern, I used 6 fat quarters.  Additionally, I used Snoopy and friends for the border and backing.

I’m linking up with Quilt Story’s Fabric Tuesday.

Fresh Poppy Design

Jelly Roll Quilt Along

…is finally finished!  I was on a roll with the quilt, until I realized that I am not a huge mystery sampler quilter.  This type of quilt along was frustrating, as I didn’t know what all the blocks were and the number of jelly roll strips that would be used.  Thus, I didn’t keep up with the quilt along and waited several months until all the directions were posts.  At that time, I was busy with several other projects and this quilt quickly became a UFO.  Over the past few months, I finished the blocks up and determined it would be a perfect size and color theme for two vibrant baby quilts!

I am linking up Sew Modern Monday hosted by Canoe Ridge Creations.

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

A Fun Quilt

I made this fun quilt after seeing AnneMarie’s Twister Inspired Quilt from the Gen X Quilters Blog.  I changed it up a bit by using 12.5 inch squares, rather than appliqueing the all 24 circles on one large piece of fabric.  It was far easier for me to center one circle on each square than aligning all the circles.  Here are all of my blocks prior to making the quilt top.

Here is the finished project!

Oh, and the back is pieced!  It was a sunny day, so you can see a silhouette!

18 inches of binding

Over two months ago, I blogged about the Sliced Coin Quilt Along quilt needing the binding.  That weekend, I completed most of the binding — except for about 18 inches.  Since then, this quilt sat folded up on my bookshelf for two months!  I was so close, yet I never finished it!  Today, I spent about 15 minutes finishing it up and now I have a quilt to share with the Sew Modern Monday Link Up and Quilt Story’s Fabric Tuesday.

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

Fresh Poppy Design

Thanks again Elizabeth from the Don’t Call Me Betsy’s Blog for orchestrating the Sliced Coin Quilt Along.

Celebrating One Year

Exactly a year ago, I started my blogging journey on February 22, 2010.  My first post was the kick-off of Anina’s Pinwheel Party, where I showed a sneak peek of my fabrics for this quilt-a-long.  A couple of weeks ago, I finished up this project.

To celebrate this finish and a wonderful year of quilting, I am hosting a give away of 4 black background batik fat quarters from my collection.  You have three chances to win:  One: Leave a comment  Two: Follow my blog and leave a comment.  Three: “Like” my Just Launched Facebook page and leave another comment to let me know!  Leave your comments by Monday, February 28  to be entered.  I will use the Random Number Generator and will announce the winner on Tuesday.

I am linking up with Quilt Story’s Fabric Tuesday.

Fresh Poppy Design

Time to Celebrate

Last May, I started a confetti quilt with the various leftover batiks and forming 4.5 in squares.  It was a great stash busting project; however, I never finished it…..until now!  This past week, I completed the piecing, quilting, and binding.  It is a perfect size for a baby quilt.  It would have been a quick quilt, if it didn’t take me 8 months to finish!  Now, it is time to celebrate — or pull out another UFO!