Happy Birthday Johnny

2013 started off great with all of my quilting projects.  In fact, I even finished several quilts just in January.  Then, at the end of January, I was went on bed rest.  Although I spent lots of time thinking and planning about quilts, I wasn’t able to sew.  Sadly, my sewing machine sat idle for over 5 weeks.  Then, this past week, I delivered my son – Johnny.  He had an early arrival by 9 weeks and will be spending several weeks in the special care nursery.  I don’t know how much sewing I will accomplish over the coming weeks, but there may be some updates, as I am finally able to work on his baby quilt!  In the meantime, I will post some Johnny pictures with updates.

 

A New Round of Triangles

This week I finished up the Car Mat Quilt and the Second Frogs ‘n Triangles Quilt.  Also, I started a new quilt and surprise…it used triangles.  Back in August, I completed my Circles and Triangles Quilt using Jaybird Quilts Chopsticks Quilt Pattern.  This week, I started round 2 of this quilt pattern but had to improvise a bit.  I didn’t have enough blue for the background, so I added some yellow.  Also, I ran out of one of the prints, so I threw in another print to complement the other fabrics.

Lee from Freshly Pieced Blog is hosting the Work-In-Progress Wednesday Link-Up.  There is lots of creativity posted, so check it out!

More Frogs

Here is round two of the Frogs ‘n Triangles Quilt.  The pattern is the Floating Triangles Pattern from Julie Herman’s book, Skip the Borders.  After completing the first pattern, the second one flew!  My quilting even improved, as I used the same design, inspired by Angela Walters.  If you missed my first quilt, check it out here.  I am now contemplating completing a third quilt to use up the extra green squares and other colors using scraps.

Here are my link ups this week:

Zoom – A Quilted Car Mat

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom — what a busy city with lots of quilted detail.  This weekend, I  wrapped up this project by adding the solid back binding.  I found this quilt panel back in November 2010 on a Local Quilt Store Shop Hop — actually, my husband found the panel and knew that it would be a fun play mat!  This one is staying at our house for Jimmy.  I  used some Richard Scarry fabric for the backing with a Busy Town design.  Inspired by Angela Walter’s book (Free-motion Quilting with Angela Walters), I incorporated many designs into this quilt – pebbling for the roads, pointed zig zags for the grass, chain squares for windows, wavy lines for roofs, wishbones for siding on buildings, swirls for the pond.  The dense quilting took a very long time, which is why I took a break from the project last August.  Now that Jimmy is playing with his cars more, I finished this car mat just in time.  You can see that Jimmy’s current cars are a tad out of proportion, taking up the entire road.  That will change over time as his cars will shrink to the matchbox size!

Here are my link ups this week:

The Sewing Machine Hums

It has been yet another weekend of sewing!  I had a couple of hiccups, but I was able to finally hear my machine hum.  I was supposed to meet up with the Philly Modern Quilt Guild for an all day sewing day on Saturday.  I was completely packed with intentions of completing a couple of quilts and getting a start on a new one.  As the day turned out, I hung out my little man while my husband spent the day recovering from some virus.  Luckily, during Jimmy’s naps, I was able to put in some sewing time.  I first turned on my machine and it ate my quilt!  I cleaned and oiled it and still had issues.  I was on a mission to quilt and pulled out the screwdriver to check out the innards.  After more cleaning and lots of determination, I was very proud to hear my sewing machine hum without having to take it in for service!  It continued to hum all afternoon, as  I completed the free motion quilting and binding for my second Floating Triangles Quilt, the binding for Jimmy’s car, and the cutting of a new Chopsticks quilt.  I will be sharing my finishes this week, but here is a glimpse of what I worked on this weekend.

This week I used up a yard of black fabric for the remaining background squared in the Floating Triangles quilt, as well as 3.5 yards of fabric for the Chopsticks Quilt.  With the addition of 4 yards this week, my fabric usage this year is up to 11.5 yards of fabric with still no new 2013 purchases.  Linking up with Judy of Patchwork Times.

 

The Current Quilting Projects

Just to complete the Pickle Dish Quilt, I had to focus and limit myself to only working on one quilt at a time.  It is not my style, but I had to finish the quilt!  With the new year and the Pickle Dish Quilt completed, it was great to start new projects.  I already started and finished up my first 2013 quilt with frogs and triangles using a Jaybird Quilts pattern, Floating Triangles.  I really enjoyed making this quilt that I started a second using the same fabric.  This week, I sewed my small squares.  Now I am off to iron them so I can form the blocks.  I also completed the quilting on the car mat quilt and picked out the binding from my stash.  It is still a work in progress, but it is all part of the process!

Lee from Freshly Pieced Blog is hosting the Work-In-Progress Wednesday Link-Up.  Check out the other quilting projects that are forming in the blog world.

Frogs ‘n Triangles

When I received Julie Herman’s book, Skip the Borders in the mail.  I saw the back cover of the book with a small picture of her Floating Triangles quilt pattern.  Immediately, I knew that I had to make this quilt first.  Luckily, the dimensions were perfect for a baby quilt – 39″ square.  With seven baby quilts in the pipeline, the pattern was a perfect fit.  In just a week (well 2 actual days of sewing), I dove into my stash of greens and created this fun quilt.  I loved Angela Walters quilting that was shown in Julie’s book, so I also echoed the square that is offset in the pattern.  I went a bit overboard on cutting extra squares, so this quilt will have a twin soon!  I even have extra frog fabric for the back – aren’t they fun?

Here are my link ups this week:

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.

 

New Quilt for a New Year

It is a new year, so why not start a new quilt!  I do have plans on finishing my old works in progresses, but I think that they have graduated to that UFO state.  I notice that there are a lot of resolutions out there to finish quilts, but I will get there — one day!  In the meantime, I have a number of baby quilts to start and finish.  Here is a a great start to the new year.

On Sunday, I worked on a Floating Triangles quilt.  The pattern is by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts Blog in her book, Skip the Borders.  All in one day, I cut into my stash of greens, chain pieced, assembled, and basted.  It could have easily been a quilt in a day if my bedtime wasn’t so early!  I even had an extra helper — Jimmy.  In the picture, you can see that he is having a blast with the scraps.  I also cut extra squares until I ran out of black fabric.  When I finally order more, there may be a twin of this quilt soon.  I will hopefully be able to share this completed quilt, resulting in the first finish of 2013.

Lee from Freshly Pieced Blog is hosting the Work-In-Progress Wednesday Link-Up.  Check out what other projects are brewing for 2013!

12 in 2012 – A Year of Quilting

When I was marching through 2012, there were months when I didn’t even turn on the sewing machine.  As I was going through pictures, I realized that I was able to manage to sew more than I realized.  In addition, all of the quilts that I worked on in 2012 were also kicked-off in 2012.  2013 may be a different story as it will be a year of finishing some unfinished projects.  In the end, I completed 3 large quilts, 7 baby quilts, and 2 table runners.  12 projects in 12 months for 2012!  I’ll aim for 13 in 2013!