Quilting Fun

While I love the satisfaction of finishing a quilt, it isn't the only way to have fun with quilting. Fun also comes from the great outings with girlfriends, shopping expeditions with Grandma, or just sitting in my "thoughtful spot" chair perusing magazines and books. The thrill of the next project waiting just there on the horizon...

Friday, February 12, 2016

Quick UFO

Keeping UFOs around my workspace, cluttering things, moving from here to there and back and so on...this is my MO. So yesterday I went to the sewing room with the intention of clearing off and finishing one UFO.

I am happy to report that I accomplished that goal. And, just as I knew it would be, the finish was totally easy and fast. There simply is no explanation why I didn't get right on it from the get-go.

Back in November, after I'd finished the Mondo bag, I was left with half a jelly roll of a Moda fabric called Neptune. Since Sharon was here and was working on a 'race quilt,' I decided to just go ahead and do that with the remaining jelly roll. You can click here to read the post I did about it.

So, on the back of my sewing table I have had this long, skinny borderless quilt top folded there since mid-November. Beside it I'd place the charm pack of Neptune fabrics that I intended to use for the border. Yesterday, I completed that ridiculously easy UFO.

I only added borders to the sides. Because I wanted to correct the narrowness of this quilt top, adding 9.5 inches (4.75 on each side), makes it more regularly shaped. It will work nicely as a lap quilt.

Feels good to have a finish on this. Easy as it was, I just shake my head at my lack of initiative in finishing it. Gracious.

While working on that, I gave serious thought to what I will work on next and I have a plan.


Something new!! I am going forward with one of those Thimbleberries quilts I showed you a few posts back - Goldenrod Patch. Pictures of  that forthcoming.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Frankfort Girls Round Up

I began showing you the projects we worked on last Friday at Sheryll's when we Frankfort Girls met. The last post of Sheryll's beautiful little pinwheel quilt made from bonus triangles is a real show-stopper. Let me now finish sharing our Friday show-and-tell.

Terry has begun her Easter Bunny applique using a light background. You have seen Sheryll's here before with her black background. It is fun to see the diversity.

Sheryll wanted to be sure we all saw that she finally finished that very involved fall/pumpkin table topper. I've shown it in various stages of completion here already, but now she has a finish. I know how thrilled she must be! The sun was glaring in at the window just off to the right, so my pic is not as crisp as it ought to be.

And, on Sheryll's chair, this pretty log cabin was draped. I can't recall what (if anything) was said about this, but you need to see it nonetheless, right?

Jan is our grandma-in-waiting, and is absolutely churning out baby-related projects like mad. She accomplishes a lot without having a grandbaby on the way - this increased output is remarkable! She has created a set of farm-inspired wall hangings for the baby's room. Farming is one of the central businesses in the family; these will inspire the new baby to follow in the family's footsteps.

I had some hand quilting to work on; I can't quite say what Sharon O. worked on. Once again, I am an unreliable reporter. We will all (possibly) be together again on the 16th for a day of sewing at Terry's. I will try to do better.

I find I am still spinning my wheels about what to work on next. I have several recent UFOs that could take my attention and help clear out some of the clutter around my sewing machine. Or I could cut out some brand spanking new things that have been simmering on the back burner. Which ever way I go, I hope I can get lots accomplished, and have some progress to share with you tomorrow!
Happy Quilting, Friends!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Using Scraps

We have all removed excess from flying geese units and faced the dilemma of whether to keep or discard that excess. Some of us keep those bits and never do anything with them. Others, like my quilting friend Sheryll, create a gorgeous little quilt.

 I am so enamored with this quilt. It inspires me to make something that requires flying geese units just so I will have the leftovers to make something like this. What's not to like about red and white?

We Frankfort girls met on Friday and this is just one of the projects we shared. I am having trouble with a slow photo editing program today, so I will stop for now. We did have more to show and tell; hopefully I will be able to bring that to you tomorrow.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

New Year's Resolution #1

January's quilt is done and I am so pleased with the results.

I gave the quilt top to long-arm quilter Terry around the middle of January. She had it quilted and handed it back over to me on Friday. I spent yesterday evening preparing and attaching the binding. It's DONE!!

The details: quilt top made in August, 2011; size is 70 inches by 80 inches; fabric is by Moda's American Jane called Breath of Avignon.

I always say this quilt looks like a Van Gogh painting with the bright, intense colors. I even called the quilt "Vincent" back when I first posted about making the quilt top.

Strippy quilts are fun and fast. I had a lot of fabric from this line, and some pieces were border prints. I used them in the solid vertical strips, and maintained the little yellow bit on the edge - it looks like rick-rack. That's just one of the neat little touches that make me adore this quilt.

I am gearing up to do some hand quilting while we watch the super-bowl tonight. I have no favorite to win - I would love to see Manning get another Super Bowl victory; and Carolina is just full of former OSU Buckeyes. Either way, I will be happy for the winner. Just hope to see a good game.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thimbleberries Rises Again

I don't know if you've heard, but apparently Lynette Jensen, Queen of RJR's Thimbleberries fabrics and her own pattern company Thimbleberries, has come out of retirement to do a BOM (block of the month). Any quilter who was actively crafting in the 1990s surely has at least one Thimbleberries book and some of her patterns. Most of my quilting friends waited with bated breath on her next book or her next fabric line. We made special trips to Columbus to buy huge quantities of fabrics. All of us traded around our patterns and books.

What made her so appealing to all of us working moms was that her patterns were uncomplicated and her piecing techniques were so very streamlined using relatively large pieces. This made getting a quilt finished loads faster, and for a working woman, this was crucial.

I definitely honed my skills on Thimbleberries. Some of these books are quite worn from use. I have dog-eared many, many pages, and some books permanently fall open to the same pages.

The very first book I bought was this one, Summer House Traditions. I was in a shop in Columbus and several of these little wall hangings were made up and displayed throughout the shop. Samples definitely make sales, as this was the case for me. This book is copyrighted 1993.

This book, North Bay Quilts, is very likely the one I have used the most. That cover quilt is called Confetti Stars, and I have two of them hanging in my closet awaiting quilting. It is also the quilt we Freinzies use for our retirement quilts, so that means at least 8 or so more have been made. This is a fast and fun pattern.

The quilt above is one I want to make, and I have the fabrics pulled from my stash and set aside in a bin along with this book. I should try to pull it out this year and get it done. Below are the fabrics; I have opted to use blue where she has used green.

Another pattern I want to make is this one called Goldenrod Patch. I have always been smitten by it. There are two versions shown in the picture, and I love them both. The picture is hard to see because of the glare shining off all the folds and bends in the book. I have had this pulled along with fabrics for even longer than the one above.

This is the fabric I have selected for Goldenrod Patch. I am more likely to get this one going than the other, I think. Some of these fabrics are from Thimbleberries, but not all. (In other words, I'm not a purist!)

I am not going to participate in the BOM; I have never subscribed to concept, really. They are pricey and I know me - I would never stay caught up. I am however, following some bloggers who are doing it. One in particular is my blogging friend, Lynn, at Sew'n Wild Oaks. She is making one of the blocks - a basket - and has a couple of computer-generated examples on her blog today. You can also see a picture of all the Thimbleberries books she has amassed! Gracious! It makes my little collection look anemic.

So, welcome back, Lynette Jensen! It'll be good to see you popping up around the blogosphere this year.

I will take pictures of some of my quilts that are Thimbleberries patterns. Some have been blogged about already; you can do a search over in that search bar on the right if you want to see them.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Groundhog Day Finish

Sunny and warm here for Groundhog's Day, so I suppose the varmint saw his shadow. What that means, according to legend, I have no idea. What I do know is that I used part of my Tuesday to finish off the little Pincushion Stars Quilt. It is so small that I hardly spent any time at all finishing, which I was supremely happy about!

Some stars are prettier than others; some stars are pointier than other, too. By and large, though, one does not see the imperfections just to look at it. It measures right at what the pattern says - 12 x 14.5 inches. The backing is the same fabric as the setting triangles.

My quilt and the pattern picture. Not a bad job of imitating, I would say.

Now I need to think on what I will focus on next. I really don't have a plan, and I work better with a plan. Several UFOs await my attention, but the pull of doing something brand new is also niggling at me. I have a rather full day today, errands this morning and classes this afternoon/evening. I have time to come up with something.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Baker's Dozen

The final 13 stars are finished, and to me, that is quite an accomplishment. It did become somewhat tedious working with such small bits and pieces. Plus, each star needed to be cut out separately. There's a lot to be said for consistency in fabrics and colors. Faster finishes result. On the other hand, there's a lot to be said for scrappy. Scrappy takes longer, but the results are worth it.

Oh what am I saying?!! ALL quilts are wonderful to create, regardless of the speed in making them or the tediousness of the process!   Maybe I just like to complain a little bit??

 Above, all 32 little beauties are lined up in rows. The ones at the bottom of the picture are the first that I made. The ones at the top are the latest. I tried to make darker backgrounds in those later stars. It will be fun to arrange them in a pleasing yet haphazard way for the quilt.

I pulled the fabrics for the setting triangles and the backing and the binding last evening. I might just get this little quilt finished sooner than I think.

Happy Quilting, Friends!