This week I will be starting on a mandela quilt design that I selected fabrics or more than two years ago. The pattern consists of 32 paper pieced spiral wedges in rich golds, greens and deep reds, that will be placed on a 18th century floral background of warm red tones. The fabric was cut into strips last year and put away until I felt I had the patience to work on a highly detailed project again — I believe this spring into summer season will be a good time to tackle this project.
Another UFO moved from the closet to the finish pile this weekend. After about five years of hand stitching cathedral window blocks my Pretty in Pink quilt is almost finished — just need to sew down the binding. I started this top when my youngest granddaughter was born, she is now in school and outgrown pink quilts. 😒
With all of the patterns within patterns created by the blocks I used a very simple quilt pattern to complete the project…Now to find a home for the project.
after almost two years (this one sat in the UFO pile a few times) I finally finished my paper pieced Circling the Sun quit top.
Now how should it be quilted? Any ideas?
With 10 years of fabric scraps and almost three spools of thread later my king size bedspread top is finished and ready to be sent off for long arm quilting. This the first truly scrap quilt that I have ever made. The project brought back some lovely memories and helped me let go of some issues I have with mixing patterned fabrics.
Over the Christmas break I repurposed the last of my scrap heap into strips for a king sized scrap quilt. So far I have managed to make a 140 of the 160 – 8 1/2″ blocks need for the top.
hopefully within the next week the final blocks will be completed and then the block layout fun begins.
We have a nice week long holiday break during which we have to do zero traveling, so I decided that it was time to attach my 8 year old fabric scrap bin. As it turned out there was enough fabric in it to make at least two king size quilts.
I sorted the larger pieces into two pile: remnants that could be turned into 1 1/2 strips for a pencil quilt, and others that could be cut into 2 1/2 inch patches for an English paper piecing project that I have been working on for the past two years.
The remnants for the paper piecing project have been put aside for now ans as the picture below shows I have cut a number of strips for the pencil quilt and have about 50 of the 120 blocks that I will need for the quilt either started or completed.
I plan on finishing cutting and/or piecing strips and shorting the strips into color categories by the end of our holiday break. If time allows many of the blocks will also be completed and staged for pressing and trimming.
Hope that you are doing something fun for the holidays.
Just finished the binding on my grandson’s quilt, so now it is ready to go to his parents. I want days to always be bright for him so top part of the quilt has a large sun shining down on stylized water and ground, and braced it with a puppy paw print to acknowledge the sweet dog that he will spend his early childhood with. I hope that he has the quilt for many years to come.
This morning I finished sewing the binding around a hand pieced wall quilt that was in my sewing travel box for 18 months. I used the English paper piecing technique and a number of hand dyed and batik fabric scraps to create this piece. The top was then sandwiched with Soft and Natural 100% cotton batting and the black batik fabric used for some of the stars on the top. I then machine quilted the top with a smoke colored filament thread.
I love English paper piecing so much that I am currently working on a king sizes quilt top using 1 inch hexagons that are being arranged in an interlocking star pattern. The nice this is that I am using several years worth of fabric scraps to create the units. Working with the scraps from various quilts that I have made over the years brings back lots of memories and adds an interesting history to what I suspect will be a three year project.
We had our first hard frost a week ago so the vegetable gardens were pulled, last of the pasta sauce made and canned, and the dehydrator loaded. Now that gardening duties are over I have some time to spend on crafts.
There are so many started but unfinished projects in my studio that I have set up a project rotation to finish some of the projects and start a new year long project. Each week I rotate a project out for one in the queue to work on. Hopefully this will help me finish some of the projects this winter…
English paper pieced top that I have finished about 1/2 the quilting
Needlepoint project I have been working on for the past 5 years. Finished her dress in the last rotation.
New long term cross stitch project. When it is done it will be 25″ X 31.5″ and contain 495,000 stitches… I do like challenges.
A stack and whack project waiting patiently to be laid out and stitched.
I finally finished my Cubic Stars quilt top. For the last year I had hand stitched this English paper piecing top for a number of hand dyed fabrics along with a couple of other favorites. Now I just need to sandwich the top and put it aside for hand quilting this winter.
I love rainy weekends. We get to cut down on outdoor chores and working on fun things. This Saturday I baked a few loves of sourdough bread, and sat at my sewing machine for a few hours. Sewing time this week let me finish the bottom of my grandsons quilt and start on the appliqué on the top portion of the top.
I still need to cut and appliqué a few stars to float around the sun before I can finish sewing the top together… It looks like the little man may get his quilt before he is six months old 😀
this weekend I stared working on the quilt for my new grandson. It has been a number of years since I have worked on a baby quilt, so I am having a lot of fun with the fabrics and patterns.
All of the pieces have been cut and last night I started working on the appliqué section at the top of the quilt. I was going to use buttons for the eyes on the sun, but then thought about all of the things babies put in their mouth. Any ideas for what would be a safer option for the eyes?
I finished the Winter in the village quilt top… One more item out of the UFO pile. The 90+ degree days of late have given me good reason to spend evenings in my sewing room in the basement of our home working on projects.
It is nice to have the top done. I will be sending it off to be quilted as soon as the backing arrives. The colors will be so nice to have on the bed in the gray winter months.
Now I need to finish picking the fabrics for my grandsons quilt and start quilting the piece for my daughter.
For the past few evenings I have been working on my house quilt top. Four rows down and four more to go, than on to the two borders. This one will add a nice bright spot to our bedroom.
Erma Bombeck said that when life deals you lemons make lemonade. This weekend we were given two days of rain, while we are very happy for the gardens it didn’t allow for any outdoor projects, so we put the project list aside, slowed the past down a bit and turned the weekend into a crafting period.
My partner pulled out the bead loom and started working on a project that haven’t been touched in months and I organized a long-term paper piecing project, and got re-acquainted with my sewing machine by working on a project I started last winter.
I always have at least one long-term project in the works. This one is a scrappy English paper piecing project that has been underway for about a year and has about another 2 years before the king sized quilt will be pieced. All piecing is being done by hand and the fabrics are from my scrap bags.
Pieces from a king sized quilt project I started this past winter. I should have all of the house blocks done this weekend.
My honey’s bead project. About 66 lines done, another 300 to go. Another piece in the Alaskan wildlife series.