Tuesday, November 29, 2022

One last finish for November!

On our Michigan trip this fall, we stopped at Plum Lake Quilts in Sayner, WI, where I bought a kit with The Little Red Hen pattern Jingles. It was fun to work with wool and make something I would use. The majority of the quilt is cotton. 

This 41" by 60" quilt is for us. I changed the design slightly. The strip with the appliqué was in the center and I moved it down because the quilt will hang.

I free-motion quilted this with Glide 40-wt  #10877 Sterling Gray thread. I used a large meander on the narrow stripes. 

The area with the wool appliqué has a horizontal stipple.

When the season is right, this quilt will hang on the quilt rack above a couch in our living room.

Yesterday I decided to clean one of our four large dormer closets. This one hasn't been cleaned for a while. It's taken me two days and I now have 5 large trash bags and 1 large box to deliver to a Second Hand store near us, 1 large bag of trash, and 4 large pieces of luggage to deliver to the new owner.  The closet looks MUCH better and it was easy to retrieve the Christmas decor this afternoon! 

Now I think it's time to focus a little more on Christmas and maybe a bit less on quilting ...

Monday, November 21, 2022

Some Small Finishes

My latest finishes are all Christmas/winter table runners for us. They all are flat, but, as usual, I do not get down on the floor to straighten them out.

The two red pickup runners are each 16" by 47". I free motion quilted one with a loop de loop

and the other with a meander.

The third runner has bears and trees. It is 14" by 42". 

I quilted it with a horizontal stipple.

I used Glide 40-wt #10WG1 Linen thread on all three runners. They all have the same gray fabric on the back.

I'm working on a couple more projects for us and various donation quilts. With Thanksgiving this week, I doubt that I'll get in much more quilting. We are hosting and just a bit busy! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 10, 2022

A Third Finish for November

One day I was reading something that Christina Cameli had shared. She suggested cutting up charm squares and sewing them back together as strings. I had two matching Kaffe Fassett charm packs that I decided to slice into pieces without thinking through the process. If you do this, do not cut too big of a slant or your strips will have to be trimmed to less than a 5" width. I'm just speaking from experience here. 
This just came out of the dryer and I did not get on the floor to flatten it.

This donation quilt finished at 52" by 57".

I quilted this on my long arm using the pantograph, Water Wings from Urban Elementz. Although I love free motion quilting, I'm trying to learn to use pantographs - it is getting easier and my quilting is looking better! I used 40-wt Glide thread - Lemon Ice #80607.

I found fabric for the back that matches one of the fabrics in the quilt. It is orange rather than pink as it looks in this photo.

This is the third quilt I finished at the recent retreat. Again, all I had to do was hand stitch the binding. I also did some wool work at the retreat. I'm hoping those projects are finished soon.

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Another November Finish

At the recent retreat, I did lots of handwork.  My second finish also just needed the binding sewn down. It is called Bright Gems. I saw a picture of a quilt similar that was called Vintage Jewels. I made my squares about 4 1/2" finished and used bright colors (because the pastels didn't seem to fit). 

This donation quilt is 58 inches square. 

Did you see the binding? It was in my stash and seemed the perfect choice.

The backing is from my stash also.

I free-motion quilted this with a meandering stitch using 40-wt Glide thread, Bone #17443.

It was nice to get another quilt finished. And there's still more to come!

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

A November Finish

In early November, I have a retreat with three friends. I have missed this for a few years and was delighted to be able to attend this year. We were missing one of our group but we still had a great time. I found that sewing on my machine - I assume it must have been the height of the table and/or the chair - was painful. (At home, I can typically sew for 1+ hours at a time.) Anyway, I did very little machine stitching and lots of hand stitching. 

I finished Hill n Dale. I purchased a kit for this quilt in early September. I fell in love with the baby blue fabrics - Moda's Crystal Lane by Bunny Hill Designs. I very seldom buy kits but it was on sale and quite a deal.

I decided to use the same fabric line for the backing and finally found fabric at an online shop. This matches the most used fabric (the medium fabric used in the square patches) on the front.

The quilting motif is just two loops with an echo across the loops. Here is my practice piece:

This 64" square quilt will be staying with us. I used Glide Linen #10WG1 40-wt thread to quilt this.

At the retreat I finished putting the binding on this quilt - it just needed the hand stitching.

There are more finishes to come...

Friday, October 28, 2022

A Finished Quilt

I've kept busy since we got back from our trip to the UP of Michigan. We've been home almost two weeks - we've traveled to have lunch with Ray's brother and girlfriend, traveled to see a couple of baseball games (grandson playing), gone to a benefit for a local fellow, traveled to an academic bowl (grandson) and traveled to a 3rd grade concert (grandson). I guess we've traveled a lot and I also had a birthday and I've been able to do some quilting.

Log Cabin with Multi-Colors just needed a binding but, hey, it is a finish!

The colored fabric for the log cabin blocks is all from the same bolt except for the very center. That is a Grunge blue that matches the border.

This 59" square quilt will be donated.

I free-motion quilted this with a double loop motif. I used 40-wt Glide thread - #10877 Sterling Gray. It was a little darker than I wanted.

I'm slowly building my stash of Glide thread and this was the lightest gray I have. 

The back has the same colors as the front although I'm not sure it looks like it in the following photos.

I have more quilts that need binding - maybe I'll have more finishes soon!

Monday, October 17, 2022

Fall Trip to Wisconsin and Michigan Part 4

On Friday we woke up to snow - a heavy, wet, very pretty snow! These pictures were taken at our rental.

We headed southwest on a little quilt shop hop.

First stop was Sew Peaceful Quilting in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. This was a nice shop with helpful ladies. 

I found this fabric for winter table runners.

The snow continued.

We drove on to Marshfield, Wisconsin, to Quilt Kits & Beyond. I don't buy a lot of kits so I wasn't sure about this stop but she had lots of fabric too. 

I found fabric for two quilt backs.

The owner suggested Nutz Deep II for lunch. As usual, quilt shops do not let you down when suggesting places to eat! She raved about the burgers but said everything was good. Since it was Friday and there was a fish fry, we decided to have fish. We both chose the walleye and had a delicious meal!

The snow finally stopped just before our final shop,

Pammy's Patchwork Playhouse in Whitehall, Wisconsin. When we arrived, I thought this would be interesting - the building was very old and had been a bar. It's still a work in progress but a nice little shop. In the near future, it will probably be the only quilt shop to have a bar serving beer, pop, and wine! The owner was quite interesting and very nice.

We enjoyed our visit and I found fabric for a couple of Christmas table runners.

About 8 miles down the road, near Blair, Wisconsin, we went to an Amish bakery and then to our Airbnb rental near Arcadia, Wisconsin.

On Saturday we headed towards home because by the time we decided what we wanted to do for the weekend, we could not find a place to stay Saturday night - not a motel, resort, or rental. 

We began the gorgeous, sunny day with a visit to an apple orchard north of LaCrosse, WI. 

We drove to LaCrosse and visited Grandad's Bluff. The area was redone a while back and it is really nice. We enjoyed spending time on Grandad's when we went to LaCrosse State University (now known as University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse). 
view of UW-L campus

shelter on Grandad's

After stopping briefly on campus, we crossed the Mississippi River and stopped at an apple/produce stand in LaCrescent, Minnesota while heading south to Lansing, Iowa.

Lansing was really crowded but we did find a place to park and a place for a late lunch - Milty's Bar and Grill. After a walk around the Main Street, we headed across the bridge to Illinois and headed for home. We arrive a few hours later and got settled in.

And that is the rest of the story!


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