Saturday, February 25, 2017

An End and some Beginnings

Today I decided to do the middle of my housework! Ray is gone to a photography class and there isn't much I need to do. I am vacuuming - well, Rosie Roomba is actually doing that; I just pushed the button.

First, I have a finish. I won a charm pack about a year ago at Lucky 2B Quilting. I bought a second pack and the backing to go with it. These colors/fabrics really don't go in my house but this will be perfect for the table on our screened porch this summer. Gooseberries is 52" by 54".

I didn't take a picture on the porch because we had snow last night and some wind - the table is covered with snow. I used Aurifil thread and Dream Cotton batting.

I knew I had enough of the backing for the binding but I couldn't find it. So the binding is navy. I did located the extra fabric - about 10 minutes after I sewed the binding on!

I free-motion quilted this. I started in the center (the turquoise square) with a circle and wavy flower-like petals around it. I continued from there in all directions adding in partial flower centers and the petals. I think it gave some great dimension and crinkliness to the quilt.

I sewed a blue binding on a Child Bricks - I hope to have it finished soon. It was square so I trimmed the batting and binding away after I sewed the binding on.

I have a retreat coming up in a month and I wanted to prep some projects. Everything that is left from my clean-out-this-stash project either needs to be quilted or is waiting for binding. So it is time for some new projects - yay!!!

You may recall that my friend Nancy gave me her stash a while back. I was to keep anything that I would use. I kept lots.! I think this will be a simple baby quilt that will go together fast.

The fish fabric is also from Nancy. The green, yellow, orange, and turquoise (which doesn't show in the picture) is from my stash. Yes I still have a large stash! I have a simple quilt in mind that I'll call Fish Sticks. 

I have seen a quilt on Facebook a few times recently and I want to make it. It is from the blog, Quilting is More Fun that Housework. Here is Cynthia's picture:

Cynthia gives a tutorial on her blog. I'll be following it with a few changes. I've pulled fabric from my stash, cut some fabric and decided I have to wait for the retreat to begin sewing.

Then I decided to spend some time on my leader/ender project. I am making a flannel quilt(s) called Hugs. Leslie, The Cuddle Quilter made a couple quilts a while back and I loved them.

I have enough HSTs for the first quilt and am well on my way to having enough for the second. I'm not sure - I might make three of these with different variations.

I still need to sew some of the triangles into squares. 

Today I decided to start making units of two and then four. The sun was beautiful coming through the window.

Hope Ray enjoyed his photography class as much as I enjoyed sewing today! He'll be home before long - we are headed to the Firemen's Steak Fry tonight.


  1. Love the quilt for the porch table.....I have one I keep handy for travels too. Congrats on cleaning up all your projects and getting to pick up some new ones. That is what it is all about!

  2. Lots of new quilt projects! What fun! I like the quilt at the top. Nice finish.

  3. Ok, I'm slow this morning as it took me a while to figure out sew was in the middle of housework! So fun to start new things - good for you for prepping then waiting for retreat to sew it! Cant wait to see fish sticks... love the name.

  4. I love the middle of your housework! You seem to have things well in hand :)



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