Monday, February 1, 2016

Time To Let Go

I'm determined not to get to the point of being a subject on "Hoarders", so I've been using my stash to make my most recent quilts, and I'm getting around to letting go of some old quilting magazines.

I think 15+ years is a bit long to hold onto them, so I've saved a couple of patterns for inspiration and the rest will be recycled.


Friday, January 29, 2016

Miles and Miles of Binding

I haven't blogged for a while, but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy on the quilting front. I finished three quilt tops and pieced backings for them, and now the bindings are ready as well. I like to prepare the bindings before I quilt my quilts, so as soon as the quilting is done, I can sew the binding on quickly and get the whole project finished.


Of course, I made bias striped binding...my favorite look.

Monday, January 18, 2016

First Finish of 2016

I'm trying to shop my stash as much as possible to use up fabrics that I've had for ages. Sometimes this means using up ugly fabrics.

(click on the photos for a larger view)


Here's what some of these fabrics look like up close...


They don't really play well together, but when I added a neutral tan solid, it made it a bit easier on the eyes.

How did I get these fabrics in my stash? Easy answer...I went on a few quilt retreats back when I was a newbie quilter in my guild, and we would often have ugly fat quarter contests. The owners of the ugly FQs never wanted to take theirs back home and willingly gave them away to anyone who wanted them, so of course, I took any fabric I could get my hands on because I didn't have a stash yet. It was now time to get them used up.

The pattern is Cloud Nine by Villa Rosa Designs. It comes together very quickly and easily.

Here's a closeup of the quilting...just loopy meandering...


Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Finishes

It looks like I averaged one quilt per month in 2015. Not bad.

click photo to enlarge

Five of these quilts are with their new owners, and seven still reside with me. Some are hard to give away because I really like them, but I think I'll try to find homes for at least a few early in the new year.

Happy New Year to all and I hope that 2016 brings you lots of quilting happiness!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Last Finish in 2015

Many years ago, I bought a couple of quilt kits at the old Lancaster quilt show, thinking I would one day make the applique quilt patterns that came with the fabric (gorgeous hand-dyes, maybe even snow-dyed). I quickly discovered that applique quilts are just not something that I like to make, so the kits just sat around in my stash.


A few years ago, I decided to give the patterns away, but keep the fabric. I made a quilt for my brother-in-law and sister-in-law using some of the fabrics (you can see it here), and then recently made this one from the fabrics that were left.

Here's a closeup of the quilting...


My husband said that it looks quite luxurious (and I agree), so for now, it's found a home on our sofa until I decide if I want to give it away.


The pattern is Fat Quarter Fizz, available free at the Fat Quarter Shop website (click here for the link). It goes together very quickly, with almost no seams to match.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Almost Forgot About This One

I just realized that I had forgotten to show this quilt that I finished late this past summer for a fundraiser for the local library.

Again, it's the same pattern as shown in my previous post. This time with Grinch fabric!


I've used this pattern so many times that I think I can make it in my sleep!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Train Has Left the Station

A friend recently asked me to make her grandson a Thomas the Tank Engine quilt, so I did.


The pattern is one of my favorites, the Quick Strippie on Maryquilts.com. I've lost count of how many times I have used this pattern over the years.

Here's a closeup of the fabrics and meandering quilting...


And a peek at the back and binding...


Now on to the next project...or two...or three...