Monday, January 16, 2017

January Progress in 2017

Good morning fellow quilters!  It is a beautiful day here in Michigan, and I have made some progress on my quilting goals:

I have two quilts I made (for the Churn Dashers group display at the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival) all boxed up and ready to put in the mail tomorrow.  They are on their way to Virginia, to a Churn Dasher friend, who will gather all of the group's quilts and get the display ready.  I am hoping to go to the quilt festival in Newport News, VA to see the quilts hanging, but we shall see if I can get there.   It's February 23-26, 2017, if you are in the area and would like to go.

To get them ready, I added hanging sleeves and labels to the backs of a bed quilt and a doll quilt.  I should have taken a picture of the finished quilts, but I will take a picture when I get them back after the show.

While cleaning out my quilt stash, I found a "kit" someone had given me years ago, and at the time, I was confused about the instructions because there was no picture.  I am a very visual learner.  But now, when I looked at it again, I figured it out, and decided to put it together while I was temporarily enlightened.  I have the wall hanging made, and the bias binding cut, waiting for the quilting to happen.  I do not know the fabric designer, but I love the fabric.  I am not inspired yet on how to quilt it.  What do you think?  I am just learning machine quilting, so this will be a good practice piece.

When working on the blocks, I did the mitered corners by hand.  That is, I sewed the dark green strip to the left side, the light green strip to the bottom by machine, and then ironed the miter in place, and hand appliqued it.  It was so easy that way, and I wondered why I haven't done them that way before.l

So, it's one more project out of the unfinished fabric stash, and on it's way to being a finished project. 

What is on your design wall today?  Monday Design Wall Linkup (Here) at the Patchwork Times blog.

Post Script:  Sandra Walker asked me what magazine the "Merry Christmas" sledding pillow was in, because she liked it so much. Original post is (Here)  At the time, I couldn't find the magazine to answer her, but now I have the info.  It was a project in American Patchwork and Quilting, December 2014 issue, and was designed by Tina Lewis.  

Monday, January 9, 2017

New Year Thoughts: Junk Drawers

Sweet little baby girl quilt top made last week.

I was thinking about junk drawers today, and what part of my quilt stash I considered my true stash, and what part was other miscellaneous fabrics.  In other words, When I look at my quilting stash, what are the "junk drawers" of my stash, and my unfinished projects?

My true love in fabrics:  civil war repros.  Most of my antique kitchen cabinet in my quilt room holds fat quarters of civil war repros.

My "other fabrics" stash includes:

1) baby prints, flannels, fabrics that were in my Mom's baby blanket stash

2) red, white and blue patriotic fabrics.  

3) solid color fabrics.  I have one quilt in mind for these guys.

4) plaids, plaids, plaids, two boxes of them

5) Christmas prints, two boxes of them

In 2017, I plan on using up more of my "junk drawer" fabrics, while also concentrating on two unfinished civil war repro projects.

Civil war repro projects:  Jane Stickle quilt and blocks to be made for an exchange with The Churn Dashers, for a future quilt.

"Junk drawer" projects:  Continue making baby quilts, to use up more of the flannels and baby prints.  They are fun to make, and go quickly.

Make a Quilt of Valor using the red, white and blue stash.  Maybe make two?

Finish The Splendid Sampler 100 blocks that were started in 2016, using the floral fabrics.  After that project is complete, the rest of the floral stash can be combined with the baby prints to use for infants.

This week, I made 12 "kits" of baby print squares to sew into baby quilts.  There doesn't seem to be a diminishing of the baby prints stash, but it must happen sometime, if I continue.  I got out the baby bassinet, and put all the kits inside it, to remind me to pull a kit out and assemble a baby quilt top often.  Here's a picture of the bassinet:

The baby quilt laid on the edge with it's backing was this week's quilt top.  I love how the backing (from my Mom's stash) goes with the flannel animal squares on the front (given to me from my friend Dee).  Here's a close-up:

The word for me in 2017, is "perseverance" in purposefulness, steadfastness.  Since moving, I now have all of my quilt projects and fabric looked at, sorted, cataloged, and know where I want to go with it.  I am on the journey to tame the tiger!   Eating the elephant, one bite at a time.

Today, I'm linking up with Design Wall Mondays, to join with others about what they are working on today.  (Here)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Reflections on 2016

2016 is almost over, and one of my goals was to use more of my children's prints for baby quilts, as I had almost two boxes of fabrics for that purpose. I tried to make one baby quilt a month, and here's the results of focusing on baby quilts in 2016:

Quilt 1:

This is a simple, quick pattern - just cut 14 each of three prints, and you have a quilt.  Only trick is laying it out ahead of time, to be sure I don't get squares mixed up while sewing squares together.  It's 30 x 35 inches.  I like the simplicity of this idea, and have 14 each of three other baby prints cut out to make another one.

Quilt 2:

This one is such a soft boy quilt that has my heart.  It has feedsack ducklings, Mother Goose fabric, stripes and a big center checked star - what's not to like?  36" by 48"  The backing will be blue checked flannel.

Quilt 3:

This was a kit, and I love it.  The colonial blue squares with stars are perfect as alternate squares with the pictures of children.  I blogged about these first three quilts in February (Here) if you want more information about any of them.

Quilt 4:

This was a "fix" of a baby quilt that had problems.  I took off circles, cut the puckered fabric away underneath them, and sewed the circles back on.  It belongs to my best friend Dee, and I gave it back to her after fixing it.  Here are three pictures of it:

See the "Pouched out" fabric below a removed circle.
The backing was bought in Shipshewana, and I love the striped binding that finished it off.  I don't know if it has been gifted to a baby yet,  but I was happy with the results.

Quilt 5:

This kit was in my stash for a long time, and I'm happy it is now a quilt top.  My favorite of all the ones made in 2016.  Here's a close-up of the children print:

It's 54" X 68" and I am keeping the directions to possibly make another one.

Quilt 6:
This is what I call my "hippy dippy psychedelic rainbow" quilt.  The small checked fabric is used in pinwheels, but there is not enough contrast to show that there are pinwheels there.  Lesson learned......don't go so psychedelic for both parts of the pinwheels, so you can see the contrast.  I did practice mitered corners on it, and three out of four turned out just fine.  It's a top, and will be a charity gift, as the fabric was donated to me for that purpose.  43" X 50"

Quilt 7:

This baby blanket should be for a "Born in July" baby.  It is another favorite of mine, and is backed and partially quilted.  Backing is solid red.  36" X 42"

Quilt 8:

Love, love, love this one too.  It's so cheerful, and I can see a baby loving it.  42" X 54" and has a flannel polka dot backing with it to finish it off.  Blog post about it (Here)

Quilt 9:

This is "cheater" cloth in that the squares are printed on only one piece of fabric, and when I attached the batting and white flannel backing, I stitched in the lines between squares, so there is stitching there and it doesn't look like "cheater" cloth.  The pink rosebuds would be great for a little baby girl.
42" X 66"

Quilt 10:
I was playing around with another piece of the "cheater" cloth, and sewed seams between each change in pattern, all the vertical and horizontal it looks just like the quilt above, but smaller squares, and more work.  This one is 38" by 60" right now, but it could be cut into something to coordinate with quilt 9.

Quilt 11:

This is a quilt top that someone else made, and I took it home to finish ......and it is still unfinished.  42" X 54"  The pattern is easy and pleasing to me.  I will take notes about it before it is donated to a charity.

Quilt 12:
This was a baby quilt made in December 2015, for my Great Grand Niece in Indiana.  She just turned one year old December 19th, and I made a doll quilt for her also.  She is such a cutie.  Doll quilt:

This quilt was made as I formed my focus for 2016, and got me started on this journey.  I like the pattern and will use it again. 

So looking back on this focus:   I find 2 quilts completed and out of my house, 10 quilts sewn into tops, and baby stash reduced considerably.  Next I will work on the above quilts by adding batting, backings, and quilt them on my home domestic machine, so they will be ready for gifts. 

I am glad I set a focus for 2016, and feel that it helped me move further along with baby quilts from my stash.  I am thinking about what my focus for 2017 will be.   Hmmmmmmmmm, fun to think about.