Finish A Long Number 2,Q1

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Hello everyone! I have my second finish for the quarter. You can see my list here.

 

 

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This is May’s “a year in the garden” by Jenny of Jenny of Elefantz. It’s approximately 5″ x 7″. I started these monthly stitcheries last year and finished 6, so I’m trying to catch up. I used DMC floss and quilted with Aurifil 50 wt thread.

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The tiny quilts attach to the little quilt with buttons and loops. You can read more about the background quilt here.

That’s it for now, thanks for stopping by.

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Quilting Workshop With Christa Watson

Hello Everyone! I went to a wonderful Domestic Machine Quilting workshop with Christa Watson on Saturday. I would highly recommend taking a class from her if you can. Christa is an excellent instructor, very organized and she kept things moving. She is visiting the Chattahoochee Evening Stars Quilt Guild this week before going to QuiltCon in Savannah. Christa makes modern quilts, but the tips and techniques that she taught us can be used on any quilt. My friend Joyce, who invented the Lap App, invited me to attend the workshop with her. Thanks Joyce!

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That’s Christa in the middle, with Joyce on the left and me on the right. The workshop was divided into two sessions; in the morning we learned quilting technics using the walking foot and in the afternoon, it was all about free motion quilting. Most of you know that I do my own FMQ on my projects, but I rarely use the walking foot except to anchor a quilt. Christa gave us some great ideas on using your walking foot for more than just straight line quilting. You will start seeing some of these ideas in the future.

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Christa Watson’s Quilt

Christa used this quilt on her goodies table. One of her tips is to just use two quilting motifs throughout the quilt.

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Above are two class samples with the walking foot. The left side is a spiral, which after I got going was okay. If I use this, I will really have to practice starting in the center and getting the distance right on that first spiral. The right is one of Christa’s designs called fractured. On her sample, she had a single line of stitching going in different directions. I added the echo line then thought some great FMQ could go in the different spaces.

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The left sample used the walking foot to make wavy lines. This would be a great to use as an all over quilt pattern, especially a baby quilt or something that’s going to get used all the time. On the right are some FMQ motifs that are new to me. Almost everything I do is rounded so working with points and squares definitely took some concentration.

img_2815These are some of the other samples that we did in the workshop. I also purchased her book with Angela Walters. I was just able to read a little last night, but there are some great tips for both long arm and domestic quilting.

My quilting has really improved over the past five years through taking classes both in person and on-line, but I don’t think I will ever give up the opportunity to learn more. There is always something that you don’t know or didn’t think of.

I wanted to leave you with a picture of early spring…

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This was taken on Friday morning, February 3rd. I think the one in front is a Cherry, which is usually one of the first to bloom and I’m not sure what the white ones are in the back. It is a little early for these to be blooming now. Also, on Saturday morning, it was 25 degrees. I doubt if these blooms lasted. I sort of wish it would stay cold or stay warm, not this back and forth.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by. I’ll have another Finish-A-Long to show you tomorrow.

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First 2017 FAL and January Minis and More

Hello Everyone! I hope you have had a good week. It’s been crazy weather around here. Last week we had temperatures in the 70’s and this week we have slowly gotten back to normal. This week we are supposed to be back up to the mid 60’s. I have some Encore Azaleas (the kind that bloom in the spring then again in late summer and fall) that have some blooms on them. I don’t know if these are leftover from the fall or if they think it’s springtime. We’ll have to wait and see how they bloom in April.

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In the meantime, I have my first 2017 finish. You can see my first quarter list here. It’s also the January Minis and More hosted by Sherri and Michele.

 

img_2643-2This month we needed to finish a UFO. I started this little wall hanging last fall, intending to have it finished by the time we went camping in late October. I got this far with it, stitched in the ditch and the binding made, then that was it. I set it aside to do other things. It started as a kit that included the panel of campers and enough fabric for the inner and outer borders and binding. The fabric is Happy Camper by Dt-K Signature for Studio E Fabrics.

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Here it is all finished!! I free motion quilted it as a warm up to the project I’m working on for Jacquelynne Steve’s. The quilting on the side inner borders is a new design for me and I wanted to practice it before using it on Jacquelynne’s project.

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I outlined all the camper details, banners and words. I also practiced the little swirl design in the background. It’s getting better, but still needs some work. I think I need to open it up a little. The crosses in the outer border were quilted without marking, just eyeballing it. I’m pleased that my lines are as straight as they are.

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I always like how the back can show the details of the quilting. You can really see the campers here. And I even have my label on, now to write on it! Thanks Sherri and Michele for the challenge. It might have been another year before I got this finished without it.

Saturday was  sewing day with my Quilty Friends in a local hotel lobby and conference center. Last year we all worked on our Blocks on the Go for Quilts that Grow. I’ve finished all the individual blocks (you can see my latest progress here) so I needed some hand work to take with me. This is what I pulled out to take with me…

It’s a panel from the pattern “Over the River and Through the Woods” by Crabapple Hill. I bought the quilt as a kit in 2009 and finally started working on it in 2014. The kit I bought had blue and white fabrics in it and had the blue floss included, too. I saw this quilt finished on Pinterst with two colors in the stitchery, so that’s what I decided to do. I’m almost finished with the first panel. My goal is to get all the stitchery done this year.

Here’s another sneak peek at my project for Jacquelynne

img_2741Can you guess what it’s going to be? You’ll find out on February 20th. I’ve started the quilting and hope to finish that today.

I hope you have a great week. Thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

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A Busy Week

Hello Everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week. It’s been busy here, running normal errands, dentist appointments, a sew day at the LQS and a swim meet. I’ve also been busy with my project for The Art of Home Club by Jacquelynne Steves. It’s going to be the project for February.

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Here’s most of it, cut out and partially sewn earlier this week. This picture shows my least favorite process of quilting, trimming! It has to be done, however, to get accurate blocks. I hope to have this completely finished by the end of this week so I can send it to Jacquelynne.

While I was piecing the club blocks, I added in Sherri’s 2017 Quilting Life BOM blocks to my chain piecing. img_2726

I was only going to make the 6″ blocks, but I saw these Pondicherry Fabrics by French General for Moda  and picked up some fat quarters to make the 12″ blocks,too.

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I’m making the 6″ block out of some Figtree fabrics that I have in my stash. I’m using Desert Bloom by Sherri and Chelsi for Moda for the background.

Here’s a construction tip for you:

You can see one of my geese was off a little. I always try to match points and intersections. I can deal with a smaller seam allowance when piecing the blocks together. I also won’t trim the blocks until they are all made so they will all be the same size.

It’s not too late to make this month’s block. February’s block will be out around the 5th.

Since my last post was about the 2017 Finish-A-Long, I haven’t shown you my finished Blocks on the Go for Quilts that Grow. I was able to complete them on my trip a few weeks ago, then appliqued them when we went to Birmingham for a swim meet.

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These are numbers 48, 49, 50 and 51 and finally…

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Number 52, Katja! I was happy to get these finished, but then I realized that at least 50% of the work was done while I was traveling last year and sewing with my friends. We plan on doing as much or a little more traveling this year. I’m going to have to come up with something to work on. I do have some embroidery to catch up on and an applique quilt that I started several years ago. I’m sure I’ll have plenty to work on. Maybe even a new pair of knitted socks.

I went to a paper piecing sewing day this week at my LQS (although I don’t really paper piece) and started putting my blocks together.

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I’m using the feather stitch on my machine to piece these together with Superior Bottom Line thread. The thread is usually used in the bobbins of long arm machines. It’s very thin and strong and goes a long way. I like it because you can see the stitches, but they don’t stand out too much because I will be quilting over them. I’ll get a close up when I work on this again. I’ve put it aside until I finish the Art of Home Club project.

One last thing:

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You’ve seen this if you follow me on Instagram, but these are my fabrics for the Swoon quilt along on IG, #swoonalong, if you want to follow along. I have the background fabrics cut out too, but haven’t had a chance to piece any of them together yet. Hope to get back to this soon.

Yesterday, we attended my daughter’s last dual swim meet at Emory. Just a short drive this time. Next up is the conference meet in Cleveland, Mississippi in three weeks. I definitely need something to work on there. Hope you have a good and productive week. Thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

 

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2017-Finish-Along, First Quarter

 

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Hello Everyone. I’ve decided to join in the 2017 Finish-A-Long for Quarter 1. I did not participate during last year’s final quarter because I had so much going on. I would like to join in again this year because it is an incentive to get things finished. First though, I would like to remind you about Jacquelynne Steve’s Art of Home Club. Today (January 14) is the last day to sign up, the next available openings will be this summer.

img_2617This is a sneak peek of a project I’ve been working on for an upcoming project for the club. The projects are very charming and you can use them as pillows, table runners, or quilts. There is lots of versatility in the design layouts. Check it out at Jacquelynne’s website and sign up today.

Now onto my list of finishes:

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1. Jake’s Disappearing 4-patch. The 56 blocks are finished and I have the T-shirts for the appliques I want to use on it. The blocks need to be pieced and quilted.

 

 

 

img_2433-22. A T-shirt quilt that I’m making for a friend’s daughter. It is also a commissioned quilt. The T-shirts and interfacing are cut, so the final sizing of the T-shirts needs be done, then pieced and quilted. I’ve already done the design layout, so it should go together quickly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Blocks on the Go for Quilts that Grow from The New Hexagon by Katja Marek. I just finished number 52. Yeah!! Now I need to sew them together (by machine) and quilt them (by machine).  I think over 50% of these have been made while we traveled during the past year.

 

 

 

 

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4. Camper Wall Hanging. The campers are from a panel that I bought as a kit. It just needs to be quilted and bound. I may use this as my January Minis and More project, which is to finish a WIP or UFO.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May-“a year in the garden”

5. May’s “a year in the garden” stitchery by Jenny of Elefantz. I finished 7 of the monthly embroideries last year and want to finish the rest this year, before the month they are for arrives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0906 (2) 5. June’s “a year in the garden” stitchery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 and 7. Minis and More for February and March. I don’t know if these will count this year, but I added them last year. They are mostly mini projects hosted by Sherri and Michele each month and I plan to continue to make them.

 

 

 

I am linking up to Rhondas Ramblings. The FAL is international and there are multiple hosts. You can find all the information and rules on Rhonda’s blog. The hosts also offer tutorials for different things each quarter and there are many prizes given away. I won a gift certificate from Green Fairy Quilts last year.

Make sure to check out Jacquelynne’s club and the 2017 FAL page. Thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

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A Quick Update

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Hello from Fredericksburg,Virginia. This was our view most of yesterday. We are visiting my parents and may go to Williamsburg on Monday, but they had 10-12 inches, so that may be iffy.

This is just a quick catchup from the past  few days. Since I’ve not been at home, I’ve been planning my Swoon 16 for the Instagram #swoonalong hosted by Camille of Thimbleblossoms. Instead of 16 or 25 blocks, I decided to go with 20 blocks for an overall size of 86″ x 106″. I spent yesterday’s snowy morning figuring out dimensions and amount of background and border fabric I needed.

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I’m used my quilting design notebook to sketch out the full size quilt and my Scrappy Project Planner by Lori Holt to record all the information. The Swoon 16 is the first project in my planner.

Before I left home, I narrowed my red and green fabrics to 20, 10 red, 10 green.

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There will be a lot of cutting and catching up when we get home later this week, but I’ll have a plan.

I also finished piecing two Blocks on Go.

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The one on the left is number 48 and I finished it on the drive from Georgia and the right one is number 49, finished yesterday while it was snowing. I hope to finish 51 today. It is very cold and I don’t think we will be getting out too much today.

From what I’ve seen on IG, most of the country has had some kind of snow, so I hope you enjoy some good sewing and quilting time wherever you are. Thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

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Something New and Plenty of Old

Hello Everyone! I hope you’ve had a great start to the new year. I’ve started something new and have been working on a few WIPs.

To start, I’ve decided to participate in the #swoonalong on Instagram, hosted by Camille of thimbswoon16le blossoms. I’m going to make the Swoon Sixteen using my red and green fabrics that I’ve been collecting. I hadn’t planned on starting my red and green quilt so soon (see 2017 plans here), but this came up and I thought this would be perfect for these fabrics. You can join in by following Camille on Instagram and choosing one of the swoon patterns. She is selling the patterns in her shop this week for $5. I made the mini swoon last spring so thought I would go for one of the larger quilts.

 

 

These are my fabrics:

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Most are Bonnie and Camille fabrics from different lines, but there are a few from Sweetwater, Basic Grey and Pat Sloan mixed in. My LQS is having a 20% off sale this week on all fabric, so great timing to buy the sashing and background fabric.

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I ended up with the Paper White Moda Grunge. I think this will look great and give the quilt a little texture in the background fabric.

Another new project I plan to participate in is Sherry’s new Quilting Life Block of the Month.

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Sherry’s first block

Sherry is offering directions in two sizes, a 12″ block and a 6″ block. I think I’m going to be making the 6″ version. I have not decided on any fabrics yet. I think I’ll decide on colors and pull from my stash. Check out Sherry’s website and join in.

Now for my WIPs:

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I want to finish my son’s blocks for the Disappearing 4-patch in the next day or two. These are all I have left. I want to put the school logo on the quilt, so I’m going to get a t-shirt, cut it out and applique it to a block before I start putting rows together.

Next, I have all my hexies cut out for the Blocks on the  Go for Quilts that Grow.

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These are the last 5 and I would like to get them all finished and appliqued to the background by the end of the month. This is a quilt I would like to get finished by the end of February.

For January’s Minis and More, Sherry and Michelle have decided to encourage us to finish a WIP (or UFO). I think both the Disappearing 4-patch and Blocks on the Go will be too big for me to finish. So I decided mine would be this little wall hanging that I started this summer from a kit.

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All it needs is quilting. I plan on doing some FMQ around the campers and the background. I had hoped to finish it before we camped, but that didn’t happen. The challenge to get something finished has pushed this to the front of the line instead of lingering until whenever. If you want to participate in the Minis and More, take a before picture to send to Sherry or Michelle. This month we’ll be showing the before picture and the completed picture.

We are going to be traveling this weekend and the beginning of next week which is a perfect time to work on the hexies. As of now, they are calling for snow here on Friday and Saturday, and in Virginia on Saturday. Hopefully I’ll get to see a little bit somewhere.

Hope you have a great rest of the week and weekend. Thanks for stopping by.

Brenda

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