This week I only finished one thing. I have been feeling overwhelmed lately because I have too many projects started and need to focus on those before I cut into any more fabric. Maybe you can relate? I have also had a busy week with other family stuff. The good news is Spring is coming, and there is a little more sunshine each day as the days grow longer. This morning it was actually too sunny in my kitchen to take photos of this little quilt at the table!
Last weekend Aunt Brenda and I went to a quilt shop we love, but it is about an hour drive, so we don't go very often. I think it is only the third time I've been there. It is Quilter's Corner in Finleyville, PA. They have an amazing selection of fabric. I also found and purchased a book with patterns for table runners called "Table Please." The patterns use piecing and fusible applique to create spring and summer table decorations.
Here is a picture of the cover of the book. I see it has the Fat Quarter Shop logo on it, but you should be able to find it easily anywhere online. Those are some very happy-looking projects, right?
So I challenged myself to make this lovely table runner out of my own stash and not purchase anything for it. I have lots of green scraps, but green is often a difficult color to match up. I did seem to manage it, though! After I got the thing pieced and fused, I went to my thread collection and realized I didn't have much to choose from, but again I worked it out. I finished up 2 partial spools of green thread, and the background quilting is actually a light yellow. I did a small blanket stitch around the appliques and free motion quilted it with the swirl design that mimicked some of the fabric prints. I think it turned out just fine for nothing but scraps.
I will definitely be making more projects from this book! They are super cute, and anything that can point toward warm weather, grass, leaves on trees, and sunshine is worthwhile (we are expecting another winter storm this weekend)!! Keep checking back here to see more. I am linking up with Finish It Up Friday over at Crazy Mom Quilts. Thanks for visiting!
Happy Friday! Today I am linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday again. I'm very happy with the finished (well, almost finished) quilt. I just have a little more binding to stitch down. The fabric prints and colors have been so fun to work with. I love the way it turned out.
The pattern for this quilt is called Cathedral by Villa Rosa Designs. It uses a jelly roll and a little extra fabric for the center of the rectangles and background at the edges of the quilt. It goes together very easily and quickly - very enjoyable to make.
The fabric I used was a jelly roll from Benartex called Palazzo. The rectangle centers and background fabric are batiks. I used all the jelly roll scraps and one left-over rectangle block and pieced them into the back. The backing color is a taupe/gray color that matches perfectly.
I quilted it with gray thread and a pantograph called Bauhaus. It is a more modern design with interlocking rectangles - just right for this quilt.
Actually, this is the second Cathedral quilt I have made. The first one you can see below. It is currently our favorite quilt to snuggle up with on the couch. Yes - check out that blue sky and green grass!! It will be so nice to hang quilts outside again soon. And with that happy thought, I wish you all a good day, and thanks for stopping by!
The one positive spin I can put on all of this winter weather is that I don't have to feel bad about staying inside and quilting! I am almost finished quilting this customer quilt for Clarice. It is a queen size black and white quilt. I really like black and white, and this one is very pretty. It is difficult to see the quilting because of the variety of prints, but it is looking good! Clarice chose the Fluffy Clouds pantograph. One more row of quilting and it will be all done!
I'm also catching up with the Winter Mystery Quilt I've been piecing from The Quilt Company. This is going to be pretty. Mom, Aunt Brenda, and I are each making one. I'll share more details about this project in the future when we get them finished. For now there are 12 blocks, and I have pieced the sashing and need to put it all together. I have some fabric left over, and I'm considering adding something special for a border.
This is the Winter Mystery quilt from 2013. The top was made with fabrics all found in my giant stash. Yes, it is still a work in progress. I actually have the backing ready to go. Still deciding on how to quilt it, but it will be in the frame soon.
Today I am linking this post up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced. You can go there and see what other quilters are working on, too. Have a wonderful day!!
This past week I finished quilting another star quilt for Susan. The pattern is called "Shining Star." Susan chose the pantograph Entangle for the quilting. It turned out just lovely! She is going to hang it in her home.
I do love star quilts. In fact, I have a couple hanging in my own house!
These two stars are extra blocks from a quilt that I made for a wedding gift for my cousin and his sweet wife back in 2011. The pattern is Jelly Stars from Fig Tree Quilts. They are made from 2-1/2" strips. I used 2 jelly rolls and doubled the pattern. I must admit I'm glad I made left-overs for myself! Below you can see some of the finished quilt. This was quilted on my little Janome on the kitchen table.
I am going to link this post up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. You can go there for more inspiration if you'd like.
Have a Happy Valentine's Day. I hope you enjoy your day with people you love doing things you love!
I just finished the binding on this quilt this morning. It is pretty - it is covered in paisley designs - and I couldn't think of a more creative name for it.
Do you like to look for quilt shops when you are out of town or on vacation? I do! This big paisley fabric came from a shop near Williamsburg, VA, a couple of years ago on vacation. The coordinating fabrics were purchased at the Quilters Corner shop in Finleyville, PA.
The quilt pattern I used is called Sundance from Villa Rosa Designs. It is a great pattern to use for a big print that you love. It also goes together fast! Aunt Brenda made one also, and we worked together and got the tops done quickly in an afternoon.
The pantograph I used is also called "Pretty Paisley." It is quilted with a light yellow thread - Butter from OmniThread. This was the first time I used this pantograph, and I love it - very pretty and feminine.
I think this quilt will be going up for sale in my Etsy shop.
Do you see those little red clips holding the binding above? They are really nice to have. I got them at Christmas time. I have been using pins for years, and I didn't get what all they hype was about the clips. Pins work just fine, right? Yes, they do, but you won't jab your finger with these, they clamp nice and tight and don't fall off, and if I drop one in the couch it is easier to find and I don't have to worry about someone getting stabbed by it later. They are wonderful for binding quilts.
The picture below is the beginning of a new quilt. Great colors, huh? I'll keep you updated.
Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!
At the end of last week I finished quilting this lovely star quilt for Susan. I asked her if this was a Schnibbles pattern, and she thought it was. I have the same pattern "Morning Joe" which I purchased at the same quilt shop - Little Foot Quilt Shoppe - in Evans City, PA. She had some charm packs and whipped this one up. It is very sweet - and I love pretty much any star pattern!
I quilted it with the pantograph Feathers A La Mode.
Something about this quilt that was a first for both Susan and myself is that she pieced some smaller chunks of her batting together with basting tape. It quilted beautifully with no problems.
It is fun for me to meet other quilters like Susan and talk about patterns, fabric, and where we like to shop. If you haven't been to Little Foot, you should check it out. Everyone there is super friendly and helpful. They do a lot of demonstrations and classes, and their selection of fabric keeps growing.
Thanks, Susan, for letting me quilt for you!
This is me...
I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!