Friday, April 25, 2014

Friday Finishes

Since January our quilting group at the church has completed over 60 quilts. We make baby quilts for the neo-natal unit at one of our local hospitals and we make adult sized quilts for a hospice care unit at another local hospital. Here are a few of our sixty four finishes.

at the aquariumaqua stack of coins

dresden bearIMG_3925

animal print sampleryellow brick road hospiceteal medalliongreen and pink ohio star

peach and brown ohio staron point birdsmalka stripe baby2green and black cat ohio stargiraffe medallionyellow ohio star

malka hugs and kisseson point birds

To see all the quilts we completed this year, go to

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Some Baby Quilt Finishes

The dedication for our baby quilts for the neo-natal unit at the local hospital is next Sunday. I’m slipping these finishes in just in time.
These four quilts were all made from my collection of 2 1/2” squares and 5” squares. It was fun sorting through them and remembering the quilts and projects I made with these fun fabrics. The candy squares ones were made with 289 two and 1/2” squares, sewn together in 17 unit strips.
candy squares1
candy squares2
candy squares3
hugs and kisses
The Hugs and Kisses quilt was made with this tutorial.  I did make some changes in her directions and just used 5” squares and 2 1/2” squares to make a simpler block. All four quilts measure about 35” square. The backs are from Jenni Baker’s Color Me Retro collection.
back 1
back 2
I hope I’ll have some photos to post next week from the dedication. It’s always so exciting to see all our handiwork displayed in the sanctuary.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fabric Fast Update

I’m midway through the fourth month of my six month fast and I have barely made a dent in my fabric collection. I’ve pieced six tops. I find myself working in a fabric series like I used to do when I first began quilting. Back in the day I purchased fabric for a project, made the project, and if there were any scraps left over I made another project. Then I discovered quilting blogs and Twitter accounts, and oh my, Instagram. So much temptation to lure me into purchasing fabric. Thus my need for a fabric fast.
I’ve used up all the green, orange aqua and mustard Simply Color fabrics I purchased and most of the coordinates I bought to go with them. But I still have the blue, grey, plum and pink fabrics.

I still have a lot of Lotta Jansdotter’s Glimma

I’ve been resisting sale notices in my inbox, but one day I pulled up Instagram #greatfabricdestash, and this Heather Ross fabric was the first image. I confess, I grabbed it.
It’s a small piece, and I have no idea what I will do with it, but who can resist a dachshund in a raincoat? it was just one tiny purchase… and I have been so good.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Works in Progress

Using the fabrics from my abandoned paper piece project I pieced two twin sized churn dash quilts. Modern fabrics give this traditional block a fresh new look.
churn dash
The tops are complete, but I have yet to make the pieced backs.
After I made the twin tops, I cut my remaining scraps into 5” and 2 1/2” squares, and made four baby quilt tops.
pin basted top
pin basted tops
The baby quilts are pin basted and ready to quilt.
I’m not sure where I’m going with these blocks, for now they are on my design wall waiting for inspiration.
blue and green x blocks
The fabric fast continues with only one minor lapse. We’ll talk later about that.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Breaking Up

I was doing so well with my Vintage Revival Blocks, I was pleased with the palette and the blocks looked like they would make a great sampler.

blocks 1 thru 6

Then I hit the foundation pieced blocks. After hours of cutting, sewing, ripping out tiny stitches and taping shredded paper, I produced two blocks.

riviera blockdakota star

Then I started block 9. After much frustration and some swearing, I threw it the trash can. In that moment I had an epiphany, I’m done, over it, paper piecing and I have broken up for good. Roz Chast said it well.

roz chast