Category Archives: Finished Projects

A Quilt Finish: Georgia’s Doll Quilt and a Binding Video

Yahoo…I am still on a roll finishing quilts.  I am loving all the sewing I am squeezing into my life.  It makes me happy.  Speaking of happiness, today’s quilt finish really makes me happy.

Here it is…It’s Georgia’s doll quilt.  Kelli had asked me to make a doll quilt for her birthday.  Here it is…all finished!!

Here is the back.  It’s a cute little fairy print fabric leftover.  The purple was perfect.  The heart was made from fabric from a gingham apron with chicken scratch stitching on it.  So cute!

The quilt is supposed to mimic Georgia’s own baby quilt.  Here is a picture of
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Quilt Finish: Spider Web String

Lookie, lookie!!  I finished another UFO. Friends, I am on a roll and I couldn’t be happier.  I’ve had lots of finished quilts lately.  It’s mostly thanks to some unexpected days with not childcare kids.  I’ve been making the most of it for sure.  I keep remembering to sew while I can as gardening time is around the corner and I don’t accomplish nearly as much in the summer.

This is my Spider Web string quilt.  YAHOO!!  This is a free Bonnie Hunter pattern that you can find HERE.

You all have been so patient to follow along with me as I’ve been working on this.  It’s been my featured project in several of the “Sew with Jo” videos that I’ve done.  You can find all of them HERE.  If you watch them you’ll find some tips and tricks in making this quilt.

I have yet another video about this quilt.  This time I am showing you how I quilted it.  Follow along and I’ll show you how I did…

First off I did this back and forth along the piano keyboard border.

You can see where my finger is that I changed directions here.

For the machine quilting, I didn’t do edge to edge this time.  I did some custom work instead.

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Quilt Finish: Old World Fantasy

Another one checked off the UFO list.  YAHOO!!  I’m so happy with how I am doing on the list!!  This is quilt finish #2 for the year.

This is Old World Fantasy.  A mystery quilt put together by Becky at Quilted Twins.  It’s still available.  You can find it HERE.

Becky offered the mystery last year.  I started it and was very excited about it.  I was finishing up last year’s Bonnie Hunter mystery at the same time and then covid hit.  I started mask making and lost all steam for this.

It wasn’t that I didn’t like the finished quilt…I do, it was just a matter of circumstance.  Also, I just think I’ve lost my want to sew mysteries anymore.  I know those are words one might not have expected from me…but it’s true.  I think being I cross-stitch again, my sewing time is limited so I prefer to sew something I am picking and I have more control of the colors.

Speaking of such, had I know the final outcome of the quilt…I wouldn’t have picked this yellow…

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A Quilt Finish: Holy Toledo

Yahoo!!  It’s my first quilt finish of 2021.  I’m so excited!!

I am so happy I jumped in and decided to tackle my UFO quilts.  This one might not have gotten done if I hadn’t.  Here it is…

The quilt was designed by Bonnie Hunter.  It’s called Holy Toledo.  You can find it in her book, Scraps and Shirttails II.  HERE is a link to Amazon for the book.

This is made with 100% cotton recycled shirts.  I just adore the feel of it.  The quilt has an already loved feel to it.

To help with that “already loved feel”, I used a recycled plaid sheet for the backing.  I bought this several years ago with the intention of using it on a “shirt quilt”.  It’s patiently waited for me.  Amazingly, the sheet was huge and I didn’t need to piece the backing which made it doubly awesome.

I am typically a gal that uses Warm and Natural batting but for this I used Hobbs 80/20.  Hobbs batting makes the quilts seem a little more drapey to me so I thought I should use that if that was the feel I was going for.

I am so in love with this one…it’s not fancy, just one simple block but quilts don’t need to be fancy to impress me.

I used blue thread on the top and a burgandy on the back.

I used my Hook and Feather quilting motif.  I did a video on how I do it.  I’ve included that in this post…

HERE is the link if you want to see it on a big screen.

I really enjoy this motif and thought is was good for this quilts.  I often like to use a softer, curved motif on something that is full of sharp points like the blocks on the quilt.  I think it softens the quilt.

What originally caught my eye and made me really want to make this quilt was the outer border.  I am in love with it.  I just think it makes the quilt shine.

The inner border of the quilt is all scraps.  I sewed them together on the diagonal.  The binding is scrappy too.  I picked all very dark blues, deep greys, a brown and some charcoal prints.

I know many of you are saying, “Nope.  I’ll never make that.  I hate half square triangles”.  I did a video for you all as I was making this quilt so you could see the method I use.

HERE is a link if you want to see it on the big screen.

There are so many different methods for making the half square triangles.  This method works wonderfully for me.  If this method isn’t your thing, that’s okay.  Keep working until you find a method right for you.  Mastering half square triangles is totally worth it!!

In the end, the quilt was so inexpensive to make.  I know for some of you, buying shirts to make quilts in expensive, for me, it’s not.  My sheet I used for backing was $2.  I’m so blessed to be able to make great quilts on the cheap.

Of course…I need to share a Rosie picture.  This was taken before I had the binding on.  The pictures shows a cute little dog but also shows how nice the Hobbs 80/20 batting works up.  You can see how puffy and soft the quilt looks as well as that Hook and Feather motif.

Here’s one more look before I go…Oh, I love this quilt.

Happily I have three other shirt quilts in my UFO pile.  I can’t wait to get to them!!  Whoot!  WHOOT!!

I do need to be on the lookout for some plaid 100% cotton sheets at the thrift store.  I’m hoping the Goodwill Karma will come through and one might be there the next time I visit!!

Oops…I almost forgot.  If you are new to cutting up shirts to make fabric for quilts, I did this video too.