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.
Can you see the pretty design in the red area??
It might look hard but it’s actually not.
I used a method called point to point quilting.
You can learn more about it in the video I did. You can find the full video on how I did the quilting by following THIS LINK.
Here it is as it came off the frame…LOVE!! Totally worth the time I put into it!!
Now more about the quilt. Do you remember the back story? I was thrifting and found that someone had started this quilt but donated their unfinished project to the thrift store. Here’s the story…
It was the middle of July 2018 and I was thrifting. I found a bag of string blocks for $10 at the thrift store. In the bag were these….
There weren’t enough to make a quilt of any size so I needed more red fabric. No luck. Nothing matched.
Well fast forward a couple of weeks. I was working on some organizing. One of the things I was doing was sorting thrifted fabric. In there was a red. It seemed like it was the shade of red I needed. I dug out the spiderweb quilt and happily it matched. The problem, it was only a fat quarters worth of fabric. I got out my template and started cutting.
This is what I discovered. The tag. I ended up blogging about it and a kind blog reader had some of the fabric.
I ended up cutting enough for the inner border and then cut the rest up into kites. Then the project sat. In December I picked it back up again and this is what I created!!
It was so windy and cold when I was taking pictures.
I was lucky to get the pictures I did.
Can I tell you a secret? The red of the binding isn’t an exact match to the red of the quilt. It’s hard to tell though. Isn’t it?
I thought I would gift this one on. I likely will eventually. I decided that I would put the quilt on the very-very bottom of the donation pile with the intention I never get to the bottom. HA!!
I would be happy to donate it to the right cause…or gift it to the right person, but have decided I really want to make sure it’s the right cause or right person. I’m sure you quilters understand.
I showed it to one of the childcare kids and he said, “Jo, you made a pizza quilt! He thought the “web” was a pizza shape!
I am content with the quilting motif. It’s a red thread on the front…
…and a yellow on the back.
The backing is a yellow sheet with fabric on the top and bottom. I’m determined to sew my stash whenever I can and this worked. The sheet is actually a yellow check and looks much better in person.
Red is my favorite color…oh, I love it!!
Here’s another look before I go…
Oh, and don’t forget a Rosie picture!!
Before I go, I want to say one thing. Some time ago a blog reader said to me if I wanted to get control of my UFOs that I could give some to her and she’d help me get them whittled down. The thought was so sweet, but…I still love all of my UFO projects. I loved them when I started them, and to this day, they are still my babies. I have not fallen out of love with them…just out of time. I couldn’t be happier that I jumped with both feet onto the UFO Dirty Dozen challenge. It was the best thing I’ve ever done with my quilting!!
Ooops…one more thing. I almost forgot to tell you. SewPad is hosting a “Love your hips and back” sale. You all know how much I love my SewPad. It’s an awesome little cushion that makes sitting at the sewing machine so much more comfortable. Sometimes there is only so much the “right chair” can do. Sometimes the right cushion is just what we need.
I have to tell you something funny. Gary at SewPad has been so sweet. He originally sent me a SewPad to try. I was so shocked with how much I liked it. I ended up writing a blog post to tell you about it and I explained that I was carrying it up and down the stairs as I loved having one for my sewing chair AND my computer desk. Gary was so nice and sent me another one!! I’m so spoiled.
Now I’m not carrying the SewPad up and down the steps but I am switching it from chair to chair in the sewing room. It’s at this machine if I’m sewing here…
…and at this machine if I’m sewing here.
I like having one under my bum.
So, what is the sale?? FREE SHIPPING. These are heavy so that a great deal.
“Our SewPad Valentine’s Day Sale will kick-off on Friday, February 12th, and run thru Midnight Monday, February 15th. The Coupon Code is “SEWCOMFY”.”
If you’re interested, HERE IS THE LINK TO ORDER.
If you are looking for other opinions besides mine, I suggest going back and reading THIS BLOG POST, that I wrote last time they were having a sale. Read the comments. Many blog readers love them too!!