What I’m Working On…

I was able to get to some sewing this week.  First up I was working on my County Fair quilt.   I continued with my pinning rows at naptime and sewing them either that night or the next morning.

I got this far only to realize if I wanted to make the quilt bigger than the pattern suggested that I needed to make some more blocks.

I have 2 extra blocks so only need to make a few more. I sat down and started working on them.  I surprised even myself by getting the center of the quilt together.

The quilt comes from the book  Scrap School: 12 All-New Designs from Amazing Quilters put together by Lissa Alexander.

Next, I’ll be ironing the center, adding an inner colored border and an outer background border.

This has been a really fun quilt to make.

I kept up with the red sampler quilt along.  I cut the blocks one day at naptime.  The next morning before childcare I got one 6-inch block made.  I almost got the 12″ block finished and got the other 6-inch block started.

That night I finished the up.

I decided to lay all of the blocks out to get a peek of how…
the quilt might look.  Oh, I love it.
I showed the picture on Instagram and several people commented how they liked that I added brown…or that they didn’t like that I added brown.  There is no brown in the quilt.  For example, the lead block in the middle and the block above them don’t have brown.  They do have a red in them that leans towards brown…but they are not brown.  Sometimes it’s hard to tell in pictures.

I showed you a quilt finish on Friday…this one…

If you missed that post, you can find it HERE.  My childcare kiddos made the quilt.  Each block has a had or footprint then the print is made into something.  I did a long explanation of it in the blog post.

My machine had lots of thread breakage when I machine quilted this.  I was hopeful that it was just that running through the paint that caused the breakage but I wasn’t sure.  So just to check, I put another quilt on the frame.  It’s fireman-themed.

My machine worked like a charm on this one…thank heavens.  I was right.  It was the paint.  I hope to have this one ready to show you on Friday.

I was so excited to be getting something finished that I pulled another to machine quilt.  This one will be next.

A blog reader sent this.  I’ll be finishing it and donating it to the human society benefit.  Each blog has a little pet on it.  So cute!

I didn’t get anything done on the boy’s baby quilts.  I did do a little work on this…Not much really.

This is a UFO that was given to Ray.  The quilt is Iowa Hawkeye-themed.    The quilt is so cute.  I’m thrilled to have it and know the perfect place to donate it to.  I am finishing this myself and need to have it done by August.

My plan it to make this at least single bed sized.  I had to find some other fabrics and cut some more tumbler blocks.  It is a simple quilt but I’m really excited to have this to donate.  A huge thanks to the person who gave it to Ray and to Ray who thought of me and sent it my way.

That’s what I’ve been up to.  I had a great week!


8 thoughts on “What I’m Working On…”

  1. Judith Fairchild

    Great week just about covers your industry. Like all the quilts so very much. Years ago I made a quilt sampler quilt. It turned out so pretty. It was a red and green summer style quilt the reds were solids and apples material. It’s finally worn out so looking to make a new one. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. I really like each quilt you showed. The red one is looking so good and I can see why some might think there is brown in it, but like you mentioned, colors can look different in a picture. I’m anxious to see the “fireman” quilt once you finish it. You have some good projects going. You are so fortunate to be able to quilt your own quilts when and how you want and you do such a beautiful job – you are very creative!

  3. suzanne yerks

    Ooh Love all these quilts your finishing. The state fair looks like rainbow sprinkles on vanilla ice cream to me. It may be the heat and my love of ice cream talking here, Hah. Your red sampler just sparkles and its because of the different shades of red. So kudos for adding the browner shaded reds. If your reds were all the same the quilt would be nice but would not sparkle and draw your eye around. I love the old two color quilts where the maker uses two fabrics or two of the same solids. They are striking but don’t have that oomph a scrappy quilt does. I love the t-shirt I won from your contest. It is the softest most light t-shirt ever and my husband says the motto suits me to a T. So when I buy fabric I remind him the “more stitching, means less bitching

  4. Love your quilts, especially County Fair, I bought the book just so I can make it. The various colors just look great to me.

  5. Margaret in North Texas

    I too like each of these quilts. Your color combinations are always a feast for the eyes. I especially like your method–the way you move each to completion!

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