I had a great week in the sewing room. I had a few days off with no grandkids around so did everything I could to spend the time in the sewing room. On top of that, we’ve had lots of rain so what I could have done outside didn’t happen and I didn’t have to water plants!! YAHOO!! That left me time to sew! Sadly, much time was spent cleaning and organizing but that’s okay. Having that done will make me want to revisit the room.
Here are some of the things I got done. I’m warning you in advance, I got a lot done. You’re going to need a cup of coffee or a beverage to make it through this update.
The Double Wedding Ring quilt is bound. I have pictures taken for a tutorial on how to do the scalloped binding. I’m hoping to get that together for next week.
There will be a big finish reveal coming soon too.
Do you remember my… Stained Glass quilt? This is for 2023 issue of Quilter’s World. I had to get it finished up so I could send it off. Carla finished the longarming so I had to do the binding.
Many of you were curious about how I would bind the quilt. Here it is…
Tricky but doable.
As always, Carla’s longarm work was amazing.
I get a newsletter from Temecula Quilt Company each week. Over the 4th she released a free pattern via the newsletter to make a table topper.
This TOTALLY tempted me. I have a whole bunch of bonus triangles that were red so this was the perfect project for me. PERFECT.
About an hour later I had a topper…
I would love a whole quilt like this. Someday I just might do it.
Here it is finished on display.
Why oh why don’t I do more quick projects? So gratifying!!
Well, that inspired me to grab this…It was on my Dirty Dozen UFO list. Probably about 3 years ago or more a blog reader sent me these as leftovers.
I saved them and sewed them into this little table topper but I never finished it. I was on a roll so I ironed it and decided to finish it too.
Can you believe it’s been sitting in this exact spot for over three years and I never finished it??
Some simple machine quilting…
…binding and there you have it. I’ll use it here on this table in my entry when fall rolls around. PERFECT!! Again, why don’t I do more small projects?
If there is interest, I could write up a little pattern for it.
Do you remember this that a blog reader sent? I’ve left that out as I hoped to keep working on it. A blog reader pointed out that one unit of a star block next to the extra fabric had a twisted block.
I wanted to fix that before I forgot about it.
So…while I was waiting for Kalissa to pick me up one day, I ripped it out.
I sewed it back in only to realize the piece wasn’t sewn correctly and I needed to make a new unit.
I thought about redoing the whole block but then decided to just make the unit as close to the other pieces as possible.
This is what I ended up with.
After I ironed it, from a distance, it would be really hard to notice. All the color tones are good.
I ended up sewing the entire middle section together and as I was ironing it, I caught another twisted piece. It happens when I’m making projects all the time. It’s great to know I’m not the only one.
Did you find the twisted piece…here it is.
I fixed that and then continued on until I had the entire top together. WOWZA, right?? I think it’s so pretty. A big thanks to the anonymous blog reader who mailed this to me. I’ll be finishing it and then donating it.
I’ll share more details when I finish it up.
I stayed on my roll of cleaning, organizing, and finishing projects. I pulled out this. A good family friend had a baby boy so I need a baby quilt. I decided to finish this up…
This is Bonnie Hunter’s Crooked Courthouse Steps. I made a quilt like this for one of my childcare kiddos but had too many blocks leftover so I sewed them together and packed it away. Here is that version…
Read more about it HERE.
I made a Mickey Mouse version for Scotty.
Scotty’s had Mickey Mouse in the center of each block.
You can read about it HERE.
…but back to the baby quilt.
I only needed one block so I made that…
….got the top together and decided to load it on the quilting frame right away. I had two Minky fabrics. I ended up choosing the teal one for backing.
I got that one finished and decided right away, before I had time to think about it to load another quilt.
Kayla made this top. I offered to finish it. It’s all tractors.
Kayla was here over the weekend. I asked her if she wanted this project back? She said no…donate it. Then Jasper saw it and started squealing about the tractors so Kayla ended up taking it home with her and will bind it.
I hope to get the other baby quilt bound this weekend so I can gift it.
In between working on all of the projects I was doing I was working with the hourglass blocks that the same anonymous blog reader sent as a leader and ender project. I decided to just start sewing them together and see what I had.
I have six rows sewn together and the rest of the pieces all sewn into rows.
I got about this far and realized I’d need to make more hourglass blocks. More rows are needed. That’s totally okay. I love making hourglass blocks.
I make mine with a companion angle ruler.
I cut strips at 1.75 and cut them with the companion angle ruler. I sewed them together and oops. Too small.
I made some with 2″ strips and they are perfect. So, over the next bit, I need to cut more. I’ll likely sew them together as a leader and ender…or possibly, just go for it and work on the projects. I’m not committing to anything at this point except to keep on a role with UFO projects.
This week I also bound this quilt…
…and did you see I had a finish. HERE is the link if you missed it. I love this quilt. It was a free pattern last summer from Primitive Gatherings. I already passed my pattern on to a friend. If you want the pattern I think the only way to get it is through the Primitive Gatherings webiste.
Whew…that makes me tired just writing about all of this. Happily, I got on a roll and stuck with it. WOW, if I could be like that every week, I’d have those UFOs and other projects sitting around all finished in no time…but then I’d miss the kiddos. That wouldn’t be good at all.
While you’re reading this, I’m traveling to Mayo Clinic. It’s time to go get my tests done to see if the cancer treatment that I had done in December and January worked. I don’t see the doctor and learn the results until tomorrow. Fingers crossed for some good news…but if not, we can deal with that too. At least we’ll know. Sometimes, knowing is comforting even if it is bad news.