Sunday, February 10, 2019

Cut Off Triangles - Finish #16

Elaine had a large collection of cut off triangles that she was tired of hanging on to. She came up with this adorable quilt top. She donated the top to our group so I could get it quilted and it could find a good home. 


We found a perfect backing and binding in my stash. Again, to expedite these finishes and to be easy on my back, this was quilted with a large meander. And the binding was machine attached with a serpentine stitch.


It's not large, 44x49, but all the triangles got used and now there is this adorable comfort quilt as a result.

2019 #16 finish of 67 quilt top UFOs.  51 to go!
Finish-A-Long Q1 - #11

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Batik Alternating Jelly Roll - UFO finish #15

This is, again, a result of the kits I made up last year when we were gifted the beautiful fabrics. I came up with the design and cut several kits.




 Surprisingly I wasn't able to find a backing fabric in my stash that complimented the top. My good friend, Joyce (the founding member of our little charity sew group), shopped and found a very pretty fabric that is a very beautiful mate. It is not a batik but blends really well with the fabrics.  The binding was from stash.


Again, to expedite these finishes and to be easy on my back, this was quilted with a large meander. And the binding was machine attached with a serpentine stitch.


This one finished at 56x70.

2019 #15 finish of 67 quilt top UFOs.  52 to go!
Finish-A-Long Q1 - #10

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Pink and Green Tumbler 2 - Finish #14

Woohoo, finish #14!


This tumbler quilt was another project that came from the enormous collection of beautiful fabrics donated to us last year.

These were all quilt shop quality fabrics!


I love the tumbler quilt because I have the Accuquilt BIG and can cut out the tumblers so quickly and then they are such a breeze to sew together. CarolAnne and I spent many an afternoon crawling on the floor laying out the several tumbler kits we had prepared up.




Quick to sew up into a top. And now quilted with a meander.


It was so wonderful to have matching backing fabric and binding.


This quilt is 52x68.

2019 #14 finish of 67 quilt top UFOs.  53 to go!
Finish-A-Long Q1 - #9

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Elaine's Polka Dot - UFO #13

This bright and cheerful quilt was made by my good friend, Elaine. She is a longtime member of Quilters with Heart. We are a group that has been meeting for probably fifteen years. Our main focus has been charity work, mostly quilts but also pillowcases. Elaine made the quilt top and then donated it to the group late last year. 



She provided the backing and I found the perfect binding fabric in my stash. I used a frankenbatt and quilted it with a large meander.


This quilt is 45x63.

2019 #13 finish of 67 quilt top UFOs.  54 to go!
Finish-A-Long Q1 - #8

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Roman Stripe - UFO #12

Oh my, this quilt started as a block swap in 2000. The top was made pretty soon after the swap and has been waiting in the "to be quilted" pile ever since.


The backing is a green dot from my stash and the binding is from a piece in my stash from waaaay back. The quilt has Fairfield's Toasty Cotton batting and quilted with a large swirl flower.


It is machine bound with a serpentine stitch. It is quite small - 33x45.




2019 #12 finish of 67 quilt top UFOs.  55 to go!
Finish-A-Long Q1 - #7

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January Stats

This has probably been the most productive month in the sewing room for me. The weather has been cold so hunkering down in the quilting dungeon has been great.

As the New Year approached I contemplated the bins of quilt tops I had waiting to be quilted. I knew I had to commit to spending a lot of time at the long arm. I quesstimated that there were 40+. I was less than right. There were 67.

As much as I wanted to attack the quilt tops I also knew that I "needed" to work on UFOs and new projects as well. And primary in the plan was to not add any unnecessary fabric. I made a plan.


  • Quilt those tops - 13 tops quilted, 11 of them bound, 2 of them gifted. 54 to go!






  • Buy no unnecessary fabric - No purchases made
  • Work on UFOs - 68 string blocks made using the leftover strings from last year's donated fabric
  • Use the stash - All backs and bindings were from stash
  • Participate in PreCut Party - Two new charm tops made, 1 charm UFO completed
  • Declutter the Sewing Room - SOME progress made


  • My back has struggled but rotating my activities has helped to keep it functioning. This month my daily goals will be:






  • Mount or quilt a top every day - one day mount, next day quilt
  • Spend 1 hour at sewing machine working on UFO
  • Do fat quarter precut project as L/E if possible.
  • Declutter/cleanup one trouble spot
  • Bind in the evening.
  • Friday, February 1, 2019

    Precut Party Challenge - January Charms recap

    The Stashbuster/Heartstring yahoo groups put out a challenge to spend 2019 working on precuts. Great, I have tons. The month of January was to be focused on charms. Even better!! I estimated I had 9000 of them. Those are all nickels in the two narrow bookcases (meant to hold CDs).



    The first project I made I used my black and bright charms. I love it BUT it only used 44 of the black and bright charms. So I now had 8956 to go. Hmmm. There had to be a better way.



    For the second project I copied Mary Johnson's Quilt but made it bigger. This one is about 58 x 72. This one used about 160 purple charms.  Better! Only 8796 to go. 



    Both of these projects were done as Leader/Enders. The final two rows of the purple quilt became a primary project as I just wanted it finished.

    The third charm project I worked on was the Civil War Repro charms. This was already a top and it is now quilted and bound.



    One month of working on charms = 1 quilt completed, 2 tops completed = 456 charms used.

    Thursday, January 31, 2019

    Batik cross - UFO #11

    This quilt top was  from the early 2000's. It was given to me when another small charity quilt group broke up to add to our charity tops for whenever needed. And there it sat. Till now:

    Batik Cross
    This is 60x64. I found a solid navy for the binding. It is quilted with a large meander and machine bound with a serpentine stitch.

    2019 #11 finish of 67 quilt top UFOs.  56 to go!
    Finish-A-Long Q1 - #6

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    Wednesday, January 30, 2019

    Pineapple Blossom - 2019 finish #10

    This is Pineapple Blossom, a Bonnie Hunter free pattern. These blocks were from a swap in 2009. 


    In 2014 I pulled them out and decided to get the top made. 



    Now 5 more years later and it is finished.


    It is 62x70", quilted with a large meander and machine bound with a serpentine stitch.


    2019 #10 finish of 67 quilt top UFOs.  57 to go!
    Finish-A-Long Q1 - #5

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    Saturday, January 26, 2019

    String Blocks

    Three sets of string blocks have been completed and backs made for each.

    The first set is 48 blocks made from the amazing donation of fabrics last year. These have been paired with one of the bolts of fabric received for the backing. This just shows 24 of the 48 blocks.


    These are 48 yellow and purple string blocks made by fellow Quilters with Heart member, Debbie. The yellow backing is also from one of the donated bolts.


    These 24 blocks have been pieced into a backing. I believe it is made by fellow Quilters with Heart member, CarolAnne. I found a fabric in my stash for the backing to include with the donation.



    These will be sent to Covered in Love. They do wonderful work providing quilts to dying patients and the families keep the quilts. They are holding a string block drive now.

    Wednesday, January 23, 2019

    Pink Alternating Jelly Roll - UFO #9

    This is a super quick quilt. Made from the beautiful donated fabric last year. This was made with one of the kits we made up after cutting yards and yards of the fabric into 2 1/2” strips.   It is 51x58”.  The batting was a 5 piece Frankenbatt.



    It was quilted using a freehand edge to edge of a large swirl/flower. I had tons of trouble with the needle breaking three times. I will have to spend time tomorrow retiming Olga, the longarm. I was too frustrated to deal with it today and hope I’ll be more patient with it at the start of a quilting session. No fun.

    This will be another quilt for donation.

    2019 #9 finish of 67 quilt top UFOs.  58 to go!
    Finish-A-Long Q1 - #4

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    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    No sew weekend

    No sewing this weekend as Chris and the boys came to visit. Natalie went away for a girls weekend so we got to help Chris with Graham and Cooper. They were absolutely adorable and we had a wonderful time.