Maybe Storm at Sea?

I am absolutely not planning to start sewing this anytime soon – and by soon I mean tomorrow – haha! No seriously, I won’t be sewing this in the near future; I have the final machine quilting block coming out on Thursday.  That same day is a Splendid Sampler block, and Amy Ellis has said…

Just Like Heaven

Hot off the press – I just finished the hand binding on this quilt.  It’s in the washing machine and I’ll need to trim threads after it’s out but otherwise it’s ready to go in the mail to my nephew.  The pattern is called Just Like Heaven from Libs Elliott.  I knew when I originally…

Block 83 – Minnesota Maze

Back to work tomorrow after almost a full week off. That was a nice break! The college student just had a short break so we didn’t go out of town but enjoyed the time we had together at home. I still need to do the EPP block for The Splendid Sampler.  I haven’t forgotten; I…

175 out of 221

I made good headway on the 221 blocks today; I have less than 50 to go.  If I get close and have to cut a set of strips to get enough, I’ll probably cut whole 3 1/2″ squares to finish up. Here’s a picture of stacks of 10 that I’ve finished.  I didn’t really arrange…

En Provence première semaine

I might just write all my blog posts about this quilt in French.  I could do it!  I took 8 years of French! Actually, I’ve forgotten entirely too much; I can still read it pretty well but writing it is another matter. I almost signed up for Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt last year; I didn’t…

Star Wars fabric

Thanks for the prompting, I realized I never posted photos close enough to see the fabric I used in the 2 Star Wars quilts.  It’s also obvious that I haven’t trimmed the threads yet – haha! This first one is the back to one of the quilts.  My initial plan to make them slightly different…

2nd of 2 Star Wars quilts done!

Woo hoo!  Let’s hear it for vacation time! I’d say I’m working hard at hardly working but truthfully I’m working at non-paid things this week.  It’s all good stuff though!  It’s 70 degrees outside with a beautiful blue sky if you can’t tell from the picture.  The last quilt I followed a pantograph; for this…

Block 81 – With Love From

I really love this block, and that isn’t just a play on words.  How many things in the world could be solved with just a little bit of love?  Almost everything.  Maybe everything, now that I think about it.

Block 79 – Spool of Inspirational Threads

When I was sewing this block, I was mystified by the length of the top and the bottom as it relates to the “thread”.  It seemed like the spools should match the thread.  But now that I’m done I am the first to admit it looks better this way.  Two minutes into a new spool…

Block 80 – Heartstring Star

Oops; my completed blocks to posts are out of order.  I try not to cram too much into any single post so I’ll save my spool of thread for tomorrow or so.  This is yesterday’s block by Elizabeth Dackson.  Once again I’m looking at a picture of a block that I did not iron before…

use less batting with a long arm

I feel like I watched roughly a bazillion YouTube videos, both from Handi Quilter as well as professional long-armers, etc. on tips and tricks for using this machine.  It literally took me a few minutes to get the first quilt loaded and ready to go and I didn’t have any big issues once I started…

Star Wars quilt # 1 complete!

One thing I always do when I’m working on a quilt is to pin the completed rows or columns up to the wall during the interim so I can catch anything that’s “off” before I get too far down the road.  How did I miss this?  The sewing was completed.  I quilted it from top…