Gypsy Wife Quilt

This is my Gypsy Wife Quilt designed by Jen Kingwell.  It measures 59″ x 68″.

I used scraps from my HUGE pile to make this and it was a labor of love.  It took me a while to put it all together and to do the quilting on it, but I ended up loving it so much that I started two more quilts by Jen.  The second one is called “Long Time Gone and is going to be a colorful scrappy quilt also.  The third one will be made using more subdued scraps and that one is called “Delilah”  More information to come on those as they progress further.

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The quilting was intended to be simply ditch work and straight line quilting, but then I purchased some domestic machine quilting rulers by Westalee and decided to try my hand at them on this busy quilt.  I finally had to stop myself.  Enough is enough.  LOL

This quilt had no real intended purpose.  I just enjoy doing them and it fills my day.  I had decided that I would put it on Etsy and see if I could sell it.  (I have not been very successful selling quilts on Etsy so far.)  I usually post my finished work on Facebook for my friends to see so that is what I did.  Almost immediately one of my friends said that she wanted to buy it.  I was thrilled.  We made arrangements and now she is the proud owner of “Gypsy Wife”

That is it, for now, friends.  Time to get to my sewing machine.  She’s calling me.

Lou won’t be cold this winter

I’m in the process of making a flannel rag quilt for Lou’s bed.

I cut 88 ( 9″ x 9″ ) squares from about 10 various flannel fabrics and 88 (9″) square of the same flannel for the back of the blanket.  The batting  squares were cut to 8″ square.  The finished blanket will measure approximately 64″ x 88″, depending on how much it shrinks when I wash and dry it.

I sandwiched all 88 squares, sewed an X across each piece and began to think about the layout of the squares.  My quilt is to be 8 squares wide by 11 squares long.  I didn’t want too many darks or too many lights in the same area.  I wanted a scattered look.

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I now have 7 rows sewn and attached to one another.  I’m beginning to think about all of the clipping that I will have to do very soon in order to rag this quilt.  That is the worst part, but the end result is very cool.

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If all goes well, he will sleep under this blanket tomorrow night.  A welcomed friend in Massachusetts in December.

Update:  I finished it in time for him to sleep under it last night.  He loved it and that makes me happy.

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Swoon Sixteen

I ordered this kit http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/s.nl/sc.1/category./.f?search=Moda+Bonnie+and+Camille+Hello+Darling+Swoon+Sixteen+Quilt+Kit+74+x+74

on sale from http:/http://www.hancocks-paducah.com at the end of August 2015.   At the same time I ordered the 5 yards of fabric needed for the backing of the quilt.

The backing came in in a timely manner, but the quilt kit was backordered.  Oh woe is me.  I wanted to get started on it and now I had to wait.

It obviously was a very popular kit, because it took just short of two months to make it to my home.

On Monday October 19th it was delivered to my doorstep.  Tuesday October 20th it looked like this.22173832948_5dfbf33fc8_z

920 cuts including the binding, but not counting the sashing and borders.  Phew, was my hand tired.  There are 57 pieces in each 16-inch block.

True to form, I got the entire quilt top completed minus the borders by Thursday the 29th of October.  I worked long and hard each day until it was put together.

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I have a busy morning ahead of me today but I hope to get the borders on before the end of the day.  When all is said and done this quilt will measure 74″ x 74″.

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I have decided to do an all over meander/stipple stitch to quilt this. I have quilted 9 of the 16 blocks and I am happy with my choice.

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It is completed and I am happy with how it turned out.

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Sweet Pea

A sneak peek at my next project.  UPDATE:  Completed Monday October 19, 2015

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It’s called Sweet Pea and it’s from the http://thepatternbasket.com

Today (Thursday 10-15) I finished piecing the remaining blocks and began to attach the sashing and cornerstones.

This is not one of those patterns that whips together quickly but the end result is worth the effort.

It’s not difficult, just time consuming.

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Quitting for the night.

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I finished the quilt top this morning.  (Friday October 16th)  It measures 57″ x 66″.  Now onto the quilting.

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It is Sunday night now and I’ve finished about 1/3 of the quilting.  It’s coming along nicely.

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Now onto the binding.

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The binding has been started, but will most likely be finished only tomorrow.  It’s getting late, and my eyes are tired.  I’m going to like the stripe.

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As it turns out I pushed aside my tired eyes and came back to my machine and finished the binding. Another beauty in my completed pile.

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Zip Zap Quilt

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This is 55″ x 55″.  It was so easy to make using a tutorial for the tube method.

http://www.acraftyfox.net/?s=the+zip+zap+baby+quilt

I also used a new technique for the quilt binding that I learned from Jenny Doan at the Missouri Star Quilt Company from her You Tube video.  I just love the tiny flange of color.

I am so happy with this binding that I may use it for all of my quilts in the future.

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This binding is done by machine.  Jenny’s instructions tell you that it is a 2-1/2″ binding, but it’s actually a 2-3/4″ binding if you use her cutting directions.  I was pleased with the end result, and will continue to use the 2-3/4″ size.

Lazy Sunday

I had good intentions this morning, but didn’t accomplish nearly what I had hoped today.

I’m working on a very easy 55″ x 55″ quilt top.

I’ve even been too lazy to take a picture of my progress, so that will get posted here at a later date.

The top is complete, but once again I have to piece the backing.  I’m using leftover fabric, so that is to be expected.

I expect that I will get back to it in the morning.  The game plan is to piece the backing, sandwich the quilt, and begin the quilting.  I would like to have this completed, binding and all by Thursday.

Fingers crossed.

It’s 8:20 AM  Monday morning now.  Time to get started. 🙂

I’ve done well this morning.  The backing is pieced, the quilt is sandwiched and pinned and I am ready to take it to the machine to begin the quilting.

I’ve even taken some pictures.

They are from left to right:  The sandwiching begins. ~ The pinning is a breeze when you have the right tools. ~  All pinned and ready to quilt.

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Turning Twenty Mystery Quilt

In July I saw a Facebook post from http://turningtwenty.com that caught my interest.  They were offering a free block of the month for those who signed up in advance.  It’s non-traditional in that they are releasing a new block and/or instructions on the first and third Mondays of the month from July to December.

It’s a mystery as to how these blocks will be put together to assemble the finished 76″ x 96″ “Seeing Stars Quilt”. I find it intriguing, because you have to make 2 blocks each time that are exactly alike except for the size.  You make a 12″ block and a twin 6″ block.

I just finished constructing block 7 this morning.

Here are my 7 blocks to date.

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4 Block 5 Block 6 Block 7

As you can see, my finished quilt will be very scrappy.  Hopefully it will look good once put together.

I loved making this baby quilt

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Allison’s baby quilt is all done.  I finished the binding this morning.

I chose to machine bind this quilt for durability.  I’m sure that it will be washed and dried many times.

I love the technique that I found on You Tube on the Fat Quarter Shop Channel for machine binding.  I’ve tried using glue.  I’ve tried using wonder clips.  I’ve found that this pinning method works best for me.  You can’t be shy about sewing over pins when using this method.  I go slow and have never had a problem.  Most machine manufacturers do not recommend sewing over pins.  It would be your decision.

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Why didn’t I finish it sooner?

October 13, 2015 Update

I have decided to donate a different quilt to this fundraising event.  It is pictured in my blog post named Cassidy’s Quilt.

A text from my niece pinged my phone yesterday.  No pressure Aunt Jackie, but do you have anything to donate (quilt related) for a raffle to benefit a cute little 9 year old girl who is facing a battle with the Cancer Monster?

When is it needed I asked?  October 17th she texted back.  Yikes!  That is only 19 days away.

I want to help, but would never be able to start and finish a decent sized quilt in that short time span. I want to give them something that will sell a fair amount of tickets, so that it would raise some money as intended.  A little baby quilt did not fit the bill.

Then it hit me.  I have decided to finish one of my WIP’s (works in progress).   I had a lot to choose from and decided to finish this one called “Let it Snow”  I picked up this beautiful kit last summer during the “Row by Row experience” at

http://pumpkinpatchquilts.com in Lee Massachusetts.

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It is flannel and will be nice and warm to wrap up in when the cold winter hits us here in the Northeast.

From this experience, I hope to learn a valuable lesson.  To actually finish things to the very end before stashing them away and forgetting about them.  It’s so rewarding to be able to donate something to help others.

So thank you Cathy for texting me and getting me moving.  I hope that it will be a very successful fundraising event.

http://purefitwebster.com  http://saintlouisschoolwebster.org

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Here is a picture of the completed quilt.

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