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.

Hexagon Wallet

I spent the entire day making this Hexagon Wallet

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It’s an in the hoop design from http://swpea.com

I have purchased many of her designs and so far love them all.  I just had a little difficulty with this one.

I think that I trimmed to close to the stitching and that is why some of the hexies are pulling out of the embroidery stitches.  If I make another one I will have to be very conscious  of that.

I love the color pallet that I chose so I really hope that it lasts for a little while before it falls apart and becomes unusable.

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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Rain~Rain~Rain

I live in Massachusetts and it has been a very dry summer.  So dry that everyone’s lawns are prematurely brown.

Why Mother Nature is trying to make up for that in one short week is beyond me.

What does one do when it’s ugly outside?

Work on something that is unfinished that’s what.

Today I will be trying to finish Allison’s baby quilt.

I didn’t quite purchase enough backing fabric, so I will have to piece it, but that is not the end of the world.  So today I will hopefully get it pieced, sandwiched, and maybe start on the quilting.

I’ll be back.  🙂

It’s a day later, but I’m back as promised.

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Today I am doing some quilting.

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Monday night update.  I have finished quilting Allison’s baby quilt and have attached the binding.  I’ve just sewn on a small portion of it but it’s going to be really cute.

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What goes on here most days.

I am at my sewing/embroidery machine 7 out of 10 days.  It is very rare that I am away from it more than two days in a row.

It’s what I do.

Today I am working on the quilt “Let it Snow”  I sandwiched it yesterday and did the simple quilting today.  All I have left to do is the binding and then it can go out for the fundraiser on the 17th of October.

I’m off to work on the binding before I lose the desire to continue.

See you later. 🙂

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Here is the finished quilt.

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And they’re off!

My oldest daughter Liz, her husband Garrett and my grandson Aiden began their journey to New Mexico this morning.

A new beginning for them.


She is the last one of my 3 daughters to leave this area. I would be lying to say that I am not adversely affected by this, but I know in my heart that it is a good move for them. They are excited and when it’s not so raw and fresh I will be very excited for them too.

So, farewell my loves.  Safe travels.