Monthly Archives: October 2013

WIP Wednesday and Golden Threads Finish!

What in the world was I thinking, when I planned on posting this finish the same weekend as Ava’s seventh birthday. No way that was ever going to happen! I decided to just lump it in with my WIP post instead.

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At the beginning of Aug, I decided to take an inventory of all my quilt projects based on what stage of completion they are in. My categories are… fabric cut, blocks pieced, top done, top and back, basted and quilted. I only advance a project on the step where I set it aside, so my Scrappy Swoon jumped from cut to top and back in one swoop. I’m finding that the quilted category is ending up being unnecessary, since binding is my favorite part of the process, so I rarely pause before I finish a quilt up. As the month wore on, I decided to make a list off to the side of my finishes. As you can see from the picture above, I have had four finishes since I made this list, my do. Good Stitches Scrappy Trips, Anna’s 18th Birthday quilt, a commissioned baby quilt and the quilt I’m going to talk about today that I made in exchange for long-arm services.

One of the best things about Golden Threads Quilting Club is that they build community. While one of the goals is to make lap quilts for local seniors, after members make a charity quilt they then help them make quilts for themselves. Since I’m already a quilter, Tara and I kind of reversed the process. She long-armed Anna’s quilt and I made a lap quilt for her to donate.

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I had a partial layer cake of Kate Spain’s Serenade and with the addition of a couple of stash fabrics, put together a simple quilt top. I love that it has the feel of a Fall garden. Ever since I saw Janice’s Ultra-Wavy Quilting tutorial at Better Off Threads, I knew I wanted to use it in a quilt. Since this was a relatively small quilt, it was the perfect opportunity to give it a go. As a bonus, a couple of the fabrics have a wood grain pattern and I knew the waves would soften the quilt pattern.

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I really couldn’t be more thrilled with the results. In fact, this may be my new favorite quilting method. I had bought a large piece of one of my favorite Terrain prints on sale months ago and it made the perfect backing. While the long purple trimmings from Anna’s quilt back added the finishing touch for the binding.

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As for the rest of my WIP’s, I hope to clear off the right hand page by the end of the month. I have two quilts basted…my giant star that’s been partially quilted since last winter and the a scrappy 16-patch that’s waiting for inspiration to strike.

DSC_0490DSC_0140I have four quilts ready for basting. Cate’s weighted blanket has been waiting for me to finish the inner weighted part since last Fall.

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The other three I pieced in the last month… a yellow and green Giant Scrappy Swoon, a second lap quilt for Golden Threads made from Anna’s birthday quilt scraps and a Comma baby quilt I’m making for a friend.

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But first on my list for this week are BEE BLOCKS!!!! Really!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
and Finish It Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

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Anna’s 18th Birthday Quilt

It always sucks a little when one of your kids birthdays falls during lean times. It’s even worse when it’s a milestone birthday. With my husband not working and our income significantly lowered, we couldn’t afford to have a party or big gift for our daughter, Anna’s 18th birthday. It was time to get creative. It actually reminded me a lot of her first birthday. Fresh out of college with a baby, we struggled to make ends meet. For months leading up to her birthday I would buy a ball of cotton yarn on pay day and crocheted her a blanket. Because I added to it so slowly, the dye lots didn’t match, but it didn’t matter. That blanket went everywhere with her for years. Earlier this summer, every time she would catch me sewing (mostly bee blocks), she would ask when I was going to make her a quilt. I finally answered one day that I’d have it done by the time she graduated (next May) and she gave me a dejected “oh” and stopped asking.

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Back when I started sewing I participated in a Denyse Schmidt charm swap sponsored by Jill at Made with Moxie. I had two slots and cut into them right away to make some hexies. Anna in particular liked her fabrics, so I set the rest aside thinking I’d incorporate them in a project for her. Over time I added in 2 1/2′, 4 1/2″ and 6 1/2″ squares of Flea Market Fancy, Chicopee and several ds Quilts fabrics form Joann’s, with the intention of making a Magic Numbers Quilt for. So with nine days before her birthday, I decided that I would surprise her with a quilt. A queen size quilt. Once I realized how many blocks I would need I decided to add in some 12 1/2″ blocks too, to break everything up a bit. Two days later, I had this…

66099_10200899800269507_498236608_n Then came the big challenge…How to quilt it. Not only was I concerned about my ability to wrangle such a big quilt through my home machine, but I also wanted to double up on the batting, since she had asked for a heavy quilt. I have fibromyalgia, so I knew even if I were¬† to take it slow, it was going to be a stretch to get it done in time. With that in mind, I posted to my quilt group on Facebook asking for advice. The most incredible thing happened. The lovely Tara Evans, director of Golden Threads Quilt Club, offered to long-arm in exchange for a lap quilt to donate to a local Senior. Tara really connected with wanting to help me provide a meaningful gift for my daughter’s birthday and finished the quilting the same day I dropped it off.

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Since everything for this quilt had to come from stash, I used a backing I had originally intended for a different quilt and bound it in my favorite Chicopee plaid. Despite not “matching” any of the purples on the front of the quilt, I don’t think I could have planned a more perfect fabric. It had the depth needed to hold it’s own with the front of the quilt.

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The night before her birthday, I spent six hours hand sewing the binding to the back. As many different machine binding methods I’ve tried, nothing will ever beat the crisp clean look of a hand sewn binding in my mind. l especially love the perfect corners.

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I don’t know who was more excited for her birthday, her or me. I gave it to her within moments of her getting up and she wrapped herself up in it right away.

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Anna’s 18th Birthday Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Magic Numbers
Fabric: Denyse Schmidt’s Flea Market Fancy,
Chicopee and ds Quilts prints
Back: 108″ wide purple blender
Binding: Simple Plaid in Charcoal
Finished Size: 90″ X 99″
Finished Date: August 2013

DSC_0923 DSC_0934Linking up to Finish It Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

Check back tomorrow to see the finished quilt I made for Golden Threads!