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Monday, January 27, 2020

Baby Quilt Progress

This morning I finished marking the rest of the border
so I can finish quilting this
Pastel Baby Quilt.
(This quilt needs a name!)

I worked on this for quite a while on Saturday and ended up 
having to use my seam ripper A LOT!!

Hopefully, this last part will go smoothly and I will
be able to get the binding sewn on and finish it.

I don't know what I'm going to have to do
to get a photo with the true colors in this quilt.
They are very pale and soft, 
so maybe that's the problem.


The quilting in the blocks went quickly and smoothly.


This backing fabric is so much fun!
I love flamingos.

This quilt will have a scalloped edge and I used
this ruler to mark it.
It worked really well!

I'm very late to the Amaryllis show this year,
but this beautiful bloom gets to shine all by itself.
The poinsettia's are long gone from my house.

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, January 24, 2020

Pastel Baby Quilt Progress

This week I've been able to sew in fits and spurts
and was able to get the inside of the latest baby quilt done.

The colors just do not photograph correctly on my design wall
and it's too dreary a day outside to take the quilt outside.
Hopefully when I finish it I can get some more accurate photos.

I really enjoyed making these Granny Square blocks.
The colors scheme is not my usual,
but I have to say...
I love this combination.

The pink squares in this middle block are not nearly that color.

Next I'll be adding wider borders and may even scallop them!
I'm hoping to get it to the quilting phase this weekend.

Fabric pull for the next baby quilt on the list.
Now, this is what I love!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 20, 2020

A Pastel Baby Quilt

This week I've had to take a break from getting
rid of piles in my Hidey Hole.
A baby quilt is needed for a shower in February, 
which will be here before I know it.

I had to go fabric shopping for this quilt.
The mom-to-be is doing the nursery in
soft pinks and mint greens
and, as you can imagine if you've followed me for long,
I don't have many of those colors in my stash.
The mom is not a bright and bold color person,
so I decided to not shock her with my usual color palette.

It was fun wandering through the quilt shop pulling
fabrics that would be in the color palette.
Mint green is difficult to find right now.
Lime green.... not problem, but the mint greens were
few and far between.

I found a stack of fabrics,
started cutting the 2 1/2" squares
and began putting
Granny Squares together.

This is going to be a soft, quiet baby quilt
and I'm liking it!
 (My Design Wall needs some work!)

The colors are difficult to photograph,
but are in between these two photos.

I am using the little flower on white print
in between the blocks and will probably
use it for a border, too.

Two blocks are sewn together,
but not trimmed.
I don't think I've made a Granny Square quilt before
and am enjoying the simplicity of the design.

I'm not sure how many blocks I'll need
at this point. Enough 2 1/2" squares
have been cut to make a bunch!

Today I'm linking to Design Wall Monday.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Irish Chain QAL

I have wanted to make an Irish Chain quilt for some time now.
Years ago I helped my god daughter make a small one
for a school project,
but I've never made one for myself.

Amber at Gigi's Thimble is hosting a two color
Irish Chain quilt along and I jumped on board.
I had a box of red fabrics from a quilt I started years
ago and didn't finish, because I wasn't liking it.
The reds were used for another sampler quilt
I made with a quilt group I used to belong to.
There were still A LOT of red left in this box.

The first two steps have been released...
Press your fabrics
Cut them into the various sizes given on Amber's blog and Instagram.

 My fabrics were washed and pressed.
2 1/2" strips were cut of the reds and I was ready to go.
(The true colors are somewhere between these two photos.)

Since mine is going to be scrappy,
I knew I didn't want to use the strip method of sewing
and then cutting the parts.
I cut my strips into 2 1/2" squares and have them ready to go.

One of my problems with QAL's or leader/ender quilts
is that I get too impatient.
I want to make the quilt now.


Therefore, two of each block has been made and I LOVE
 how this quilt is going to look.
I will slowly make more blocks since it will take me
longer to make it this way.
This QAL has inspired me to use my red scraps
and empty another box in my Hidey Hole.

I have started the 2020 off with a red scrappy theme!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Flying Geese Have Flown

Several years ago I decided to cut most of my
reproduction fabrics in usable pieces and get them
out of my stash.
Reproduction fabrics are not my favorites
and I wanted to use them and move them along.
Several quilts were made from the different pieces,
but I still have a bag of pieces left.
In this bag were a bunch of Flying Geese that I had made.
Why I made them, I have no idea.
I don't know if I had something in mind
or was just making Flying Geese because I like to make them.

out came the pile
and this quilt top was made.

I realized as I was sewing all of these geese together
that I was making a scrappy quilt!


It's a monochromatic scrappy quilt,
but scrappy, none the less.
(Scrappy Quilts are not my favorite to make.)

All of these geese look so nice all 
lined up in formation.


They haven't told me where they are going yet.


A backing will be found and this one will be finished to donate.


Even the outer border is scrappy!


These pieces were in this bag of parts, too,
and will soon be sewn into a top.
I'm not sure how large this one will be,
but piles are disappearing from my Hidey Hole!


Just so you know, I haven't abandoned my bright
and bold fabrics.
This is going to be something fun!

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Twelve Days of Christmas Ornaments

Today I have a finish to share that has been
a long time in the making.
A number of years ago I started making some felt ornaments
She would release a couple of ornaments a year and
I kept up with them until the last five were released.
The embroidery was done of these 5 for a long time,
but painting the heads stopped me in my tracks.
I am not a painter and have very little confidence in my
painting ability.

Finally I told myself to just do it and see what happens.
What happened is that I have 12 finished ornaments!
The faces aren't the best, but I painted them
and they are ready to be hung on my tree at Christmas.

The ornaments are designed so well and are so unique.
The patterns are really, really well written and are easy to follow.


This guy is my favorite!


Even the backs of the ornaments are finished
and look really nice.

Here are all 12 together.
I didn't follow any kind of color scheme
and love them all.


They are all made with wool felt,
as recommended by mmmcrafts.

I look forward to hanging these on my tree at Christmas
and am SO happy to have this pile off of my shelf!

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

A Quick Little Quilt

During the Christmas holiday,
I needed something mindless to sew.
Out came a charm pack that I had gotten from
one of my quilt groups and a stack of left over
polka dot 10" squares.

A bunch of half square triangles were made
and sewn together into a little top.

Yesterday I finished quilting and binding this little quilt
and will my first donation quilt of the year.

The colors are a little brighter than what is shown here.
Pinwheel blocks are so fun and easy to put together.

I quilted swirls in white thread,
which went very quickly.


A couple of years ago I had pieced a number of 10" squares
for a small backing, but never used it.
The colors were perfect for this top.
In addition, I used what wasn't needed for the back
and cut the binding strips.  I never butt the ends together for binding,
but think it works for this little quilt.

This happy little quilt will be donated to my church
for the Baby quilt project.

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Two More Finishes for 2020

The first set of finishes for 2020 was a pair of
USA map pillows.
I'd had the panels for some time and they
were screaming loud enough to be made.
Along with the black pair of pillows,
I had ordered a gray set.

Those are now finished, too!

These panels are "Metropolis" by Moda
and are so much fun.


I love all of the different fonts used for the states names.
These were super fast to put together.


The pillow inserts were added and the pillows
are ready for use.

Back in March, my sister bought this panel and 
accompanying fabric and wanted to make this wall hanging.
Her job became crazy and there was no time for sewing fun.

The other day I decide to make it for her and remove this pile from
my shelf of projects waiting to be made.

This panel was pretty straight, which was nice.
Not much trimming was needed.


The yellow daisies add so much to the black and white panel.
It's ready to deliver to my sister.

Onto the next thing on my shelf!

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

First Finish of 2020

I have a shelf in my Hidey Hole that holds projects
that are waiting to be finished.
(This is in addition to the cabinet that also holds things waiting to be made.)
One of my goals for 2020 is to empty this shelf.
The items will be moved off of the shelf and completed.

The first project off of the shelf was a two panel set of
USA maps.  A while ago Sara at My Sewing Room
made pillows from these same panels and I really liked them.
She told me what the name of the panel, which is  "Metropolis" by Moda Fabrics,
 and I was able to find them on-line.

They have been sitting on the shelf since then.

Today they came out to play 
and two are finished!

All they need are the pillow forms.

These panels made good size pillows... 20" square.
I just love the map of the United States.


This is square... the photographer isn't, though! :)
I wanted a pop of color and like the turquoise binding I used.


They were quilted with organic straight line quilting.
Once the pillow forms are purchased,
they will be stuffed and ready for display.

Happy 2020!
May all of your quilting dreams be completed!



Goodbye 2019!
Hello 2020!

May this New Year be filled with as much joy,
creativity and blessings as you can hold.

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