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Friday, April 29, 2022

Finished Oriana Quilt Top

 Well, I never thought I would be posting about a finished
Oriana Quilt top this week.
The way I was struggling with this quilt at the beginning of the
week made me wonder if it would ever be done.
The fabric placement was quite a challenge,
but it finally came together and the
sewing part went very quickly.

This is the finished top!
(With the sides a bit cut off by the photographer!)
Oriana is a quilt pattern by Alison Glass
and measures 60x60" finished.

This quilt is made with strip sets and curved piecing.
Getting the curves to match and make a near perfect circle 
was also a challenge.
My seam ripper and I spent some quality time together!

I just love the Tula Pink Fairy Dust fabric as the background.
This one is ready to send off to my LAQ
and the fabric below will be the backing.
I had it in my stash, after purchasing it for another quilt.
It didn't go with that quilt when I put them together,
but it will look nice with Oriana.

Now I'll be sewing the binding down on my brick wall quilt.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, April 25, 2022

Oriana Quilt

 Last week an email came from a local quilt shop
listing a class for a quilt I have wanted to make for some time.
I was available both Saturdays for the class,
so I signed up to take it.

Off to the quilt shop I went to choose the fabrics for this quilt.

This past Saturday was the first class and, while
I usually don't need a class to make a quilt,
the instructions for this quilt were vague
and confusing to me.

Little did I know that would be the least of my problems!!

The class is for the Oriana Quilt by Allison Glass.

I just love this quilt and have seen it made with several different
fabric selections.

I didn't know what color palette I wanted to use
and told myself it would NOT be turquoise!
The rainbow quilt really spoke to me,
so I started picking out fabrics.
That was the easy part!

The first step of the quilt is to make strip sets with
six fabrics each.

This was very challenging!
Where do I want the various colors?
What colors should I place together?
Do I want each strip set to be a different blend of colors
or all the same color?

Finally, this is what I ended up with for my strip sets.

This is my starting point, at least.
I normally don't have an issue with choosing fabrics
and placement, but this is hard for me!
We shall see where it ends up.

This will be my background fabric... all the background pieces will be the same.

Wish me luck!!

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Hank's Bucilla Stocking

 Do you ever have let one little thing keep you from finishing a project?
The one thing I dislike about making these Bucilla kits
is making the cording that is used in some of them.
I can never get it to look right,
so therefore put off doing it.
I've had the felt part of this stocking done for about a month,
all except the cording used as the reins for the reindeer.
 Yesterday I finally decided it needed to get done.
Before I made the cording,
I made the quilted stocking to which the
felted front would be stitched.
For those who may be new, here is how I make the quilted stocking.

First I make a quilt sandwich large enough for two stocking pieces.

Then I use the felt backing that comes in the kit as a pattern.
I cut about 3/8-1/2" around the felt piece.

When using the same fabric for the inside and outside
of the stocking, it doesn't matter how I lay the felt piece
on the quilt sandwich.
Once both sides are cut out, I stitch around the outside
of the stocking, leaving the top open.

Binding strips are cut on the bias and pressed in half.
(I cut my binding strips at 2 1/2", but they could be cut at 2 1/4".)
I then sew the binding strips around the body of the stocking and
turn the binding to the back and stitch it finished before binding the top.

The top is bound and finished like you would finish
the binding on a quilt.
I push the sides of the stocking toward the back
and smooth it as much as possible.

With a piece of left over binding,
I press it in quarters length-wise,
fold in the ends and top stitch around the 
entire piece for a hanger.
I stitch this to the stocking just to the back of the
side binding.
You can make this to the length of your choosing.

Once the stocking is done,
I stitch the felted piece to the front
using small applique like stitches.

 Voila!  The stocking is finished and
ready to fill to the brim!!

This stocking is for my god-grandson and will 
be delivered on Tuesday... in plenty of time for

Happy Quilting!

Monday, April 18, 2022

Brick Wall Quilt Top

 Happy Easter!
We were able to spend Easter day with our
whole family yesterday!
We drove up to our daughter and SIL's house
and got to hold and snuggle the grands
while enjoying the day.
It was the first time my husband and Doodlebug
met the Little Man and they were thrilled.
Here are the proud parents, sister and fur brother with the
Little Man. 

And Aunt Doodlebug was especially excited to be holding
her nephew.
They are all doing well and getting used to being a family of 4
plus the furry one.
After making the Lucky Stars quilt,
I had a lot of rectangle pieces left over.
I was on Pintrest one night and saw this quilt
from Must Love Quilts
and knew it would work well with the leftover pieces.
I had to get some more neutral Kaffe prints
and went to work once they arrived.
I used the back of most of the Kaffe prints
to soften them even more.

This went together very quickly and used up 
a fair number of the bricks.

I'm not sure if this one will be donated or
given as a baby quilt.

There may be enough parts to make another one,
but we shall see where I am led.

I am linking to Design Wall Monday today.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, April 15, 2022

New Grandson!

 I have a new grandson!
Miles Patrick was born 3 weeks early
on April 10th and we are thrilled to pieces.
I had been back and forth to my daughter and SIL's
to help with 15 month old Olivia for the last couple of weeks,
since my daughter was having a few complications.
All is well with her and their beautiful son.
God is good!
The nursery theme for Miles is Outer Space.
A few weeks ago in an email from Shabby Fabrics,
they had a kit with a space themed quilt.
I'm not one to use panels, but this kit was really cute.
 I ordered it and have been working on it when I 
was home here and there.
Yesterday I finished it and will be able to deliver it on Easter!

The fabrics are all space related and a lot of fun.
The panel was cut into squares and about
half were used in this quilt.
I'll have to plan something with the other squares.

A border print was included and cut into strips
for part of the design.
The other fabrics are yardage.

This awesome backing fabric was sold seperately
and was perfect for the finish.
It has been washed and dried and is ready for delivery.
Welcome to the World, Miles!!
Happy Quilting!