Finally Getting Around to Finishing… Some

My “To Do” is an ever changing – and growing – myriad of chores. It seems that every time I cross one thing off the list, two more get added. But I don’t have to tell you, I’m sure its the same for every one of you.

So, since I recently finished up the dollhouse, successfully started my fund raising on IndieGoGo and finished the big cross stitch, I finally feel like I am getting things done. The bad side of that is I tend to get a little too confident… and I started a couple of new quilts. Sigh.

But on the upside, I did manage to get the binding on five of the quilts that I had quilted. Seems a million years ago, just because I can’t seem to stay focused, but I have a wonderful friend Becky, who does my longarm service, Collis Country Quilting. (If you’re interested in contacting Becky, you can reach here on her Facebook page: Collis Country Quilting. She can also be reached via email at: rebecca_collis@yahoo.com. Just let her know that I sent you!)

I goofed on this quilt, first in measuring and then in cutting the backing. So I usually do a fold-over type of binding, but since I measured wrong, I had to do the reliable method of separate binding. Believe it or not I had to look up instructions, I do this so little.

DSCN5093But this binding turned out pretty good, if I say so myself. I ended up making about three times too much, but I guess I can hang on to it in case I want to do this again sometime.IMG_4311The fabric came from a stash where there were a various number of colors in the same pattern. I think it would make for a man’s quilt, as the colors are pretty muted and far, far away from any pastels!DSCN5094The back was more of the same fabric, just to use it up. You can see the great quilting pattern here!DSCN5096This quilt is one of those little challenges that I dream up for myself. I did this one a while back, so not sure if this is a charm quilt or not. There are some really beautiful fabrics in this one and would make for a great baby quilt.IMG_4312The backing is a understated green with a darker green ivy type pattern. Like I said, understated.DSCN5097This next quilt is called ‘Fire and Lightning”. Another pattern that I saw somewhere – a magazine, Pinterest or somewhere else online. Of course, I had to try it!dscn5099.jpgAgain, this would be an extremely easy pattern to do in pastels or colors to match a nursery or an quick way to spice up a living room with some color.dscn5100.jpgFantastic quilting that really pops on these colors though. Becky takes one look at my quilts and just knows what to choose.IMG_4314Love the meandering of this pattern!DSCN5101Simple red backing to keep from stealing the thunder of the colors and style.dscn5103.jpgIts funny when as much time passes as it does for me from concept to binding. I actually forget many of the quilts that I make! It makes for a fun surprise when I unpack these quilts and get ready to bind them!DSCN5103I know this one was inspired by a pin I found on Pinterest. In fact when I looked back to the original pin, it was almost the same colors!dscn5104.jpgOver the years I keep a vigilant eye on the discount fabrics and pick up fabrics on bolts to use later as backing. That is where this fabric came from.IMG_4313I am especially in love with whites… and add to a large stash whenever I can. Just makes for more interesting quilts.dscn5105.jpgNow on to my absolute favorite of my quilts: orphans. You know the ones, the extra blocks you made or did to try a pattern. I put effort into these blocks and am determined to never let these go to waste. Hence, “orphan” quilts. This is my third in recent months, the first one went to The Kid and the second one is on my bed.DSCN5105IMG_4315The back is another of my bolt purchases and goes nicely with the colors in the quilt.DSCN5107So, there you have it. I have about another ten or so to finish with binding and then I’ve got about three new denim quilts that will need borders and backing. I have one that is especially unique and am excited about finishing it and showing it here.

Thanks for stopping by! And happy quilting!

julie

A Baby Gift When the Recipient is No Longer A Baby

By being such a prolific piecer, I tend to create quilts that take a long time to get finished. As some of you may remember, I had a huge box full of quilt tops that I had sent off to my long arm quilter (Hi Gloria!) some time ago. She had some issues with her machine (I swear I didn’t mean to break it!) but somehow in all of that, the baby that this first quilt was intended is by far no longer a baby.

A good friend and former colleague, I had made a quilt for his first daughter and she received it promptly. So even though we no longer worked together, we kept in touchish through Facebook. And when his second daughter was born, I whipped up a baby quilt complete with her name embroidered in the center. 2015-04-30 17.54.09If memory serves, I think Maxine is probably 3, maybe 4, now. But today, I finally got it completed.

2015-04-30 17.53.57 The center blocks are hearts embroidered in various shades of orange. Well, you can see that the whole quilt is a variety of shades of orange, this is the color they had picked for the nursery. And of course, the center heart has her name.

2015-04-30 17.54.40Now I just have to just have to get the address and get it sent.  I hope better late than never. Right?

The next one I finished today is this experiment with stars. It didn’t turn out bad, but it was an experiment for me and I really am not all that happy with the result.

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So many of the star points ended up being blunted with the next block. I really need to work on my technique. 2015-04-30 17.56.19

I love the colors in this quilt and I like the way that it shows brightly with the dark background.2015-04-30 17.56.24

It is really much too small for a bed quilt and much too dark for a baby’s quilt. I don’t really know what I will do with this one. I’ll have to think about this one.2015-04-30 17.56.34

2015-04-30 17.57.58Well, that about covers today’s projects. I’ve been working on creating the supplies for another project, it is great fun to sit and punch one inch circles out of paint chip cards. Does that spark intrigue?

And speaking of, the toy horse is still being worked on, slowly but surely. 🙂

julie

Binding: How Do You Do It?

I think I’ve talked about this before, but for those new, this is an old habit (?) of mine. Every now and then I get stuck and don’t seem to have any forward momentum. When this happens I do one of two things… either I clean and organize or I jump head long into finishing up long overdue projects.

Well, over the past week and a half, I have been doing some serious finishing. I vowed to not start anything new (even though I went out and bought some new triangle templates and even some fabric. Let me just tell you that I have not bought new fabric in forEVER – at least a full year. But you also know that I have a small store of my own upstairs in my quilting room. Ha.

The guest bedroom’s bed was covered with quilts that had been quilted but needed binding. And my design wall has been covered in at least two layers of orphan and test blocks.

So, almost without a break, I have been binding and finishing quilts. And finished two orphan quilt tops.

But first…. we have to talk a little about binding. I recently posted the question about binding on a DIY site called HomeTalk about preferred methods of binding (you can see it here). As a self-taught quilt maker, I never knew exactly how to approach binding. My earliest quilts were bound by using the pre-made, pre-cut, pre-packaged binding pieces. That got costly quickly.

When I started quilting, the internet was still very much in its infancy and I guarantee that no one was talking about quilts on what was out there. It was either books or other quilt makers and I didn’t really know any quilters. So, I tried some things. First, I thought if I could fold each layer in on itself and make a seam, that would work. And it did, but seemed like a lot of work. So then I went with making the back larger and folding it over to the front. That worked much better. Sometimes I thought that I had ‘invented’ it.

Recently I posted the question about the preferred or better way to bind quilts. A serious debate ensued. I left the post with my opinion that everyone is entitled to bind their quilts in whatever way suits them.

I had come to this crossroad in a kind of funny way. See, Gloria – my long time long-arm quilter – parted ways with her equipment – and she retired. Actually, I think one of my denim quilts broke her machine and she saw it as a sign to quit! But she had a friend of hers finish what I had sent.

In the process, I think it wasn’t communicated to the newest quilter that I did the fold-over binding. You see, the quilt top needs to be centered onto the backing material or there isn’t enough material to fold over. So one of the quilts didn’t have the requisite material and I thought I would give (separate) binding method a shot. Someone in the online discussion had posted a good tutorial about how to do such binding, so I jumped in and completed this quilt in just that way.

Let’s just say that I am still not a fan. I purchased pre-fold binding and attached it to the back and then hand stitched the front. It was supposed to be invisible stitches, unfortunately my skill was somewhat lacking and invisible the stitches are not.  And it seemed to take an inordinate amount of time to do the hand work and this was a small baby quilt. I couldn’t imagine working on some of the very large quilts I do… I think I could have been there for days!

Here is the baby quilt with the separate binding:DSCN3090

The backing is a solid pink and the binding is white, which I think gives it a nice contrast while still coordinating.

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And one more courtesy shot:

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Notice the last vestiges of our “blizzard” two days previous. I think we ended up getting like 3″ when they were predicting 2 – 3 feet of snow. Temps today reached into the low 50’s. And who said Mother Nature doesn’t have hot flashes!

Over the next week or so, The Kid and I will be doing some sightseeing. We are headed south (from Kansas City) and the ultimate destination is The Alamo in San Antonio Texas. I have uploaded all of my photos of the finished quilts and will post one every day while we’re traveling. I know I have been absent as of late, but I was just not feeling up to sitting behind a keyboard after being at the sewing machine most of the day. You understand, I know.

julie

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