Monday, February 23, 2015

Tell it to the Stars - Top Done!

I got through the five borders for this quilt last Sunday but then forgot to post my finish!

Not a very good picture.... Can't take photos outside as it is too cold!

The top is a little larger then I thought it would be but I still love it!

I bought some daisy patterned fabric for the backing and will use the dark green as the binding.

So it goes onto my list of tops to be quilted.  I will need at least a week on my aunt's Longarm to get them all done.

On to the next project

Friday, February 13, 2015

Tell it to the Stars - November clue done - Finally

I had started the Tell it to the Stars quilt along with Judy at Patchwork Times during 2014 but then hit a wall with the November clue

We had to make 32 pieced blocks and I struggled with the sizes for the flying geese and half square triangles.  So instead of trying to figure it out I just put it away

Earlier this week I decided to try again -  after reading the directions again and then looking at some online information I finally figured out how to make the pieces!

It took a couple of nights this week but I finally got the blocks done and put together for one of the borders.  

I like how the pieces blocks came out.  Maybe that is because they were so hard to do!

Now on to the December clue.  True to form Judy has us adding 5 borders!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fall Table Runner

I have been fighting a sinus infection and did not get any sewing in for almost two weeks!!

Sunday afternoon I felt up to sewing and pulled out a mini charm pack that I had bought and made a quick fall table runner. 

I have the backing and binding picked out already. Just need to layer and machine quilt and then I willl have a new table runner for the fall!!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Little Quilts - Fun fabrics and Patterns

 A few weeks ago we visited friends in Atlanta, GA to celebrate a birthday.  Happy 60th to Linda and many more.  

We went out to dinner on Friday and right across the street was a quilt shop named Little Quilts!  So I talked my husband into going there on Saturday morning.

What a lovely shop!  They specialize in patterns for little quilts and civil war fabrics.  I found a pattern book (with fabrics for one quilt), a kit for a flag quilt and some new civil war fabrics for my stash!!   Also got a piece of Georgia Bulldog fabric for my future USA quilt.

If you ever are in the Marietta, GA area be sure to stop by Little Quilts

Sunday, January 11, 2015

2014 Project Summary and 2015 Plans

Finally got around to reviewing my 2014 Project work.

During 2014 I had 57 projects on a list..... Suprise!!!  I did not get them all done.  Lol

Of the 57 projects:
15 totally done
8 tops done
4 projects have the blocks done but not assembled into a top
2 projects were removed from the list

So for 2015 my list is smaller - only 49 projects!!

8 of them are finishing the tips from 2014 and 4 are assembling/finishing the blocks done in 2014.  I hope that I don't bring any of these projects forward next year

I actually already got one finished this week and another one has binding ready to sew down!  (They are both small baby quilts!)

My other goal is to use as much fabric out of my stash as I can on these projects without buying more fabric.  That maybe hard to do but I am going to try.  

Wish me luck!!  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy New Year Finishes!!

Between the holidays, family issues and work I have been too much away from sewing and blogging.

I do, however, have three finishes to share. 

The first is a lap quilt that will be a gift to a friend and is the first that I quilted with the Pro Stitcher computer on my aunt's Longarm machine. 

Here is a closeup of the quilting - which was a swirling pattern with dots

The second and third are baby quilts for several other friends

I had fun making the backing for this quilt as I was trying to use up the fabrics that I had leftover and was able to do it!!  I even found a way to use the rest of the red and some of the brown for the binding!

Just found out that another friend of the family had a baby boy so now I am off to make yet another baby quilt!!

Watch for my 2014 Summary post and 2015 Goals - hope to do in the next day or so. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Austen Family Album Quilt - Blocks 35 and 36 Done !!!!!

Block 35 is English Ivy for the Littleworths who were neighbors of the Austen Family.  Not really my favorite block in this quilt.  My center seam is a little off and I did not realize it until I saw the picture - maybe it will quilt out!!  LOL

Block 36 is Modern Envelope for Anne Sharp.  Anne was a pen pal of Jane's and one of her last letters was written to Anne Sharp.  The post on the Austen Family Album blog stated that in Jane's age they wrote letters on one piece of paper and then folded it to be the envelope also.  

And that is the last one of the blocks for this project.

Not sure yet how and/or when I will put these together into a quilt top.  I have a couple of other projects that I need to complete first.  I have enjoyed making all of these different blocks and may actually use some of them in future quilts.

Thanks to Barbara Brackman for putting this together and I really enjoyed all of the history about Jane Austen, her family and times.  

Also check out the Flicker Group for Austen Family Album to see the blocks made by other crazy quilters who have followed along on this project with me.