Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My Neighbor's Quilt Project

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I was sitting at home minding my own business when the phone rang. It was my next door neighbor. They're moving soon so I thought they wanted to say good bye. I was completely wrong. She told me she started a quilt in 2010 and had abandoned it.. Since they're packing up their house, she found the box with all her supplies. She asked if she could bring them over for me to "see". She came right over and showed me these blocks. They measure around 15 inches square. 

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She had also made 103 of these log cabin squares. They measure around 8 inches square. Of course, she asked if I could finish this quilt for her. It was intended to be a queen sized quilt for her daughter. She wants it finished and any decision is up to me. She would also like me to quilt it for her. She had a small stroke and will not be sewing at all anymore. She just wants it finished. She also brought me lots of extra fabric. The backing and binding are all cut as well.

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I didn't have the heart to say no to her. After she left, I calculated that the quilt needs 17 more blocks. She had a small box with blocks partially sewn. It took me a while to figure out what to cut. Here are the 17 blocks that I'm working on right now. I'm going to finish these up and then sew them into groups of 4. 

I was so thrilled that I only had 2 projects I was working on and looking forward to starting something new. Looks like I got another project that I wasn't planning on. This one is quite the challenge. Hope I can finish it nicely for her!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Vacation - Part 2

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We visited Portsmouth, NH this past week. Such a great day! Walked all over downtown and ate a great lunch. Of course, I found a quilt shop! This is the Portsmouth Fabric Company. The shop is not very large but it is just packed with Kaffe Fassett, Tula Pink  and other beautiful fabrics. 

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This is what I ended up buying. It's 8 fat quarters of Tilda Harvest by Art Gallery Fabrics. I just loved the colors. It's not my usual palette so I just had to have it! I would have stayed longer in this shop but my husband was waiting for me. There really wasn't a place for him to sit. I was happy with my purchase anyways!

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There are many historical sites to visit in Portsmouth. This is the home of John Paul Jones. I wish we could have gone inside but it wasn't open the day we were visiting. I love the look of this house. 

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This is the plaque on the house. I guess that makes it official!

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We also went to the Salisbury Beach the next day. The waves were pretty wild. I thought the water was freezing! I loved sitting on the sand and reading. So relaxing. I used sunscreen but still managed to get a sunburn. We were planning on returning to the beach but our sunburns kept us from going back. 

We went shopping at the Merrimack Outlets yesterday. I got some great deals on a few shirts. Today, we stayed home and caught up on housework. I can't believe my week is almost over! Not looking forward to going back to work!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


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I'm officially on vacation this week. We love doing day trips. We always seem to make our way up to Maine. The day was a little overcast but since it didn't rain, we had a nice time walking around Ogunquit, Maine. This is the view while eating our lunch. We ate at Jackie's Too on Perkins Cove. 

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 I had a tasty lobster salad. It was so good! 

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I also visited Knight's Quilt Shop. This is another of my annual traditions. My husband usually sits on the porch and waits for me. I try not to take too long but sometimes I can't help staying in there awhile!

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I ended up buying a book and fat quarter pack. I'm such a sucker for books! I have way too many so I figured one more wouldn't hurt! I love the pink fabrics. I bought that with a project in mind. I think my first day of vacation was a success! Wonder where I'll go next!?

Friday, August 4, 2017

More Binding

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Is it really August? I feel time really does fly! Trying to finish up a few projects before I start something new. (Isn't there always another project you're dying to start??) I bought this lovely Kaffe Fassett fabric for binding Arcadia Avenue.

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I wanted the binding fabric to have a little color in it. The quilt is so colorful but the borders are very dark. I thought something bright, but still dark, would work. The fabric is called Blue Ombre Stripe. I sewed the binding strips together so the colors would repeat the same all around the quilt. Hope it works! I'll let you know!!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Binding Patchwork Swoon

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I've been working on binding Patchwork Swoon. I found it sad to finish it. It's nice to watch a movie or television and do some mindless handwork. I feel less guilty while sitting on the couch. It's a nice excuse to rest!

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Here's a closeup of the binding. I really love the color as well as the polka dots. Happy ending to Patchwork Swoon! The color of the polka dot is the exact same color of the blue background fabric in the quilt. So glad I found it!

Next up, binding Arcadia Avenue. Then it's time to go back to Green Tea and Sweet Beans. I have     2 1/2 borders left to applique! Isn't there always a "next" project???

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Arcadia Avenue DONE!!!

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I still can't really believe! Arcadia Avenue is finally done! It was a long haul but such a nice feeling to know that's it's finally all quilted! I knew it would be quite the project when I started but I had no idea it would take me this long.

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I quilted parallel lines in the triangles along the edge of the quilt..I chalked a line down the middle as my own only marking. I quilted one inch away from the seam line and changed direction at the chalk line. Easy and fast!

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Here's the quilt before I trimmed off the excess batting and backing. It looks so much better afterwards. Who cares?! It's done!!!!!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Scrap Vortex Part 2

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I just about forgot Scrap Vortex. I started this project months ago. I went through all my scraps and finished the first part. It took me weeks to go through my fabric stash. If you're interested, you can read about the project here at Crazy Mom Quilts. Her Scrap Vortex quilt looks beautiful! Part 2 is basically putting 2 scraps together of similar size. My problem is that many of my scraps are large. I'm cutting them down as I go along and mixing and matching like sized scraps. I think that's why this step is going to take awhile. 

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This is the pile of scraps I have left from the first step. It may not look it in the picture, but that's lots of scraps! I feel that after this step is over, the next steps should be faster. I don't think I'll have to trim many pieces after Part 2 is complete. We shall see! Further updates when I get through that pile of scraps!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Doily and Slabs

I just finished my knit doily. I think it came out pretty good. I didn't like sewing on the border but it wasn't that bad. This picture shows the doily all blocked.

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This is the doily before I blocked it. I had already sewn the border on. It reminded me of a beret! 

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I washed the doily and then pinned it on my board. This board had a great 12 inch circle already printed on it. It was so easy to pin the doily to the proper size. I laid a piece of saran wrap below the doily so my board wouldn't get soaked. I took advantage of the weather and let it dry outside. So easy!!

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Turning my attention to my lovely slabs! I have some nice fabric to sash and border the blocks. This will be such a great table runner!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Patchwork Swoon Quilted!

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I finished quilting Patchwork Swoon! So excited! I didn't think it was coming out that great but it looks so much better off the longarm. I tried all sorts of ruler work and I think it came out fine. I tried an idea from the magazine Machine Quilting Unlimited. Bethanne Nemesh had a nice idea about a border pattern and I did it. 
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This is just a small picture of the border. The feathers start very small from the middle of the border but get larger as you reach each corner. Then the open area is filled in with loops. I marked everything before I loaded the quilt top. It makes a nice "frame" to the quilt. 

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Here's the back. Love seeing that texture!

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Here's the fabric I'll be using for the binding. So cute!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

More Machine Quilting

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I just finished quilting the last block of my Arcadia Avenue quilt. So excited!

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Just a little close up of the quilting of that last block. Phew! Blocks are done!!

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The only quilting left is the black fabrics around the edge of this quilt. It's difficult to see in this picture. You may be able to see the pins. The black areas between the pieced blocks have already been quilted. This is the easy part!

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I have 2 borders left to quilt on my Patchwork Swoon which I am quilting on the longarm. I unexpectedly purchased a longarm this past fall. At the time, I had just started to quilt Arcadia Avenue. My goal has been to finish Arcadia Avenue so I can concentrate on the longarm. Although I've been machine quilting for a few years, the longarm is so different. I'm making progress but not as quickly as I had hoped. I think part of the problem is I'm still quilting on the Sit down quilter. I'm hoping to use the Sit down for small projects and use the longarm for most everything else. I'll sell the Sit down if I no longer use it.. 

The longarm is a lot of fun but it involves a whole new set of skills. Getting there! I've been using rulers as well as free motion quilting. Getting there one small step at a time!!

Friday, July 7, 2017

What I've Been Doing

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I've been machine quilting Patchwork Swoon on the longarm. I'm trying to get comfortable using rulers. I draw my "stem" with a fabric marker and sew over the line with a straight line machine ruler. It's not too hard as long as you follow that marked line. I do tend to go off at times. I then use a round circle ruler to make my "petals". I'm getting better at it although my foot goes a bit off course sometimes. This quilt is almost finished. The longarm is so fast!

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I'm taking a short break from my applique border by working on this little doily. Doilies are so hard to find now. I love making them. They're quick and practical. I bought a huge cone of cotton thread. It will last a long time so I can make as many as I like!

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This particular pattern has a border worked separately and then sewn onto the body of the doily. I prefer to work the border on the doily as one piece but thought I'd give this method a try. 

That's what I've been doing. How about you?!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!!

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Wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th of July! My mom is coming over for a small cookout. Looking forward to an afternoon of family and food. The best things in life!

Happy Birthday, America!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Last Block Arcadia Avenue

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I'm so happy that I'm finally on the last block of Arcadia Avenue! It's taken forever but I'm at the end! This is block 12 out of 12 blocks. I will still have to quilt the border that's made up of diamonds. I've already quilted the diamonds that separate the blocks so I will continue that same quilting motif to the remaining diamonds. 

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I quilted tight wishbones in the white spikes. I quilted parallel lines in the colored triangles. 

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I'm not sure what to quilt in the black/gray areas. I'll think of something. I'm too close to finishing to stop now! These blocks were a challenge to quilt. So happy I actually got it done!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Border for Green Tea and Sweet Beans

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It's so hard to get a good picture of a border. Too long! It measures 8 inches wide and 60 inches long. I took a few close up pictures also.

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I love using different green fabrics for the stem. It makes the border so interesting. I'm reusing a lot of my freezer paper so it's actually a little faster. I have everything marked with a water soluble blue marker so it's easy to work on one small section at a time. 

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This picture gives you an idea of how the border will look on the quilt. I like it! An appliqued border takes a while but adds so much to the quilt. I'm looking forward to making more borders. I think I'll make the top next since it will be a mirror image of the bottom border. Another great way to use scraps!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

My Slabs

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I almost forgot to post the slab blocks I made for our block exchange.  This block is about 8 inches square. It was supposed to be mostly blue and turquoise.

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This one is a fall theme. It's also about 8 inches square.

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This one is 6.5 inches square. It is made up of neutrals to browns.

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These are 8 inches square. Directions were anything but green!

These slab blocks are a blast! I got to play in my scrap bag and make something. The fun is that you can use any size scrap you like. You end up using pieces that you thought were too small. I guess the moral of the story is to save the scraps! You can make great blocks from them. 

I'm so happy I was asked to participate in this block swap. I'm planning on making a table runner with my blocks. I'm looking forward to more swaps!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New Books

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I recently bought a couple of books. Quiltfolk is actually a magazine. However, it has no advertisements. I just started reading it. This issue focuses on Iowa. There's only one quilt pattern that I saw when I flipped through it. It looks like an interesting new concept in quilt magazines. It's a bit pricey but that's to be expected if there are no ads. There are lots of articles on people involved in the quilt world. 

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Stunning Stitches is the latest book written by Jen Lucas. I love her books. I love to knit shawls and she writes some beautiful patterns. She also has directions for cowls and scarves in this book. I'm trying to pick out my next knit project. I feel the need to start knitting. It's so relaxing to me! I'll let you know when I start!

My Neighbor's Quilt Project

I was sitting at home minding my own business when the phone rang. It was my next door neighbor. They're moving soon so I thought t...