Hands2Help 2019 Check-in #1

After finishing up my Mercyful (Antique Tiles) Quilt in March, I have started working on another project that will benefit another Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2019 charity, Victoria’s Quilts Canada. I have adapted the Charm Box Mini Quilt Pattern by Fat Quarter Shop and am using left-over Zen Chic Reel Time charm packs that I used to make a Table Runner and Placemats for my sister in January 2017. I will be using the Bella Pewter solid for the sashing for this 50” x 70” quilt top.

I was recently given Electric Quilt 8 (EQ8) as a birthday present and have had fun designing simple quilts with this quilt-designing software. Below is a mock-up of my adapted Charm Box quilt top using a variety of digital swatches included in EQ8 that aren’t representative of the fabric or colors that I am using for my Victoria’s Quilts Canada quilt top.

Linking up to Hands2Help 2019 1st Check-in.

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2019 Qtr 2 Finish-A-Long Goals

I have six proposed finishes for the second quarter of 2019. My five new projects are as follows:

My Meadowland Quilt

I just finished sewing the quilt top together this past weekend. I had so much fun participating in this quilt-along using my hoarded Katarina Roccella Imprint collection. To see other absolutely amazing Meadowland quilt tops, check out #meadowlandqal on Instagram. I am having Amy with Amy’s Creative Side do the long-arm quilting using her Window Pane quilting motif on this project.

Two Travel Trailer Pillow Covers

I plan to make two Travel Trailer Pillow Covers using Pen + Paper’s Travel Trailer Block pattern. Below are the fabric pulls for each of the pillows that use a similar color scheme:

Camping Quilt

My Camping Quilt is my 3rd proposed finish for this quarter. I hope to get it back from Sew Shabby Quilting by the end of the month to get this quilt bound and plan to hand carry this quilt and one Travel Trailer pillow (using the fabric pull above on the left) when I visit by brother and sister-in-law in May.

Wedding Whirl Mini

My  fourth proposed project is a mini quilt using my Wedding Whirl design with 1.5” finished HSTs. It is going to be 16.5” x 16.5” (or I may add a border on two sides to make it rectangular).

Secret Project

My last new Qtr 2 project is a secret project. Below is a pic of six fabrics used in this baby-size quilt, but I’ve not included the two feature fabrics.

Rainbow Autumn Chain Quilt

I’m carrying over one of my 2019 Qtr 1 Finish-A-Long Goals into this quarter. Sew Shabby Quilting did a lovely job with the quilting of my Rainbow Autumn Chain Quilt, and it just needs to be bound.

Linking up to .2019 Qtr 2 Finish-A-Long Goals

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April ‘19 OMG

I almost took the easy way out this month and was going to choose sewing my Meadowland Blocks into a quilt top as my April ‘19 One Monthly Goal, but honestly I hope to have that quilt top done by April 7th to enter into the final #meadowlandqal drawing hosted by Then Came June. So it felt a little like cheating, since it’s likely that I will get this quilt top done this coming weekend. So I decided to pick a different OMG that will be more of a stretch for me. I’m going to make two pillow covers using Pen + Paper Pattern’s Travel Trailer block. One I will giving to my brother and sister-in-law to go with their Camping Quilt, and the other will be for my friend, Sharon, who is a new travel trailer owner.

I just bought the PDF pattern yesterday and will start choosing fabrics for these pillow covers in the next few days.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: April ‘19 One Monthly Goal.

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Quilting Blunders—I’ve Made My Fair Share of Them

Bernie with Needle & Foot is hosting a great linky party/discussion about quilting blunders. I agree with Bernie that when looking at social media posts that show other people’s masterpieces, it can be so easy to compare ourselves with others and feel that our work is not skilled enough, prolific enough, intricate enough, etc.

 I, too, have made my fair share of quilting mishaps. Unfortunately I don’t have photographs of my goofs. Just this past weekend I was making some half-square triangles for a couple of bee blocks and decided to use Lee Heinrich’s paper-pieced Perfect HSTs that don’t require any trimming. Well, they would have been perfect if I had used the right size! I used 2.5” finished instead of 2” finished, so after ripping off the paper, I got to spend some extra time trimming down my HSTs! I’ve learned the most important thing to do after discovering a mistake is to say “oh well” (or some other expression if necessary!) and then to focus my energy on fixing the problem rather than beating myself up for the mistake.

I’ve been quilting for over four years, and I use my seam ripper on a frequent basis. At first I didn’t understand why many quilters would talk about “unpicking” their seams. But that’s exactly what I do at some point with all of my major projects if I’ve veered off at the end of a seam, have a flipped seam allowance, or haven’t matched a point to my “good enough” standard. I’ve seen videos on ripping seams really fast with seam rippers, and I tried that once, and not only ripped my seam but also ripped my fabric!

I really could go on and on about all my quilting snafus, but I’ve found that a little time and distance goes a long ways to being okay with my mistakes and sometimes even embracing them. My favorite all time project is my Summer Sampler 2017 quilt, and when I discovered that there was some color variation in my Kona Coal background fabric, I was NOT happy and was upset with myself for not buying all of the background fabric at one time because I had heard that there can be color variations in dye lots, which I can attest is true! And there are several less-than-perfect paper-pieced center joins where many points meet, and I just don’t care. I love this quilt, and it still makes me feel happy when I look at it.

If there are any new quilters reading this post, my advice is to use social media for inspiration and to help you really figure out what you’re drawn to and where you want to focus your energies. But be kind to yourself and don’t expect to be perfect. It truly is more about the journey than the destination!






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Mercyful (Antique Tiles) Quilt Finished!

I am SO excited to have just this morning finished binding my Mercyful (Antique Tiles) Quilt. I started the quilt top in January as a donation quilt for the Mercy Hospital Hospice program that has been organized by Bernie@Needle & Foot. Please see my Mercyful Quilt Top Finished post for more information about my quilt top as well as some information about my connection to the Mercyful Quilts. This is such a worthwhile program, and I was thrilled when I found out that Mercyful Quilts is one the five charities that will be receiving quilts through the Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2019 being hosted by Sarah@Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Below is a pic I took this morning of the finished quilt. I love how the blue sky ties in with the blue in the quilt (just luck really!).

Jessie@Threaded Quilting Studio did such an awesome job with the quilting and transformed my quilt top into a quilt that I am really proud of (and one that is a little hard to part with!). But I plan to get this quilt in the mail to Bernie on Monday.

Quilt Information:

  • 60” x 60” size
  • Pattern is Antique Tile blocks (free tutorial by Piece N Quilt)
  • Fabric is all Carolyn Friedlander fabric (except the binding)
  • Quilting pattern is Pineapple Skin
  • Started January 2019, completed March 2019

This project was my first proposed finish for my 2019 Qtr 1 Finish-A-Long Goals.

Linking up to From Bolt to Beauty: Brag About Your Beauties and Confessions of a Fabric Addict: Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?. I will also be linking up to the 2019 Qtr 1 Finish-A-Long Finishes when the linky party opens.

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March ‘19 OMG Finished

My March ‘19 One Monthly Goal was to finish the quilt top for the Camping Quilt that I will be giving to my brother and sister-in-law who love camping in the comfort of their motor home (me too!). I got it finished last weekend and sent it off to Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting to quilt it for me using her awesome Camping motif. The cream colored border is actually marshmallows on sticks! I decided on light yellow thread for the quilting.

Screen Shot of Camping motif used with permission by Melissa@Sew Shabby Quilting

The quilt back has a S’more Love Fat Quarter Panel that is rather cheesy, but I couldn’t resist including it as part of the quilt. I added some extra orange and green owls fabric to break up all the grey grunge fabric, but I think the Camping quilting motif in light yellow thread will show up so well on the grunge fabric.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: March ‘19 OMG Finishes


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March ‘19 OMG

My March 2019 One Monthly Goal is to make the quilt top for the Camping quilt I plan to give to my brother, Bill,  and sister-in-law, Sharon, who regularly go on adventures in their motor home. I bought a fat quarter bundle of S’More Love fabric a few years ago that I thought would make a great outdoorsy kind of quilt and recently was able to supplement the bundle with additional S’More Love yardage I found on Etsy. I decided to make six-inch paper-pieced economy blocks with this fabric along with some coordinating solids, and just this morning I finished making the last four blocks. I’ll be adding two-inch grey Grunge sashing strips to increase the size but also to tamp down the busyness of the quilt top. Below is a photo I took a few minutes ago of the 42 blocks. I’m quite certain this will not be the final layout.

Last year I started collaborating with Melissa @ Sew Shabby Quilting and have frequently browsed the quilting patterns she offers. When I saw her Camping quilting motif, I knew it would be perfect for this quilt for Bill and Sharon.

Screenshot of Camping quilting pattern used with permission by Melissa@Sew Shabby Quilting

The back of the quilt will mostly be grey Grunge fabric but will also have a S’More Love fat quarter panel and larger cuts of the blue/green and orange/grey owls. I’m not sure what color thread would work best for the quilting. I’ve been considering yellow, light turquoise, or cream? Feel free to comment with your opinion.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: March ‘19 OMG.

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