Friday, June 17, 2011

I've Been Practicing...

my free motion quilting in preparation for quilting the Spirit Charm Pack Quilt this weekend.  Summer vacation is in full swing now, so I haven't been able to do anything but this practice square.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Farmer's Wife QAL - Week 2

I didn't think I could get these blocks done -- I've been sick pretty much since Friday and have not felt like (nor had any time to) sew. I didn't want to fall behind in only the second week, so here they are.

Block 3 - Basket
I'm not so great at applique, so am feeling somewhat iffy about the basket handle on this block. I might re-do it in a matching thread, maybe that would look better.

Block 4 - Basket Weave

Last but not least, I started a quilt from Jelly Roll Sampler Quilts, by Pam & Nicky Lintott. This is supposed to be for my oldest boy, as he really wants a quilt too. I'm not sure how old he'll be when I'm done, though. :)  The fabric is Hullaballoo by Urban Chics.

Block 1 - Tulip

Monday, June 6, 2011

Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt Along?

This quilt-along is being organized over at Ms. McPorkchop Quilts and Fussy Cut, mostly as a motivational tool for this long-term project.  The idea is to finish two blocks (out of a total of 111 blocks) per week.  Will this get me going?

Block 1 - Attic Window

Block 2 - Autumn Tints

Sunday, June 5, 2011

At Last, A Finished Quilt!

I started this quilt exactly one year ago, and it languished for quite a while before I picked it up again to start the quilting process. I do like it, but it turned out to be longer and narrower than I would have liked. It fits on a twin sized bed, but with not much overhang on the sides. Oh, well. Next time.

I quilted a simple rectangular grid following the block outline.  Here's a picture of the back, which shows the quilting a little better.  As I was adding the binding, I was thinking that the backing didn't quite match the main fabrics.  I wonder now if I goofed and accidentally picked a fabric from a different design group, because that turquoise is quite different than all the other blues.

For the binding, though, I was able to find one more print in the same collection on a recent trip to my local fabric store.  It was a lucky find, because there were really no other prints from this collection left, at least in this particular colorway.

I also added a big tag.  No. 2 knows how to read and write his name, as well as "mom" so I thought it would be fun for him to see.

Just one last close-up!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Some Progress

Slowly but surely...Summer vacation has started for my littlest one, so I've been sewing in mostly 5 to 10 minute spurts, sometimes just a few stitches at a time even.

So what's left? One-hundred thirty-eight flying geese for a middle border, followed by one final border.