Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Little garden baskets

9.5x32 wall hanging
This little garden basket wall hanging and matching table runner are finishes #6 and #7 for this year.  Whoo-ee I've been on a roll!

The vertical wall hanging will be for our daughter who has a couple of huge gardens at her rural Wisconsin home.   I was thinking of her when I bought the fabric at Hobby Lobby.  The store recently moved into our area, and though the fabric section is small, they have some very nice quilting cottons.

The plan was to make a runner for the top of our daughter's bathroom counter.  The colors complimented the bright green walls in her bathroom.  Well, not long after the top was pieced she painted the walls a different color!   Then she mentioned that she would rather have a vertical wall hanging.  I was NOT going to rip it all out and turn the blocks sideways, so I pieced a second one.  The horizontal runner will just have to find another home.  LOL
Ah, the best laid plans.....

These already have me looking forward to spring!

9.5x32 table runner

Monday, February 13, 2017

Medallion is quilted too

Another fun finish for the year.   The Medallion sew along is all quilted up too.  The challenge was: A Basket, Childhood (Sister's Choice for childhood days playing with my sister), Log Cabins, Stars and Something Fishy (The blue border is quilted with scallops.)
Sew much fun!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Courthouse Stars finish

Scrappily wonderful!  This Courthouse Stars pattern by Fons and Porter is so cheery and bright.  Just perfect for quilting up during these cloudy winter days.  It's the 4th top quilted up this year so far.  Making progress!
My 1.5-inch scrap bag is nearly empty after this, but I've noticed that the 2.5-inch bag is overflowing, and so is the 2-inch bag.  There will be more scrappy quilts in the future if I want to keep those scraps under control!

Linking up my Friday Finish at confessions of a fabric addict.  Stop over and see what everyone is posting there this week.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Minnesota State Parks

Bed runner 38x85
Here's the next couple of finishes for this year.   A few years ago I picked up a panel at a Brainerd, MN quilt shop that featured four Minnesota State Parks.  Finally, I found the perfect place to use it.   Inspiration for a Bed Runner and a Baby Quilt came from Classic Elegance Bed Runner, by Julie Weaver and found in the book "Quilts with Unique Borders by Annie's Quilting.

I actually started out intending to make two bed runners, one for home and one for the cabin, but changed my mind halfway through.  The Baby quilt has one panel facing each direction so that it is right side up either way when it's draped over the side of the crib.

34x42 baby quilt, yellow flannel backing

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Easy Street finish

Lots of quilting accomplished here in January 2107!  With a serious determination to quilt up as many tops as possible, and whittle down that very tall stack, I started out with Easy Street.  This Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt from 2011 was sandwiched and pinned up last summer, all ready to go.
Bonnie Hunter's Easy Street Mystery Quilt 97x97 inches

Why had I been procrastinating?  It quilted up beautifully!  I certainly didn't expect that.  It's been on the bed for a week now, and DH loves it.  The size is 97 inches square and he's so happy that it covers from head to toe, and there's enough drop on the sides that there's no stealing the covers necessary.  I'm going to have to remember this size as my new go-to queen size.   It's so big I don't have wall space inside anywhere to take a photo, so out in the snow it went.  Neighbors must have thought I was nuts!  

This quilt certainly looks different from her original.  No lime green, turquoise or purple in sight!

More to come... The sewing machine has been busy!

Friday, January 27, 2017

2016 Recap

Time to do a recap of last year's quilting and keep myself on track.
Quilts completed: (see the 2016 tab above for photos)
One queen t-shirt quilt, one full size denim quilt and one twin size quilt.
One Christmas tree skirt.
Five table runners, five table toppers, five lap quilts and five baby quilts.
Six mini quilts.
Seven wall hangings.
That's a total of 37 quilting projects!

Total yardage used: 71.5 yards. (does not count fleece backings, denim or t-shirt fabrics)
Total yardage purchased: 75 plus my December thrift store Thimbleberries find.  So, I nearly made it as a break-even year.

Eight projects carried over as Works in Progress.  Eight more quilt tops are finished and ready to quilt. Six really old UFO's I'll keep on the books, but one is going to be sent to the orphan block box.  I'm never going to finish the Just Takes 2 quilt and can use those 18 blocks in some other project.

January through March are my most productive quilting months, and I've completed three quilt projects so far already.  It's so easy to be motivated to finish up UFO's during a cold Minnesota winter, and I've got a great start this year.  Hope I can keep it up!

How are you doing?  Have you posted your year-end progress yet?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Seminole Patchwork

This January we took a short winter vacation to Florida.  It was delightful!
We stayed at the 100-year-old Peninsula Inn in Gulfport, FL.  It was so charming and restful.  They made us feel so welcome.

One of the things we always try to do in a new city is go to the museums and learn about the history of the area.  And, as always, I keep my eyes open for quilts.

The Tampa Bay History Center has a very nice area dedicated to Seminole Patchwork and the culture of the Seminole Tribe.  Their unique style of patchwork developed between the turn of the century and 1920.  Originally used for trade goods, it is still used today in their ceremonial clothing.

Can you see the flip card display?  There were two of them.  Each card holds a tiny pieced sample of a Seminole patchwork pattern.  There were several hundred different patterns.  I so longed to look through those and see each one.  But, alas, they are safely behind the glass cabinet.

It looks like an internet search might be in my future.  It's a whole new technique for me.  Wouldn't a table runner or small Seminole Patchwork project be a nice remembrance of our Florida vacation?