Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Green Tea and Sweet Beans

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So excited to show you Green Tea and Sweet Beans! It's done except for the borders. I'm too tired to try and conquer them. This quilt top needs a good ironing but that's for another day too! This quilt top has been a challenge!

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This quilt is made up of 4 sections. This is Section 1. It is the largest section. I finished this on Monday.

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This is Section 2 .I completed most of it yesterday after work. Today, I added the little squares so it would be the same size as Section 1. 

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Section 1 and Section 2 were sewn together this afternoon. I just had to sew this half to Section 3 and 4 which you can see below.


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Voila, the top is done!! Sewing the two halves together took some time. Too many seams to match up!

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I really think the borders will add a nice frame to it. I can wait a few days before I start the borders. For now, I'll just look at the quilt top so far!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

More Machine Quilting

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I finally started machine quilting the scrap quilt I made a little while ago. It took me forever to decide what to do with that border. It's a 5 inch border but it's pieced and has a 1-inch strip running right through the middle of it. I decided on these loops in mirror images of each other. It was easy to make my little loops in that 1-inch piece.

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I made my little arcs in the 9 patches and wishbones in the solid fabric. I liked quilting my up and down loops in the on-point 9 patch. I've completed the first row as well as the top border and a little bit of each side borders. I feel calmer now that I've quilted all the different patterns at least once. 


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I've completed quilting block 8 of Arcadia Avenue. 


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This is a better look at the quilting. I made loops in the triangular area. I outlined 1/4 inch inside the border triangles. I also made little loops in the white area. Just like the center!

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You can see the loops a little better in the center here. 

That's it for machine quilting for me! I've got to do some piecing soon! Green Tea and Sweet Beans is almost done. I have to cut a ton of 1.5 inch squares. I think around 100! I'm really looking forward to putting that quilt top together! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Shades of Blue

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I worked until 1pm today so I had some time in the afternoon to get a few things done. I'm just about done knitting this shawl. It is called Cinder. It's from Jen Lucas' book called Sock-Yarn Shawls II. I actually skipped a few rows at the end. I thought I had enough yarn but it looked like I wasn't going to be able to finish it. I'm so happy that I don't have to rip out any rows. It's so hard to rip out rows and know exactly where you are when knitting lace rows. Skipping a few rows was a much better solution. I'll post pictures once this shawl is blocked. 

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I pieced the backing for one of my quilt tops. I had originally bought this fabric for another project. I think it will look great on the back of this quilt.

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I think any backing would look good with this scrap quilt. There are so many different fabrics that make up this top. I finally figured out how to quilt it. This step always seems to take me so long!! I'll post pictures when I have some of the quilting done! 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Green Tea and Sweet Beans Blocks

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Here are all my blocks for Green Tea and Sweet Beans! They're finally all done! You will see gaps between some of the blocks. I will be adding 1 inch checkerboard fillers to make all the blocks fit. I'm going to take out my design wall and make sure I like how all the blocks are placed. I like to live with the arrangement for a little while. It's surprising the little things you notice if you just give yourself the time. 
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I ran a few errands this morning. When I got home, I started these little pinwheels. They measure 4.5 inches square. I wasn't sure I could get all 9 blocks made today but I did! I did some chain piecing and that saved me a lot of time. 
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This is the fabric I bought for the border. It's a very pale pink with muted multicolored polka dots. I will have to applique a vine with flowers all the way around the quilt. What a great way to finish a quilt! Will take awhile but should frame the quilt so nicely!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Square Daisy Block

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This is the last applique block for Green Tea and Sweet Beans. I made this block my own way and it worked out great! 

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Here is the block after I appliqued the flower onto the background. I also appliqued the leaves. I made the background a bit bigger to compensate for any loss from the actual applique. 

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Here's the block all made nice and square.  It measures 8.5 inches square, 

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I cut the triangles to square off the block and just made sure they all fit!

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Here it is all done! I have to make 9 pin wheel blocks and then I can piece the quilt top together! So excited!!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Quilted Finish

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I finished machine quilting this cute quilt. It was made by Auntie Em for Quilts for Kids. As usual, I'm so lucky to be able to work on these quilts. I learn a lot and hopefully help out a child at the same time. 

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I quilted curves around each seam in the 9 patch blocks. I stitched a square in a square in the fish fabric block. I then stitched a diamond inside that stitched block. I finished it with wishbone stitched inside the diamond. It's so hard to see! That fabric is so fun but hides my stitches!

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You may be able to see my stitching better in this picture of the backing.

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I decided to stitch a big stipple in the borders. You can't really see my stitches so I thought stippling was a good way to finish up this darling quilt! 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

More Mystery Quilt!

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I've put together what pieces I've made so far for the Mystery Quilt. I'm not sure if this will be the final layout but I love it!! I feel the Kaffe Fassett fabrics looks so great together! My husband says it looks like Spring. After yesterday's snowstorm, I'm happy to hear it!

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I finished these rows today. I made 4 blocks last month. This month, I added these flying geese/square units. I only had to make 2 rows.

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I made these first with this month's clues. 

I'm making the lap size version which is supposed to measure 67 inches square. These pieces measure about 42 inches in length. It will be interesting to see how this quilt turns out! I'll keep posting until it's done!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Square Daisy Block in Progress

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This is the major portion of the Square Daisy block for Green Tea and Sweet Beans quilt. I decided to do this block my way. I was supposed to square it off with more individual pieces. I'm going to applique it and then cut it to size. I did the same thing to a previous block in this quilt.

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This is the background fabric that I'm going to use for the applique. It's sweet little bunnies!

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I'm hoping it looks something like this once the applique is done. I'll also be adding triangles to this square so this daisy will actually be on point.  It should measure 12.5 inches when finished. 

This is the last applique block for this quilt. I have to make 9 small pinwheel blocks. After that, I'll be able to sew the top together without the borders. I'm looking forward to seeing how it's going to look.
Such a fun quilt to work on! 

Monday, March 27, 2017

My Busy Longarm!

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Here's the vintage quilt with the binding all attached! I can't believe this quilt is finished. It felt like a privilege to me that I could quilt and learn so much all at the same time. My friend, Jayne, has seen her quilt and she loves it too! 

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I sewed the binding on but Jayne will finish sewing it down by hand. I'll miss this quilt! That's for sure!

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I'm can't stay too sad. I've already got the next quilt all loaded and ready to go! This is a quilt made for Quilts For Kids by my friend whose blog you can find here. This quilt is so cheerful and fun! I'm still deciding how to quilt it. You know I'll come up with something!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Clam Shell Block

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Here is my Clam Shell block for Green Tea and Sweet Beans. I really love the color combination. These are the fabrics I used throughout the quilt. I'm very close to sewing the quilt top together and I hope the quilt has the same look as this block.

I have one more pieced block left. I can't wait to sew this quilt together! Of course, the applique border will take awhile but it will be an achievement to just have the blocks sewn together.


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I've enjoyed this quilt so much that I've already bought her latest pattern. This quilt has no applique blocks. All blocks are pieced. Maybe it will be faster to make?? I'll find out!!

Monday, March 20, 2017

More Scrap Vortex

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I've steadily been working on Scrap Vortex. It takes quite awhile to look through my scraps and figure out what I can actually use. I have those portable plastic drawers that have most of my fabric. I try to keep them assorted by color. I said "try", because there are times when I'm working on something I just mess up my whole system! I also have a scrap bag with smaller pieces. 

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If a small scrap doesn't get used, I put it into the scrap bag. My scrap bag doesn't look much smaller but my drawers look very neat and tidy!

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Here's my pile of pieced scraps I've made so far for Scrap Vortex. I'm going to have one more session of sewing scraps together and then I will be onto Step 2! Step 1 has taken me so long but I think it's a great way of combing through my fabric collection. 

One last observation, I could probably make a few more of these quilts! These scraps never seem to ever go away! Maybe there will be more Scrap Vortex quilts in my future!!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

FMQ Vintage Quilt

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I'm done machine quilting my friend's vintage quilt top. I really love how it came out. We had discussed what I was going to do but it's so nice to actually see it all done!

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I basically free motion doodled the interior of the quilt. I quilted around the applique. I outlined each border. Each border has it's own quilt pattern. I changed thread for the red border. The cream colored thread was just too much of a contrast. I also had to make sure my back and forth loops kept a good distance away from the edge knowing the binding will be taking up some of that space. 

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I did lots of clam shells but tried to break it up with feathers, flowers, leaves and spirals. It was fun to just doodle and quilt away! The interior of this quilt was my favorite area to quilt. I had plenty of space and could just have fun with it. 

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It lays much flatter now although it's not perfect. But it is a vintage quilt top and seems to have it's own personality. It looks so nice! I'm so happy I could quilt this beautiful top and I hope my friend loves it too!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Blizzard!

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Isn't it almost spring? Isn't it too late for a blizzard? I guess it doesn't matter because this storm is heading my way! I'm not looking forward to 18 inches of snow!  I'm so grateful to be off for the next 2 days. I had good luck, for a change! I'm just hoping we don't lose power. I would love to finish machine quilting the vintage applique quilt. I'll have to see how bad the wind will be blowing. I have plenty of handwork so I'll keep myself occupied. I also bought a few quilt magazines. Trying to make it into a fun day!

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These are the fabrics my friend bought as possible bindings for the antique quilt. Here's a picture of the antique quilt.

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 I feel the red polka dots on the cream background would work better. It wouldn't compete with the red border on the quilt. I'm looking forward to see what she decides!

Stay safe during the storm!  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

A Little Handwork

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Other than machine quilting, I seem to be doing a lot of handwork. It's nice and relaxing to sit on the couch and not feel guilty! This is the clamshell block I'm making for Green Tea and Sweet Beans. This block looks deceptively easy. The clamshells like to wiggle around even though I feel the piece is pinned and taped as much as it can be. It takes a little while to get the hang of it. I just have 3 rows left!

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I started a new shawl. It's called Cinder and designed by Jen Lucas. I'm knitting the easy part, the lace area starts up later on! 

My two projects are coming together nicely. I'm thoroughly enjoying the relaxation and calming effect. 

Green Tea and Sweet Beans

So excited to show you Green Tea and Sweet Beans! It's done except for the borders. I'm too tired to try and conquer them. This...