Machine Quilting, Quilt Design, Quilting and the Internet

I Took the Challenge

Pat Sloan posted a UFO Busting Challenge today.  Choose one UFO and work on it for at least 10 minutes and then post a photo on her website.

Un-quilted Table Runner

Well I decided since this was supposed to be a rainy Monday – it would be a good way to spend the day.  As it happened, it only sprinkled for a short time this morning but that gave me enough incentive to work on this quilt.

 

The top for my Tumbling Leaves table runner has been completed and sandwiched for some time now – Just begging to be quilted.  My good friend Mae gave me the kit because she knows how much I like autumn colors.

Of course this project took more than 10 minutes – but once I got in the groove – I just couldn’t stop until it was finished.

First step was to make the practice sandwich:

Practice Sandwich

Practice Sandwich

Then on to actually quilting the top:

Quilting Detail

Quilting Detail

I was off and running.  An hour or so later it was finished!

 

Quilting Complete

Quilting Complete

Sometimes the hardest thing to do – is to start a project.  Now all I need  is an incentive to finish the binding!

There is always time to quilt!
Applique, Hand Applique, Scrap Quilting

One down…99 to go…

The first block of Pat Sloan’s Splendid Sampler premiered today – and how appropriate – a ‘heart block.’  Each week two patterns for 6-1/2″ blocks using various techniques by multiple designers will be available for download.  Here is my first one.  I hope the rest are as easy and finish so quickly.  I chose to hand applique the heart – needle-turn is not as intimidating as many people fear.

 

HummingBird Heart

HummingBird Heart

Definitely not a traditional Valentine Heart – but I think it makes a dramatic statement.  I was attracted to this project because I can use some of my scrap stash – which is quickly taking over my storage area!  Normally I’m not a fan of scrap quilts – unless they are, what I call, coordinated scrappy.  Let’s see how I do with this project.

There is always time to quilt!
Quilting and the Internet

It’s Splended

Since Pat Sloan will be coming to our guild in September for a workshop and trunk show,  I thought I would try working on one of her projects prior to that.

She is promoting a sampler of 100 – 6″blocks by various designers that is to be completed over the next year.  Today’s email suggested 30-35 fat quarters plus background fabric would be needed to finish the quilt.

I had to see what I could come up with in my stash.   Easily, I came up with 25 that should work. Fat Quarters I’ll go through yardage next and should definitely be able find at least 10 additional fabrics.

Normally when I am making a special guilt I make a trip to the quilt store to make sure I get coordinating fabrics.  One of my fellow guild members told me that her goal was to use up as much of her stash as she could before buying something else.  I decided to see if I could follow suit.

Last year I made my granddaughter, who was getting married, a Christmas tree skirt.  I was able to put together fabric for the entire top from my stash.  So now I check my stash first!

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

There is always time to quilt!
CNY Weather, Winter in Central New York

Winter – Yeah!

Well it looks like winter has finally arrived to Central New York.  To date we’ve had less than 3″.  Normally we would have had about 43″by now.  Winter doesn’t scare Central New Yorker’s.   Just a walk in the snow can be magical.  Even though we only got a couple of inches today, I couldn’t resist taking a picture before the Christmas decorations come down.

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Now the rest of the day can be spent inside quilting and watching the snow fall!

There is always time to quilt!
Christmas, Wool Applique

And …So This is Christmas??????

Can’t believe that Christmas will be here in 15 days.  While it is beginning to look like Christmas inside the house IMG_0953– outside it’s more like a Fall day with temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s.IMG_0949

Even the primrose is confused.  It thinks that it is Spring!

 

I’m in pretty good shape for Christmas this year.  Just finished wrapping presents for my son and his family in North Carolina.  So those will be sent off today.  Now I have time to work on the gift exchange for our guild Christmas party next Tuesday.

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I’ll stitch up this wool Snowman Christmas ornament from Primitive Quilts Magazine.  I’m adding the button embellishments and the eyes will be done in French knots.

 

 

 

There is always time to quilt!