Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Finishes

I had a couple of fun finishes for this week. First, I finally finished Suki Goes Camping

It’s even hung up on the wall in my hubby’s home office.

I also finished up the Vintage Kitchen wall hanging…

It’s still hanging out on the dining room table waiting for a permanent place in my kitchen. I’ll probably hang it this weekend.

I also finished up two bow blocks for the Have a Jolly Little Christmas QAL…

I already have six completed blocks for this QAL. Yay!

Yesterday I finally pulled out my February UFO from its project box and took a good look at it.

This is Sawtooth Cats, a pattern by Janet Miller (from The City Stitcher).  I was very pleased to see that I actually have already added all of the cat tails. The last photo I have of this quilt top has more than half of the tails missing, and I thought I was going to have to attach those. But no! Yay! I also have one border completed…

I still have three borders to paper piece and attach. I will probably also add an additional border outside the pieced border before quilting it. I think I would like that added cushion between the piecing and the binding. I use a walking foot to attach bindings, and I usually take a generous ¼” seam, so I don’t want to lose the points to the binding. So, yesterday afternoon I turned on some Downton Abbey and sorted through my huge scrap bin to come up with pieces for the borders. I probably have plenty from that so I don’t think I will have to search through my fabric shelves to finish this top. I’m actually getting excited to get working on this top today!

So, that’s what’s on tap for this Friday…paper piecing the borders. I can hear some groans out there, but I actually like paper piecing. Time to get to it. I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! Head over for some fun finishes and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

A Vintage Finish

I finally finished the Vintage Kitchen wall hanging…

This is from a Block of the Month from Jenny of Elefantz back in 2015. At the time, I completed all of the embroidered blocks; and there it sat.

Judy at Patchwork Times is encouraging us to work on our UFOs this year, one month at a time, and Vintage Kitchen was my January project. I was able to get the blocks put into a top, but it waited until now to get finished. It really wasn’t that hard, it was just taking the time to work on it in between everything else. But, I sat down yesterday and got it quilted and the binding attached. This morning I finished hand stitching the binding, then signed the back. You can see the (very) simple quilting I did on it better from the back of the quilt…

I just quilted around the blocks on the front in matching (blue) thread, then used an invisible thread (with white bobbin thread) to stipple on the top and bottom panels. Quick and easy, and now, ready to hang. I will hang this up using Command hook and loop hangers. I will be remodeling the kitchen this year, and these are colors I want in it…so it will work out great.

The red solid is backing fabric I have had sitting on my shelves for probably 20 years. I rarely use solid fabrics, so it was nice to use some of this up. 

Another project done! This is one of my First Quarter goals for the 2017 Finish-A-Long, so I will be linking up there when it goes live next month. For today, I will be linking up with My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday. Check out all of the great projects there…and have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tied in a Bow

This morning I finished the Bow Blocks for Have a Jolly Little Christmas QAL at Sew Fresh Quilts. I’m not so thrilled with the bow on the right, but I’m completely happy with the one on the left. If the right one bothers me enough, I will make another. But for now, this is done. I’m so pleased to be using up Christmas fabrics that have been sitting on my shelves forever. It’s good to put them to use!

The rest of my sewing time today will be spent quilting the Vintage Kitchen. Hopefully I will finish that up this week.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Suki Goes Camping is Done!

I’m so happy this quilt is completed. My hubby is going to hang it in his home office this week. It was really fun to do, and it is a very meaningful quilt. Suki is our sweet dog…

This is the photo I took of her the first day we brought her home. She was a stray who showed up at a friend’s house and the friend couldn’t keep her (because they already had 6 dogs!) We already had a big dog and wanted a second, but we didn’t want to get a tiny pup who might get hurt from our dog. But Suki was a pretty big girl when we got her and everything worked out. Here are Suki and Brandy modeling their pretty winter coats at Christmas, a year after we brought Suki home…

Suki has been lots of fun and loves to go camping, and she loves her dad more than anyone in the world (even though she is at home with me all day! And I feed her!) But Suki will be 11 this year and is slowing down. She has had torn and strained ligaments in her knees (and the surgery to go along with it), and arthritis is starting to take its toll. I don’t know how much more camping she will be able to do with us. She gets so disappointed when we go for a long walk and don’t take her. We have to take her on short walks or she can barely move afterward. Poor thing. But she’s a trooper and I know she’ll do it as long as she can move. Anyway, this quilt is a celebration of the places Suki has been camping with her dad (and me).

The pattern inspiration is from Amy Bradley Designs and is called Campers.

I selected just one trailer pattern and did it in various colors, and I tried to match the backgrounds to the camping locations. There’s a lot of artistic license, but it turned out just fine. And I think the embellishments help the quilt along too…

I used hot fix nailheads for the door handles and the shade pull, and I stitched big white buttons for the hubcaps of the trailers.

And here is the back…

I even added a hanging sleeve at the top. I also wrote a label on the backing fabric…

I rarely make and attach a label to quilts I keep here at home. I generally use a Pentel Gel Roller for Fabric pen and write the date and sign it on the backing. If it’s a dark backing, I will make a label. It’s probably just because I’m lazy and by the time I get to this point I just want to be finished and not make a label. But it all works just the same…plus, the label can’t be removed.

So, that’s it for Suki Goes Camping. This was my One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts for February (and January, and December…) and I’m excited to move on from here. It is also one of my goals for the 2017 Finish-A-Long for the First Quarter at She Can Quilt. I will be linking up with those finish parties when they go live.

For this week, I have a few things I would like to do...

Today I hope to get more Quilty365 blocks prepped to take tomorrow to Bee. I have 8 blocks done for February so far.

I hope to complete the block for the Have a Jolly Little Christmas QAL. The current block is a bow, and I plan on making two.

I WILL pull out my Sawtooth Cats quilt and do some work on it. This is my UFO for February (at Patchwork Times), and it’s been such a long time since I looked at it that I need to figure out where I’m at.

If I do any quilting this week, it will be on the Vintage Kitchen wall hanging…

This is another Finish-A-Long First Quarter goal, and I think I can do some simple quilting on it and call it a finish soon.

I will try to take some time later this week and complete some blocks for the Challenge 365. I’m way behind on this and would like to get some blocks done on it.

Finally, I may try to put together the Needlepoint Cats pillow…

I have the zippered backing, so I just need to get things stitched together and I will probably have to make a pillow insert for this project. Hopefully I can get to that this week.

One thing I probably won’t do this week is the fourth Challenge for Project Quilting at Persimon Dreams. The theme this week is Brighter the Better. I don’t have super bright fabrics in my stash and no ideas have really popped into my head on this one. I think once again I will focus on the projects in progress instead.

That’s about it for today. I’m heading out to the library for a quick errand, then I can get home and start some sewing. I hope you all have a fabulous Monday!

Linking up with:

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts
2017 Finish-A-Long at She Can Quilt
One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts