Last Finishes of the Year (2020)

Here are my last finishes of the year. This small lap quilt is a free-form block project inspired by the book Cultural Fusion Quilts by Sujata Shah. It’s a kind of a stack and whack, but instead of whacking, you slide your ruler in the direction of your cut to make gentle curves. I had previously tried to sew curves by pinning my pieces together but it was an epic fail. Before starting this quilt, I watched a few videos for sewing curves and found a winner in this video by Sew Kind of Wonderful. Now I can sew curves w/o pinning!

I did organic wavy line quilting, which perfectly completes this organic creation.

I put the extra blocks on the back of the quilt.

This is another book pattern called Fall Frolic from the book 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts by Evelyn Sloppy. It is made primarily with Thimbleberries fabrics which I think are fabulous for a Fall quilt.

The quilting motif is called Filament which I found in the book Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli.

And this backing from my stash complements it well.

And last but not least, Urban Grid, in it’s washed and crinkly glory. This was part of Angela Walters’ 3rd Annual Build A Quilt. Basically a block of the month sampler quilt. It was my first time participating in something like this and I quite enjoyed it. I most definitely love the boldness of these fabrics and the asymmetry of this layout.

I quilted this one with a different type of organic wavy lines.

This is the runner I made for my dresser. I did machine quilting (basically stitch in the ditch) as well as hand quilting. Though I may add more hand quilting in the future, there’s enough to call her done for now.

So that’s it for my 2020 finishes, but of course I already have a couple of more projects started. The first being the next BAQ, which is the 4th Annual Build A Quilt. This time around I chose the lowest volume fabric option. It’s called Stay Wild. All fabric and block patterns are designed by Angela Walters. She’s doing it a little differently this year and has not yet revealed the 3 different layout options, but here is what the Stay Wild collection consists of and the 10 block patterns.

We’re already two blocks in, it always starts in November. I decided to add this marigold accent which I think looks fantastic.

And… I’ll ring in the new year with my first ever Bow Tie Quilt. I plan to use 3.5″ squares and I wasn’t sure what size to cut the corner blocks that form the knot. I took a poll on IG using these sample blocks and most people think a larger knot looks best. From left to right I auditioned corner squares measuring 1.5″, 1.75″, and 2″.

These are the blocks I’ve made so far. All of these are made with 2″ corners, however, I plan to mix it up and make the knots varying sizes. Also this background fabric is a dark grey, not black as it appears. This is going to be a fairly small quilt, 48″ x 48″.

This concludes my last post of 2020. Thank you for all of your visits and comments throughout the year. I’m praying for a happier, healthier, and more faith filled 2021 for you all!

A Thread for Life

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14

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Hi All! September was a whirlwind and passed by in a flash! Wow! And it’s Fall! So excited for cooler weather and long nights! I’ve decided that 6 weeks, 8 tops, is all the Summer weather I need, no matter where I live!

I’ve been busy making and will catch you up on all of my makes soon, but right now I’d like to share my Build A Quilt flimsy.

Build A Quilt is Angela Walters’ version of a block of the month. This was my first time participating but it was her 3rd annual BAQ. I believe there were over 1000 participants this time around, the majority of those being online.

There were 10 blocks total plus a finishing kit. Each month we met for the block pattern & fabric and a quick semi-demo + tips & tricks for the monthly block. They would record the meeting and put it online for those participants who aren’t local and their block patterns and fabric would be mailed out. She and her staff also post video tutorials on YouTube for each block. The weather here and the pandemic caused us to have to skip a few months of meetings but it was still fun and I plan to do it again. The 4th Annual BAQ starts in November.

There were 3 different colorways and 3 different layouts. I chose the Urban Grid colorway and Layout 3.

Here are my blocks.

Block 10 was supposed to be a curved block. I’ve never sewn curves and thought I was ready, but I wasn’t. I improvised w/a different layout of block 9 which was an FPP pattern. Oh how I’ve missed FPP!

Block 10

The rest of the blocks and borders are part of the the finishing kit.

I haven’t started quilting it yet, but I managed to find the perfect backing in my stash. What do you think?

Until next time, happy stitchin’ and God bless!

A Thread for Life

The Key of the Greater Work By Oswald Chambers

Prayer does not equip us for greater works— prayer is the greater work. Prayer is the battle, and it makes no difference where you are. However God may engineer your circumstances, your duty is to pray. Wherever God has placed you and whatever your circumstances, you should pray, continually offering up prayers to Him. We must learn to work according to God’s direction, and He says to pray. “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:38).

There is nothing thrilling about a laboring person’s work, but it is the laboring person who makes the ideas of the genius possible. When you labor at prayer, from God’s perspective there are always results. What an astonishment it will be to see, once the veil is finally lifted, all the souls that have been reaped by you, simply because you have been in the habit of taking your orders from Jesus Christ.

…I say to you, he who believes in Me,…greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. —John 14:12

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