My Quilty Bucket R1P3

Round 1, Project 3 = HRTs

After sorting/refolding fabric several weeks ago, I pulled my next project and got a Wildcard. A Wildcard means I can make whatever I want that’s not already in My Quilty Bucket or I can pull from the bucket again. I only thought about it for a very little while and couldn’t think of any other project I wanted to make just then, so I pulled again and ended up w/an HRTs ufo which consists of Half Rectangle Triangles that my friend Katy cut for me w/her Accuquilt Studio 2 when I visited her in Michigan in Aug 2017.

I probably should’ve thought on a Wildcard project a little longer and maybe had a looksee on Instagram before I decided to pull another project because this FPP Heart pillow that Madonna made is so lovely! I know better for next time.

The HRTs have been in a shoebox since I returned from my visit in August 2017.

When I opened the shoebox I was delighted to find some other Grunge fabric I forgot I had. I kinda remember adding it to the box after I returned, intending to send it to Katy to cut. I decided to incorporate most of it into the quilt.

I didn’t really have a plan…just made it up as I went along.

And this is what I ended up with.

I did lots of practice FMQ on it.

I decided to give it to my youngest son so I added some Denver Bronco fabric to the back since he’s a big fan. This pic is before warshing.

And this is after, in all its crinkly wonder.

And here are a couple close-ups of my favorite grids of quilting.

I have one more finish to share as well. I recently started a Quilt & Craft Fellowship at my church. We gather the 2nd Saturday of each month and bring whatever crafty projects we’re working on.

This was my “traveling” project. The strippy HTSs are cut-offs, or bonus pieces, from a quilt I made for one of my nieces last year. This quilt with the cute kitty backing will be gifted to my youngest granddaughter on her 5th birthday in August.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, God Bless & Happy Stitchin’!

A Thread for Life

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2NIV

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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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Gifted Quilts

I made and gifted two quilts in July.

This first one was given as a comfort quilt for a neighbor who had prostate surgery.

The colors are pretty wild but they are masculine enough. I think the yellow/green batik (is that Tiger or Zebra print?) plays fantastically w/the multi-color fabric which makes me think of colorful outer space but I had trouble choosing the fabric for the thin sashing.

I think it turned but good, but honestly I didn’t love it until after I quilted and washed it.

The second quilt I made for a receptionist at my chiropractor’s office as a thank you for a super kind gesture.

The quilts were inspired by this pattern. I quilted both on Esperanza, and practiced free motion quilting inspired by Christina Cameli of @afewscraps. Both quilts were well received.

Until next time, happy stitchin’ and God bless!

A Thread for Life

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17 ESV

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