Mission Accomplished!

I made it through my Quilty Project Lineup with time to spare! I shared all the projects I wanted to make but I didn’t tell you that my goal was to have them ALL completed by the 4th of July. That was my ultimate mission and I succeded!

This patriotic number called A Tribute to Yoda was last on my list and thanks to Esperanza, my trusty longarm, I finished it on June 23rd! It’s a free pattern that includes 15 different layouts of just 12 blocks!

I’ve been loosely following Christina Cameli’s Drawing Together videos on IG and YouTube: afewscraps. I REALLY like her organic style of free motion quilting. So this quilt is a bunch of practicing. I have also been practicing doodling on paper. It’s not all pretty but my mind is slowly but surely catching on.

I backed it w/this Red & White Stripe.

I also finished my third scrappy trips.

Again I used Christina-inspired quilting but I only practiced one motif this time. I think I’ve just about mastered this one.

I backed it with this fun bold print. I don’t even know where I got this fabric but I had the perfect amount to back this quilt.

And don’t you think this marigold binding complements it well?

And I bartered the solid Scrappy Trips for a new summer wreath! Lauren did a fantastic job of including all the flowers I requested! Sunflower, Daisies, Lilies, Zinnias, AND Hostas! She’s Feltastic Creations on Facebook and Instagram.

That’s all for today folks. Thanks for stopping by. Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

A Thread for Life

Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little. 1 Peter 5:10 HCSB

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Moving Right Along

In February I posted my Quilty Project Lineup. Here it is in a nutshell along w/my progress.

  1. Barter Project Finished!
  2. Baby Girl Quilt Finished!
  3. Charity Quilt Finished!
  4. Scrappy Trips It’s a Flimsy!
  5. Baby Boy Quilt Finished!
  6. Quilt Meadowland
  7. Piece Patriotic A Tribute to Yoda

First things first, Scrappy Trips. I’ve actually started calling it my Everything Goes Scrappy Trips. Here are pics of 4 of the quadrants.


I didn’t stop there though. I have a king size bed and I want my quilt wider than longer (more drop on sides, because I don’t ever make my bed where the pillows are covered, I just throw the pillows on top). The blocks are 12″ but 8 x 8 (96″ square) wouldn’t work, so I jumped up to 10 x 8 (120″ x 96″). But that was a bit, A LOT overzealous of me because it made the sides WAY too long!

I removed a row of blocks off the longer side and now it’s 9 x 8 (108″ x 96′) and I like it much better. I’m not sure when I will quilt it but I’m ecstatic the top is done!

And then I finished baby boy’s quilt. He’s due in July so I am way ahead of schedule on this project. I wanted it to be a surprise but I inadvertently sent this pic to my niece (instead of my sis) so she already knows what it looks like. But oh well, she loves it. It’s going to look even better after I wash it!

I guess that means I have to start quilting Meadowland and then work up the nerve to quilt my behemoth, Everything Goes Scrappy Trips! But first I think I might make a couple more scrappy trips. Since I started quilting in 2011 I can’t ever remember wanting to immediately make another of the quilt I just finished. But I immensely enjoyed making scrappy trips!

Thanks for stopping by. I’m sure you all are keeping busy too. Stay well, happy stitchin’, and God bless.

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You are here
Moving in our midst
I worship You
I worship You

You are here
Working in this place
I worship You
I worship You

Waymaker
Miracle Worker
Promise Keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who You are

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My Comfortable “Go To” Quilting

I pulled this fabric to make a quilt for a new baby boy at church.

The shower decor was my inspiration for the fabrics I chose.

Here it is in the flimsy state (quilt top).

Whenever I start a quilt, especially a smaller one, it’s always with the idea of quilting it w/FMQ (free motion quilting).

I’ve practiced FMQ in spurts in the past but not with enough regularity to allow me to feel comfortable and confident enough to finish an entire quilt, no matter the size.

I hadn’t practiced in awhile, but I thought that taking one of Angela Walter’s Quilting Clinics would be enough of a refresher. I did the Ultimate Block Busters class.

Angela is an amazing person! It was such a treat spending time with her. I learned so much and was so inspired by all she taught and the quilts she showed, I just knew I was going to jump on that Amara and stitch magically. Sadly, that didn’t happen.

I have quilted on a longarm using pantographs but FMQ takes A LOT of consistent practice and I hear tell it’s jumpstarted and enhanced with doodling.

Anyway, back to the baby quilt…I finished it w/my “go to” which is organic wavy lines quilted w/an even-feed/walking foot. And of course it turned out great.

But I’m never going to get better staying in my comfort zone. Therefore, on my honor, I WILL start doodling AND practicing FMQ more often! 🙋🏽‍♀️

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Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us — to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

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