Happy Belated New Year!!

I hope that you had a great Christmas and New Year. To say that mine

was relaxing is an understatement. I think that I need a holiday from the

Holidays. It was all good though.

To kick start the year off, I have completed something of my own.

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This year, I have made a resolution to take Fridays  off to work on some

of my own stuff. I am very excited about this decision. It will be interesting

to see if I actually stick to it.

What are some of your resolutions?

This is blue red work embroidery. When I first heard this phrase, it

made me laugh. Why not just call it blue work? Anyways, my snowmen

are done and are awaiting their transformation into a cover for one of

my  pillows.

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I used 2 strands of blue DMC floss-#311. They stitched up quite quickly

too, I might add.

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I love the hat on the snowman to the right of the sign.

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Today I worked on this quilt for Laura. She made this lovely quilt

with her niece. It is always so encouraging to see young women

take up quilting. I wonder what this younger generation will

do within the quilting world?

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The blocks look pretty simple but it is the fabric and color that make

any quilt.

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The border in this quilt is pretty interesting. I love the blocks that are

used to make the border. Laura’s niece is pretty artsy so she picked a light

blue polyester thread for the top and the backing. She wanted simple

stitching on the quilt top so she chose “Swirl” by Norma Sharp. It does look

nice with all the straight lines in the piecing and blocks.

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The backing.

The backing is made up of a silver flannel. Very soft and warm;  the light

blue thread shows up nicely on the backing.

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A close up of the swirl panto design on the backing.

Take some time this week to do something that makes you

happy.

 

 

Playing Catch Up

School is quickly coming to an end and I am trying to play catch up with all

my customers’ quilts. Here are a few of the latest that I have completed.

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Dorothy brought me 3 cute baby quilts. How can you not love this pattern?

Her daughter gave her this pattern for Christmas from Fabricland. Can you

believe that they have such cute patterns!

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swirls

She wanted some custom quilting and I couldn’t resist swirls in the blocks

beside the numbers.  They do stitch up fast because there is no marking involved.

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This monkey is the cutest. I gave him some leaves to hang around in.

I used a cream polyester thread for the top and the backing.

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Here’s another monkey that is fooling around too. On the outside border,

I stitched in more leaves as well.

The backing is a solid cream flannel which shows up the stitching beautifully.

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Here is baby quilt #2- elephants.

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Elephant Quilt

 

I love the fabrics in this quilt.  I  followed the space between the

flowers on the top and bottom borders. It almost looks like cross

hatching but not quite. We can call it modern cross hatching.

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In the block section, I quilted  diagonal lines, for interest. They were

fairly quick to stitch out as well. In the small inner border, I stitched

2 lines- 1/2″ apart and then added the squiggly lines later.

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The backing of this quilt was a piece of yellow fleece. I must warn you to be

careful of how tight you roll this on the frame, because it stretches so much.

When I took this quilt off the frame, the grey background, behind the elephants

really puffed up. It bothered me so much, that I put it back on the frame and

quilted the elephants down, by going around the circles on the print.  And in

the background, I stippled the whole thing so that it  wouldn’t puff up either.

The stitching shows up beautifully on the back.

Quilt # 3-ducks.

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I love the ducks in this quilt-especially the one in the middle.

I wanted to stitch a different design in this quilt so I changed up the design in the

pieced blocks.  I marked the middle of the block and stitched a diagonal line. It

makes the stitching look very modern.

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In the yellow floral section, I stitched 2 diagonal lines instead of  1 line.

In the middle of the quilt, I stitched puddles and water for the ducks. I hope

the recipient doesn’t mind the fact that it is raining on her quilt. Ducks love

water so what better design than rain?

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It does look very different from the stitching on the elephant quilt. In the small

grey border, I did gentle wavy lines.

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Back of the Duck Quilt

The backing is also yellow fleece. The stitching does show beautifully

on the backing.

I even managed to complete a block for my BOM Oceans quilt.

This month the block consists of Emperor Penguins.

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I am so excited that I finished the block on time.  Now,  I am only

2 blocks behind. I may actually catch up. This is one reason why

I don’t like BOM programs. However, I do love the idea of

being able to work on a new block each month. It gives me

something to look forward to.

What are your thoughts about BOM’s?

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Don’t you just love the baby penguin? Now, I have to go and make

some dolphins.

Have a great week.

 

 

A Mish Mash of Projects

Here are some of the projects I have been working on lately. It is a real mish mash of

projects but at least something is being completed.

This is a quilt that Dale made.  All that piecing amazes me.  And the top

is so flat- no puckers at all.  Great piecing Dale!

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Another shot of the blocks in this quilt top.

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Dale chose a panto named “WaterWorld.”  It is quite swirly-which

I love. I think it fits this quilt perfectly. I used a white polyester thread

for both the top and the backing.

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A more complete shot of the whole quilt top. It is hard to find a space that

is large enough to lay out the entire quilt and get a good shot.

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The backing is made up of a pink flannel.  I love flannel on the backs of

quilts- makes them feel softer and is warmer.  The quilting also shows

up beautifully as well.

Switching gears now.  This is what is on the frame currently.

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Straight lines are becoming one of my favorites right now. Funny how certain

quilting motifs or stitching grows on you.

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Look at the piecing on this baby!  Whew!  I can’t imagine the time it must have taken

to complete this quilt.  I will show you a picture of the entire thing next week.

And lastly, another project that I am working on as well. This fun pattern is

named “From Deauville to Cape Cod.”  A lady in France, named Roxanne, from

Scrap, Quilt, Stitch designed the pattern.  You can purchase it from her. It is a BOM and

I am enjoying it thus far. I have the second block but haven’t started it yet.  Too many

other little projects to be done first.

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Have a great week.