Monday, August 28, 2017

English paper piecied stars quilt top is done!

It's FINALLY done...after nearly 8 years! English paper piecing is slow but SO worth it. Now I'll start the hand quilting. I'm still trying to decide exactly how I'll be doing it... Design and all....but I think it will go onto my quilt frame by the living room windows. Fall/winter will be here in no time and that will give me a good amount of light.

Now that the epp project is finished I decided to tackle some tops that needed quilting. There are three waiting....well, actually MORE than three, but three that are hanging in the sewing room. This spools and bobbins quilt will be first.

Harry dog came to visit for a bit yesterday while I was sewing and Al was cooking. It was national DOG day so he got to have his picture taken.

Al made us fresh lake perch for dinner...OH. MY. GOSH! Fantastic! 

And now that the EPP stars quilt top is done I'm making more hexagon flowers for Jenn. Can't go anywhere without taking a little hand project....

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Six-Pointed Star Quilt Top is ALMOST DONE

All the stars are done and now I'm working on large triangles to give the quilt a nice straight edge.

I taped a bunch of the star paper pieces together to come up with this large triangle...then cut a bunch out of card stock. 

This deep green is a vintage feedsack and the red, blue and yellow flower print is from an old apron. There's a lot of old pieces mixed in.

It's going to need a really good pressing then I can get it ready for hand quilting. Yup, hand quilting! I feel like it NEEDS to be hand done since I've been hand piecing it for the past eight years.
And hopefully the quilting won't take as long as the piecing!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Start of a vintage style quilt

Here I go on a tangent! I'm blaming my daughter for this... She wanted to borrow som shirting pieces and as I was digging through the box I found two small 9 patches. These were just small pretty scraps that I put together YEARS ago for no real reason than that I thought they looked nice together. They were then packed away and forgotten.

Well, once I found them I just couldn't stop thinking that they would be great in a vintage type quilt. Digging through my old quilt magazines, I came across a perfect pattern... The double 9 patch or Irish chain.

The pink is old....from the 80s. It was at the bottom of my solids tote and I'm crossing my fingers that it will be enough to do a twin size quilt.  The scraps for the small 9 patches are getting cut from shirts, old blocks (very old!) and old calicoes. These blocks above are very vintage.... If they were salvageable I would use them as is in a quilt but they have stains and holes. 

This star quilt top was a mess....puckered...torn...stained again CHOP, CHOP!

These pieces were cut from those old blocks... They look so much neater.

I'm stitching them inti 3" 9-patches and not worrying if they are a little wonky. They'll just look that much more vintage :)
Seven Double 9-Patch blocks are done...I need at least 25 but hoping to get 32 made. I'll be alternating with the pink (hopefully!).  There won't be a border on this quilt unless I decide on a very small one. Got to keep it looking old.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Bobbin border

I'm posting from my IG account...only picture I have of this quilt top. I'm NorthernDebQuilts and private but you can request to follow. The bobbin blocks are from a Cotton Way pattern, altered to suit my quilt. 

So I'm done with the bobbin border and am happy with the results. It adds just a little interest to it and what good are spools of thread without bobbins?
So now it's time to find a backing and get it basted. Since I have no idea what I want for a back, this could end up in the UFO closet for a bit. 
This is my first completed top done from following along the Rainbow Scrap Challenge of 2017 with Angela at

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August beige blocks

I finished the August tan blocks (Rainbow scrap challenge) ...then I decided to make the orange and pink spool blocks so that I could get this spools quilt finished. But, now that the top is together, I think it might need a fun border. Maybe some bobbin blocks bordering the spools?

And these are the rest of the tan/beige/cream blocks. 

Now back to my other SIX projects.....

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Color & UFO for August

It's AUGUST and we have a new scrappy color....TAN! Tan, beige, cream or off white....this could be fun. I know I have plenty of scraps in this color.
And what is the AUGUST ufo? Number 8! For me thats my scrappy blue Kaffe log cabin quilt.
It needs borders, quilting and binding.

And here's my favorite little guy....who can resist that face!!

Quilting, reading, relaxing....

Still quilting the quilt.... The weather has been SO wet lately...perfect quilting weather but it's also arthritis I q...