The definition of finished is to complete a task. Also, to be over with. Summer is finished. Where did it go? My bucket list for summer has not been completed. There is a lot to do before winter sets in.
I found this leaf in my back yard. It’s the beginning.
There are a few flowers left. Also, lots of weeds that need removing.
Making doll clothes is finished also. Making them became addictive. I might make one more. It will be a wedding gown. I want to get back to quilting. The stack of basted community quilts needs to be finished. Then I can go on and finish the stack of community quilts that are not basted. I also want to start a new quilt. I have three patterns in mind to do. It’s just a matter of choosing one.
I’m purging my fabric stash. One set of drawers is finished. It’s a matter of will I use this fabric or not. All the fabric that I purge will go to a good home. My goal is to get all the fabric out of bins and into the drawers where I can see them. This project will probably not be finished any time soon.
This is a small sample of the doll dresses. I’ve ordered some little coat hangers to hang them for display after they are pressed.
Adora is an Amazing doll. It’s a knockoff of the American doll. If I do make a wedding dress, I’ll display it on Adora.
Next month I’m taking a class in thread painting. The teacher uses a double needle to do the painting. It should be fun. There is homework before the class. We’ll be embellishing a landscape. The landscape is a fusible picture. We do have a pattern, or we can make our own landscape. I’ll take pictures as I have fun working on this project.
They say that if you don’t use it, you lose it. That is true with sewing. It has been a long time since I actually used a paper pattern and sewed garments. The craft fair is coming up in November. I have 14 doll quilts made for the fair. I also wanted to make some clothes for an 18″ doll. How hard could that be? November will be here before we know it, so I should get busy. I’ve made lots of doll clothes before. It wouldn’t take too long.
The first dress took three days. I had forgotten how to read instructions. There was a lot of unsewing. It’s so easy to piece a quilt from just a picture. I’m so very glad that the memory of sewing doll clothes came back. Several are finished, except for the addition of Velcro to the back. Some need belts and embellishments. Some need resewing. It’s good to take a picture to see how they look.
After I make several more plain outfits, I’m going to make a wedding dress. I did make one for Annie Louise and will use that pattern. It had a long skirt with a shorter overskirt. I’ll use a shiny white fabric and lots of lace and rosebuds.
As all dolls don’t have the same dimensions, I bought a doll to model the dresses. She is beautiful. I’ll have her model the wedding dress at the craft fair. She came with a poncho. As soon as I finish a few more dresses, I’ll take the poncho out of the package and use it as a pattern.
After a week of sewing doll clothes, I’ve regained my knowledge of sewing doll dresses.
I have a few more cut out, ready to sew.
I have been doing a little quilting. Also, a lot of planning about what to do next. A baby quilt that was made with old Joann block of the month blocks is on the basting frame. Another is on the Grace frame.
I have the biggest desire forget about all the community quilts and work on something challenging. I do have three pieces that fit this category. One need embellishment and quilting. The second one needs quilting, but I can’t decide if it will be hand or machine. It is needle turn applique. The third is a Dresden Plate made of real 30s fabrics, not reproductions. Even the back is from the 30s. It definitely needs hand quilting. I want to do something spectacular. In the meantime, I’ve been purging my scrap drawers. They look much better, and I won’t miss the fabric that is going to a new home. I’m half finished with this project.
Two bed quilts have come back from the long arm quilter. The binding is on both. One is almost finished and the other will be soon.
This was made at the Guild retreat that was held last spring. Miss Molly has checked it out and says that it can go to its new owner as soon as it’s finished.
This was the surprise mystery quilt from last winter. It also has a new home to go to when it’s finished.
I’m thinking of a way to comfortably choose what to work on each day. If I can come up with a plan, I’ll let you know.
I’ve been away from the sewing room for a while. Vacations to Maine, appointments, meetings, lawn parties, and road trips have been fun, but it’s time to get back to quilting. Two quilts are basted and ready to quilt. A quilt has been loaded onto the Grace frame and is ready to quilt. I can go into the sewing room with the fan and the little air conditioner and be comfortable with this heat.
Fortunately, my wonderful long arm quilter has finished some of my tops. The quilts are bound. Now, I have to decide what to do with them.
The first quilt used lots of my precut blocks. It will go into my gift pile. I’ll decide who gets it by Christmas time. Maybe someone in my family will claim it before then.
The second quilt has been sitting on a shelf for years. I had a class with Bethany Reynolds at the Vermont Quilt Festival years ago. She taught the Stack and Wack procedure. Everyone else in the class used beautiful floral fabric. I used a scenic print of golfers from the 1930s. This was the only class that I ever took in Vermont where I finished the project in class. The others held up their lovely floral beauties and I had to hold up “body parts”. When you stack and wack people, there are body parts going around in a circle. It was a lesson learned and the quilt top has set on a shelf for years.
I was tired of looking at it and decided to send it to my long arm quilter. She did wonders with this quilt. From a distance, it is a lovely Christmas Star quilt. Then you come in close and see the body parts. I’ve been told that I have to rename this quilt, but it will always be “Body Parts” to me.
I’m going to keep this one and hang it on the wall at Christmastime. The message is that broken lives can be pieced together into something beautiful with God’s help.
I did have plans. All the doll and community quilt tops that I made from the leftover bin were finished. After I counted them, I thought that if I quilted one doll quilt and one community quilt a week, they would be complete by the end of September. I could also quilt at least one of the larger quilts every month. It was a great plan. If only, I had stayed with it. Quilting doll quilts was quick and easy. Instead of alternating with the community quilts, I quilted all the doll quilts. They have all been bound.
The community quilts take longer to baste. Some don’t seem large enough and are asking for another border. The sewing room is not calling me right now. I may set the community quilts aside for a while and then go back to them later. Maybe, I’ll just baste them on the basting frame while sitting in the shade in the back yard. Then, they will be ready when the mood hits.
Some of the doll quilts.
I found The Colorblind Quilter blog. It is an awesome blog. Last March, Tom started a Series of videos on “This is How You Quilt.” The older videos are still available. He teaches walking foot quilting. Our lessons are on 10″ squares. Later on, we will bind them and put them in a book. It starts simple and, probably will be more complex as we do our lessons. He not only shows you how to quilt a piece, but also shows quilts using the quilting pattern. His video on procrastination was informative.
#1 straight lines
#2 shattered glass
I thought that it would be fun to quilt a small piece with every new design. I had made a small easy peasy mystery quilt and quilted it with disign #1.
The gardens need work. Some of my perennials didn’t make it through the winter. Others need pruning. The raspberries look good this year. I spent a few days at York Beach and the weeds grew fast while I was gone. York Beach is one of my favorite places. I love poking around in the stores. Saltwater Taffy from the Goldenrod is a must.
It is so good to be back to sewing and quilting. There wasn’t time in the day to be in the sewing room for the last few weeks. I did do some sewing though. My sewing machine was on the dining room table along with friend’s machines. We worked on the guild raffle quilt, The top is finished, and it is stunning. After it is quilted, I’ll get it back to sew the binding around the edge. Then we’ll have a sewing bee to hand tack it down. It’s fun to quilt with others.
Then, there were meetings, a cookout, coffee and doughnuts at the office parking lot and lots of other activities that took time. The gardens are finally in order and doing well. They just need maintaining with a little weeding now and again.
The flowers are beautiful this year.
The doll quilts and charity quilts tops have been organized. I had made fourteen of each type from the bin of scraps and leftovers. There is still a small baggie with leftovers including the flamingo fabric. I’ll get to that after all the tops are quilted. The doll quilts will be quicker to finish, so I’ve been working on them first.
These are ready to sew the bindings down.
The Guild had a quilt retreat in May. Everyone worked on their own project. It was a time of fellowship and good food. I really didn’t need to start another bed quilt, but I did. I had the pattern for years and finally decided to make it. It was either that or put together all the 1 1/2″ squares that I’ve accumulated. I’ll save that for another time. Originally, I was going to make the quilt with Japanese fabric, but I changed my mind and used some of the Jinny Beyer fabric that I bought on her final sale. It is almost finished. I’m making a piano key border with leftover pieces. It should be ready to go to the long arm quilter soon.
The long arm quilter has finished a quilt. It’s ready to bind. I have enough hand work for a while.
I’m still working on the big bin of scraps and pieces. It never seems to end. Then, when I thought that I had everything under control, I found another bin on a shelf. That bin was full of precuts. I had followed another bloggers advice and cut all the quilt leftovers into different sized squares. They were supposed to be on hand when I needed squares for a project. That would have worked if they were not on the top shelf and out of sight. I will not precut again.
I have no idea how many tops I’ve made. There are doll quilts, baby quilts, community quilts and some bed size quilts. I did cut bindings and have backings for most of the quilts. Also bought enough batting to last a while.
There are still five piles of pieces on the sewing table. That adds up to five more doll and/or community quilts. Then, I’ll get busy and do some quilting.
The pinwheel blocks came from another quilter’s sewing room. There were two flying geese blocks in the same fabrics for each of the pinwheels. I sewed them on two sides of the pinwheels and added white strips to square the block. The blocks were placed horizontal and vertical in a diagonal setting. This is one of my favorite quilts from this project.
This project has taken a long time, but it has been fun to figure out how to use bits and pieces.
Here are a few quilts that didn’t make the #10 list.
I have been working on bits and pieces from the leftover bin. So far, I have made 22 place mats for Meals On Wheels. They are all ready to go. Also, several doll quilt tops, several community quilt tops, and three waste not, want not quilt tops. There are still more quilts in this bin. After I finish the three tops that are on my sewing table, I should start quilting them. Then, they would be ready to move on and out of my sewing room.
The waste not, want not quilt tops take longer to make than an ordinary pattern. Every block has to be squared up. Filler strips have to be added to allow for another block that is a different size. The quilt top has to lay flat when finished. It’s like putting a puzzle together.
I needed a wall-hanging to be a showcase for the Dorset Buttons. There was a scrap piece of flowered fabric in my stash. I didn’t buy it. I have no idea where it came from, but it had great flowers for fusing. Fusing is not my favorite thing to do. I would rather needle turn applique. This wall hanging will never be washed, so I decided to fuse everything down. It would be quicker. I fused a vase with fabric that also came from somewhere else. Then, I added flowers, stems, and leaves. The Dorset buttons are the finishing touch. The wall hanging is a bit dark. There is not much contrast in it, but I like it. And most of the fabric was free.
This baby quilt was fun to make.
There are still a few quilts to make from the bin. I don’t know how I accumulated all this stuff. This is a great way to clean out the sewing room. Or to make an attempt. I still have a long way to go.
I have finished the stay at home round robin. It is a small art quilt.
The center is an embroidery that a friend gave me years ago. All the fabric is hand dyed. The colors are taken from the colors in the center. The pattern for the next to the last row was a rail fence. Because it was an art quilt and I had a rail fence embroidery, I used the embroidery instead of piecing a rail fence.
Ten Day Challenge
I had been nominated to show 10 quilts in 10 days with 0 comments on Facebook. The goal was to promote positivity, passion, and attention to what we love. Choosing which quilts to show was hard. I collected pictures of 20 quilts and chose which ones to use one by one. The ten that made the cut are below with explanations.
Amish Thistle – In 1985, I found a small picture of a thistle surrounded with Amish colors. I enlarged the picture for the center. The only quilt book that I had at the time was “Make a Medalion.” Several pieced borders were added, separated by black fabric. It is hand quilted and finally finished this year. It was the oldest and largest ufo in the closet.
Autumn Madness – The name was changed from Weekend In September. The pattern was like a cross stitch pattern. It was difficult to keep the pieces in the right order. All fabric is hand dyed, except for the black. It is hand quilted.
Melissas Quilt – This was made in a class with Sue Pelland. It is fusible applique and machine quilted. We learned how to use Misty Fuse and how to line up with a chalk line in this class.
Redwork Flowers – Hand embroidered and hand quilted. It took a long time to finish this one.
Miss Molly’s Bad Day – Made from a pattern called Bad Hare Day by Java House Quilts. The original quilt had a rabbit running away with the stolen block. Miss Molly doesn’t run away with stolen items. She stands, stares at you and dares you to take it away from her. I designed Miss Molly from a picture of a Wire Hair Fox Terrier that I found on the Internet.
Stetson Meeting House Window. My son took a picture of the window at a quilt show that was held in the Stetson Meeting House. He suggested that I make a quilt like the window. At the next quilt show, the quilt was hung so viewers could see both at once. The fabric is hand dyed to look like stained glass.
Christmas quilt – The six small blocks are a different coloration of the center of the larger blocks. The border is made of quarter square triangles and plain squares.
Log Cabin – This is a mini 21′ X 21″. It is paper pieced. The original quilt pattern was for a much larger quilt. The pattern had small pictures of the blocks with the colors listed. I used the small diagrams to resize the quilt.
Canadian Women 150 – This quilt was designed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada. We received 3 block patterns a week for 50 weeks. With the patterns were storied of awesome Canadian women who made a difference. The quilt was supposed to be red and white, but I chose to make mine blue and white with a touch of green. I hand quilted each row as I finished piecing it. Each row was sewn together in the quilt as you go method.
Puzzle Quilt – There are ten blocks, but only five patterns. To solve the puzzle, you have to find the blocks that have the same pattern. This is one of my favorite quilts to make.
After showing the quilts for ten days, I nominated a friend to continue with ten of her quilts.
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing the ten quilts chosen for this challenge. Next week, I’ll show the ten that didn’t make the cut.
I’ve finished more ufos this week than I’ve finished in a long time. Of course, some were quilted by checkbook.
There is a bin in the sewing room with leftover pieces, partially pieced quilts and a lot of other stuff. most of it is in baggies, just waiting their turn to be finished.
I usually keep its out of sight but decided to pull it out and work on the baggies from top to bottom. I don’t know how long this burst of energy will be. Maybe, I can use a smaller bin someday.
The first was a small piece. I had started to quilt it and didn’t like the quilting. I spent two nights picking out the quilting and started again. This time it would be finished even if I didn’t like the quilting.
The next one was in the orphan block project and one that I used to practice new machine quilting patterns. It is a Mile a Minute quilt. I put it on the floor to take a picture and Miss Molly insisted on inspecting it. I’m not sure if she likes it.
The next bag held left over pieces from a Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt. I had some pieces left. A Maine friend also made the quilt, and she gave her scraps to me. They have been sitting in the bag for a while.
There are 60 flying geese. I don’t know why there are so many left over. There are also some four patches, half square triangle and some small pieces of fabric.
I’m not sure what the pieced strips were from. They don’t seem to go with the other fabric. The next baggie is full of left-over strips and bindings. Maybe they should go with a strippy quilt.
I found a package of 5″ squares and cut them down to 4 1/2″ for the center. There were cut off muslin strips from the quilts that came back from the longarm quilter. It was just enough for the corner squares. There are 16 star blocks. The remaining flying geese will go on the label. Now, I have to decided how to put the blocks together and what to do with the four patches and half square triangles.
One of the quilts that came back from the longarm quilter is the most elegant mile a minute quilt that I have ever made. I fussy cut cats for the center of the blocks.
The quilting was wonderful.
This quilt is ready for the next baby in the family.
The binding is on and ready to be tacked down on the back.
Another quilt back from the long arm quilter is a Stay-at-home round robin. The quilting made it come alive.
My binding pile is getting bigger. I’m looking forward to grabbing another baggie from the bin after all the bindings and the Bonnie Hunter return quilt are finished. There are two projects on the top. One is the strips and bindings bag and the other contains the flamingo fabric. I don’t know what is in the bag with the flamingo. It should be interesting.
Our Rip and Tear challenge is over. The reveal was on Wednesday afternoon. This was a fun challenge.
This was the fabrics that we had to work with. We could add one other fabric and a background. These are not the fabrics that I would have put together for a quilt. It took a lot of thinking. I decided to make one of the blocks from a pattern that I bought several years ago and never made.
After checking the amounts of fabric that I had, I found that I could make the dump truck.
I did add the background and the black for the tires. Most of the fabric was used. There was just a handful left. Someone suggested that I give the wall hanging to one of my great grandchildren. He has a little sister. Girls can drive construction equipment too. I made a second piece. It was suggested that I put a little girl in the cab, so I did. She is so cute working construction like the boys.
Actually, I think that it is her construction company, and her brother works for her.
I’ve been making a SAHRR (stay at home round robin). I was behind because I had been working on the construction wall hangings. It’s interesting to see how others interpret the instructions. The first row was curves.
The second row was diamonds. Because the center is an embroidery, I decided to embroider a row of diamonds. I used two different colors for the borders.
The third row is stars. I made six friendship stars and placed them on the top and bottom.
The fourth row is a signature block. Where the top and bottom of the previous row was a double row and the side row was a single, I squared up the piece with six places for signatures.
This will be a small art quilt when it’s finished. If it’s small, I will probably quilt it after I finish the last row. I still have two previous SAHRRs waiting to be quilted.
Now that I’ve made two new pieces and am working on a long-term piece, I have to quilt one of my ufos. Maybe even two. That’s my rule for 2022. Make a new quilt, then quilt a ufo.