Finish It Up Friday

My Circles quilt is done. And I found a cool bridge to use for photos!

Gotta love that rust!

As a reminder, this thrift shop piece was my inspiration.

Here is the back. I decided to finish with a facing instead of a binding.

I fused the circles down and then quilted it to death.

As you can see below, my circles are not perfectly placed. I should have taken more time on that.

This idea has so much design potential! I’m sure I’ll play with this more down the road.

Have a great day!

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Aunt Martha Progress

I’m plodding along with this. The fourth diamond is done.

I’m open to a different layout than intended by the kit. It’s kinda fun to play with these bits.

Have a great day!

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Aunt Martha

I’ve been avoiding this UFO. I decided to pull it out and make just one more star point.

Done! And I even fixed the previous one that came out too small.

I have the fourth one ready and waiting.

I’m afraid I’ll work forever to get these done and they won’t fit together. I guess I’ll just have to make it work somehow.

Have a great day!

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Leader/Ender Project!

My leader/ender project turned into my main project, when I realized how few blocks I had left to finish!

So I took some time on National Quilting Day to finish them up.

This box doesn’t appear any emptier than when I began, even though I used 880 squares out of it! 🧐

Here is one possible layout.

You probably won’t see this one again until it is finished. There are 80 blocks and many seams to match before this becomes a finished top.

Have a great day!

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Jelly Roll Sew Along Part 4

Did you finish all 13 columns?

Time to decide on a layout and sew them together. I like to take photos at this stage. I always seem to notice things in photos, that I don’t see in person.

Once the columns are sewn together, feel free to add borders. I did with my first one, but left them off this time.

Time to quilt!

This is the pantograph that I’m using.

When you finish your top or quilt, please send a photo to me at sew4given AT aol DOT com. In a few weeks, I’ll share them all here.

If you want to do this, but haven’t had time, click the link on the right hand side called Jelly Roll Sew Along for all the posts.

Have a great day!

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Daughter #2 and I went hiking at the White Tank Mountains last week. It is seriously near the top of my favorite places on earth. The wildflowers are beginning to bloom.

“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭35‬:‭1‬ ‭NRSV‬‬

Pictures just don’t do it justice.

Have a great day!

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This and That

I hope you all had a great week! I am nearing the finish line on this piece.

I finished another puzzle. So many people love butterflies. Honestly, I’m not crazy about them. At the end of the day, they are still bugs.

Winslow trying to communicate with the neighbor’s dog.

Silly pups got haircuts this week. It’s such a job!

And finally, here is a bit of Instagram wisdom I saw this week.

Have a great day!

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Finish It Up Friday ~ Southwest Star

Put a fork in it! I finally put my big girl panties on and quilted this.

And I’m so glad I did. Prepare for photo overload.

I did some work on the long arm and Harry is back to his old self.

I’m glad I went with a solid for the back.

Hand stitched bindings still look the best.

I took the time to mark guidelines for my feathers using a blue washout pen. These photos were taken before washing the quilt. I do try to remove the marks as I go, but you can likely see a few spots here and there.

There are things I’d do differently next time, but overall, I’m quite pleased with this. It is about 48” square.

Have a great day!

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A Start

I’ve chosen my fabric for my next project. It all came from stash.

I shared this the other day. It is my inspiration.

I added fusible web to the back of my strips.

And used this die to cut 2” circles.

Time to play!

Have a great day!

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Quilting Feathers

I finally started! But my day was interrupted by this and that, so I didn’t finish.

I still have t decided what to do in the green border. I had a great idea while I was out driving. Think I can remember it now? Nope.

Perhaps it will come back to me today.

Have a good one!

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