Crosshatch Quilting

I was having so much fun with my leader/ender project that it ended up being my main piecing project!

I loaded it up and decided to crosshatch quilt it. There are two ways of doing this on the long arm. One is to do all the horizontal lines first.

Then take the quilt off the frame, turn it 90 degrees and quilt all the lines in the other direction.

The other option is what I’m doing here. I started the same way. I did all horizontal lines as far as I could without advancing the quilt.

Then I did lines from the top to the bottom line I had quilted, traveled the width of my grid, and headed back up to the top.

You might be able to see where I traveled on the bottom line.

I use this little device to keep my horizontal lines straight.

It prevents the machine from rolling in that direction.

When I do the vertical lines, I just eyeball it. They are mostly straight. I’m not looking for perfection here.

As far as spacing goes, I set my machine for 12 stitches per inch. When I get to the end of a line, I count stitches as I move the machine. I’m shooting for my lines to be about 9 stitches apart. That’s 3/4 of an inch.

This isn’t fast quilting, but I love the effect, so it’s worth it.

Have a great day!

PS There is still time to register for the Accuquilt Live program on Sashings today at 1 PM, Central Time. Click here to register!

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Virtual Garage Sale Continued…….

I keep finding stuff that I’ve hung into, but will probably never use. So here is your chance for some fun goodies.

Here is the fine print. I will only sell and ship to addresses within the US. I take payment via PayPal. If you would like an item, send an email to me at sew4given@ and include the item number and your zip code. I will then send a PayPal invoice with shipping costs added. If payment is not made within 24 hours of invoicing, item will be marked available for next buyer. Please note, some items here cannot be combined and shipped with other items. I will note this where applicable.

1. Vintage crocheted lace. 7 pieces, all 1 3/4 inches wide. Lengths are as follows: 40, 42, 18, 16, 19, 19, and 16 inches. Shows some age staining. I’m sure a good soak would help a lot, I never got around to it. $10

2. Vintage crocheted lace. 100 inches long by 4 inches wide. There is some thread breakage along the edge in places. See the second photo. Age staining. $10

3. Vintage tatting shuttles and bobbins. The large silver one is a reproduction. $20

4. A medium flat rate box full of magazines. Mostly Quilting Arts and American Quilter. This box is full so I cannot combine shipping with anything else. Over 31 issues. $25

5. Two vintage sunbonnets. $12 for both.

6. August 1930 issue of Needlecraft magazine. Measures 10 by 14 inches. I love the ads in this! Cannot be shipped with other items to prevent damage. $8

7. Lot of vintage sewing items. Those spools are huge! Includes everything shown, plus some other stuff I found later and threw in the box. Fills a medium flat rate box. It is unlikely anything else will fit in this box, but I will try, if there is something else you would like. $20

8. Yes, gift wrap. Totally unused as I couldn’t bring myself to cut it. 🤦🏻‍♀️ $8

9. One kit plus 11 patterns. $10

10. Vintage baby quilt. 27 by 30 inches. Machine quilted. Some age spots on back as shown. $20

11. Zipper pouch, made by me. Unlined. 7 by 11.5 inches. $7

12. Another zipper pouch made by me. Unlined, 7 by 9.5 inches. $8

13. Two vintage flannel flags. Measure 8 by 10 and 5 by 8 inches. These were premiums given out in cigar boxes. You can see the flags have 48 stars. Some fading as shown. $12 for both Sold

14. Grandmother’s Flower Garden blocks. 42 blocks measuring 9 by 10.5 inches. Hand pieced, good condition. Very fun prints! $40

15. Two old Sunbonnet Sue blocks. 17 inches square. Some age spots. $6

16. Grandmothers Flower Garden top. 72 by 80 inches. Some age staining as shown. Hand pieced. A bit ragged at the edge, but I didn’t see any holes are seams that came undone. $45 Sold

17. Appliquéd Quilt Top. This is huge! It measures 100 by 108 inches. It may have been a kit. The workmanship is beautiful. Background may be a poly cotton blend. There are a few marks and a tiny bit of fabric running. I have pics of this below. $30 plus shipping.

18. 12 primitive basket blocks, approximately 10 inches square. You can see on the back of one block that the fabric was originally intended for a different quilt! $9

19. Lot of eight quilt books. Some of these I love so much, that I bought them twice! Lol. Time to clear out the extras. This will ship media mail and cannot be combined with anything else. The box is full. Weighs about 13 pounds. $35 for all 8, plus media mail shipping.

20. Vintage apron for a skinny girl with a 28 inch waist. It is 30 inches long. One hole as shown and some stains. I have not tried to wash this. I love the pleats on the edge. Beautiful workmanship. $15

21. Nine patch blocks! 36 blocks, approximately 9 inches. Fabrics are from the 30-40s. Machine sewn. $35 Pending

That’s it for this week. Have a great day!

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A Date with Eleanor!

Who doesn’t love Eleanor Burns? My kids still remember me watching her on PBS. They thought it was hilarious when she’d throw scraps over her shoulder and say, “We don’t need that anymore!”

Eleanor will be a guest on this weeks Accuquilt Live!

I’m really looking forward to this. I’m pretty boring and predictable when it comes to my use of sashing. Bring on the new ideas! Click here to register! You will get a code for 27% off, and a chance to win prizes like fabric and dies. Won’t you join me?

See you there!

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Slow Stitching Sunday

I finished one Pomegranate block and have started the second.

I played around a bit with this in a layout app.

This isn’t actually the first Pomegranate quilt I’ve made. I machine appliquéd this one a long time ago. Like maybe 20 years? I’d completely forgotten about it!

Have a great day!

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Leader/Ender Update

Very little sewing has been happening this week. I’ve been focused on cleaning closets and getting rid of stuff. Not fun, but it feels good to see a bit of progress. Once again, I’m also very behind on responding to comments. I do read and appreciate each one!

A while back, I shared my new leader/ender project. I have made a little progress on that over the last few weeks.

I started throwing bits up on the design wall.

Then I decided to start sewing things together.

I was inspired by a Gee’s Bend quilt. Mine will be a bit less wonky. I have no idea how big it will end up.

This showed up this week.

Aaaahhhh! I love a new roll of batting!

Have a great day!

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Finishe It Up Friday ~ A Lotta Triangles

I pieced this top last winter in Arizona and finally got it quilted. I’m quite pleased with how it turned out! It is my original design.

I freehanded the quilting and while it is simple, it feels just right for this top.

The binding fabric is leftover from the backing.

I bought a lovely cotton duvet cover just because I loved the fabric! It is fine cotton and feels lovely.

The fabrics are from Lotta Jansdottir. I wish had lots more of each! This quilt finished at 56 by 71 inches, a great size for a cozy nap on a rainy day. I have not washed it.

This quilt has no destination yet, I’m toying with the idea of offering it for sale. I will never stop quilting, but I am running out of room!

Have a great day!

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More Scrap Busting

I found a bag of vintage scraps in my closet. It was time to deal with these.

They were pretty small so I grabbed these dies.

I ironed scraps and piled them up on the dies.

Ta daaaa! Actually, there were many more piles like this, but I forgot to take a photo before I put them all away.

I always feel like I’m saving for a rainy day when I do this. 😁

BTW, I’m working on the next round of my VGS (virtual garage sale). I hope to be ready to post next Monday or Tuesday.

Have a great day!

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Quilts of Valor

Here are the last two QOVs for this month. Here is another big one!

Here is the pattern info.

And the pantograph.

This top was lovely.

Here is the pattern info.

And the pantograph.

I thought this one would be simple and quick. Um, no. I had thread break after thread break. I changed needles three times. I changed to a new cone of thread, I rethreading multiple times. I had to go very slowly. It’s possible that this white on white fabric was the culprit. All my thread breaks were on this. I remember having this same issue with a fabric like this before.

Mama said there would be days like this…. I think it looks great now that it’s finally finished.

Have a great day!

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Quilts of Valor

I finished a few more Quilts of Valor. I used a panto called Any Which Way on this first one. No pattern info.

This was a big one!

Here is the pattern info:

And the pantograph used.

I used a pantograph called Twister in this one. No pattern info, but it appears to be a Snail Trail block.

Have a great day!

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Quilts of Valor

It’s QOV week again! No pattern info on the first two quilts. The panto I used for the first one is called Scalloped Grass. Turn it upside down and I think it looks like bunting!

The panto I used for this next one is called Modern Wave 3.

Kathy included pattern info on this one.

Thanks, Kathy!

Here is the pantograph I used.

Have a great day!

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