Postage Stamp Progress

I finished the blocks for this quilt.

It was harder to lay out than I expected. It seemed that no matter where I placed blocks, there were pieces of similar color in adjacent pieces.

I finally gave up and just sewed them together. This is what I found in my stash for a border.

I wanted a print, but not something that would make this even busier than it already was. This is the panto I’m using.

So far, so good!

Have a great day!

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Slow Stitching Sunday

Quilting is progressing nicely, even though I’ve spent the last week visiting my mom and helping pack up her stuff to move out of my childhood home. Quilting really is good therapy.

This will be done soon. Of course, I’m doing Baptist Fans again, but these are smaller than I normally do.

I’ve had this stencil for ages. I’m using a blue washout marker.

This is the crochet thread I’m using for quilting. I hope I don’t run out!

If I do, I’ll make do with something around here. It’s a make do kind of quilt.

Have a great day!

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Antique Quilts and Such

I stopped at a local antique mall recently. I quite liked this pinwheel top.

And this flying geese top was fun! It had really wide strips between the geese.

There were several of these blocks.

And several runners made from yo-yos.

I loved these, but I knew I wasn’t buying, so I didn’t unfold them. That Irish Chain though….

Love, love, love this chevron top!

I’m seeing a revival of these kinds of things lately.

Not a quilt, but I loved this!

A strange apron, newly made from old blocks. Nope.

This was labeled as being a bib. I don’t think so. But then, I have no clue what it actually is. Any ideas?

Hope you enjoyed this little diversion. Have a great day!

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Finish It Up Friday ~ Thank You, Roberta

I love how this turned out! I almost wish I had made it bigger.

Baptist Fans turned out to be a great quilting design choice.

However, I wish I had chosen a darker thread for the back. It looks okay here, but it is pretty glaring in person.

I love scrappy!

The backing is a Lecien print I picked up at Goodwill.

This finished at 60 by 80 inches.

This will go back to Arizona with me in the fall. It’s perfect for snuggling up on cool winter nights there.

Have a great day!

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Finish It Up ~ Office Hours

I finally quilted this small bit. It would have looked better with a facing, but I wanted to try matching the binding to the piecing. It worked out pretty well even the the gray of the binding is different than the piecing. I’m calling it a design decision.

I’m not quite as happy with the quilting, but I learned a lot there too. I have a pattern board that I used for quilting this. My machine is very heavy and I have to keep a good grip on that board or the momentum of the machine can move it, messing up the alignment.

I do like the design though. I ended up using this piece I bought years ago in Hawaii for the back. I guess this is the vacation side.

I’m not sure what I’ll do with this now. I sure learned a lot from it.

Have a great day!

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This and That

I hate the way the quilting turned out on this. But I did learn how to prevent this ugliness on future quilts. I’m not going to take the time to finish this as is. I’m going to leave it hanging out though. I might cut it up and repurpose somehow.

I walked a labyrinth last week I haven’t done this since I lived in France. It’s a good tool for meditative prayer.

Daughter #2 sent this photo. Jack is going to bloom! I’m excited even though I won’t be there to see it. To me, it means he is happy in his new home.

E3….such a sweet face. When he comes to Nana’s, he likes to watch Jeep videos.

Yes, I’m that dog mom. But actually, the mister picked these outfits up for the pups!

Have a great day!

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Finish It Up ~ Arches

I snuck another little finish in. I pieced the top back in Arizona, but quilted and faced it this week.

A facing seemed the perfect finish. This backing fabric was another Goodwill find. The GW stores in AZ are so much better than the ones here in Michigan!

I love the texture from matchstick quilting.

I have dozens of ideas for more designs with these freehand curves.

Have a great day!

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Postage Stamp

I haven’t forgotten these.

I finally got around to cutting out more solids for it.

And I have plenty of these to work from!

I really enjoy sitting down to make a block here and there, and it really adds up! This may end up as the wedding quilt that I need for a summer wedding.

Have a great day!

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Quilt Washing

I promised to share more on the washing of this quilt.

This one deserved a good hand wash.

You might wonder why I washed it. The batting and backing were both new. One look at this water and you understand why. All that is from the top. All that dirt acts like sand paper on the fibers. This was the first wash.

This was the third wash. I used baby shampoo.

I followed that with four rinsings. This is the last.

I pressed on the quilt to get as much water as possible out. I followed that up with rolling in towels. Then I spread it out on a clean sheet in the backyard.

I covered it with another clean sheet and left it out until it was almost dry. Then I put it in my dryer. And here it is! So much brighter!

The back crinkled up nicely, hiding my stitches.

And my repairs blend in even better now.

Here’s a good before and after. The first photo was taken just after I purchased this as a tied quilt.

And after quilting and washing.

Have a great day!

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In For a Penny

I think that’s what I’ll call this quilt! Anyway, I pieced the 9 patches back together.

And I arranged them as closely as possible like they were originally. I did make it one row shorter so I could leave out some dodgy bits.

Now it is back together, basted, and ready for hand quilting.

I’m going to use crochet thread and big stitch quilting to do Baptist Fans. In theory, it shouldn’t take long since the top is now smaller.

Have a great day!

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