Decisions, Decisions

I have my Scrappy Strips top loaded on the frame and I’m trying to decide how to quilt it.

I use a free app on my iPad called You Doodle to draw on my photos and try out quilting designs. Mr. Wonderful gave me an Apple Pencil for my birthday and that is wonderful for this.

Have a great day!

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Sew Kind of Wonky?

I’ve had two beautiful layer cakes of Heather Bailey fabric for several years now.

As soon as I saw this, I knew that is what I wanted to do with them.

I even had the ruler!

But they waited for years until I found the perfect fabric for the curved strips. I realized, I already had it. This is a top quality Muslin and it is the perfect color.

I cut my pieces and I was ready to sew!

Wa, wa, waaaaaaa……

Yuck. Not a quitter, I tried again.

Yeah, not much improvement.

For the third try, I used Kona Snow.

Better, not good. My improv curves were smoother. I’m going to go watch videos on this and try again another day. Or I could cut my losses and use the rest of these fabrics for a different project altogether.

Either way, this project is in time out until I return to AZ. Have a great day!

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Slow Stitching Sunday ~ Repairs

I got a lot of stitching done on this vintage top while we were traveling. But as I was quilting, I found a few more fabrics that needed replacing.

I left those unquilted.

Today, I’m going to fix those spots and fill in the quilting there.

I have 75% of this quilted. I hope to finish by the end of this month.

Have a great day!

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Multitasking and a Little Finish

I had extra batting and backing at the end of quilting the fence rail quilt I showed yesterday. So I found three small tops that needed quilting to make good use of it.

I wish I would think to do this more often. Since I was on a roll, I got some binding prepared.

And the first of those little quilts is finished!

I kept the quilting simple. Here is the back.

I’m loving my daffodils!

Have a great day!

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Finish It Up Friday ~ Fence Rail

It felt so good to be long arming again!

This quilt is about as simple as you can get, but I love it.

The pantograph almost looks like cables across the surface. I used plain white for the back and it really shows off the quilting.

The binding looks black here, but it is really navy and matches better than it looks.

This finished at 60 by 84 inches. I used one jelly roll and 40 2 1/2 inch strips.

Have a great day!

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I missed Friday, my long arm.

I was home less than 24 hours before I got a top loaded. I’m using this pantograph.

I’m loving it so far!

Have a great day!

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Road Trippin’

After a long trip in the truck, we are back in Michigan! We took the southern route on this map. It took us three days and we are still tired. I apologize for not responding to comments the last few weeks, but this is why! So many last minute things to do.

We made a quick stop to take Winslow’s picture in Winslow. She seemed pleased!

And a quick stop in Texas for BBQ and to see Cadillac Ranch.

We didn’t stop in St. Louis, but the arch is still a big milestone.

The pups were excellent travelers!

Ahhhh…..almost there!

We got home just in time to see the three Es on Easter Sunday.

They’ve grown so much! Have a great day!

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Cake Mix Redo

I changed my mind!

After playing a bit with my pieces….

I decided to go with a slightly different block pattern

So I ripped and redid the first two.

Eventually, I think I will add alternate plain blocks. I’m not sure of the name of this block, sugar bowl maybe? Anyway, I like it and it felt like a good fit for this fabric line. It is all feed sack repro prints.

As much as it pains me to leave a project in the middle, that is exactly what I’m doing with this one. I’m leaving this in Arizona and will pick up where I left off when I return.

Have a great day!

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Cake Mix

A couple years ago, I won these layer cakes from a giveaway.

I also got this Cake Mix pad.

These are pretty cool. It’s part foundation paper piecing and part traditional piecing.

You layer two 10 inch squares right sides together and pin a paper on top.

Sew on the lines and remove pins.

Cut apart on solid lines. You can see they are an efficient use of a layer cake.

Remove papers, sew the parts together and voila! Two seven inch blocks, perfectly pieced.

Have a great day!

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Jelly Roll Fence Rail

I decided to make a Fence Rail quilt with this jelly roll. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with jelly rolls. They are convenient, but do you follow the peaks or valleys to determine the edge? I never know. So I like to trim them with my die cutter.

See the extra on this? Not all jelly rolls are this bad, but I’m glad I trimmed this one. Now they will match with the white strips I cut.

It takes two print and two plain strips to make one of these 16 inch blocks.

It’s a simple design, but one I’ve wanted to make for a while. It will only take 20 blocks for a 64 by 80 inch lap quilt.

Have a great day!

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