Thursday, January 17, 2019

Hanging sleeve...and found blocks..........

I forgot to add this photo yesterday with the colorwash finish.  I used all 2 yards of the backing fabric and had none left for the hanging sleeve.  I looked through my green fabrics and thought this one looked great.

In one of the boxes in the basement I found these 16 flannel blocks and a bunch more 1.5" strips.  I think I intended to make more blocks back in Dec. 2011 or maybe piano key borders, but at this point I just want to finish some things whatever size they are.  I sewed this top while watching the 10 p.m. news last night.  

Even after making several plaid and stripe flannel quilts the last 2 years I still have plenty of flannel fabric left so I'll sew on a 3-4" border and back it with flannel in Feb.  I just gifted the last flannel baby quilt so this one will replace it.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Finish # 4 for 2019............

I put the last hand stitches in the binding of this colorwash while I watched the 10 p.m. news last night.  It finished at 40" x about 63".  All of the fabrics are printed quilting cottons and the pieces are finished 2" x 4" rectangles.

Keeping with the floral/nature theme of the prints on the front, the back is beautiful large flowers and leaves.

The binding is a fabric from the early 1990s and is a black background with brown stylized flowers and tiny gray leaves.

Now my finishing for the month is over and I will tackle a bunch of paperwork and start some new quilts.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


If I would get busy earlier in the day I would get more done.  I thought maybe I had a chance of finishing this quilt but only got the quilting and trimming done.  It is the largest colorwash I have quilted for quite a few years.
I love this backing fabric.  I knew I would never cut it up in little pieces so it might as well go on the back of a quilt.

I have been devoting the first half of this month for finishing.  Now the fun will begin as soon as the binding is done on this one.  I have 3 quilts that I'm going to start cutting.

My red amaryllis flowers are fading fast and the next white ones are just opening.  There are 4 more buds on this stalk.

And just because they make me so happy, here is a closer view of them.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Finish # 3 for 2019..........

The binding on this batik Orphan Block quilt fought me all the way and took twice as long to do as it should.  This one definitely has to go to someone who doesn't know anything about quilting.
It ended up 52.5" x 68".

The back is 4 strips of batik fabric leftover from other backings.  I thought that was perfect for a quilt with so much variety on the front.  I will wash this one to soften it up since the batiks on the back are unwashed fabric.  I use Orvis soap, pure soap, not detergent to wash my quilts.  Detergent scrubs the fabric but soap just cleans the fibers so it is kinder to quilting fabric.  I think some quilt shops still sell it but I get mine at a farm supply store.  It is a livestock soap so that is the department you need to look in.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Finish # 2 for 2019.............

I finished the hand stitching on this rectangular colorwash last night.  I think I am keeping this one.  I don't have a colorwash hanging in my house and need to remedy that.  It is 24" x 38.5".
I got the orphan block top loaded on the quilting machine yesterday and got the quilting done.  I have taken it off the frame and trimmed it but haven't chosen binding.  It will be all by machine so hopefully this will be finished by tonight.
I mentioned yesterday that I was going to do meandering with occasional hearts.  You may need to enlarge this photo to see the heart.

They are casual free form hearts, not perfect ones.  This is the kind I like best.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Friends day..........

I'm at the slow part of the colorwash quilt.  I got out my teeny tiny scissors to go with me to the living room to work on this.  They are usually in a little travel sewing kit that I have.

While my 2 friends were here yesterday I worked on a backing made with the leftover strips from 4 previous backs of quilts.  Sorry for the crooked photo........

I loaded the backing on the longarm and cut the batting and loaded it too.

It will be the back for my batik orphan block quilt that I made back in 2016.  It will get a simple meander plus hearts quilting pattern so it should quilt up fast.  I think medium gray or beige So Fine thread should be good for it.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Binding cut...........

I'm having too much fun sorting through things and didn't do any sewing yesterday.  I did find a binding fabric and cut the strips though.

I took a picture of my winter garden on the kitchen table last night.  The red Amaryllis is in full bloom and the next one in line is going to be white flowers again.  It has 3 bud stalks started.  This one was marked Stargazer too, a red and white mix just like the other one that turned out to be white.  The one in the center has 3 buds started too.  The closer pot on the left is my Paperwhites.