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March 20, 2017
Stepping Out from Quilting Solutions

Last week I suggested you try something new so I followed my own advice and changed the order of binding my quilt.  I wanted a small feather to meander on the one-inch border of the quilt.  I had to be very careful not to stitch where the binding would cover the quilting.  That's a tall order on such a narrow binding.  I decided to stitch the binding on first and do the quilting after that, but I didn't hand stitch it to the back.  I'll do that later.

When you do a lot of heavy quilting you ...

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Finally Getting Back to Finishing Things from Quilted-Hearts

I am not sure what year I started either of these quilts. The topa spent a long time languishing in my sewing room waiting to be quilted and I finally sent it off to be quilted.

It sat for a long. long time, then went off to the quilter and came back and went into be my to be bound pile as it was summer in Alaska and I was off on a road trip and not sewing, or at least not able to use a machine, as I had handwork with me on the trip.

I came home and ...

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March 11, 2017
Raspberry Kiss Quilt from Quiltmanufaktur

Frühling - endlich bekommt die Natur wieder Farbe! Und die Leute hier im Brückenviertel, die hier vor meinem Schaufenster vorbeilaufen oder ins Geschäft kommen, sind auch wieder fröhlicher angezogen. Ist das nicht verblüffend, was so ein bisschen mehr an Sonnenschein und Tageslicht mit uns allen macht?!

Ich habe noch bis vor wenigen Tagen die Weihnachtsdeko im Schaufenster gehabt, keiner hat es wirklich gemerkt! Es waren lauter Rot Weiße Sterne und Kugeln aufgehängt und dazu passend Rot-Weiße Quilts auf meinem roten Bänkchen drapiert. Aber jetzt, wo die ersten Sonnenstrahlen ins Schaufenster fallen, musste jetzt endlich mal wieder Farbe rein ;-)


Als erstes kommen ...

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Quilting, binding............ from Exuberant Color

At 4:30 p.m. yesterday I decided I had to get this quilt loaded on my longarm.  I finished the quilting at 6:45 p.m.

That gave me 15 minutes to trim it and cut the binding so I could sew it on while I watched MacGyver.







I did the organic straight line quilting this time.









I started the hand sewing and got one long side and the first corner done.








Earlier in the day I finished the hand sewing on the tablerunner binding.

It is 17.5" x 35".


I love the print I used on the ...

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March 10, 2017
Quilted Scrap Basket ~~ Tutorial from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

I got a couple of emails asking me to expand on the idea I wrote about in the "Scraps into Buckets" post on Friday. So I thought about writing a tutorial. Be warned this tutorial is picture heavy and rather long. But I think I've included every detail. If you're a seasoned sewist, you may want to read through and then go do your own thing. 

I still have baskets to make, but the problem is that I've already pieced and quilted the scraps. So we'll begin this tutorial with the idea that you've made ...

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backing, tablerunner, blooms............ from Exuberant Color

I am showing my items in reverse order today.  Last night I worked on quilting this tablerunner and cut and sewed on the binding.  I am almost halfway done stitching the binding by hand.



Earlier in the day I worked on this back for a quilt.  I don't usually put this much work into a back but I had the center 12 blocks and they just weren't turning into anything.  I didn't have enough of the red plaid for the back of this quilt so I split it on the fold line and pieced in the 12 ...

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March 5, 2017
First finish in March 2017 from Exuberant Color

I didn't plan to finish a quilt yesterday.  Mid afternoon I decided to load this flannel tumbler quilt on the frame.  Next thing I knew I was quilting it.



I used a medium brown thread on top and bottom and it really blended in well.  In fact it blended so well I couldn't always tell where I had already quilted.  I used a large meander and Warm and Natural batting.  I decided the flannel needed a batting with scrim in it for the quilt to keep its shape with hard use.
I used one width of the darker ...

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March 4, 2017
Frühlingsdeko für die Quiltmanufaktur from Quiltmanufaktur

In Frankfurt sind es heute 16° Grad in Frankfurt, die Sonne scheint und im Wald habe ich heute schon das erste Grün zwischen den braunen Blättern entdeckt! Was passt da besser, als endlich den Laden auf Frühling und Ostern umzudekorieren?
Der erste Hühnerhaufen ist gemacht!



Bestimmt muss ich noch mehr machen, aber die kommen am Montag erst mal an einen noch zu besorgenden Zweig ins Schaufenster.

Und einen Quilt habe ich auch schon fertig


Der Nine-Patch ist aus Mini Charm Packs aus der Serie Flow von Zen Chic / Moda gemacht, die hier schon eine Weile bei mir auf der Ladentheke ...

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March 2, 2017
Carrie Nelson Explains Wide Binding! from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

There are hundreds of different ways to bind quilts, and goodness knows we have tried lots and lots of them! But when we saw Carrie Nelson post about her vintage-inspired wide binding on the Moda Fabrics blog, we had to try just one more method - and this one rises above the rise! With the wider width, the binding is more visible and becomes another strong design element in your quilt! We were so excited to have Carrie walk us through this technique. Her number one tip: remember to cut on the bias! We can't wait to try this binding ...

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February 23, 2017
Binding choice....... from Exuberant Color

I searched through my Kaffe Fassett fabrics for about an hour and auditioned them for binding.  In the end I used leftover backing fabric.  It has just enough black in the print to finish the edge nicely.  This one is a special quilt so it is getting a hand finished binding.  I am about 1/3 done with it.
I know you can't read the little label because it is written in pencil but it has the size of this piece written on it.  I have a lot of backing leftovers in long strips and I haven't kept ...

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February 17, 2017
Progress..... from Exuberant Color

Yesterday afternoon I ditch quilted this colorwash wallhanging that I basted 2 weeks ago.  I chose the binding and hope I like it when it is sewn on.  I left 1/8" of batting and backing extending so I can sew the binding on with a 3/8" seam.  I also cut 2 backings and pieced one of them and cut one batting so I'm getting closer to more finishing.  

My begonias are blooming on the kitchen windowsills.  I think maybe I'll be able to keep them alive long enough to plant them in a pot for the ...

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February 16, 2017
Chenille Applique' from quiltscapes

Chenille Applique
I remember sleeping under a chenille bedspread at my Grandma's house.  Soft, fuzzy caterpillar-like channels were stitched into a design on the blanket.  And interestingly enough, "chenille" is actually the French word for "caterpillar." 

Chenille Applique

Here's how to make bias chenille strips, then use them to appliqué a design and  finish the edges (it's one of those "Alternate Endings") for this sweet little pillow.  You'll be amazed at how EASY it is from start to finish!  Just takes a few supplies, and a little (ok, maybe a lot) of elbow grease!

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February 12, 2017
Slow Sewing Sunday from Romany Quilting

With the binding of my new quilt all pinned in place, today was a slow sewing kind of day.  The plan to sit outside on the patio, shaded from the summer sun under our large umbrella while enjoying my stitching time just never happened.  Summer deserted us today, after a gorgeous day yesterday.  The  cold wind was blowing, a few showers passed by, so there was no sitting outside for me.  Instead I set myself up at the dining table. 

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Stitching at the dining table

Everything was at hand.  My pin container – check, small scissors – check, thread catcher – check.  It ...

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February 11, 2017
Something I Prepared Earlier from Romany Quilting

We’ve returned home from our latest caravan adventure, and I could hardly wait to stitch the binding on my wonderful new quilt.  Luckily I had prepared the binding earlier so it was all ready to apply.  And I’d stitched a small applique flower onto some fabric, all ready to complete the label.

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All prepared earlier, started the label and made the binding

Next step was to wrestle that big heavy quilt and stitch the binding on.  I just took it slowly, and carefully, maneuvering the quilt around bit by bit.

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Stitching the binding

I always get into a ...

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February 8, 2017
WIPs With Friends from Mama Spark's World

I decided to work on a few things I needed to tidy up.   So I cleaned up my room and began to work on cutting out more of my Ocean Waves quilt.   Then my daughter called and plans changed.   She wanted me to sew a peacock diaper for Beep.   That consumed all of my Saturday afternoon.   I had her bring the old one so I had a pattern and we made a few modifications.   I forgot to take any

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February 5, 2017
All Kinds of Progress from Sew........This Is My Blog

I've made a lot of progress on three of the projects I shared with you in this post.   The baby quilt I've decided to call "Strings Around the Block" is actually quilted .....
























..... and the binding is ready to be stitched down.



















"Craving Color" is also quilted .....

























(even though there was a little collateral damage when I took my eyes off the bobbin while I was binding it!  There was no way to salvedge that thread.)

























..... and the binding is partially stitched down.   I may get both of the bindings finished during the Super Bowl game this evening.  (Fingers ...

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January 21, 2017
January finish #4 from Exuberant Color

Last night I quilted this spiral baby quilt and put the binding on all by machine.  I was going to use a black with small white dot fabric for the binding but when I saw this narrow stripe I decided I liked it better.  The quilt ended up at 43" x 50".
I was pretty happy with the placement of the diamond print fabric.  

I went to see the movie "Hidden Figures" yesterday afternoon.  It was a wonderful movie and it would have been such a shame if that story had not been told.  The story behind events is such ...

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January 20, 2017
Want vs. Need from Lisa H Calle's Blog

 

 

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I am not a high maintenance person.  I am not one that has to have the name brand handbag, shoes, clothes etc.  In fact I can count on one hand how many pair of shoes I own, and the one Vera Bradley bag I utilize for everything.  After reading those few sentences one would quickly deduce that the word “materialistic” and “Lisa Calle” couldn’t be further a part.  You would be correct, but I am human.  That being said the machine “SERGER” has me acting like this:

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So childlike right?! This has me pondering  “The Need Vs The Want ...

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January 15, 2017
Working on two....... from Exuberant Color

At 10 p.m. last night it became obvious to me that I wasn't going to finish the hand stitching on the Bento Box quilt.  I needed a break from the close work so I sewed the binding on this Trip Around the World and machine finished one side.  If you enlarge the photo you will see it is not perfect.  I am going for "done" instead.  Most of my quilts are given to non-quilters and they don't even know what I'm talking about if I mention binding.  If I tell them I hand stitched the binding ...

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January 14, 2017
Binding started.......... from Exuberant Color

I got the binding sewn onto the batik Bento Box quilt and started hand stitching it.  I have 2 sides done and hope to finish it by tonight.




The other quilt is trimmed now and I chose and cut the binding.  If I have a good day maybe I'll get it sewn on too.  I plan to finish this one by machine. 

I had to cancel the art quilters group for Monday.  The ice storm that is in Missouri now will send its remnants up our way by Sunday night but we are only expecting freezing rain into Monday ...

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