January 23, 2013

First Stitches...

Spent a good part of the three day weekend basting this Single Girl from last year's QAL here.

Single Girl

My son said I didn't use quilt it for real so I'd better fix. 'K. It runs 90 by 90 inches and I am quilting it in some perle cotton (DMC 712). I putting the first stitches into the quilt.

First Stitches

Is there an easy way to fold a quilt this big to hand quilt it? I am swimming in it. At least I will be cozy until spring.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

January 18, 2013

The Not So Itsy Bitsy Christmas Postage Stamp Quilt

I have been working on this top for a couple of years. It's itsy-bitsy tiny one inch squares. It all started because I made a mug rug that I rather liked. You can see the flickr set here.

one inch holiday goodness

I made 20 by 20 inch blocks

1 inch postage blocks- halfway there...

and plugged along until I thought it would never end. Never...

Postage Stamp Quilt
a lot of squares...

I finished the top before Christmas. It was an all year goal. I learned so much about accuracy and finding that perfect scant 1/4 inch seam. The last few blocks really did come out to 20.5 inch blocks.

It will become a 80 by 80 inch size quilt for my bed. I may add a few rows to fit the bed perfectly because I am OCD like that. Threw around a border idea, but, by looking around, I like the all square look. I ordered some batting three weeks ago that just won't arrive (sigh), but I smile every time I walk pass the top on the craft room table. I am going to quilt it myself just like the mug rug since I seem to have time more since the littlest one is loving coloring. Yay!

January 17, 2013

Far Far Away...

Took a longer blogging break than I wanted too. Just wanted to make sure blogging was fun, not a chore. I just wanted 2012 to go away. A little bit of a health drag and lack of energy. A couple of food intolerances and thyroid problems were to blame. Yuck. Now I have a bunch of happy stuff to blog about and more energy to do so. Thanks for sticking around. I do have some great quilt tops and finished quilts to share with you, but let's start the year with a new one.

I decided I can't buy any new fabric this year unless I empty the good stuff out of my stash. I have issues. Feel my pain? My Far Far Away 2 was bought a few weeks after it came out... in 2010.

FF2 for Sand Castles Quilt

Then, as I think most people do, hoard it as they need to find the perfect project. I needed to get going with this fast as I don't want the girls to grow out of the princess theme!

I love Bec's Sand Castle pattern so here is it is as the first project of the year.

Sand Castle block

It uses 18 fat quarters with hardly any scraps left over. What a relief!

I am waiting on the Natural Essex linen to piece these 12 blocks together. Then it is off to a longarm quilter as it is a bit too heavy to put under my sewing machine.

All 12 Blocks of FF2

Linen might be my new favorite kind of fabric type to work with as it took less than two weeks for me to make these blocks from cutting to piecing without any pinning fuss or stretch. I definitely recommend this pattern if you have these Far Far Away fat quarters hanging around.