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A Finish!

It has been a long (like embarrassingly long) time since I have had a real ‘finish’!! Oh sure, there have been lots of starts – but no finishes! I had forgotten how good it feels!

Do you remember the Seams of Opal quilt? That I posted about and did tutorials one, two, three and four about? I also had an update about it here.

Well – this is the grand finale of updates!

When my nephew ‘baby Jack’ was born – I knew this quilt had to be his.  It is the perfect ‘throw on the floor and add baby’ quilt – lots to look at and tons of texture.

Originally 100 6 inch squares large – it had been made smaller because somewhere between Ohio and our final landing place I lost 6 blocks! And really – I didn’t feel like going back to the beginning (see massive tutorials above!) and he is just a small baby (and he isn’t a twin!) so how many square feet does he need? AND my mommy is going to take some of the (now) extra blocks and make him a big floor pillow to go along with it!

So without further adieu (and I really need to paint that floor – add it to the studi-O-rganization)

Here it is! I LOVE HOW IT TURNED OUT! If there is a repeated fabric in here – it was an accident! So much to see and ‘spy’ and if each block is 6 inches plus about  2 inches of sashing then this quilt is about 62*62 inches (or about 5 feet square). Plenty big for lots of activities!

And the back ain’t no slouch either! This quilt is a quilt as you go ‘a la Allison’ (again, see tutorials above) and each block has a different backing fabric and therefore it is a reversible ‘I Spy quilt’! Can you say ‘greatest Aunt ever is forgiven for  not having this ready for his birth???’ Hey, I can try, right?

A closer view of the front.

A much closer (and slightly out of focus) view of 1 block. Each block has a different free motion quilted motif in the center square and then the rest is ditch quilted.

I used my prized  Bias Tape Maker
for this quilt and really, I can’t say enough about this machine! I love it! It spits out perfect bias tape every time!

I hope this little guy loves it (the quilt, not the machine) as much as I love him!

Oh and YES there will be an organizing post very soon! Starting with Fabric:)

I wish real estate could always be this easy.

A few more hexagons added…

I am really started to like this little project! Aside from the Y-seams, of course.  But they get easier with practice; I swear.

Hexagon Love…

I’m not sure where this is going – but I am having fun getting there! The GO! cutter hexagon die is my current favorite!

For some of the hexagons – I sewed the smallest to the middle sized and the cut in half and sewed different pair together.

Others, I left alone (ie solid hexagons).  I am glad that I like the look better! Less work:)

Mix in a couple of tumbling blocks and it’s all fun! I am even learning to love Y seams:)

Get your ducks in a row for the next project!

Hello!  I have been very busy with the third insallment of the BEEN there DONE that project.

This a going to be a full sized quilt everyone – just warning you.

It is a paper pieced quilt – so I will show you how I do that.

I am also going to be showing you how I ‘quilt as I go’ with I’m sure is way different than most other methods out there and makes it a truly reversible design!

Now – because I basically made it up as I went (and still go) – the quilting – not the pattern, which I’ll get to – I made a few mistakes along the way.

QUESTION for you – should the tutorial INCLUDE the mistakes or not?  I don’t mind sharing my errors and thought process gone awry with you but I also don’t want to confuse anyone… you know what I mean?

So – to get your ducks going –

This is the quilt that started it all and as far as piecing goes – it follows the pattern. (except for the cornerstones!).

It is from the May/June 2009 issue of Love of Quilting from Fons and Porter.

Start cutting my friends – because it requires a lot of it!

If you’d like to get a jump on this project then you will need:

100 2.5″ squares (mine are all different fabrics)

let’s say 90 (because you will want choice) 1.5″ squares (again, I used all different fabrics)

and 1200

yes, I said 1200

1.5″ (the magazine says 1″ but just trust me) strips ranging in size from 3 to 6 inches long.  Yes, I have definitely repeated some fabrics here!!!

By the way – to cut those strips I used the cutter mentioned in this post – it rocks people, get your 40% off Jo-ann’s coupon and get yourself one!

Donna Dewberry Strip Cutter

Houses Houses Houses – what I’m working on.

I love houses. Always have. Always will. This started out as a Block of the Month using the pattern from the book by Fig Tree Quilts. It is ending very differently.

Original BOM

All houses and no birds would be wrong, no? Those little circles? Cut the freezer paper with my cricut - ironed onto the wool - and then cut them out! The bird is a chip board shape from my scrapbooking days and the fabric is home dec weight.

This is an example of a simple tracing onto steam a seam lite 2 - see the next photo for the item I traced.

The traced item is on the right. It is a house cut out of felt (a child's toy from the '80's that my children are not yet allowed to touch... I'm so mean. But - this way I can use the image again and again!

Love the marti michelle house template - but STARCH STARCH STACH iron iron iron cut cut cut sew sew sew ....

And keeping track of all the little pieces can be challenging...

Shownotes for Episode 36 Eat Crow and let’s have cake.

So, this episode has me eating a little crow because I previously dissed the Quilter’s Home magazine and now – after trying it again – it does have its’ merits!

I also reviewed this book by Claire Garland.


And this book ‘Scraps and Shirttails: Reuse, Re-purpose, Recycle!’ by Bonnie K. Hunter.


I am continuing to work on this quilt. It’s called Fraktur – I’ve posted about it before.  It is really interesting to see how much my abilities have changed/grown since the beginning as this was one of the very first quilts I ever started!


I have also prepared the top left and right corners (prepared for applique by gluing into place with Glue Baste It ) I haven't updated the photo because the camera is upstairs and if I don't post this now - I don't know when I will!

Glue Baste It


A close up of the center square which will be 'medallionized' with pieced half-square triangles when the quilt is set.


Close up of the applique. I appliqued the center petals onto the flower by hand before appliqueing the blue one's by machine.


A blurry (sorry) shot of one of the side blocks which features this flower.


Not just another pretty face! The wings took a very long time to get just right...


And this is what a block looks like before I applique - everything is in its place before I start to sew. This way - I do all the green thread first and then the next color and so on...


Close ups...

Close ups...

Close ups...

Sneak Peak at a new project!

Hi everyone – I have decided to enter the pattern making realm – OY – what am I doing? It is going to be a while until its’ done because the kids don’t exactly give me long spurts of any sort of time…

But here is one shot of the pattern making in progress – I’m a picture kind of girl so there will lots of them included in the pattern.

Picture of the pattern in progress - more of a how do you make this??

Picture of the pattern in progress - more of a how do you make this??

New podcast in the midst of being recorded!!

I just ordered this book…. Oh I can’t wait until it arrives!

From this Etsy shop

Sewing at Last…

Yeah yeah yeah
I should be packing.

So, since I had already done the cutting …

Cutting was done_2
Cutting was done_1

And I haven't packed the sewing machine…

In the machine

I figured, ah, what the heck – let's make a few houses….

And when I was done sewing the pieces in rows…

I said, 'whoops' these don't quite match up….

Did I care?

A little.

Did I do a quick fix?

You betcha.

Finished is better than perfect my friends!!!

Especially when you have run out of that fabric.

And have you noticed that the door is sometimes on the right and sometimes in the middle?

Do I care.

Not a lick.