Thursday, July 30, 2020

My Sister’s Fourth Quilt

I recently helped my sister make her fourth quilt.  It is a gift for her daughter.  My Mom had originally picked out the fabrics for one of the Turning Twenty quilts she makes with the granddaughters.  I believe the fabrics are all from the Sundrops line by Corey Yoder. 

Mom gave the quilt kit to my sister and I helped her pick a different pattern.  We chose one with rectangles and squares which would use the fat quarters well.  A friend of mine made a similar quilt, so I did the math and sketched out the quilt.   My sister came over and I helped her cut out the quilt in my kitchen while the kids played.  (Bunny is the quilt inspector in the picture below.)

She sewed all the blocks together at her house and came to mine for help with the borders and backing. 

Then while she was on vacation I loaded it on the frames and quilted it up. 

My niece chose the basic stipple quilting design because she loved it on my Skittles quilt. 

It took a couple days to quilt it for them. 

My sister originally wanted to sew the binding down to the back by hand.  However she is going to be having surgery on her wrist soon.  So she asked me to do it by machine for her. 

My sister and niece were very excited to come home to a finished quilt. 

Now my sister needs to make quilts for all of her boys.  We've already picked out the fabric for her next one.  I love quilting with family. 


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Skittles Quilt Finished

It turns out that blogging about my Skittles quilt in progress was just the inspiration I needed to finish it.  I got the top pieced in just a couple days. 

Then I bought some minky and loaded it on the frames. 

I quilted it with a simple stipple because I wanted the applique to take center stage and not the quilting. 

I love how quick it is to stipple.  The quilting didn't take very long at all. 

I love the texture on the minky backing as well. 

It got a black and silvery gray polka dot binding because a circle quilt needs more circles, right?

Kitty was the first one to test out the quilt. 

She loved it so much we put it on the floor for her to crawl on a lot.  She sometimes spins around on her tummy to check out all the different fabrics. 

I think this may be my new favorite quilt. 

It is perfect for more snuggles.  At the time I finished this quilt I had no more UFO's or WIP's.  Things have changed a little since then.  I have four nephew wedding quilts to make this year.


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Scrappy Totes

It may have taken a long time, but I was able to turn my scrappy panels into scrappy bags.

The bags were inspired by Amanda Jean's scrappy purse, but pieced using the pattern in Christina Cameli's Scrappy Market Tote class which I watched on Bluprint.  Her class was wonderful. 

I finished the big one first.  It was the size in Christina's pattern.

And the other side.

After awhile I finished the smaller one.  I just altered the size of the panel and straps from Christina's pattern.

And the other side.

Here the cute bags are together.

There is actually a bigger size difference than appears in the photo above.  Here the small one is inside the larger one.

Now they are hanging on the quilt rack by my cutting table waiting to be used.

I love how they turned out, but next time I would use cool colors for one and warm colors for the other.  I think I would like a more limited palette.  I would love to make more bags like these when I have time.


Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Table Runners

I was able to finish up the Halloween table runner I started earlier this year.  It was pieced with my scraps and got some simple quilting, orange backing, and orange binding.  It is all ready for October this year.

I also finished up the Amanda Murphy scrap table runner.  I didn't want binding, so added the backing and batting right sides together then turned it right side out.  Then it got some top stitching around the edge and simple quilting.  I love how it looks in the basement.

Even small finishes feel so good.


Thursday, July 16, 2020

Bunny's Princess Quilt

My mom embroidered these darling princess blocks for Bunny.

Her hands were hurting and she struggled to pin the minky blocks together.  So I told her that I would be happy to finish it up.  I pieced the blocks together and then added a darker border.

Then I loaded it on the Bernina Q24 and quilted it with some large loops to fill the empty space.  I used my finger to "mark" the loops on the block before quilting.  It was my first time quilting on the long arm with minky on both sides.  It turned out great!

I added a binding and finished up the little pillow she also embroidered.

The backing is the same dark purple as the border and binding.

My mom was very happy to have it finished.  So she came over to gift it to Bunny.  Bunny was being very shy.

Bunny loves her princess quilt from Grandma!  My mom has already embroidered some blocks for Kitty.  Here is a sneak peek at her pony quilt.  I've promised my mom to finish it as well.

The girls' quilts are so cute!


Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Organizing My Studio

My studio is one of the many things that has undergone some changes this year.  The picture above is what it looked like at the beginning of 2020.  The following are pictures taken at the same time moving around the room.

We got a pop up camper from Ikea for Miss Bunny to play in.  It is light enough that it moves around the room when I need to use the design wall. 

My sewing cabinet had moved closer to the window a couple years ago. 

Moving the sewing cabinet there opened up some more space in front of the Bernina Q24.

The Baby Lock Tiara and my laptop were near the door. 

The closet contained both scrapbooking and quilting items, and it was sometimes hard to walk to the end of it. 

After playing with scraps I decided to do some more organizing.  The following are changes made this year.  This is what it now looks like from the entrance.

Another Kallax unit replaced the old brown cubes which were damaged in our move. It now holds my quilting stash (the top four cubes) and my baby flannel stash (the bottom four cubes).

Here is what it looks like with the camper in front. 

I got some bins for a cleaner look at my cutting table.  My magazines, quilting books, tools, threads, and batting scraps are in my cutting table. 

My scraps are all in the Kallax unit which is closer to the window.  That is a Brabantia ironing board my husband surprised me with for Christmas a year ago.  It is the size C (49 x 18 inches).  It is very steady and I love it. 

Not much has changed over here by the Bernina.

The biggest change is over here.  My laptop space became a home office space for my husband.  He has been able to work from home frequently during quarantine times.  There is also a play pen for when Miss Kitty comes to the studio/office. 

Another change is that my closet is now mostly my scrapbooking stuff.  The walkway is also more open after organizing things. 

I like that my cardstock (which I accessed the most) is now more accessible.  It used to be on the bottom shelf of the shelves in the back of the closet.  

There is a hidden corner in the closet between the shelves and the Expedit unit.  I roll up my seasonal wall hangings and store them there.  It works very well.  There is probably about 20 quilts in the small corner. 

There wasn't a lot of big changes since the beginning of the year, but it feels nicer with even less clutter.

Thanks again for stopping by my freshly organized studio.  Click here to see how my studio has changed over time.