Safe Haven FINISHED

This quilt took quite a while. It is the Safe Haven pattern by Thimbleberries. I do not know if it is still available. You might find it out there on Etsy or Ebay.

The blocks weren’t too bad, in spite of the applique, in which I do not have much experience. I rather enjoyed the variety of piecing techniques.

But the layout was a different story. The suggestion in the Block of the Month pattern was not to my personal taste, but I also didn’t have a better idea.

So it sat for a while. And then for a while longer. The problem was how to finish it without making it too long and narrow. Finally the idea came.

I added a narrow border around each block. Then sashing. Then pieced borders on the side. And a final border to finish up. The dimensions are now 84″ x 96″.

While the color scheme remains different from my usual preference, I love the results.

Couch Quilt FINISHED

 THIS TUTORIAL provided a great starting point for our new couch quilt.

I just love it when a pile of fabric, a need and an idea all come together.

And then I found the perfect back!

And I had pre-made binding all ready to go!

Sometimes it is just meant to be. And I look forward to wrapping up in this cozy quilt.

Tiny Baby Quick Quilt FINISH

Baby and Mother are still hanging in there.

And the quilt is finished.

It is made with 2-1/2″ squares and is only 22″ each way. At that size it was easy to straight line quilt on my faithful old Pfaff 130 that came from my paternal grandmother.

I am working on the dress next and hope to have it to share soon.

ps–The planned name for Baby is Amelia Rose, just so you can keep her in mind.

Tiny Baby Quick Quilt

A tiny baby will likely join the family in the next two weeks. Our former foster daughter has had a difficult pregnancy. The baby isn’t getting enough nutrition through the umbilical cord and is growing very slowly. Both baby and mother are showing signs of distress. So the doctors have given steroid shots and set a goal delivery date.

The baby will probably weigh around 4 pounds.

So tiny.

I had these mini-charm squares, and a few friends, laying around and whipped up a quick top. It is 22″ square, but will cover the little one for quite a while. (Yes, the lighting is terrible. I woke up at 3:30am with a foot cramp and couldn’t get back to sleep so I made this…)

Now I need to find a back and binding and get it finish. Quickly.

ps–I am looking for some good preemie patterns if you have suggestions for a dress.

North Star State Top COMPLETE

There were days I thought it would never end. When I saw Pat Speth’s North Star State Quiltalong I immediately knew I wanted to stitch along. But I also knew that the small scraps of 1930s repro (and some original) fabric that I had on hand would mean making the pieces smaller…much smaller. Yep, that star is 3″.

But, off I went, sure it was all going to be ok.

As I stitched, my ambitions had to be adjusted. NO, I wasn’t going to make a queen size quilt. Not even with borders. I finally decided that enough was enough and finished a throw quilt. It has 56 blocks, 97 setting blocks and 42 star cornerstone blocks, and it is only 60″ x 69″.

But, it is complete.

Hopefully quilted soon and a truly finished quilt.

I do still recommend the pattern, but maybe have the good judgement to follow Pat’s original recipe.

Two And Four Quiltalong: Top Assembly

Time to stitch all those strips into a top. So exciting!

I like to lay things out and consider my options.

This quilt has many prints and colors and it is probable that it will never be perfect, but I try to avoid color blobs.

When stitching long, pieced strips I don’t find it necessary to pin. Just stitch seam to seam, taking a moment to match them up.

The results will be beautiful in the end.

I love it when it all comes together.

Make sure to visit Katy and see how her version using larger pieces turned out.

And come back on October 12 to share and see finished tops from everyone.

Two And Four Quiltalong: Blocks To Strips

There are many different ways you could assemble your piles of blocks into a quilt, but for this quilt we’re going to assemble all those blocks into strips.

First, sort them out. Make 7 piles of 20 blocks each of the 4-patch blocks. Make 8 piles of 20 blocks each of the fence rail blocks.

And sew them together.

NOTE: FOUR of your strips of four-squares should have light squares in the upper left; THREE should have dark squares in the upper left. And, don’t worry too much if you make a mistake. It will be easy to find and fix with just a little picking out.

Nope, it isn’t complicated. You already did the hard part with the cutting and block creation.

Just don’t give up.

When you are done you should have 8 fence rail strips and 7 four-patch strips for a total of 15.

Assembly next week. Be sure to visit Katy and see how hers is coming along.

And, in case you are just joining us or missed a section, all previous steps can be found HERE.

FNSI Report

My Friday Night Sew In (FNSI),(Wendy of Sugarlane Designs) began with an hour of sewing Friday morning, and continued with more time Friday night. And, continued into Saturday. Between other necessary things, I was determined to get the last 13 setting blocks for the North Star State quilt finished.

YAY! All that are left are the friendship star cornerstone blocks. It is so good to see it finally coming together. It seemed like such a good idea to do the quilt in miniature…or at least much smaller scale. I am glad to have found a use for my smallest 1930s (and a few others) scraps, but it has been harder than I thought it would be. Ah, well, the end is in sight. Probably fairly soon. I am shooting to have a finished top by the end of the month. Maybe sooner.

Also stitched are the strips of rectangles for the Two and Four Quiltalong. You can check back here on Tuesday for the details.

Is it too early to be looking forward to next month? I enjoy the FNSI so much!

FNSI Tonight

Tonight (or tomorrow) is the Friday Night Sew In (FNSI), organized and hosted by Wendy of Sugarlane Designs.

Get your projects together, put on the comfy clothes, and get sewing.

I plan for a big push on my North Star State Quilt

And more progress on the Two and Four Quiltalong.

See you soon with an update.

Potential Projects

A section of my shelving is devoted to Potential Projects. Most often these come as groups of scraps in hand-me-down bags, or even partially finished projects.

And I have a lot of them.

So many, in fact, that I am going to take one bag or pile each month and decide to either make it into a project, or put the fabric back into regular circulation, or even just get rid of it.

This is the first pile.

And this is the first idea of what to do with it. Hmm…should be interesting.