February OMG Complete!

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I did it!  I completed my February OMG!  And it turns out that I like the quilt better now that I have quilted it.  Most likely it will be a charity quilt.  No babies expected around here for many, many years to come.  Linking up at Red Letter Quilts.

Ready for the Beach

A beach trip is inevitable for us.  You see, Grandma lives at the beach so we are guaranteed to visit her at least a couple times a year.  I decided to whip up an easy tote for towels, suntan lotion, sunglasses and such.

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The beach pail pattern came from Moda’s All Stars, All in a Row.  I’m not much of an applique fan, but I thought the pail was cute.  I thought I would try one on a bag before committing to a row of ails.  Now that I have made it I’m not sure I want to make an entire row of appliqué pails.  One of my problems is with the heat and bond used to hold the appliqué in place before stitching. The heat and bond I have is not very adhesive and as a result, my appliqué begins to pull away before I’m finished stitching.  Any suggestions? Linking up with Kim at Persimmon Dreams for another Project Quilting!  The theme this week is, “I need a vacation!” Truer words have never been spoken!

Happy Halloween, Valentine

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Halloween is long past, but I wanted to share a recent finish with you.  I call it Halloween Zigzag.  It came together simply with about 8 charm packs (4 white, 4 from a variety of Halloween fabric lines).  One wonky snip, some straight stitching and echo quilting and abracadabra….a Halloween ZigZag quilt.  It was freeing to not have to measure or be too precise with this one.  I love the back of this quilt as well….it is hard to see, but it is orange spider webs with a few friendly spiders thrown in for fun.  It was a wickedly fun quilt to whip up.  I hope you like it. Linking up with Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts.

Halloween zigzag

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!  I hope your day was full of cherished moments and chocolate!  Mine was.

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It’s been a while since I made a Sunday Stash report.  Today, I pulled out an unopened box from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Sadly, the box arrived last year, but last year I didn’t do any sewing.  I purchased this quilt kit thinking I would participate in the Snapshot quilt along, but life happened.  I’ve considered going back to search for the Snapshot resources, but I think I prefer to look ahead rather than behind at this point.  This week, I’m going to cut into this Day Sail collection by Bonnie and Camille.  I’m going to use it to make some of the beautiful rows from the Moda All Stars, “All in a Row.”  Stay tuned for more fun.  Linking up with the marvelous Mollie Sparkles

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Spools

When I saw the challenge for Project Quilting this week and the cute pattern Persimon Dreams had up on craftsy, I couldn’t resist participating.  It’s a really simple block that went together in no time. I assembled three and put them together into a horizontal wall hanging.  The most challenging part was the binding….I hate binding.  Oh well.  It found a home on the wall above my sewing machine.  What do you think? I quilted itDSC_0042I quilted it with simple straight line stitching.  I think it is a fun and friendly looking block….particularly with the scrappy thread.

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Remember this?

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I finished the quilt top in January or February of last year.  I love the colors and the fabric.  I enjoyed putting this one together.  It wasn’t a BOM, it was just a sample of quilt blocks that I found attractive.  Take a look at it today.

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Quilted and bound.  Washed and dried.  Kitty tested and kitty approved.  All in January of this year.  I didn’t capture any pictures of the back, but it is my first pieced back….a disappearing 9 patch made with layer cakes.  I’m pleased with it.  It’s my favorite quilt at the moment.

I’m still working diligently on my spools wall hanging for Project Quilting over at Persimon Dreams.  If all goes well, I will have it ready for you tomorrow.  Fingers crossed.  Hope all your quilting dreams are coming true this year!

 

February OMG

I can’t believe it is already February.  Can you?  This month I am going to participate in the One Monthly Goal (OMG) over at Red Letter Quilts.  I pulled this quilt top from my pile of UFOs to complete this month.  I wish I could get a little more excited about this quilt top.  I created it years ago and I find that I can’t really love it.  I’m not in love with the fabric or the style.  It will most likely end up being a charity quilt for a toddler or lap.  Like it or not, it is my February OMG.  I hope you will join me over at Red Letter Quilts.

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Loving Life

It’s been a while since I’ve been on the blog, but my heart has been with you all.  I’ve been following your progress with envy.  Things are changing at Darlington.  I gave up the day job effective the end of 2015 and January has been full of quilting.  You’ll see in a subsequent post that I am picking up where I left off.  In January, I completed two quilts and a small wall hanging.  Pictures of the quilts are forthcoming, but I thought I would share a glimpse of my wall hanging with you.  Would you believe this is my first wall hanging?  I’m not really a decorator, but I’ve decided this year I will add some quilty decor to the sewing room.  The inspiration for this came from the Mighty Lucky challenge sponsored by Lucky Spool.  The challenge in January was to use bias tape to create a project.  Here is my project.

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I experimented with various widths of bias tape and found that the smaller width tape was a little easier to manipulate than the wider widths.  Unfortunately, I didn’t order the wonder under tape suggested by the expert.  I think it would have helped enormously.  Also, I washed the wall hanging after I completed it.  Normally, I love the wrinkly texture of my quilts when I pull them out of the dryer, but I don’t know that I will wash wall hangings in the future.  The stiffness of an unwashed project probably displays better on the wall.  All in all, mighty lucky was a fun experiment, but I’m not sure I will be incorporating bias tape into a lot of projects in the future.

Stay tuned…I look forward to sharing my other January finishes with you later in the week and I’m diligently working on the Project Quilting challenge this month.  The prompt this month is thread and I’m well on my way to completing a runner to submit to the challenge.  I hope you will join me.

ALYOF January 2015

On Jan 1, I put it out there…..my goal was to finish up the sampler quilt top I have been working on (posted here) and I’m pleased to report it is done!  Next month I will quilt it, but I’m so pleased to just have it together.

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It looks like a hot wrinkled mess at the moment, but it will soon be starched and basted for quilting.  The back is a version of a disappearing 9 patch made with a couple of layer cakes.  Sometimes, I like the back as much as the front.  Linking up with Fiber of All Sorts and ALYOF.