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.

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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.  

Sunday Stash

Stashing it up with Molli Sparkles today.  These are the latest additions to my collection. First up are some red and whites.  The stripes are for piecing up the sampler quilt and the dots are for the binding.

DSC_0005And we have two new layer cakes of scrumptious for the backing of the sampler quilt.

DSC_0006What have you added to your stash?

 

Bernina 2.0

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I was able to pick up Bernina 2.0 today  (2.0 because it is my second exact machine) and it runs like a charm.  I have had a wonderful Friday night stitching up a storm and getting to know my new machine. Thanks, Santa!

DSC_0010In addition to a lot of playing and testing, I whipped up one more block for my sampler quilt.  I wish I would have made the center star pop more by cutting it from the white background fabric, but I can live with it.  Then again, I may see if I have enough material to whip up another one.  If I decide to keep this one, I only have one more block to go.

Hope you are having a fabulous weekend.  Think of me stitching away!

WIP – A Sampler

Work on my personal sampler quilt continues.  Two more blocks have been fabricated leaving me with only two more to go!  Yeah! These aren’t my favorites so far, but they have definitely stretched my skills.  The first involved Y seams and the second curved piecing.

DSC_0005 I had intended to make a scrappy drunken block, but it didn’t quite turn out that way.  Oh well.  I still like it enough to include it in the sampler quilt.

DSC_0004That’s my current WIP.  What are you working on?  Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.