Two Friday Finishes—On Saturday

We made it back from Kansas City but yesterday was filled with cat petting, unpacking, laundry, grocery shopping, dog walking, and an appointment with the guy who measured for new kitchen countertops.  By the time I was able to take pictures, it was almost dark, then dinner and cleanup and before I could write the post it was time for the Cub game.  IS this their year?   We’re almost afraid to hope, but last night they won the first of the 11 needed to win the World Series so it was a good start.

The silver lining of ten hours in the car was finishing the binding on two UFOs.  The first was a project that I started a couple of years ago.  It is Lillian from Villa Rosa Designs.  This is a fun pattern and would be great for a scrap quilt, but the center fabric I chose for the blocks was a little too busy.  The fabrics are pretty though (Moda Double Chocolat by 3 Sisters), so even though the pattern is lost, I still like the quilt.


I quilted freehand swirls in the quilt center and an echoed feather in the border.

Lillian closeup

The other finish is Porch Swing from Scrap-Basket Beauties by Kim Brackett. Does it seem like I reference that book a lot?  That’s because my small quilting group worked through the book and I had 18 UFOs as a result of it!!  You can see by the fold lines that this one waited quite awhile for the binding to be finished.

Porch Swing

I also quilted this with overall swirls.  That seems to be my go-to motif for donation quilts.

I’m linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I get a Whoop Whoop so check out some other finishes there for a little weekend quilty inspiration.

WIP Wednesday: More City Sampler Blocks

I didn’t bring a lot of sewing on the trip to Kansas City, but one of the projects was the City Sampler.  I also didn’t bring my regular sewing machine and brought this one instead.


I like the consistency of piecing on the same machine all the time, but this little workhorse does a nice job.  It’s fun to take it out every once in a while and use it a bit.  The stitch quality is awesome and it’s easy to get an accurate 1/4” seam allowance so it’s great for piecing.

Most of the piecing I did this week was blocks for the Tula Pink City Sampler.  Here are my blocks 46-54.

blocks 46-54 TPCS

These are quick and easy blocks and I’m having a good time making them. 

We’re leaving Kansas City today and only going up the road a little bit to the AQS show in Des Moines.  Luckily for Jim, he has a friend in the area so they will get together while I go to the show.  What a great way to end our vacation!

Plodding Along on Sewing

This morning I woke up early and finished piecing the Puss in the Corner baby quilt top.  I’m looking forward to getting home and finishing this sweet little quilt.

puss in the corner top

I also can’t wait to press it with my steam iron.  My mom doesn’t use water in her iron and it seems like I just can’t get it pressed well.  It could also be that I was trying to press on a little tiny pressing pad.  I’m a big fan of steam, though and really like how nice and flat my quilts look after I steam them into submission!

Jim and I are winding down our visit to Kansas City. The weather has been beautiful so we decided to go down to the Plaza for dinner to take advantage of it.  We sat outside and Jim snapped this picture of my mom and me.

Mom and Me

It’s always sad to leave, but we’ve had a nice visit and now that Jim is retired we can come more often.

October OMG

The one monthly goal (OMG) challenge by Heidi at Red Letter Quilts has been powerful motivation for me to finish some UFOs.  This is another one that is oh-so-close to being finished but I just need to push myself on that last little bit.

Golden Memories UFO

The quilt center is complete, but as you can see in the pattern picture below, I still need to piece the log cabin borders, and of course, quilt and bind it.


This pattern is Golden Memories by Lori Smith of From my heart to your hands.  I’ve made several quilts from her patterns and love them all.  This would be a great quilt to hang in October and November so I’m making it a priority this month.

To see what other quilters are hoping to achieve this month be sure to check out the OMG links at Red Letter Quilts. I’m also linking up with Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times so also take a look at some of the projects there.

September Recap and Stash Report

Very little sewing happened at my house in September and the outlook for October isn’t much better.  I didn’t start a single new quilt and finished two.  You would think that would translate into a reduction in stash, but I did a little shopping so actually added a little this month.  The new fabric will be used in a couple of commission quilts that are currently in progress so it will go right back out. 

Part of the shopping was here:

MO Star

In case you don’t recognize the picture, it is a mural on the side of one of the buildings of Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Hamilton, MO is only about 45 minutes from my mom’s house so I usually like to take a little side trip when I’m in town. They have moved some things around and added a few buildings since my last visit and now have even more quilty goodness.  It’s always fun and inspirational to walk around and see the town that quilting built!

So now, the September totals:
Purchased this month: 28 yards
Purchased YTD: 136 yards
Used this month: 18 yards
Used YTD: 191 yards
Net Out of Stash: 55 yards

Of the two quilts I finished this month, one was a UFO and one was started this year. I’m happy to continue working through the UFO pile so picked another one for October. It is a Christmas quilt I started a couple years ago from the pattern Key to my Heart by Sweet Jane. 

Key to My Heart

All that’s left on this quilt is borders, quilting and binding.  It should be an easy finish.

Woodlands Ta Da!

Just under the wire for the September OMG (one monthly goal), the Woodlands quilt is finished.  I’m so happy to have this one ready to display this fall.  I bought the kit a few years ago from Modern Quilt Studio at the Madison, WI Quilt Expo.  It wasn’t hard to make once I got started and I may use the pattern to make one from stash fabric.  Now I can’t wait to dig through my UFO’s and select a project for October!

Woodlands finish

Be sure to celebrate the completion of other September goals with the OMG links at Red Letter Quilts.

Friday Finish: Sea Glass

I really thought I would have more than one finish this week, but was lucky to even get the binding on this one.

Sea Glass

The pattern is Sea Glass from Kim Brackett’s Scrap-Basket Beauties book.  The original pattern was made from green and blue batiks (sea colors, hence the name).  I re-purposed some flannel strips that were cut for another project to make it.  Fabrics for both the setting triangles and borders were in my stash and worked really well with the scrappy fabrics.

sea glass closeup

This will be a donation quilt so I quilted a simple pantograph called Jilly.  This was a “bonus” UFO finish for August/September.  This UFOs in this particular basket are dwindling so this morning I dug through another bin to replenish it.  I found a few projects to finish but much of the fabric I found will be put back in stash.  There were also quite a few kits that will be disassembled.  Sometimes when I discover a kit I wonder what made me think I wanted to make that—embroidered country angel wall hanging, I’m talking about you!!

Be sure to take a look at what others are whooping about this week by clicking the links at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

An Almost Forgotten Work in Progress

I have a few projects that I consider works in progress rather than UFOs.  These typically are long-term fiddly projects that I work on from time to time but am in no hurry to finish them.  Recently, I came across the #100Days100Blocks project on Gnome Angel’s website. It is an Instagram Sew Along based on the book Tula Pink’s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.

When the book came out (in 2013!) I was really excited about it, loved the blocks and pulled a nice little basket of aqua, navy, gray and green fabrics.  I even made a few blocks.  Since then, the basket has been sitting untouched on my secondary cutting table, aka the junk table.

City Sampler fabrics

After browsing through the Instagram feed of everyone’s blocks, I got excited to work on this project again.  The blocks are fairly simple and can be made in about 15 minutes so the time commitment each day is minimal.  Honestly, the most time consuming part of it is selecting the fabrics. 

The group project started on August 17, so I have some catching up to do, but I’m working at it and completed these four blocks yesterday.

city sampler 28-31

It’s fun to see all the block variations each day so I hope I can continue to stay motivated with this project.

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