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.

DWM: So Simple Baby Quilt

Sometimes I browse through the vintage quilts on Ebay to find inspiration for future projects.  Recently I saw a little gray and yellow Puss in the Corner quilt and fell in love with it.  It was so soft and simple and I really wanted to re-create it.  It became a perfect little quilt to make between larger projects.  It took less than two hours to cut and piece to this point.


The quilt I saw was quilted in straight lines, modern style, and I’ll quilt mine that way too.  This week doesn’t hold many commitments so I should find time to finish it, then move on to my regularly scheduled programming!

Find more design wall inspiration by checking out the links at Patchwork Times.

Friday Finish-Double Plus Quilt

This quilt ended up being a fairly large lap size and it took me awhile to hand stitch the binding, but thanks to the car ride down to Milwaukee, it is finished.

Scrappy Plus Quilt

Lots of plus quilts have been showing up in my Instagram feed so I drew this up in EQ7, then made it.  Coral is my favorite color right now and this quilt is made from a scrappy pile of coral, aqua, and gold fat quarters, then toned down with the navy.  I like how it turned out and will fold it over the foot of my bed for a splash of color.

Be sure to check out the links at Confessions of a Fabric Addict to see other Friday Finishes.

One More August Finish: Ombre Geese

When I looked through my spreadsheet at the end of August to see what projects I finished, I realized I never posted a picture of the Ombre Geese quilt after it was finished.

These blocks were cut from a fat quarter pack of Moda’s V & Co. Ombre line.  After piecing a few blocks, I liked them so much I decided to make the quilt bigger.  After piecing the new blocks, I started arranging all of them and realized I used a different background color on the second set.  I was disheartened by this mistake, but decided to finish it anyway.  Now that it’s quilted and bound, the different backgrounds don’t really bother me at all!

Ombre Geese

I just found out that Moda is making the Ombre line a basic so it will be reprinted and stocked indefinitely.  If I had only waited, I could have purchased more fabric and made new blocks to match.  Oh well, better finished than perfect.

DWM: Woodlands

The weather has been too nice and too many fun things going on this weekend to spend much time in the sewing room.  With temperatures in the mid-70s, low humidity and sunny skies, the weather has been glorious.  Friday night we had dinner at a restaurant downtown with outdoor seating and lingered after we ate to listen to the live music that was playing.  The bars and restaurants downtown were very busy with so many tourists in town for the Saturday college football game at Lambeau Field between Wisconsin and LSU.  There was an air of excitement in anticipation of the game and everyone was out just having a good time.

On Saturday we watched the game at an outdoor bar with some friends and were cheering wildly for the underdog Badgers.  None in our group are alums of Wisconsin, but have kids who are so it was fun to see them pull out a victory.

Sunday afternoon we went to the Fox Jazz Fest at a local park.  It was another picture perfect day and the park is on Lake Winnebago so we not only heard some great music but had a beautiful view.

lake winnebago

After dinner I finally got down to the sewing room and managed to lay out the blocks for the Woodlands quilt.  It’s crazy that I put off finishing this quilt for so long.  It’s only seven rows and shouldn’t take long at all to get the top sewn together then finish it with some simple quilting. 

Woodlands UFO

There’s still another day in the weekend and the fun train keeps rolling as we head down to Milwaukee to watch the Brewers and Cubs series.  We’re meeting some friends from Chicago so it should be a good time.  As long-suffering Cubs fans we’ve watched them blow it in so many ways for so many years but this season we’re starting to believe it may finally be their year (I say with skepticism).  No time in the sewing room but I have bindings for the car so look for a couple of finishes later in the week.

Be sure to check out other bloggers’ works in progress using the links at Patchwork Times.

August Stash Report

Even though I don’t feel at all guilty about the size of my stash because I sew everyday, I do try to turn it over and end each month with less than what I started with.   Storage is a bit of a problem because we don’t plan to stay in this house forever and our next home will be smaller than this one so the stash needs to be continually downsized. I still really like making scrappy quilts in traditional colors and try to make at least one scrappy quilt per month, so progress is being made!

Friends are a bad influence, however and when my sewing group met earlier in the month, someone showed a quilt made from a beautiful Art Gallery fabric.  I am obsessed with coral and HAD to have some for myself.  A few days later, two yards of that fabric arrived on my doorstep along with 15 yards of coordinates to go with it.  I can’t wait to use it and already have plans—after I finish a few quilts in progress!

art gallery purchase


The only other purchase for this month was for the baby quilt I made last week and already gifted.

In August I only started two quilts, the aforementioned baby quilt and one other small one, and finished six.  I’m really happy about that!

End of August Stash Report:
Purchased this month: 22 yards
Purchased YTD: 108 yards
Used this month: 40 yards
Used YTD: 173 yards
Net Out of Stash: 65 yards

These numbers are acceptable to me and show that I am slowly using up stash.  I should be able to keep it up for September because four quilts are just waiting for binding.

Linking up with all the other stash reports at Patchwork Times.

Friday Finish: Courtyard Maze

A few months ago, I made a Courtyard Maze quilt using a jelly roll and matching charm pack.  After seeing that post, someone mentioned that this pattern would be a good  for scraps or stash.  I realized it would be a great stash quilt, so I made one.

Scrappy Courtyard Maze

This will be a donation quilt so I quilted it with a simple pantograph called Jilly.

Courtyard Maze closeup

I also finally finished this charm square chevron quilt.  It is made from the Hello Darling line by Bonnie and Camille—the same fabric as my Granny Squares quilt.  I must have really liked that fabric!

Hello Darling Chevron

It took me a long time to finish this because I started quilting it with a fancy design, decided I didn’t like it, so ripped it out.  It takes SO much long to un-quilt than to quilt something.  I ended up doing freehand wavy lines both horizontally and vertically and like it much better.

Hello Darling chevron closeup

I’m linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Friday Whoop-Whoop! Click the link and check out other fun finishes!

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