August 29, 2016

Summer Solstice Quilt Along Progress + My To-Do List!

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I've completed one block in the Summer Solstice Quilt Along over at Happy Quilting - eight more to go!  My first-ever curved piecing is behind me - phew!  During the cutting stage I witnessed the fabric and templates landing in the garbage can and later being rescued from the abyss.  After realizing I couldn't turn the already cut squares into HSTs instead of drunkard's paths, I put on my big girl panties, rescued the templates and fabric from the trash, and continued cutting.  :}


I sewed them using the no-pin method shown in this video by Love Bug Studios on YouTube.  The blocks were actually pretty quick to make, but I didn't notice that I was sewing 12 extras!  Not all of the pie and crust pieces are needed, but I didn't pay close enough attention to the directions and sewed them all.  Good practice anyway!

That 24" block up there took 1-1/2 hours to assemble, and I'm hoping that speeds up a bit!  Because each block is a different colorway, chain piecing does not work during block assembly, unfortunately, and each block needs pieced separately in order to keep the pieces labeled and in order.  My plan is to make 1-2 blocks per day, fingers crossed!

Here are my DP pieces waiting to be assembled.  Such pretty goodness!  Two piles go into the same block.  These fabrics are a repurposed North to South Kit from Craftsy.  Because of their great prices, I love to buy their kits and use them for something else if I don't like the included pattern!


And here's a peek at the trimming pile from the blocks for my next pattern, Falling Stars!  I'm tickled to be using the Kona Cotton Half Square Triangles I got from Craftsy!  No worries - the pattern is written for yardage since most people wouldn't have these triangles on hand.  I'm just using the stash.


Also on the schedule this week is custom quilting another quilt for Andrea.  This one is a toddler size that I'll be quilting with wavy lines with my walking foot.

My plan for this fall is to finish up a WIP in between custom quilting for Andrea each week (6 or more quilt tops to go!), along with writing the occasional pattern.  I have quite a number of quilt blocks and tops in various stages that just need completed.  My quilt shop is in need of more quilts since a number have sold over the summer.

What are you working on this week?

August 26, 2016

Finished or Not Friday {a Linky Party!} + Custom Quilting Camp-A-Lot Lap Quilt

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Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My finish to share this week is quilting and binding this woodsy lap quilt for Andrea!  She did a great job assembling it, and the diagonal straight-line quilting accentuates how square the quilt is.


The quilt is 48" square and is made with the Camp-A-Lot fabric collection by Riley Blake.  Binding is Kona Cotton Chocolate.


I'm loving my new machine for straight-line sewing with its walking foot that works superbly!  It's a Brother CS6000i, and it's an amazing price on Amazon.  Yes, one of these days I'm going to give you a full review of this great machine, sharing what I like and the very few things I don't like about it.

Last week's most viewed link was Hopscotch linked up by Karen at Quilts...Etc!


It's your turn to share your finish {or not}!  What's welcome at this party?  Any in-progress or finished project made with fabric, yarn, or thread is welcome!  Include the Finished or Not Friday button or a text link that links back to this week's link-up in order to share the fun.  No, I won't delete your link if you don't, but hey, adding a link in your post is just being friendly, so be friendly and share!!

I will pin your links to my Finished or Not Friday Pinterest board to get your link more exposure.
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

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August 22, 2016

Twisted Irish Chain Craftsy Class - One of My Favorites!

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I made this lap quilt in Bee My Honey fabrics in Amy Gibson's Twisted Irish Chain class several years ago.  I love the way she teaches, and this traditional design just seems to be timeless.  I still love this quilt and use it as a piano bench cover in the living room.  I have another WIP in this pattern wishing it could be finished soon, and I'm hoping to do that!

This pattern is also found in The Simple Simon Guide to Patchwork Quilting by Liz Evans and Elizabeth Evans.



Today only get any Craftsy class for $19.99 or less!  This is a great day to buy one of the more expensive Craftsy classes.  My two favorite Craftsy classes are Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple by Camille Roskelley, which includes the Swoon quilt pattern, and The Twisted Irish Chain by Amy Gibson.  

August 19, 2016

Finished or Not Friday {a Linky Party!} + Custom Quilting Dr. Seuss Baby Quilt

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Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My finish to share this week is quilting and binding this Dr. Seuss quilt for Andrea!  It's such a fun quilt top with a pretty pieced backing.  She requested an allover meandering stitch and got it!


Last week's most viewed link was these lovely 9-patch blocks by New Every Morning!


It's your turn to share your finish {or not}!  What's welcome at this party?  Any in-progress or finished project made with fabric, yarn, or thread is welcome!  Include the Finished or Not Friday button or a text link that links back to this week's link-up in order to share the fun.  No, I won't delete your link if you don't, but hey, adding a link in your post is just being friendly, so be friendly and share!!

I will pin your links to my Finished or Not Friday Pinterest board to get your link more exposure.
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts



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