September 30, 2016

Rosewood Lane Lap Quilt + Finished or Not Friday {a Linky Party!} + Giveaway!

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

I finished a lap quilt in my Rosewood Lane pattern, this one in itty bitty flower prints in country colors.  These blocks have been sitting around waiting to be assembled into a quilt top for about a year.  Hurrah for UFOs being finished!



The backing is a Butterscotch & Roses print by Fig Tree Quilts that I have hoarded for more years than I want to admit.  Sweeter than sweet!

This quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop shop!


I love this pattern because it looks scrappy but is made from one block that is quick to assemble.  It comes with instructions for 6 sizes from wall hanging to king.  It's for sale in my Craftsy shop and Etsy pattern shop.  You will receive a discount when you purchase more than one pattern in my Etsy shop by purchasing the discount listing.

I'm giving away the leftover scraps from this quilt.  The picture doesn't really show how many are there.  Open to US addresses only.  Please leave a comment on this blog post to enter to win.  Winner will be announced at next week's Finished or Not Friday party.



This week's feature from last week's linky party is this gorgeous 16-patch quilt from Katy Quilts!  


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.
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September 29, 2016

Ready, Set, Go Toddler Quilt {Custom Quilting}

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This week's quilting project for Andrea was a toddler-sized quilt in Ready, Set, Go by Robert Kaufman.


For the binding, I used Kona Cotton Orange.


I double ♥ ♥ extra-wide backings when they're polka dots!


Quilting is an allover meandering stitch in white thread.

I have openings in my schedule if you need a quilt quilted by Christmas time!

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September 27, 2016

Why I Tear Backing Fabrics

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The picture tells it all.  This is a strip torn from 108" wide backing.  Can you imagine this fabric ending up anywhere near straight on the rails with it that crooked?  I used to hate using extra-wide backing until I learned that they need to be straightened by tearing.  Now I love extra-wide fabrics!  

I appreciate a shop that tears extra-wide fabric rather than cutting it so the entire piece of fabric I receive is usable.  I can order a smaller piece and save money!  Sweet Treasures Quilts is the only shop I've found who does this!  {Of course, if a shop tears my regular quilting cottons, I won't be back!}


September 25, 2016

Autumn Lily Lap Quilt {Custom Quilting}

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This past week I completed another custom quilting project for Andrea.  This is a lap quilt in Autumn Lily.  She did a lovely job piecing the square-in-a-square blocks.


Quilting is an allover medium meander in cream thread.


This is the sixth quilt top I've quilted for Andrea, and I've made seven quilts from scratch for her.  Would you believe I have five more of her quilts in the closet awaiting quilting???  I'd say she's a satisfied customer, wouldn't you?!? 


Do you have some quilt tops you'd like quilted before Christmas?  Now is the time to send them out to have them quilted if you don't have time to do them yourself.  I have a few spots in my schedule.  I can also trim and bind the quilt for you.  Contact me if you're interested!

September 23, 2016

Falling Stars {a New Quilt Pattern!} + Finished or Not Friday {a Linky Party!}

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

Meet Falling Stars, my newest quilt pattern!  Instructions are written for 6 sizes from baby to king!  Larger HSTs are used as the quilts get larger, so the bed size quilts don't take forever with a zillion tiny HSTs!!  You'll finish it faster!


The cover quilt is a Large Lap.  The pattern comes with a Small Lap size for children or shorter people {like me!} and a Large Lap size for you tallies.  This quilt was made with Kona Cotton HSTs.  They made this quick pattern even faster!  An Accuquilt Go! makes fast work of HSTs, too, and there are Accuquilt dies that coordinate with some of the HSTs sizes in the pattern.


I ♥ the texture the wavy quilting brings out.  This is the second quilt I've used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting (rather than 100% cotton), so I don't know yet if the texture is from the quilting or from the new type of batting.  The backing is a be-still-my-beating-heart blue Hatch by Timeless Treasures ♥♥♥.


Shannon of The Flemings Nine proofread and tested the pattern for me.  Many thanks for your insight, Shannon!  Isn't her baby quilt so soothing and fresh with its modern gray background?


Here's an EQ7 mockup of the quilt with a white background.  I'm hoping to get a baby size made with lovely Lecien Flower Sugar fabrics using a white background soon!


This pattern was inspired by a fabric designed by Ellen Baker of The Long Thread, and this pattern is written with the permission of the fabric designer.  The fabric is #13085 in the Quilt Blocks Collection by Moda.


Please purchase your copy of Falling Stars in my Craftsy shop or my Etsy shop. If you are from the European Union, please purchase your copy from my Etsy shop.  I offer discounts on purchasing multiple patterns at a time in my Etsy shop!

Thank you so much, all of you!

The winner of the grocery bag is Julie of One More Thing Before I Dye!And I did make another bag so the handles are correct, and you'll be getting the real deal, Julie!

The bag is made from a pattern by Michelle's Patterns, an Indie Designer on Craftsy.  You can find the pattern HERE.  The pattern includes three sizes, and this bag is the medium size.  The handles are designed to fit onto the metal bag holders at the grocery store to make filling them easier, and the handles are short enough to not drag the bag on the ground when carried {super important for height-impaired people like me!}


Last week's most viewed link was Carla's Scrappy Star!


My favorite link was Susie's Panda Pillow!  I'm seeing my sofa stuffed with a menagerie of pillows very soon!


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!!

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September 22, 2016

Why I Now Unplug My Sewing Machine {The True, Terribly Sad Tale of Mrs.Bernina's Demise}

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This is a very scary tale, so please clear the room of all children of tender age before reading this post.  They can be easily scarred.


A few weeks ago I took a break from sewing and went to the kitchen, which is not an uncommon occurrence, unfortunately.  I heard a noise from down the hallway, which I thought was the printer beginning to print.  Being that I had not printed anything, and no one else was around to be printing anything, I went to check it out.  

The printer was silent.  

The noise continued.  

On down the hallway I went in search of this odd sound, heading toward my bedroom, a.k.a., my sewing room.  As I round the corner into the room, I gasp with despair as Mrs.Bernina is puffing out smoke and squealing at the top of her lungs!!  GASP!!  WHAT!?!  

I quickly unplug her, and she collapses with relief.  

I collapse with grief.  

My faithful friend has suffered, and it might be a fatal wound.  Turning the handwheel is impossible; it's stuck tight.  The foot pedal is very warm to the touch.  

I carry her to the operating table in the dining room, unsure of what to do to help her out.  Removing the huge tangle of threads in the bobbin case relieves the tension on the handwheel, and it turns again, albeit with a bit of sticking, as though it's sore.  

The doctor is called and does a thorough examination which includes surgically opening the foot pedal.  The doctor determines it must be the foot pedal since one spring is found sprung in it, and there is evidence of a fever.  Consulting physician Google also verifies that pedals of this type sometimes go haywire and take off sewing randomly even without the provocation of a foot.  I order a new pedal from the surgical supplyhouse, eBay.

The replacement pedal arrives, and I surgically install it without the doctor's assistance.  I lovingly remove Mrs.Bernina from the surgical table and carry her back to her honored place on the sewing table.  I think she giggles at this point, so happy to be back, she is.  I rejoice as Mrs.Bernina begins sewing in her sweet, dependable way.  

And then she dies.  

Yes, she dies.  Right there on the sewing table.   

Not even a sputter or gasp for breath.

And she does not appear to be resurrectable.  

It's true.

It's sad.

But I did learn something.

NEVER leave a sewing machine plugged in when not in use.  

If this had happened when I was not home, our home most likely would have caught fire, beginning with my fabric stash, my sewing tables, my passion, my entire business!  

Okay, the horrific details are past, and the children of tender age can come back into the room.

I am not sure this incident was entirely preventable, however, because I was out of the room for mere minutes when I heard the noise, and by then the damage had already been done.  My backup machine, a Brother cs6000i, is now my main machine and is plugged into a power strip.  I know I will not unplug the machine (or turn off the power strip) each time I leave the room, because I am almost always coming right back, but you can bet I will turn the power strip off when I plan to leave the house or go to bed.  The power strip has a light on it, indicating the power is on, which is super helpful in a dark room at the end of the day.  

I am in the market to replace one of my sweetest friends, Mrs.Bernina.  Mrs.Brother, as I suppose I should call my current machine, has been a lovely addition to my sewing room over the last few months with her amazing walking foot that has opened wide modern quilting for me.  But she simply does not sew fast enough.  I.sew.fast.  I sew to earn money, so I.sew.fast.  I need a faster machine.

It's a bittersweet time.

If you are grieving the loss of a human loved one, please do not think I am belittling your experience; this is merely an anecdotal story of my sewing machine going kaput and needing to be replaced.

ETA:  A reader pointed out that the original foot that came with the Bernina 830s in the 1970s had been recalled.  Mrs.Bernina's foot pedal had been replaced with an appropriate foot that had the temperature safety override on it, so it likely, hopefully, should have turned off if it had reached 100 degrees Celsius which is 212 degrees Fahrenheit which is the boiling point of water.  That's hot.  I don't know if it would have caught fire or not.  The fire hazard isn't just the foot pedal combusting; it's also the friction of the belts sliding over the gears inside the machine, and it was already smoking.

Unplug your machines!

September 21, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival {Brick Cottage Lane 2 ♥ Large Quilt Category}

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Time flies, and it's already time for The Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side!  I'm entering Brick Cottage Lane {2} into the Large Quilt Category of the Festival.  This quilt is a king size.


The backing and binding are the delicious extra wide navy check from the Vintage Picnic line by Bonnie and Camille.  I quilted Brick Cottage Lane {2} on Mrs.Singer, my antique 31-15 mounted on a long-arm quilting frame.  She has a patent date of 1896 and could have been made as recently as 1930.


This quilt is made entirely of Bonnie and Camille fabrics - Vintage Picnic, Daysail, Miss Kate, along with Kona Cotton Snow.


I wrote the pattern for Brick Cottage Lane {2}, and this pattern is available for purchase in my Craftsy shop and my Etsy shop!  Buy your copy today!

You can nominate your favorite three quilts for the Viewer's Choice Awards HERE.

I am entering a quilt in the Scrappy Quilt Category of The Blogger's Quilt Festival - that would be Brick Cottage Lane, not to be confused with this quilt, Brick Cottage Lane {2} (they are different quilts).  I invite you to go on over and check her out, too!

I'd also like to invite you to join me every Friday here on my blog for Finished Or Not Friday, where we share our finished {or not!} projects! Follow Busy Hands Quilts via BlogLovin' as a reminder to link up!

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Blogger's Quilt Festival {Brick Cottage Lane ♥ Scrappy Quilt Category}

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Fall is here, and it's time for The Blogger's Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side!  I'm entering Brick Cottage Lane into the Scrappy Category of the Festival.  This quilt is a twin size.  I made six coordinating valances for my living room windows which you can view on this page.


This quilt is made from a variety of fabrics from Bonnie and Camille lines, Gooseberry, and other prints from my scrap bin.  The backing and binding are the delicious extra wide red check from the Vintage Picnic line by Bonnie and Camille.  I quilted Brick Cottage Lane on Mrs.Singer, my antique 31-15 mounted on a long-arm quilting frame.  She has a patent date of 1896 and could have been made as recently as 1930.


You can nominate your favorite three quilts for the Viewer's Choice Awards HERE.

I am entering Brick Cottage Lane {2}, not to be confused with Brick Cottage Lane (they are different quilts), in the Large Quilt Category of The Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I invite you to go on over and check her out, too!

I'd also like to invite you to join me every Friday here on my blog for Finished Or Not Friday, where we share our finished {or not!} projects! Follow Busy Hands Quilts via BlogLovin' as a reminder to link up!

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Be sure to check out all of the quilty goodness at The Blogger's Quilt Festival! Voting opens on Sunday!

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September 16, 2016

Finished or Not Friday {a Linky Party!} + a Giveaway!

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

My first finish to share this week is Summer Solstice.  Since I posted about it yesterday, I won't repeat all the details, and you can go read about the quilt HERE.  This quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop!


I made this cute grocery bag yesterday as an easy project to relax my brain after working so hard on Summer Solstice.  The outside is a decorator fabric, and the inside and handles are a Riley Blake gingham print.  The bag took one hour total, including cutting time, and I'm fairly certain I can make it quicker when I make a batch of bags for myself.  {I live in Bagless Bellingham, so I carry bags with me everywhere I go.}


The bag is made from a pattern by Michelle's Patterns, an Indie Designer on Craftsy.  You can find the pattern HERE.  The pattern includes three sizes, and this bag is the medium size.  The handles are designed to fit onto the metal bag holders at the grocery store to make filling them easier, and the handles are short enough to not drag the bag on the ground when carried {super important for height-impaired people like me!}

I am giving away this bag to one lucky reader!

There are two ways to enter to win, and you can do both.
  1.  Add your link to the linky party below.  For this to count as an entry, your blog post must contain a link back to Finished or Not Friday.
  2.  Leave a comment on this blog post, letting me know if you'd like to participate in a sew along for the Trip Around the World quilt shown below.
This giveaway is open to US addresses only.  Giveaway ends next Thursday when the linky ends, and the winner will be announced at next week's Finished or Not Friday Party.

Last week's most viewed link was Country Stars UFO by Pamela Quilts!  Isn't it sweet!?!


My favorite link was this cute lil' fox by Sue at Suebee's World!  He can visit me anytime!  I would NOT use him as a pin cushion!


Oh, yes, one more thing to mention before we get to the party!  Craftsy is having a Farewell Summer Clearance Sale starting today!  


I've already bought this Trip Around the World quilt kit and plan to make it this fall. 

If you want to sew this together, leave a comment to let me know and I'll plan a sew along with prizes if there is interest!


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!!

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September 15, 2016

Summer Solstice - The Rainbow Version!

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You've seen my desperate amazing progress on Summer Solstice over the last week, and here she is!  Meet Summer Solstice - The Rainbow Version!





You can view the other finished quilts in the quilt parade at Happy Quilting today.

And this is the quilt with a white background, red sky and purple grass!  Fun to change it up with editing software!


Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern:  Summer Solstice Quilt Along, designed by Melissa at Happy Quilting.  Blocks are 24" square.
  • Modifications:  Sashings are 3", and three 3" borders were added.
  • Fabric:  Repurposed North and South Kit from Craftsy.
  • Size:  97" square
  • Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom Premium Black 80/20 (it's on sale right now!)
  • Quilting:  Allover medium meandering stitch in black thread on Mrs. Singer, my antique 31-15 mounted on a long-arm quilting frame.
  • Backing:  Kona Cotton extra wide in black.
  • Binding:  Kona Cotton Black, double fold, attached by machine.
This quilt is listed for sale in my Etsy shop!



And in other news, as part of The Road Home Row Along, you can win 5 of my PDF quilt patterns over at Tweety Loves Quilting, September 13-20!  Go HERE to view my quilt patterns and go HERE to enter to win!

The Road Home-wide

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