Update: December 2016

Since I originally posted my description of this blog, I have somewhat erred from my intention. I have actually bought much more fabric than I had but ................. in my defense, I got the solids at 50% off and the quilt shop fabric at 75% off, so that doesn't count, right? LOL

My goal for 2017 is to completely finish one quilt per week including quilting and binding.

After all, we have to have a plan.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

19th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

Quilted and Bound
 This was a New Year's Mystery quilt.  I don't remember if it was NYE or NYD.  I am sure it was prior to 2008 but I haven't found anything so far to indicate the name or year.
Leftover Fabric
 I had kept all of the fabric together, so after quilting and binding, I still had enough to make pillow cases and shams.  I still have fabric leftover.  I might make a couple of small throw pillows and the rest will become precuts for another life!

Close-up of quilting

Quilting Info:

Size: 84" x 96"

Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom 80/20

Quilting time:  10 hours

Quilted on my Innova sit down long arm machine.

NOTE:  No fabric, batting, or thread was purchased in 2017 to finish this quilt.

Monday, May 8, 2017

18th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

9-patch swap
This is my 18th quilt to completely finish for 2017.
It was made from a none-patch swap with a Yahoo group named Stroll the Block.  This swap was from 2008 or before.  I wanted a larger quilt so I added the flowers and black fabric.

I tried to find fabric in my stash to compliment the quilt.

Close-up of the center squares.  All of the nine-patches had the same quilted flower motif in them as the black squares.

Quilt Info

Size:  80" x 81"
Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Black
Quilted on my Innova sitdown longarm machine

Note:  The only purchase I made in 2017 or this quilt was the binding.  Out of my plethora of fabrics, I did not have what I needed for this quilt.  Luckily, I had purchased this binding fabric a few months ago from England Design Studios .  When I saw it, I was sure I would need it while sewing up some of my vintage fabric UFOs.  What a lifesaver that was.

Monday, May 1, 2017

17th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

#17 Quilted and Bound
This another Saturday Sampler from my favorite LQS, Cactus Quilts.  I don't remember the name or the year, but it has been a while!

Close up of Center

I really enjoyed quilting this one.

Quilting Info:

Size:  84" x 99"

Batting:  Warm and Natural

Quilted on my Innova Long Arm Sitdown Machine

NOTE:  No fabric, batting, or thread was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Linking Up with Alida and the Growing up QAL

First Embroidery Block
Alida is challenging us to do hand embroidery, but I decided to step outside the box a bit because I have really been wanting to use my decorative stitches on my home sewing machine.  I found it to be a little harder than I expected, especially with curves On this block, I used a Frixion Pen and drew the pattern on the fabric and put tear away stabilizer on the back.

Second Embroidery Block
On this one I traced the pattern on tissue paper and put some tear away stabilizer on the back and pinned them in place. After outlining the teapot and doing the handle and spout, I pulled my tissue paper off.  I wouldn't be able to follow a design with the decorative stitches so I didn't need the tissue paper.  Also, I found out that when I had the fancier stitches, it was harder to pull off all of the tissue paper.

All in all, I am glad I did this and got it out of my system.  I found out that it is very time-consuming to use those decorative stitches and they are not the best effect.

I'm linking up to the Growing Up QAL here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

16th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

16th Finish

This was a 2007 Shop Hop from the Houston International Quilt Festival which I bought from my favorite LQS (Cactus Quilts). 

Quilt Info

Size:  70" square
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20
Quilted on my Innova Long Arm Sitdown Machine

NOTE: No fabric, batting or thread was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Linking up with RSC17 Color Mix

Blocks for the Lawn Chair Quilt

I now have one more color set for the lawn chair quilt.  The pattern can be found at the Moda Bake Shop.

I am linking up with Angela and all the other quilters for the RSC17 color of the month.  I didn't think I had a lot of scraps that didn't have a specific color, but it turns out that I have a whole lot of them!  Go check out what the others are doing with their scraps at SoScrappy.

Friday, April 14, 2017

15th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

2005 Twilight Garden BOM
Finally Quilted and Bound!

This quilt was a BOM in 2005 offered by Jeanne Rae Crafts.  Click here for the link.
Quilting Close-up
Since these are night-flowering blooms, I felt like I needed to put tiny stars in the background.


Quilt Info

Size: 33" x 42"
Quilting:  9-1/2 hours
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 black
Quilting on my Innova long arm sit down machine

No fabric, batting or thread was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

14th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

14th Finish for 2017
This quilt was an Indian Sampler from my LQS (Cactus Quilts) from way back in 2003 or 2004.

View of backing fabric.
The fabric was from Navajo Nation by Sentimental Stitches for Moda.

Close-up of quilting.
I tried to choose quilting that complimented the Southwest Style.

I managed to put a little bit of my heart on the quilt!

Quilt Information

Quilting Time:  ~16 hours
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20

Note:  No fabric, thread or batting was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

13th Finish for 2017

13th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound
This was a Saturday Sampler quilt from my local quilt store (Cactus Quilts).  I don't know how old this is.  I am hoping someone from the shop can tell me.

Close-up of Quilting
Close-up of the Backing
I am so glad that I purchased the backing that she offered with this quilt.  It is just beautiful.  It has such a rich luxurious look to it.  I don't know if the camera can really capture it.


Size:  58"x82"
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20
Quilting Time:  ~16 hours

Quilted on my Innova sit down long arm.
I quilted a little heart in the border just to show my family that I put a little bit of my heart in each quilt (which will eventually go to one of them).

No fabric, thread, or batting was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.

Monday, March 27, 2017

March Blocks Growing Up QAL

Growing Up QAL with Alida
I don't think I am grown up yet! LOL  These blocks didn't come easy for me but I am glad I did them.  Alida gave some good tips on squaring up.  You can find the info for this QAL here.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

12th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

 I completed this quilt top in 2013.  The QAL started in July 2013 and I am just now getting it quilted!

Just couldn't resist the bug background!

Quilt Info

Size:  72" x 98"
Batting:  Fairfield 80/20
(I don't usually use Fairfield but I had it in my stash.  The batting was much softer to the feel than Hobbs 80/20 but I didn't notice any difference in the quilting or the finished product.)

Quilting:  About 8 hours using a ruler and an all over zig zag design with my Innova sit down long arm.

Easy as ABC QAL with Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts.

Note:  No fabric, batting, or thread was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Linking up to RSC17 - The Color Red

Red blocks for the RSC17 Lawn Chair Quilt
 It really takes up a lot of space to lay these all out, so I am just posting them by rows until the end of the RSC17. 
I am looking forward to seeing how this quilt will turn out when I mix them all up.

Linking up with Angela at Soscrappy for the last "Red" weekend before April Fools' Day! Click on the link to see what everyone else has been up to.

Monday, March 20, 2017

11th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

11th Finish for 2017
When my boys got married, I started making Christmas pajamas for them and their growing families.  At some point, I realized that making tops and long pajama pants had resulted in an over-abundance of Christmas fabric scraps!  Sooooo, I cut up as much of the fabric as I could in squares and made 9 good sized twin quilt tops.  I have given all but the last 3 away.  This quilt will be given to my granddaughter, Madisyn, at Thanksgiving this year.
Back of Quilt
I chose to make this one as close to the others as I could.  It is just simple Stitch in the Ditch (SITD) but it isn't so simple when you are using high loft polyester batting!  I just had to go slow. 
Madisyn's name is on the quilt.
I recently saw Jessica Skultety's post on her blog Quilty Habit where she was using words on her quilt.  I thought this would be the perfect way to identify Madisyn's quilt.  It isn't real bold but you can read it and she will know it is there.  You can find Jess' post here
Close-up of back with Madisyn's name.
She will be 7 years old when I give her this quilt!

On the 10th finished quilt I decided to hide a little bit of my heart in each of my quilts, since they are mostly for my family.  You might have to look hard, but there is a quilt in the rectangle with the beige background.

Quilt Info
Quilting time:  About 6 hours
Batting:  100% high-loft polyester batting
Size:  72"x94"
Quilted on my Innova sit-down long arm

NOTE:  There was no fabric, batting or thread purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.

EXTRA NOTE:  I still have fabric scraps from those pajamas even after making a queen size quilt.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

10th Finish of 2017 - Quilted and Bound

10th Finish - Quilted and Bound
This quilt was inspired by Pat Sloan's "Coins in the Fountain" quilt pattern which can be found in the Moda Bake Shop.

I put way too much quilting on this one!
A quilted heart
While I was quilting this one, I decided to put a little heart hidden in the quilting.  Since the majority of my quilts are designated for my children and grandchildren, I thought that I will hide a little bit of my heart in all future quilts.

Quilting Info
Size:  80" x 88"
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Quilting Time:  18 hours
Quilted on my Innova Long Arm Sit Down Machine
There was no fabric, batting or thread purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.

The majority of the fabric in this quilt was given to me by a friend who was getting rid of her scraps.  There is very little actual "quilt" fabric in it.  It is mostly scraps from garments.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Getting a Head Start on RSC17 Color Red!

9th Finish of 2017 - Quilted and Bound!
This was a 2007 New Year's Eve Mystery by Ann Smith.  That was all the information that I could find on it.  Yup, that makes this one almost 10 years old! 
Size - 96" square
Batting - Hobbs 80/20
Quilting - 20+ hours
Un-quilting - 1 hour
NOTE:  No fabric, batting or thread was purchased in 2017 to finish this quilt.
Little did I know that the RSC17 color of the month would be red.  Yippeee, I am getting a head start!

The quilting was FMQ except for the border and that was done with a ruler and 1" cross-hatching. Cross-hatching is very time consuming.  I hope I remember that next time!

Please link up with Angela at Soscrappy to see what everyone else is doing with their reds this month!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Finishing the Month with Odds and Ends of Teal

Making Pre-cuts with Scraps
 My husband saw these on the table and wanted to know what the quilt was going to look like.  He asked me several times about these fabric.  I told him I didn't know. I am just cutting them up right now!
This is my current stack which includes FQs, 10", 8-1/2", 5" and 2-1/2" sqaures and 2-1/2" strips.
My first fabric bowl!
 I can't believe I am willing to share this.  It is a little wonky and pretty big, but I like the colors.  See the purple and teal?
Please click here to see all the other teals projects people have been making along with Angela at Soscrappy. 


Elm Street Quilts is encouraging Improv Play with triangles this week.  I know it is supposed to be on fabric but............ Kat at Kat&Cat Quilts posted a fun bookmark so I incorporated the two while still using my teal scraps.  I needed a bookmark for my planner anyway!

I didn't get a whole lot of teal sewn up this month but I did manage to get my teal organized for the next time I need it.  I learned that I don't use my scraps if they are sorted by color in ziploc baggies.  Pre-cuts are a better use of fabric for me!
I wonder what color Angela will pick for March?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

8th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

Square in a Square Quilt
 I took a class at my LQS quite a few years ago and finished the top but never got it quilted!

Quilting - 6 hours - mostly ruler work and some FMQ
Batting - Hobbs 80/20 
Size - 43" x 60"
Please note that there was no fabric, batting, or thread purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Linking up with Growing Up QAL

Lady of the Lake (pieced incorrectly)

 Lady of the Lake (pieced incorrectly)

I was successful in making these Lady of the Lake blocks both different but still wrong!  I don't know how I can make something difficult out of something so easy!

Well...........I did manage to get one block correct this month!
I am linking up with Alida in the Growing Up QAL. You can click on this link and see what the other quilters are doing.  They all have made some nice blocks.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

RSC17 and 7th finish for 2017

7th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound!
 Since the color this month is teal, I thought I would choose a quilt top with teal in it.
Quilt Back   

This quilt was made from a Stack-n-Whack Class I took (a long time ago) at my LQS (Cactus Quilts in Texas City).  The backing shows the fabric that was used to stack and whack the diamonds for the stars.
Close-up of Quilting and Binding
 Quilting - 11 hours with ruler work and FMQ
Binding - machine binding with a curvy decorative stitch
Batting - Warm & Natural
Size - 60" x 70"

I am linking up to Angela at Soscrappy.  Click on the link to see what other quilters are doing with their teal scraps!