Week in Review, September 21, 2014

Sigh. It’s been a week. And not sewing productive. Some weeks are like that. This coming week, I am hopeful, will be better. Only I feel stuck…

I have a log jam of quilts to be quilted, including a customer quilt….


One on a long arm… a guild member brought in a top for We Honor Veterans.1-DSCN8351Craft fair items to make… a coffee kozzie from Fat Quarter Shop3-DSCN8359

My leader/ender progress (over the past few weeks) has outgrown the container I started with…2-DSCN8355


Finishing up piecing this….  Ugly Quilt 12-DSCN8077

and this…..   Ugly quilt 24-DSCN8315

This coming week, I am hopeful, will be better. Only I feel stuck…

So what’s under your needle?

Keeping sane on the Journey, Jackie

Looking Back and Ahead, Pillowcase Challenge with Children

I’m linking up with Val over at Val’s Quilting Studio for her Tuesday’s Archive’s. Each week she has a different theme and while I just generally link to her site the post that fits the theme this week I decided to do a little recap on a favorite time.

If you have followed me for any length of time you know I love sewing with my grandchildren. Today’s post is a look back at the time Grace (4) and Noah (5) made pillowcases with me based on the MO Star Quilt Co. tutorial.
I loved how they helped each other.DSCN6056We started this process over here (part one) and they are waiting for another visit (we have them for a week in October) to finish them up. I guess we better get busy.

Looking back and ahead on the Journey, Jackie

September’s Veteran Sew-in

Busy beavers and a finish:

Linda, 4-DSCN8282Mary, 

1-DSCN8283and Bonnie are all working on strip piecing. 
3-DSCN8285Ann finished up her quilt.

5-DSCN8288We have 7 finished quilts and 13 in process.

Wonderful job ladies.

Blessed with good friends on the Journey, Jackie

Week In Review September 14, 2014

I’m on the home stretch. 1-DSCN8300 “A” won, for more on this, see the other options here. 2-DSCN8296 This top was donated to me for the “We Honor Veterans” project so this was on and off the long arm in one afternoon. 3-DSCN8270I finished binding this. More pictures later.
4-DSCN8238It’s good to have a finish. Even if it is small.

Resting on the Journey, Jackie

Ugly Quilt Leftovers, A, B, or C?

I had a lot of 1/2 square triangles leftover from piecing this top for my quilt guild “Ugly Fat Quarter” challenge:

2-DSCN8077So another quilt is in order, but I don’t want to be making a trillion more 1/2 square triangles.

Here are 3 possible layouts, each will require more cuts:

A. This would be the simplest to finish, I have enough 5 inch squares I can cut for this.


B. This would just require more black squares to be cut.3-DSCN8275C. This would require a lot more 1/2 square triangles to be made: :(

1-DSCN8273It is not going to be very large (maybe 40-40/50 range) depending on layout.

What would you choose? And why?

Thanks for weighing in.

Decisions on the Journey, Jackie

Lover of Lighthouse Quilt

This is a quilt I made for my husband over 10 years ago. That’s as close as I can date it. I loved playing with the different fabrics to find just the right one for the different elements. I think now it would be even easier especially with quilt shop fabric. I didn’t know quilt shops desisted back then. In some ways the challenge of using what was available brings out more creativity. 
1-DSCN8260Detail shots. I used some decorative threads on my machine for the stitching details. 5-DSCN8269 4-DSCN8268 3-DSCN8266 2-DSCN8265It is a small wall hanging measuring 19″ x 25.”

Linking up with Jenny over at Quiltin’ Jenny for Throwback Thursday.

Seeing how far I have come on the Journey, Jackie


Quilters are Givers, Part Two

Yesterday I talked a bit about a donation quilt Jaye is doing. Today I’m going to share in the ways that I have been blessed by other quilters.

I’ve received thread for the veteran quilts I make with others at my house:

1-DSCN8247 Quilt tops and fabric from my local quilt guild I just stated attending for the same veteran quilt project (We Honor Veterans).2-DSCN8249 3-DSCN8253 4-DSCN8255A gift card to Fat Quarter Shop so I could order this:Kona cardAnd here are a few items from giveaways I’ve participated in.

There are the swaps that I’ve participated in:


And the “just because” gifts:

Thank you to those that have blessed me since I started this blog.

Truly blessed on the Journey, Jackie