Stone Wall in Pink

This pattern, Stone Wall,4-DSCN7634 includes 3 sizes. The baby/toddler size is 41 inches by 51 inches. 3-DSCN7561I did a simple swirl in each rectangle/square and shallow wave in the sashing. 2-DSCN7600I talked about my free motion, stitching in the ditch over here. It includes the good, bad and ugly.

The original Stone Wall is my favorite but I am not a pink lover. :)

Which one do you like better?

Finishing up on the Journey, Jackie

Week in Review 7.27/14

Busy getting these printed and ready:1-Pattern and Social Media Pictures Playing with flying geese:1-2014-07-25 Put this on the long arm:1-DSCN7655 Putting these in the mail this week:2-DSCN7658

Still not sure what direction to go with these:1-DSCN7576And a finish, a tote and ironing mat:3-DSCN7618-001

It’s good to have a project done.

Resting on the Journey, Jackie

Stitch in the Ditch, Free Motion Style

I am not fond of stitching in the ditch. Nor am I any good at it. Even with a walking foot.

When I started doing free motion quilting on my domestic machine I scrapped the walking foot and did my stitching in the ditch free hand. With better results.

Now that I have the long arm I have gone back on forth between free hand and using a ruler. Neither seemed to work well so on this quilt I put away the ruler and decided to quilt it all free hand.

Here are my results:

Not so bad:
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Bad:2-DSCN7462Really good:5-DSCN7468Really bad:
4-DSCN7464The good and really good far outweigh the bad or really bad. In fact I really have very few mishaps. Overall I did a better job than I do with a ruler and faster. I do have to note that this it only going up and down and from left to right. Diagonal is not up for consideration at this point.

So do you stitch in the ditch with your walking foot, a ruler, freehand or not at all?

Keeping in the ditch on the Journey, Jackie

Leftovers, Fabric That Is

When I made this quilt… details here.

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I played with a lot of ideas first….

1-P1080442I kept them along with the fabric scraps to sew this….5-DSCN7615-001This is a project that I started on our mini retreat last Saturday. It is a JoAnn’s tote/ironing mat combo, that I modified. I guess I just can’t leave well enough alone.
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One side is a quilted front and the other side is an ironing mat.

I decided that the fabric was too nice to limit the use of the tote so I changed it up some.

I gave it a box bottom, and used the ironing mat as a separate piece (back side photo).
2-DSCN7621-001Here is the inside with a pocket from leftover test pieces.
1-DSCN7624-001Front view of the tote and ironing mat. I love how I was able to fudge and mix and match and put these leftover test pieces to good use. Some Y seams in there and creative piecing to get it to work with what I had, but I love it. 4-DSCN7613-001Close up of the mat’s reverse side.

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So how do you put your leftover blocks to use?

Using up leftovers on the Journey, Jackie

What to do, what to do?

This is part of the ugly fat quarter challenge I am participating in. The finished piece does not have to be very large, but I have many fabrics that have the same primitive tone as the fabric I choose (sight unseen) so I thought I would make a quilt or two (crazy I know).

I thought about combining these two blocks:

For one of these looks:

But I’m not sure I like it so here is another option using just one of the blocks:

Or this using the other block:

And then there are options with my mistake blocks:

I’m stuck. I have many of the pieces cut, but more fabric I can bring in if I were to do 2 quilts. Phew.

What would you do? What blocks do you like and why?

Stumped on the Journey, Jackie

Stone Wall Quilt and Pattern

This quilt…1-DSCN7488-001was inspired by this fabric…1-DSCN6939

after I made this quilt:.. (still in process)

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The original quilt is for my son-in-law and my daughter voted for the cream sashing. I really wanted to see what it would look like in black, but I also wanted to try a pattern simmering in my head.

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I love the black sashing and I really love the pattern. This one finishes 51 inches x 71 inches. I did a free motion square pattern for the quilting.

This pattern includes 3 sizes, baby (41×51), lap (51×71) and double/queen (71×91). Fabric requirements include guides for fat quarters, layer cakes or yardage. It is quick and easy with no matching seams so it is perfect for a beginner quilter or a quick gift.

Here is a peek at the baby sized quilt. More on this one later. 1-DSCN7594

Stone Wall can be found on my Crafty or Etsy shop.

Having fun on the Journey, Jackie

Week in Review

This was not a week for quilting. Though I did so some sewing. A lot of sewing. Yards and yards of sewing.

I had hoped to finish up this tote that I started at mini retreat last Saturday.

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And work out the thoughts swirling in my head with this “ugly fabric challenge” quilt:

And make a purse, though no pattern decided on yet.

Instead I made 4 13 ft long two-toned curtain panels. For someone else. Phew!

1-DSCN7570“Measure twice, cut once” is standard when working with fabric. I must tell you, I measured and remeasured numerous times. I was so afraid of cutting a foot or yard short, and getting the placements of the second fabric in the correct spot that I checked over and over again. These are not for me. I hope when they are hung they are correct. I’m pleased with how they finished up but oh so glad they are done.

I did post about Christian’s birthday quilt (his birthday was yesterday) and a Word Art Quilt that was delivered.

I did finish the pattern for this: Stone Wall3-DSCN7483

Back to regularly scheduled quilting next week.

Did you get to quilt this week?

Ready to quilt on the Journey, Jackie