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Weekly Finish #8: Autumn Fall Wall Hanging 2020

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I am happy to finally finish this wall hanging for my DGD#1, just in time for fall.  The quilt measures 58" square, and the batting is pieced from different leftover batting remnants.  There are 121 nickel patches in an 11 x 11 grid. DGD#1 lives in Georgia so will be mailing this out and hopefully, it gets to her next week. I thought I'd get a little fancy with my FMQ and quilted little acorns in the center squares of the X's and O's. I also tried my hand at quilting some leaves on the borders.  They're not perfect so I'm glad they don't show up much in the dark brown color.  I'm beginning to feel more comfortable with FMQ and enjoying the process more. I LOVE the backing print!  Wouldn't it make a great tablecloth or runner?  And because DGD#1 told me she wanted a wall hanging, I added a sleeve using the same backing fabric. A quilt is not complete until the label is on, right?  I downloaded the template from Quilt With Us  then used MS Word to add

WIP Work In Progress: Halloween Warm Wishes and Lucky Stars Floral

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I started this top back in May or June then put it aside since it was a Halloween quilt.  Actually, the main print is Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  With Halloween only a couple of months away, I thought it was time to work on it again. The pattern is Warm Wishes, a favorite pattern I use often.  The colors show up kinda funny in the pictures but  the strips are light orange, purple, and lime green.  Maybe I can finish it up over the weekend. This is the start of a quilt I'm making for the daughter of a very dear friend.  She said she likes pink and red and would love a floral quilt.  Perfect because I've had the prettiest Moda floral fabrics in my stash since 2010!   Time to make something pretty with it. I've been searching for the right pattern and am debating between Lucky Stars by Atkinson Designs (another favorite) and one I found online by Tilda's World. The design uses simple blocks which I think would nicely showcase the floral prints.  Decisions, decis

Weekly Finish #7: Jungle Animals & Butterflies 2020

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  Finally finished quilting and binding the second top my DD made.  After my Mega Quilter konked out, I finished quilting the border on my regular machine with a straight stitch.  BTW, I dropped off my machine and it'll take 4 weeks (a month!) to get it back.  They are super busy with repairs due to the pandemic.  Sigh.  I cut my binding strips 2-1/4" for the 1/4-inch binding that was necessary so as not to lose the points on the squares-on-point.  I used the same fabric for the binding and backing -- an orange Swiss-type fabric with small flowers and green leaves.  I bought this "remnant"  that was about 4-5 yards last  year at a thrift store.  It was perfect and it's always great to "shop" your stash.  The quilt measures 56" x 82" and is nice throw size.  My doggies always think the quilts belong to them but I think this quilt is just a bit too big for Jackie. She's wagging her tail to convince me it's just right for her. She's

WIP Work in Progress: Three for the Finish

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  I started working on the second quilt top that DD made a few years ago. I posted about the first one here . Unfortunately, right before I finished quilting it, as I got to the bottom border, my Mega Quilter konked out.  The needle and bobbin case aren't playing nice and the needle breaks off. Now I have to take it in for repair which may take 3-4 weeks.  Ugh!  I'll finish quilting this one on my regular sewing machine but my larger tops are on hold for now. This is the fall wall hanging for DGD#1 that I started last week, and I posted about it  here .  I'd hoped to get it completely finished over the weekend but that didn't happen.  At least I was able to get the borders on so maybe I'll get it quilted over this weekend - on my regular sewing machinešŸ˜Š. And, my Bonnie Hunter Frolic Mystery quilt is a continuing work-in-progress.  The final border is one that is different than the one Bonnie used in her quilt.  I saw this border design on a few Frolic quilts I saw

WIP Work In Progress: Fall Wall Hanging for DGD#1

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  This is an autumn wall hanging that I'm working on for my DGD#1, and I'm pretty sure I can finish this over the weekend.  This is a fast and easy pattern from one of Pat Speth's nickel books, which I love. I  have made several quilts from her books and would love it if she came out with another one! Until next time ...  Be happy and keep on quilting!

Weekly Finish #5-#6: More Quilts For Kids 2020

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  Here is the completed quilt for Touch of Comfort Quilts for Kids. This is the last one of the 3 kits. I quilted it with FMQ on my short-arm Mega Quilter and used an all-over hearts and loops design. It's not perfect but it gets the job done. I used a fluffy polyester batting which gives it a textured look.  The quilt measures 36" x 41" and I'm pretty happy with it.  I hope the recipient will be happy with it too. I also finished DD's quilt which was a WIP in my previous post .  DD made 2 similar quilt tops over five years ago for her two girls, who are now young women.  And she thought the prints with jungle animals and butterflies was too juvenile for them and told me to donate the quilts to a kids' charity.  But now that this one is finished, I think we should hang on to them and maybe someday DGDs will have their own little girls who would love the quilt. The top is a simple design of 5 x 8 rows of alternating squares that finish at 7-1/2 inches.  I quilt

WIP Work In Progress: More Quilts for Kids

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  This is another flimsy that has been around for a few years. DD made this top for one of her daughters and brought it over to me 5 years ago.  Well, we put it away thinking we'd get to it sooner or later, and here it is WAY later! Finally got it quilted and I should have it completed by Friday. And this is the last of the 3 kits for   Downy Touch of Comfort Quilts for Kids  that I posted about here .  Back in February -- before the pandemic really hit -- I spent a couple of weekends with my niece Lisa and helped her make her first quilt .  She was so excited to finish it and I figured this baby quilt kit would be perfect for her next project.  I was supposed to return to help her but our quilting-together time was put on hold by the pandemic. After I finished the other two kits  last month, I wanted to finish this one too and return these quilts after all these years. So I drove to her house and retrieved the kit.  (Y es, we kept our social distance and wore our masks.)   She sho