It’s been a crazy week.  Hubby had some issues, but all is well now.  We are heading to Alaska this weekend for a land and cruise.  It is our first time there and can’t wait to relax and enjoy the beauty of the land.

But before I go, I wanted to get this Coin Quilt top finished.  I didn’t want any project left waiting.

I modified the pattern with extra sashing.  I also didn’t add the small coins to the front.

I’m going to use the small coins on the back.  I have two choices for backing.

Backing #1

Backing #2


What do you think Backing #1 or #2?

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I went for my first Quilt Retreat this weekend.  One of my friends from high school (Class of ’74) invited me and I don’t get to see her very often so it was a great treat.  Thanks to my friend Donna for inviting me and her sister, Jan, who hosted this retreat.  It was a great time.

I started Quilts #16 and #17.  It is killing me to have three quilts in the making.  I like to do one at a time.  But here is #16.  I did Jelly Roll Race 2 over at Missouri Star Quilting Company.

NEW NEW Moda Precuts Jelly Roll #19700JR "HO HO HO" 100% cotton 2-1/2" Strips

It went quite quick.  I went straight off the roll and am not sure I’m crazy about how it came out.  There were several strips that ended up next to each other on the top.  But lessons learned, it will make a great gift.

That was Saturday morning’s project.  I wasn’t in the mood to iron and finish, so I started another.

Quilt #17 is born.

I used Layer Cake Coin Quilt from She Quilts Alot.  This is the same pattern I used for Quilt #8.

I used Flow Zen Chic by Moda.

Started cutting and sewing back together.

So now I have three in progress quilts.  Making me crazy.  My goal for the next two weeks is to get these done.  We head off to Alaska two weeks from today and I”d love to have all project done before I go.

I’m off to cut and iron.  No wait should I go make a sandwich for one of the Christmas quilts.  Oh, I’m not sure, but I do know I’m off to work on something.

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So it has been awhile since I sent out my Quilt #5 to my longarmer.  Alice,  AMS Quilting called me Friday afternoon to say it was done.

Headed over and picked her up.

She did an awesome job.  I let her decide what to quilt, as my only idea is straight lines.

This will be going to Charleston, SC in August for my Aunt’s 90th Birthday.  I hope she likes it.

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So today I ran into a few issues with Quilt #14.  My machine just didn’t want to go over the seams.  So I fought with it and tried all kinds of things, even taking out my old Kenmore.  So in frustration, I decided to start a another quilt and put this one aside for now.

So here is my #15.  Merry Christmas.  I wanted something quick, so I pulled out some scrap Christmas charms that I got from somewhere.

So now I’m trying to decide sashing or no sashing.  You know I can’t make a decision.  I think I’ll sleep on it.

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I have finished Quilt #11, its been almost a month since I finished the top.  I don’t like to have things unfinished, so this one bugged me.

I have to get better at the pictures, just laying them out flat isn’t very interesting.  So I will try to work on that, but this is a done project.

I had issue with blue fabric, Joann’s didn’t quite cut straight, so I ended up with about and inch shortage on one part of one of the pieces.  Of course, I didn’t realize this until I had completed the quilting.  Beginner focus, focus on the one thing, quilting and don’t notice the bigger issue of fabric not completely covering the batting.

So the solution was to make a binding that was wider on the back than the front.  I didn’t turn out to bad.  I learned 2 things with this finish.  ALWAYS check twice on the fabric backing to be sure it is correct size and I don’t like a wide binding.  It doesn’t look bad, but just not my first choice.

But here is #11 done and waiting for a home.  Not sure who, but I will be giving this one a new home, which was my plan all along.

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