Late last year I ran across Home Sewn By Us – Regatta Quilt Along 

I decided to join in and use a stash jelly roll, don’t want to call it old, so will call it “cherished”.  No really it is a simple solid jelly roll.

I posted when I got started on this quilt that the roll had two strips of some colors and three of others.  Decided to just go off the roll.  When there were three, two would be on one row and the third on the next row.  It looks pretty good.

There was a strange site to see.  As I was sewing in the afternoon, it was the sun.  Bright and strong.  Made me think spring is on the way.  Not really, but our weird weather is suppose to give us high 50’s tomorrow.  That will make for a mess when the snow melts and has nowhere to go.  It will melt and then freeze when it gets cold again on Friday.  Oh well, it was great to see that sun.

Still needs a good pressing and I need to decide on backing.

Yesterday I also broke a few of my rules.  I started working on this quilt top before I finished my 10,000 steps for the day.  I got them finished before lunch though so that is ok.  You all know that I don’t have any work in progress, I’m a one project girl.  Another rule breaker, I cut up more fabric getting ready for Christa Quilts – Squiggles QAL.

The good news is when I couldn’t sew for several weeks last year, I planned ahead and took the machine in for servicing.  2018 started with a fresh cleaned machine, new needle and new cutting blades.

Bring on more project, wait a minute, I need to go get my 10,000 done first.

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November is almost gone, only one month to go before the start of a new year.  Only one more goal for most, I’m scheduled for surgery so not sure that I will be doing much sewing in December, so this is my last quilting goal for 2017.

I started my OMG for November here.

My goal was to bind and quilt.   I got busy early this month, hoping to finish before the holiday.

The backing was  a wide light flannel, which adds some coziness to this quilt.  Straight line quilting and my favorite stripe binding were the winners, ok there really weren’t any others choices in the running, so they were the winner by default.

I was blessed to have a sunny day to snap a few pictures outside.

 

This was a great quilt to use up some fat quarters that I wanted to show off the prints.  It should have been a rather quick quilt, but I learned that I need to add to my goals for 2018, how to accurately cut fabric.  I am not consistent in using the ruler, is the line suppose to be on the edge of the fabric?  Should the fabric show just over the line?  What are your tips for cutting accuracy?  Do you have a favorite link or online class for cutting accuracy?  Let me know, as I can use some help.

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Elm Street Quilts – OMG November

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Confessions of a Fabric Addict – Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

Busy Hands Quilts – Finished or Not Friday

Crazy Mom Quilts – Finish it Up Friday

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Sometimes you just want to make a simple project.  2017 was the first time I joined a block swap and I met a lovely lady who was doing NICU quilts with her swap blocks.  Her son was a graduate of NICU so it was personal to her.  I had a couple of quilts that I had made that were smaller sizes so I included them with her block.

Fast forward to the Instagram and the #getyourquiltywishesgranted3.  Hilary had asked for NICU quilts.  I had a few more around that I sent to her, but had that need to make a simple no thought quilt.  So I pulled out a colorful charm pack and a white charms pack and off we go.

Decided to use the Moda Bake Shop, Moda Love Charm Quilt.

Had to hit the local quilt shop, which is small and doesn’t have a large selection for backing and binding.  Found a Grunge, by Moda.  Decided to use it for both the backing and binding.

I had some variegated red/orange/pink thread and used that for the quilting.  You guessed it, walking foot, squiggle line, edge to edge.  I really do like the texture feel this quilting gives.

I was very lucky today we had a sliver of sun this afternoon, after days of dreary cold rain.  Still cold, but is nice to see a bit of sun.

 

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Confessions of a Fabric Addict – Can I Get a Whoop Whoop

Powered by Quilting – Friday Foto fun

Busy Hands Quilts – Finished or Not Friday

Crazy Mom Quilts – Finish It Up Friday

What a Hoot! – TGIFF

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It’s been a bit since my last post.  I’ve gotten started on a few things, but needed to do a quick no thought something.  Decided on a simple quilt using a charm pack that I got way back on clearance somewhere.  It is All Aboard by Greta Lynn for Benartex.

Here are my rows ready to be pieced.

Forgot to take any pictures before I had it together.  I needed to order some  backing fabric and went with the dark grey train track print.  It is very cute.

Let’s guess how I quilted this one.  You are right, straight lines, but just a few along the seams.

I thought I was lucky enough to have backing fabric leftover for binding.  I been working on improving my bindings and had thought at times I would like to try 2 1/4″  rather than 2 1/2″ binding.  Well this was the day.  I could get the 4 strips I thought I needed by using 2 1/4″.  So off I went sewing my binding on and doing my final connection.

See that little 3/4″ piece on the mat, that was my extra on the binding.  Don’t know what I did right this day, but it worked in my favor.  Didn’t even realize it was going to be that closes.  Yikes!!

Got to finish the binding yesterday and was quite please with the 2 1/4″ .  I machine sew my binding, don’t have enough talent to do hand sewing.  The back looked quite nice, I surprised myself.  The corners gave me a bit of trouble, so that I still need to work on, but with practice I think it will be great!

 

Here is the cute little quilt all finished.  We even had sunshine to cooperate for a few quick pictures.

 

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Are you ever in the mood to just do a quick quilt.  I was ready to do some simple sewing.  HSTs are my favorite and if I do say so myself I am pretty good making them and matching the seams.

This quilt pattern caught my eye over the summer.  The big pieces would really show off some great fabric.

My friend Rose at Something Rose Made surprised me with  gift of some of her orphan fabric.  I was thrilled to see some Me & My sisters early fabrics.  Since I’ve only been quilting for a few years, these were very new to me.  These 10 FQs were the chosen ones.

I bet you are all thinking she is going to use white to go with these FQs.  Normally you would be right, but I have a few yards of a Kona Gray, not sure which gray, but it is gray.  Surprise!

 

Off I go to cut fabric and make HSTs.  Simple right.  Wait a minute, bigger doesn’t really mean quicker.  Is that a question or a statement.

The squares are cut from each fat quarter at 16 7/8.  I don’t have a ruler that big, so I fold the FQ into quarters and cut my square.  Do you think I should measure each block after I cut them?  Probably should  have.

 

My HSTs look beautiful, too bad they aren’t consistent in size.

So I put the project aside for a bit, contemplating the best way to square each block.  After a few days, I decide to buy a new ruler, a bigger ruler.  My LQS is very small and doesn’t have many notions, so no ruler there.  So onto the net,  I find a 20.5 square ruler $60, oh no too much.  I keep looking and find a 16.5 ruler, Creative Grids no less, for $34.95.  It didn’t take much to convince myself that the 16.5 would be good.  Love Amazon Prime!  Two days it was delivered.

After I trimmed each block to a consistent size I was ready to piece this quilt.  A few of the points got cut off in the trimming, but I moved forward, this quilt will not be perfect.  I really do like the big HSTs.

 

For anyone that made it to the end of my story, my November OMG is to quilt and bind this quilt.

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