Thickets and Butterflies

Finished up the Thicket Quilt top this past week.  Simple blocks and grid pattern.  The blocks are first made large, 5″ x 5″, then cut down to 4 1/2″ square.  The trick is off-centering the the middle square of the block with a square cutting ruler.  I want to try this technique for a scrappy batik quilt one day.  It makes the design look more random and less rigid, and really works well with these graphic prints. IMG_2021

I started machine stitching around the butterfly blocks I put together last week.  I’m using a simple blanket stitch around the pieces, the thread is Superior Rainbows.  I like the short color segments of this thread, they blend especially well with the batiks.  I’m still ruminating on a setting for these blocks, but nothing on paper yet.  I booted up my EQ7 the other day to figure out the amounts of setting and sashing I needed for the Farmers Wife quilt.  Lots of green rectangles and mini squares, I am doing 2″ sashings in apple green for a straight set, not on the diagonal like the original.  Boring sewing, I need a new book to listen to while accomplishing that task.


Up for todays project are towels. Yay?  I promised a good friend that I would embroider some shop towels for her husband.  They just built him a large shop on their property, she got her garage back and he has a place to spread all his tools and projects.  When I offered to do these towels, I was thinking 3 or 4, but she dropped off a dozen.  Most of the designs are simple outlines and sayings, still it should take the better part of the day.  Good thing they are close friends LOL.

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Farmers Wife Blocks

Tuesday I sat down and sewed the next two Farmer’s Wife blocks, Sylvia (95) and Tirzah (96). As I was putting them away, I thought I may as well pull out the next two blocks, Tracy (97) and Viola (98) and choose the fabrics for them.  This left one more block, the one called “Widow”.  How could I leave that one all alone in the bin?  I ended up starting all three Wednesday night and finishing them Thursday.  I’m finished with these.

Coincidentally, my first name is Tracy, and my horses name is Viola.  I guess we are a couple of old fashioned girls.  Here is a glamour shot of my beautiful mare:


Wow.  It’s quite a stack of fun too.  I figure that most of the blocks took about an hour to make, and not more than an eighth of a yard of fabric.  At 6 ½ by 6 ½ they aren’t very large, but together, all 99 of them, they will be a pretty nice quilt.IMG_2014

On to the sashing.  I am going with apple green and corner squares of 30’s fabrics.  Different from how the quilt’s designer has them on point with thick sashing.  I’d really like to use up more of the fabric I have collected for this quilt, most pieces are less than a fat quarter.  I’ll probably use them to extend the backing.  So happy to have these finished.


Design Wall Monday-ish

I started a few new things this past week.  Finished up the twins quilts, yay for striped binding!IMG_1992

I got out my Baby Go! and cut a bunch of batiks into butterflies.  I used Misty Fuse, I like it because it is so light and still holds well.  No needle gumming up when sewing around the edges.  I want to make some kind of sashing for these.  They are from Edyta Sitars Accquilt die.  The pattern included with it has small nine patches and solid white bars in-between the blocks.  I’m thinking something with greens and assorted colors, like a pixelated garden.  I need to marinate the idea a bit longer.IMG_1993

I started and almost finished the Pointy quilt.  I am using a pantograph called “Deja Vu”, its got feathers and swirls.  I think it compliments the arrows nicely, as it’s not a very dense panto.  I had to stop at the last row, because there was a bit of gathering in the center, boo.  There was some un-sewing involved.


The Farmers wife blocks got put on hold, for a shiny new kit from a Moda line called “Thicket”by Gingiber.  I first saw it at the Fat Quarter Shop , looks like they are sold out of the kit, but the project sheet and fabrics are still available.  I like the mix of graphics, the black and white designs are crisp and the animals are pretty cute.

Lastly, in a self-less effort to single handedly revive the fabric industry, I bought another kit from Craftsy.  I have liked this fabric line since I first saw it, it’s called “Purebred” by Erin Michael, also by Moda.  There is something about the color way I find restful, and it has a horse theme.  The pattern is called Piccadilly, large assorted wedge circles on the green background.  Not to leave out the sale at another online fabric store I scored seven yards of a 30’s print which will be perfect for the Farmers Wife quilt.   Yay! for stash enhancement, although these are for real projects…and sale priced.

And then there is this. Sigh.


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I am almost finished with the Farmers Wife Sampler.  This week was blocks 93 and 94, of 99 total.  I started this two ‘block a week’ quilt-a-long on September 18, 2015.  I have been keeping up pretty well, a few times I had to make four blocks, but generally I think I kept up with  the hostess, Kerry at VeryKerryBerry .  This weeks blocks are Starlight and Susannah.

Last weeks finishes were Sarah and Sonnie.  I wonder how many people are still keeping up, there seems to by less people sharing each week.  The other blogger, Angie at GnomeAngel who was doing this quilt, picks the blocks at random, one a week.  Seems like most people are using templates, or foundation paper piecing (like me).  In the beginning there were some brave souls who were english paper piecing.  Following along on instagram I’ve noticed a drop off there too.  Once this quilt is together, I am going to focus on the 365 Challenge, the block-a-day quilt that started January 1 this year.  I stalled out on it in March, but I have been faithfully downloading each block daily.  It evens out I guess – keeping up with one and stalling on another.

I also finished up the two Segments for my Gravity BOM and 16 Foxes for the Fancy Forest BOM.  I chain pieced the foxes and finished them up in about two hours one morning.  These are probably the easiest blocks of the quilt, also the most numerous.


Lastly this week I made the backings for the Basketball Twins.  Since my finished tops measured 48 inches square, I had to add a strip of piecing in the center of the 42 inch wide team fabrics.  I had just enough left over pieces and yardage from the tops to accomplish this.  I used an all over pantograph called “Forget me Not”.  The orange/blue quilt has canvas colored thread on top and a blue bobbin thread to match the quilt’s blue fabric.  The yellow/purple quilt has canvas on the top and yellow in the bobbin.  I just started the second one today, I should have them bound and gifted by the end of this week.


I’d really like to start on my chair project this week.  I’ve been putting it off for weeks, I’m thinking it should take about 8 to 10 hour total, but I have to start first.

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Basketball Twins

I made the two tops for the twin baby girls this week. They are due in early October.  So I still have time to quilt and bind them.

The parents are big NBA fans, he likes the Knicks (NY) and she likes the Warriors (CA).  I found this pattern in an old issue 2013 of QuiltMaker, it’s called “Go Baby”.  I changed the colors and added a simple border, to finish at 48″.  The backing is NBA team themed, and I matched the top colors to it.

I had a marathon Farmers Wife block weekend, I was behind 8 blocks.  I did five and will finish the other three later today.  Here are Pricilla, Prudence, Rosemary, Ruby, and Primrose.

Lastly I finished piecing my “Generally French” top.  I saw this pattern originally at the Hancocks of Paducah website as the Petite Dauphine Quilt.  I was simple enough to draft in EQ7 and I used up most of my French General fabric collection.  It finished at 96″ square with 576 blocks, half solid and half four patch.  I ended up piecing it in sections of 36 blocks and then putting them together, it seemed easier than making long strips.IMG_1911

I may add a border of rectangles or a matching floral print I have, it’s large enough without them, but looks a little unfinished to me.

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