Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bindings


My quilting plan for this week is to work on the bindings of three quilts.


1.  Hand sewing in process... half way done.


2.  I'm planning to do this one all on the machine.

3.  Well, I don't have a photo of the third one, but the binding strips are cut.

All of these quilts are on my FAL (Finish-A-Long) list -   #7, #1, and #2 respectively.
Woohoo ... can't wait to get them done and check off my list.

Blessings,
Rhonda


Friday, January 15, 2016

2016 Finish-A-Long

grab button for A Quilter's Table
Have you heard of FAL or Finish-A-Long?  
Yes, I have joined the 2016 FAL for two main reasons.  
One is to stay focus and finish my projects; two is to get back to writing and journaling my quilting journey on a regular basis on this blog.
 Since last week, I have spent a few hours looking through different sites and found this Finish-A-Long.   I think this low key challenge is the key (haha) to keep me motivated.   There's no penalty if I don't get my projects done, and there are prizes involved.... gotta love that! 
I'm linking up with the 2016 FAL host.  This is my list for the first quarter.


1.  I'm designing a quilt for my LQS for the Spring Fling shop hop coming up at the end of February/early March.  I can't show the pattern just yet.  This collection (except for the green) is Sundress by Meg Hawkey for Red Rooster Fabrics.
2.  This scrappy pineapple quilt still needs binding.   I started this one last January.  Here it is on the quilting machine back in June 2015. 


3.  Stack-n-Whack blocks waiting to set into quilt top for the last two years.

4.  This ZigZag top needs quilting.  It is a gift so I better get on it right away.  Made from half of a Layer Cake, Dot Dot Dash.
5.  These squares are the other half of Dot Dot Dash Layer Cake that I used to make ZigZag top.  It will be another ZigZag quilt and a gift also.
6.  Old Glory Flag, a Buggy Barn pattern, waiting in line for quilting.  I still need to find backing for it.  It is for my brother.



7.   I forgot what this one calls, but I just need to do the hand sewing on the binding.   It's been sitting on my shelf for a long time now.

8.  Strings blocks need to turn into a quilt top.

9.  Basket Weave Strings needs borders, then quilting.  This one is for my son's bed.





10.  Vintage Farm Girl by Lori Holt blocks.  These were so much fun to make, but now I am dragging my feet to put it together.











11.  I worked on Mini Pineapple top at the same time as the Scrappy Pineapple from #2.  It is 18" finished.



12.  The last one is my slow stitching Hexagon Wreaths that I started right before Christmas.  I know for sure that this one will roll over to the next quarter.  You can find the pattern in Handmade Holidays by Pat Wys.


...And that is my list.  Twelve projects for the next 3 month.

See you again soon,
Rhonda

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

First 2016 Finish

HAPPY 2016!!!

Seriously, I can't believe that it's been almost 3 years since my last post!  Time flies!  Many things happened and many quilts and projects were done...  Oh, but where to begin...  so why not just jump right back in and start right where I am.

Back in October 2015, my LQS received the new Moda First Crust Valentine's collection, and I fell in love.  I picked up a Jelly Roll, a background, and Heartstrings pattern.  

Started working on the blocks....


This Heartstrings pattern worked up quickly and easily, soon it turned into a top.  In December, I took it to the shop and quilted it.  My LQS (Quilter's Cocoon) has a Handi Quilter for rent there, but since I work there, they let me used it cause I wanted Surfin' Hearts quilting on this quilt.  I love my LQS; they are so good to me.


The quilt sat through the holidays until last week... 
            .... then binding on...
  ...... and finish!  
I make lots of samples for Quilter's Cocoon, so this quilt will get to go to Road to California next week.  I hope this will help them sell all of the collection.


Here is another Heartstrings quilt (shop sample) with Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  Cute huh?  I didn't make the  top, but I did quilted and bound the quilt.

And this is the pattern.

I have to add this last picture of my cat, Tiger.  He loves to keep me company while I sew.  Perfect place to take a cat nap don't you think?

Ahhh.... it feels good to be back!
See you again soon,
Rhonda

Monday, February 4, 2013

Star Pillows

 How time flies!
Here we are in  February already,
and I still have last Christmas projects to show.
 
One day, back in early December, one of my student's daughter showed me her dimensional star pillow that she made in a class that she recently took.  She explained how it was done, and I quickly made one for DD#2 and one for my friend. 
 
This black, white, red pillow is a big hit with DD#2 who repainted and redecorated her room in this color scheme back in November.
 
My friend, Cheryl, received the Christmas one.
 
Happy Quilting,
Rhonda
 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

UFO

Last Thursday I quilted this using the longarm at the shop.  This quilt top languished in my closet for toooo long, since 2004... I think.  Originally, I had planned to hand quilt it with Baptist Fans after I'm done hand quilting another project.  But that project got put away and has been languishing for me to come back to it too. So when I discovered that there's a Baptist Fan pattern on the machine in the shop, it's time to get this puppy out of the closet and get it on the finish list.
 
 
 
I did a lot of online swaps back then with different Yahoo Groups.  These blocks came from Nickel Quilts Group.  We decided to swap the blocks using Civil War Reproduction fabrics.  The pattern is Paducah 9-Patch and can be found in the first Nickel Quilts book.
 
 
Can you see the Baptist Fans quilting?
I love it!


Paducah 9- Patch Whole Quilt
 
Up next, binding.
Let's hope that it won't take me another few more years to really put it on the finish list.
 
Happy Quilting,
Rhonda