Monday, January 4, 2021

2021 Quilting Intentions

Happy 2021!  I'm hopeful it will be an improvement over 2020.

A year ago, when thinking about my quilting plans for 2020, my main intention was to devote more time to quilting.  Well, the corona virus pandemic sure helped with that!  My other plan was to tackle some UFOs and use more of my fabric stash.  I consider myself quite successful on these fronts as I made five quilt tops using primarily stash fabric:

Love in the Time of Covid-19:  background, backing, and binding from stash, heart from a new charm pack. 

Mabel Mae:  totally made from stash.

Sunshine on a Cloudy Day:  totally from stash.  This top has been quilted but I still need to bind it.

Trip Around the World quilt:  made mostly from stash, has been quilted but needs binding (and a name).

Stardust:  made from stash except for backing.  Still a flimsy, needs to be quilted, etc.

But the truth is that these quilts made barely a dent in my stash!  My intent is to continue to focus on using my stash and completing UFOs/PIGs/kits in 2021 but that doesn't have to be my sole quilting "thing" and I do have my eye on a few new fabric collections coming out in the first half of 2021.  I also want to make some progress on my hexagon flowers and Dot Dot Dot.  Both of these quilts involve a lot of handwork and I started them as portable/travel projects.  However, with little reason to leave the house lately, I've been doing machine work rather than handwork.  I doubt the travel situation will change for the next few months but I think I will devote a few hours a month to these handwork projects anyway.  

I'm actually going to start 2021 with a few smaller, Christmas projects.  These are things I originally intended to make in 2020 but I lost my quilting mojo for a couple of months in the fall and they fell by the wayside.  I'm re-excited about them now so will tackle them while I have the urge.  Then I'll be ahead when Christmas 2021 comes around.

Do you have any specific quilting plans for the year?

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Yet Another Christmas Quilt

Thank you for all the kind comments on my Christmas quilt posts.  

I made another one!  Meet Stardust:

I'm so happy with how it came out (it looks better in real life; too much sun and glare in the photo).

Stardust is about 70" square and made up of 4" sawtooth star blocks with sashing and plain blocks, in a diagonal setting.

The directions came from the Oct. 2020 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting and the original quilt was designed by Sherri McConnell using her own fabric line for Moda.  

I used a Christmas fabric line called Jingle All The Way, by Nancy Halvorsen.  I've had this in my stash for a few years, so yes, another stash quilt.  The magazine directions have you make the stars out of 10" squares of fabric (layer cake squares) but I had a jelly roll and was able to get three stars out of each strip, with a little left over.  I didn't need all the strips so I removed the lights and the turquoise colors from the set and saved them for another project.  

I like this quilt so much, I am thinking about making another using my Fig Tree fabric leftovers. But before that, I need to get this one quilted.  I have a flannel sheet to use for the back (white, with polka dots in red and two shades of green).  Karen, my long-time longarm quilting collaborator, has retired to pursue her own creative endeavors so I am on the lookout for a new-to-me longarmer.  I found Karen via my LQS but the store is not open now because of the Covid situation in NJ (just online and phone orders for mail or pickup).  While it is not like I need this done right away, let me know if you have any recommendations.

I'll be back soon with a 2020 wrap up and my plans for 2021.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020

12 Days of Christmas Quilts - Day 12

Not quilts but they are quilted - our Christmas stockings.  I made the first one (the red one) 25 years ago, when Miss Main Street was a baby, for her first Christmas.  It is quilting cotton, cut in the shape of a stocking, and embellished with some vintage lace.  I sandwiched the front with a light batting and backing fabric, while the back of the stocking is two layers of fabric without batting. The binding around both pieces holds them together and forms a loop at the top for hanging.  

I made a second stocking when we got our first dog, Reggie.  Now Dillie and Trevor (dogs two and three) have their own stockings as well.  

There is just a little simple quilting, at the toe and heel. 

And the stockings are the last of my Christmas quilts.  I hope you've enjoyed these 12 Days and it has given you lots of ideas for Christmas quilts for 2021.

Merry Christmas!
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Monday, December 21, 2020

12 Days of Christmas Quilts - Day 11

This is Sparkle, four large Lemoyne stars easily pieced from a jelly roll, from the pattern by Fig Tree Quilts called Jelly Stars.  The fabric is Blitzen by Basic Grey for Moda.  I made this quilt in 2013; more information in this post.

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Sunday, December 20, 2020

12 Days of Christmas Quilts - Day 10

This log cabin is another early quilt, made before I started blogging, mostly out of fabric leftover from yesterday's quilts.  It is machine quilted with a panto design of holly leaves, using variegated thread.  More photos in this earlier post.

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Saturday, December 19, 2020

12 Days of Christmas Quilts - Day 9

This was my very first Christmas quilt, made from a pattern in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine long ago (they might sell the individual pattern on their website).  It hangs on the wall in our kitchen at Christmas time.  I used a variety of mostly Hoffman Christmas-y prints and an off-white snowflake print for the stars.  I liked this design so much, I turned around and made another in queen bed size, which you can see here.  I hand quilted both.  This would be a good design to make using a fat quarter or fat eighth bundle from a fabric collection you particularly like.

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Friday, December 18, 2020

12 Days of Christmas Quilts - Day 8

I made Wooly Wreath in 2011 (it was a prolific year for me).  The directions were in an American Patchwork & Quilting publication called Sew Scrappy.  This was my first attempt at wool applique and while I enjoyed it, piecing is my true love.  There is a good tutorial for wool applique here.

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