Hidden Stars Quilt

I have finally finished this quilt.  It took forever (at least it feels like it took forever).  All that I have left to do is sew on the binding.  I tried my fist ever attempt at machine quilting, and I’m pretty pleased with the results.  It was a little difficult to quilt with my little Singer, but that machine is a trooper!  I just stitched in the ditch, and I really like the results.

I pieced the back using navy blue (it looks lighter in the pics, but it really is more navy) and some Robert Kaufman Navy fabric.  This quilt is for my father-in-law, who is retired Navy, so I had to get the navy in there.  I also chose the star pattern because of the Navy.  Now onto the binding.

Two Finishes!

My first kitchen towel is finished!  I’m so glad that it looks just like the one that I have.  It means I didn’t mess up anywhere.  :o)  I completed the back-stitching yesterday morning.  I just love the colors; they really are that bright and cheery.  Now on to the second one.  It has grapes instead of peaches.  

Yesterday I also worked on my quilt.  I pieced the back ( I had to use two pieces of fabric to fit).  The backing fabric is from the same collection Martinique by 3 Sisters for Moda, but the fabric is not just plain cotton.  I ordered it from The Fat Quarter Shop and it is super soft.  It is called “wovens coral silky cotton” and it is silky and soft; perfect for the backing of a quilt.  After I pieced the back, I sandwiched the layers together:

Then I pinned and pinned and pinned and trimmed the excess.  Then I decided to try my hand at machine quilting.  I just stitched in the ditch along the seams and it wasn’t too bad on my little Singer.  That machine reminds me of the little engine that could.  It just keeps on going.

After the quilting, then I used my jelly roll strips of left over Martinique to sew the binding.  Then I attached it to the front and clipped around the back.  I love these clips.  I’ve seen plain ones at the quilting store, but I bought the colored ones from Target.

After clipping, I hand sewed the binding to the back while watching less than stellar television last night.  And this morning…voila!  A finished quilt.  Here it is in one of guest rooms/office.  It covers a good portion of the twin sized bed.  You can see the striped backing fabric well here. 

And here it is outside in natural light.  So pretty.  My husband said something very interested last night while I was sewing the binding on this quilt.  He was commenting on how many things that I’ve gotten done this week, craft wise, and he remarked that I have been less stressed and “in a better mood”.  I realized that it has been so long since I’ve had time to just sit and craft.  I’ve been so worried over the house looking perfect for showings and keeping up with grading papers and planning for work, that I just haven’t made the time to craft.  I have the time, I just have chosen to do other things.  Now after having a nice week off, and crafting to my heart’s content, I feel rejuvenated.  I’ve gotten some of my spark back.  The nice weather doesn’t hurt either.  Well until next time, happy crafting!  Hugs,  Erica

“Home in the City” – Quilt

 

First column of blocks.

An excerpt from Strip Crazy with the original quilt.

I am so glad that it’s Saturday!  This has been a long week, and I’m not sure why.  Work wasn’t bad, and my students were pretty good, but it just felt like it would never end.  I’m not sure if I am on the verge of a cold or what but I’ve been tired and stuffy lately.  That combined with these infernal bands have made me unusually sluggish and grumpy.  Oh well.  I’m happy for the weekend.  Today is such a beautiful day.  The sun is shining.  It’s not too cold, and the air is fresh.  I have a few updates on my progress.  I am still working on my cross-stitching, but I haven’t got much to show for my efforts this week.  I’m currently working on the stack of pots on the floor.  I have about half of that done. 

Mid week I decided to take a break from the cross-stitching and work on one of my quilts.  I finished all the blocks for this quilt.  It is supposed to represent a home in the middle of the city surrounded by sidewalks and parks.  The center block is the size of two blocks put together and is the house.  Then the surrounding blocks are the city neighborhood.  When I saw this pattern, I just thought it would be perfect for this fabric.  This is the first full strip that I’ve finished and sewn together.  There are four other strips to put together, but that is not too bad considering I’ve finished the blocks.  The border of the quilt is made from the scraps of the fabric strips.  That should be interesting.  I love the colors in this quilt.  I picked the fabric (I used a jelly roll) at a wonderful quilting store, The Quilt Basket, in Tuscon, AZ last spring on a girls weekend with my mom and grandma.  My mom bought the same jelly roll.  All three of us love all things Mary Englebreit and this fabric is from her Moda collection “Recipe for Friendship”.  It is so fun and bright.   I got the pattern from the first quilting book I bought when I started this process last spring.  It is called Strip Crazy by Suzanne McNeill.  Obviously, it is a book of patterns to use jelly rolls or 2 1/2 inch strips.  The first quilt top that I finished is also from this book, and I love the fabric used in the book that I searched the internet to find it (Moda “Look and Learn” by American Jane).  What do you think?  I had to change some of the color assignments, but I love the way they have turned out.  Here is the first finished strip of blocks and a page excerpt from the book showing the original pattern.