Saturday, October 3, 2015

Finishing my Quilt as You Go

I like to have a couple of scrap projects going at a time. Generally I'll work on them for a while until I run out of whatever color or shape scrap I need, then it gets put back on a shelf until I replenish my scraps.  One of those projects is getting wrapped up this weekend.

Some of the strips in progress
For this string quilt I essentially foundation pieced strings onto rows of batting of various widths but all the same length.  Once I had enough of them to make a quilt I trimmed them and sewed the rows together.

When I do QAYG (quilt as you go) like this I press the seams open and top stitch them down so the batting doesn't get too bulky.  I thought you might be interested in seeing what one of these looks like from the back before I basted the backing on.

Of course little miss had to get in on the action.  But you can see how the seams are open so they lay flat.

For final quilting I ran six or seven straight lines of quilting across the whole thing to hold the backing in place. (With this type of QAYG each strip is already individually quilted to the batting, but not to the backing.)

Linking to Oh Scrap! Go over and check out everyone's scrappy Sunday projects.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Flock: August's Block Drive Quilt

If you remember, back at the end of July I started asking for people to send in blocks each month. August's block was a flying geese block in browns and aquas and you guys responded in force!

I decided to sash the blocks with a Moda solid called "fog" in a narrow width.  I'm really impressed with how well all the blocks go together considering they were sent in by so many different people.

I quilted the Flock quilt with my FMQ foot in waving lines, which I think creates a nice sense of movement.

The quilt ended up nice and large, 72" square!  I bound it with a black/white crossweave fabric.

Thank you to everyone who has sent in blocks the last couple months!  If you want to contribute to Covered in Love in any form you can check out the main page.  If you want to participate in the block drive this month's post is up here, we're making string blocks!

Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Strings, strings, strings

The next monthly block drive is up for Covered in Love and this time we're doing strings! These foundation pieced blocks are kind of like potato chips-- you can't do just one.  So I've been digging through my strings making blocks.

My strings live in an old roasting pan.  You might remember that around Christmas last year went on a string quilt binge and actually brought these under control... for a little while.  Suffice it to say they are out of control again and I am enjoying putting them to use.

We already have enough blocks for one quilt, let's see how many we can make this month! With your help Covered in Love provides quilts of comfort to families of patients who pass away in the hospital where I work.  These quilts do make a difference.  If you want to help please check out the main page.

Linking to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

October Block Drive: String Blocks

Fun stuff on the design wall today! The patchwork mosaic blocks from September's block challenge are still coming in, but I have enough already to put the first top together.

With September wrapping up it's time to think about next month's block drive.  Rhonda from the Tyler Modern Quilt Group gave me a bunch of foundation pieced string blocks which got me thinking, scrappy strings would be a great block drive for October!

Remember, these blocks go toward Covered in Love giving quilts to people who lose loved ones in the hospital.

Foundation pieced string blocks are super easy to make.  First cut 11" squares from some scrap fabric. I used an old sheet, you could also use muslin.  It won't be seen, so it doesn't matter what's on this fabric.  Then grab your string scraps. For this quilt let's go crazy, no color scheme, everything goes!  Start by putting a string across the foundation diagonally face up. Then grab another string and lay it on top face down. Sew a quarter inch seam along the side and press open.

Continue adding strings and pressing them out, make sure each one is long enough to cover the foundation square.  When you get to the corner, flip the block around and continue adding strings to the other side until you cover the entire foundation.

Once you have covered the entire foundation in strings you'll need to trim the block. This is easiest to do from the back so you can see the foundation.  Trim to 10.5" square.

If you want to send in a block or twelve please leave a comment or send me an for the address.  With the blocks Rhonda gave me we are already most of the way toward one top, I'd love to make three tops this month!

Linking to Oh Scrap! and Design Wall Monday.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Libby's Top Finished

My good friend Libby recently sent me a UFO top of hers to finish for Covered in Love.  This cool neutral snowballs quilt just needed some borders to fill it out and then quilting.  Done :)

Libby may not see this post since she's currently being a tourist in China (boo! I'm jealous!)  But I very much appreciate her sending it to me.

The circle parts are appliqued on with a tight zigzag stitch.  Backing for this was a neat grey/blue fabric from Hancocks. 

This quilt will be going up to the hospital with the next batch of donation quilts.  If YOU would like to donate to Covered in Love please check out the main page.

I'm also throwing in this little baby quilt to this week's finishes.  A friend asked for a little boy quilt for her grandson. I actually remembered to round off the corners this time!  I always intend to round the corners on baby quilts, but I usually forget.

Backing is this cute space rocket flannel, nice and cuddly for a new baby!

Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday. I hope your week has been productive!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Design Wall Donations

Most of what's on my design wall today I really can't take credit for.  First off the patchwork mosaic blocks for this month's block drive are coming in! They look great together and I think there may be enough for 2 quilts. Thanks to everyone who has sent in blocks so far and if anyone else is thinking about it, there's still time :)

Also on the wall are these patriotic rail fence blocks sent in by Mina along with her September blocks.  She also sent a great finished star top and some other large blocks you'll be seeing later. Thanks Mina!

Thank you to everyone who continues to contribute to Covered in Love!  We are going to surpass 30 quilts donated soon and all thanks to your efforts.  You guys rock :)

Linking to Design Wall Monday at Patchwork Times.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Chain Links Top Finished For Covered in Love

This is another quilt for Covered in Love that was finished from a donation by one of the Tyler Modern Group ladies.  Teri gave me this top and it was just a tad small so I added some narrow borders and done!

My favorite part of this quilt is the sort of eastern european-style black fabric.  I just really like the colors and the interesting pattern.

I decided to pull out this fabric by using a black binding.  Teri's UFO is now a finished quilt and it will be going to comfort a family who has lost a loved one in the hospital where I work.

Thank you to everyone who has donated to Covered in Love, your donations keep this program going! Please comment or email for an address if you would like to contribute.

For anyone who would like to make a block or two this month I am collecting patchwork mosaic blocks. The tutorial post is here. Make one block or ten, every bit helps!

Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it Friday.