Fig Tree ~ Disappearing 9 Patch

October 28, 2019

It's time to share what I made with these beeauties! 

When I originally bought the charm packs, my intent was to just sew them together in a simple patchwork style, which would have been perfectly fine, but I decided to mix them up a bit more and make a quilt out of them using the Disappearing Nine Patch instead. I had 252 charms and I needed 270 for my project, so I added some coordinating solids from my stash. 

I made 30 nine patches total. In each of the nine-patches, I placed a solid charm in the middle which will be the small squares when it is cut into fourths. If you are not familiar with the Disappearing Nine Patch, be sure to check out this link to see how a Disappearing Nine Patch is made. 

 Instead of keeping each of the cut nine patches together by turning two of the blocks and resewing them together again, I mixed them up with the other nine patches that I cut. I wanted each of the blocks to have four different colors of the solids. They are the little squares in the upper right-hand corner. 

Now the four squares are sewn back into a bigger patch. See how scrappy they are now? That was what I was going for!!

I really wish I had a design wall, but the floor will have to do! 

The finished top! It finishes at approx 66" x 79".  Perfect fall colors, don't you think? 

I had nothing in my stash that would work for the backing so I bought this yardage from the Farmhouse II line from an Etsy shop. I love the blue color...

The Disappearing Nine Patch is a super quick beginner-friendly stash buster pattern and it always looks so cute! Charm packs are perfect for this pattern! 

Do you have a favorite charm pack pattern that you like to use? Please share! 

2018 Sew Sweet Bee ~ Finished

October 23, 2019

Introducing my 2018 Sew Sweet Bee quilt! I began quilting it last November. I don't know why I waited so long to get back to it. *shaking my head* It took less than a day to get it finished. 

It finishes at a perfect cuddle size of 65"x65" and it will be used a lot this fall and winter! 

This is my last finish for a bit. All the tops that had been basted are now all on the finished pile. Yay!  I ran out of batting and I can't baste the few tops that are still waiting, so guess what I can do now? Yup! Start a new project!! I have had these six Fig Tree charm packs in my stash for over two years. It's time to open them up, mix them up and make them into a quilt. =) Stay tuned!

Simple Pleasures ~ Finished

October 21, 2019

This sweet quilt I made sometime in 2016. The pattern is Simple Pleasures by Brenda Riddle and the fabric is Ambleside also by Brenda Riddle. I love this pattern! Simple patchwork quilts are my favorites...

I quilted it with free form wavy lines and the binding is scrappy. 

My WIP pile is shrinking! =) That means I can start another project soon! 

2018 Temperature Quilt ~ Finished!

October 19, 2019

I am so happy to have my 2018 Temperature quilt finished! I love this quilt so much...It's such a happy quilt! 

The backing is by Tula Pink called Free Fall. 

I kept the quilting very simple by using the serpentine stitch only the grid. 

Below you will find the spreadsheet charts I used for my quilt in case you would like to make one. =)

Sew Together Bag updated and other projects

October 17, 2019

After I finished the Free-Wheeling Single Girl quilt, I got on a roll and have been working like the energizer bunny getting things that have been sitting around done. 

The longest project waiting to get my attention was my Sew Together Bag that I made in 2014!! I never liked the binding that I used on it and the zipper was not a good one. I kept it hidden in a cupboard all these years and never used it because I didn't like it. You can read about my Sew Together Bag here if you want. 

This is the before...

And this is how it looks now! So much better, don't you think?! The binding and zipper that I have been dreading to redo these last 5 years, gave me no trouble at all! I am no longer ashamed of it! In fact, I want to make another one!!

I also made some journal covers for notebooks just for fun. This one is going to be used for keeping track of quilt ideas and notes on the quilts I am working on. The pattern I used is the Quilted Bible Cover tutorial by Amy Ellis.

My traveling journal got a new cover, too. 

Last spring, I basted 3 baby quilts and then they sat. Here are two of them. The third is waiting for binding. 

 The center block of this quilt was a test block variation I was trying out and it turned into an orphan block. I snowballed the corners and framed it out until it was big enough to use as a baby quilt. 

This baby quilt used the leftover half-square triangles that were cut off in the making of Love You More quilt that I made in the spring

After taking almost 3 months off from playing in my sewing room, I seriously wondered if I would ever enjoy my hobby again. I still have some projects I need to get to that I am not super excited about. I figure they can sit until I am. In the meantime, I am only going to work on things that bring happiness. 

Next time I will share the two big projects that I finished! 

Free Wheeling Single Girl ~ Finish!

October 4, 2019

It was one year ago about this time when I joined in with the Free-Wheeling Single Girl sew-along. My Free-Wheeling Single Girl progress can be found in this post and, as a matter of fact, there is another Free-Wheeling Single Girl sew-along going on right now! You can find the information at Denyse Schmidt's blog. Seeing another sew-along being organized was just the push I needed to get mine done. 

We have had a lot of rainy days lately, so I grabbed the first sunny day to get it basted! It's a lot less messy using basting spray if I can do it outside. 

For the quilting, I decided to use the serpentine stitch (number 4 on my Bernina) elongated to 3.25. 

I was anxious to see how it would look densely quilted, so I did a small section to get an idea. 

And then!! I ran out of thread!! Can you see where? I had to wait a couple of days for the thread to arrive. 

Love the texture!

All done and ready for our bed!!

I love everything about this quilt!! I really want to make another one, but I have a few more quilts that have been waiting for a long time to get finished. 

Thanks for stopping in!! 

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