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Finished Friday | Churning Diamonds

If you’ve followed my blog the last couple of months you may know that I have been working on a Churn Dash quilt. And I finally have a finish! I am celebrating over here this week!!

Last summer I picked up a Feed Company by Sweetwater layer cake at quilt shop in Colorado Springs. I didn’t have any plans for it, but I loved the Church Cookbook recipes print in the fabric line. Earlier this year we purchased a house in Oregon and I started rummaging through my stash trying to find the perfect fabrics to make a quilt for the house. I noticed the layer cake and knew instantly that it would become a Churn Dash quilt for the house. It had the farm house feel I wanted to decorate the house with. The decor didn’t turn out quite the way I envisioned, but this quilt will still be perfect!

Stitch ALL The Things | Churning Diamonds Quilt

I did struggle trying to finish this quilt. I was following THIS Churn Dash tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Company. I loved how snowballing the corners of the block added diamonds to the quilt. I chose a red print from the line, but the print was just too subtle of a red. It didn’t give the quilt the pop I was expecting. And that’s when I started to lose my love of the quilt. It really took my Sewjo away. With the suggestion of a reader here, I decided a darker binding would help create a frame for the quilt and, in the end, I loved the way it turned out. I really had to force myself to get this one done, thus the “Churning Diamonds” title. The name incorporates the Churn Dash block, the diamonds created by the snowballed corners, and exactly how I felt trying to finish this quilt.

Stitch ALL The Things | Feed Company by Sweetwater Quilt Backing

I chose the Church Cookbook print for the backing. I wanted only that print for the backing, but didn’t order quite enough yardage (as usual). I added the aqua plaid print because that happens to be my second favorite print in the line. I agonized overhow to quilt this for a while, and ultimately settled on an all-over swirl flower with a ribbon swirl and a leaf motif.

Stitch ALL The Things | Churn Dash Quilting Motif

The border is a simple ribbon swirl. The quilting took longer than I expected because I was constantly stopping to check the direction I needed to go for the next flower. Despite that, I felt really comfortable quilting this, and didn’t worry so much about any mistakes I’ve made. I feel like my free-motion quilting is improving with each quilt. Knowing I was keeping the quilt for myself really took a lot of pressure off to try and make it “perfect”. Like that’s a real thing in quilting. Ha! I should note that I normally use Aurifil 40 weight for quilting. However, last summer I also bought a cone of Superior Omni 40 weight thread and decided to try and use that up. I didn’t realize it was a poly-wrapped poly thread until after I quilted it (so much for my paying attention to labels). It quilted fine, but I’ll see how it works out on my quilt once it comes out of the dryer.

Stitch ALL The Things | Quilt Border

I am glad this is done, and that I’ve fallen in love with it again. It will be heading to its home in three weeks! Now, for those who like details…

“Churning Diamonds”

Finished size
76″ x 88″
Pattern
Churn Dash Quilt
Fabric
Feed Company by Sweetwater Layer Cake, Kona Snow Layer Cake (Top)
Feed Company by Sweetwater Butter Churn print in Red (Border)
Feed Company by Sweetwater Church Cookbook and Aqua Plaid prints (Backing)
Feed Company by Sweetwater Bandana in Navy print (Binding)
Batting
Warm & Natural
Thread
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt 2309
Quilted with Superior Omni 40 Wt 3002
Binding stitched with Aurifil 40 wt. 2000
Quilting
Free-motion all over Swirl Flower
Finished
September 14, 2016

Linking up with:
TGIFF hosted by Adrienne of chezzetcook
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts
Finished {or Not} Friday hosted by Busy Hands Quilts

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts


To-Do Tuesday 9-13-16 | Time to Bind

Quilt Binding

Yay! I did it! I finished the quilting on the Churn Dash quilt and I couldn’t be more excited. I completely drug my feet getting this quilt done, and I can’t explain why other than I really did seem to lose my energy for this quilt halfway through. I do love the way the quilting turned out on it. Although, the quilting took more time to accomplish than I expected as I had to be very careful not to quilt myself into a corner. I ended up having to stop after finishing each flower swirl motif and plan where the next motif was going to be. I am so happy to be done with the quilting on this one. I sewed the binding to the front and have hand stitched down approximately 1/3 of the binding to the back. Two more evenings of stitching that and I’ll be done. I’m excited to have a Friday Finish post this week!

secret-project

The picture above is a sneak peak of a quick secret project. I promised a friend an easy tutorial for a guest post. I spent Monday sewing and taking photos of the process, and hope to get the tutorial written and pictures edited and uploaded on Tuesday and sent to my friend by Wednesday.

Alpine Fabric by Pink Chandelier

In anticipation of getting started on my Christmas quilt, I pulled out my stack of Alpine fabrics. I can’t wait to get to work on this next quilt!! What have you been up to? Are you getting ready to start any holiday sewing?

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Write guest post
  • Finish stitching Churn Dash binding
  • Start Christmas Quilt
  • Write Finished Friday post
What’s on your To-Do List this week?

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To-Do Tuesday 8-30-16| Finding My Sewjo

Ford Focus

We’ve had quite a week over here at the Stitch ALL The Things house. The Mister and I came down with some funky illness that took several days to get over. We’ve also been busy with my son who just started a job this past week. He is still on his learner’s permit, so one of us has to be in the car with him while he drives to work, and then pick him up after so he can drive home. On top of all of that, my husband has been on the lookout for a decent little starter car to finish teaching the kids to drive. The old Acura Legend I had just isn’t working as well any longer. This morning we managed to find, and snag, a really decent 2005 Ford Focus for him and surprised him with it when he got home from school. He now has the option of buying it from us (my husband offered to match him dollar-for-dollar on the price we paid for it), or just using it while he is here and only paying insurance on it. He isn’t under pressure to decide, but mentioned that he really likes it and most likely wants to buy it. Whatever he chooses, the car is in amazing shape, and has ice cold air conditioning!

Churn Dash Quilting

I did manage to get a little bit of quilting done on the Churn Dash quilt. Between not feeling well and the heat, I only went out and worked for about an hour a day for a couple of days. So I’m about halfway done with it. I am anxious to get this one finished, but didn’t have much energy to get a move on.

Churn Dash Quilting Close Up

I did feel like I was starting to find my Sewjo this week. Between looking at Pinterest for quilting ideas, and having some great ideas emailed to me (thank you, Sharon!!), I came up with a plan for the quilt. I didn’t want to go with the swirls I’ve used on the last three (four?!) quilts, but I didn’t want to do anything too complicated either. My initial plan was some dense quilting, but after some thought I realized I wanted this quilt to feel soft and comfy. So I chose to do an all over swirl/flower combo thing. I would start a swirl, and then come out and make the petals around it. I’d add a leaf on one side, and then petal around to the other side and make a ribbon curl. They’re certainly not perfect, but it’s been fun playing with this motif. I hope to finish the quilting this week, bind it, and start working on the Christmas Quilt.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish quilting Churn Dash
  • Bind Churn Dash Quilt
  • Start Christmas Quilt
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To-Do Tuesday 8-23-16 | Quilt Basting

Basted Churn Dash Quilt | Sweetwater Feed Co fabric line

This past week I accomplished most of the things on my To-Do list. I made the backing for my Churn Dash quilt, and basted the quilt together. It was a sluggish week for me work-wise though. I felt like I lost my sewing mojo and creative oomph halfway through the week. Not sure why or where it went, but I’m hoping to run into it again soon.

My Favorite Free Motion Quilting Books

Monday was an especially off-day. I felt like I was coming down with something and did nothing for the day. I intended to come up with a quilt plan for the Churn Dash quilt, but nothing is coming to mind. I pulled out some of my quilting books and went through them looking for ideas and inspiration. I sketched out the quilt, and started doodling over it hoping something creative would happen… but no. I was hoping for some specific quilting design plan, rather than an all-over design, but I may end up trying to learn a new all-over design other than all the swirls I have done recently.

Do you have any quilting suggestions? If so, I’d love to hear them!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Find my MIA Sewjo
  • Come up with a Quilting Plan
  • Quilt and Bind the churn dash quilt
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