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Finished Friday | The Alpine Quilt

I am so very excited to share this week’s finishes. I have more than just a quilt to share this week too. Not only am I excited for the finishes, I am so jazzed that my friend, Sarah, of Georgia Girl Quilts is hosting Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday this week. Sarah’s quilts are amazing and I hope you’ll head over to her blog to check out her finish this week too!

Stitch ALL The Things | The Alpine Quilt

If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know I’ve been making the Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial, Flying Geese Diamonds quilt. And, yes, I used the same fabric that was in their tutorial: Alpine by Pink Chandelier for Wilmington Prints. From the first moment I started watching this tutorial I knew I had to make this exact quilt. I fell head over heels for the pattern and the fabrics. The only thing I changed in the fabric requirements was to choose a different print for the backing (the Cardinals in Trees instead of the Reindeer Toss). I used the red-stripe fabric for the binding rather than the Reindeer print, and I changed the Kona Cotton in Cayenne for the inner border and used the red Snowflake Toss instead.

Stitch ALL The Things | The Alpine Quilt Backing Cardinals in Gray

There are several prints in this fabric line that I love, and the Cardinals in Trees is at the top of the list. I loved it so much that I made the entire backing out of the fabric. I just love those birds! I was having a hard time coming up with a name for this quilt. The whole time I was making it I kept calling it “The Alpine Quilt”. After much thought I’ve decided to just go ahead and name it The Alpine Quilt. It’s so original I just don’t even know what to do with my genius mind (sarcasm alert).

Stitch ALL The Things | The Alpine Quilt Borders Binding and Backing

The other fabric that I adore is the red stripe fabric. I love a striped binding, and this fabric was more than perfect for it. Especially since the print is done on the diagonal. I have not stopped, and probably won’t stop, gushing about how perfect it is as a binding fabric!

Stitch ALL The Things | The Alpine Quilt close up

This quilt was a lot of fun to make. The pattern was super easy, but I would not recommend using layer cake precuts for it. You really need an exact 10″ square for this block, and precut 10″ squares are typically NOT cut exactly. I struggled with the pinked edges and some of my seam allowances are 1/8″. I ended up using a 1.5mm stitch length on those seams to make sure that my fabrics wouldn’t fray and the seams wouldn’t open up. This block also means the center of the blocks are thicker, and earlier this week I wrote about how I struggled with the quilting as a result of that. I am absolutely thrilled with the quilt, but it was a fight to get a nice finish! I will say, this is my favorite quilt I’ve made so far and everyone in the house agrees.

Stitch ALL The Things | Alpine Fabrics Red Stripe Print

Since I absolutely love this fabric line, I ordered extra yardage to make some napkins and reversible placemats. Naturally, the napkins are in my favorite red stripe print. It reminds me of candy canes, ribbon candy, and Christmas cheer all rolled into one. I won’t confirm or deny the occasional urge to want to lick the fabric. (Okay, that just sounds weird when I type that out… I’m gonna have to deny, deny, deny any aforementioned urges.) I used the Make Your Own Cloth Napkin Tutorial by Skip To My Lou and chose the mitered corner option.

Stitch ALL The Things | Christmas Placemat & Napkin

I used the Quick & Simple Reversible Placemat tutorial by Whipstitch to make the placemats. I chose the Cardinals in Trees in Grey for one side of the placemat. It has become my favorite side! I wanted to have a “Winter” side so that I could use the placemats for longer than one month out of the year.

Stitch ALL The Things | Christmas Placemat Ornaments In Gray

The reverse side of the placemat is the Ornaments in Grey print. This turned out to look a lot busier than I thought it would. I am wishing I would have chosen the Reindeer Toss instead, because I think the napkins would look better with that print. I may end up just using white napkins to tone down all the red. It’s still cute, and very holiday-cheery.

Finally, for those who like quilt stats:

“The Alpine Quilt”

Finished size
69″ x 78″
Pattern
Flying Geese Diamond Quilt by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company
Fabric
Alpine by Pink Chandelier for Wilmington Prints Layer Cake, Bella Solids White Layer Cake by Moda (Top)
Alpine Snowflake Toss in Red (Inner Border)
Alpine Reindeer Toss in Grey (Outer Border)
Alpine Cardinals in Trees in Grey (Backing)
Alpine Red Stripe (Binding)
Batting
Warm & Natural
Thread
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt 2000
Quilted with Superior Omni 40 wt 3002
Binding stitched with Superior Omni 40 wt 3002
Quilting
Free Motion echo quilting, figure eight, ribbon, back and forth lines
Finished
October 6, 2016

Linking up with:
TGIFF hosted by Sarah of Georgia Girl Quilts
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 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
What’s on your To-Do List this week?

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Finished Friday | The Modern InstaBee 2014 Quilt

Another Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday post! This is my second WIP quilt finish this year, and I couldn’t be more pleased that I am on track with my sewing and quilting goals.

2014 Modern InstaBee Quilt

2014 Modern InstaBee Quilt

This quilt was my first Bee experience. This quilting bee started on Instagram not long after Lindsay Conner’s book, Modern Bee — 13 Quilts To Make With Friends was published. Someone had an idea to organize a virtual quilting bee and I jumped at the opportunity. Suffice it to say that this experience is also the reason I will never participate in a bee again. There were many lessons learned about being a bee member, and what not to do when participating in a bee. On a positive side, I met more than a few people who have become great Instagram friends and for that I am grateful for this experience. And, as Forest Gump would say, that’s all I have to say about that.

My month in the bee was November of 2014. At that point in the bee I think everyone was pretty much over it, so I asked for everyone to make the Come Together block in the book since it was easy. I requested that they make a scrappy block with fabrics that they were drawn to and that represented them. I put no restrictions on colors, I just wanted every one to have a low-key, no pressure month with their bee block. And also use up some of their scraps if they wanted! Once I received all the blocks I put them away as I was feeling a bit down about the bee experience and I didn’t want to look at them for a while. I pulled the blocks out in August of 2015 and realized that many of them were smaller than the 20.5″ they were supposed to be. Since this is a forgiving block, I trimmed them all down to 20″ and sewed them together into the top. When the top was done, I really started to love the scrappy look it had.

Quilt Back

Quilt Back

For the quilt back I used the black words on white background wide-back fabric from Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics. I enjoy the look of the texty background and I think it’s brings some cohesiveness to my scrappy front. Also, I thought it was awesome that I didn’t have to spend time planning and piecing a back after having recently done the Grungy Windows quilt backing! I loved being able to just starch and press the fabric, measure and cut it, and BOOM! I was done! I may possibly be getting more wide-back fabric in the future. This was fantabulous!

Since I was on a roll with the speediness of the quilt backing coming together, I chose to quilt a large all-over swirl pattern. I used 40 weight Aurifil thread, and it quilted beautifully! I did much better with my machine speed and hand movements, so I don’t have many thread goobers on the back as I did with the Grungy Windows quilt. Yes! Oh, I tried a different batting this time too. I used Quilter’s Dream Orient and I had ZERO thread breaks. The machine felt like it glided around the entire quilt. I think I have found my perfect quilting combination: Aurifil thread and Quilter’s Dream Orient batting.

2014 Modern InstaBee Binding

After it was quilted and squared up, it took me about an hour to figure out what to do with the binding. I was hoping to find a multi-colored fabric in my stash, but nothing really jumped out at me. I grabbed this Jenean Morrison True Colors Ribbon Red print and when I held it to the front I liked how it looked with all the various blocks. When I held it to the backing, I was in love. I think that texty fabric and this True Colors print is a match made in fabric heaven!

2014 Modern InstaBee edited Quilt Label

I remembered to add my quilt label, but only after quilting. I didn’t want to piece it into the backing, but I regret not attaching it before quilting so that I could have it quilted on. I really like the look of the label being fully integrated into the quilt, rather than having it sewn on (and potentially taken off by someone else later). Next time I will fuse it down and then quilt, rather than hand-stitch it into place.

2014 Modern InstaBee Quilt Front

Although we had some bad moments with this bee, I am glad for the beautiful quilt that resulted from the experience. It is my first scrappy quilt, and I can guarantee there will be more. I adore the scrappy look!

Quilt Stats:

Finished size
58.5″ x 78″
Pattern
Come Together block from Modern Bee — 13 Quilts to Make With Friends
(trimmed down to 20″ unfinished from 20.5″ unfinished)
Fabric
Various fabrics (Top)
Writing by Whistler Studios for Windham Fabrics 108″ wide back (Backing)
Jenean Morrison True Colors Ribbon Red (Binding)
Batting
Quilter’s Dream Orient
Thread
Pieced with various threads
Quilted with Aurifil 40 wt 2021
Binding stitched with Aurifil 50 wt 2021
Quilting
Free-motion all over swirls
Finished
February 10, 2016

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To-Do Tuesday 2-9-16 | Quilting the Modern Insta Bee 2014 quilt

Hello, my friends! Another week has flown by and my weekly sewing goals were accomplished. I actually got more done than I expected.

Ready to bind!

Ready to bind!

My goals for this past week were to get my backing finished for my Modern Insta Bee 2014 quilt top, baste the quilt sandwich and start quilting. I did not anticipate finishing the quilting until Monday. I started quilting Sunday morning at 10:20, took a half hour break for lunch, and finished by 4:20pm. Just in time to watch the Super Bowl [commercials!]. On Monday I trimmed and squared up the quilt, attached a quilt label, made the binding and sewed it to the front of the quilt. I even had time for pictures in good daylight! Woo Hoo! I only have to hand sew the binding to the back and I am hopeful that I will have another Finished Friday post this week.

A great thrift store find!

A great thrift store find!

An unexpected treat this week was the Mister finding an Elna Press at Goodwill. I was at work, but thankfully not too busy to answer his texts about whether to get this machine or not. I was a bit torn, since I just purchased a Steamfast Steampress from Amazon a month and a half ago. After he ensured that the Elna Press was in proper working order I told him to go ahead and buy it. The Elna is strictly a press, with no steam function. I like that for pressing quilt blocks because I never use steam when pressing those. The surface area is 10″ x 24.5″, whereas the Steamfast is 9″ x 20″. Each machine has its pros and cons, and I am grateful (and more than a little bit spoiled) to have both. We are likely to set up a summer home in a few years, so now I will have the ability to have a press at each home rather than lug one press back and forth. Yay for thrifty finds, and yay for the Mister spotting it!!

This week my goals are to get the binding finished on this quilt and to write a Finished Friday post. If I have some extra time I would like to get a start on the February Bag of the Month, The Window Shopper by Mrs. H. At the very least I would like to choose what fabrics I’ll be using.

How was your week?
Were you able to complete any items on your to-do list?

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish binding Modern InstaBee Quilt
  • Write Friday Finish post
  • Choose fabrics for Window Shopper Tote

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