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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

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To-Do Tuesday 10-4-16 | Quilting the Alpine Quilt

Happy October! I am so excited that Fall is here! We actually don’t experience too much of a “Fall” season here. No trees full of leaves turning gorgeous shades of red, orange and yellow before falling. No crisp autumn air where you can see your breath in the morning. Nope. It’s pretty much just a warm month. But this year we’re about 10 degrees cooler than usual, and so the beginning of October feels more like the end of October and I am taking that wonderful feeling of it’s-cooling-down-now weather and enjoying the heck out of it! How about you? How is the weather where you are?

Stitch ALL The Things | Flying Geese Diamonds quilting

As far as my to-do list goes, I did finish quilting the Flying Geese Diamond quilt and managed to get the binding sewn onto the front only an hour before writing this. I had a lot of trouble quilting this one.

Stitch ALL The Things | Flying Geese Diamond Block

A lot of the quilting problems seemed to come from a combination of things. The different thicknesses on the quilt from the blocks was a big issues. The weight of the quilt was another. The strain of moving the quilt would pull on the needle and that resulted in a lot of thread shredding. It took me all week to get this quilt finished simply because of my frustration with the constant breakage.

Stitch ALL The Things | Juki TL2200 QVP foot

After quilting one half of the quilt, I decided to check and see if I could raise my foot a little higher to accommodate the various fabric thicknesses. This foot needs the space of the thickness of a credit card in between the foot and the quilt sandwich. I was surprised to find that I had an extra 1/16th to lift my foot up and that made all the difference in the world! I still had a couple of shredded thread breakages, but nothing like when I quilted the first half of the quilt.

Stitch ALL The Things | Alpine Fabric Red Stripe Binding

I had to take a picture of this binding. It is absolutely, amazingly, spectacularly, and wonderfully perfect for this quilt! For ANY Christmas themed quilt, actually. I am so in love with this binding that it made all of the quilting struggles melt away.

Stitch ALL The Things | Halloween Town Stitching

In other stitchy news, I completed the Halloween Town cross stitch pattern. I will make this into a throw pillow as soon as I’m done with the Christmas quilt. I also started working on my Wacky Witches in Stitches WIP again. This is going to be really cute when it’s finished!

Stitch ALL The Things | Wacky Witches in Stitches WIP

This week I will be focused on stitching down the binding on the Flying Geese Diamonds quilt. I also have to come up with a name for it. The Mister is leaving this coming Saturday to go to the Oregon house, so I also want to get the Christmas placemats, napkins, and coasters done this week and send those up with him.

What is on your list this week? Do you have any Fall sewing or Holiday sewing in your plans?

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Binding Flying Geese Diamonds Quilt
  • Make Placemats, Napkins & Coasters
  • Continue working on Wacky Witches WIP

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To-Do Tuesday 9-20-16 | Working on the Flying Geese Diamond Quilt

Happy Tuesday! How are you all coming along with your to-do lists? I am so happy to say that I think my Sewjo is back in full force! We have had a very busy week over here (including an ecstatic newly licensed 16 year old driver in the house), and I still managed to get all of the blocks made for the Flying Geese Diamond Quilt I am sewing up with the Alpine fabric I’ve been itching to play with.

Flying Geese Diamond Quilt blocks

Well… All of the blocks are made, but as you can see I goofed. There were two white tone-on-tone prints in the line and I didn’t want to use those prints with the white background. So I did some Christine Quilty Math and came up with needing two extra red blocks to complete the quilt. Ah… Yeah. But, no. My Christine Quilty Math lived up to its reputation of always being wrong. I ordered extra yardage to make placemats with, and I believe I’ll have enough of the grey with red ornaments print to make two grey blocks. Thank goodness. I am going to take two of the extra red blocks, and the two 10″ white tone-on-tone prints and make a pillow cover with them. Also, I just threw these blocks up onto the “design wall” pretty quickly, and I can see there is some rearranging that needs to be done. But yay for getting all (mostly) of the blocks done!

Flying Geese Diamond Block Seam

I did want to make some comments about this block. I really love how it looks, but i would not recommend using 10″ precuts for it. They are not always cut square, or even at a full 10″. The pinking on the edges is about an 1/8″ deep, and that can really make it difficult to have full seam allowances when your block is already a tiny bit short, as you can see in the picture above. This block also has 6 layers of fabric at the center seam allowance. It makes it a bit thick, but I had no problem sewing it. I think it will be fine to quilt over as well, but I did press all of those seams open because of the bulk.

This week I will finish up the block layout, add two borders (I hate borders, but this quilt needs them), sew the backing yardage together and baste the quilt.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Make two grey blocks
  • Decide on layout and assemble quilt top
  • Sew backing
  • Baste quilt
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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