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Finished Friday | Stepping Into Tranquility

Two weeks ago I posted my first of two quilt finishes for the Stepping Stones Quilt Along that Jennifer Fulton, The Inquiring Quilter, hosted. This week is all about my second quilt finish from that quilt along.

Batik Stepping Stones Front

The previous quilt was for one of my best friends, Ana. This quilt is for her mom, Cristal. In the last post I talked about how I met Ana and how we worked together. I really got to know Cristal well when I agreed to work with her and Ana at a local dermatology office. Working with those two women was an amazing experience, and I am so grateful they asked me to be a part of their team.

Batik Stepping Stones Back

Working with Cristal and Ana was frosting on the cake compared to having them become a big part of my life. Cristal is one of the hardest working people I have ever met, and she is always striving to learn more, do more, and help others do their best as well. She is, hands down, the best manager I have ever worked for. She is a woman with a huge heart and a generous spirit and not only do I consider her a friend, I see her as my family. Whether she knows it or not, she’s stuck with me for life!

Batik Stepping Stones Close Up

I chose to make her quilt from Timeless Treasures Tonga Batiks in Romance. I thought the colors were a good match to the decor in one of her rooms and they just felt like Cristal when I saw them. I was nervous using batiks, having heard that they are sometimes difficult to sew with. I made sure to use a smaller needle than usual and used Aurifil 50 wt thread and had no problems at all piecing the quilt.

Batik Stepping Stones

I did have a bit more struggle with the quilting as my thread broke several times. I think it’s because I used 50 wt thread instead of 40 wt and my Juki TL-2200 QVP-S sit-down quilting machine loves the 40 wt. Still, only three or four thread breaks? That’s awesome compared to how many I used to get using my Brother PQ1500-S for the quilting! The only other trouble I had was hand stitching the binding down with a different thread brand. I usually use Aurifil for all my quilting, but had some left over Superior King Tut 40 wt variegated thread that matched the binding fabric better than any Aurifil I had on hand. This thread would not pull smoothly through the binding fabric at all, and it constantly tangled on me. I had to cut shorter lengths of it as it would start to shred if I sewed with the same length of thread for too long. It was a good thread for quilting when I used it before, but horrible for me when using it for hand stitching. I’ll be sticking with my favorite Aurifil from now on!

Batik Stepping Stones Label

I designed the label and had it printed by Spoonflower on an 8″ sample square. I really like doing this, as I can make sure my labels won’t wash out after a while. I pieced it into the back so that it becomes a part of the quilt and is quilted over as well. The name for the quilt usually pops into my head while I start working with the fabrics. These fabrics remind me of a tranquil place, and since the pattern name is Stepping Stones, “Stepping Into Tranquility” just seemed to fit perfectly.

Cristal, you are part of the family I got to choose for myself. I love you and I am so grateful to have you in my life. Thank you for all of the encouragement and love you give to me. I am blessed!

And for those who like quilt stats:

“Stepping Into Tranquility”

Finished size
69″ x 80.5″
Pattern
Stepping Stones by Jennifer Fulton
Fabric
Timeless Treasures Tonga Batik precuts in Romance (Top)
Timeless Treasures Tonga Batik Reeds print from Romance (Backing)
Timeless Treasures Tonga Batik Stained Glass print from Romance(Binding)
Batting
Warm & Natural
Thread
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt 2370
Quilted with Aurifil 50 wt 2325
Binding stitched with Superior King Tut 40 wt 927
Quilting
Free-motion all over swirls
Finished
May 17, 2016

Linking up with:
TGIFF hosted by Iris of Crazydutchbirdquilts
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts


To-Do Tuesday 5-17-16 | Summer Schedule

Batik Stepping Stones

I completed the final sewing item on my list last night when I finished sewing the binding to the back of my batik Stepping Stones quilt. I will write more about that quilt in a Finished Friday post that will go up this week.

Thank you to everyone who responded about guest hosting To-Do Tuesday over the summer during the months of June and July. I really appreciate the help, and I think it will be a lot of fun to visit other blogs and see what everyone else has been working on.

Here’s the June and July schedule of bloggers:

June 7th: Sarah of Georgia Girl Quilts
June 14th: Myra of Busy Hands Quilts
June 21st: Here – Stitch All The Things
June 28th: Amy of Swimming in a Sea Of Estrogen
July 5th: Here- Stitch All The Things
July 12th: Bernie of Needle and Foot
July 19th: Myra of Busy Hands Quilts
July 26th: Amy of Swimming in a Sea Of Estrogen

I will be sure and put up a post each Tuesday making sure we all visit the right blog to link up our posts. Thanks again for the help everyone; I am excited to see the projects we work on over the summer!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Prepare for trip.

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Finished Friday | Heartfelt

When Jennifer Fulton, The Inquiring Quilter, said she was going to be doing a Quilt Along with her Stepping Stones pattern back in February, I said COUNT.ME.IN. I had a friend’s birthday coming up and I wanted to make a quilt for her, so the timing couldn’t have been better. (I actually made two quilts during the QAL, but next week I will talk about quilt #2.)

Pink Stepping Stones Finished

One of my dearest and bestest friends (after Mister, of course), is Ana. She is a wonderful woman I met after moving to Lake Havasu City and I started working at Walmart. She made the job SO FUN (and believe-you-me that is EVERYTHING when you’re working THAT job), and she taught me a lot when I started working in the Money Center and then again at the Customer Service counter. I left Walmart about a year later, and the only thing I missed after leaving was Ana.

Fast forward four years. We kept in touch through Facebook and bumping into each other at church and around town, but one morning while I was lazing about and still in my pajamas I got a phone call from Ana. She wanted to know if I would come work with her and her mom in the Lab at a local dermatologist’s office. Mister and I had some discussion about it, and two hours later I told her yes. To make a long story VERY short, I no longer work at the dermatology office but my time spent working with Ana and her mom were the absolute best of my entire working life. We three were an amazing team and I learned a lot from the two of them.

Pink Stepping Stones Quilt Backing

As far as this quilt goes, Ana LOVES pink. I asked her mom if there were any colors other than pink I could put into a quilt for her and the response went something like, “Pink, pink, pink, and more pink.” I think I covered it with this quilt. I pulled all of the pink solids and prints from my stash and chose the best that worked well together. I had more solids than prints at first, but then raided my Tula stash to help fill out the prints.

Pink Stepping Stones Label

It took me about a month to find the right backing for this quilt. I stumbled across a print, Heartfelt Hearts & Words by Peg Conley for Clothworks, on Fabric.com one evening and knew it was the perfect backing for my friend. It has the sweetest quotes all over it. The sentiments describe how I feel about her, so I took my inspiration for the title of this quilt from the fabric and named it “Heartfelt”. I also made a label and had it printed on an 8″ swatch by Spoonflower. I’ve already had devastating results printing my own, so I leave that to the professionals now.

Pink Stepping Stones Binding

I also found the right binding while shopping for the backing. I love a good stripey binding, and the varying pinks in the Summer Song 2 Stripe in Pink print were perfect! I really think it puts a nice frame around all the pinks in the quilt.

Pink Stepping Stones Quilting

Since I was making two quilts at the same time and running up against a hard date to get the quilt to Ana, I chose to do an all-over swirls design for the quilting. I still have a ways to go on making my swirls pretty, but some turned out spectacularly well and others were “thank goodness my friend loves me so she won’t care” bad. I quilted this on my sit-down quilting machine, the Juki TL-2200 QVP-S. This machine absolutely loves Aurifil 40 weight thread and I had zero thread breaks with this quilt. I LOVE when everything flows smoothly, especially when I’m on a time-crunch!

Pink Stepping Stones Quilt

Pink Stepping Stones Quilt

I gave the quilt to my friend last Friday, a few days before her birthday, and I think she loves it. Happy Birthday, Sassafrass! I luvses you FOREVER! And for those of you who like quilt stats:

“Heartfelt”

Finished size
69″ x 80.5″
Pattern
Stepping Stones by Jennifer Fulton
Fabric
Various fabrics including Kona Cotton solids, Tula PInk, and Art Gallery Fabrics (Top)
Heartfelt Hearts & Words by Peg Conley for Clothworks (Backing)
Summer Song 2 Stripe in Pink by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake Fabrics (Binding)
Batting
Warm & Natural
Thread
Pieced with Aurifil 50 wt 2530
Quilted with Aurifil 40 wt 2425
Binding stitched with Aurifil 40 wt 2530
Quilting
Free-motion all over swirls
Finished
May 5, 2016

Linking up with:
TGIFF hosted by Quokka Quilts
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts


To Do Tuesday 5-3-16 | Shifting Into Overdrive

After feeling like I was getting so far behind on my projects, I seemed to have kicked into high gear this past week. By Friday afternoon I still had not received my replacement grommet die, so I ran to Harbor Freight and bought some cheap grommet setting pliers. It worked fine setting grommets into the bag I was testing, so I was able to finish that up on Sunday and send my tester notes in to the pattern designer. I was feeling more and more anxious about getting that done with each day that passed, so I feel amazingly relieved that I was able to complete it before the deadline this Thursday.

Basted Quilts

In the three days I spent waiting for the grommet die to arrive I assembled both Stepping Stones quilt tops. After taking grommet matters into my own hands, and finishing the bag, I got back to work on the quilts. I pieced the backings and basted both quilts. I will be quilting today!!

I plan to have both quilts completely quilted, squared up and bound by this weekend. I’m on a certain deadline that I’ll talk a little bit about next week, so I am very motivated to get these quilts done!

What are your plans this week?

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Quilt both quilts
  • Square and bind both quilts

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Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
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