All Quilted And Headed To The Finished Line


I made myself a promise the other day.

Only sew projects that fit inside the throat area of my sewing machine.

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Anything larger and my stress level shoots off the chart. My panic button gets pushed so often, it is completely worn out. Sewing is supposed to be fun. Relaxing. Not stressful.

I had dreaded starting on this quilt top.

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I knew I would be up to Excedrin #999 by the time I finished. And oh yes, did I ever struggle. It is only 54″ by 54″ but I had to push, pull, tug and cuss. Even with my quilting gloves with the grippers. (Cussing helped some. 😀 )

But… the quilting part is FINALLY FINISHED!! I worked on it off and on for a week.

If you look closely you will see that I appliqued the Dresden Plate wedges and centers by machine to the center of each 9 square block.

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Then sewed straight lines around each 9 square block. Next I stippled around the wedges keeping the stitches within each block and not overflowing to the next. My plan was to do loops inside the ivory border but decided to leave it as is. Then I stippled the brown polka dot border.

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Last step. I still have to sew on the binding.

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I am totally happy with how it looks thus far. I have it hanging in my newly organized “closet” for me to admire.

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Here’s the back.

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Notice my fabric stash. My reorg is looking great, eh? By color. I have little piles of each. Except for those fabrics with really busy prints in numerous colors.

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They got pushed into several Catch-All groupings.

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My charm packs are stored here in these fabric cubes.

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The whole reorg thing is still a works-in-progress. Slowly it is coming together like I want. Hopefully seeing all the neatness will inspire me to create more.

Three more quilt tops to go. All larger than this one. 😦 All made months ago. 😦 The brown and cream Log Cabin one, the purple and lavender Stair Steps one and the blue jeans quilt.

Got to catch up. And then I will keep reminding myself of the promise I made. If I can’t machine quilt it stressfree, don’t make it.


You can read about the making of this quilt here.

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/a-plate-full-of-dresdens/

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2011/03/25/going-small-with-the-dresdens/

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2011/03/27/made-a-pieced-back-for-my-dresden-plate-quilt/

https://thisyearsdozen.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/the-new-back-is-finished/


Party Of One: Quilted Table Mat and Utensil Cone

Debra, a friend and regular commenter here at This Year’s Dozen, recently asked…

“Do you ever run out of ideas?”

So far, not yet. In fact, I have an idea book and add to it just about every day. My brain sometimes goes on overload. I wish my crafty fingers could keep up. Thanks, Debra, I’ll try to keep the ideas coming. 😀

Here’s my latest creation.

Remember this? One of my Idea Sandwiches I blogged about on May 3rd.

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The end result kind of looks like the idea I had in my head. Except for rounding the corners and adding a little something extra. That is what happens as you create. Probably happens to you too. One thing leads to another. One idea seqways to a new direction.

Speaking of seqways… first let me tell you about what I do on Wednesdays. Senior Day at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. I only recently discovered the gems to be found there. For a song. And on Senior Day, on Wednesdays, they give us old folks a discount. 25% off all purchases. When I was there two weeks ago, they were giving Seniors 33% off!! I got this for $4.01. Originally $5.99.

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No matter that I don’t know what it was used for. No clue. Spice rack? Hubby said tie rack. It has holes for hanging in the back.

I know what I am going to use it for.

This…….

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How cool is this!! Well, hope you won’t mind seeing it weekly. I plan to use it as a prop for LOTS of my creations.

The fabrics I used were mostly Fat Quarters. The brick and cream with the wavy lines was bought years ago. I am thinking the first year I started blogging. Liked it but didn’t know what to do with it.

The Dresden Plate blades I decided to use flat. Not pointed and not rounded. As is, as I cut them.

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Add some sashing and some Log Cabin type borders and you get this.

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My stipling is getting better, don’t you think? First I created some boundaries with double lines. Then I free motion quilted within those lines. I added wavy stitches along the end border to go with the wavy fabric.

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Here are the rounded corners I mentioned earlier. I cut bias binding. I love the “feel” of it as I work. So different from crosswise. And easy to work with. I may use it more.

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And done!!

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Making a caddy to hold the utensils came to me out of the blue. I used more Dresden Plate blades, quilted one side, sewed them together.

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Party of One.

Come on down!!

Your table is ready.

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Hope you have enjoyed my little story on how this was created.


This is an original design by This Year’s Dozen.

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Making A Quilted Clock

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This is what I made with the fabric I showed you the other day.

A quilted clock.

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I used this Cocktail Wall Hanging as the base. I got it for $3 at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop.

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I covered it with the white fabric with black stars. But first I quilted it.

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This is my 2nd attempt at stippling. Though this looks better than my first try, it still feels weird. Like I have no control whatsoever.

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I attached the Dresden Plate block to the already quilted fabric. I just wanted to stitch around the points and not stipple the blades.

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Here are the clockwork parts. I wasn’t sure if it would work. But it does!!

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Yeah, I know… this tape looks tacky. This is here temporarily. I will figure something out. Maybe add some cardboard and some two sided tape.

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This was fun to make. I will probably make another one.

Dresden Plate Wall Hanging Is Finished!!

Come on in and looky at my quilted wall hanging. I even put a label on it. I never want to forget my first quilted item.

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I spelled it right. It just looks all weird. I need more practice with sewing fonts and figuring out how to put in a space. I had to use dashes.

Drumroll………

Binding is on.

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Everything that needed to be hand stitched is done.

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It measures 22″ by 21 1/2″.

Ready For The Binding

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Well, I am happy to tell you my bonding with my Walking Foot went well. I have had my Janome 10001 sewing machine for over four years but had never used that foot. Had to refer to my manual on how to attach it. Glad I looked first. I wouldn’t have thought to put that long arm thingy on top of the foot holder bar.

It works great!! Walking along. Giving me a smooth stitch. Had no problems whatsoever.

Here’s what I did in about 4 hours. Going very slowly.

First, I sewed in the ditch starting from the center circle of the Dresden blades going down each seam. All the way diagonally to the edge of the quilt top.

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I thought the single diagonal line looked odd so I added a short line to cross over it. Then I decided to fancy up the black dotted fabric. I made long straight lines down the length of the border. About 1/4″ apart. I wish I could have used my 1/4″ foot but did the best I could on my own.

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Now it is ready for the binding. I am going to use up some of these green strips I fussy cut from the goose panels I told you about. The ones from the 80’s.

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And then, by golly, IT WILL BE DONE. I even bought some Color Catcher. Gonna wash and dry it. And hang it up in my craft room to admire. My first ever quilted wall hanging.

It measures about 22″ by 22″.

Next, I plan to tackle one of the three larger ones. Probably my 1st quilt top. If I mess it up, I won’t care as much. It already has lots of flaws. 😀

The Next Time You See Me, I Will Be Quilted

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I know, I know. I can hardly keep all of my projects straight myself. Juggling so many!!

But I am determined to get one thing quilted this week if it kills me. And I think it will be this. I wanted to do something small first.

Points of the Dresden Plate have been machine sewn. I was going to hand sew them but said, hey, what the heck, how badly could I do. I think I did OK. Only see a spot or two that’s off.

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I also sewed around the center circle. So no flopping around.

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Layers are sprayed and pinned. So I think I am ready.

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The “New” Back Is Finished

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This is the NEW back I am going to use for my Dresden Plate quilt. I made it 4 inches wider/longer than the quilt top. All of the instructions I read in books and on-line said the back should be between 3-4 inches larger than the quilt top. Just to be on the safe side, I went with 4″. I can use whatever is cut off as strips for other projects.

Now I have to sew the plates onto the front. And then the sewing part will be done. It will just need to be quilted.

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I like this so much, I am going to make another one.