A Wonky Quilt Top Finish


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Well, nothing lined up properly. And the points don’t match up. It is indeed a wonky quilt. BUT I LOVE IT just the same.

After deciding I did not want to make any more wonky blocks, I started adding borders. One white to kind of disguise the cutoff block tips. And one in black to wrap up the color explosion. I finished putting the last border on yesterday. It measures 57″ by 57″.

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For the back, I will use the two leftover blocks and surround them with polka dots. For the binding, I think I will go bold and use hot pink polka dots.

This project has been a learning experience. For sure next time, I will accurately measure the corner triangles so I don’t end up cutting into the “block” when trimming. It’s all good. If I don’t learn something from each of my projects, then I need to put my sewing machine in storage.

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I still have a ton of half-square triangles (HST’s) leftover from my Hugs and Kisses quilt. The smaller ones. I think I will trim these before deciding on a project. Not sure if I want to go wonky again.

I have one more border to sew on my Stairsteps quilt and yay!! that quilt top will be finished too.

For real!! Two quilt tops. Can you believe it?

OK… enough about me. What have you been working on? Do tell.


Linking up to.

http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2013/06/leftovers-quilt.html

http://www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com/2013/06/can-i-get-whoop-whoop-sunset-on-water.html

http://aroundtheblockdesigns.blogspot.com/2013/06/really-random-thursday-6613-kansas.html

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com/2013/06/link-finish-friday-70.html

Decision Made On My Wonky HST’s


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OK.

I have decided.

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This is how I will proceed with my Wonky Half-Square Triangle blocks.

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I thought I had enough polka dots. I have purple, hot pink, navy, orange, red, royal, kelly green, yellow, black, baby blue, gray and avocado. But now I am thinking I need a few more. Turquoise and white. Or aqua and white would be pretty. Baby pink. Maybe…

Seven more blocks are pinned and ready to sew.

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I have to use my walking foot to sew these. To get up and over the beginning “hump”. Otherwise I am sewing in place and making a thread ball.

How do you sew over bulky seams? Do tell.

Back-To-School Quilt Is Finished

This is where we left off. I was showing you the completed quilt top.

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It still needed to be quilted.

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And bound.

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Ok, let’s go. Lots to tell you. Show you.


I love it when I try something new (to me) or different and it works out ok. There are a couple of “firsts” in this quilt.

No 1: First time quilting with other than a neutral color thread. Tried black. I held my breath each time I arrived at a red section. And wouldn’t you know it, my hands got all wobbly and I messed up a few times. Intimidated by red!! But I left it as is, didn’t stop, rip and start over. I am learning that perfection is overrated.

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No 2: First time sewing the binding by machine. I sewed very slowly and stopped about every four inches to flip up the bottom to make sure I was sewing inside the binding area and not over the edge. I like the result and will likely do it again. For quilts this size or smaller.

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I had just enough of the alphabet fabric to make Dresden Plate wedges for a pillow. Had to piece two of them. So except for a few small scraps, that fabric is used up. Yay!!

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The pillow is different from any others I have made. I added a pocket. A secret hidden pocket. It is deep and the width of the pillow. I bet a child will be delighted to discover it. The intrigue of it all. It is deep enough to completely hide this notepad I covered with the ABC123 fabric.

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This set is perfect for day care. Use it at home or take it to Grandma’s. Nap time and playing school. A playmat. Quilt measures 42″ by 52″ and pillow is 12″ by 16″.

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I am finding I like black, red and white together. It is fast becoming one of my favorite color combinations.

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What are your favorite fabric color combinations? Do tell.


1st Day Of Summer Picnic

Today is the first day of Summer. Not too hot. Dry and clear.

How about we go on a picnic?

Let’s see… What to pack?

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First in the picnic basket is this sandwich.

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Next. Fruit. What is a picnic without fruit?

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How about something to read?

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Can’t forget my favorite. Yummy Brown!!

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And a little bit of art. Art In The Park.

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LOL!! You are probably thinking… what is this.


It’s the Quilted Summer Picnic Set I have been working on for about a week.

  • Fabric Wall Hanging
  • Double Table Topper
  • Table Mat
  • Placemats
  • Mug Rugs

Still have quite a bit left to do (quilt the double table topper and table mat; finish the mug rugs). But the placemats are finished. I made five.

The turquoise blue fabric is from that huge stack my friend Lennette sent me several months ago. Just starting to use some of it. Goes perfectly with the color in the Apple and Pears print. (Thanks again, Lennette. 😀 )

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The back has brown and white polka dots. Huge white dots!!

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This is the Double Table Topper. I made three single mats and decided to sew two of them together to make it longer.

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You can’t tell in this photo that two are combined.

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But you can in this one.

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I really had fun making this set. Each day brought idea changes. One minute an idea would pop up and the next, I would go off in a different direction. But I love how the set blends well together. I wish I had more mugs. Will have to check to see if I can find more. That one is one of my 99 cents finds at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

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When I get some energy, I will work on these. They were strips sewed together which I cut, then changed my mind on what to do. So I ripped out the stitching. I am thinking Mug Rugs. Add some fabric in the middle to make them cup sized. And sew on one of the fabrics for the binding. Maybe make four in each color.

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Well, that does it. TIME to go…

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(Time. Get it. My clock I so love. It is so quiet.)

Thanks for coming along with me on my picnic.