Thursday, July 30, 2015

This week at Island Time

I had some great quilting times this week! We had a "Christmas in July" day at my house with my Sugar Creek Quilters, where we sewed, ate, laughed, sewed and ate some more! I was able to start a new quilt with a layer cake from the Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial "Alter Ego" (just a four-patch and a QST). I even ordered the border and backing fabric and got it in the mail this week, so it's ready to to border and then quilt! I'm using the "Holly's Tree Farm" line of fabric, and it's adorable. I used a layer cake, plus a yard of inner border, 3 yards of border, a yard of binding, and ordered five yards of backing in this great flannel. I've linked the Fat Quarter Shop (not an affiliate link), but you might find it at your local quilt shop! I have to say, FQS got my extra yardage here in three days. I love both Fat Quarter Shop and Missouri Star Quilt Company for their speedy service and great selection of Moda fabrics. I actually bought my layer cake when I was in Ohio in June, so you could also order from Fabric Shack if you like...which for a long time was my local quilt shop!

Then I pieced a cute "leftovers" top from the scraps remaining from Gumdrop's baby quilt. I used the Moda Bake Shop pattern "Lattice Bones" to piece this fun finish. I have the backing pieced and ready to go, so this will go in my frame in August.

I quilted two client quilts on Monday, and got their bindings on by Thursday, so they are ready for pick up. They are both such fabulous quilts, and they have great textures. I'm happy to attach your ready-made binding for you, or even completely finish your quilts. I honestly think binding is one of my favorite parts!

Julie's Quilt is quilted in "Amulet" by Lorien Quilting in Glide Cool Grey 3.

Nicholette's Quilt is quilted in Baptist Swirl in Glide Magic Mint.

I have a third client quilt in my frame now. It's a great vintage top, which has challenges that stretch me as a quilter. Many vintage tops were pieced from templates, and may have very full blocks or borders. I have lots of tricks for flattening that excess fabric out! Check out my Facebook page to see the finished pictures of this vintage snail's trail as I complete it.

As always, follow me on Facebook or Instagram for the most up to date pictures, because I can snap them and publish from my phone on the fly.

Happy sewing!


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