Curved Nine Patch Table Runners

I realized that I need to make table runners/table toppers (maybe even some mug rugs) this year.  So I have begun with a Curved Nine Patch table runner  that I only had photos for the back (which you can find that post, and a pattern link, by clicking here).  

Here are the two table runners, finished, but not washed:

Curved Nine Patch

Close up of some of the quilting:

Curved Nine Patch

Curved Nine Patch

The unwashed back (and the last back photo that I am ever going to take of these things):

Curved Nine Patch

Washed (which I like much better), and on the tables:

Curved Nine Patch

Curved Nine Patch

Curved Nine Patch

Curved Nine Patch

 

Winter Blizzard

I thought it would be fun to share a little about my part of the world.

The following photos are slightly dark and ‘blue’.  Yesterday, I was stitching all warm and snug inside my cozy home, so most of the photos of the blizzard are taken from inside, looking out.

Snow January 12-2020

Snow January 12-2020

Snow January 12-2020

Snow January 12-2020

Snow January 12-2020

Snow January 12-2020

Snow January 12-2020

Snow January 12-2020

Today, the sun shined briefly, but many 1000’s are without power.  Mine is restored, and I am home from work for the day, so as soon as I post this, I will be going back upstairs to do some quilting.

I put away the Christmas decorations, and realized that I don’t have table runners and table toppers that I can use throughout the year.  So I will be adding these types of projects to my FOCUS list.

I stitched together a curved nine patch (also known as Glorified nine patch) table runner.  In fact, I have made two.  I must’ve been mentally far away, because I cut out enough extra parts to make two.  Sheesh!  I forgot to take a photo, but the free pattern that I downloaded many years ago, is still available from Connecting Threads.  You can find it here.

Pin basting, stitching in the ditch, and removing the pins are all completed.  Here is a look at the back (I don’t know why I would remember to photograph the back and not the front):

Curved Nine Patch

Curved Nine Patch

I could call it done, but where is the fun in that?  I will be doing some decorative free motion quilting (actually all of the stitching in the ditch was done free motion).

And I will show you the front when I am done.

I promise.

Candace Project Update 8

As I take a little time out to read blog posts that I enjoy, I see that most are in the midst of choosing their 2020 goals and new word of the year.

I find it all very inspiring!

And very distracting, too.

I have had a difficult time not planning fun, new projects and joining in the group challenges and mysteries.

I want to.  I really do.

But I also want to do ‘my thing’…whatever that is.  I guess I chose my word of the year already, when, in November, I decided to create a FOCUS list for myself.  I know it is only Day 1 of January, but I am amazed at myself for sticking with it so far!  I keep the list updated here, and I am happy that it does show progress.

Two projects (the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler and Vintage Ornaments) are completed and I am working on the third.

As you can see from the links below, I haven’t worked on Candace since last August.  Here is a reminder of where I left her:

Candace

I have been working on free motion zigzagging all of the pieces so that they will be secure.

Candace

Candace

I thought you might like to see some close-ups.

Candace

Candace

Candace

Candace

Candace

She will be ready for thread painting detail soon.

May you all be blessed with a happy, healthy, and productive New Year!

Candace Project 1

Candace Project 2

Candace Project 3

Candace Project 4

Candace Project 5

Candace Project 6

Candace Project 7

Vintage Ornaments Finished

I am happy to share a finish before the end of the year!

Vintage Ornaments is now a completed quilt!  

I have a few close pictures of the machine quilting for you.  I have used decorative quilting, and background filler quilting (to show off the ornaments).

Vintage Ornaments

Vintage Ornaments

Vintage Ornaments

Vintage Ornaments

Vintage Ornaments

Except for the binding, this was a fun project!  I have trouble sewing a binding on completely by machine.  I need more practice…especially with the corners!  If anyone has tips for me, please share!  Meanwhile, I will keep practicing, and, who knows, maybe one day I will master it!

The completed quilt:

Vintage Ornaments

Tiny Tree and Vintage Ornaments Update

I am very close to the end of working nearly a month without a day off (from Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Day).   The madness is calming down and I believe I am going to survive another crazy shipping season after all!

I have even been able to enjoy some peaceful sewing time!

The Temecula Quilt Company’s tiny tree is sewn.  The quilting will wait…the piecing is what I needed for the time being.  I think I will be decorating this little guy with buttons.

Temecula Quilt Company's Tiny Tree

The Vintage Ornaments quilt (and here) is slowly getting quilted.  The last time that I shared, this quilt was quilted in the ditch, and the ornaments were outlined.

Since then, I have quilted inside the setting triangles.

Vintage Ornaments

I am now marking lines to quilt the sashing.  

Vintage Ornaments

I do have template rulers, and a ruler foot for my domestic sewing machine, but I find it easier to mark my lines, and free motion stitch without the ruler.  It is what I am used to…maybe someday this old dog will learn to use the rulers for how they were intended.  

Maybe.

Hey…whatever works!

Vintage Ornaments

For the curious, I am using Wonderfil’s rayon thread for the decorative machine quilting.

Distraction

So…I’ve had a tiny distraction.  Just a tiny one.

I couldn’t resist Temecula Quilt Company’s Tiny Tree Sew Along.

Temecula Quilt Company's Tiny Tree

These tiny blocks are so cute and fun.  I can make them from scraps…no cutting yardage for this sweet project!

Meantime, the basket continues to fill with bow tie blocks.

Bow Tie Leader/Enders

The Vintage Ornaments quilt has been completely stitched in the ditch (using Wonderfil Invisafil thread) and all of the basting pins removed.

Vintage Ornaments

The appliques have been stitched around as well.  Next up, some decorative (as opposed to functional) machine quilting.

I think I am doing pretty well considering that I haven’t had a full day off from the day job since Thanksgiving Day.  I am determined not to be as depressed as in the past and to stay focused on accomplishing what I can.

So far…so good.

Focus Update

I began the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler in March of 2018.

My last update was in November of this year, where I shared that I completed the quilting.

I tried a new-to-me technique, and finished the quilt with a flange binding.  (I used Susie’s Magic Binding method.)  I like the results, but I felt that my binding was too wide, so when I try this again, I will experiment with the measurements.

The days have been overcast, foggy, dark and short, so my picture taking isn’t very good, but it is enough for you to see my progress.

RSC18 Squared Away Sampler

I am so happy to put a UFO finish on my FOCUS list (I keep it updated for myself here)!

I have a thing or two to learn about loading the backing straight on a frame.  Ha, ha!

RSC18 Squared Away Sampler

RSC18 Squared Away Sampler

Close up of the flange binding:

RSC18 Squared Away Sampler

Close ups for the fun of it:

RSC18 Squared Away Sampler

RSC18 Squared Away Sampler

* To see all of the monthly posts for the RSC18 Squared Away Sampler, simply put RSC18, or Squared Away Sampler, in the Search box.

The Vintage Ornaments quilt has been pin basted!

Vintage Ornaments

I have no idea how I am going to quilt it, except that it will be with the domestic sewing machine, and I will begin by stitching in the ditch to stabilize the layers and remove some of those pins.

Vintage Ornaments

Vintage Ornaments

A few more bow tie blocks have been sewn, but no photo to show.

December will probably be too busy to do much more with my list of sewing goals (as I am sure it will be for you, too).  I have discovered, however, that a few minutes here, and a few minutes there, do eventually add up to a finished project.

Enjoy the season!