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

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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!

13 responses to “Focus Update

  1. Congrats on another finish!


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  3. I actually like the ‘wonky’ backing…but understand the frustration behind getting a backing with a definite direction properly aligned with the front.
    Question: did you quilt this on your ‘domestic’ machine? If so, it’s a large quilt, right? Wow.
    But if not and you own/used a large quilting machine…you did it up sooooo quickly! Wow.
    And, I spy your signature lime green here, too! HA!


    • Laura, up until recently, all of my machine quilting was done by pin basting and quilting with my dsm. I now have a Grace frame set up with a Juki machine…still not a professional long arm by any means. I have never quilted with a long arm…never rented one…so I am teaching myself to use the frame and pantographs. Maybe I will graduate beyond pantographs to custom at some point, but that could be frustrating as I only have about 4.5″ of space to work with…even the pantographs have to be small. This particular quilt is about 43″ x 53″, but I have done a large Bonnie Hunter design on the frame.
      Truthfully, I prefer machine quilting with the dsm (I’ve done as large as 110″), but it is what I am used to and comfortable with.
      You have my number….I love lime! In retrospect, however, I think I should have used red. Or orange…I love orange, too…don’t know why I didn’t think of it! 🙂

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  4. Hi Laura! Ooh, that flange binding looks so nice and it’s just the perfect color for a nice pop. I always think I want to try that once when I see them, but then never actually think of it when I could. Nice job! ~smile~ Roseanne


  5. Very pretty and bright! You have accomplished a lot! More than the ole’ lady here! LOL Hugs


    • Nanette, you are a bundle of energy, and you are ambitious! It is fun to see what you are up to! You inspire me to want to make another traditional applique quilt (I love making these), but so far, I am resisting. I really want to move the ufo’s out!


  6. You are flying! I love the colors on both of these quilts!


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