Urban Nature: Blocks 1 and 2

After much thought and careful planning, I’ve designed the pattern for the Urban Nature quilt.  The quilt will be made up of 25 blocks, and each block has a finished measurement of 19 inches.  The blocks will be set 5 by 5 to get a 95×95 quilt top.

The fabric pieces were all different sizes, so I cut the pieces to get 25 focus fabric pieces.  I’m then framing each focus fabric with a neutral color of cream, browns, or greens to create an unfinished block of 19.5 inches.

So far I have 8 blocks finished, and here are photos of the first two blocks:

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Rocqua: Labeled

Sometimes the hardest part of finishing a project is getting started with the finishing touches.  That’s where I’ve been with the Rocqua Rythm quilt.  It was waiting patiently for me to sew the binding.  I determined that yesterday was going to be the day that I got started.

Much to my surprise I started and finished all within 4 hours!  I must be getting faster at hand sewing, because at a 65″ square it surely isn’t a small quilt.

Anyway, this morning I put the label on, and as I type this it is getting washed.  Not sure if I’ll have pictures up today, because the light is bad—it’s been pouring for the last 9 hours and I think it’s supposed to rain all day.  So until I get some photos up, I hope this tides you over.

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Apple Binding

7 1/2 hours and 25 filled bobbins later (that is not a typo…it took 25 bobbins to finish this quilt!!!), I finished quilting the Rocqua Rhythm quilt.  As I mentioned here, my stippling is getting tighter, and it keeps getting tighter.  I certainly need to figure out a way to go bigger with my quilting.  I hope I can prove the lady in my local quilt shop wrong when she said “once you go small you can never go back.”

Even though it took me a very long time to quilt, I do love how it turned out.

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Anyway, now it’s on to the binding.  I now have the binding attached to the front, and now I need to hand stitch the binding to the back.  I haven’t had a whole lot of motivation to do this (perhaps because it took so long to quilt), but hopefully I can get the binding done soon, because I absolutely love this quilt!

Quilting the Rocqua Rhthym Quilt Top

Quilting the Rocqua Rhthym quilt top is taking a very long time and a lot of thread.  I chose pink thread as it blends really nicely with all the colors.  Ethan, my five-year-old, said “Mommy, the pink thread doesn’t look good on the green color fabric.”  But I think it looks really nice.

Here’s a half quilted block:

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Rocqua Rhythm Sandwich

And now for the Rocqua Rhythm sandwich.  It’s pin basted and ready to quilt.  But there is no time to quilt this weekend since today is my little princess’ 4th birthday, and we have a weekend of birthday festivities.

This quilt is pretty big measuring in at a 65″ square, so I’m guessing it will take me quite some to quilt this one.

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Rocqua Rhythm Back

One unexpected surprise from our new earlier mornings since Ethan started kindergarten is that Ellie, who was once phasing naps out, definitely needs a midday rest.  What does all this mean?  I have found that I now have 1 to 2 hours of time during the day all to myself!  And guess what I decided to do with that time?  Quilt…shocking I know!

On Wednesday I had the creative itch during this new found time, and I sewed up the back for the Rocqua Rhythm quilt.  I designed the back, and I just love it!  It’s kind of a large modified log cabin.  When I originally bought fabric for the back my intention was to just use the turquoise and the white with pink flowers.  After I finished the top and laid out the backing fabric, I felt the back needed some more punch and pizazz.  So, I played around with the leftover fabrics from the quilt top and the turquoise and white with pink flowers until I found an arrangement I liked.  I really do love how it turned out…in fact, I like the back as much as the front!

The binding is going to be the apples from the quilt top.

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In A Bind: Less Time

Ethan had his first day of Kindergarten yesterday!!!!  Since we have to be out the door 90 minutes earlier than we did for preschool, I’m finding I too need to go to bed earlier.  And since most of my quilting happens in the evenings after the kiddos are in bed, my earlier bedtime means less time to quilt.  Bummer, but hopefully I’ll adjust and still work in some good quilting.

In the meantime I’ve been hand sewing the binding to the back of the Merry & Bright quilt.

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Merry & Bright Sandwich

I’ve got my Merry & Bright quilt top and backing sandwiched together and pin basted.  I went to my local quilt shop today and got a cool gold toned (but it’s not shiny or anything like that) thread for the quilting.

Here’s a peak:

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Front

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Pieced back

Now I just need to find the time to quilt this baby.

Back to Quilting

We are back from vacation, and my sewing machine is back from getting a good cleaning and tune up…yay!  I managed to finish quilting the Ellie Fun quiltop, and now it’s on to the binding.  I’ve got the binding sewed on to to the front and now am in the beginning stages of hand sewing the binding to the back of the quilt.

I usually like to finish a project before starting a new one, but I was feeling the need to be creative a few nights ago, so I broke out my Merry & Bright layer cake and got started.  I’ve got the quilt top done, and last night I finished piecing the back.  It’s a gift, so you’ll have to wait until December to see the completed project, but I may give some sneak peaks! 😉  I just love this line…so much so that I bought a layer cake for myself to someday turn it into something fabulous, but my quilt will have to wait for another day.

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Merry & Bright by Sandy Gervais for Moda

Ellie Fun Quilting Day 1

We are leaving tomorrow for vacation.  My plan all along was to bring my sewing machine in today for a good cleaning, and since we we would be out of town I wouldn’t miss it.  Then yesterday I got the quilting itch.  I got out the Ellie Fun quilt top and backing and went to work getting the sandwich together and pinning the whole thing…all by myself.  It’s the first time I’ve gotten a sandwich this size together all by myself!

Then I got to quilting.  I usually quilt in the evenings after the kiddos are off to dreamland.  Uncharted territory here to quilt during the day.  Everything was going great (except for the many interruptions to diffuse the “Ellie’s bothering me” or the “TT hit me” etc–must have been something in the air because they were at each others throats all day long!) until I was just under halfway done with the quilting, and then my upper tension went crazy.  I tried everything I knew, and nothing worked, and I couldn’t even thread the bobbin without the thread snapping when the bobbin was only 1/4 full.

So there went my plans (and sanity).  I so wanted to have this quilt quilted, and binding attached, so I could bring the quilt with me and hand sew the binding to the back of the quilt while poolside.  Well, it’s just not going to happen.

I packed up my machine and brought it to the shop this morning, and it should be all done and ready to finish this quilting project when we get back.

Quilting will resume in the evenings after the kiddos are off to dreamland when we return from vacation.  Superstitious?  Perhaps.

So, until it’s done, here’s what I have so far:

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Quilted with lime green thread (I really like the contrast on the brown)