Friday, June 22, 2018

400 plus HRTs

I'm having a blast and working through my Sweetwater charm square stash plus using up bits of some yardage for my HRT quilt.  Here is what 400 HRTs look like!


Ok, so that's 250 of them in stacks and the rest in bags! (smile!)

I am bagging them in groups of 50 which makes it easy to open my bin and count how many I have. Once I hit 500, I will start sorting them (roughly) by color to start assembling into blocks.


I'm a major fan of Sweetwater (Moda) and have many of their lines in charm packs or yardage but (regretfully) not even a charm square of some of the more recent lines.  This wasn't because I didn't like them but because I started collecting mini-charms instead.

Sunkissed, Road 15, Countdown to Christmas, Pure and Freedom

In hindsight, how fun it would have been to have every single Sweetwater print represented? Or at least a single print from each of the lines. If you have a charm square to spare of any of those newer lines (those are in bold italics), please drop me an email - I'd like to have a bit of every line in this quilt.
  • 2009/2010: Authentic
  • 2010: Pure, Make Life
  • 2011: Sunkissed, Countdown to Christmas, Hometown
  • 2012: Reunion, Mama Said Sew, Lucy's Crab Shack
  • 2013: Noteworthy, The Boo Crew, Road 15
  • 2014: Wishes, The Boat House, Elementary
  • 2015: Feed Company, First Crush, Mama Said Sew Dot, Holly's Tree Farm, Varsity
  • 2016: The Treehouse Club, The Cookie Exchange, Freedom, Volume II
  • 2017: Project Red, Sunday Supper, Hometown Christmas Edition, Authentic Etc
  • 2018: Harmony, Overnight Delivery, Oxford
Interested in making your own HRTs?  Check out my tutorial!


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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Some Random Hand Quilting

Last fall, I assembled roughly 100 solid color hexies and then started to randomly assemble them together.


This project is my first ever hexie project.

One assembled together, I added some fusible fleece to the back, and began to hand-quilt using just regular 50 wt quilting thread.


Each hexie will get some stitches and I am just loving the resulting texture.


Sometimes I use matching thread and sometimes contrasting.  Some designs fill the hexie, some do not.


My goal is to turn this into a pillow when I'm done!   Just a few more to go!

I am calling my piece random - both for the placement of the colors and the choice of the stitching pattern.


I am enjoying the hand-quilting but fusible fleece was the wrong batting to use for this project.  While it saved me the trouble of basting, the effort required to push the needle through is causing me some issues - pain in my arm etc.  As a result, I only do a little stitching each day.

Almost done - I'll be sure to share the final pillow!

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Hand-piecing bliss

I'm in love with my blocks and the process of creating my blocks.  Six blocks done and I've started on the 7th.

Elm Street quilts Double Wedding Ring

The process of hand-piecing is just wonderful.  Every step is relaxing from marking the seam lines, to lining up the pieces to taking each stitch.

The inspiration for the block came from the fact that Tara Faughnan is coming to teach at my guild in June. I loved her double wedding ring class on Creativebug and am using her block pattern to create my templates.  (My blocks will be set differently than from the quilt from the class.)   The fabric is Sunprint 2018 from Alison Glass paired with a gray from Painter's Palette solids.

I am even in love with the back of the block!



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