5/08/2015

Scattered Projects

I've been working on so many things that I don't have a full post on any one thing. I've been wasting spending a lot of time picking fabrics for the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along. The first 3 blocks are done. I really enjoyed making the chick block. I will definitely make the full size quilt from the book in the 12 inch block, it's adorable!!


I found a decorative stitch on my machine to use in place of embroidery for the legs.


The pieces in these blocks are so small and this is new to me. I need more practice!


This block has 3 true vintage fabrics in it. They are a bit thinner than I like so I'm not sure I will use more in this quilt or not.

Last week I finished the first block of the Hillside Houses Quilt Along at Pretty Little Quilts. Blocks 2 and 3 are up and I'm excited to see this come together. The blocks are huge, 20 inches. This is a fun one! It's just getting started if anyone wants to jump in :)


I cut up some pillowcases the other night and decided to make up a vintage sheet quilt for my sister. I'm learning a few things from this one. I've never used polyester batting in a quilt. My Mom always sent us quilts backed with a sheet and she always used polyester batting. They were the softest, most comfy quilts ever. I wanted this one to have that comfy factor. I used a good batting from the Warm Company. I have learned basting spray doesn't stick so good to polyester batting. The back is a bit baggy to my dismay. Sorry for the dark and quick picture. I'm almost done quilting it now and will get more photos.


I used a microtex needle to piece and quilt this. Another first for me on a quilt. I love them! The quilting stitches seemed so much smoother and even. I think I'm going to try one with a regular quilt as well. It worked so great for me.

I will be back in a couple days with more pictures when this is done, and if it stops raining (no complaints here, we need it). Have a Happy Mother's Day!

18 comments:

  1. It sounds like you are really busy and productive! I know what you mean about some fabric feeling really thin; even some newer fabrics have surprised me lately (some Kaffe Fassett, honestly). I am going to really enjoy seeing your houses come together; that is definitely a tempting QAL but I am going to resist for now!

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  2. That little bird is so sweet! Thanks for the tip about Microtex needles - I'm such a novice I'd never heard of them. Gone to look them up:-)

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  3. Wow - you are very busy! Good for you!!! That chickie is toooo cute, seriously - a whole quilt would be amazing. I love his stitched legs!!!

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  4. I love the vintage sheet quilt--it is so beautiful! And your chick block is really cute. I'm worried about making that one because the legs!

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  5. Christine, you've been getting lots of wonderful things accomplished! Such cute Farm Girl blocks. And I LOVE your vintage pillowcase quilt! Wow, so sunny and cheerful, your sister will adore that! I did not know that about the spray basting and polyester batting. Thanks for the warning. Love Hillside house #1! Watch out for thin fabrics. The Kaffe quilt that I made for my daughter is wearing out so quickly that they had to turn it into a wall hanging to preserve it.

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  6. Darling blocks. I really like the little chick's legs. :) I did hear that if you spray both the polyester batting and the fabric that you can spray baste with polyester batting. But I have yet to try it.

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  7. You've been busy Christine! That chick blog is truly adorable. I like what you've done so far! I definitely don't care for sewing small pieces. I think I'm going to try to catch up on the Hillside Houses QAL tomorrow. I love that quilt! I've used topstitch needles for quilting... maybe I'll give microtex a try. Your sis is going to love her comfy vintage quilt! Keep up the good work.

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  8. Everything is very cute and you have some great advice here!

    The.Embroidery.Lady on IG. :-)

    aka Melisa Haggai

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    1. Melisa, thank you for dropping by! I'm enjoying all the new friends being made on Instagram :) If you are unaware, you are a no reply blogger so I couldn't respond directly. Again, I appreciate the visit!

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    2. What does that mean "no reply blogger"?
      I have no idea-lol.
      I don't have a blog site-if that's what you mean?
      Help a gal out here-lmao.
      Thanks Melisa

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    3. What does that mean "no reply blogger"?
      I have no idea-lol.
      I don't have a blog site-if that's what you mean?
      Help a gal out here-lmao.
      Thanks Melisa

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  9. Those vintage sheets/pillowcase make a fantastic quilt.

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  10. You have been a busy girl. Your blocks look great. I had fun making my chick too.
    I have been wanting to make a vintage sheet quilt for our bed. Yesterday I started looking through some of my stash to see what I had not very much. Part of the fun is collecting right?
    Hope you have a great day my dear.
    Hugs
    donna

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  11. You have been a busy girl. Your blocks look great. I had fun making my chick too.
    I have been wanting to make a vintage sheet quilt for our bed. Yesterday I started looking through some of my stash to see what I had not very much. Part of the fun is collecting right?
    Hope you have a great day my dear.
    Hugs
    donna

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  12. Your Farm Girl blocks are super sweet, Christine. And same goes for the Hillside house block. What perfect piecing and pressing!

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  13. I really like your farm girl blocks, the fabrics you used are perfect.

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