Wednesday, November 28, 2012

When I'm not sewing hexagons...


I've been quilting my Amish Star quilt. 

 I've stitched in the ditch and done some crazy zig zag quilting with my machine and now I'm having fun with perle 8 thread. Lovely big chunky stitches of colour. It's been a while since I did any hand quilting so I'm still finding my rocking rhythm. 


I'm half way through sewing the binding on my Wild Thing quilt. I'll do a proper finished quilt post about this one soon.

I have 2 more quilts waiting to be bound. I'm going to attempt machine binding - wish me luck. 


I've made some house blocks for Beth at Love Laugh Quilt for her Neighbourhood Party.

  Some of the blocks will become prizes in a house block lottery and some are used for charity quilts.
 The deadline is January the 1st, so there's plenty of time to sew a few more...

I've finally quilted my Sunny Day in Swoon Town doll quilt. This little quilt has waited six months for me to quilt it and when I finally did it hardly took any time at all, I finished it in one evening. I wonder why I put these things off. 



Don't forget to follow the 15 Minutes of Play Book Blog Hop  for your chance to win the new coolest book in town.


Flipping through this book is great incentive to finish my WIP's because there's quilts in there I'm just going to have to make!!

Hope you've been doing some fun sewing too!

40 comments:

Quiltjane said...

All you work is absolutely gorgeous. The top quilt is especially beautiful with that pieced background.

Quiltjane said...

All you work is absolutely gorgeous. The top quilt is especially beautiful with that pieced background.

Terry said...

Your quilts are always like a peek in the lolly shop window. Desire Ah!!
Good Luck with the machine binding I'm sure you'll do just great .

Catherine said...

Your Sunny Day in Swoon Town is brilliant - such a great idea. I'm looking forward to seeing all of Amish Star. I love the hand stitching.

Patchwork and Play said...

Your Sunny Day in Swoon Town is fabulous! I don't remember seeing this before! What a brilliant idea to make your Swoon into a mini town!!

Karen said...

I do enjoy seeing what you are up to.
Love all the different colours for the hand quilting. And good luck with the binding.
The house blocks are sweet. But your Sunny Day doll quilt takes the cake. This is lovely! Gorgeous colours and great design.

Kathie said...

ok that sunny day in swoon town doll quilt is my favorite little quilt ever! it is just ADORABLE!!!!
makes me smile
great job ! Loving the Amish Star quilting , glad your doing different things on it.
hope your having fun!
bindings, I still have quite a few to put on as well...
Kathie

Chris said...

Love the Amish star. Look forward to seeing it in the flesh!
Bindings are the best part. The quilts finally finished.

Elizabeth said...

I love the Swoon Town quilt. Soooo cute.

Heather said...

Wow, you have been busy. I love the big stitch quilting, it adds such a fun touch to a quilt. That Sunny Time in Swoon Town is just adorable - what a clever idea!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Beautiful work Rachael...l love the perle thread together with in the ditch...and your little quilt is so cute...I often wonder that too...why do I put things off when actually when you sit down to do it it didn't take that long at all!

Jamie Lee said...

You have made such a pretty assortment of things! I love the doll quilt!

I only machine bind my stuff and I first tried it a couple ways but found that the Plaid Scottie's method works best for me. She has a tutorial on her blog. I cut my binding 2 3/4 and sew at 3/8 and it works out perfect every time.

Pinkadot Quilts said...

You do such wonderful fun things! I love, love, love the Amish star. Yes why do we put things off when it only takes a little bit of time to finish, when you get the answer let me know!

Deborah said...

Your sense of color is amazing! Thanks for so much inspiration!

beth said...

OOoh! that little doll quilt is adorable! Love those big quilting stitches too!! ;)

Melissa P said...

You have been so productive! And surrounded by lovely color the whole time. I would love to get half as much done before the year ends. Thanks for the inspiring kick in the pants!

Love that Sunny Time in Swoon Town. It's so delightful!

Suzee Neal said...

Im in love with the sunny day doll quilt!! Love love it! All your blocks are gorgeous !

Nifty Quilts said...

Ooh, I LOVE your Amish star, and your houses, and your doll quilt. All so colorful, happy and inspiring!

Kelly said...

LOVE everyhting in this post!

Tonya Ricucci said...

yay!!!!!!!

regan said...

I love the big stitches....totally fun! And those house blocks and your doll quilt are so darned cute! SWEET!

Colette said...

Love that top one, those colours look amazing, yum!

Shay said...

I love all of your craft projects. Every time I pop on over to see what you've been up to I'm greeted by a riot of colour.

Deb R said...

Ohh your Sunny Day in Swoon town quilt is gorgeous!!! I do like Amish quilts.

Julianne said...

Your "Sunny day in Swoon Town" is so happy and bright! Love it!

smazoochie said...

Some of my favorites waiting for a moment of your 'free' time. :-)

audrey said...

Love your amish star quilt! Beautiful! Great to see your progress on all your projects.:)

Sharon said...

Oh my, you've got the best eye candy in this post!! I love your little doll quilt - what a clever idea to make it into houses! Your house blocks for Beth are very cute, and I'm drooling over your Amish Star!! I can't wait to see the whole thing. I think your added hand stitching on it will be super!

Katy Cameron said...

Busy, busy, busy! Loving your sunny day in swoon town especially :o)

Mary said...

Good for you getting things done! I am proud of you! I love your pick stitching...and isn't is wonderful to be rocking the thread? Love everything you do Rachael!

Barb said...

love the stitching on the amish star! Really fun and colorful.
I love, love love your houses! I'd love to win one of those! What super fun they are.
the Swoon Town doll quilt is adorable. Sometimes projects just need to percolate a little.
Good luck machine binding - let us know how you do it. I must admit I love to hand stitch binding down.
what a fun filled post.

Sew Surprising said...

Oh BMD how eye catching is the Amish block, and cant wait to hear about the machine binding, bias is my nemesis :(

Lynne Shandley said...

You have been having so much fun with those quilts! The Amish Star one has lots of very interesting fabrics in it (well they all do, silly me) and I could spend hours picking them all out.

Heidi said...

all quilts look fabulous ! I remember your Amish Star Quilt from the unruly blog :-)
I'll keep my fingers crossed for the maching binding part... haven't tried that yet.
btw do you sleep at all ;-)

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Aaah, what a GREAT idea to turn the points of the swoon block into houses. What a cute little quilt that is! Absolutely gorgeous!

Magnolia Bay Quilts said...

Wow, you've been busy! So many pretty things! Good luck with your machine binding!

Sasha said...

Oh my gosh!!!!!!!!!!!! Rachael!!!!!! Your Sunny Day in Swoon Town doll quilt is stunning. I love it. I absolutely love it!

mjb said...

Looks like I'm not the only one who things the swoon town is awesome - those houses in the corners are genius!

Karen said...

So many wonderful things you have made. I just adore your swoon house quilt. I look forward to seeing your finishes.

Janine C said...

Looking forward to seeing more photos of your Amish quilt. I love your colour sense - at your age I was all insecure black and maroon. With all the wonderful fabrics around these days I hope I can learn to experiment the way you do. Keep it up.

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