3/7/14

Little Quilts and Sandwiches

Today was my day for little quilts it seems. First, I finished all the satin stitching for the Quilted Snowlady block I'm currently working on. Even the snowlady has her arms raised in celebration! I still need to finish the little running stitch on the left side and outline her jacket, but then her little quilt top will be finished.


Next, I got to work making quilt sandwiches. One of my goals for the month is to quilt and bind the three little wall hangings and table runners in my quilts-to-be-quilted pile. With that in mind, I sandwiched the Shine On wall hanging.


I already have some ideas about how I'm going to quilt this one. 

Also, the We're On A Roll wall hanging. This one, I'm not so sure about. I'll start by top-stitching the appliques. I left that part for when I quilted it since I wanted to rolls to be a part of the quilting. Then I'm not sure what I'll do. Still, puzzling it out. This one is up first, so I'll have to figure it out quickly.


Finally, the Outback Sunset table runner. This is a very long runner at 82 inches. It took me the longest to sandwich because I sewed two pieces of fabric together for the back, and then realized it wasn't long enough. So I took that apart and sewed a strip of the black and orange polka dot in the middle. I'm using that other orange and red polka dot for the rest of the length.


When I sandwich these smaller quilts, I always use 505 and spray baste. I knew the can I was working on was almost empty, and I ordered some more last week. Right in the middle of spraying the last part of this for sandwiching, I ran out. Of course! Doesn't it always work out like that? No problem, I figured, because I knew the delivery of the new can(s) was supposed to arrive today. Crossing my fingers, I checked the front porch. No dice. 

So then I went upstairs in search of a half-used and abandoned can of hairspray. I know some folks use Aquanet hairspray for this same purpose, and it seemed as good a time as any to give it a try. Now, I don't use Aquanet, but I figure hairspray is hairspray, right? So I finished spraying it with my own brand, and I had no sooner finished with it than there came a knock at the door and my new can(s) of 505 were delivered. Hallelujah! So...no idea if hairspray will get the job done. I resprayed it with 505 and called it good.

Also included in the delivery was this new yardage I ordered to use as the back for the Hello Moon quilt.


The setting instructions for Hello Moon have yet to be posted, and I've about given up thinking they ever will be. That's okay because I have my own ideas about how to finish it off. Whatever I decide, I thought this fabric would be perfect for the back.

Finally, I've learned that Sher, my partner in the March Doll Quilt Swap, has her quilt now, so I can show you the whole thing. I call this quilt "Réimsí Glas", which is Gaelic for "Fields of Green". It is 15 x 15 inches and fusible applique.


It was inspired by a quilt in the book Sew Celtic, by Nikki Foley. It reminds me of the view I had from the airplane as we flew into Dublin in June of 2012.


The sheep are made from very small ovals of white fabric, and then I used a black marker to draw in their black heads, ears, and legs.


The back is made from some scraps I had leftover from an Irish chain doll quilt I made for a friend's granddaughter.


So that's all I have for you today. The rain has stopped for a day or two, and so I'm hoping Mike and I can get out for a walk tomorrow. I hope you have a lovely weekend planned for yourself as well.

22 comments from clever and witty friends:

WoolenSails said...

That's all? LOL, looks like you got a lot done and I love how you did the stitching on the snow lady, gives it a nice look.

Debbie

Joanie's Trendy Quilts said...

Looks as though you had quite a productive day! Love the Irish quilt! Hubby and I have been talking about a trip to Ireland. Snow woman's quilt is adorable. I have 12 Snowmen red work to make up in a quilt! All your projects are just wonderful! Curious what are you going to do with the On the Roll? :)

treadlemusic said...

My head is spinning with all that's getting done in your quilt-life!!! I have never heard of using hairspray as a stand-in for spray baste! I certainly can see how it would work, though! Have a great weekend!!!! Hugs..

Kate said...

The Snow Lady looks great. Love the doll quilt! It's very elegant.

Junebug613 said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Réimsí Glas!! I agree with you on the Hello Moon, and I like the fabric you got for it. The snow lady is great too!

KatieQ said...

Your doll swap quilt is gorgeous. I It really does look like a peek through a porthole into Ireland.
I think your snow lady has her arms raised in joy after looking at all of the snow that is still left in my neighborhood. The satin stitches look gret.

Teresa in Music City said...

Such pretty little quilts! And you are always so good to go ahead and get things quilted. I need to take lessons from you :*) Reimsi Glas is beautiful - and you are right, it really does look like your picture!

Brown Family said...

I just noticed what fancy paper you have on your 'It's a Roll' quilt! Nothing plain about your paper! Love the sheep on the doll quilt!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

You 'mini' day was a huge day!!

Esther F. said...

Just one day? You are superwoman! :-)
The mini quilt is lovely and I am in awe of your stiches,
Esther
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quiltzyx said...

Such an overachiever today! Wow - a lot of the part I dislike the most, layering & basting. :)

As always, the Snowlady is looking wonderful too.

The DQ is fabulous!! It does look like your shot from the sky over Ireland too.

I am planning to do some stitching this weekend. I need to finish my Song Title challenge quilt for guild & do some work on my sister's quilt. We'll see!

Dana Gaffney said...

Wow, I really love the Fields of Green, beautiful and different.

Mad Cat Quilts said...

I love that moon and starts fabric! What is it?

Mad Cat Quilts said...

I love that moon and starts fabric! What is it?

Beth said...

Your Irish fields quilt is exquisite. It made me think of a Faberge egg when I first looked at it.

The view of fields from above always makes me want to quilt! My grandfather was a farmer, and someday I'm going to make one in his honor. Seeing your quilt makes me think that "someday" should come soon.

Diane Wild said...

Your quilts are all wonderful. Love the fabric for the back of the moon quilt. Perfect. I'm back from my trip so will be doing some catching up.

Jacque said...

Loving that Fields of Green piece....so pretty and peaceful. Gonna have to remember the tip about the hairspray!

Tami C said...

You little Irish doll quilt is just adorable!!! I really like the 4 leaf clovers that you quilted on it!

Michele said...

That was a great day of accomplishment for you and the doll quilt is just adorable.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

There was a snow ladies quilt at our show yesterday. I thought of you as I took a picture of it, and will post it in a few days.

Michelle said...

I've got that same toilet paper pattern in my own stash.

Valerie Reynolds said...

I too love your fields of green and the little quilt it inspired! Your was the perfect post to rejuvenate at our green theme this week as Tuesday Archives.