Binding, Binding, Binding…

I’ve found myself in a perfect storm of quilt finishes although the quilts are not quite finished – they still have to have the bindings sewn on.

It makes me feel good to have all these quilted quilts but a little overwhelmed to do all the hand sewing that the bindings require.

It took me 3 weeks to get the binding on my recently finished hand quilting project. This is my “40 Shades of Grey” quilt that I spent the winter hand quilting. I don’t know why it took me so long to get the binding sewn on other than the fact that it’s a pretty big quilt. But it’s completely done now!

I’m halfway done putting the binding on my “On Ringo Lake” quilt. I remembered last night that I needed to make the label so I can’t go any further until I do that. (It seems easier to just sew it on along with the binding.) I mailed this quilt off to Missouri Star Quilt Company to have it quilted back in January, I think. Sometimes when I don’t have the backing or any batting, it’s easiest for me to mail it to them and include the backing in my quilting order. They get busy though so it took some time. It was a coincidence that it was returned about the same time I was putting the binding on my last quilt. Luckily, I had set aside the binding fabric so I was able to get it on the quilt quickly.

And then my “Good Fortune” quilt was returned right after that! I gave this one to my friend, Lisa, to quilt here in Germany. She broke her hand and was out of quilting action for awhile but she managed to get this one done and back to me last week. It looks beautiful! I wanted to piece the binding together from light background fabrics but I haven’t gotten around to that yet. So… it’s at the bottom of the pile.

And last is this Preemie Quilt for charity. My quilt guild makes & gives them to a local hospital and I picked up a kit. Of course it only needed barely 3 strips for binding as it’s only about 25 inches square. It will be a fast finish but it’s still on the pile.

So that’s what I’ve been working on and what I’ll be working on for a little while. It’s good to almost have 4 quilts finished already this year!

Good Fortune Quilt finished!

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After the reveal of Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt a couple of weeks ago, I put my sewing into high gear.

I still had two parts to finish so I managed to do those and get all the blocks put together last week.  This week I concentrated on those 4 borders.  Yes, 4!

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I love the colors and movement in this quilt.  It wasn’t a really hard quilt and it’s not as big as last year’s so it felt easier to do.  Mine measures at 73 1/2 inches square.

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So there’s the first quilt top finish of 2019!  I’m really happy with it.

You can still get the free pattern on the Quiltville website until February 1st – after that, you’ll have to pay for it.

Waiting for a Clue…

Well it’s a new year and I have a new project!

I somehow got sucked into this year’s Quiltville mystery quilt.  I wasn’t even finished with the one from last year when Bonnie Hunter announced this year’s quilt called “Good Fortune” which was inspired by her trip to China last year.

At first I thought I would just dig through my stash and see if I had any of the right fabric colors … and I did.

Then I thought I would make my goal to get at least 1/3 of each step done … and I did that.

Then Christmas came along and it was the first time in 26 years that neither one of our kids was with us and I was feeling a little sad.  I suddenly had more time to go back and work on the steps that I hadn’t finished and it kept my mind off things.

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I’m working as fast as I can on Part 7 right now.

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And I’ve finished everything except Parts 3 & 4.

These little red & white 4-patches are from Part 1 and Part 7.

I was thrilled that I could clean out my scrap box for some parts of this.  I definitely had plenty of blue and red and tons of background fabrics.

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I had to go out and buy some more orange so now I can finish Part 4 and I’m not sure if I have enough green but I think I probably do and I don’t mind if this quilt is really scrappy looking.

I’m just wondering how many more clues there are and what this quilt will look like.  I’ll keep you updated on my progress.