The Signature Quilt

My cousin who is staying with my mom sent me photos of the quilt ( since I had forgotten to do so).  Thanks Lucy!
 Here is the quilt with Mom's photo in the center. Text is in the four surrounding white spaces around her photo.  They say:  Mary P Matos, 90 Years Young; Happy Birthday; Feliz CumpleaƱos; April 29, 2016.
Here you can see the quilting although it is upside down.  She likes it.  So WIP #2 is done.


Some of This, Some of That

In the process of finishing WIP #2 - the signature quilt - I was forced to try out a technique for adding text to the quilt.  I should have transfered the text before I sandwiched it, but I didn't, so I have to come up with a way to transfer it to the partially quilted top.  Here's where I became a brave quilter and took on this challenge because this quilt had to be done by April 29th.

 First using Word on my computer, I found a font and the size I needed for the text and printed it.
 Next I traced the text onto freezer paper and cut the paper to the size of the space where the text would go.
 Then with paper scissors, I cut out the stencil from the freezer paper.
 Next I ironed the freezer paper to the quilt top.
 Then taking my Frixion pen (it was blue, don't know why it looks black) and traced it through the stencil onto the quilt. I'm terrible in writing so neatly - that's why the stencils. Also, I've sewn over the words, but then it's so time consuming to remove all that stitched over paper.
Then I took the quilt to my machine and stitched the text with my FMQ foot.  And can you believe it! I forgot to take a photo of the finished quilt!  Geesh.  And she loved it.  Here's the birthday girl on her special celebration last Saturday:

I'm working on a baby quilt from the disappearing broken dish pattern by Jenny Doan, so about a yard is going into that.  I've made one Splendid Sampler block so another .06 of a yard used.  So the new YTD total de-stashing is 17.06 yds. Very slow progress there.

What are you up to?  Leave me a comment, and I'll come by and see your eye candy. Blessings!


WIPs Be Gone -Not Really

Not much done on the WIP front this week as I prepared for company and got some things ready for the big weekend. All I did was add side borders to WIP #5 [which I started 4/25/15] to go from this:
to this:
Want to add another border.  Blue or pink?

That's my WIP progress this week.  How about you?  Link below to share your WIP.   Remember if you don't have a blog, you can always post a photo from a photostream.  Please be sure there is some way for me to contact you.  I'll be linking to several parties - Tab above.


Splendid Sampler blocks

I'm learning a lot doing these Splendid Sampler blocks . And several things I've discovered go to making these 6 1/2" blocks with success when they have so many pieces as in SS#2, 12 and 17 so far.
Here is what I've learned:

 1. Sew a scant 1/4" by sewing just to the right of the diagonal you have drawn not on the diagonal.
2.  Always sew that scant 1/4" on the side of the diagonal closest to the outside corner you are going to flip your fabric toward.
3. To reduce bulk trim seams to 1/8" on these tiny pieces.
 4. Always true up the units you've made before you sew them together. Even a tiny bit can throw the size off. And press, press, press.
 5. Abut your seams where they intersect and pin them so that the under piece will be sewn correctly to avoid bulk.
That's what works for me. Any other tips you'd like to share? Would love to hear what you do.

PS:  If you'd like to see my SS blocks, you'll find them on the right sidebar.