Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spring Break Sewing

With our Spring Break trip cancelled and being sick the whole week, I was determined to at least finish making something and feel slightly productive. I was working on my Good Night Irene blocks for the sew along hosted by Terry over at her blog http://terrytreasures.blogspot.com/ I realized that I could finish it up and have it as the spring/summer table cloth sooner and that is just what I did.
 I used two charm packs of Moda's American Jane Potluck fabric plus lots of scraps from my bins. I have Fiestaware dishes in a rainbow of colors, so these bright hues should be perfect on my table. I had been thinking of red for the border as that is my favorite Fiestaware color, but our local quilt shop was in the process of moving and I went up to a fabric store a couple of towns away and found this gorgeous spring/summer green for $5 a yard. Sold!
 It has been a very long time since I have actually quilted a larger quilt on my sewing machine. I usually use my mom's long arm, but with her knee replacement and me being sick I did not want to go over to her house and bother her...I used a wavy quilt stitch on my Pfaff and went diagonally across the blocks. It took a fair amount of time, but I am thrilled with the outcome! It really helped to use my old quilting gloves and work from the middle out. I got half of it done on Friday night as part of Friday Night with Friends http://stitchingcubbyhole.blogspot.com/2014/04/fnwf.html and the other half of the quilting was last night.
 I put the binding on this morning and did it all by machine since this will be washed so often. I washed it before taking this pictures.
It was really windy outside, so I did not get the best pictures of the whole quilt...I have lots of 2.5 inch squares left over, so I whipped up this little pouch using this tutorial http://kelbysews.blogspot.com/2011/03/zippered-pouch-tutorial.html

 Here is the other side. I think these will be perfect little pouches to put some chocolate and hand cream or lip balm in and give out at Secretary's Day. Working at three schools means I have many valuable secretaries to thank. I am going to order some more zippers on-line right now!
Then, I am going to sit and work on my embroideries for this Let It Snow BOM as part of Slow Sunday Stitching. Back to work tomorrow for seven more weeks of school and then summer vacation! Yes, I am anxious for summer!!!


33 comments:

  1. What a beautiful sunny quilt! Congrats on the finish. Hope you are feeling better.

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  2. Loved every word of this post... and of course all your wonderful pic's. Irene will make a great table cover...so bright and colourful!
    Well done!

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  3. Your Irene is beautiful! Congratulations on getting it finished! :0)

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  4. I love your quilt, gorgeous fabrics and love the wavy line quilting. It is going to really brighten up your table.

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  5. Irene is beautiful - and with the sun shining on her, absolutely gorgeous! Well done on the fnish :-) Good idea with the little pouches, and I also Love your snow stitchery - what a gorgeous quilt that will be.

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  6. Another comment from NZ (same as Raewyn - we're friends) - wow, you really motored through that quilting and binding! Mine always seem to take ages. I love the texture achieved from throwing it in the machine - so lovely and squishy!

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  7. I love how your quilt turned out! The green border added dress a really cool zing to it. :)

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  8. Doh! AutoCorrect. *Adds a really cool

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  9. SO pretty ...love the bright cheery colors and the quilting looks wonderful.

    The embroidery is such a cute pattern but I say No To Snow for awhile now, lol...been a long winter ! :) :)

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  10. Love your Irene quilt! Great choice of fabrics. Pot Luck is such a great line. Hope you are feeling better!

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  11. I would have suggested red, too (bring out some of the red in the quilt and add a lot of pop), but that green is perfect! And a bargain, too! 7 weeks isn't very long ... your summer break will be here before you know it!

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  12. Your finished quilt is beautiful. What a great job you did! Great use of the leftover squares. I am sure they will be great gifts and very much appreciated!

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  13. Score! The green really is the perfect complement! What a great finish:-)

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  14. beautiful! I love the BOM too! ~Melanie

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  15. Gorgeous quilt! Love the colours :).

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  16. Great job finishing your Goodnight Irene...I love the colors. And cute little zipper bags to match! :)

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  17. Beautifully done and the quilting is perfect! Congrats on a wonderful finish!

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  18. Love your Let It Snow block! And look at your Fiestaware quilt! It turned out so pretty, and I like the effect of the wavy line quilting.

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  19. Your quilt turned out beautifully and cute little pouch to match.

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  20. Adorable quilt and pouches. I love PotLuck. Your quilting looks great too. Visiting from WIP Wednesday.
    jan@ sewandsowfarm

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  21. Beautiful quilt!

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  22. Great job! I'd love to see you join link up with us at the Inspire Us Thursdays! link party at www.theinspiredwren.com.

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  23. Beautiful! I hope you are feeling better and I would love to see your Fiestaware on top of it! Thanks for sharing.
    Freemotion by the River Linky Party Tuesday

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  24. so much beautiful work. Gorgeous quilt, sweet pouches and fab stitchery!

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  25. Your finished quilt is gorgeous! Love that bright and springy green and the wavy quilting looks great! Super job on those pouches, too. Can't wait to see more of your Let It Snow! It's sew cute!

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  26. Congratulations on finishing the quilt! It's lovely and the green border is perfect!

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  27. Your Goodnight Irene quilt turned out great! That green border is perfect. Way to go, Tanya!

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  28. Congratulation to your fantastic finish. Looks wonderful and I love the green border.
    Grit from Germany

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  29. Super cute!! I love the colors and the quilting really pops!

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  30. Your Irene is just lovely in this fabric line and I think the green border works perfect - let that red in the Fiesta Ware pop that table.

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    1. I too love the green border. I don't think we use enough green sometimes!!

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  31. Perfect post to rejuvenate....great way to use up scraps...so glad you shared it under our charms theme.

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