WIP: Bean Bags

Have not made as much progress as I hoped on the Bean Bags for the wedding reception.

Ready to Baste

Did manage to get everything pieced and pinned together today. I realized that quilting 32 blocks is essentially making a quilt.

Count Thrice, Measure Twice, Cut Once

Ready to go

Tried my hand at free motion quilting on the domestic machine for the first time. Much harder than I expected. Much practice is needed.

(Attempting to) Link up with Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesdays


It’s in the Bag

Happy (Inter)National Quilting Day!

Taking a break from my Hexagon quilt, I have decided to start on a small project for our upcoming 2nd Wedding in 2 weeks: Bean Bags for corn hole.

My new personal mantra has become “work with what you got”. While in would love to buy a bunch of quilting fabrics from the shop down the street, I have been unable to work while waiting for my residency in Costa Rica.

My mother thought it was important to incorporate my love of quilting into the wedding.

So I have turned to my own closet to find fabrics that can supplement my projects. I purchased this bucket bag years ago at Old Navy; and while it has served me well in the past it was simply taking up room in my closet.


An evening of seam ripping yielded oddly shapes pieced from the exterior print and interior orange lining.  A pale peach cotton/poly blend from my stash goes perfectly as an accent.


I have 16 bags/blocks to make. The first 4 bags are going to be made the heart block from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew.


While I have ideas for the remaining bags, nothing is set in stone.


Hopefully I can get the guys all done before leaving for AZ next Monday!

#TBT: Farm Fresh Frenzy

Progress has again been slow on my “What the Hex” quilt. I am happy report that I have finally begun quilting the borders; which means I am getting to close to the finish!


Since I have not posted in awhile, I thought another #TBT (Throwback Thursday) post would be nice.

From what I’ve seen on other blogger’s sites, my fabric stash is pretty small. Most of my initial stash was leftover cottons that came from my mother.  One of the first fabric purchases I made myself was of the Farm Fresh by October Afternoon for Riley Blake Designs.


I found these three fat quarter packs of Farm Fresh at my local Tuesday Morning (honestly one of my favorite places to browse for discounted fat quarter packs).

I have since made two baby quilts with the Farm Fresh collection and will soon be starting a third with the scrap remnants I have.

The first quilt I made (and one of my favorites) was for the niece of my friend Lisa, named Olivia.

I used EQ7 to create the pattern and layout, inspired by a baby quilt one of my other friends had made.


The backing was pieced together using the remaining scraps and pale yellow from the front.


Applique is still not my strong suit nor my favorite thing to do; however I decided that Olivia’s name was needed on the quilt back.


The allover floral quilting was done with a multicolor cotton thread on the medium-arm machine and frame at my job.


The second quilt I made from Farm Fresh was for my niece, Emma.  Again I used EQ7 to design the front (which incidentally ended up being the back).


Originally the front, but became the back

For the back, which ended up being the front, I decided to use HST to make a herringbone pattern with 1″ strips between.  The quilting on this baby blanket also used the same multicolor cotton thread.


Originally the back, but became the front


Since I completed this in Costa Rica, the quilting was done on the domestic machine using a walking foot.  I do enjoy how the thread colors pop against the off-white triangles.

Again, I decided to applique the baby’s name, this time using an off-white lace I had in my stash.


The last Farm Fresh baby blanket in queue is for a boy, Maximilano. While I have an idea in my head for this quilt nothing is set until the seams are sewn and pressed.


#TBT: Star Quilt

Quilting on my “What the Hex” quilt has been slow going. It’s very time consuming and almost overwhelming to quilt the intricate designs for a twin size quilt with only a walking foot on a domestic machine. While I am excited of what has been accomplished and that I am nearing the final stages, I’ve also become a bit impatient with how slowly progress is made. Still I ” just keep quilting”.

I thought it would be fun to do a “Throwback Thursday” post and show one of my projects that was completed before creating this blog. It’s a nice reflection for myself as it’s easier to see how my quilting designs have evolved over the years.

I have been technically quilting for over 10 years, yet the number of projects I have finished is embarrassingly low. Being a mostly self-taught quilter, learning the tips, tricks & techniques have come from avidly reading quilting blogs, Craftsy classes, and advice from my few quilting friends.

Like many quilters, I started quilting with learning to assemble the traditional “Log Cabin” block.  This was great for learning how to chain piece and allowed freedom in layout choices by not needing a set design at the onset of the project.

This “Star Quilt” is actually the second quilt top I ever assembled, but I did not get around to the quilting part until many years later. I had an Eleanore Burns “Quilt in a Day” book to guide me and played around with the layout many times.  Why I settled on this layout, I cannot remember and if I had it to do over again I would definitely change it.

Top pieced and ready to quilt

Top pieced, borders attached, ready to quilt


It was intended to be a quilt for my X-Long twin bed in the dorms at the University of Arizona; however it was not finished until 2013 (almost 5 years after I graduated). It kind of reminds me of a Lisa Frank inspired quilt, the colors of which were determined by the star fabric I stole from my mother.

Inspiration fabric

Inspiration fabric


This was one of the first quilts I did any “free” motion quilting on on a “medium” arm machine. I say “free” because I followed a set swirl pattern and the “medium” arm machine was a PFAFF set on a large frame that was available at my workplace.  It was a learning experience in speed, getting comfortable with the motions and making sure to always put the presser foot down (I can’t tell you how many times I had to tear out a section of stitching because of this).

Always remember to put the presser foot DOWN!

Always remember to put the presser foot DOWN!

Contrasting with the colorful front is a plain blue backing. Not quite navy, not quite royal, but somewhere in between.

Simple blue backing

Simple blue backing


The binding was pieced and then cheater sewn with a zig-zag stitch. I just wanted it done and since this was for personal use, it did not matter to me that the stitching would show. Plus I think with all the crazy colors in the top and the variegated thread, it worked just fine.

Pieced binding sewn on with zig-zag stitch

Pieced binding sewn on with zig-zag stitch


The binding was finished on a trip to my parent’s ranch in New Mexico and that is now where the Star Quilt lives. It’s nice to have something so bright and colorful in such a muted landscape.

Quilted and bound

10 years in the making, quilted and bound.


Looking back, I am pleased with how quickly the top came together and still love the versatility afforded by the Log Cabin block. Perhaps one of my future projects will incorporate it again, but with the more modern twist.