Teddy Bear Comfort Quilts

So far this week, I have been able to get two love and comfort flimsies quilted. Being in front of my Lucey is definitely one of my happy places. The same backing fabric was used for both of these quilts, so it was much easier to load on my longarm.

The above quilt is a small piece, roughly 34″ x 34″. I wanted something fun and soft and bouncy, but not bubbles on this one. There are lots of little teddy bears in the pink fabric, so that was my inspiration.

I used the entwine continuous line pantograph with this one, and I love the little ribbons that are part of the pattern.

This comfort quilt is more masculine, but still fun. I used a continuous line pattern called “Popcorn”. Again, there are a lot of Teddy Bears in this quilt. These bears are students, which brought me back to my teaching days. Those kids bounced everywhere … like popcorn!

There is another pantograph with the same name, and I LOVE that one, I just haven’t purchased it yet. That pattern is by ClothWerx and I look forward to having that one.

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UGH!

I am so sorry that I haven’t been posting this week. There have been multiple issues that have not allowed me to upload an image. I have tried trying to change themes, change file extensions … but no success. I will keep uploading to Instagram, but please have patience with me!

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My Quilting List! – Jan 13

Welcome to another week here at By the Block Quilting! I have got a LOT to learn about making my Monday lists. First, I need to look at the calendar to see what is already scheduled to see how much time I have available! When making last week’s list, I failed to take into account that we were going out of town for my daughter’s swim meet! I also didn’t think about the fact that my husband would be out of town for work, so I would be responsible for all taxi duties for that same daughter. That being said, let’s see how I did.

  1. Create a blogging schedule. This will help me stay accountable to the things that I would like to share with all of you.
    • Done! I will make my list on Mondays, share the love and comfort quilts that I have quilted on Wednesdays and on Fridays I will share something from my personal quilting that I have finished. As I receive flimsies from clients to quilt (that allow me to share them) I will fill in the other days with pictures of their beautiful work.
  2. Quilt three love and comfort quilts for my quilt guild. I have a big bucket of quilts that need to be completed by the end of February so I will take care of a couple each week.
    • This was on my list to complete on Friday … which ended up being spent getting ready for the weekend and traveling to the meet.
  3. Bind two quilts
    • I got one complete … but the other quilt is trimmed and the strips are cut to make the binding!
  4. Either bind or serge three practice pieces to take to Texas Humane Heroes for their kennels. I love this organization, we adopted our dog, Kethry from them. She has been such a joy to us.
    • Didn’t even touch this one. I recently had my serger serviced and I forgot that they told me to buy new thread, mine was too old and causing issues with the machine. The thread will be purchased tomorrow!
  5. Finish 6 blocks for my Sweet Escape quilt. (One of those darned UFO’s!)
    • Done! I had a tiny bit more to do for each of the blocks then I remembered having, then there was a little resewing when I put the strips on the wrong sides … but they turned out great!

6. Cut out and piece a love and comfort quilt – this one will be separate from the quilting I am doing for my guild.

** I have the fabric and an easy pattern picked out, but I need to be more aware of my family’s schedule when I create my list!

So, I didn’t get nearly as much completed as I had hoped. This week we will be in town all week so I should have more time. Let’s see what is on the agenda for this week!

  1. Quilt three or four love and comfort quilts for my quilt guild.
  2. Go to a Word Press meet up to learn how to manage my website! I don’t think that anyone is able to leave comments, and I am having HUGE issues uploading photos! (Sorry for the lack of eye candy with this post)
  3. Bind the green quilt.
  4. Buy thread and serge those practice pieces for Texas Humane Heroes.
  5. Cut out and piece a love and comfort quilt – this one will be separate from the quilting I am doing for my guild.
  6. I have 20 blocks left on my Sweet Escape quilt, so I would like to complete at least five of them.

I really think this is doable … I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

What are you up to this week?

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Finally Finished Friday

Fridays are going to be my “Showing it off” day. Not everything will be finished, it might just be something working on and I have hit a milestone that week.

This weeks finish is not a completed finish, but I hit a milestone … I am now over half way through with the quilt! There are five out of eight completed rows.

In the picture above, you can see that all of the “squares” of blue don’t match. One of the dark blue fabrics I chose has a lot more white than the others. I didn’t think it would make that much difference, but it does.

In this picture, I moved a couple of the blocks around so that it looks like the lines are a little lighter so that when they cross over, it makes the blues appear darker. At least that is what I am telling myself 🙂

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Love & Comfort Wednesday

Wednesday is usually a stressful day for me as I have to take my daughter to school, pick her up from swim after school, take her to a strength and conditioning class, pick her up from that and then make dinner! In today’s case I need to switch dinner to picking something up for dinner, and then go to a quilting meeting tonight! And since all that is very stressful (but I am so thankful for that stress because it means I have my baby girl) I wanted to put something out there that is positive. So, Wednesdays are going to be my Love & Comfort days.

When I finally “retire” in a hundred years or so, I would like to piece and quilt love and comfort quilts exclusively and donate them to hospitals and chemo treatment areas so that they bring warmth and love to those who need it. But, in the mean time, I will focus on those types of quilts on Wednesdays.

The picture above is of a quilt that I made and donated to a fun-run at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. The school colors are black and yellow, so throw in a little gray and that makes a great combination for a color blocked quilt. This isn’t a typical love and comfort quilt as it was ultimately purchased, but it did help raise funds for a scholarship fund, so I think it fits.

The pantograph used is Bauhaus and I used black 60 wt Glide thread on the top and bottom. I liked the way the pantograph and the quilt pattern worked together as the pantograph echoed the squares and stripes, but softened the edges just a bit with the rounded corners.

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Make That List! – January 6

These are the six blocks that are on this weeks list. They only need to have the two sides sewn on, plus one additional side. This will bring this UFO to over half way!

I am taking my cue from another blogger that I have followed FAITHFULLY for years, Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Every Monday, at some point during the day, Sarah posts her Make-a-List Monday. It makes perfect sense! The weekend is over and it is time to get back to business. As 2020 is the year of Focus for me, I think that this is something that I will adopt.

For those of you who read yesterday’s post about all those projects that I started and haven’t finished, here is where they start to get scheduled. One of the big things that I decided in 2020 was that I wanted to turn my hobby long arm business into a serious business. Some of the things that you see on my list might have to do with that, others might be regarding client quilts and you will definitely see me finishing projects that I have already started. I will also spend a lot of time on my website until it looks a little more of how I envision it. Let’s go!

  1. Create a blogging schedule. This will help me stay accountable to the things that I would like to share with all of you.
  2. Quilt three love and comfort quilts for my quilt guild. I have a big bucket of quilts that need to be completed by the end of February so I will take care of a couple each week.
  3. Bind two quilts
  4. Either bind or serge three practice pieces to take to Texas Humane Heroes for their kennels. I love this organization, we adopted our dog, Kethry from them. She has been such a joy to us.
  5. Finish 6 blocks for my Sweet Escape quilt. (One of those darned UFO’s!)
  6. Cut out and piece a love and comfort quilt – this one will be separate from the quilting I am doing for my guild.

I have TONS more that can go on this list, but I have to keep it realistic. I would love to hear what you are working on this week!

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2020 is the year of Focus

I thought that I was a person who finished projects, went from beginning to end and didn’t leave things incomplete. I was wrong. That picture shows nine projects that have been started, or fabric purchased for a specific pattern, a quilt that is finished and just needs binding (with another hiding elsewhere) or fabric purchased for a pattern still being designed.

Oh wait! There is number ten! That beauty is on my design wall. It is Wishes String Quilt by Karin Vail of Cascade Quilts. The pattern can be found on the Moda Cutting Table. Moda says that this pattern is for quilters with moderate experience. They were right, which is why this was put into the UFO pile four years ago. This quilt deserves a post of its own. You will be seeing it soon!

Instead of making multiple resolutions that won’t be kept, I decided to follow the trend and choose a word for the year. Deciding to be punny, Focus and 2020 (20/20) went hand in hand. So Focus it is. I am going to focus on moving from a hobby long arm quilter to growing my business. I am going to focus on finishing those UFO’s (Unfinished Objects!). I am going to focus on my health, not just try to fit in the jeans I wore in college, lol. But most important, I am going to focus on my family.

I love to hear what you would like to focus on this year, let me know!

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Love and Comfort Quilts!

Hi! Sorry for the long break, pun intended! I had a foot surgery with a bone graft that took much longer to heal than anticipated. But I am up and going at full speed now!

I am a member of the Main Street Quilt and Thread Guild in Round Rock, Texas. Our Guild produces a large number of Love and Comfort quilts that are donated to Project Linus and The Linus Connection. It has been my privilege to quilt some of these tops. This is just the beginning!

The quilts that I have quilted were part of a “novelty print” challenge. I wish that I knew who quilted each quilt, and what pattern they used, but I don’t. All I know is that there will be a person out there that will be able to feel all the love that has been sewn and quilted into each of these wonderful quilts.

I will be individually blogging about each of these quilts so you can see the wonderful piece work and the fun quilting that I chose for each of them.

Enjoy!

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Hands2Help Comfort Quilt Challenge 2019

Hello!

Before I started piecing and quilting I started reading quilt blogs to give me courage to start piecing. Silly of me since I have been sewing clothes, home items, etc since I was 11 and am now getting VERY close to 50! Anyway, I found the blog Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and became enthralled with Sarah’s mission and her loving spirit.

One of the things that Sarah does is organize a quilt challenge every year with a charity or two as a focus to send quilts. As more people internationally engaged in the challenge, she opened it up to any charity the participant would like to donate to locally, and this year she has FIVE charities that she is focusing on.

The first time I participated in Hands2Help was in 2013. Life got in the way, and I haven’t made the priority to participate in the challenge since. That all changes this week! Once again, I will be participating in the Hands2Help challenge! And again, I will be sending my quilt to Quilty Hugs for Happy Chemo.

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict


I can’t encourage you enough to check out Sarah’s blog, and see what she is all about. I haven’t chosen exactly what I want to do yet, but you can take a peek here and see what happened with my quilt six years ago … it was quite the adventure 🙂

Happy Quilting!


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The Dream Starts!

I can’t even remember the first time I knew I wanted to make a quilt. Of course I had no idea what that would look like. As it turns out, the beginning was simple. The disappearing nine patch became my friend. The colors were determined by my five year old daughter, and I chose flannel so she could snuggle and feel comforted by mommy’s love.

After I finished the quilt top, I rented time on a long arm sewing machine and just did an all over squiggle and loop type of pattern on it. I found out at that time, I LOVED THE LONG ARM!

I didn’t imagine that I would ever want to start a business doing this, but as life came along I found out that I might want to switch from a bookkeeping business to the quilting business. Thankfully, I have an amazing husband who supports me in all my dreams. Seven years later, I have the long arm, (APQS Lucey to be exact) with a computerized quilting system.

If I were to quilt this today using Quilt Path, I think that I would use the Curlique pantograph. It has lots of rounded edges, and just seems soft to me. You can find that pantograph under the level 2 designs. Or, I might use Crazy Eights or Cake Walk under the level 1 designs. Who knows, maybe I would just do it the way I originally quilted it, as that started my on my journey of long arm quilting.

Let me take your quilt tops and help you finish them!

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