My Sewful Retirement

A Quilting Journey

Recent Finishes and Weekly To Do

Happy Tuesday!

Between traveling and hurry up sewing I haven’t taken the time to post.

Today is my first time joining the To-Do Tuesday Linky party hosted by fellow blogger and friend, Roseanne at Home Sewn By Us.

Currently I find myself with several projects and deadlines looming so I’m hoping keeping a list will keep me organized and focused πŸ™‚

Sit back grab a drink …this will be a long post πŸ™‚

First I’d like to share the projects I’ve finished over the past two weeks.

  • Bella’s Shooting Stars – quilt finishes at 52 x 52 inches. I originally wrote about this quilt here.
Ombre Mettalic Baby Quilt, Charming Stars
  • October projects from our LQS ruler/template club
    • Creative Grids 60 degree Equilateral Ruler – strip pieced hexagon table runner
    • Creative Grids Spider Web Ruler – Striped pieced spider web wall hanging with applique
  • Quilt As You Go Improv Log Cabin Wall Hanging with machine embroidery. This quilt finished at 32 x 32 inches. I used larger scraps from borders in previous projects and Jera Brandvig tutorial from the Pellon site as a guide. You can find the tutorial here.
QAYG Improv log cabin
  • Quilt as Go Improv Wall Hanging- up until now my quilting journey has only included traditional piecing. Slowly I’m trying new techniques. I’m having a hard time with Improv — my OCD tendencies won’t allow me to work with out structure. I watched a video of Nicole from Mama Loves Quilts about improv piecing and finally had the aha moment! I pulled out a bunch of batik scraps to match a wooden plaque and gave it a try. I struggled with the angles to give it a wonky look but got better by block 9. Like everything else in quilting I’ll get better with practice.
improv piecing quilt as you go wall hanging

To -Do List for the week of October 29th through November 4th, 2019

  • Autumn Jubliee Placemats – Tutorial found here
  • Autumn Fly Away Table Runner – inspired by Missouri Star Quilt Company – video tutorial found here. Tutorial uses a jelly roll, I’m using a charm pack.
charm pack flying geese quilt wip
  • Finish test purse using my own cross body purse pattern
cross body charm pack purse
  • Finish commissioned gingham pumpkin/star quilt – customer showed me a picture of what she wanted so I created a pattern. The stars are created in the sashing.

Happy Sewing/Quilting – thanks for stopping by!

Linking up with Home Sewn By Us To-Do Tuesday!

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14 thoughts on “Recent Finishes and Weekly To Do

  1. So Much Goodness in one post!!! Wow, I love the confetti fabrics – I have a FQ bundle I really need to use! Oh my and your improv wall hanging matches so nicely with the plaque. That cross-body is gonna be beautiful, and finally that pumpkin/star quilt is just WOW! Well done Karla!!

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  2. Beautiful finished projects!!! Sounds like you do a lot of your own patterns. The end results are more original that way! Love your gingham pumpkin!
    Happy Quilting! πŸ™‚

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  3. Hi Karla! WOW – I love that picture of Bella’s Shooting Star. It is gorgeous, and those fabrics. I adore all of your Halloween projects! And wonky looks good. I have a hard time doing wonky and random . . . The colors and fabrics you used in those flying geese are just spectacular, as are those for your cross-body purse. Ooh-la-la! Thanks for linking up today and welcome. ~smile~ Roseanne


  4. Karla,
    That pumpkin gingham quilt is spectacular! The red really spices things up and I like the newspaper print for the background. Now that you’ve teased us, you really have to show us the finished product on the cross body purse. I do agree with you, we perfectionists tend to struggle with improv piecing but I really like how it looks with your wall plaque. It’s nice to see what you’ve been up to, it looks like you’ve been celebrating the fall season quite nicely!

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    • Thank you! I’m finishing up the purse today – I want to show it off when I travel to Atlanta this weekend πŸ™‚ The pumpkin quilt was fun to make – I wish I had the talent for writing patterns as you do — this was super easy to make!


  5. Wow! So many wonderful projects going on here! I love your Bella Shooting Star in the Confetti print. That’s a nice use of fabric for the design. How neat that your LQS has a ruler club. The gingham pumpkins are adorable!

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  6. OOH I really like Bella’s Stars. It just sings to me. Thanks for the links to some of the tutorials.

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  7. Ah, I see you must not be sleeping because you are exceptionally productive! I love the color palette in the Autumn Fly Away table runner and in the pumpkins quilt!

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