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February 2013 - Posts

FMQ on Touch & Feel Baby Quilt

My two sisters and I completed a quilt together to commenmorate the birth of a great-niece. We collaborated on making the individual blocks. Then, I put the quilt together with sashing and an outside border. Next, my younger sister completed the free-motion quilting. Finally, my older sister attached the binding. Here is the completed quilt, awaiting a label, before my younger sister flies across the country to hand deliver the quilt.

I have included several close-up pictures of the individual blocks, so that you can see the FMQ that my sister completed. She developed the designs herself, to go along with each block. She has only been FMQ , for that matter-quilting, for a couple of years. She is definitely the artiste in the family.


A fence behind the pig.

The butterfly flutters among flowers.

A meadow scene complete with sun and clouds.

Leaves. Check out the flowers in the cornerstones and the loops in the sashing.

Nothing special...just lots of closely spaced meandeirng lines, and a hunk of cheese.

Carrots for the bunny. Also, note the leaves and loops quilting in the border.

More flowers.

Balls of yarn unwinding around the block.

Here are a couple of pictures from the back of the quilt, showing the quilting stitches.

Collaborating on a quilt with sister, or friends, can be a rewarding experience. Each individual is able to "shine" in their area of expertise.

Happy Stitching!

Posted Thu, Feb 28 2013 8:00 PM by Pamela | with no comments

Positively Charmed

My oldest granddaughter is four years old today. I will be decorating her cake later this morning, with a Tangled theme.

Her baby quilt was a pink scrappy Drunkard's Path pattern called Positively Charmed by Jan Bretzel. The border has hearts and flowers machine appliqued around the border. The pattern is from a baby Quilts magazine published by Fon's & Porter's Love of Quilting - Winter 2008. Here is a picture of the quilt, displayed at a local quilt show back in 2009.

I haven't been able to make her another quilt, especially since there are now two additional grandchildren to quilt for. My second granddaughter's baby quilt was given to her & her mom last March. It was the MQV Mystery quilt. While my grandson's baby quilt wasn't finished and given to him & his mom until recently. The pattern was my own design using Hungry Catepillar fabrics by Eric Carle. The five hand appliqued blocks took a little longer to complete.

Now that both of these quilts are done, I can begin work on my oldest granddaughter's next quilt. The pattern is Techno Pets designed by Janet A. Maurer. The quilt is a colorful block design with seven fused applique baby animals. The fabrics are all selected and just waiting for me to begin. I did set a goal at the beginning of the year to finish one UFO each month. So, it will be challenging to begin a new quilt, while I continue to finish older quilt projects. The January UFO is seen in my previous post. It will be raffled at an MS fundraising event next Saturday. The February UFO needs to be sent off to my longarm quilting friend. I'm currently appliqueing a vine on another quilt that I hope to finish sometime later this year. So, I may only be able to pull out the project tote and stroke the fabrics. I'll have to plan specific time to work on this quilt, so that it will be ready next year, on my granddaughter's fifth birthday.

Happy Stitching!

Posted Sat, Feb 16 2013 7:07 AM by Pamela | 3 comment(s)

MQN Mystery Quilt - Adding Borders & Finishing

We are now in the home stretch. Let’s put the finishing touches on our mystery quilt. Below are the initial fabric requirements given with the Fabric Selection Instructions.

 Fabrics for finishing the quilt top:

1st Border – 5/8 yard ( 3/8 yard) – consider using Fabric #3 or another medium warm color.

2nd Border – 1-1/4 yard ( 1 yard) – consider using Fabric #4 or #5 or another cool color.

Binding – 5/8 yard ( ½ yard) – consider using Fabric #1 or another dark shade of fabric.

 Adding Borders:                                                                                                                                          Borders for this quilt are added in the traditional fashion. The side borders are added first; then the top and bottom borders are added.

 To ensure that the edge of your quilt is not wavy, lay the quilt top on a flat surface and smooth out the edges. Measure the length of the quilt on both sides and through the center. Add these three lengths together and divide by three. Use this length for both border strips. The length of the border strips is an average, and one strip will be longer and one strip will be shorter than the actual length of the quilt top. Attach the border strip by folding the strip into quarters and finger pressing. Complete the same process with the quilt top. Use these markings to line the border strip up with the quarter folds of the quilt. Stitch with the strip on top, if the strip is shorter than the length of the quilt. Stitch with the strip on the bottom, if the strip is longer than the length of the quilt. Repeat this process for attaching all your border strips.

 Inside Border:

Cut 7 (5), 2-1/2” WOF strips for the first border. Measure the length of the quilt. Piece 2 strips together and trim to the needed length. The smaller quilt will use half of the fifth strip for each border strip. Make two of these strips and attach to each side of the quilt.

 Outside Border:

Cut 8 (6), 5-1/2” WOF strips for the second border. Measure the width of the quilt with the added first border. You need to piece 2 strips together for the larger quilt. Use a single strip for the smaller quilt. Trim the border strip to the needed width. Make two of these strips and attach to the top and the bottom of the quilt.

 You will note in the picture of my quilt top that there is a third border added. You may recall, from the beginning of this mystery quilt, that I made my entire quilt from fabrics in my stash. Unfortunately, I incorrectly cut the outside border strips and did not have adequate fabric to make them the planned 5-1/2 inch width. I chose to reduce the width of the inside border to a finished 1-1/2 inches and made a third border the same width, so that the quilt top appeared balanced.


Complete the quilting on your quilt top according to your personal preferences. A long-arm quilting friend of mine completed the quilting on my finished quilt top. I used polyester batting.


After the quilting is complete, square up the quilt and measure the circumference of the finished quilt. Prepare binding strips to this measurement plus an additional 6-12 inches, for ease in attaching the binding to the quilt. I generally cut 2-1/4 inch width strips and piece them together at a ninety degree bias angle. Fold the strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together; press. Attach the double fold binding and hand stitch in place.

So, here is my finished quilt:


Hopefully, you have enjoyed making this mystery quilt. Although it was a lot of work putting together the instructions, I enjoyed planning and making this quilt, as well.

Happy Quilting!

Posted Mon, Feb 11 2013 7:51 PM by Pamela | with no comments

Numerical Quilts

Our Mid-Michigan Quilters' Guild is stitching up more quilts for education. This time, the mini quilts are blocks representing numbers from one to thirty. Our Education Committee put together kits using bright solids with a number template. Members just have to add the number, along with as many buttons. The mini quilts finish to a twelve-inch size and must be quilted and finished with binding. I chose number one, then decided that putting together a quilt with just one button was simple enough that I would do two number quilts. The next available number was fiften.

The only creative part of designing the quilt was the choice of number fabric, buttons and quilting. I chose a fabric to coordinate with the solid and the buttons. The number had to be placed in the upper left corner on all the quilts. Mine are machine stitched using a blanket stitch for the number one and a zigzag stitch for the number fifteen. I arranged the buttons on the number fifteen quilt to look like a star, while the number one is just a large button in the center of the quilt.


 After securely attaching the buttons, I pinned the blocks together for quilting.

 I used micro-stippling throughout the block, although I did outline the numbers. I trimmed the batting to 1/4-inch beyond the quilt top and the backing to one inch. Then, I folded the backing to the front and used 1/4-inch fuseable tape to hold it in place. Lastly, the edge was finished with a straight stitch along the edge of the turnover binding. Here are the two finished Numberical Quilts.


After selecting the fabrics and buttons, the mini quilts were quick and easy to make using a few spare hours over a span of three days. Children at the Discovery Museum will enjoy playing with these blocks.

Check out previous blogs on Education projects by our guild here:

Happy Stitching!

Posted Sat, Feb 9 2013 7:06 AM by Pamela | with no comments