Donation Quilt

Last week, my friends and I met to cut the fabric for the quilt we are making for the Headwaters Sanctuary. A lot of the fabric was donated by a friend who is clearing out the home of her sister, who recently passed. Marti, the Meemaw who volunteers at the Sanctuary, also purchased more fabric. The fabric is in browns, greens, golds, and blues. The designs and colors of the fabric reflect the landscape of the Sanctuary.
We met today to start piecing. Two friends arranged the pieces for the block, and pressed. Marti and I did the sewing.
We are using the Soho Table Runner pattern. We will be piecing three runners to form one quilt. Photos of the Sanctuary will be included in the design.
We had the cut fabric sorted by size and ready to randomly be chosen for the blocks.
Marti set up her two machines. We had difficulty adjusting her old machine to have stitches similar to the ones she was making on her new Bernina. It worked well when we made the larger four patch, but it just wasn’t working out with the blocks that had smaller pieces. I think the timing is off in her old machine, or there maybe something wrong with the machine feed dogs. Marti ended up making the blocks with the smaller pieces.
Teamwork! I was taking a break. 😉
Four Patch

Of course, we took a lunch break. We went to Teka Molino where they make the best puffy tacos. We also indulged in some pan dulce. This is a delicious gingerbread cookie in the shape of a pig. It was one of my favorites when I was younger.

New Project and Finished Quilts

New Project
Marti, one of my Meemaw friends, is very active with the Headwaters at Incarnate Word. The spring water source for San Antonio is located in this sanctuary. It is called the Blue Hole. Since my friends and I already made a quilt for the Brackenridge Conservancy, we decided we also wanted to make a quilt for the Headwaters. Marti found a pattern and purchased some lovely fabric. Today was our first day of working on this project. We cut all of the pieces and then headed out for lunch. Next Tuesday, we will begin piecing the quilt. I was so busy cutting today, I forgot all about taking photos.

Finished Quilts

This past Monday, I picked up the two quilts I had left with my long arm quilter, Jeana Kubik. Jeana always does such a great job with her quilting. I am going to miss her when she moves next year.
She completed the quilt I pieced for my sister, Adri. I also made a quilt tote bag.

This quilt was so much fun to make. The inspiration for this quilt came from studying books by Freddy Moran and Gwen Marston. I had no real plan for this quilt, other than building around the center panel piece of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is the first time I made borders that are not of equal widths on each side. The Broken Dish block border and the Sawtooth Variation block border were also a first for me. I usually just had boring borders.

Jeana also finished quilting the Floral Pet quilt. Jeana  had shown me the quilting pattern of a heart-shaped paw print, and I just knew this would be perfect. I had fun using scraps for the flying geese and the outside border. As you can see, I sort of went over board with polka-dots.
Is there such a thing as “too many polka-dots”?

Now it is time to reorganize my sewing room. I am also reading a book that was recommended by
Mary Puckett. The book, Sneaky Piecing, by Beth Ferrier arrived in the mail today. I have just read up through page 10, and I already have learned some good tips, and refinement of some techniques I already use. This is such a good resource, my friends now want to order.
Many of you probably know these things already, but I found these tips to be interesting.

Tips I have learned so far:

  • Pile the bolts of fabric you have chosen and look at the edges. This will give a better representation of what you will see. ( If making a quilt with smaller pieces.)
  • Beth says: “A quilt that is all medium is neither rare nor well done.”
  • For cutting, fold the fabric a second time. The center fold lies along the selvages.

I am looking forward to learning more. Thanks for the recommendation, Mary!