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In progress…

modern quilting aqua patchwork


The state of my sewing table: lots in progress, nothing finished (yet!)

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This quilt spent the better part of a month on the design wall waiting for a decision about the border color. I finally decided on a leaf green border, and a soft yellow for the background. Both kona solids, to compliment the solids in the blocks.

quilt progress photo - improv quilt solid pastel colors and fussy cut trees

As you can see, it’s bordered, sandwiched, basted and well on it’s way to being finished. The quilting is bands of organic lines in the white sashing, and a square around each of the fussy-cuts.

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There’s something so satisfying about these projects. Just sew a pair of squares together to keep from cutting the threads while you’re doing something else – suddenly you’ve got an apple green patchwork block.


A few of them, and you’ve got a table runner. (Magic!)

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I doubt I’m alone in this, but I’ve been thinking about solids alot lately. My “Daydreaming” quilt – inspired by City Quilts –  still needs to be quilted – but I’ve been doodling more solids quilt ideas on envelop backs and the like. And, then, look what landed in my mail box for my Fresh Modern Bee II – some gorgeous colors and some black and white dots.

folded solid cottons and black and white polka dot fabrics for fresh modern bee II

And, did you know there’s a group on flickr that’s all solid quilts ? Here are a few inspiring examples:

mosaic of modern quilts with solid fabric

(Click through to flickr for the links to individual photos)

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A holiday weekend and an approaching deadline = quick progress on this quilt

patchwork quilt heather bailey nicey jane roses with pink gingham and green kona solid

It’s all quilted. Hot off the press — err, sewing machine, with a few basting pins still in place.

framed square fussy cut floral roses quilt

The quilting is simple – a combination of grid quilting, with a few diagonal/cross hatching lines to keep it interesting.

tage style handmade patchwork quilt

And, ivory is such an impractical choice for binding, but I love these little dots as the finishing touch.

sewing quilt binding - sewing machine and thread

Except for the Nicey Jane floral, this is all solids and super simple, classic prints: dots for the binding, stripes for the back and a tiny gingham in the top.

handmade sweet cottage style quilt - floral, stripe, solid and gingham fabrics

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I’m busily working on my gift-making, but, when I’m done, this little top is waiting for me on the design wall.

modern patchwork quilt top - square in square with fussy cut centers - pink, orange, yellow, green and blue.

Thoughts on a border? I need a thin border (then probably some more white – because my quilts always “need” more white) – but I hadn’t decided which color before I had to stop working on this one.

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Gift Quilting

I have two (non-blog-reader) family birthdays coming up in the next couple of weeks, so I’m working on finishing up a couple of gifts this weekend.

quilt top nicey jane roses, pink gingham and green and white kona solid

The top I made from this stack of fabric is the first one, now I’ve got to get to work on the other.

nicey jane pink, green and white patchwork quilt top

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