MCM #77 – Multiple Finishes!

Welcome to the last Monday in June (can you believe it??), and to another edition of Main Crush Monday.

I apologize for being MIA lately….life intervened and interrupted me and my schedule as it sometimes wants to do. But I’ve gotten a handle on things and am back, so let’s see some quilty goodness worth crushing on!

I have made so much progress in the last two weeks. Many of you know I started quilting Star Blossom, the quilt I pattern tested for Tish & Dave. There was a lot, I mean a LOT of ruler work with some fun swirls mixed in to keep things interesting. I finally got it quilted — it took me a week —Β and now all that’s left is some touch up stitching here and there and the binding. Touch up stitching because I made a design change after the first row of blocks was quilted. Nothing major, but it requires some picking out of stitches and re-quilting those small sections.

This quilt deserves a post of its own, so I’ll share details on it as soon as the binding is done. For now, you can see this one pic. The quilt is so big, it took both my boys to hold it up and it still dragged the ground!

Star Blossom Quilt Pattern

In addition to Star Blossom, I finished the quilting on three customer quilts. Freddie and I are getting along so well! After all the bumps were worked out (remember the stitch regulator and handle bar lights both needed replaced), he is powering through all the work I give him. There’s a new man in my life, and his name is Handi Quilter “Freddie” Fusion! πŸ™‚

These next two quilts were found by a son and his wife after his mother passed away. He doesn’t remember when his Mom made the tops so I don’t know how old they are. I love how scrappy they are, and I especially love the blue background of the first one. It’s so refreshing to see a background color other than white! I’m going to have to remember that in my own piecing.

Blue Scrappy Quilt

Brown Scrappy Quilt

You can see both these quilts use the same pattern, but the squares are a bit bigger in the brown one. Does anyone know what this pattern is called? I think I might like to make one of my own….

For the quilting, I stitched big loopy flowers all over on both tops. It turned out to be the perfect design. It was fun to stitch, and added great texture. You can see the design better on the brown one, so I took a close-up picture of that for you.

Loopy Flower FMQ

The third quilt I finished is made of all half square triangles. It was the perfect quilt to try a pantograph design on.

Here’s a close-up of the design:

Pantograph designPantographs sound easy – just follow the lines with the laser light and stitch a perfect pattern on your quilt, right? Um, no…. I won’t say it’s difficult because it really isn’t. But with the first couple of passes, I did have a hard time getting the curves to look curvy and not flattened.

I soon figured out I needed to loosen up, look at where I wanted the laser to go and not where it was, and just let my movements be smooth instead of jerky. It was fun to do, and I can see that pantographs can be useful. However, I’m not sure how many of them I will do simply because I enjoy free motion quilting so much. And I found it disconcerting to be behind the quilt looking at a laser light and not watching my needle and thread.

I’m happy that the quilt turned out as well as it did. It belongs to my sister who made it as a “use up some of my scraps” quilt, so it was a good top to practice on. Thanks Wissa!

HST Quilt

So that is all my crush-worthy goodness for this week. I have several more tops to quilt so I’ll be busy, but it’s a fun busy and makes me so grateful to be able to call this my job.

Now it’s time to share your projects! I’d love to see what you are working on and what has you excited to be in your sewing space this week. You can link any blog post, Instagram or Flickr pic – here’s how:

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About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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22 Responses to MCM #77 – Multiple Finishes!

  1. Linda says:

    Beautiful vintage quilts! I really love the blue background on the 1st one, very effective!

  2. You’re right, that blue background is wonderful on the clients’ quilt. I’m so glad that you are helping that family use and enjoy his mother’s beautiful work. I’m sure they will be comforted by the quilt, making the world a little better place πŸ™‚

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  4. Sylvia says:

    Star Blossom is lovely! Love seeing vintage tops!

  5. Your version of Star Blossom is awesome, Beth, and I do look forward to reading more details about it. I am so glad to hear that you and Freddie are getting along so well now. Hooray!

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  7. Gosh, you were missed. I hope all is well. Very pretty quilts, especially Star Blossom. But I was really enamored with the sky behind the pictures! I haven’t done much with laser guided pantographs yet but my group in AZ got a new machine this past winter that has one and I can’t wait to get back. I agree about the standing behind the machine and not watching the needle go thru the fabric though would be kind of unsatisfying.

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  9. Great finishes, Beth! I think that pattern is Sunshine and Shadows, but with all squares instead of log cabin style.

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  11. Jayne says:

    Your Star Blossom quilt is gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the quilting detail up close! You have been very busy it seems! So many quilts finished and that is a very good thing!

  12. Vicki in MN says:

    I love your color combo-it set it off just right! Congrats on getting it finished along with the other quilts-you go girl!!! So glad you and Freddie are hitting it off;) I don’t like panto’s either-feel
    exactly like you on that subject.

  13. Cindy says:

    Beautiful finishes! Glad to hear that you and Freddie are getting along so well.

  14. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Beth,
    I’m glad to see a post from you. I kept checking back all week, and was really getting worried. {{Hugs}} What great helpers you have holding up your quilts for you. They all look fabulous. I really love the blue on the second quilt – you would never know that was the same pattern as the brown one! I also love your new quilt – the border you used really pulls out those navy squares. I love it! ~smile~ Roseanne

  15. Beth, great job on all three! Can’t wait to see and hear about the details of Star Blossom. You and Freddie are becoming fast friends! Great job on the quilting!

  16. karenfae says:

    I like those two quilts that you quilted for someone – I don’t know the names of the patterns but love the colors and the simple style

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  18. Tish says:

    Star Blossom looks amazing! Can’t wait to see the more detail pictures of the quilting πŸ™‚ It sounds like you have been quite the busy bee. So were all of these quilts quilted on Freddie?

  19. Beautiful finishes! The customer quilts turned out beautifully. I really like that blue background in that first one. It works so well with those fabrics. Glad that you and Freddie have got those initial bumps worked out the relationship and seem to be getting along wonderfully.

  20. Lisa says:

    Hi Beth: I’ve also been really busy so I understand. The finishes are beautiful. Even though blue is my favourite colour I love that brown quilt. For me it’s more unusual to use a white background although the quilt I’m working on now is all about white.

  21. Liz W. says:

    Great job on your finishes! I can’t wait to see the quilting details on Star Blossom, it’s just beautiful. Isn’t longarming just amazing? I agree with you about pantographs … it’s harder than it looks! Your free-motion looks great, and glad to hear you and Freddie are best buddies now.

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