Finished four patch strip quilts

Here’s a picture of the four-patch strip quilt now that it has been quilted. I quilted ribbon candy in the long vertical sashing strips and a Terry twist variation in the four patches. I love the way it turned out. The thread is clear monopoly by Superior. If I were doing it again, I would have used the smoke color on the dark purple strips and clear on the lighter areas.

And don’t forget to look at the books I’ve been reading. The menu is at the very top of the page. Just finished Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver. It was a great book. Loved every minute of it. 
 

New Hopping Foot

I am so excited. The open toe hopping foot for my longarm came in the mail today. It took me about an hour to get it on my machine – it was a very tight fit, and I had to adjust the needle bar height. I put a practice piece on the machine. I can see where I’m going on feathers and fills. I love, love, love it. 
 

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Lap quilt for dog and donation quilt

Here a couple of projects that I have finished this week. One is a quilt for Suzie – or rather Ted. It is one of the old Roman shades I took down and has been made into a lap quilt for the dog. Ted likes these quilts so the dog hairs don’t get on his clothes when that 50 lb dog sits on his lap. I like these quilts because it gives me an opportunity to practice, practice, practice as well as try out different threads.

The second picture is a comfort quilt for donation. I used Patricia Ritter’s Mimosa pantograph on it. I like the way it turned out. It was pieced using a flip and sew method on a foundation square.

 
 

Sewing Room Tool: Sharps Disposal

One of the things that everyone needs in their sewing room is a quick and easy disposal of broken needles, bent pins, and dull blades. Over the years I have used many containers, but the one I have found to be best is an empty Coffeemate powder container. It has a small round flip opening for needles and pins and a wide mouth that can be opened to dispose of blades. I always make sure that I remove the label and mark it with a red Sharpie that says “Sharps Disposal”.

Another container that works well is a Benefiber container. I am sure there are others that meet the criteria. Just last week, I bought Coffeemate instead of the store brand just because of the shape of the container.