Cotton & Steel Economy Blocks

This week I managed to finish up my Cotton and Steel Economy block quilt…and I am very pleased with myself.

cotton steel economy block quilt

You see I signed this week for the 2nd Quarter of the 2016 Finish Along and I am determined to get more done than I did last quarter.  I am finding having a bit of accountability in my quilting a good thing… it really is making me conscious of finishing things up instead of just adding them to the large pile of works in progress.

cs quilt detail

This quilt is such a fun one to start with.  I really had a blast fussy cutting up my Cotton and Steel stash.  I had been collecting bits and pieces of the C&S since the line first came out but it was not until I started this project that I realized how well it all works together.

economy block detail

I have used prints from just about every Cotton & Steel line (including some of their new Garland line which has just come out).

quilt detail 2

And definitely have a piece of fabric for all the Cotton & Steel designers.  I must admit for a brief little bit I was thinking that I might hold onto the blocks and wait till the next line comes out and add more to the quilt, but in the spirit of getting things finished, I just put what I had together and called it good.


quilt detail

I kept the quilting simple… lots of straightish lines using the lines in the block as the guide for my walking foot.

cotton steel quilt detail


For the back of the quilt I used some larger pieces of my stash…

quilt back

And to finish it all off I used a navy blue scrappy binding…


So my first finish of quarter two is done and dusted…. now to get another quilt out of my WIP pile and finish it up.  I am highly motivated at the moment…I just hope it lasts.

Quilt Details:

Name:  A Cotton and Steel Economy
Pattern:  7 1/2 inch Economy blocks
Fabric:  Cotton & Steel collections
Finished size:  45 x 60 inches


Paper Piecing Monday’s Little Houses…

This past week I have working away on projects for other people… which has somewhat limited my selfish sewing.  In between finishing charity quilts I have been making tiny little houses…

a group of houses

These little buildings are 5 1/2 inch square and are the only paper piecing I have done in the last week or so….  the pattern is called “Outhouse” and is by Carolyn Friedlander …I am also using mainly her fabrics to make this round of blocks…

pattern and fabric

I am going to be teaching a class on making these little houses at my LQS, Modern Domestic, and this will be my class sample…

a pile of blocks

I am almost done with making the blocks and it has been a fun challenge… and I have employed quite a few tricks which have made the process a little easier.

block pieces

I am looking forward to getting back to some of my other projects later this week…. I hear my Lizzy House butterflies calling my name.

A do.Good finish…

Okay it took me a while but I finally got the do.Good.Stitches Icicle quilt done…. so without further ado here she is….

do good stitches quiltThis quilt started life when I was doing Julie @ 627Handworks “Block Rockin” paper pieced blocks.  I loved how the Icky Thump block looked and decided it needed to be a quilt all its own.

Paper pieced blockWith the help of the Hope Circle of do.Good.Stitches a Icky Thump quilt was made.  It was a fun process seeing how different quilters took on the paper piecing challenge and what lovely fabrics they had in their stash.  I infatuated with these tiny mice in particular…

mice fabricIt took me a while to decide how I wanted to quilt this top up.  I ummed and ahhed for weeks about what to do and finally decided to quilt to enhance the star pattern.

finsihed icicles quilt detailI was not completely sold on this quilting until I turned the quilt around and looked at the back…

finished quilt back..the quilting really works on the back.  Now I know I am not noted for my quilting prowess, as my darling friend Lisa confirmed yesterday (I piece like a champion but quilt like a beginner)… but I am chuffed with how this looks.

finished quilt back detailFor the backing I used one of the blocks I was sent that was a little small and made it the focal point.  This way everyone who contributed a block is represented in this quilt.

finished quilt bindingFinally I hand bound the quilt using some solid scraps I had.  It was a lovely exercise to put the finishing touches on this quilt by hand.  Another do.Good quilt ready to head off to do good!

Quilt Stats
Pattern:  Icky Thump paper pieced pattern
Finished quilt size:  48 x 60 inches
Fabrics: various
Backing: Kona Medium Grey and various others.