Resolution to Quilt

How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? I’m doing A-okay.

About a week ago, I started work on the quilt tops for my grandchildren, and I’m loving it! I don’t know exactly what it is that appeals to me, but I find it to be  fun, creative, and extremely challenging.

Twenty three blocks are finished, including New England Stars, Missouri Stars, Windmills, Flying Geese, and a funky house made with musical note fabric for each quilt because they both love music.

Grandson's dark colors, plus 'money,' and cards

Grandson’s dark colors, plus ‘money,’ and cards

Granddaughter's pink and purples

Granddaughter’s pink and purples

And, a quilt for my grandchildren would not be complete without a Maple Leaf because they associate all things “Maple” with treasured friendship. I have one made and three more to go – labor of love.

Maple Leaf Block

Maple Leaf Block

I will not even attempt to blog about the topic of quilting except to say I wish I’d started sooner.

And, if you have ever wondered what a new quilter’s most important tool is, here is mine:

Seam ripper

Seam ripper

Back to the sewing machine to finish that flower square that I’ve already ripped out once but I know I’ll get it right this time.

Quilt pieces

Flower quilt block pieces

Flower quilt block

Flower quilt block

Thank you to…

– Michelle at Quilting Gallery for having a drawing for a Craftsy quilting class which I won and have fully utilized and enjoyed.

– Susan at Gourmet Quilting Blog for her wonderful daily ten-minute tutorials.

– Jane at Jinny Beyer for great customer service in my effort to duplicate their beautiful Grandmas Star block.

– All the experienced quilters who blog regularly and offer practical advice and support.

About Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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20 Responses to Resolution to Quilt

  1. Look at all the pretty blocks! I have to admit that I don’t use the seam ripper as much as I used to. Not because I don’t make mistakes, but because I have learned to just accept a certain amount of flaws. A very wise person once told me that “if you can’t see the mistake at midnight from the back of a horse going 30 miles an hour, it doesn’t matter”.
    Any piece 2 yards or smaller I fold to fit in the stash drawers in my closet. I need the stash because I like scrap quilts, and that kind of fabric variety can usually only be accumulated over time. I don’t usually buy larger pieces for borders and backing until I am working on a specific quilt and need them. (I have 3 pieces of larger yardage in the bottom of a drawer that has some quilt tops I am working on. That’s it.)

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  2. Ogee says:

    What treasures these will be. My 92-year old friend still has the cherished quilt her mother made for her on her bed. 🙂

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  3. gooseyanne says:

    If you adopt me as a grand-daughter will I qualify for a quilt? They are lovely.

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  4. Donna says:

    They are beautiful. I can’t wait to see them. You are so talented.

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  5. Beautiful blocks! You have been working hard! The kids will love them!

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  6. Lovely work! How much fun are you having? I do enjoy piecing and working through those challenges with the seam ripper occasionally! I try to keep the block I am working in a nice arrangement on the table next to me and think it through as I pick it up and head to the machine. I tend to use a pin at the top to remind me “which way is up”. Keep posting the pictures as you go along.

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    • Thank you for the suggestions. I will certainly utilize them. I was working on a maple leaf today and had to rip out several pieces because I got it off balance. And, it just seems no matter how large your work space is, there isn’t enough room to do all the various tasks needed. 🙂

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  7. Grandma Kc says:

    What a wonderful gift! They are going to be so beautiful!

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  8. These are beautiful! I don’t have the patience to quilt, but I see how you find making the blocks fun and creative! My favorite is the maple leaf!

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    • Thanks. We were outside today with some good friends with experience putting some lines up for tapping some of our Maples. We did a few buckets last year but are going bigger this year. We love real Maple syrup.

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      • Goodness! Is it maple time already! With this weird weather I wonder how the lines will flow this spring? Thanks for reminding me! I’ll have to use this weekend to sort out and clean the taps and buckets 🙂

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      • Do you use pails or lines?

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      • We have used both in the past, but I think we will keep it small this year and just use the pails. When we just use the pails, we only tap about six trees but that makes about a gallon and a half or sometimes two, and that is usually enough for us. Do you tap just for home or do you sell your syrup?

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      • We have good North Country friends who have a sugaring business. Last year, they helped us with pails for four trees. Yesterday, they came down and ran some lines covering about 20 trees. I may be spending lots of time with the cooker this season. We love Maple Syrup, and it is a great learning experience for the grandkids.

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  9. Wow you are ON A ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL 🙂 Yee Hah! :0 )

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  10. Absolutely beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Oh that dreaded seam ripper. That thing and I are close, but not friendly!!
    Your quilts look lovely.

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