Friday, October 5, 2012

Finish It Up Friday

I just started a new project a few nights ago and already have the top almost finished!


My husband and kids helped me lay out all the blocks last night.  It was truly a family affair which was kind of fun.  It was also interesting to hear my husband talking about what he likes in quilts.  Turns out, it’s a lot like what he likes in ties, which is not really my style.  I also took photos of how I keep my layout straight in my mind.


I put a tiny post-it on the left-most block in the row.  Then I stack them all from left to right and pin the post-it through all the layers.


Then I can transport and store all the blocks in my sewing room without the fear that my kids will trample them and mix up the order.  One thing I have not figured out, though, is how to chain stitch in order.  My brain just cannot do it.  In fact, although I *always* stack from left to right, I still write “L-R”  on the sticky note just to keep my brain straight and avoid any panic attacks!

I also thought I’d share one of my bee blocks for September.  I am glad that month is over.  Both bee blocks I had to make were paper-pieced which is not my favorite.  Bea really liked this design, so maybe a similar quilt is in my future, but these blocks that use strips seem to use twice as much fabric as the finished product which kind of aggravates me, although they are pretty.


On a totally unrelated note, my kids are really into these Bizu bracelets.  Have your daughters seen them at school yet?  My daughter is in first grade and all the kids seem to have them.


Linking up to Finish It Up Friday on Crazy Mom Quilts.  I am off to get some exercise on this beautiful day.  I have lost over 30 pounds since May.

Have a wonderful day!


  1. I'm a huge fan of Oh, Deer! The colors are just so soft yet modern. This is going to be a great quilt!

  2. I get in a bit of a panic too when it comes to keeping my blocks in the right layout... I pin them in groups AND take pictures of my layout for extra piece of mind!

  3. Jamie, I love what you're doing with Oh,Deer! It looks fantastic, it will be such a happy quilt.

  4. I promise the layout is easier with a design wall (even if the design wall is just a flannel sheet with eyelets as in my case)
    Like your quilt but 30 pounds!! Wow! How did you do that?

  5. It's always fun when quilting becomes a family affair! I find it helpful to take pics of my layouts, too. I'm not really a fan of foundation piecing either, but I LOVE that bee block - the rainbow look with the black - might have to try something like that!

  6. Love all your quilting in this post Jamie! And that it became a family affair.
    Go you in the weight loss... I've not idea how much 30 lbs is btw way but it sure sounds like a lot (we are a metric bunch down under)

  7. You finished the Oh Deer top very quickly!! Great job!

  8. Hopped over from Amanda Jean's. I love your fabric choices! Gorgeous top. :) And congrats on the weight loss!

  9. Love your quilt Jamie. CONGRATS on the weight loss.

  10. I totally agree with the amount of fabric used in paper piecing. Not saying that the end result isn't beautiful though. Congratulations on the 30 pounds,you go girl! Dang another top almost done already,want to send a little of that mojo my way? ;)


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