Sewing My Life Together

A Flurry of Quilt Tops

For the past couple of weeks, I have been busy piecing….and I love piecing. It’s quiet, relaxed, and does not require a whole lot of thought or movement (whereas cutting batting and backing and making the quilt ‘sandwich’ require a lot of energy!). So, in my summer-frame of mind, I have been happily piecing. Also, since I have not been feeling very creative lately, piecing keeps me sewing without worrying about my lack of creative ideas right now.

So now I have four, which means my next step requires more activity: bringing the tops to my family room, cutting the batting, cutting the backing, and getting the quilt ready to be long-arm quilted.

And, due to my recent lack of creativity, I bought each of these tops as a ready-made ‘kit’. I loved the colors and designs, and no, these did not come pre-cut, so I had to cut. Each needs to be carefully ironed and have the seams checked, but I am happy with the results.

2 layer cakes and white fabric.

2 layer cakes and white fabric.

The next one is an older top which I haven’t finished yet, because I could not find the pattern after our floors were installed. So, when I feel ‘creative’ again,  I have to take what I have and find a way to finish it. It is a table runner and will go nicely with the new blue sofa we just ordered today! I keep hoping the pattern turns up so at least I can identify the fabric I used!

 

I have no idea what these fabrics are since I can't find the pattern or the original fabrics.

I have no idea what these fabrics are since I can’t find the pattern or the original fabrics.

The next top is made of Tonga Batiks from Timeless Treasures. There was a lot of cutting involved, and I am not too happy with some seams that don’t match, but I like the overall effect. I love the range of colors in this top.

These are Tonga Batiks from Timeless Treasures. The pattern is called "Tonga Treats". I bought matching backing and a contrast binding. I like the contemporary look of these batiks.

These are Tonga Batiks from Timeless Treasures. The pattern is called “Tonga Treats”. I bought matching backing and a contrast binding. I like the contemporary look of these batiks.

And finally, I finished the Summer Jewels Lap Quilt top after much trial and error. It occurred to me that I should really use each pattern twice so I can really become familiar with them. Maybe I will put that on my fall to-do list!

I love the contrasting teal and brown.

I love the contrasting teal and brown.

This is a pattern I bought from Discount Sewing Supply online, and the website for the pattern developer is:

www.Suzyssit.com

I’ve been thinking about the ways in which I sew. These past few weeks have been about being calm, relaxed, and simply following a pattern. Then there are times when I dye fabric, sew landscapes, and ‘create’ something from an idea or photo I have. Sometimes I am more into the dynamics of creating, and at other times I realize I am craving the predictability of piecing.

I never know how I am going to feel when I sit down to sew.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This entry was published on August 11, 2014 at 12:45 am and is filed under Crafts, Interests, Living life, piecing, Quilting. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “A Flurry of Quilt Tops

  1. You choose such pretty, bright colors!

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