Sunday, September 16, 2018

My Favorite Things

This week I finished this top, My Favorite Things:

66" x 74"
It's an original design I put together as a 6 month class, one two-hour class a month. I demo the various blocks taught that month and the students sew theirs at home. This group of about 13 students really likes this plan and they have already asked me to come up with something else for next year.

This one features my favorite blocks, from simple things like half square triangles to more complex blocks like Crown of Thorns that was partially paper pieced.

Since this is now done it's time to get back to one of my favorite UFOs--Ruffled Roses designed by Sue Garman as the 2011 Block of the Month for The Quilt Show:

The last time I worked on this was November 2015 when Sue and I were at a teachers' retreat in Virginia Beach. We had a wonderful week there and I learned as much as I could from her. Very special memories of that week together. So it is time to get this done--more basket blocks to make and a very elaborate piano key-style border to finish. With my guild quilt show in October 2019 as a target, I have to keep on this now to get it done.

It's also time to get some quilting done--been a while since I turned on my Q20. The stack of quilts basted and ready to quilt is growing.

And it's the time of year when I have to make two garments for Houston:

Road Trip and Kaleidoscope by Allison Glass for Andover Fabrics

Metropolis by MODA

I better come up with an idea or two soon so these can get made in the next month. It's always something.

Let's quilt!



  1. Q20? Is that a Bernina? I maybe replacing my longarm and am looking...

    Nice quilts in progress.

    1. Yes, it is a Bernina Q20 sit-down longarm machine. I have written about it several times--use the search box upper left--type in Bernina Q20 and each post tagged with that will come up. Here is the one I wrote when I got it 3 years ago:
      There is a lot of info on the Facebook group Bernina Q20 Owners Group--I learn from that group almost every day.

  2. Great finish, Barbara -- and what a nice reward, to be off to sewing on more favorites! Looking forward to seeing what you create for garments this year! :)

  3. My Favorite things is really well done. Has a "Long Time Gone" feel to it.
    Ruffled Roses is already such a beauty. Can't imagine how it can get any better, but I guess being finished is a step in the right direction. :)
    It would be a challenge for me to make something to wear out of the Andover fabric pile. Those bright colors make me look green, so my heart wouldn't be in it. LOL