Posts Tagged ‘Quilt for an Hour’

I just finished quilting the “Freeze Frame” quilt that some of us made with Judy Laquidara as part of her “Quilt for an Hour” project in 2009.

I practised and practised my free motion meandering on my domestic sewing machine until it looked right to me, and then I just jumped in and did it.  It was very scary!  I kept thinking — what if I ruin this quilt top?  It’s one of my favourites, and it’s a gift for my father-in-law.

Here’s one of my practice samples with scrap muslin and batting:

And here is the quilting on the quilt top.


It was a lot more difficult to manoeuvre a large project than my small practice samples, and I can see some places where I made errors and some of my stitching lines are not smooth and flowing.  However, I’m mostly happy with it, and truly amazed and relieved that I could do this.  🙂

Here is a photo of the whole quilt top.  It measures 63 x 81 inches.  The sewing machine just visible in the background is my Janome 6500P, which is what I used for the quilting.   The sofa underneath the quilt is one of my most valuable quilting tools — it’s like a giant extension table!  😉

The back is pieced from my stash — two pieces of dark green and one green floral.

Now I just have to trim the quilt edges and bind it.

I already counted the fabric for the top in a long-ago stash report, but I can count the backing and binding this week.  The binding is already cut, pieced and ready to sew on.

I also bought some new fabric this week — a roll of 2.5 inch strips in pink and blue batiks put together by a local fabric store.  I saw a jelly roll pattern recently that will be nice in these colours.

My Stash Report totals are:

  • Used this week:  5 yards
  • Used this year:  5.5 yards
  • Added this week:  2.5 yards
  • Added this year:  2.5 yards
  • Net used:  3 yards

To see how other quilters are progressing with their Stash Busting, please visit Judy’s blog for a list of links to Stash Reports.

Happy Quilting!

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A finish, a finish, I finally have a finish!   🙂

Here is my version of  “Freeze Frame”, a Quilt for an Hour pattern designed by Judy Laquidara.

Freeze Frame Complete

Here’s a better look at some of the fabrics used in the quilt.

Freeze Frame fabrics

I am estimating that I used 7 yards of fabric for this quilt top, calculating from the fabric requirements given in the pattern and counting the fat quarters that I used for the squares.

I loved making this quilt, and I am already thinking of another version in other colours!

My Stash Report totals for Week 45 are:

  • Bought this week:  0
  • Used this week:  7 yards
  • Bought Year-to-Date:  24.875
  • Used Year-to-Date:  92.375
  • Net Used:  67.5 yards

To see Stash Reports by other quilters and to find the pattern for “Freeze Frame”, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Sewing!

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What a shock when I realised this morning that there are only 8 weeks of Stash Reports left this year.  There are still so many unfinished projects on my To Do list for 2009!  I felt a surge of panic — because, silly me, I am always setting unrealistic goals for myself.

Then I took a deep breath and remembered that it’s not The End Of The World if I don’t get every single thing finished.  I’ll just do the best I can and try to remember that quilting is a hobby for me, and it’s supposed to be fun!

This week I have continued to work on “Freeze Frame,” Judy Laquidara’s Quilt for an Hour project.  I am about halfway through Hour 11.  The last step is Hour 12, so the finish line is in sight!  🙂

Freeze Frame 11

I haven’t finished anything this week, and I haven’t bought any fabric this week, so my totals remain:

  • Bought this week:  0
  • Used this week:  0
  • Bought Year-to-Date:  24.875
  • Used Year-to-Date:  85.375
  • Net Used:  60.5 yards

Please visit Judy’s blog to see how others are doing with their Stashbusting this week.

Happy Sewing!

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Judy Laquidara has posted the fabric requirements this morning for her new Quilt for an Hour project called “Morning Splash.”

Fortune is smiling on me today because I was able to find these fabrics in my stash, and they will be perfect for this project!

Giddy dots2

The polka dots are a collection of half-yard cuts from the “Giddy Dots” line by Michael Miller.   I also had sufficient yardage of the black, purple, gold and white fabrics called for in the pattern.

I haven’t forgotten about my previous Quilt for an Hour project, “Freeze Frame” — it’s still in progress, and I work on it every day.

Freeze Frame progress

Both of these quilts are going to be Christmas presents, and working on them in this very organised QFAH way means they might actually be finished on time!  At least the tops will be finished, and I’ll do my best on the quilting.

For more information on both of these lovely free quilt patterns, please visit Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

Happy Sewing!

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Still working on Judy’s “Freeze Frame” Quilt for an Hour project, trying to finish up before the next project starts next week!

These are the blocks for the borders.  One border stitched on, three more to go!  The colours look a bit Christmas-y in the photo, but they are actually forest green and rust.

Design Wall QFAH

Happy Sewing!

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I’ve been sewing every day this week and having the best time!  So far, I have:

Made 15 more blocks for my Roman Stripes project, for a total of 31;

Roman Stripes31

and finished Hour 5 of Judy Laquidara’s Quilt for an Hour.

Hour 5 Complete

The only fabric I bought this week is a packet of Fat Eighths (total 2-1/8 yards).

Little squares fabric

I wanted to try an experiment, so I made some boxed squares using only the fabric from the packet.  They turned out all right.  🙂  I’ll make more blocks from stash fabric to bring this up to a useable size quilt top.

Little squares

Stash Report totals:

  • Bought this week:  2.125 yards
  • Used this week:  0 (nothing finished to count yet)
  • Year to Date Bought:  24.875 yards
  • Year to Date Used:  76 yards

Happy Sewing!

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This morning I finished Hours 2 and 3 of Judy Laquidara’s new Quilt for an Hour project.   This is very relaxed sewing, no stress at all.


I usually have a “design floor” rather than a design wall, but today I used some masking tape to stick these components on the wall.  It’s nice to look at them from a new perspective.   Someday I will make a proper design wall, but I’d rather spend my time on making this quilt first!

Hours 2 and 3

The instructions for this quilt can be found on Judy’s blog.   Hour 4 has been posted, and I will start work on that step after dinner tonight.

Happy Sewing!

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Here is my progress after completing Hour 1 of Judy Laquidara’s latest Quilt for an Hour project, the instructions for which can be found on Judy’s blog, Patchwork Times.

I felt a lot better when I read Judy’s remarks that it might take some people longer than an hour to do each step.  I was afraid I might be the only one who is slow at this!   I only got started on this project today, and it took me about three hours.  The cutting was the most time-consuming part.  Sometimes I drive myself crazy with the “measure twice, cut once” business.  And I was popping out after cutting each set to do a bit of housework, too.


The actual block construction went very quickly.


I’m looking forward to starting Hour 2 this evening after dinner.

Happy Sewing!

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Yesterday I just had to buy some new fabric!  I’m going to participate in Judy Laquidara’s new “Quilt for an Hour” project, and although I have lots of fat quarters in my stash, I needed some longer pieces for the borders.   There were also some nice things on the sale table, so I had to get those, too.  😉

We drove to a lovely quilt shop in a semi-rural setting in Yorkshire.

Quilt shop

When we got there, I thought of a certain famous quilter I  know who loves chickens.   😉  If  she ever comes to England, she might like to visit this shop because there were beautiful chickens all around the car park!  The chickens were sweet and friendly and came up to talk to us.

Quilt shop car park

My daughter was especially pleased about that.   She likes chickens, too.

Quilt shop chickens2

Inside the quilt shop, we found this gorgeous vintage Jones Medium CS treadle sewing machine being used as a display.  We love vintage sewing machines and like to take photos of the ones we find in public.  The lady at the shop gave us permission for these pictures.

Quilt shop treadle

Quilt shop treadle2

My total purchases amounted to  5.4 metres, which is approximately 6 yards.  That brings my report to:

  • Bought this week:   6 yards
  • Total bought in 2009:   22.75 yards
  • Used this week:   0   (I have been sewing but haven’t finished anything yet)
  • Total used in 2009:   76 yds

I’m getting a late start, but I’m going to try to raise my “Total Used” to 100 yards before the end of the year.

Happy Sewing!

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