Meet in the Middle

Meet in the Middle is finished!

Finished 52″x60″ and made completely out of scraps from my stash. The pattern is a free one from Jo’s Country Junction called Meet in the Middle. My version ended up being a lot more scrappy than I thought, and I made a few mistakes, but overall I’m happy with how it turned out.

The recipient of the quilt likes the color red, so I used a lot of red for the backing. I used an all over stipple (my go-to these days) for the quilting.

Fun fact: the background fabric I used, the window pane print with the stars and hearts, was fabric my mom purchased to make curtains for my nursery back in the 80s! Obviously she never got around to that project, but I think it looks cute here. I love how stripey bindings look, so I used some stripey fabric from my stash for this binding.

Thanks for stopping by! I’m linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday and Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday.

Design Wall Monday Nov 14, 2016

Having more than one project going is very unusual for me, usually I like to completely finish a project before moving on to another one. However, babies were being born so projects I started and meant to finish long ago got put aside…

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  1. Meet in the Middle: I started this back before Michael died as an easy project to pick up as I had time. It’s a super simple design but I was able to use a lot of my scraps to make it. I have the top finished and the back pieced. Above is a picture I took while basting it. It’s bigger than I like to quilt on my sewing machine but I’m hoping finish quilting it this week.
  2. Mike’s T-shirt Quilt: Well, I have the shirts picked out and I’ve mocked up a design. Now I just need to decide on the border, binding and backing fabrics. I’m torn between using fabrics that would represent Mike more, or doing neutrals and letting the shirts shine. I’m also hoping to get the fusible web and batting as Christmas gifts.
  3. Butterfly Blossom: Another baby quilt gift. I’ve got all the fabric picked out, except for the binding and backing, but those can wait a bit. This is being made from a tutorial I saw over atΒ MSQC.

And that’s what I’m working on this week. Head over to Patchwork Times to see what others are working on.

Stash Report week 14 – 2015

Stash Report – 2015 Week14
No finishes this week and I have made no progress with my Meet in the Middle Quilt. Having an 8 week old makes quilting kind of difficult. I did buy some fabric this week for baby quilts. One is a quilt kit from FatQuarterShop.com for a Very Hungry caterpillar quilt, and two “Rolie Polie” pre-cuts. Can’t wait! 
Week 14

Used this Week: 0 yards

Used year to Date: 22.46 yards

Added this Week: 10.38 yards

Added Year to Date: 15.38 yards

Net for 2015: 17.46 yards used
Thanks for stopping by! I’m linking up with Judy over at Patchwork Times.

Design Wall Monday

Welcome to my “Design Wall” this week:

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I’m chain piecing the background strips for my Meet in the Middle quilt. I ended up picking the fourth option from this post:

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It’s a really cute print and I have a ton of it, so I’m looking forward to clearing some of it out of my stash. I’m linking up with Judy for Design Wall Monday, check out what others are working on this week.

So Much For Taking My Time

Well, my Meet in the Middle project went way faster than I anticipated. It took me no time at all to cut out all of the strips I needed. I didn’t follow the instructions exactly… instead of finding 10″ long strips in my scraps stash, I grabbed a bunch of different sized strips and cut them to be 2.5″ wide and at most 10″ long. Most of my rows have more than 5 different fabrics in them, making the quilt a lot scrappier looking. Now I’m trying to decide on a background fabric.

The first picture is the fabric that I had in mind for this project. It’s a nice, dark charcoal grey. But the pattern calls for white fabric so I thought I’d pull out some white prints I have and see if I liked any of those. The second picture is a white print with navy blue stars, moons and planets. I kind of like how that one looks, too. The third picture is a white print with rainbow colored dots (if you click the picture you’ll be able to see it more clearly). The last one is a blue grid with rainbow colored hearts and stars on it. The last two fabrics are actually from my mom’s stash… she bought them for my nursery over 30 years ago! Who knows what she intended to do with them but clearly she never got around to it.

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Well, while I am deciding I can start cleaning up the mess I made going through my scraps… Getting this big ol body down on the ground and picking them up sure is going to be a challenge! Any volunteers? πŸ™‚

A New Project

Another week is starting, which means I’m another week closer to meeting our little guy. I’m 38 weeks pregnant now which means I will go into labor any day now (I hope). My sister was late with both of her children and my mom was late with at least one of hers, so who knows when I will go into labor!

My best friend and I at her wedding this August, I'm 34 weeks pregnant.

My best friend and I at her wedding this August, I’m 34 weeks pregnant.

I was telling my husband the other day that I feel a little adrift and weird in this “in between” stage. All year I’ve had projects to occupy my time: last December DH was diagnosed with cancer again so we had his treatments to go to each week; that ended in August when he had his surgery. Now he’s at home recovering. Also in December my best friend’s now husband proposed, I helped her plan a winery wedding here in Temecula so that took up a lot of my time until the wedding happened on Aug 29. In February of this year I found out I was expecting our first child, so I was busy planning and making items for his nursery, his quilt and making quilts for family members before he arrived.

Now what am I supposed to do! DH is thankfully cancer free for the moment and recovering, so we’re only going to the hospital once a month instead of once a week; Vanessa’s wedding is over so I don’t have that to occupy my time; Henry’s nursery is done, his diapers are ready, his car seat is in the car, all of the little projects I wanted to finish before he made his entrance are done… I know I should be getting plenty of rest and I do try to, but I’m bored stiff!!

So I decided to start a new quilt, the Meet In the Middle/Springhouse pattern that Kelli & Jo over at Jo’s Country Junction wrote. It looks nice and easy and a great scraps buster. I have no expectations for finishing it anytime soon and I’m not going to push myself to get it done at any particular point. It will be nice to have something I can easily pickup as I have the time and inclination. Here’s my “Design Wall” this week:

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A pile of lovely 2.5″ strips waiting to be sewn together! I love the scrappiness of the original and I think mine will be even more scrappy. I might even use a dark background since I’m fresh out of white fabric at the moment.

I’m linking up over at Patchwork Times for Design Wall Monday. Click on over to see what others are up to.