TGIFF: My Circa Quilt

This past week and I was able to sit down and wrap up another quilt! My Circa quilt was started in May of 2015. I used a Missouri Star Quilt Co. tutorial on their YouTube channel called the Double Sliced Layer Cake. It was a really simple pattern and made for a really dynamic top.

The Circa layer cake has a really vintage feel to it with the muted colors and the pops of red. So I chose to frame this top with off-white and black to give it a clean finish.

I’m super excited about this quilt because it’s MINE! The first one I’ve made just for me. It’s what I would look like if I was a quilt!


I used an Aurifil red thread* to quilt the top in a geometric pattern of boxes. It’s a very tightly quilted top so when washed, it scrunches up really nicely.


I matched the red in the quilt with a red backing framed again by black. Right before I started binding, I did run a quick black straight stitch throughout the border to tack it down.


Now it’s been washed and dried and has the cozy, cuddly look. I still have some threads to bury (as is evidence in the above photo). This quilting pattern took A LOT of thread so there was a lot of stopping and starting. I need to get out my Sench needles to finish up that last step for this beauty.


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2017 WIP List 

A big part of a quilter’s life is half-done projects, partially started quilts, and almost completed gifts. What can I say, it’s a BIG part of our culture.

It could be that new fabrics and patterns are coming out all the time and something new will catch our eye and we feel it call to us. Or may we can get a little bored with our current WIPs and just feel the need to start fresh, something different.

This year, after watching The Minimalist with my husband, I got the itch to pull out all my WIP and UFO quilts and make it a point to wrap them up. To keep myself accountable to this goal of mine, I’m listing these quilts here and I plan to revisit the list each month.

#1: The Friendship Quilt (for my husband)

This quilt goes WAY back. Like summer of 2015 WAY BACK. The kit was a gift to me from my parents. When I pulled it out and started cutting it, my husband liked the look of the batik fabrics and the earth colors. So I deemed it to be his.

I finished the top and bought the batting and backing for 25% from my local quilt shop, The Orange Quilt Bee. Then I decided to go with a free motion wood grain pattern for the quilting. That seemed like an awesome idea in the beginning and so far it’s looking beautiful but I ran into a few issues. Firstly, it’s going to take me FOREVER to quilt the full sized quilt on my own. I’m wishing now I would have picked a simpler pattern or sent it out to be done.

Then I found a fold in the backing that was too big to leave alone. I mean I could have just kept going but I wouldn’t have been happy leaving such a glaring mistake. So this quilt lingered for a LONG time just sitting there while I avoided the task of taking out the stitches to fix it. Finally, over winter break, I finally got around to fixing the problem and I’m ready to start quilting again.

This quilt is the furthest along in the process of getting finished.

#2: My CIRCA Quilt

I don’t know many quilters that quilt for themselves. So many of our projects are for others and we are often left to say goodbye to many of our beautiful finishes. Not this one…

This one is for me!

I love this CIRCA kit and I fell even more in love with it when I framed it in cream and black borders. It’s also been a long time in progress, another 2015 start. The top has been long done but I really stalled on the backing. I needed to sew together two red pieces and then frame them in the same black as the top. But, for some reason I just couldn’t get myself motivated to do any of that.

Again, over the winter break, I got the itch to start wrapping these projects up so I pulled this top out and finished piecing together the back. All I need now is my batting and to baste it together. The quilting on this will be simple, just simple squares and straight lines. Maybe even a little stitch in the ditch.

With the Friendship quilt being so complex, I’m happy to keep this quilting simple. and straight forward.

#3 Marvel Quilt (for Jake)

Oh man, this is a definite UFO. This project is for Jake and was started a long, long time ago. It’s going on 3 years now and it’s started and stopped me so many times. First, everything needed to be cut. There were NO pre-cuts for me to work with so I was stuck cutting everything myself.

Then, I decided to do my own block. Yeah, this decision is really holding me back because of the process of piecing together isn’t smooth and it’s time consuming. Had I gone with a block that had a pattern already created I may have moved faster to complete them but as it stands, I’m still making the blocks and I may soon run out of my sashing material. Yikes…

I have two rows completed and on my design wall but I have six more to go. I’m aiming for eight rows of six blocks, giving me a full sized quilt for my growing boy.

#4: Puzzle Box Quilt

Over the span of 2015, we made a lot of new friendships both online and off line. We also connected with other quilts that we happily learned from and shared with. In that time, we got to know Christa Watson, both as a friend and a fellow quilter. She puts out some amazing tutorials and information for quilting at home and I decided to join her website. In doing so I received a free pattern.

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Seeing the pattern and knowing that I had a jelly roll made for this pattern, I starting cutting for it. It’s a project that stays at my mom’s house so it rarely see the light of day. But it definitely needs to be put on this list so that it gets some much needed attention. I’m still cutting away at it and this year I plan to get further along!

Four projects, all at different points of finish. I’m quilting, basting, piecing, and cutting my little heart out with the intention of finishing some or all of these projects this year.

What are YOUR 2017 WIPs or UFOs?

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My mom’s first QAYG is coming along beautifully. You can see the feathering stitch really completes the looking! This is for one lucky baby boy!

And it’s official… My CIRCA 1934 quilt top is complete! Now to finish the backing and binding then to quilt them together to wrap up my entire project.  I seriously LOVE this quilt!


And congrats to my sister-face on her big day!!!

She made a lovely bride!

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Borders, Sashing, and Backing OH MY!

Have you ever pulled out a WIP and realize that you are missing a part of it? If you have, then you’ll sympathize with me . If you haven’t, then I hope you never do. It sucks!

I pulled out my Playful Colors quilt the other day to finally get cracking on the final steps. I’ve acknowledged that I don’t like wrapping up a quilt as much as I like put the top together. Once the pieces are all together and I have to start putting the borders on or adding sashing, I start to get distracted and lose focus.

I’m at that point now with this quilt and my CIRCA 1934 quilt, too. My CIRCA top is done and just needs borders, quilting, and the binding. My Playful Colors quilt needs the sashing to finish the top then the borders, quilting, and binding. But, the speed and interest I had originally has dwindled and I’m finding myself interested in started another project instead (OH SHINY!).


But I know better. I need to wrap these two up before I get going on anything new. Sadly, after a pricy trip to JoAnn’s I realized I’m missing a square. Dang! And I have only three strips of this pattern available to make a new square. So, I’m going to have to adjust my layout and go with what I have.


I also found out that the fabric I originally wanted is not being sold at the JoAnn’s near me and I can’t find a swatch of the fabric with a salvage edge that has the name on it so I went searching around the internet and couldn’t find the extra fabric. Once again I thought I was all set and now I’m having to change things up at the last minute.


Instead of a goldenrod fabric with orange polka dots, I’m making the sashing from this vibrant striped fabric. At first I worried it would be too busy but it has a lot of colors in it that match the variety in the charm pack. I got a nice yellow and a beautiful green to make the borders out of.


Just laying together it looks like it will work! I’m crossing my fingers it will work once it all comes together.


While I was there I also got the fabric I’ll need for the borders and backing of the CIRCA quilt. I wanted simple and strong so that it looked like the quilt top was framed with a cream matting and a final black border. I think I hit the mark with the cream/white fabric.



I struggled a bit with the red because it’s more of an orangey/rusty color than a true or cherry red. I threw a lot of reds down against the top and just couldn’t seem to find a good match. Then I red across this red and felt that it was pretty close and doesn’t seem to clash even if it is not perfect.


Again I’m crossing my fingers that everything comes together and that the colors work and don’t clash.


Honestly, looking at all of them together I almost think they could have made a great blanket! I think I may need more of that striped fabric. It’s seriously amazing! These pictures don’t really do it justice!
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TGIFF: The CIRCA 1934 Top 

First I started out with this….

Which quickly became this….

That slowly turned into eight of these….

And then ended as this…



I’m super proud of my work this week. I’ve taken my time to cut, sew and press the top to my CIRCA 1934 quilt and now have this beautiful top to work with.

Now I’m thinking it’s a me thing but some of my rows didn’t line up perfectly so now to debate whether or not to trim the edges to a more uniform size and shape.

I still have border colors to choose even though I think I’m going to go with that beautiful red as my backing.


Now to get batting and the backing/borders done so I can quilt!

This will be my first attempt at free-motion quilting now that I have my new machine.

Oooohhhh, so many possibilities.

WIP: CIRCA 1934 Layer Cake 

This past weekend I was gifted with a  beautiful, new, hi-tech Elna 760 and I’ve been dying to get going with it. But life has been busy with school and work and testing and the wedding this weekend so she’s been politely sitting on my desk waiting for me to turn her on and get sewing!

After Dori posted the other day about her layer cake fabrics and the simple layer cake cutting and quilting method from the Missouri Star Quilting Co, I was determined that this would be my first project. The instructions are simple and I’m all about the simple steps right now.  It simply doesn’t require a lot of cutting and I’d be able to put my new machine to work!

I had this layer cake called CIRCA 1934 from Moda just laying around in a box. It’s got a nice vintage/modern feel to it and after watching the video on how to cut and sew together this simple scrapy quilt, I was set. This would be my first project on my new machine!
I dug out the fabric and starting cutting away. It’s so simple. Just cutting the full square down to one 3.5 in strip and a 6.5 in strip first them mixing and matching them together. A simple straight seam up one side seals the two together and voila! You’ve got yourself a starting point!  
Then you press and cut again this time cutting the squares in half making them 5 in wide strips. I fed the pairs through my machine and when I was done, I had a nice little pile of squares at my feet just waiting to be snipped and pressed.
I took my long chain of squares and set up a pressing and cutting station downstairs so I could keep an ear on my son playing outside.  

I popped on Chopped and pressed and snipped while I watched some TV, totally in the zone! It was the first time in a long time that I felt completely at peace working on a new project.  By 11pm I had 49 squares made, 6 of which were already made into a long row. I’ll have 6 squares in a row and 8 rows from top to bottom. I have yet to consider sashing or binding options but I’m thinking a red to match the reds in this with some black and white pattern would look sharp!

After this day of sewing, I’m completely head over heels in love with my Elna! She’s smooth, fast, and really makes sewing simple. My favorite thing so far? The little button you push to cut your thread! Just a simple push and BAM! Your thread is cut for you within the body of the machine. How crazy is that!!!

I have tons of pictures so I’ll let them do the talking. I’m tired and ready for bed!

Look! I actually used pins!!!!

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