HST Lap Quilt – “Heartbeat”

I’m so excited to show off a quilt top that I not only pieced myself, but I designed myself on EQ7! I may have shown this one off before, and since I’m about to send it off to the long arm quilter, I’m sure I’ll show it again.

Here’s the design on the left and the top on the right:

 

It’s a relatively simple design, but the way the colors look always made me think of a heartbeat. I love love LOVE how it turned out!

I found a tree with a low, bare branch and tried to take a few “fun” photos. I also dragged my dh into it, but the wind made that a bit tricky.

Two layer cakes went into this quilt, with enough left over for me to have some grey 10” squares. I cut them up into 5” squares and put them with the rest of my 5” scraps.

Also, I’ve started a new habit of cutting all leftover fabric into 2.5” squares, 5” squares, and 2.5” strips. Anything smaller than that I throw away. Otherwise, I found I just have too much fabric left over. And since I’m usually a big fan of kits anyways… I’d never use the scraps unless they were already good to go. I’m thinking I might start an Irish Chain quilt soon with some leftover fabric I cut into 2.5” squares. I’ve got a lot of projects, though, so… whoops!

Have a great week!

Halloween Table Runner

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I’ve had this table runner in my stash for a long time (for me, anyways). I’ve always put it off because applique is just not my thing. (I’m taking a workshop to learn more in November, though!!)

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Excuse the messy dining room table/sewing table.

Well, my quilt guild is doing a UFO project, and since this was begun but not completed, I pulled it out and got to work. I did a raw edge blanket stitch for the applique, so it’s a little messier than it’s supposed to be. BUT, I think I actually like it a little bit better that way, if only because I think the occasional stray thread adds instead of detracts. (Look at me, justifying my inexperience away!)

Plus, I had NO IDEA how to do the bat, otherwise. Soooo yeah. That’s how it happened. And since I’m keeping it, nobody else has to look at it but me. And my husband. And anyone who comes to visit. SO basically no one!

I do really like how it turned out, however. I think it’s really cute, and I love the purple borders to the green background of the words. I wish it was closer to October, so I could just put it out.

I’ve been working on my photography, and I’ve had a lot of wonderful pointers, so I’m putting together a post of tips for photographing quilts and editing said photographs. It’s going to be a list of “Hey, here’s what you SHOULD do, not that I’m able to!”

It’s a work in progress, for me. Slowly hoping I get better. Eventually. Maybe in 10 years I’ll look back on these posts and laugh at how unbearably AWFUL I was at photography. Because I’ll be great. Or at least much better.

Y’know what? I don’t care if it is only just September. I’m putting it out now. Happy Halloween!