Friday, March 18, 2016

gene pool & giveaway

washed, documented, shipped (well, I may be hanging on to it for a day or two for selfish purposes :)

 that was a BIG stack to keep track of!  I had to stack and sew it in 3 groupings.

Here's the first group

I made a wall-hanging with same pattern and fabric back here.  (more details in that post about the makings)

58 x 72 (washed)
fabric - Reel time by Zen Chic
squares are 3 1/2" square (8 squares per pool)
batting - 80/20 comfort by Winline
organic straight line quilted on the hq sweet sixteen
pattern - Jen Kingwell's Genepool.
bound with fabric from the big box sewing store (yip, I actually did that, only because of sheer desperation)

Bound with a new technique which I will be sharing with you shortly.  (you can read about my new modern binding here)

Here's a little hint (above).

Backed with flannel for extra warmth . . . I couldn't resist that little surprise.

GIVEAWAY:  closed

I have a banister just out side my sewing room, it's a dead space, and I can't put anything there that might say "climb me and jump over" to little grandchildren.  But it gives me a place to put tops in progress or freshly pressed needing to cool.

I'd love to hear what the rest of you use as a holding area while you're putting your tops together.  If you'd like a chance at this little mini pack of reel time from Zen Chic, leave me a comment.

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  1. I use either my kitchen floor or living room floor depending on whichever the quilt fits into!

  2. That piecing, how organized. I'm afraid I would get confused somewhere along the way. Turned out great! Can't wait to hear about the binding method.
    I don't have a holding a banister, so I usually fold lengthwise until it will fold over a larger hanger.

    1. Paige, if you click on the link (hover over "stack and sew" and click on it, it will take you to the blog post explaining this method. You can also click on the link on the right side of my blog with the quilt that has the circles and says "stack and sew". And, I did get confused, and had to redo it. And that's why I broke it up into 3 groups :)

  3. My holding area is usually one of my dining table chairs. At the moment I probably have five or six tops of various sizes waiting foe me.

  4. Beautiful quilt! I love this deviation from a regular plus quilt! Crazy lady buying binding from the big box store! Living on the edge there!! Right now I am draping my quilt tops over the pool table. It's the perfect size!

  5. I fold my quilts up and put them in a clean pillowcase to wait until I take them to the longarm quilter. I have a railing around three sides of our loft that I display quilts on, plus a lot of them hanging on our walls. Your quilt is fabulous.

  6. I too use a banister. One is outside my sewing room on the main floor and the other is upstairs, just outside a bedroom where I keep the iron and ironing board. I get exercise at the same time by walking up and down the stairs in between sewing.
    I love that fabric. The colours with the b/w are so nice.

  7. I use a couch that is in my sewing space or the laundry line I have set up in our laundry room. Your quilt is gorgeous and I absolutely love this collection!!

  8. I use a folded up treadmill - gotta put it to use somehow!
    Thanks for the giveaway chance - lovely fabric.
    Your quilt is beautiful, too.

  9. Dining room table or the living room couch. Makes for tough clean up when someone unexpected shows up.

  10. I just fold them and hang them on a hanger. Your quilt turned out great! Love the fabric.

  11. I hang them on a skirt hanger. Not the best method but it works for now with small size quilts.

  12. Very pretty. Love the colors. Flannel backing is nice and cozy. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog :)

  13. This is a great finish. Reminds me of the plus quilts that I love. Your pictures are beautiful. I usually drape fabric over a chair or pin it to my design wall.

  14. I love your those reel time dots! All washed up and so soft and snug looking! I hang my waiting tops on the headboard of my bed! Always colorful and changing :) My quilt covered head board is also the header on my blog, lol! I love mini charms...thank you for the giveaway :)

  15. Love that top. I think my favorite is the black w text

  16. I really love this quilt! Looking forward to your binding idea. I often hang tops on my long arm frame or hang from skirt hangers on a curtain rod installed in the sewing room.

  17. I'm too late for the give-away, but that quilt is beautiful. I've used Reel Time for small projects, your project opens my eyes to so many more possibilities.

  18. When I had a designated sewing room with a door to close up shop (so to speak) I would just lay them over my cutting table. Now since my sewing room is a big open space with animal access and everyone passing through, I fold them up and hang them on hangers in a closet that is in there.

  19. Absolutely beautiful quilt!!! My "holding area" is pretty much the floor in my sewing room. Not great but it works. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway. (

  20. Fab quilt. My holding area is generally wherever I can find space in my sewing room! The floor or the spare chair or flung over the cutting table....nowhere to hang or drape unfortunately.

  21. Great finish. It looks wonderful!! Love the photo of the quilt over the gate.
    I have on old type of towel stand that I use for WIP tops. Saves them getting creased and I can see them easily.

  22. I love your quilt, this is a great pattern and works well with the fabric! I don't have a banister like that, but I do have plenty of chair backs, that's where mine end up. Great finish!

  23. love the colourings and how they are reflected in the natural environment. A lovely finish that will provide great joy

  24. i use the floor in the "nice" room of the house. which also happens to be where the piano is, so each week when the teacher and her toddler show up, i have to scramble and pick up what's there. i wish i had a railing like yours!

    great quilt! i bet it's really cuddly with that flannel backing. i'm impressed you kept all those pieces straight when assembling. i've got a plus quilt in my queue and i just know i'm going to be unpicking at some point. =)


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