Quilt tops

Tops which are finished and waiting to be quilted.  A lot of the baby quilt tops I don't quilt in advance of actually needing them, because they take up less space to store if they are just tops.  The other pieces, well, there's less excuse for them!  In 2013, I finished 12 quilts, some of which were longarmed and some of which I quilted myself. I didn't add that many to the stash, so the numbers are going down...slowly. In 2014, I will continue to use my longarming budget to get through the biggest pieces, and I will also try to quilt some more of the small pieces - some of them could be done in about an hour, so there's really no excuse!

I also plan to continue in 2014 making a lot of baby quilt tops for charity - I'm not going to count them, as they never really go into my top stash, they just get made, then put aside and sent off to Project Linus (or similar) in batches...

  • 32 tops 6 May 2014 (Japanese Taupe Baby quilt finished; Red, Blue & Green Oriental, Green Rectangles, California Courthouse Steps, Shabby Chic quilt tops to longarmer. Scrappy Baby Quilt with Cherries & Japanese Taupe Lady of the Lake added)
  • 35 tops 31 Dec 2013 (Brown and Black Heart quilt finished, Purple Tumblers added)
  • 35 tops 7 Sept 2013 (sent HST sampler, Xmas Oh My Stars and Modern Clover to longarmer. Green and Purple Handdyes to be finished by Lana for baby gift for a mutual friend)
  • 39 tops 6 May 2013 (added crumb log cabin set in handdyes, low volume heart baby quilt, tiny log cabins, difficult fabric babyquilt and Japanese taupe rail fence variation)
  • 34 tops 8 April 2013 (finished Amish Table Runner)
  • 35 tops 21 March 2013 (finished pink & purple rectangle baby quilt)
  • 36 tops 20 February 2013 (added Irish Chain Baby Quilt and Vicki's Strips; sent Splash of Lime, Hawaiian Shirts and Blue and Brown Cats to longarmer; quilting funky houses quilt)
  • 38 tops 13 January 2013 (added Squaring the Rectangle; Scottie Dog quilt longarmed & finished for Christmas)



Basket mini quilt: 22" square. (nb: backing pieced).  I won the basket blocks from the block lotto in May 2007 and have used a number of them as mini quilts for various occasions - a couple of quilt angel situations, a blog giveaway and so on. This one I intend to keep for myself, so I used for the setting fabrics a fish fabric which I love and don't have much more of.  This is the smallest UFO I have and as such, shouldn't really be that hard to finish. But it's just one of those things.




Little Hawaiian Shirt Quilt. 28x28".  Top finished August 2011. Made as part of 2011 Scrapbusting project. Hawaiian fabrics from my collection of my dad's Hawaiian shirts.


Low Volume Hearts, 30x36. May2013. Blocks won in the block lotto. Kept some for this quilt, which will be a nice baby quilt for someone, using the rest to make another babyquilt for donating to the Friends of our local library to fundraise.


"Difficult" fabric baby quilt. 30x36. May2013. Standby baby quilt at least for the time being. An unusual layout due to wrong number of blocks in each colourway. Makes a change, I guess. 





Brown and Purple Funky 4 patch. 33x33". Made as part of the ongoing scrap reduction strategem. 2012.



Scrappy HST. March 2012.  Not sure of measurements. Originally I was going to give this one away, but I decided I liked it too much, so I'd keep it.















Scrappy Baby Quilt with Cherries, April 2014. 34x39.







Christmas table topper. 36" square. These blocks are a few from a swap of Christmas blocks of this design which I did with Scrap Quilting Forum - most of the blocks I got were red & green and I decided a while ago I didn't want them, but I kept the blue ones to make a table topper. Don't really know which Christmas the swap was originally intended for (ok, I checked, the swap was in summer 2006 and the top was assembled in June 2008) but it's been far too long and I should really get it sorted.



Purple Tumbler Baby Quilt. September/October 2013. 36x38.

Irish Chain Baby Quilt, January 2013. 36.5x42.5" - made with offcuts from a layer cake, after a larger quilt was made from it. Layer Cake bought on holiday in Cornwall in August 2011.



Abstract Art Quilt. 38x38". Another more recent one - I bought the fabric for this at the end of December and made a top with on New Year's Eve. 2009!


Vicki's Strips. 37x46. Vicki brought me some lovely hand-dyed strips on a visit in 2011 and I made a top with them in February 2013. 



Birthday Block Swap Top with tiny centre. 39x39" + blue border and outside border, which I can't remember the size of. Maybe approc 48" square? These five blocks (including the tiny centre one) were from the first Birthday Block Swap that I hosted. The four 12" blocks all had backgrounds which weren't quite as black as some of the others - they are all BOB prints, but just aren't quite as dark black and therefore, looked better together, rather than with most of the other 12" blocks, which I have used together. This piece also uses the one little tiny block which I received (kind of a joke, that one, but hey, I wanted to use it!). Blocks from Summer 2008. Top assembled Nov 2009.


Batik Framed 4-patch -40x40". Blocks had been hanging around for ages from a swap. Top assembled April 2011. I actually made 2 tops from these blocks and one went to Project Linus.



Rainbow String Hearts Quilt. Approx 40x40". Top completed in October 2011. Blocks made throughout 2011 as part of scrapbusting project.




Black, white and green baby quilt, 40x40". July 2012.




Dear Jane Wallhanging. 42x42". This is another fairly recent one - although my friend Cathi and I started swapping these 6" DJ blocks a while back (August 2007), we only finished fairly recently, so there's no guilt about the blocks hanging around for any length of time. Yet!


Tiny Scrappy Log Cabin 42x42". May 2013.  This was made with 1" strips from my scrap basket- totally scrappy, just using red centres and lights and darks on opposing sides of the block. It served as my leaders and enders project for some time. I do enjoy playing around with log cabin settings, and I had just the right number of blocks for this one.





Bright and Black Baby Quilt. 37x50. This is another quilt assembled from the blocks from the birthday block swap (summer 2008).  Not sure what it will be used for, which is part of why it's not finished, though I put these twelve blocks together in October/November 09. If I give it to someone for a baby quilt or play quilt, I won't do anything to it but quilt it; if I decide to use it for another purpose, I might add a black border.



Scrappy string quilt. 46x46. These string blocks were from several sources - both a swap and my own stash. I had loads of them, and some of them I made into a quilt for Cathi, and some I sent to LisaJo. I don't know when the swap was that I took part in, but the top was finished in  March 2009. Of course, the quilt I made for Cathi was back in August 2006, so some of the blocks have been around for a while!


Batik quilt. 44x56". These blocks originally came from yet another block swap - we swapped 3x18" blocks and a number (can't remember how many) of 9" blocks - some of which I know I gave away for whatever reason. Anyway, these blocks were put into a top in November 09, but I'm sure the blocks had been hanging around for several years before that.




Orange and Blue French Braid Quilt, 47x55". Top completed June 2012.


JapaneseTaupe Lady of the Lake, 48.5x48.5". April 2014





Cool and Warm Wonky Log Cabins - June 2011. Only going to count this as one, as I intend to make a double sided piece from them!



Crumb Log Cabins set in hand-dyes. May 2013. approx 48x64".  I hadn't originally planned to keep these blocks, but I quite like the resulting quilt, so I might hang on to it, at least until someone gets married or something...


Scrappy Stars, 55x55". September 2012. Made this to get rid of 5" squares from my scraps and Karol Ann's, but I like it a lot, so I'm going to keep it, rather than donate it. 


Squaring the Rectangle, 53x64. January 2013. Used a good part of a layer cake, bought in Cornwall in the summer of 2011.



Stained Glass Top. 58x58". Top completed in April 2011 - originally started as a combination of Scrapbusting 2011 and an enders and leaders project.



Layer Cake Quilt. Blocks made in July 2008, top assembled June 2011.



Framed Hand-dyed squares. 56x62. November 2009. These blocks are from a swap with my dyeing group in 2005. I know this because each swapper signed and dated one of the blocks (I can't remember how many we sent in total) - not sure if that's a handy reminder or a terrible nag, at this stage...


Oriental Lantern Quilt. 58x64".  Yet another set of swap quilt blocks - the original swap was in the spring of 2007, the top was finally put together in November 2009.




"Flying Pigs". 82" square. Oct 2005-Oct 2006. A  Nesting Round Robin (where you add a different border or row each month, depending on instructions, only you keep the piece yourself rather than send it around to others to work on). This one was on the Scrap Quilting Forum on Delphi. Each month a different one of the players gave an instruction as to the type or style of border. I made my quilt entirely in hand-dyed fabrics - most of them mine, a few from swaps with others. On the right is the whole quilt - or as much of it as I am able to show indoors on my bed - the twisted ribbon border is the outer border. On the left is a little more detail of the central part. If you want to see the whole thing from centre to complete top, I have an set of photos in my flickr album. Once again, this originally wasn't quilted because I didn't feel my quilting skills lived up to it. And I didn't know what I want to do with it. I'm confident about my quilting skills now, but still have idea how to quilt it.

  • 38 tops 21 October 2012 (had scrapbuster quilt longarmed; added scrappy stars, green & purple hand dye baby quilt and pink & purple baby quilt)
  • 36 tops 20 August 2012 (added Slash a Stash Shabby Chic; quilted Little Rail Fence and Robin's Egg; had large red & white quilt longarmed)
  • 38 tops 8 July 2012 (donated hand-dye log cabin, added black & white & green quilt; swapped scrappy hearts for other black & brown scrappy hearts)
  • 38 tops 30 June 2012 (added Orange and Blue French Braid quilt)
  • 37 tops 17 June 2012 (finished brown/blue scrappy)
  • 38 tops May 2012 (finished blue rectangles baby quilt)
  • 39 tops 29 April 2012 (added Batik framed 4-patch. Completed pink & brown pinwheel.)
  • 39 tops 22 April 2012 (added Modern Clover, blue and brown scrappy, and scrappy HST top. Completed disappearing nine-patch and stretched stars)
  • 38 tops 2 April 2012 (added pink & brown pinwheels, brown and purple funky four patch; hand-dye funky log cabins)
  • 35 tops 31 December 2011 (finished Jacob's Ladder Batik Quilt; added Xmas Oh My Stars BOM quilt, blue rectangles quilt, little Hawaiian top; gaveaway Log cabin Christmas Trees; blue, brown and taupe put aside to make chicken doorstops)
  • 35 tops 5 November 2011 (added Blue and Brown Cat Quilt & 2 Rainbow String Hearts babyquilts; finished Funky baby quilt, Buckeye Beauty baby quilt, Tic-tac-toe baby quilt and Autumn Splendour quilt; donated blue string baby quilt, Boxed-in Batik, Quilt with Pink Star Centre)
  • 39 tops 21 July 2011 (added Warm/Cool Wonky Log Cabin, finished Flying Geese baby quilt & Around the World Quilt Bee top)
  • 40 tops 3 June 2011 (added Peaches & Green Quilt, Layer Cake and Red & White)
  • 37 tops May 2011 (added Funky Houses baby quilt)
  • 36 tops 27 April 2011 (added Splash of Lime, Tic-tac-toe baby quilt)
  • 34 tops 14 April 2011 (added Stained Glass Quilt)
  • 33 tops 13 March 2011 (added Robin's Egg Quilt)
  • 32 tops 28 Feb 2011 (donated ColourShott Knot, batik string baby quilt, hand dye WOW top)
  • 35 tops February 2011 (donated Retro Bento Box, blue snowball baby quilt and antique neutral top; added Boxed in Batik baby quilt top)
  • 37 tops January 2011 (added blue snowball baby quilt top, finished Oriental fan quilt)
  • 37 tops December 2010 (finished homespun tree skirt)
  • 38 tops November 2010 (finished Bali Hai batik quilt)
  • 39 tops July 2010 (added Around the World Quilting Bee top)
  • 38 tops May 2010 (finished small arty wall quilt and Alex's stash quilt)
  • 40 tops April 2010 (finished shoe quilt)
  • 41 tops to start, April 2010