Fragments: The Last Quilt in A Long Line


Last One This is the last quilt in the Blue House series. By the time I made this one there weren’t many fragments left. The pile of remaining scraps gave me the inspiration for this quilt’s name, FRAGMENTS. If you look closely you will find tiny remnants of the original quilt. They are kind of hard to find but with a little effort you will discover their whereabouts.

Size Doesn’t Matter The quilt, while small in stature, makes a big statement. It is a visual reminder of how even the tiniest of scraps can become a very important part of a much larger invention.

Time to Finish Just like the quilt called SPLIT PERSONALITY this quilt or wall hanging (what ever you want to call it) has been buried in a pile of UFQ’s (unfinished quilts). When it finally resurfaced I was more than ready to see it through to the final quilting steps. Since this project is quite small, measuring only 23″ x 36,” it didn’t take very long to quilt it. I kept the number of stitch patterns to a minimum to allow the quilt piecing to take center stage. Now that the quilting is finished all that is left is a binding and a hanging sleeve. Take a look at the photos below.

The End of a Series This brings to a close my BLUE HOUSE series. While it’s been a long journey it certainly has been a fruitful one. So many wonderful quilts came out of my original quilt top. I’ve had a great time sharing my journey of re-creation and I hope you have enjoyed it as well.

If you are interested in revisiting the journey from day one until now, you may do so by following this link.

Vital Statistics

  1. Quilt Name – Fragments
  2. Size – 23″ x 36″
  3. # of Stitches applied – 56,516
  4. Time spent quilting – 2 hours and 12 minutes
  5. Thread color used – Perma Core Black
  6. Stitch patterns used – Swirls, Flowers and Feathers

Thank you for stopping by! Your visits are always appreciated!

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

Split Personality


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The Original Quilt Top

One More Time

Followers of my blog may be familiar with the project I call The Blue House. The Blue House (also known as Simple Times Crib Quilt) was a quilt top I had decided to cut apart and reassemble. From that one quilt top I created numerous projects of various sizes and shapes. I call this one SPLIT PERSONALTY.

As you can see from the photo below the center panel of the project was created by connecting leftover fragments of the original quilt with other scraps, slicing them apart and sewing them back together. After stitching together the center panel I surrounded it with two borders then set it aside to wait for quilting.

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For several months now it’s been waiting in my UFQ (unfinished quilt) stack. Even though I have my very own long arm quilt machine I hire out my services to other people. The quilts belonging to those people always take priority over my own. I recently finished the last of my stockpiled customer quilts. This milestone opened up the possibility to work on something of my own. This quilt was the next one in line.

After waiting patiently for many months I was so excited to finally be able to add its finishing touches. I used a variety of patterns to practice my skills. Some of the areas turned out really well and some not so much. But overall I’d have to say I’m satisfied with the outcome. All I have left to do now is add a binding and some sort of attachment to aide in hanging it up. Here’s how it turned out.

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Vital Statistics

  1. Name = Split Personality
  2. Dimensions = 61 1/2″ x 34 1/4″
  3. Time Spent Quilting = 2 hours 24 minutes
  4. # of Stitches Applied = 57,364
  5. Thread Used: Perma Core Black
  6. Stitch Patterns = geometric, wavy lines, loops, hills and valleys, and swirls

Thanks for visiting!

Cindy Anderson

The Blue House Continued


One of my goals is to see how many items I can recycle. While enjoying food or beverages away from home I often check the bottoms of plastic cups and containers for their recycling symbol. If it falls within the guidelines set by my community I will transport those items back home to be added to our recycling bin.

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I also like to utilize recycled furnishings. Inside my home you will find furniture constructed from reclaimed barn wood, old cabinets purchased from flea markets and antiques stores as well as old pieces of pottery and items I call collectibles.

Quilters are often characterized as savers or recyclers. Every time an item is made there are always leftover pieces of fabric. Those remnants or scraps are often accumulated in baskets or tubs for future use. The size of the piece will determine if the scrap is salvageable or not. For some there is no piece too small and yet for others there is a minimum standard set for retention. I have my limits. Anything less than 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ is to too small for my liking.

I’ve been sharing my journey to re-purpose or recycle a quilt top, formerly known as the Simple Times Crib Quilt.

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After disassembling its various segments I utilized a portion of the sections to make a mini quilt I call The Blue House. You may read about the adventure here. The Blue House used only a small fraction of the available units. The remaining pieces have been reconfigured into at least five other items.

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The Blue House

The first is a tiny little critter slightly larger than a standard size sheet of office paper. The body of this small but useful item was taken from a section of the second border. To frame the segment I added a border cut from a sage green fabric. On my conventional sewing machine I quilted it with a very simple straight line stitch. After binding it with matching fabric I added a few buttons for interest. The finished teeny tiny quilt adds a bit of flair to one of my cabinets. I have named it All That’s Left.

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All That’s Left

The second one, which I have labeled Four Square measures 19″ x 29″. The resource for this one was five of the Four Square blocks, also from the second border. As with the first item, I added a border of sage green fabric. A straight line quilting stitch was used. Not to be outdone by the first mini quilt this one sports buttons as well. The quilt currently resides in my office on top of my multi-drawer storage cabinet. I purchased the cabinet from one of my favorite antiques store.

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Four Square

Next is the table topper I have labeled Remnants of the Past. This one measures 16 1/4″ x 44 3/4″. As with the other items this too came from part of the second border in the Simple Times Crib Quilt along with the addition of half-square triangles from the original outer-most border. Surrounding the row of half-square triangles is a border of blue material. I pulled this fabric from my inventory. A straight-line quilting stitch was applied with my Pfaff sewing machine. After applying a binding crafted from the same blue fabric I finished it off with a label. As of today the table runner is being used as a decoration on my desk. It makes a very comfortable place to rest my wrists when typing on my keyboard.

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Remnants of the Past

The remaining two projects have been assembled and carefully pressed. They are patiently waiting for their turn to be quilted on my long-arm quilt machine. Their reveal will not take place until they are finished.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cindy Anderson of In A Stitch Quilting

Blue House Renovation: Step Seven


The journey of the  Blue House wall hanging has been long. Let’s look back at what has been accomplished:

  • We started HERE with my declaration to dismantle my Simple Times crib quilt, (aka the Blue House).
  • NEXT up was deciding how to disassemble the quilt top.
  • THIRD on my journey was the actual dismantling.
  • The FOURTH step took me back to the drawing board.
  • FIFTH on the list of tasks was choosing embellishments.
  • The SIXTH step was quilting my project.
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Now it’s time to finish the Blue House.

To finish off the Blue House wall hanging all I have left to do is attach binding, a label and a quilt sleeve. Compared to everything else that has transpired this is a relatively simple task. To bind the wall hanging I used 2 1/2″ strips of the grey fabric used in the body of the wall hanging. The quilt sleeve was also made with the same color. The quilt label was cut from solid white fabric. On it I hand printed details of the wall hanging.

Well, there you have it; my finished Blue House  wall hanging. Unlike it’s predecessor, I absolutely, wholeheartedly love the outcome. I couldn’t be more pleased.

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Now just because I have declared the Blue House wall hanging finished doesn’t mean this adventure is over. The Blue House fabric utilized from the original Simple Times crib quilt was only a fraction of the fabric available. From the remains I made at least five other projects. Details of those projects will follow over the next several weeks.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Cindy Anderson