Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Lots of Binding

One more quilt to hand bind then all my "old" quilt tops will be done!

A Maple Island BQ pattern...I love these patterns as they let me really show off large prints. I found the perfect, doubly perfect because it was on clearance, fabric for the back. Matched the blue in the focal fabric exactly!


I finally finished quilting the butterfly quilt AND got the binding on it. This quilt was at the top of my to-do list when I first started this blog over seven years ago. I have a love / hate relationship with this quilt. It took almost two years to quilt it...the thread broke at least three time in every block. I'd get so peeved I wouldn't touch it for months.


I used this flower design from Lori Kennedy in the blocks.


Another reason it took so long is I had no clue what to quilt in the wide border. I finally decided on a continuous leaf vine. Overall I'm happy with the way it turned out. Nancy has already said dibs...she loves butterflies.


Lastly, I finished the modern Amish quilt. It has the softest flannel on the back.


I took a week off of work to do some serious yard clean up. Of course I also did some quilting. I made this quick donation quilt...I think it took an hour to cut out and maybe two hours to sew. Bonus - I used up really old stash fabric. Now I have to get it quilted and out the door.


And I finished the string quilt. This was so much fun to make...not so much to sew the borders on...lots of bias and stretching. I really had to pin it to keep it even.


Sigh...with these two quilt tops finished I now have 11 "new" (less than two years old) quilt tops that need to be quilted and binding added. (I'm not going to mention how many wall hangings / table toppers that are waiting to be quilted.) I think I'm in an infinite loop.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Phone Camera Pics

Below are various photos I downloaded from my phone camera...

During the holiday's I didn't sew any gifts but I did make a bunch of these "jewel boxes". They are candle votive holders and salt cellars topped with buttons and bracelet beads. I saw some similar at an antique market and loved them, but they were crazy expensive. I knew I could easily make them. So I did. I have since learned that large buttons are crazy expensive.  Who knew.


My first love is embroidery. I haven't done much lately so a few months ago I dug out this kit (you can tell from the border fabric I've had the kit for a while). When I finished it my first thought was "how blah".


So I took it apart, trimmed it down a bit, and added a pop border. Still a little blah but much better.


I finished the hand sewing part of the binding on these two. I've spent most of the last couple of weekends making binding and quilt backs. I still have two more backs to make and three quilts that need the binding attached. Not very exciting but I'm very glad they are getting done.

 

This is my February scrap project. I started making these string blocks over a year ago. I haven't decided how big I'm going to make it, or if I'm going to sash it, but I'm having fun making the blocks. Guess this will also be my March scrap project. I can actually see a dent in my bin of string bits and pieces.


Doesn't Siddi look vicious in this picture? I actually caught her mid yawn.


I hope I don't look that grumpy when someone wakes me up from a nap.  ;o)

 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Whatever Happened to What's Her Name

I ended the year a bad blogger and I started the year a bad blogger. Does anyone remember me? Will anyone notice I've posted new quilts? Time will tell.

It's hard when you haven't blogged in such a long time...do you start where you left off? Or where things are now? Or do you just go with the pictures you've downloaded from your camera?

I made this quilt top over six years ago. Now the quilt is done!


Barbara (my long arm quilter) followed the leaf design in the fabric. I love how it turned out.  My pictures don't do the quilt justice, it is very bright.


I have been very overwhelmed by my scrap bins lately, and my scrap bags, and my baskets, and the scraps all over the floor. I've decided this is the year to use them up. Ha! I think it will take more than one year to use up my scraps.

Here's my start. I made this little quilt over the holiday's from my box of 5 inch squares. Very fast and easy. I want to put a soft pretty flannel on the back.


This has been my travel quilt for a couple of years. It is all flannel. The pattern is Turning Twenty. I'll save it to use as a back for a future quilt.


This one was fun to make. The pattern was a freebie from the Fat Quarter Shop. They made it from a jelly roll. I made mine from a bag of 2 1/2 inch scrap strips that were under 10 inches long.


You would think all of these would have made a dent ... nope. I can see the floor now.

I have more but I haven't downloaded the pictures from my phone yet. I promise I won't wait over three months to show them.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Trying to catch up...

 
I finished the Project Linus mystery quilt Gracie's Get Well Garden...LOVE this quilt! It was so fun to make.


I even did some blanket stitch applique on the owl - a first for me.

I got three quilts back from my long arm quilter almost three months ago...finally finished the binding on Island Chain...


This picture is blah...the quilt and quilting is much more interesting in real life. I need to get my behind in gear as my long arm quilter just finished three more of my quilts. Yikes, lots of binding.
 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Lots of Quilty Stuff Going On

 
Yesterday I would have said I was almost caught up and almost done. Today I can say I'm all caught up and done.

The medallion quilt is done! The best description I can think of is eclectic. None of the borders "go together" but it all works - or I should say it works for me. It has all the things I wanted in it - the tree of life block, flying geese and star blocks - but doesn't look anything like I originally envisioned. I love it! It ended up bigger than I originally planned also - 83 inches square.
 

I started a new mystery quilt called Gracie's Get Well Garden, it is a Project Linus fund raiser. So far this has been a very fun project with great instructions and a video tutorial for each block. This week's block is a sun with ray's. I've picked the fabrics for it and will hopefully get started on it tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to seeing what the finished quilt looks like. If you'd like to learn more about this mystery quilt, or join in, you can find more information here: http://www.projectlinus.org/contest/


I'm also all caught up on Temecula Quilt Company's Circa 2016 block-of-the-week. You can see the finished quilt on their blog banner. Next week we get the finishing instructions.


I have lots of binding that needs hand sewn down and a large pile of wall hangings / table toppers that are pinned and ready to be quilted, I'm trying to resist cutting out something new until a few of them are done...but we all know I'm weak - the rotary cutter is calling me. ;o)
 

Monday, August 22, 2016

A Finish

 
I seems like forever since I've actually finished a quilt. Lots of little gifty things, but no quilts. Technically...this one isn't finished either but a least it's a top.

Ta da!


I decided to have the blues go from dark to light...


...or light to dark. Either way I'm really happy with this quilt. I've been wanting to make a blue and white scrappy quilt for ages so when Beth at Love Laugh Quilt asked if I would be interested in testing a new quilt pattern it was a no brainer - I just wish it had made more of a dent in my blue fabric stash.





Sunday, July 31, 2016

Odd and Ends

Yikes, over a month again. I've been sewing but most of it has been cutting, sub-piecing and squaring up. Nothing very interesting to show.

Last month I made this cute little pouch...which Nancy quickly acquired (she LOVES Kaffe fabrics).


So I made a few more...along with some pocket tissue holders.


Then I made some box tissue holders. These were fun and easy to make. It's a free pattern from Connecting Threads. I may make more of these for Christmas gifts. Three fat quarters makes two holders.


A few weeks ago my side fence went from looking like this...


To this...MUCH better.


Beth at Love Laugh Quilt asked if I was interested in testing a new pattern for her. YES! After a few challenges cutting (I over cut one block - guess who will be making two quilts). The blocks go from this...


To this...kinda like a disappearing nice patch. The piecing and sub-cutting and re-piecing is really easy. LOVE how the blocks are turning out. Sorry these are not ironed, it's been over 100 for the last 8 days and is not going to get below 95 for another 5 days. No ironing for me, too darn hot.


I also won a fat quarter bundle from Paintbrush Studio. The fabric is Garden Rendezvous by Ro Gregg. My picture isn't very good. The colors remind me of spring.


I'm still working on my medallion quilt star blocks and the Circa 2016 blocks but don't have anything interesting to show yet. Maybe next month.