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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Half Sewn and Socks

Earlier today I finished sewing the blocks for this
Red and Pink 16 patch quilt I am making.
I arranged them on my Design Wall and took a 
black and white photo of the arrangement.
This one block REALLY stood out, 
so it was removed.

There wasn't enough contrast between the two fabrics...
it was just too dark.

Here are the results:

I've often thought about how quilting allows for colors and patterns to be 
placed together that wouldn't ordinarily go together.
Can you imagine wearing some of these fabrics in the same outfit?
They play so nicely in the quilt, though.

I am pleased with how this is coming along.

Tonight I sewed half of the blocks together.
The blocks are 6" finished, so the top will be 48" square.

I thought about placing them on point, 
but I love the simplicity of the straight set blocks.
An applique border is coming to mind,
but I may just quilt it and bind it.

This week I have Knitting to show!
I was on a bus trip and had time to finish these 
orange socks I started a while ago.

This is "Fable" yarn from Nordicmart.
It knits up nicely and feels very soft.
I started a green pair, too.

Doesn't this yarn scream spring?
I am so ready!

Happy Quilting and Knitting!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday Design Wall

Last night, while watching the Superbowl
(because College Basketball had no games!),
I finished my February Bucilla kit.
A goal of mine is to finish one Bucilla kit each month.
I have MORE than enough!

These ornaments are just too cute.

The hangers need to be added
and then they will go in the box for Christmas.

This is the whole set, minus the tree.

Over the weekend I added a few more blocks to my
red and pink 16 patch quilt.

More strips are cut and ready to sew.
I'm not sure how large this will be,
so I'll just keep making these blocks.
Sewing simple 16 patches is so relaxing to me.

Please visit Patchwork Times to see what others are creating.

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Playing with Reds and Pinks...

A couple of years ago I saw a quilt on someone's blog and
Fell in Love!
It was all different fabrics from pinks to reds
and it was English Paper Pieced.
I was going to make one,
but needed to collect the fabrics.
the collection began.

A few weeks ago I came to the realization that I would 
NEVER make that quilt for which I was collecting these fabrics.
Time to come up with another plan.

There is something so calming and peaceful about a quilt
full of nine patches or 16 patch squares.
I began to cut and sew and play with these fabrics.

Ready to pin and sew together.

These are the blocks I've sewn so far.

There is one extra strip after cutting the four strips for each block.
I'll sew them all together and make a little table mat or something.

More play time ahead!

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Picnic Quilt

The other day I blogged about
receiving two boxes of colored jeans
from my brother and sister-in-law.

I spent part of a snow day cutting the jeans
with my Accuquilt Go! cutter
and started making the first quilt.

At first I didn't think this would be a fun quilt to make,
but it ended up being lots of fun!
And Funky!!

After cutting circles from the jeans,
I used two charm packs I was given called
"Poems From Pebbles"
for the centers.
It sure brightened up the jeans even more!

Won't this be fun at a picnic?
Or the Beach?

Two goofs.... two yellow and two black circles are next
to each other.

It isn't my best sewing,
especially with the stretchy fabric of
some of the jeans,
but it will be fun to use.

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

One more January Finish

Boy, January has flown by, hasn't it?
I had high hopes of getting a couple more quilts finished,
but two it is for the month.

This finish is the second
Friendship Star block wall hanging.
I appliqued 12 wool baskets and had planned
on making one large quilt,
but decided to make three smaller quilts instead.

Wall hanging #2:

The sashing and borders are the same as the first quilt...
The only difference is the wool baskets and flowers.
I've been practicing my fmq feathers.
The red border print is perfect because the feathers are quite hidden!
Hopefully soon I'll be able to bust them out into the open. 

This will be given to a friend soon.

This year I decided to do something that is a bit
out of my norm.
I'm going to participate in the

Once a month she will have a block to make, 
along with a history lesson of the women who traveled west,
walking, in the 19th century.

The blocks will be released at the end of each month.

And, YES...
I am using reproduction fabrics!
It's a line by Barbara Brackman that I've had for a while...
"Ladies Album"
"Independence Square"
The block for January is finished!

Please visit Patchwork Times to see other creations.

Onto February!
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

It's Amazing....

... that this quilt top is finished.
This quilt top has been the
aggravation to me!
So many times I almost just threw it out.
My seam ripper has not seen as much action
on a quilt EVER!

here it is....
finished and ready for quilting.

I am not a huge fan of making pieced borders.
The look is wonderful,
but I don't like making them.
Even though the pieces for this border came from
cutting the pinwheels,
it still took way too long to make.
 I do like how the border looks in the end.

The pattern came from the
"Block" magazine from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Hopefully this one won't give the quilter a fit.
It might have a wave or two in it.
Nice to have this one finished!

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Pants to Quilts

After cutting up two boxes of colored jeans that
didn't sell at my brother and sister-in-laws store,
I began to play with the circles and a charm pack of
"Poems from Pebbles" fabric 
someone had given to me.

I wondered what I would use this bright, bright charm pack for
and think they play pretty nicely with these colored jean circles.

I did not add any batting under the charm packs and wish I had now.
This will make a nice picnic blanket or play mat,
but it could use a bit more weight.

The next two rows are started.
As I said the other day....
this won't be a "pretty" quilt, but it will be functional.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 25, 2016

More "Snowed In" work...

We are still snowed in at my house,
but the man who plows our driveway is on his way here.
In addition to being snowed in,
our internet was out yesterday!
Thankfully it's working again.

Thankfully I have LOTS to keep me busy!

A while ago, my brother and sister-in-law,
who own several Plato's Closet stores,
gave me two boxes of colored jeans that did not sell.
They asked if I could do something with them.
Of course!! I'm a quilter!

I sat and cut the zippers and waistbands out of the pants
the night before last.
Yesterday morning,
I pulled out my Accuquilt Go! cutter,
three dies and went to town.

The pile of trimmed pants ready to cut.

Large circles were cut from each pair.
The parts that were left were cut into bars and HST's.

I have a plan for the circle and am pondering what to do with the 
other two shapes.
These will not be "pretty" quilts, but utility quilts.
They will be great to keep in the car for picnics, ball games and the like.

 On a prettier note,
I decided to pull out another Bucilla kit and get going on the February finish.

These little cuties are ornaments.
There are three sets of different ornaments in this kit.
It's kind of appropriate to be working on these while I am 
snowed in, right?
I tell you... these are addictive!

Happy Quilting!!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Snowy Finish

We are in the middle of a big snowstorm here in Virginia,
along with the rest of the East Coast,
so I am home... sewing!

And I have my first quilty finish for 2016!

I have been working on the quilting for several days.
These pictures were taken with the quilt on my ironing board.

These blocks were made with the
Friendship Star design
and a wool applique block in the center.

The wool applique patterns are from
Primitive Gatherings.

Twelve blocks were made in all and I decided to
divide them into three quilts....
One for me... two for friends.

January has been an odd month,
but I finally have a finish!

Happy  Quilting
Stay warm!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bucilla Kit for January

I met one goal for this month!
There are a lot of Bucilla felt kits in my cabinet,
just waiting to be finished.
So I decided one goal for this year would be to finish
one kit per month.

January's is finished!

The Advent Calendar Tree

This kit went together very quickly and would be a great kit to try 
for the first time. 

It will be ready to be pulled out on 
December 1st to mark the 
coming season!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Finished Quilt Top

Don't you hate it when you are
soooo close to finishing something
and you have to leave or put it aside with just
that little bit to go?

Yesterday I was sewing the borders onto this
quilt and had the last two ready to go,
but I ran out of time!
Off I went.
So this morning I finished sewing the last two seams,
pressed it and it's finished!

This was made entirely from 8 shirts of a dear friend at church
who died last year. I'm making this for his wife, who is also
a dear friend.
I have more of the solid red inner border shirt to use as the binding.
I also have the shirt backs to use on the backing.

This top goes together so easily.
Nine patches and Snowball blocks.

It's funny how the three plaids are the same fabric
but in different colors.

Piecing the back is my least favorite part of quilting,
but it will be nice to use the rest of the shirts to finish this quilt.

The pattern for this quilt can be found here.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Shirt Quilt Blocks

Progress is being made on the
Shirt quilt for the widow of a dear friend.
Working with shirts that have been worn and laundered
over and over is so peaceful and calming to me.
The fabric is so soft and cuddly.
Using these shirts has brought back memories I have
of the wonderful man who wore them.

 I am using this pattern to make this quilt.  
I've made it once before and love how it looks with the recycled shirts.

His wife gave me 8 shirts... just the right number for this design.
I'll use the 8th shirt for the inner border and binding.
It's solid red!

Snowballs ready for stitching.

I've added a few more ornaments to the 
Advent Calendar Tree.
These things are addictive!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 11, 2016

New project

Last year a dear friend from church died somewhat unexpectedly.
After things calmed down a bit with his wife,
I offered to make her a quilt from some of his shirts.
After some time, I was able to collect the shirts from her
and yesterday I began cutting them apart.

This man was a wonderful person....
he would literally have given anyone the shirt off of his back.
To be able to create something for his loving wife from his shirts
means a lot to me.

The shirt pieces are pressed and ready to cut into strips and blocks
and will make a great quilt.

Hopefully I will have some blocks to show in a day or two!

The little ornaments for my Advent Calendar tree are
slowly coming together.

For some reason the little snowflake stars are washed out in the photo.

I just love these little hearts and can see a string of them on my big tree.
What do you think?

Happy Quilting!!