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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Baby Quilt for Quinn

A dear, dear friend became a 
Grandmother
for the second time over the weekend.
I have watched her children grow up
and now am blessed to see them have
children of their own.

This little quilt is for
Quinn.




 The pattern for this baby quilt is from
the Missouri Star Quilt company
and is made from Jelly Roll strips.
 I need to start writing the names down for these
patterns because I can't remember them!

**Edit**
Kathy reminded me of the name of this quilt.
It's the Amazing Jelly Roll Quilt and
Here is the tutorial from MSQC.
Thank you, Kathy!


It went together so quickly
and was fun to make.

It's all soft and cuddly after being washed.

It's ready for delivery!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Doll Quilt Swap

Lori at Humble Quilts
hosted a Doll Quilt swap again this year
and I decided I would participate again.

My little quilt was sent to Kathy in WV
and arrived on her doorstep yesterday.

Since Kathy has received it,
I can show pictures of the completed little quilt here.



(Before washing)
 
This little quilt pattern was in a book called 
"101 Fabulous Small Quilts."
I had a difficult time deciding which quilt to make
for the swap
and am so glad that this one won my attention.
 

I enjoyed making this quilt so much...
I might have to make one for myself!

 

It is hand appliqued and machine quilted.
 

Thanks to Lori for hosting another fun swap!

Happy Quilting

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sea Glass...

This little quilt is becoming one of my all time favorites.
I love this color palate and really like this design.
It has given me fits over the last few months
as I worked to complete the blocks of this mystery.
I've made several mistakes and have had to redo
parts of blocks and complete blocks,
but it's almost finished.


I love the movement in this design.
My eye just follows the circles around
and I can see all of my batik scraps.
 
Now it's time to play with border ideas.


There were a lot of 2 1/2" squares left over, 
so I decided to see how they would look as an inner border.

 

I think I have a winner!
 

The colors of the marbled fabrics look the same in this photo, 
but in actuality, the fabric on the left is more turquoise.
I'm going to look for a batik that reads more solid for a larger outer border.
 

This quilt top really reminds me of Sea Glass.
Hence, the name!

Happy Quilting!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Log Cabin Tree Skirt

In the past I have mentioned that I make
Christmas Tree Skirts
as wedding gifts for special people.

We have wedding coming up in June
and a tree skirt is needed.

Out came the Christmas fabrics.


I had a jelly roll of "Holiday Flourish"
and in my quest to use up my jelly rolls,
Log Cabin blocks were made.
Kona "Snow" was used along with Holiday Flourish.


I like the above layout better than the layout below,
but I didn't want to cut the Christmas fabric from the corners
and I didn't want the white half of the blocks around the 
outer edge of the tree skirt.



The blocks were reversed
and the corners were cut on the diagonal.
 

Maybe.... just maybe I can quilt some
feathers in the white spaces.

I better get practicing!
 


Happy Friday!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

April Bucilla Kit finish

The other night I put the final stitches in the
Bucilla kit I chose to make in April.

This stocking is so cute,
but... Holy Cow!! there were A LOT of 
white sequins and beads used on this stocking!


The eyes on this design just pop.
I think Santa knows what I've been up to!
:D
 

Hopefully the quilted stocking base will be made soon
and this will be put away until Christmas.

Now to decide which kit will be made in May!

Happy Quilting!

Or Stitching!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Baby Quilt Donation #2

For the past 3 months I have been dealing with a frozen shoulder
and all of the pain that goes along with it.
I could sew at my sewing machine while standing in front of it,
but not sitting.
However, I could do very little machine quilting because
it required more movement of my shoulder and arm.

After 2 months of physical therapy my pain is almost gone!
Woohoo!!

I am now able to do some machine quilting and I had a back log
of things that needed to be quilted.

This weekend I finished another baby quilt for
donation to my church.


The machine quilting isn't wonderful,
but it's finished.
I've gotten a bit rusty from not having done it for a while.
(Not that I was very good at it to begin with! :D)
 

This quilt was made with a jelly roll....
a poorly cut jelly roll.
 

I saw the design on Pinterest and kind for did my own thing with it.
 

I've had this fabric in my stash,
patiently waiting for its turn to be used.
It's the perfect backing for this quilt

Another quilt finished and checked off of my list!

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

"Fixed" Blocks

Once I figured out how to use the rulers correctly
AND
made the blocks the correct size,
things went together very quickly
on the next set of mystery blocks.

I'm all ready for the next clue of the Mystery Quilt,
which we will get today at the quilt group meeting.


This is my favorite color palate...
reminds me of the ocean.
Is it beach time yet?
 


These are the two sets of blocks we have made.
I'm liking where this is going!
(At least my interpretation!)
 

Happy Quilting!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Checkered Red Finish

There is something about the simplicity of
Nine patch and Sixteen patch blocks
that just speaks to me.

Making the blocks is so calming...
no thinking~~just sew.
Sew and play with the fabric placement.

My "Checkered Red" quilt is finished.


This ended up being 48" square,
made from 2" squares of a lot of red and pink fabrics.

I'll use this on my table or as a little picnic quilt.
Or maybe it will be given to someone special.


I think I see more of these simple quilts in my future!

Happy Quilting!



I almost forgot!!
I have a sock finish today, too!


I was taking my daughter to an activity and forgot to bring something to
work on while I waited for her. There was no way I was going to
sit there with nothing to do.
So.. a quick trip into Hobby Lobby and
out I came with this yarn and a set of needles.
Love this yarn!!

Happy Friday!

:)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Learning...

First of all,
How did we ever live without
YouTube Vidoes?

Really!
I taught myself to knit socks by watching
YouTube Videos.

I learned some furniture repair tips by
watching YouTube videos.


I have made several quilts after watching
YouTube videos.

Where am I going with this?

Well,
do you remember the HUGE goof I made a few weeks back
where I made the wrong size block for the mystery quilt I am making?

 
I needed the small size block.

After much thought I decided to make the star blocks again
because I didn't want the larger size quilt.

Out came the Tri Recs rulers and fabric (again)
and the cutting commenced.

For some reason I tend to go about things in the most difficult way.
I cut the background triangle pieces and began pinning these
to the larger triangles.
I folded back the background triangle to make sure it was placed right...
it'd be too far up.
Move the triangle, pin, check...
too far down.
Move it again...

There HAS to be an easier way to do this!

LIGHTBULB MOMENT!!

I googled Tri Recs rulers and Guess What?!?
There is a YouTube Video to show how to use the darn things.
And another Guess What! 
That little notch on the end of the ruler??
It has a function!!



Cut that little notch from the triangle
and this piece fits onto the
larger triangle in the exact spot needed to 
stitch it on correctly.


It's amazing how much faster and easier these pieces go 
together when one knows how to use the tools properly!


Now...
on the off chance that I am not the LAST person to learn this trick
Here is the YouTube video I watched.

I'm off to sew the blocks together now....
no tools necessary for this step!

Happy Quilting!!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Another Baby Quilt

Last week a friend, whose wife is pregnant,
told us they are expecting a girl.
Well...
You know what that means!

It's baby quilt time!

Out came a stack of colorful fabrics and some white background fabric
and the fun began.



These blocks went together so quickly and are so bright and happy!
 

The blocks will get sewn together this week
and I'll decide if it needs any borders.
 

This will be finished and ready for delivery when
the new baby arrives in a few months.
 


Happy Quilting!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Disappearing Four Patch Baby Quilt

The Disappearing Four Patch is one of my
favorite blocks to make.
I had a bunch of batik squares left from a table topper I made as
a Christmas gift and decided to make a baby quilt with them.

The top has been finished for a while,
but needed to be quilted and bound.


Ta-Da!!


It was very sunny here yesterday morning, 
so the colors really pop.
 

 


 

This quilt will be donated to my church.
We provide handmade baby blankets and quilts to
an organization that assists teenage mothers
with parenting classes, financial education,
and other classes to help the new moms and their new little ones.



The quilt has been washed and dried and is ready for delivery.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

T shirt Quilt Finish


Last night I put the last stitches in the hanging sleeve
on this T-shirt quilt I made for a silent auction
and it is finished!!

Yay!!



It will be delivered this weekend
and will be auctioned off in the beginning of May.
 

T-shirt quilts are not my favorite things to make,
but I am pleased with how this one turned out.
 


Hopefully someone will be willing to spend some money on it
and give to a worthy cause.


Happy Quilting!!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Football Stocking Finish


Yesterday after finishing the Christmas Toys Wreath,
I decided to finish the Football stocking I'm making for a friend of the family.
The felt part of the stocking had been stitched and stuffed,
but the stocking itself needed to be made.

I make a sturdy, quilted stocking and attach the felt front to it
to make it functional and durable.

Here is how I construct the stocking....



First I make a quilt sandwich with a fun fabric.
This allows for the inside and outside of the stocking to have a nice finished look.




Once the quilt sandwich is made, I use the felt backing piece
that comes with the kit
as a pattern and cut out two pieces from the
quilt sandwich, adding a 1/4" seam allowance.

 

After cutting out the two pieces,
I sew them together, using a 1/4" seam around the outside edge of the stocking,
leaving the top open.


I then stitch biased binding around that same edge on what will be
the front of the stocking. 
(The side to which the felt piece will be sewn.)
 

After sewing the biased binding around the edge,
I turn it to the back and sew it down.
Then the tab is made and stitched to the upper corner,
after which the biased binding is added to the edge around the
top opening and stitched to the inside of the stocking.


This is the back of the stocking.

 
The felt front is then stitched to the front of the stocking
and Voila!
 

A stocking ready to be filled on Christmas morning!

Another gift has been put away for Christmas!
Woohoo!!


Happy Quilting!