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Friday, October 24, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival Time

I love looking at all the quilts in the Blogger's Quilt Festival that Amy Ellis puts on twice a year. I though a lot about which quilt to show off this time. I have made many quilts this year, but the one I am in love with the most is of my own design. I made it for a blog hop last spring and I still love it so much. I keep it close to my chair, now that the fall weather has cooled things down.
 I started out with these, and then sorted them into dark, medium and low values, just by my eye's perception.
 And then I laid the mall out. I have long wanted a red and whit quilt, but the design always halted me. What to do? This was just what I wanted.
 I made my own gingham picnic quilt. This was a lot of 3 inch squares to sew together and keep straight.
 And to hold them all together I used a black and white stripe. The perfect frame for it all.

 I love the way the sun and trees dapple the shadows on it here.


 The backing I have had for years and this is the perfect use for it. Now it can be a beach quilt too. And it did go to the beach this summer with us.

The text print was my "white" for this project. Many of these fabrics have been in my stash for awhile. I love this quilt!
Quilt size is approximately 55 x 60 inches.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WIP Wednesday-Busy, Busy

Lots going on over here these days. So many projects, but I just can't seem to help myself. Lots of starts and a few finishes every couple of weeks. Not bad. Starting on some holiday sewing too. Here's what's up.
 Got a bunch of pieces cut out for holiday table runner. This is from a Warm Wishes bundle by Red Rooster fabrics. I won a $30 gift card to Ms Apple Heart's Etsy shop and this was what I chose.  This is the Etsy shop run by Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt. Pop over and check it out. Lots of great things, and the proceeds are going to help her assistant with college expenses. A win-win for all.
 Next, I have started the cuttin of pieces for the Fair Isle quilt sew along with Lee at Freshly Pieced. It doesn't start until tomorrow, but with all these pieces to cut out, I need all the extra time I can get. Can't wait to get sewing on this one.
 I have 2 of the 4 rows put together, pressed and on a hanger for J's new quilt. I hope to get this quilt top finished by next week. The goal is to get it quilted and ready for J when he comes for Thanksgiving. I need deadlines people. They keep me moving. Projects without deadlines languish around here.
 A couple of trick or treat bags for V and B. I did J's and took it to him a couple of weeks ago when I went to visit and drop off the Fall Wedding quilt to my daughter and her hubby.
 And while I was there, she asked if I could fix the binding on this quilt She made it in sewing class, way back in 1999. For some reason we mad a single fold binding and for a quilt that is loved and used as much as this one is, that was the wrong decision.
 I found enough of this in my stash to make a new double fold binding so I will be working on this too. Also with a Thanksgiving deadline so it can go back home with her.
 The sewing on the edges where the binding was are very irregular and the batting is so very thin now. I told my husband I think the fabric weighs more than the batting does for sure.
I do love seeing these older fabrics. I remember when we went to choose them. I had hoped I had another quilter in the family, but nope. This is the only quilt she ever made. She doesn't really like to sew. Oh, well. Hope your week is as productive as mine is shaping up to be. Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday Finish-A quilt for V

Today's finish is a quilt for my great niece, V. She is now in second grade and growing up so fast. When she was born, I sent her a baby quilt with sheep on it. A very sweet, small quilt, to be sure. V is currently living with my sister in her home, along with her mother and her grand parents. There are several quilts in that house, mostly made by me, but also a few antique ones my sisters rescued. When my sis came home from work one afternoon, she noticed the lap quilt from the couch was missing. She found V all wrapped up in it. She apparently "needed" the comfort of the quilt. Another day she was wrapped up in the queen size bed quilt on my sister's bed. So I decided V needed a new quilt of her own.
 This is the quilt top on the wall. It is the only shot of the entire thing because it is so wet outside right now and the indoor lighting isn't great. Lots of rain and clouds here lately.
It is made from a jelly roll of Aneela Hoey's Hello Petal that I won in a giveaway last year. The perfect thing for such a girly little girl. I quilted it in a 4 inch cross hatch pattern. I love the look the four line so close together give it. I put several random flowers in some of the blocks.
 It's not a bed size quilt, but I think it will cover her up nicely and provide lots of snuggles. It is so soft now that it is washed and dried.
 For the back I pieced together some of the flowered fabric from the line, along with the palest pink that has been in my stash for literally, years.
 Another shot of the back so you can see the quilting lines.
 I added a long strip of Kona in a pink shade to make the quilt wider. V is a big girl after all.
 The binding is from my stash. I couldn't match the colors perfectly, so I settled for using some yellow, pink and blue, alternated to give a bit more scrappy look to it.
Here is the pink binding. I quilted her name in the pink near the bottom of the quilt, but I can't get it to show in a photo. But I know she will love it. From her "Aunt Charlotte who makes the quilts". Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Friday.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Fall is rushing by and I know there is some holiday sewing on the horizon, but not just yet. Here is what I am working on today:
 The binding is ready and soon will be attached to the quilt for my great niece V. I chose three colors from my stash that I think go with the quilt, since there is not enough left of the fabric I used in the quilt.
 Here is the quilt, quilted and ready to bind. It is made from a jelly roll of Hello Petal.
 I just had to get a yard of this cute fabric and now am pulling from my stash, fabrics to go with it for something. I can't decide, small quilt or pillow, but I love these bees!!
 And all the blocks are made for J's quilt now, so it is time to assemble the quilt top. There are twelve of these star blocks.

The white sashing and the print border are all cut and ready to go. So that is what I am working on today. Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced. C'mon and join us.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Scraptastic Tuesday-My First Visit There

She Can Quilt and Mrs.Sew and Sow have a Scraptastic Tuesday link up that I am trying out for the first time. I have read these posts before, but never joined in until now. Now I have something to show. So I belong to a Bee group on Flickr that I started 3 years ago called Sunday Morning Quilts Bee. I wanted to celebrate the book and the awesome push it gave me to use my scraps. After 3 years of sewing with scraps, I still have tons of them, since every project generates more. My month this year was August and I chose to have X and plus blocks made from scraps in blue, red and yellow.
 These two blocks here are mine and I posted them to the group to show how I wanted them made. Then, I turned them loose and let them sew.  This is what I have received so far:
So much scrappy goodness on my design wall. I am going to wait until I receive the last few blocks before I finalize the arrangement, but so far, I am loving its bright cheerfulness. Scrap sewing is so much fun and it really pushes me to try things I might nowt otherwise. Linking up to Scraptastic Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Maybe I should call this post WIPs Wednesday. I never have just one in progress. So many things to sew, so little time. Here's what I have going on:
 I don't have a shot of it on the machine, but I am quilting this one for my great niece, V. It is made from a jelly roll of Hello, Petal by Aneela Hoey. She is a girly girl and so is this cute fabric. Can't wait to show you the quilting on it. Maybe next week. It is a lot of quilting.
 I am piecing this cute woven quilt design from my wonderful Lizzy House Catnap fabric. I have had the fabric for almost a year, searching for the proper showcase pattern. This is my own design.
And lastly, I had to just trow these up on the design wall. These are my bee blocks from round 3 of the Sunday Morning Quilts Bee. I asked my bee mates for scrappy X and plus blocks in the spirit of the Sunday Morning Quilts book and so far, this is what I have. Still waiting on a few more before I finalize the placement. Hope your mid-week is going great. Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Monday, October 6, 2014

My Newest Quilt in Progress

I am calling this quilt Cat Weave.  I have seen other woven quilt patterns around, but this one is my own. I have long been wanting to use my Lizzy House Catnap fabrics, but I wanted to do this in a way that really shows off the fabrics. Finally, the idea came to me and I started. Here is a brief tutorial.
 I cut 2 1/2 inch squares in white and the four fabrics I wanted to be the "weave". I went through and joined them together. Chain piecing is easiest at this point.
 Next, after pressing the seams open, I joined the 4 !/2 inch white piece to the other side, again, pressing seams open to reduce the bulk later on.
 I had to look at my sketch to make sure, at this point that I was putting things together correctly, but I attached the 8 1/2 inch color strips to my units. A sketch, or laying one out on the design wall for reference is most helpful. Now, the final block assembly.
 The cat print is my focus fabric.  Making sure to orient it correctly, I pinned it to the first strip, marking a hair over 1/4 inch from the end. That is where you stop sewing this partial seam. All the rest of the seams are sewn completely and then you come back and finish this one. I know, it sounds confusing.
 This picture is a little blurry, but I sewed from the corner to just shy of my mark. I back stitched here.
 For this seam, I did not press open, but pressed toward the center square fabric. You can see the top of the block where the ends completely match.
 Next, you sew the top strip completely from end to end. This is the way you continue, sewing around the block center.
 Here, you can see the quarter inch that is not sewn at this point. Sorry, my pictures got a little out of order here.
 Then, you sew on the third side piece completely from end to end, just like the last piece was sewn.
 Now, this is the only tricky part, and it is not too hard, but use your pins here. Pin the final piece in place on the last side. Be careful to only sew the 1/4 inch seam, and not to sew over the end of the first section, which is the red in the picture. See how I have pulled it to the side?
 Here is a picture of the actual sewing process here on this seam. I put the pin in at this position and just slowly slid it out as I stitched toward it.
 Now, you just have to go back and finish sewing the rest of that partial seam you started earlier.
 This is so very easy. put everything in place and pin it to hold it. then stitch from where you back stitched earlier to the end of the fabric.
 This is what the back looks like. Seams are pressed open in all the side pieces, but the part where the attach to the center, I pressed towards the center.
 Here are two blocks, side by side on the design wall.
And this is what 4 blocks look like, all joined together. I plan to make at least 3 more of these 4 block units and then decide if that is big enough for me. Two tips here: use pins. I don't always, but this block needs to line up to work well. Shorten your stitch length. I learned that from Amanda Jean and it makes a big difference when you really need those blocks to line up perfectly. I will be back to show you when the top is done. I haven't decided yet if it needs a border. What do you think?