Thursday, October 9, 2014

Plaid quilt

 I saw a photo of a plaid quilt in a magazine and I figured "I can make that".  I gathered fabrics. You need a large quantity of background fabric. I probably had 2 yards. I cut large rectangles from the light fabric then I cut strips of blue. I cut the background rectangles maybe 3 inches up from the bottom and sewed on the blue strip and sewed the cut off background back on to the blue strip. 

 Then I cut sliced off about 3 inches on the left side of the blocks and put in a different blue strip of a different width.  

I did that a total of 2 vertical cuts and 2 horizontal cuts. The last blue strip was skinny and it was my sashing and I used it vertically and horizontally.  I love how it turned out. I think I will quilt it myself with straight lines to mimic a plaid design.

Feathered Star

 Here is another finish from probably 17 years ago. I was in a Christmas quilting club. This was one of our projects that I never had quilted until now.  I have the binding on and the swirl quilting is fantastic. 

I need to get better at taking photos.

 This is the back of the quilt.  I just got this fabric to finish it. I love how the swirls are in the quilt top fabric from 17 years ago too.  I'm keeping this one for my square coffee table. It could be a wall hanging as well.

Saw blade quilt

This quilt project was given to me by a friend about 11 years ago. She had put together 3 rows of blocks and then grew bored with it. She told me she didn't like it.  I finally finished it and had it quilted in a large stipple. I am giving it to my sister-in-law and brother-in-law who live in Canada. It is very fitting because the fabric has moose in it. 

I put wide brown flannel on the back. My husband is going to visit them this week. I really love how quick and easy this goes together. I see another one of these in my future.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Flower quilt

I threw this together this week from some left over jelly roll strips. It went together so fast.

The pattern is from the book "Scrap-Basket Sensations" This is the second quilt that I made from this book.  It's a great book with easy quick patterns.

Penn state pillowcases

I made 2 pillow cases for my nephew who is a freshman at Penn State this year. I found the cute fabric online at Hancock Fabrics.

Wine Festival table cloth

This quilt was a UFO. These blocks are picnic baskets made with grape fabrics. I think the pattern was from a magazine. It's been so long that I can't remember.

I made this for my brother and his wife for their annual Wine Festival event. I satin stitched around all the baskets.

I actually made a label for it.

The back has more grape fabric. I mailed it last week and they got it on Tuesday this week. They love it.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Honor Quilt for J&J 2014

My sister texted me to see if I would make another quilt for her work. I thought I was off the hook after the last one I made.  NOT!  I pulled this small quilt top out of a drawer and threw a border on it.

Let's call this another finish!! yeah.  I used leftover binding from another quilt plus I added some binding to that. Using up the scraps!  The border was leftover too.

They sell spots to write on to honor cancer patients they know or who have passed away.  I portioned off the borders so they can write on them.

I used a super cheap, thin, donated to me white fabric for the back.  I used leftover batting and sewed it together.  A total make do quilt.  I whipped this out in one day including quilting and binding.  I'm also giving 3 sets of pillow cases that they will put in baskets and raffle off.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stitch Bible

I'm taking a class on Craftsy called Stupendous Stitches. You have to make a "Stitch Bible" out of all of the stitches on your machine.  I have been loving this because it's a way to use up all of those almost gone threads and bobbins. 

Some of these stitches I will probably never use.  Some of them are really cool.  I have been stitching the default first and then varying the width and length of the stitches as instructed. You have to lower your tension as well. I have over 200 stitches on my machine and I am only in the 130's.  I have a ways to go.  I didn't use any of the button stitches.

Navajo Code Talkers Finish

Here's a close up of quilting that is hard to see.

This is the back of the quilt where you can see the quilting design better. I should have used black batting as there is a lot of bearding in the stitches.

Here's a view of most of the blocks. I want to make another one but more accurately with my own measurements.  Some of the blocks I made on my own without the pattern.  I think this would turn out awesome in solids.

Andy's Flannel Quilt

This quilt is made of flannels that I bought at least 10 years ago at a local quilt show.  I finally used it and I finally made a quilt for my youngest brother who is turning 50 this year. I added more black for the border and I have a second border to add then I will quilt it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Pretty left over HST quilt

These star blocks are 4 inches including the half inch border around each star.  

I just straight machine quilted it.

Here's a look at the back. I'm giving this to my friend for her birthday this month.  We are getting together on Friday so I will surprise her with it.

Birthday card

I made this cute little birthday card enclosure for 2 girls at work and I gave them each a card wallet.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Quilt for Linda

I made this quilt out of my brother's shirts for his girlfriend Linda. My brother died unexpectedly in January 2014. She was devastated as we all were.  His name was on his work shirts and I have one little square that I cut out and put on it with his name.  The quilt turned out so much better than I anticipated. I just have to get it quilted.  I ordered a special backing for it. I can't wait to send it to her.

Quilt for Emily

I just finished this quilt. The pattern was free from Moda bake shop. 

I matched the back so well you can't even tell where the seam is.

The back of the quilt.

Here's a close up of the quilting.

Vivian's pillows

My friend Vivian retired from the hospital so I made her 2 pillows. She loved them. She was such a nice person. She was always so pleasant. Loved her.

I used 2 mini charm packs for these pillows and some yardage. I loved how they turned out.

I made my own buttons.

This was literally the first time I ever made button holes. They turned out great. I was so impressed with myself. So pretty.

Here they are stuffed.

I used K-mart pillows to stuff them. It is a super cheap way to go. I did simple machine quilting on both of them.

The 1990's called and want their quilt finished!

Check this out!  I started this probably in 1988.  I got it out and worked on it twice since then. I have to finish the log cabin blocks. 

Look at these calico fabrics. I could gag. So not my style right now. I lost the directions to this long, long ago.

That is why it never got finished. I googled it and found the quilt but not the directions. I'm going to wing it to finish it. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Kids sewing

I came up with my own pattern for this little apron for a 3 year old. It turned out adorable.

I saw this teabag idea on pinterest. I made them for the same 3 year old.

Navajo Code Talkers Quilt

It's coming together.

All the blocks are done.