Thursday, January 22, 2015

the last batik quilt...for awhile

I finished another quilt for a friend this week using the same pattern from A Quilter's Dream as I showed a few weeks ago. This time I had a layer cake from Hoffman that was rather colorful!
I used Superior's Rainbow thread to quilt flowers and butterflies.
I don't think I showed this picture in the last post about this pattern but these are the scraps I had left from the layer cake after making that quilt.
I think this is a pretty good use of a precut!


 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

finishes

 

Happy 2015 y'all! A lot happened right during that last month of 2014....I retired ( wahoo!), sewed furiously for some gifts to co-workers and for Christmas gifts and then I got sick and lost about 2 weeks progress. Nothing serious and starting to catch up again.
Friends went to Hawaii for their wedding and brought me fabric and a pattern. I thought that was pretty cool so I made the first one for them. I didn't quite get the water on the shoreline straight...and didn't notice till it was basically finished...but oh well, I like the whale :-)
Then late to the party...like on New Year's, I was able to finish this Christmas present for my sister. She had purchased the pattern, Right On Target, from A Quilter's Dream at PIQF. I used a jelly roll of River Rock from Hoffman and quilted it with randomly spaced straight lines.
This last quilt is for the daughter of co-worker. I used a jelly roll from the designer at A Quilter's Dream. Loved the fabric but not the precision of the strips in this jelly roll. I had to continue with what felt like stunt sewing...leaving some seams really scant trying to end up with blocks that were close to the same size. Lots of fudging and not much precision but fortunately, the fabric and pattern are so busy that where the points don't meet up etc, it doesn't really matter. I have not sewn with jelly rolls before. Are the ones from Moda cut more precisely? I love some of the ideas with precuts but wonder about the trade off. I meandered a quilt pattern just so I could make it as sturdy as possible...don't want any surprises from skimpy seams.
This "pattern" is from a video from Missouri Star Quilt Company. I altered it a bit by using only 3 strips instead of 4 ...which may have added to my precision problem...maybe not.  It was fun to sew, except for the skimpy seams part.

Backing fabric from same designer.
I made a couple more things for gifts...forgot to take pictures of the penguins I sewed up from The Raspberry Rabbits and one gift is still waiting to be given...very delayed Christmas exchange in the plans.
It seems I was on a bit of a batik binge here for awhile as they seem to be good for gifting to non-quilty people. I am working on one more for a co-worker and then one for me :-)  Then...I hope to get back to some homespuns and plaids!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A finish and a review

Hope you are all safely arrived where you are headed for tomorrow's holiday.
I finished the batik quilt for my friend. This is the quilt by A Quilter's Dream that uses only one layer cake for the complete quilt top. It measures 46 X 59
I quilted a basketweave design on it using a Rainbows thread from Superior Threads. Hope he likes it! Sabra helped with the photo shoot :-)

And for some reason I keep wanting to tell people about this moisturizing bar that I purchased at PIQF....so I'm doing it here :-) There is no website contact but they respond through the email: ronspread@gmail.com
I bought it because I thought it smelled so good! (They also have other scents and an unscented version.) But the next day, I was kind of amazed because my hands felt so much better. Being a nurse...I wash my hands or cleanse them with this drying alcohol disinfectant way too frequently...so my hands can get pretty dried out. This stuff seems to have brought the life back to them. I have used it for the past month and still love it. So there you have it. No affiliation to the company but I'm definitely ordering more. No greasy feel and you can get right to your quilting after putting it on.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone! Find what is in your heart to thank God for. My list begins like this...I'm thankful I can have dogs and cats who bring me a lot of joy. I'm thankful that I'm almost retired (wahoo!) and I'm thankful for my God who keeps me in His Word and redeems my life.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

treats and a new to me designer

Sew...still more about PIQF.
Straight into the vendor isles, my sister and I found one of our favorites at Sew Cherished and a table of half yard homespuns. As conservative as I could be, I came home with these. Perfect for some scrappy plaid quilts.
Then way at the other corner of the show with the other spectrum of beautiful fabrics, I found these
and a new to me designer.
Let me share A Quilter's Dream with you. This picture doesn't really showcase this fabric well....but the quilt I'm going to make will!
I was drawn into the booth because I was looking for a batik collection to use to make another quilt for a co-worker and well, the lime green in this collection in one of the quilts displayed called my name! My sister liked the cats and I liked the sunflowers.
We ended up purchasing these two patterns.
The first uses just a Jelly Roll to make a 55" X 55" quilt. The directions were clear and had some extra good tips of keeping this quilt well shaped.
This second pattern, called Half Baked, kind of amazed me. It uses only one layer cake. The designer, Stephanie Prescott at A Quilter's Dream uses all but a few scraps from the 40  10"squares to make a 46" X 59" lap quilt. I really appreciated the efficiency of being able to make a quick but interesting quilt using the handy pre-cut with such good use of the fabric...especially handy for gift quilts. I can pick up a pre-cut and know I won't be overbuying fabric for the quilt...even though yes, scraps are always loved.
I have one of each of these patterns sewn up using River Rock from Hoffman....but no pictures of mine yet as they are in line to be quilted. I haven't actually haven't sewn up the lime green and brown one yet but will be using fat quarters that I purchased there to sew up the larger version of Half Baked (61x71). Both versions were included in the pattern.

 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

a few more quilts from the show and a happy meeting

These were some I liked








I had the fun of meeting a fellow blogger, Joy of Joyful Quilter. I enjoyed walking around the quilt show with her and her friend, Stephanie. Hello to both of you...me, waving :-)   I will hope to see them again next year! 

a little more about the quilt show

I found a small trend at the show, both in the displayed quilts and in some of the vendor booths....
New York Beauty blocks.  So here's a few that I snapped pictures of....although I don't ever anticipate making one of these myself.






back later with treasures I found to buy at the show!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Some favorites

winning is one :-)
Recent giveaways on a couple of my favorite blogs that I read, found me winning some treats! The cute Snowman Garland table topper came to me from Mary at Quilt Hollow. The snowman buttons are a very fun added touch to this Red Button pattern.  And the beautiful fat quarters of homespun were gifted by Norma at Timeless Traditions.  A big Thank You to both of these quilters!
another favorite is the PIQF quilt show...which was yes, way back a month ago!
I'm a bit behind here. But the show was busy and fun as ever. I did not find as many animal quilts as I have in the past but I still have one to show that was of course, my favorite in the show.
Nancy Brown is involved in an applique group known as The Bulbs. They sewed up this quilt with "photos" of residents from the San Francisco Zoo taking a sight seeing trip in the The City.
(sorry my own photos aren't the best...I was using my phone and well...it was Me taking the photo ;-)


 
The giraffe and the elephants were my favorite blocks.   However, Blogger, for some reason, isn't allowing me to add any more to this post grrr....so I will be back with more about the quilt show in another post!