Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hands 2 Help finish

Here's my collection of 2" squares that I have sewn together into sets over the past year as leader/ender sewing.
From this I sewed 16 patch blocks again.
And with these I used a pattern I saw sewn last year into a quilt.  And then I had fun with the quilting and stitched leaves and sunflowers allover it. The blue thread was probably an odd choice but then I am odd :-)


This will be sent off to Em for Chemo Cozies. It measures about 55" X 62" and will hopefully cheer someone faced with health challenges.
For fun...this quilt is lifetime quilt #iwishikeptcount :-)  and has 1280 pieces in it. I used Superior Threads Sew Fine and Bottom Line for the stitching. And Hobb's 80/20 for the batting.
I'm linking to Sarah's Confessions of a Fabric Addict for the Hands 2 Help charity quilt challenge.  Thank you, Sarah and Em for organizing us and getting these quilts to people who can enjoy them.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Late Friday Linking

Late because I couldn't get my pics to load yesterday. Better late than never :-)
I've been sewing up 2" squares for the Hands 2 Help quilt. I finished the top and have it loaded to quilt. I started with one idea but took the stitches out. Will start again tomorrow.

 Other news I'm happy to share is that I won a book called Quilt Batik! from Cheryl Brown. She has written 2 books. This one looks full of inspiration for batiks and even some of the lovely scrappy remnants I have saved up over the past year of batik quilt making. Head over to her site and check out her designs and inspirations!
Thank you, Cheryl! I will enjoy this :-)
I'm linking here to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for her Friday Can I get a Whoop!
Check all the blogs linked there with great quilting progress happening!

Friday, April 29, 2016

yikes! almost missed April

Way back in February while waiting for batting to arrive, I worked on some small projects. At some point... I put together this little bird quilt made from a panel cut and framed with some wood look fabric. I bought this from vendors at our local quilt show a couple of years ago. Still not quilted but on the design wall for the cats to enjoy :-)

I also sewed up Fig Tree's Mini Twirl and got it quilted this month.
In trying to work on my quilting design skills, I actually pulled out a stencil to use for the border. It was relatively painless :-) though I need more practice with that pounce powder in marking.


Next on board was the Red Cross quilt...also called Blue and Gray from the book by the Country Thread ladies called The Blue and the Gray. I made mine bigger by making more blocks and forgot to round the quilt edge corners like they did...but I really like this quilt.  I used only fabric from my stash ...front and back...which feels like a feat! It was very fun to make this and I want to thank Julie at JulieKQuilts for spurring me on to join her in making it!
Specially visiting quilt holder help here :-)
This quilt was also hanging up at my favorite Quilter's Cupboard quilt store with a double clamshell pattern quilted on it. It's a pantograph design that I attempted duplicating using a clamshell template I have and then going back over it with a second line using a circle template. I have mixed feelings about how it turned out but it is definitely not going to fall apart ;-)  I seem to always have mixed feelings about the quilting designs I choose! I will keep working on that.

For a start and finish for the month, I worked on a quilt for the special fire fighter in my life...quilter holder's DH :-)   He made lieutenant in the past year and also finally gets to call one station his home with his own bed.  So this called for a quilt to put on it.  So here we have the colors of his favorite football team (Oakland Raiders) with some fire engine red to celebrate.


Here are the quilt blessings in action.
So this is a way too long post! but I'm now starting on a quilt for the Hands2Help quilting with my 2" squares I've collected over the past year to sew as leader/enders.  I'm going with 16 patches again with a bit of a different setting.


I want to thank Norma Whaley of Timeless Traditions ( one of my most favorite designers!) for treating me to one of her gorgeous patterns.
I follow along reading her blog and was able to watch as she made up blocks for this quilt. Then at PIQF last year, I saw the quilt hanging in the Sew Cherished booth. What a treat! Thank you, Norma!

Linking here to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for the Friday Whooping it Up :-)
Have a sweet weekend everyone!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

March

Two finishes to show so far this month. The first is another repeat pattern use   for more Hoffman squares of Sparrow. This one is for my brother and I hope he likes it. We are gratefully having rainy weather here on the central coast of California which makes for less than perfect indoor photos.

I used the pattern from Carrie Nelson's Schnibbles Times Two called Scratch. The book has each quilt in two sizes. The larger version using 10" squares and the smaller version using 5" squares.
Scratch is a fun pattern to sew up but boy does it leave a lot of leftover parts. 
Since this was my second time to use it and with the same fabric, I had a lot leftover. So I trimmed some two patch squares down to sew into four patches of the largest size I could get and also trimmed leftover bricks. I added all the leftovers together and made a smaller version of Scratch...still bigger than the smaller Schnibble but smaller than the large version. The larger quilt is about 68" X 80". The smaller one is 48" X 63".
The smaller one is for a friend from work.

The larger quilt has a square spiral quilting design and the smaller one has a variety of leaf designs. I'm getting less than excited about my choices of quilting so I'm watching some videos and trying to get braver with some freehand work. The density of the quilting designs still keep me guessing as to what in the world do I really like! Fortunately, there is a vast treasure of teaching videos available now to take advantage of for learning. 
I still have 3 quilt tops ready to be quilted so hopefully I will be back soon with those finished. Thanks for checking in.
I'm linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for more show and tell :-)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February

It's too soon to leave January but here we are in the second month of the year already. I have been able to sew quite a bit. I completed two quilt tops that languished while I waited for some batting to arrive....pics later!  While I was waiting I picked up a couple of smaller projects and had fun completing those.
First up.... an iron caddy

 I had purchased a mini iron and my friend at Joyful Quilter shared a pattern to make the caddy.  I "shrunk" the pattern down a bit to fit the mini iron. Had to make some adjustments with button placement to keep it closed.  Now I'm ready to travel  :-)  where I'm not sure!

Then I made a bag using Purebred. I love these horses!



 I used kind of a mixture of ideas but the original inspiration came from Carrie Nelson  of Rosie's Quilts and Moda fame. She blogged about her purse here.
I bought a charm pack then decided I liked the yardage on the outside better. I used the charm pack to make a liner and to make a couple of pockets.  The faux leather handles were a purchase at PIQF. The handles are pre-punched but are still a bit of a bugger to sew on trying to match the holes in the base piece on the inside. I also used a new to me product of foam fusible interfacing. I watched a video from Missouri Star Quilt company for tips on how to sew with it.

Then the batting arrived but with other things going on around here...like house cleaning and company...I decided to go ahead with another small project. I'm making a mini quilt of a Fig Tree pattern that I purchased at PIQF as well.  No pictures yet...sorry.... It is the Mini Twirl made with my Fig Tree scraps.  A very fun pattern but I had to laugh when I read they thought this could be made in an afternoon.  Appliqued leaf stems are taking me a lot longer than an afternoon! 
I've linked this post to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I get a Whoop Friday :-) 


Monday, January 18, 2016

Two finishes and a win

I apparently am taking this holiday today rather literally.  I have been goofing off all morning enjoying some blog posts and Craftsy videos. It started at Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting. She was blogging about sewalongs starting this month.  So I checked out Lori Holt's Blooms Sewalong and a video showing her making the first block. Then on her sidebar was a link to Julie Herman's blog.  Jaybird Quilts had posted about some cool zipper bags she has made this past year which led me on to watching tutorials on Craftsy.  Those bright colored zippers could be addicting! I found a free video on Craftsy showing a reversible bag and a zipper bag. Both had some extra tips that will be useful. ( look for Kristin Link's Bag Making Basics on Craftsy) 
The rainy weather here in my neck of the woods has been mild and delightful. Perfect weather for tucking in and sewing the days away. I finished the little American Jane quilt and another quilt of batiks using A Quilter's Dream pattern.
This one went to a friend from work. I forgot to take pictures so she texted me some to share with you. 


The quilt measures about 46" x 54". I used American Jane navy blue Pindot fabric for the backing and binding. The top is muslin and 2 AJ Lorraine charm packs .  I quilted it with offwhite Superior Threads SewFine in a freehand allover pattern.
The blocks were fun to sew.
Sewing them all together was 'interesting'. The sashing strips and edge blocks were sewn together and then  just 'whacked' off for a straight edge. It left bias on the edges but fortunately, it all worked out :-)

My next finish is a quilt pattern that I sewed up earlier this year for my sister... or maybe it was for Christmas 2014 (?)  Like my other Quilter's Dream pattern (Half Baked), I seem to be repeating the use of it.

This one is called Right on Target and uses a jelly roll.  I used Hoffman's Sandpiper.  I did make a change again on the outer edge and needed to use part of an extra strip from my stash to finish it. I didn't need to do that the first time I sewed it up for my sister's so I'm not sure what was different here but on both of the them I didn't use the thin pieces that the pattern called for.  I quilted it with a Superior Threads Rainbow and simple randomly spaced straight lines.  This one is going to our neighbor/realtor friend who has helped us with selling two properties over the years.  She is a hard worker!
And yet again, I was the lucky winner of a giveaway! This time from Happy Quilting. I won this copy of 75 Fun Fat-Quarter Quilts. Lots of inspiration. Melissa's quilts are my favorite. It's full of good tips and variations from 14 designers.  Thank you, Melissa and CT Publications!

I have finished another quilt top but am waiting for a roll of batting to arrive. More on that later but today I'm starting a mini version of it to use up the leftovers from the bigger one.  Pics to follow :-)
Off to get busy sewing. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Stitching!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

January

Happy New Year y'all! I'm late. I know it. But I have been kind of cocooned up in my house (and neighborhood) the last week enjoying quieter times and some very needed rain. And hopefully more of that today.
I have been stitching :-)  I don't have pictures yet of the last two but will soon as the weather permits an outdoor setting. Today I have the quilt gift I made for my sister. New layer cake, repeat use of pattern by A Quilter's Dream.

This is another Hoffman Bali Cracker set (10"squares) called Sandpiper. I quilted Chocolate Swirl Feather with Superior Threads Rainbows.

On the receiving end :-)
I won a giveaway of the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks which included a book I was wishing for called Sweet Tweets. It has some cute patterns of little fat birds with outline quilting.  AND  I also won a giveaway on Instagram :-)
I follow Janet Clare's account and won a copy of her Field Guide book.  I love her fabric and wonderful applique designs. She is currently working on some pieced designs that look mighty interesting.
Thank you Quiltmaker and Janet Clare  :-)

And just for fun :-)  here's a picture of a skirt I found here in our little town of Cambria. It took an octupus to get me to wear a skirt!
That's sweet Sabra helping me model.