Friday, April 3, 2015

Binding Blitz


These blocks were sewn together but I needed to hoof it (*see quilt backing below :-) to get this quilt completed to meet a March 31st goal. I was bound (wink) and determined to get 'er done! Partly just to see the end of this project and move on to the next batch of fabric to play with and also to be able to participate in JulieKQuilts Binding Blitz.
The sashing was still more 2" squares so it took awhile to get it all put together. Then I quilted it and planned the entertainment for binding festivities.
Choices, choices.
The earlier BBC version has David Rintoul and is my favorite...but hmm, what about the Colin Firth version. I decided to watch both and confirm my preference. Yep...still love David as Mr. Darcy but then what's not to love about Colin. Sewing binding on has never been better!
So without further ado, I present my March finish.
 
The fabrics include some called tooled leather for the reminder of a saddle. This quilt is for my friend and (ex-boss :-) and is titled "For the Love of Wyatt" for her sweet horse. It's still a secret though...it needs the label sewn on and the trip over to give it to her. So don't tell anyone!
The backing...
and the binding...
For the quilting I used a pantograph by Dave Hudson called Stetsons & Boots
So head on over to Julie's and see the other bindings completed this month!
Thanks for the motivation, Julie!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Blocks,flowers and Hands2Help

Lots of interruptions...but I have my 20 blocks sewn and will start on the sashing blocks this week. For some reason my software wouldn't let me crop this photo.
Marianne helped with the sewing.

While the sunflowers that the birds planted bloomed.
 
Next on the agenda is the yearly challenge for charity at Confessions of Fabric Addict. Quilters are signing up to make quilts, choosing a charity and sending off a quilt for someone who could use some comfort. Prizes are involved as well as the joy of joining in to a sweet effort. Sarah, our host, has added some fun ideas and tutorials for making 16 patch quilts this year. The button to lead you to her posts is in my sidebar and looks like this :-)
 Almost forgot! A big Thank you to Mary and Sue for help with my needed pattern instructions. I'm all set to sew up some Gentle Art now :-)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

me again

I was looking through patterns this morning for something to give me an excuse to buy some of Clara's Garden from Kansas Troubles. And happened upon a cute Schnibbles pattern I have wanted to make for awhile. When I opened the package I found this...
Two more covers to the pattern. So I have no pattern instruction...just 3 empty covers to the pattern. Bummer! I have no idea where I purchased this but if anyone has the "inards" and would like to share the actual instructions, I would be most appreciative.  

February

Hello from California's central coast! though the shoreline really isn't this crooked...lol
It has been a busy month with some sewing and re-organizing and more. My first project and probably last completed project for the month was from bonus triangles.
I sewed up this...which will probably be my only Binding Blitz finish for the month...
from the triangles cut off while sewing these stars last fall...
I love these small quilts and love using up scraps...which led me to finally getting around to dealing with this (and more!)
I must have been cutting up scraps for 4 days this week but am mostly caught up and can grab squares to sew for a "leader ender" project while I move on to the real project I was going to do this month which is this...
And with company coming, this will end up bringing me into March. I have two blocks sewn though so we will see how long it takes for a finish.
 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Binding Blitz

Julie over at JulieKQuilts is calling for a Binding Blitz this year! Each month we will post pics of the quilt bindings we have finished and link for the show. 
So my first is what I finished on New Year's Day.
And these two followed.
I'm starting a new quilt today so that will be it for bindings in January.
Thank you, Julie, for the push to the finish :-) Follow this link to Julie's blog for more about the Binding Blitz.

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!