Wednesday, July 30, 2014

I Moved!

I moved and that's why there hasn't been any new posts. I'm in the south east now! Really exciting and fun so far. I've been busy quilting during packing breaks and here's what I have accomplished:

I made up the pattern and used the images on the fabric for the applique pieces. It is mostly "Grow With Me by Moda" fabric. The polka dots and the chicks bodies are satin and the wings and belly of the chicks are minkee material. Here is what my planning page looked like:

I used a chart found on Pinterest to calculate how many 4 1/2" squares can be cut from a fat quarter. I didn't want to use any print fabric with white background because it would blend too much with the surrounding fabric, thus reducing the variations of printed fabric orientation but it all worked out! The polka dots were the most difficult part of the quilt; machine quilting 64 tiny circles was tough!! It's not perfect but it most certainly is completed.

The other project I'm working on will take at least a year to finish. It is primarily applique and throw size. I chose this project to become fluent with hand applique techniques after working on the winter scene wall hanging and realizing that the only way to get that project done was with the machine until I practiced. The pattern is found in 'Primitive Quilts and Crafts' magazine:

So each block has a square, a circle, and a star ... all three are appliqued pieces! With 20 blocks total I think after this is done my hand appliqueing (wow, really? keep the 'e' in there?) should be awesome and fantastic ... awetastic! Thus far 7 blocks are done so basically I'm almost done ... aww come on! It's not ridiculous to be that optimistic! 

Thanks for checking in!

Quilt on happy quilters!!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Fair Isle Baby Quilt

Pattern: Fair Isle Baby Quilt
Difficulty: Easy Peasy
Where: Moda Bakeshop
Designer: Leah Douglas of buggspot

I pretty much followed the pattern's colors except for the middle where I used Blue and Green Footprint fabric from the Grow With Me by Moda line. The majority of the quilt front is brushed cotton or flannel from the Grow With Me fat quarter bundle. It didn't take long at all and the only "difficult" part was lining up the white blocks of row 8 to make a cross.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wool-skirt Blanket

It gets quite chilly up here in the north and fuel is expensive; blankets and quilts are absolutely necessary. The only quilt I've made for myself was the 'Sunshine and Marmalade' that is queen sized. Much too big to use while sewing. For a while I was using a thick skirt that had ripped as a blanket. I decided to sew combine it with a large piece of wool that I had purchased at the fall yard sale at my local quilt shop. No adjustments were made to the skirt at all, so it's still curvy. Probably the most basic thing I have ever made but it is really warm now!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Monday, February 3, 2014

Batik Scrap Quilt

Last fall my local quilt shop held a yard sale. They opened their parking lot, nicely shaded IMO, to local quilters to sell their extra material, quilts, or do-hickies. One of the employees told me that the year before she made out quite nicely, purchasing brand new jellyroll for $3! So I attended with a set budget of $40. Once I got there it got extended to $60. You know how it goes! In my defense, I bought a ton of fabric. One sweet purchase was a trash bag filled half way of batik scraps - all different colors, starched, and mostly square or rectangle. It cost $5! I'm not a huge fan of scrap quilts and really who could be sure if the scraps would fit a specific pattern. So I just went willy nilly and sewed them all together! Right now it measures about 36x48. Here's what it looks like:

It's not the most beautiful quilt but I love it. It felt so good to not have to cut anything, not follow a pattern, and not have to worry if points were matching up. Aaahhh!! Relaxing, even more so than quilting normally is. The only thing I considered is whether there was enough balance of light and dark colors throughout. Also, there's still a ton of fabric left! I could make a small version of it for a baby or a lap quilt. Here's my favorite part - the backing. There were no batiks among my collection until the bag of scraps and therefore I had to go to my local quilt shop to browse. It took a while but I found a winner:

Oh golly! Look at that! It's gorgeous. This one on the back burner because I am making it for myself.

Happy quilting quilters! Quilt on!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Pineapple Quilt

As most of you don't know, I love the TV show Psych. To say that it's amazing would be an understatement and to say it's the best show on TV would be silly but it's among the top 5- still impressive. Anywho, we were watching it last night and I noticed a beauty. This beauty only got two seconds of air time but thanks to wonderful technology and fandom, a still was created:

Look at that! My plan is to make that one day. The collection of stunning yellow, orange and green batiks starts today.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Garden Quilt Top

Holy Moly! I'm back!

My computer pretty much broke and I only bought a new one just last week. No worries, I haven't stopped quilting. And I've also started using starch on my fabrics but more on that later.

Anyways, here are some of my latest projects - quillows!

Scottie Quillow as a pillow