Tuesday, December 29, 2015

365 Quilt Blocks Challenge

 
Isn't this great?  Kathy from Australia is offering a block-a-day free challenge!  I am going to attempt this.  You can follow my progress, however, if you want the patterns you will need to signup yourself.  I think it would be so much fun.  Reality will set in eventually and we will see what happens.  Next week I see the orthopedic surgeon, so.....  You just never know. 
 
 
 
Here is the link:
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas Scrap Quilt

I thought I had finished using all my Christmas scraps in this little quilt. It's
 18 1/2" x 26 1/2."





Here is a closeup showing holly leaves and berries in the quilting.


It fits perfectly on my mom's antique table! 


I was looking through my 3" & 3 1/2" bins and look what I found?
 I guess I'll save these for a future project! Drats!


My beginner course from EQ7 had us design this block. I really stepped out of my comfort zone by playing with different colors. The quilt I designed is set on-point. I have 27 more to make.  I am slower these days because I still have the splint on my thumb.  


I always have multiple projects going on.  Here is a scrappy quilt I have been working on at quilt group. The designer is Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.  I love her work! It is 78" square.  I plan to add a plain border around the outside to make it big enough to use in our motorhome. 


Happy Thanksgiving!  May your day be filled with family, friends, fun and possibly an ice cream cake!



Friday, October 30, 2015

THE TALE OF TWO CHRISTMAS QUILTS

GOAL:  USE ALL REMAINING CHRISTMAS SCRAPS


Two years ago I made this Christmas Quilt:
 
 
 
 
 Almost all my Christmas and winter-related fabric was used in this quilt.  Even the backing was almost entirely made from the bits and pieces I had leftover from the quilt.
 
 
Well, fast forward to two weeks ago.  I was looking through my box of unfinished projects and leftover squares from past projects.  Guess what I found?  Not only were there scraps from the large quilt, but there were pieces that weren't even my fabric.  Someone from Mystery Country Quilters must have given me some of their extra Christmas fabric.  Here I am auditioning the few pieces I had. 
 

Here is my completed top.  I had to sew some of the half-square triangles a little smaller to get everything to fit.  Unfinished size is 19" x 27".  I had so much fun doing this, I can't explain it.  All the beautiful yardage I have and I get more enjoyment out of using something that may otherwise get thrown out.  Go figure.

 
I used most the remaining scraps along with this small piece of black fabric to do the backing.  Anything 2" wide or wider was sewn together to do the binding.  
 

 
Bud...what do you think?  Will it do?
 
 
The only Christmas/winter fabric I have left is pictured below.  I think it desires to have a quilt designed around it, although I only have 20" x 44".  Good thing I like small quilts.  Isn't it sweet?
 
 
 May your day be full of family, friends, fun, and a little ice cream!
 
 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

IT'S FINISHED!!

 

Tiny 9-patch Completed

 
 
 
 
 
 
On our coffee table:
 
 
I have been having problems with my thumb this summer. I finally had to go to the doctor and found I have trigger finger.  Sounds cool, but it can be pretty painful.  It's a tendonitis and caused from over use.  It's really cramped my quilting time.  I have been wearing a splint in hopes that I won't have to have surgery.  It is definitely better, but still "triggers" and I have to wear this:
 
 
Notice the hand-quilting.  It's nice, but it doesn't do anything more for the quilt than using machine quilting.  I'm realizing I may have to spare my hands for the really important things.  I love hand-quilting, but may have to pace myself and pick the quilts that it will enhance. 
 
Our ice cream parlor is closed for the season.  It's always sad at this time of year.  But I have more time to quilt!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

PIECES INTO ONE

SEWING THE BLOCKS TOGETHER
 
 
 
Here are the first two rows.  Repeat and finish with a three light, two dark blocks for a total of five rows. 
 
Now let's make the final 4 blocks.  Take 4 of the tiny 9-patches.  Cut 16 - 1"x2" light pieces.  Cut
16 - 1" square dark pieces.  Sew 2 light strips opposite each other.  Then sew the dark squares to both ends of the remaining light strips.  Sew together and trim the block to 3" square. 
 
 
Sewing the top:  I measured the sides of the inside section and mine measured 23 1/4"  I trimmed the 2 border strips to that length and sewed them on...being super careful not the stretch the border. 
 
 
You can see how I then ironed toward the border pieces.
 

 
For the two remaining borders, I measured the inside section from where it was sewn from border to border and it measured 22 3/4"  I added the 1/2" seam allowance and then cut my last 2 borders 23 1/4".  Sew the corner blocks to the ends of each remaining border and iron toward the border strip.  Now match up the seams and sew your last 2 border pieces on. 


 
Ta Da!!!
 
 
Okay, Bud!  He has to get in on every photo shoot of any quilts "we" make!!!

 
Yes!!!  It will fit nicely on my coffee table!!!  Now time to sandwich with batting and backing.  I will hand quilt mine.  How about you?  It measures 28 1/2"  It probably has as many pieces as a large quilt.  I love making little quilts!  I finished my first EQ7 original design!  I have another all cut out ready to start sewing.  This is fun!
 
 
 
 
 


Saturday, May 02, 2015

THE BORDER

THE BORDER
 
CONTINUING WORK ON TINY 9-PATCH
 
Time to work on the borders.
CUTTING:
36 various dark squares - 2 1/4"
32 light squares - 2 7/8"  cut once diagonally into 64 triangles
8 light squares - 2 1/8" cut once diagonally into 16 triangles
TIME TO SEW:
At this point we are dealing with bias edges. Be very careful not to stretch any part of the pieces!
 
Sew two of the 2 1/8" triangles as shown.  Iron all toward the light color.  Now add one of the 2 7/8" triangles as shown.  Do this exactly the same way for the seven other end pieces.
 
 
 
 
Now making each of the "blocks" for the border:
 
 
You will need 28 of these blocks.
 
How to trim properly to 2 1/4":

 

 
Let's sew the borders (please be careful not to stretch):
 
2 end pieces and 7 center pieces:
 
 
 
Here are the extra half-square triangles I got done between each seam!  They are for another project, but it means I don't have to trim all the threads and I accomplish 2 things at once.  I must give the credit to BONNIE HUNTER OF www.quiltville.com for the leader/ender idea.  I get some of my best ideas from her!  She is amazing!
 
 

 Time to trim to 3" Wide. 

 
 
Next time we will make the corner blocks and then assemble the top! 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

SEWING TINY NINE PATCH




On March 9, I showed this pattern I designed in EQ7.  It is a great way to use up those little fabric scraps you have.  Finished size is 28 1/2 inches square.  Perfect for our coffee table.  If you want to make one yourself, here is the cutting and sewing instructions:


First, gather all your 1" strips and sew them together in three long strips.   After ironing, cut into 1"  vertical strips like shown.  Then assemble so you have 5 dark and 4 light.  You need a total of 124 9-patches.  That will give you a few extra in case one or two turn out wonky.  In which case, I simple throw them away.  Hey, most people would throw away 1" scraps anyway. 

With scrap quilts, it is important that you have something to pull them together.  In my case I have decided to use one fabric for the larger 2" squares and the same fabric for the pieced border.  For the dark 2" squares I used a variety from my 2" bin.  So, with that is mind, I cut 60 - 2" dark fabric squares.  Then I cut 52 - 2" light squares.





I always iron the direction that has the least going on... in this case, the direction of the 2 plain blocks.




You need a total of 12 of the dark blocks;  13 of the light blocks.   Have fun and I will show you my progress in a future post.  Please comment if you are sewing along. 

Once again it is snowing here, but that won't stop us...we will be opening today and hope to see some of you there.  It's ice cream time!