Saturday, February 28, 2015

February's Projects

Just thought I would sneak in a post under the wire for February. 
First of all is a quilt that I finished towards the beginning of the month. I haven't posted about it earlier because this quilt was really a challenge and sometimes it takes a while to recover from these kind of projects and decide if you like them. I've finally decided that I do like it and I can't see the imperfections as well now that a little time has past with the quilt folded away out of sight. Maybe by Christmas, when I'll hang it, I'll really love it. This quilt started out as a project for our guild's yearly challenge in August of last year. Then other things came up and it got shelved until the end of January. I designed, sewed, and quilted it myself including the appliques. You can click on the picture to see a larger, clearer version.
 
My next project is the block of the month that our guild is doing this year. The center of the block picture below is the actual block. It is a six inch Flock of Geese block. I wanted to end up with a quilt large enough to fit a double bed so I decided to add on the the block until it measured twenty inches. I used my Accuquilt feather dye and circle dye to cut the appliques, so they were fast and easy. I still need to machine applique them. I'm going to repeat the outer portion of the block each month but the center will feature the monthly blocks. This quilt will be done in reds, pinks, greens, and various blues with the background always the pale golden yellow.
Finally I realized that I hadn't shared this years BOM that I participate in through a local quilt store. The year always starts in September for this one. The theme this year is Route Sixty-six and although I'm not planning on making my quilt to reflect the theme, I'm enjoying making these blocks. We are given instructions for two blocks each month but we are only required to make one of them. At first I only intended to make the one block but I've changed my mind, so I have some catching up to do. Here's the ones I've made so far. There will be more blocks with more than two colors so the red, yellow, and white one will have company.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Two Baby Quilts

I started these baby quilts clear back in August and decided it was time to get them finished. First is one a made from a couple of panels by Pam Kitty Morning. I used fabric from the same collection for the sashing and borders. I love the old fashioned feel of her illustrations. They remind me of the picture books I used to read as a child. 
 The second is a quilt pattern from McCalls Pattern Company. The pattern number is M6721. However my quilt looks nothing like theirs, I bought the patterns because I loved the appliques. I wanted a square quilt instead of something to fit a crib so I improvised. I think it turned out really cute. I love the bright happy colors. This was a really fun quilt to make. The appliques are large and easy to sew around.
I'm now working on another project that I started in August. August was a good month for starts last year, but not so good for finishes! I hope to have pictures soon.

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Train Quilt


My oldest grandson loves trains and asked for a train quilt. I wanted to make one that would be appropriate for a good many years to come, so that means nothing too juvenile and that wasn't easy. There are many cute baby patterns out there but not so many that would appeal to a child as he gets older. I finally found one on Etsy by Rebecca Ruth Designs called "Night Train". Of course, I made changes to suit my project and added large borders so it would fit a twin size bed. The quilt was fun and went together fairly smoothly.
The borders are an all over train print designed by Kate Ward Thacker for Kaufman Fabrics.
Here's a close up of the the pieced center.
 And of course we need one of my dear grandson "sleeping" ;)!
I had a pretty productive week last week and managed to finish the two baby quilts I was working on. I will be back later this week to show them to you.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Quilt and a Sweater Set

I made both of my grandsons quilts for Christmas this year. My younger grandson loves rockets and space, so his quilt had to have a space theme. Here's his quilt.
 I had bought the panels that I used in this quilt a couple of years ago, but the background of the panel just didn't work so I cut out each illustration and surrounded it with blue star fabric. This quilt was fun and easy and the lady that I had quilt them did a wonderful job. The space ship border fabric matches the curtains that I made him last summer. 
 I knitted my new granddaughter a sweater and hat for Christmas in a lovely soft coral yarn. I actually made the hat twice because I misplaced the first one and after an extensive search, I decided it was just easier to make a second. I have found the first one so she has a spare. It's still a little big for her but should be perfect for spring.
 I hope to have pictures of my older grandsons quilt soon. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Finally a Finished Project to Share

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. We did around here. All the family was home and we were able to spend almost a week together. I did a good amount of sewing for Christmas and didn't take pictures. I will try to get some and show you later. Finally when the everything settled down and I had time to sew, I decided it was time to get my cross stitch quilt sampler ready to hang. The patterns are from the Little Miss Shabby blog. As always, I embellished and, in the case of one block, replaced with one of my own. I also designed and added sashings and a border. The original pattern had a more modern look, mine is more me. I then added pieced fabric borders and it's ready to hang.
 I hope to get a couple of baby quilts quilted this week. The tops have been quilted for a while. I will take pictures!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

T'Was the Night Before Christmas...My Day

It's my day today. First let me thank Mdm Samm of Sew We Quilt and Marlene of Stitching by the Lake for organizing this blog hop. I appreciate their encouragement!
First, I received a wonderful gift from Beth of Words and Stitches. It includes a lovely notebook, a fabric bag that contained three fat quarters, and four very cute coasters. Thank you so much, this gift is wonderful! I love it!!!
 Now for a couple of projects that I have recently used that are fairly fast.
I made this table runner for my son's birthday.
  I enjoyed making it so much that I decided you might like to try it. For instructions click here. You may also need the instructions for my method of making flying geese click here.
Another gift that I enjoy making for friends and family are knitted dishcloths. I like to change which patterns I make to keep things interesting. One pattern that I enjoy making is one that I made up. 

I thought you might like to try making it. Click here for the instructions.
I hope you can use these patterns for you own homemade Christmas.
Now be sure to check the other hoppers today!

Thursday, Nov. 13

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Some Projects...

I've been working on. First, I made my two little grandsons a pillowcase for Halloween. These were made from kits from a local shop and are called "The 20 Minute Pillowcase". Although they take me a little longer, they are fast and easy to make.
The next two quilts are from a month Block of the Month Class that I take from the same shop. Last year our theme was "Barn Quilts" which included both a fairly basic block and the barn blocks with a three inch version of the block on the barn. First I'll show my barn quilt. Although we were given instructions for twelve, I found that I was tired of making barns after five. I did manage to get all twelve of my basic blocks in the quilt, either as three inch blocks on the barns, six inch blocks in the setting squares, or four inch blocks in the border cornerstones. My husband loves this quilt and it will hang in his man cave after quilting.
The next quilt is mostly made from a bundle of fabric designed by Kim Diehl for Henry Glass Fabrics that I won on their blog. The tan background is a Moda fabric. We get patterns once a month and don't know ahead of time what blocks will be included. I decided that because the block would probably be fairly simple to be able to make them thee inches square as well as the usual twelve inches square blocks, I would design an applique for each block. If you look closely at the basic blocks of each quilt you will find that both quilts contain the same twelve basic blocks in varying sizes and without the applique. The appliques are all my designs and are hand appliqued. This quilt still needs borders that will also include some applique.
I hope to be back soon with a couple of baby quilts for my new granddaughter and my completed "Quilty Stitches" cross stitch project from the "Little Miss Shabby" blog.