Monday, July 20, 2015

July's Miniature and Small Quilt with a Free Pattern

First let's start with July's quilts and patterns. They are a little more difficult than last months which was very easy, but still pretty easy and a lot of fun to make. First is the mini.
The block size on this one is 2 3/4" and the whole quilt finishes at 8 1/2".
Next is the small quilt.
 The block size on this one is 5 1/2" inches and the finished quilt measures 17".
You can download a pattern for these two quilts here.
I had considered a linky for this post but decided against it. I would, however love to share your versions of these quilts just email a picture or a link to your blog post and I will include it in my next post(which will be sooner than a month from now). My email is in my profile.
I thought I'd share with you a few tools that I use when I'm foundation piecing.
Number one is a ruler called "Add a Quarter". It is twelve inches long and the side without the numbers is thicker and 1/4" wide. When you fold your paper back to trim the seam the thicker area is placed next to the paper allowing a quick accurate cut with a rotary cutter. 
Number two is a similar ruler called "Add an Eighth". It is six inches long and cuts an 1/8" inch seam. This is perfect for the miniature version.
Number three is a very small cutting mat that I keep next to my sewing machine so that I can trim the seams without going to my cutting table.
All of these tools are wonderfully handy but not essential so if you don't own them you can still make these quilts!

 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

June's Miniature and Small Quilt with Free Pattern

I've had enough interest in making some mini quilts so I will be posting a quilt with a pattern once a month for at least June through December. I had couple of people ask that I start with "Star Shine" but I decided to start with the easiest first. Do not despair "Star Shine" is slated for next month. So without further ado here's this month's quilt Rail Fence.
The Miniature Version
The Small Version
 As you can see, the small version still needs quilting and binding. I will be binding it with white.
The miniature quilt finishes at about 8 1/2" and the small quilt at about 17". 
The pattern can be downloaded or printed here. I hope you enjoy these patterns! If you have any questions, I will do my best to answer them. I'm thinking maybe we'll need a linky to share this months quilts. Perhaps along with next month's quilt so you will have an entire month to work on them. What do you think?

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Three New Mini Quilts and an Idea If You're Interested

Lately I've kind of lost my enjoyment when it came to quilting and this was not making me happy, not one bit! So I decided to take the time to get back to my favorite form of quilting...I just love miniature quilts. I love designing them, making them, and the actual quilting is fun too(no dragging huge pieces of fabric and batting through my sewing machine). I also love that they are so inexpensive to make. I decided to start with something easy, just to get back with the program. Rail Fence seemed just right.
Four 2 3/4 inch blocks to be exact. Okay really fun, but could I still make something a little harder? How about four 2 3/4 inch Geese in the Corner blocks? Worth a try!
Okay, that worked, but could I still design a mini block? Again worth a try. Here's my design.
I called the block Opposing Strips but I think the quilt is going to be called Star Shine. I always name my quilts, do you?
Here's all three together the way they will hang. 
And now for my idea. How would you like to make some minis? I thought I could write some patterns for these and other minis, one per month through December. I would include instructions for the original sizes as well as a larger size. For instance, the original size of the rail fence the blocks would be 2 3/4" and the larger size would be double that. The larger size would still only finish out at about 17". There would be a variety of sizes and themes. Most of the patterns would be foundation pieced. Foundation piecing is just the easiest way to get the accuracy you need for small quilts. 
Let me know in the comments or by email if you are interested. 
Patterns are time consuming to write so I really would like to know if they would be used.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

New Blocks

I thought I'd show you some blocks I've been working on. They are my version of the block of the month that we are working on at the Sandy Stitchers Quilt Guild. We were given a pattern for either a 6 or 12 inch block. I knew I wanted to get a large quilt out of the twelve blocks so you would think I would choose the 12 inch block...wrong! I choose the 6 inch block, mainly because I liked the way they looked best and added borders to make my block finish at 20 inches. I own the Accuquilt feathers dye and wanted to try it so this is what I came up with. 
January
 
February
 
March 
April
 You have probably noticed that the January block uses a deeper value than the others, don't worry I will be adding deeper values in the blue and green too.
I'm working on a few other projects and will get back with them this week. I need to get pictures and organize.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

And We Have Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway. The winner of the Christmas chart is Marsha, she said:
"BloggerYour projects are all beautiful! I use to do a lot of cross stitch but now I've added quilting to my crafts. Thank you for a chance in your giveaway. My favorite is the Christmas one, it is so pretty!"
I have emailed her. 
I only had one person who wanted the "Day Without Stitching" chart, so Jill it's yours.  Jill said...
"Both patterns are cute. The day without stitching is probably my favorite."
Note to Jill:
I haven't been able to contact you. Please contact me and let me know your address. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

My Favorite Cross Stitch and Appliqué Projects

First of all I would like to apologize to Madame Samm and all of you who visited earlier expecting to find this post. An unexpected trip and illness resulted in no internet service until now. I tried to post via smart phone but couldn't make it work, but I'm home now, all is well and I'm finally able to post.
 I have loved to cross stitch for many years, so when Little Miss Shabby came up with a project combining cross stitch and quilt blocks I started right in. The result is my favorite stitchery yet. I personalized many of the blocks then added my own sashing and border. I surrounded the project with fabric borders and quilted it.
 A closer look!
Another project that I love is a sampler of my own devising. I took bits and pieces from a variety of patterns and combined them.
Again a closer look.

I made a couple of mug rugs for an earlier blog hop of Madame Samm's. These are my first real effort at designing my own cross stitch charts and I'm very happy with the results.
Over the years I've made Christmas stockings for all of my immediate family. Here are three of them. Mine is the needlework themed one.
Now on to the hand applique. I'm by no means an expert but I really enjoy designing and making them. First is a project that I designed and made about eight years ago for a miniatures contest sponsored by the Robert Kaufman fabric company. I won first prize in the competition! It was great fun.
My next project was in memory of my Mom. She loved thirties fabric and Dresden Plates. I love that it reminds me of her every time I look at it.
Finally my latest project is still a work in progress. It started with a block of the month class that I attend. My goal was to design an applique overlay for each block. It was fun and challenging because I didn't know what blocks we would be doing until each month's class. I still need to design and add borders. I want to included applique in them as well.
Finally how about a give away! I have two cross stitch charts. First is a Christmas one.
Next is a lovely chart called "A Day Without Stitching".
If you would like one of these patterns, please leave a comment letting me know which you would like. I must have a way to contact you so please leave your email address unless I can find it on your blog. The contest will close on March 31st. I will contact the winners as well as post them on this blog.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Sorry About Post

I'm so sorry about my Meet and Greet post. We are unable to access the internet at this time. I will post as soon as possible.