Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Win, Winter Block, and Something Different

I was lucky enough to be chosen by the Sew4Home blog to receive a fat quarter stack of Downton Abbey Christmas fabric. If you haven't visited Sew4Home you really should. It has wonderful free projects, helpful tutorials, and interesting product reviews. Click here to visit their site. Now for the pictures! First the fat quarter stack.
Now the fabrics spread out.
Aren't they pretty!
I finished the winter block of my four seasons quilts and have to say I'm liking it. 
I'll be back with all four seasons quilts when I finish quilting them.
Finally I've been working on some gifts for my granddaughter. The first was supposed to be for Easter, but the fear mental block raised it's ugly head and I just overcame it and finished them about a week ago. Both of these projects are made from "Mellie" panels and complete instructions included. That said I didn't make mine like instructed(if you follow my blog regularly you may be sensing a trend). So without further ado. Here is poor little flat bunny.
She need some stuffing and clothing badly. Here she is completed.
I finally deliver her last week to my granddaughter last week. She was loved. 
I also made Lola the Ladybug. She will be part of my granddaughter's first birthday gift. The party is this evening!

 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

August Miniature and Small Quilts with a Free Pattern

It's August 20th and time for this months free patterns. I hope you are enjoying these patterns. I would sure love to see any projects you make from them, just send me a photo or link. My email is in my profile. So now on to the projects. 
First the mini.
Again the blocks measure 2 3/4" square and the quilt finishes at about 8 1/2" square.
Now for the small quilt.
The blocks measure 5 1/2"square and the quilt finishes at 17" square.
You can download the instructions here.
I hope you enjoy these patterns!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Finish and Three New Projects

First let start with the finished project. My great nephew is getting married(does that make me sound old or what). For his fiancee's shower I made a set of pot holders to go with our kitchen themed gift. I tried to pick colors I thought they would like. I think the hearts in the background are appropriate.
Now for the new projects. I'm making set of 12 1/2" season blocks to go on a table top stand. These will be donated as a raffle basket to the Utah Quilt Guild from the local guild that I belong to. I've had a lot of fun designing and making them. I still lack the winter block but it's ready to sew. Completion is in sight!
Spring
Summer
Autumn
The buttons are not sewn on yet. I'm waiting for the quilting to be completed. I'll be back with the winter block pictures soon.

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.