Wednesday, December 11, 2013

More Quilts Etc. Blocks

If you read my blog regularly, you will have heard me mention belonging to a "First Saturday Block of the Month" group at a local quilt shop named Quilt's Etc. This year our theme is "Every Barn Tells a Story". We are given instructions for making a basic block that finishes at three inches or twelve inches. We are also given instructions for a barn with the three inch block featured on it. I have decided to do both blocks. Because the blocks are pretty basic, I decided to challenge myself and add hand applique to the twelve inch block. I get the instructions for the block and draw it out on graph paper and design an applique to compliment the block. I have done very little hand applique so it has been a learning experience, but I'm enjoying the process. Here are October's and November's blocks.

 I seem to have an inability to follow instructions and so every month I find myself redesigning the barns and adding more details. This can be a bit interesting and time consuming, but it's fun and makes the barn uniquely mine. I figure these blocks out using my Quilt Pro computer program. Here's my October and November barns. 

 November's barn was a real challenge to put together. I think they are going to be a little more simple from now on...maybe!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Let's Get This Quilt Together!

OK, so you've finished all your blocks. Now it's time to construct you 2013 BOM quilt. I have written the instructions and checked them numerous times, but due to my circumstances just now, I'm unable to actually put my quilt together using them. So if you encounter any problems, please email me and I will make corrections. The finished quilt will measure approximately 58 1/2" x 74 1/2".  Just right for a cozy lap quilt. So here's the finished quilt.
 Click here for the instructions. 
I would love to hear from any of you who have made these blocks and see pictures of your blocks or quilt! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

November and December's Blocks

This month's blocks come with an explanation and an apology. In looking back over my blog this year, it has been a bit sparse and infrequent. We have spent most of the year trying to sell our house. Things are now looking promising(keep your fingers crossed for us)! It's hard work to keep your house "show worthy" at all times. To cope with it all, I find myself reading instead of sewing. Like I said things are looking promising and we are hoping to move soon. I thought I would give you both November and December's blocks so that I don't have to worry about getting them to you in the process. I'm sorry not to have examples to show again, but I have checked and rechecked the instructions and feel that they are accurate. 
November's Block
 Click here for instructions.
December's Block
 Click here for instructions. 
I will get setting instructions written soon and post them so that you can finish your quilt!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Christmas Mantle Scarf

Sorry it been such a long time since I posted. I've been busy making gifts and costumes(more about that later). I recently had a lady inquire about where I got my Christmas mantle scarf pattern. Since it is my design and I usually like to offer a free Christmas pattern on my blog, I decided to write the instructions and offer them to my readers. First a picture of the actual scarf.
 Then my mantle with the scarf and decorations.
 Click here for the directions. I suggest you read the last page first. If you have any problems, please contact me. I hope you can use this pattern and enjoy it. I would love to see the results.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

October's BOM

I've been debating if I should be late with this month's pattern or if I should provide the pattern without having my blocks made. I've decided to give you the pattern and follow up with the blocks in a few days. So, here's the block.
 Click here for instructions. Check back later in the week, hopefully I'll have my blocks made and posted by Friday.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Quilt's Etc. BOM

I attend a class at a local quilt store called Quilt's Etc. We meet once a month usually on the first Saturday. Each year has a theme. Last year's theme was the old west. I actually finished the top of the quilt and will soon have it quilted. You can see it here.
This year's theme is barn quilts. We are given the choice of making a twelve inch block with the actual block or making a three inch block and setting it in a barn block that they have provided. I've decided to do both blocks. They provide the fabric and patterns for one of the blocks. We are given a choice of three different fabric themes. This year I chose Civil War fabrics. Here are my September blocks. First is the barn block made with the Civil War fabrics. I made a few changes to the block and ended up with a block a little bigger than the original.
 I also made the larger Ohio Star block. Since I used my civil war fabrics on the barn block, I decided to use some fabric that I won from the Henry Glass Blog. It is Hearthside Seasons by Kim Diehl. The background is not from the fabric line but I liked the way it looked with the other fabrics. I also decided to add an applique overlay and I'm thrilled with the results.
 I think this promises to be a fun and interesting year!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

September Blocks

Sorry to be a day late! Things have a tendency to get busy around here.

 Click here for instructions.
These blocks are not hard to make, but there are a lot of seams meeting in the same place in the center block. I ironed all my seams open to reduce bulk. To be honest I usually iron my seams open even if that is frowned on. There are some places that I obey the rules and iron the seams to one side, but I don't feel bound by this rule. I hope you enjoy these blocks!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Block of the Month Top Finished!

You may say. "That doesn't look like the Block of the Month we are working on this blog!" You're right, it's not. Instead, it's a block of the month that I have been working on since last September at a local quilt shop. We meet the first Saturday each month and receive a pattern packet. At the end of the year, we bring in our finished tops to show. This year our theme was cowboys. Not really my thing, but the the blocks were fun and I always learn so much. Plus the shop owners are such fun and the students bring such creative things to show and tell. So here are the results!
 It turned out way better than I expected and is kind of a fun and interesting quilt. Nothing about it is to my taste, but it is good to step out of your box sometimes and make something different!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August 2013 Block

Sorry to be a day late with this. Yesterday was a busy day. So without further ado, here is my block made with fabrics purchased for the quilt. 
 This is the scrappy one.
 To download instructions click here.
I hope you enjoy making this block. If you have been making these blocks, I would love to see them. Email a link or a picture of your work. My email address is in my profile.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Ho Ho Ho Blog Hop

First of all many thanks to Madame Samm and Carol for all their time and effort in organizing this blog hop. 
Today is my day, so lets get right to it. I found this little hanger(on sale, of course) about a year ago and have wanted to make something to go with it ever since. The hanger is so fancy I felt that the wall hanging should be equally ornate, so I borrowed this block from my 2012 BOM(still available in the tabs) and reduced the block to eight inches finished. Then I designed from there. Here is the finished product.
 I added the fancy tassel because it reminded me a bit of an old fashioned bell pull.
I love to design and make Christmas items so I thought I would share some of my designs from the past.
 The pattern for the tree skirt above is available in the Free Patterns tab.

 The tree skirt below is the only pattern I have ever published for sale.

 The next three tree skirts are basically the same pattern with minor changes, mostly in size.

 I designed this tree skirt for my sister who loves Mary Engelbreit and likes things a little funky.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Be sure to check out the rest of the featured blogs today. Here's the list.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

July's Block

It's time for another block. I enjoyed making this month's block. It's pretty simple and straight forward. So first for the planned block made from purchased fabric.
 Next my scrappy version.
 Click here for printable instructions.
I hope you enjoy making this one.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Finish and I Won!

Finally a finish! I didn't think I would ever finish this quilt. It just seemed to go on and on. Every time I sat down to work on it something seemed to come up and prevent me moving forward with it. I also wondered if it was actually going to work at all. At one point the corners were pretty wonky and didn't lie flat. As a wall quilt this was essential, but it finally came together.
 I did a ton of quilting on it. Here is a close up of one corner.
 The Henry Glass blog had a giveaway and to win you had to guess (or research) who designed the fabric in their header and I won! They sent me a bundle containing ten half yard cuts from Kim Diehl's Hearthside Seasons. 
 I'm working on designing something using these lovely fabrics so stay tuned. Thank you so much Henry Glass Fabrics!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Two Little Blocks

I just thought I would show you a couple of little block I made recently. They are both for the quilt guild that I belong to. First is a Little Witch block. This block along with eight others will go into a wall quilt that will be auctioned off at the annual meeting of the Utah Quilt Guild. The design is by Lisa Christensen and is from the October 1998 issue of McCall's Quilting. I thought it was a fun, fairly easy block to put together.
 Next is a redwork block designed by Darlene Zimmerman for Robert Kaufman. It is from the Lazy Daizy Baskets collection. It was a delight to stitch. The only thing I didn't like was that the fabric it was printed on was so thin. I feel that a denser weave would have been much nicer.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

June's Block

It's June twentieth already and time for another Block of the Month block. June's block is a variation of the log cabin block. I was told it is called geese in the corner, but as with many of these older blocks there may be other names. Here's mine.
Click here for the instructions.
 I thought you might like to see how the first six months look together. First, the planned ones made with fabric purchased for the quilt. 
 Next, the scrappy ones. At first I wasn't sure about these scrappy blocks, but now they are really growing on me. I think I will use a wood grain fabric that I've had forever to sash them. It seems to bring out the little brown squares in the blocks.
Sorry my posts have been so infrequent lately. We are still trying to sell our house and it takes a lot of time and effort to keep it show ready. Hopefully that will soon not be a problem(keep your fingers crossed). Of course, then it will be packing!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Follow Me Via Bloglovin'

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I guess I can't put it off any longer since Google Reader is ending:( I decided to go with Bloglovin'. I hope you'll join me there!
And just because I hate to post without any eye candy, here my profile picture. 

Friday, May 31, 2013

April's Blocks Finished Finally!

Just a quick post to show you my fabric versions of April's blocks.
The one on the left is my purchased fabrics block and on the right is my scrappy version.
 I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, May 20, 2013

May Block of the Month and the Answer to a Question

May's block is a super easy, fun block. Here is my block made from fabrics purchased for the project.
 This is my scrappy version.
 You can find the instructions here.
I promised to show you my fabric version of the April block as soon as I finished making them. I have been dealing with some health issues this month, which are hopefully nearly resolved. I'm hoping to have the blocks done in the next few days.
Now for the question. I had a no reply blogger ask what kind of sewing machine foot I used in my applique by machine. I use a applique foot. I sew with a Bernina sewing machine and the foot is number 20. It is open in the front so that you can see what you are stitching. 
 It also has kind of a fan shape on the bottom in the back which allows the stitches to pass under the foot smoothly.
 I have used an ordinary foot before, just make sure your zig zag stitch is tight enough to cover completely, but not so tight it bunches up the stitches and catches on the foot. I hope this helps. If you are interested in my machine applique technique, instructions can be found in the Printable Tutorials tab just below the header.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

April Block of the Month...Finally!

Before we start a little confession...I'm officially behind own my on BOM. I haven't made these blocks yet, things are just to crazy to have found the time. Getting ready to sell your house is hard work.
I thought I would show you the mock ups of the blocks and provide instructions so you can get to work on yours. When I've finished my blocks I will post them. Hopefully this is soon.
I have used my method of making flying geese in this block. If you need instructions go here.
 So first is the planned block
 Next is the scrappy block.

You can download the instructions here.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

B.O.M. is Going to Be Late

Just a quick note to let you know that this month's B.O.M. will be late. We are in the process of trying to sell our house. I hope to have everything ready to post by the 25th. So be sure to check back.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

April Showers Mug Rug Blog Hop

Today is my day on the April Showers Mug Rug Blog Hop. I had several ideas on just exactly how to make my mug rug. I finally decided that I wanted to combine my two favorite crafts...quilting and counted cross stitch. First I charted my designs on graft paper. I have a favorite alphabet that I wish I could say is completely my design, but instead I found it in an old issue of "Cross Stitch and Country Crafts". I'm not sure what issue(if you really want to know email me and I will try to find it). Here is my roughed out charts, as you will see I made changes as I went along.
I chose two fabrics for each design and selected floss to match. I stitched the designs and cut around the designs, leaving one half inch beyond the stitching.
Then I assembled them into my mug rug tops.
 I had originally planned to make one two sided mug rug, but I decided I wanted to be able to see them at the same time so I made two. I layered the rugs, batting at the bottom, then the backing right side up and finally the pieced top right side down. I pinned around the entire unit using my even-feed or walking foot, leaving the space between the arrows unsewn so that I could turn the whole thing right sides out.
Then I trimmed the edges even with the top and cut some of the corner off diagonally about one eighth of an inch from the stitching. I carefully turned the entire piece and hand stitched the openings closed. Then I quilted the two mug rugs and finally they are finished.
 I hope you like them!
If you would like to see more of today's mug rugs, I have included a list of today's participants. Many thanks to Erin and Madame Samm!
Kathy @ Kwilty Pleasures
Jill @ Apple Avenue Quilts
Cathy @ Cathy's Chatter
Quilter Kathy @ Kathy's Quilts
Marsha @ Quilter in Motion
Pat @ Life in the Scrapatch
Connie @ Shepody Mountain Crafter
Vickey @ Gingersnaps Quilts
Danielle @ A Geeky Crafty Life
Gwen @ Get More Done...Today
Rachel @ Sew Happily Ever After!