Friday, March 10, 2017

Blue Butterfly Churn Dash Quilt

Started to work on my blue churn dash quilt the other day.
I mentioned it in my Feb. 22 post.

 I found this on Pinterest...

...and fell in love with it.

So shopped online and found some fabric I love.
Changed my mind about the white/cream fabric a 
couple of times and finally chose my favorite white
pin dot I get from JoAnn's. It mimics the dots in the blue fabric.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Basement sewing

I have been busy making plaid star blocks for a quilt for Joe.
It'll be just like the one I made this last summer, only a queen size
and not on the diagonal.

I bought 6 yards of background fabric and it just won't be enough to cut the
side and corners for a queen size quilt. 

I've tried to buy more of the background but it's not available anymore. :(
 This layout takes sooooooo much fabric!!!!!

I started to make it a charm quilt, only using a print once in the quilt, 
but that fell by the wayside. 

I now have 26 blocks to work with and will be starting to sew the rows together 
soon. I really love making these blocks!


I took 3 quilts in to be quilted and got them back last Friday.
Today I finished up the binding on this baby quilt.
It's now ready to find a baby!

I also got the Scrap Bin quilt back, along with a pink baby quilt.
Not sure which I'll choose to bind next.


 Found something else on Pinterest!

Found this picture of the red squares and thought it would look good
on my wall of quilts that I want to have someday.
I have been collecting lots of reds and lots of red prints on white and cream
for quite awhile now.
Time to dig in that pile!

It was difficult to keep everything straight and on track with the correct 
measurements and I made quite a few mistakes. 
But it is finished. 
It finished at 24 inches square.
Just need to back it and perhaps hand quilt it.

Not a great photo. :(

I had some leftover cuts and put them together to make a mug rug.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Mistakes and dreams

Well, I put the table runner aside until I get a backing for it.
The triangles I "wasted" I made into half square triangles.
I plan on making a few mug rugs with them or a table square for the living room.
To be finished later........


I have received the scrap bin quilt back from the quilter and I chose to bind it
with a jade green binding.
I ordered 1/2 yard,

Here it looks a little blue, but it is more green actually,

It looks really good with the backing!

unfortunately I needed 1 more strip.......
so I had to order more.......

I finished hand sewing most of the binding just
leaving enough room to add another strip later......... 

I think it is going to really work for this really scrappy quilt.


I found this on Pinterest and really really want to make it.

I found this fabric on line and will make the churn dash background out of the
blue and will use the butterfly print on the backing.
I just need an off-white for the front.
Can't wait to start this one!!!!!!!

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Very Warm February !

This February we have had wonderful weather. Yeah, for a few days
we've had cold weather, ( 23 degrees ) but all in all it has
been absolutely fantastic.
Tomorrow it will be about 60 degrees!
And for the next week it should be in the high 50's to low 60's !


Today I worked on a Halloween table runner and almost
ruined it!
It is a pattern from Pat Sloan.

:( I didn't read the directions! :(

I bought a charm pack and didn't cut them down to 4 1/2 " like the
directions said. So my table runner will be huge! And I didn't have
enough black and grey fabric left in the charm pack to do the next step!

I did do ok with appliquéing the pumpkins and stars on the background.
 I used this method:

I windowed the iron on fusing paper and then used telephone paper on the back
to stabilize the machine buttonhole stitching around the appliqué.
I then set my machine to this setting.

-This pic is for me to remember what the setting was for future projects.-

Here is a close up of the pumpkin.

Tomorrow I'll have pics of what I've been doing with the black and grey border.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Winter blahs

I'm suffering from the winter blahs.
I have several projects that need to be finished up but
lack the enthusiasm to finish them.
I need to add borders to a couple but I can't measure them 
correctly because I don't have the table space to have them laid out properly.
My knees won't allow me to get on the floor to measure the center and the sides.
I want to make larger quilts but will have to figure out a solution to this problem.


This morning I made another zippered purse for myself.
I picked up a very cute butterfly print at Mara's a few weeks ago.
It has purple and gold butterflies on it, I fell in love with the purple one!

I usually use the same format for the front as on the back but
this time I used the full pattern for the back to better show the butterfly.

I enjoyed making this one and am extremely glad that I was
able to insert the zipper correctly on this one. So many
times it is hit or miss with the zipper.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Picnic Quilt progress

 I've been working on the Picnic quilt. Slowly getting the blocks 
together with the white print.
So far this week I manage to do 2 rows per day.
This afternoon I was able to do 3 rows. There is a total of 13 rows in
the pattern and I'm not sure if I will be 
 adding any rows to this quilt or not. We shall see.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Snowing again!

Today it started snowing again, we were very lucky during the holidays
to have decent weather and most of the 30 inches of snow we had
on the ground is gone. But this afternoon we have been enjoying a very
pretty snowfall. Lots of fluffy snowflakes! And I don't have to go anywhere 
until tomorrow!!! :)

I found some fabric for the backing for the Scrap Bin quilt.
I was only able to get 2 1/2 yds. at JoAnn's so I wasn't able
to make the quilt quite as long as I wanted but I saved some 
money.  Then I found it online but it was too late. So some quilts 
just decide for themselves what they are going to be.

This is the print I found at JoAnn's.
It's going to be a wild quilt but I like it.

I had been considering this print online but I saved a bunch getting
it from Joann's.

I can't wait to see how it turns out!


So then I needed to pick up another project to work on. I found one I 
had started earlier this year. I had been wanting to make this for years! I 
think I got this book in the early 90's when I was working at Minnesota 

It's shown as a picnic quilt but I don't know if
I'll be using it as such.

I do love me some red, white and blue quilts.
It's a simple design but I'm having a bit of trouble with the
square in a square part of the design. I won't let it win though.
I'll get it done right. If not I have LOTS of red and white 
fabric to start over! LOL!

The cuts for the red triangle is a little small so I had to make it larger, then 
I am able to get the 1/4 inch seam right. But I have to adjust and trim all the blocks
which is a pain but it will turn out in the end.


I needed a new purse to carry my  money at work, the old one was
getting a little gross. So I tried to make one using a sewing print but
it was too big and somehow it got twisted after I stitched up the sides.
That one I'll use to store sewing supplies. So I made a smaller one
which turned out great.
I do love to hand stitch the lining in. It is so much easier that trying
to machine stitch it in.

I really love this print and was very happy I had the red to match.

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Scrap Bin quilt continues

I'm still working on the Scrap Bin quilt.
I did add a few fabrics from the stash to get a little more 
variation in the prints. 
Shh! Don't tell anyone!

I pulled in some birthday cake fabric and some Dory fabric.
I also dug down deep in one of the bins and found some more of
these prints. I love the robot print and the happy caterpillars!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve

Merry Christmas!

Hope everyone is having a great Christmas with lots
of good food and lots of presents!


Today I took a couple of photos of the snow, we've lost quite a bit since
the major snowstorm from a few weeks ago. In some places you can
even see green grass! Yippee!
Joe is a fanatic about his snow removal, we are one of a few that has
their sidewalk completely free of snow!
He is amazing!

I do hate the look of the dirty snow though, wish it could be white and 
pretty as a fresh snowfall all the time!

I also went in the back to see how much snow has melted. By
the back porch I made one of our neighbors quite upset by going back there!

You should have seen the dirty looks he was giving me! And
his tail was wagging and shaking a lot! I guess he was letting
me know just how irritated he was with me! LOL!!!
So I left him alone and went back to where I belonged, in the house!

I'm still working on the Scrap Bin quilt, I want it to be twin size, so I
figure it should be 70" x 90".  
Maybe I'll be able to work on it tomorrow.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

End of the year ramblings...

I have finished  up several quilts this year and wanted to take some better
photos of them , so I started to pile them up on my couch.
Wow! A big pile! :)

So to go through each one:

This is the Grand Illusion made from Bonnie Hunter's 
free mystery quilt from about two years ago.
I was not of fan of the chaos so I didn't finish it with the
border she designed. It is not my colors and not a pattern I would have
chosen to do. But the more I live with it, the more I like it.
Like I said it was way "out of the box" for me in both colors and 
I kinda think of it as a happy quilt now.

This is a purple waterfall quilt. I had lots of purples from the 
Half-square Triangle quilts I had been making so I decided to use them up.
I think this pattern was on Missouri Quilt Co. website.

This is one of the Half-Square Triangle quilts I made.
I cut so many blocks that I made two two of these, with more blocks 
waiting to be made into a quilt.
But I'm getting a little tired of purple!!!!

This is a baby quilt I made after seeing one like it somewhere, probably Pinterest.
It was made using leftover dresses from a little girl. Since I don't have 
any of Nancy's dresses any more I improvised, I bought a few dresses from Goodwill and used those.
Then just used some fabric that I had for the rest of the hearts.

This quilt I made several years ago, but just got it quilted this year. I'm really 
starting to like it!
The bright green really makes this quilt.

This photo shows the backing I used. I fell in love 
with this green stripe.

I never buy quilt kits, but this one spoke to me.
I love it! The colors and the prints were great! 
I just didn't add the rick-rack as I don't like the 
way it looks after it's washed. I plan on making 
another one in different colors sometime.

I love I-Spy quilts, and I will be making more of them.

This is a filmstrip quilt that I made on a field trip with my 
sister this last summer. She used white as her background.
I was able to find enough 2 1/2 inch squares to make a charm
filmstrip quilt sometime soon. Maybe this summer....

This is a quilt my sister made for me for Christmas.
We spent our vacation time in Lancaster, Pa. two years ago.
We visited lots of quilt stores and bought lots of fabric!
We helped the local economy a lot that year! 

This is a half-square triangle quilt made with 30's fabrics.
Love that block!

One of my favorite quilts, the plaid star quilt. Definitely will
be making another one, bigger though.

A postage stamp quilt, lots of 2 1/2 inch squares, some from the early 
2000's when I participated in the millennium swaps. I had a lot of "uglies"
were used, but since there are so many squares they won't be noticed much.

About 3 or 4 years ago I made this Halloween quilt and had it quilted.
I threw it up on my pile of quilts that needed binding and it sat there
for a few years. This fall around Halloween I pulled it down and decided to finally 
bind it. While I was stitching away I found some missed stitches that the quilter did.
Since it was so long ago I really can't do anything about it now, but it has spoiled this 
quilt for me. Check out the picture below this one. There are several places where the 
stitching is bad.

That's all I have for now, I can show more in another post. Maybe after the holidays.