Tuesday, August 23, 2016

{ A Recent Bigfoot Sighting }

I'm getting a start on Christmas sewing. The last two weeks I've been working on Legendary by  Elizabeth Hartman.
This pattern makes me smile.




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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

{ Almost Forgot }

In between the other completed quilts I've made so far this year, I also finished this queen sized disappearing 9 patch for our guest bedroom. It was my first and possible my last quilt this size. 
It was rough basting it and quilting it on my home machine. 

Some of my quilting lines are a little wonky. Next time I'll be sure to mark the lines to be sure they're straight. I even ordered some extra fabric to make two throw pillows using the tutorial at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Disappearing 9 Patch
Fabric is Whitewashed Cottage
Size is 86 x 86




Friday, August 5, 2016

{ Three Years }

That's how long this UFO has been hanging around. It was all cut out but has spent the better part of three years in a project box. Why? I'm not sure. It may have had something to do with the 780 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" red squares that needed to be sewn on to 195 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangles.

Actually, it had everything to do with that. 
The original post can be found HERE

Oh My Stars!
Pattern by Make it Do
Finished size 50 x 68
Fabric: American Banner Rose and Friendship






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Friday, July 22, 2016

{ I've Been Busy }

Since last I wrote....

1) Finished the Manly Log Cabin quilt top Made the binding. Sent it off to the quilter.
2) Finished the Lollies Christmas quilt top. Made the binding. Sent it off to the quilter.
3) Made another Log Cabin 16x16 throw pillow.
4) Between all that made another disappearing 9 patch for the little girl from Joplin, MO. Details HERE
Her grandma sent me a message that her original quilt was so worn that it could no longer be mended. I had enough of the same fabric and made her a duplicate.
5) Pieced a Moda Love quilt top. I'm not looking forward to basting this beast so to the side it gets pushed.

Lollies came back from the quilter yesterday. I'm so happy with the finished project. The binding is already made so my Saturday project will be sewing it on and hand stitching it down. Then a label and it's really finished.

Lollies by Thimble Blossoms
Finished size 64x74
Ready, Set, Snow by Me & My Sister Designs with a little
Flurry by Kate Spain thrown in.
White on white dot from Riley Blake for the background





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Friday, May 20, 2016

{ Another first ~ An Envelope Back PIllow }

I had several left over blocks from the log cabin quilt and decided to try 
making a pillow.
I used THIS tutorial from Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts.

The process was really simple. For me, the hardest part was deciding what thread color to use for the quilting. Since the blocks have both dark and light areas, I wasn't sure whether to go dark or light with thread color. 
My first choice was to use a burgundy thread in a simple  X through the blocks. I didn't like how the dark thread looked in the light part of the block so I picked out the stitches and went with the cream thread. {Which I'm not really thrilled with either}


I'm wondering if I would like it better using dark thread and light thread. I'm not very confident machine quilting anything other than straight lines but I'd be willing to try on a small project like a pillow. 
I think I'm going to make another pillow to try it out. I'm also going to switch the dark/light placement on the next one.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

{ Progress on the Cabin }

I've finally finished adding all the rounds to the remaining blocks and trimmed them all using the Log Cabin Trim Tool. I had a little delay when I ran out of light colored prints and needed to order more.


 This is a lot of trimmings.


Purchasing the Log Cabin Trim Tool was really worth it. All the blocks are a  perfect 8 1/2 inches even though some of the rounds are a little wonky. 
Now comes the fun part.....trying to figure out the pattern to sew all these perfect blocks together in.
I planned on a 8x8 grid for a square quilt, which gives me several choices. I'll be on hands and knees this evening trying out all the options.
Me thinks it may be time for a design wall.







Thursday, March 3, 2016

{ First Time for a Log Cabin }

My husband complains that I'm always making things {socks, quilts} for other people and never for him.
I guess it's more of a statement than a complaint. So, I started knitting a pair of socks for him in October figuring I'd give them to him for Christmas. I got the first one done in record time for me and started the second sock. Then I had a finger injury which interrupted my knitting for two and a half months. Major bummer. Second sock is still being worked on ~  it should be done just in time for spring.

Anyway, I decided it was time to make make him a quilt too. So, his Log Cabin quilt jumped the line. I've never made a log cabin block before but I thought that it would work well ~  being a masculine block for a masculine guy ~ as long as the fabrics were masculine too, of course.

I love Primitive Gathering's fabrics so I chose to use Miniature Gatherings.


Just the right amount of MAN, with a little bit of woman thrown in. {After I took this photo I ordered several more 1/2 yard cuts of prints in the line for more variety.}  I love the colors. This quilt will match perfectly in our home.

I began cutting 2" strips of fabrics and sub-cutting them to the sizes specified in the Hope Blooms Log Cabin Block tutorial from Fat Quarter Shop. I was looking for a way to organized 8 sizes of strips. Walmart to the rescue. I picked up these drawer organizers. They work perfectly.

 

I splurged and ordered the 8" Log Cabin Trim Tool. Two thumbs up for this ruler. It's made the process so easy and accurate. The blocks finish up at a perfect 8 1/2 inches. Even if some of the interior rounds get a little wonky, the finished block will always be square. I'm all for being square.


I made the first six blocks one at a time, then decided to switch it up and work the remaining 62 blocks at the same time. Each stage of block construction happens on each of the remaining blocks. I'm liking it this way.


I've got 5 more pieces to add and all blocks, 64 for the quilt and 4 for a matching pillow, will be complete. Then the fun begins ~ choosing a pattern to assemble them in.

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