Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sneak Peak at Charming Flowers and Vines

The deadline is looming to finish a retirement quilt for a very good coworker friend.  Here are a few sneak peeks

  I got it all loaded on the Q'nique 21 yesterday and started quilting.
I have some brief instructions for this Star Flower...
And for these Posies, Leaves and Vines.  

Star Flowers

1.  Cut 3 flower fabric 4 3/4" squares. (or cut (1) 4 3/4" and (1) 9" x 4 3/4")

2.  Make 6 half square triangles (HSTs) see instructions below

3.  Cut (1) green square 4 3/4" and make (2) green/white HSTs
4.  Cut (4) 4 3/4" background squares for the corners
5.  Arrange as shown below and sew together

To make the six (HSTs), I have two methods.
First method:  Yields 2 HSTs.

1.  Cut (2) 5 1/4" squares (one colored square and one background fabric)

2.  draw a diagonal line on the wrong side of one of the squares.
3.  Place right sides together (RST) and Sew 1/4" from the line on each side of the line
4.  Cut on the line, press open and trim to 4 3/4"  
Second Method:  Yields 4 HSTs
1.  Cut (2) 7 3/8" squares (one colored fabric and one background fabric)
2.  Place (RST) and sew around the perimeter of the square (1/4" seam allowance)
3.  Cut diagonally twice (corner to corner)
4.  Press open and trim to 4 3/4"

Vines and Leaves

To make the vines, cut 1" strips on the bias, connect with a angled seam (to prevent bulk).  Pull through this bias tape maker and press with a little steam as you go.  Yields 1/2" bias tape you can then position into the curving shape you like and stitch down with your favorite applique method.
To make the leaves
1.  Cut out leaves in your choice of shape and size.  Place RST with a backing fabric (you could use muslin or the same fabric you cut your leaves from)

2.  Sew together leaving a scant 1/4" seam

3.  Make little clips in the backing fabric and pull out the right side.

4.  Press, rolling the backing in a little 
4 1/2" block (unfinished)

CUT for each posie
1.  (3) 2 1/2" squares (flower fabric)
2.  (2) 1 1/2" back ground fabric
3.  (1) 1 1/2" green fabric
4.  Stem:  1 3/4" back ground square (cut diagonally) and 1" x 2 1/4" green strip
5.  (5) 1 3/8" back ground squares (draw a diagonal line on each

Snow ball three corners of each 2 1/2" square
1.  Place the 1 3/8" back ground square on corner as shown, leaving about 1/4".
2.  Sew (green stitching) inside the diagonal line (red)
3.  cut on the red line (you can use this triangle piece for another corner as shown)
Sew Stem piece together as shown and trim to 1 1/2" square
Sew the other 1 1/2" pieces together as shown

Sew all 4 pieces together and trim to 4 1/2" square
I'll share the completed quilt in a couple weeks!  Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Gifts for Pinner's Conference

I've been a busy elf, fashioning some gifts for my friend, to give away at her class, Christmas Traditions, Pinners Utah 2017

A Snowman scene Christmas Pillow, a Christmas Village table topper, and two Christmas tree mug rugs.  I'm going to go look for a couple of mugs and something to sit on the table topper to give away too!

Follow the link to find out more and get your discount code for Pinners!

I'll be there too!  So hope you stop by to say hi and maybe win a Christmas gift!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Pumpkins and Pantographs

Fall is in the Air
Pumpkins harvested from the garden pumpkin patch.

Walking with neighbors in the crisp morning air. 

An impulse buy at the State Fair.  Yikes what was I thinking??
This Q'nique 21 was set up Monday.  After adding some borders this quilt top was loaded and pantograph quilting begun.
First Row done.

Edge to edge quilting complete and now just needs some binding.
Looking forward to more quilting!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

Saturday, August 19, 2017

"Walking the Neighborhood" Mini Quilt

Do you walk with your friends in your neighborhood?
I'm lucky to have a couple friends to walk with in Eagle.  Sometimes we drive down to this hill and walk on some hiking paths and sometimes we stay close to home.
 This morning, as I was finishing up the quilting on this mini to give to a friend, I was thinking what to call it... Home Sweet Home, There's no Place Like Home, Home is Where the Heart is.... and then
 I got a text from her saying, "How about walking the neighborhood?" and it seemed to be the perfect name!

 The morning filtered light is sure a contrast, compared to the second picture with the afternoon light.
So this morning we did go walking in the neighborhood and this afternoon I finished up the quilt with gray binding and will take it over to her soon.
Credit: My quilt is a version of Quilt Hollow's mini quilt based off a Carrie Nelson (her blog with wonderful things is LaVieEnRosie) pattern called Tiny Town and I found a tutorial here.  Here is the darling mini by Quilt Hollow with link to go to her blog.
Linking up at Busy Hands Quilts and Freemotion by the River

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Stripes and Stars Pillow UPDATE

Here are a couple updated pictures with the pillow cover quilted.
Lots of changing the white and red thread.  Blue stars quilted with swirls after the straight line quilting all done

The straight line quilting did shrink it vertically by about 1/2" so it looks square now.

I found this free pattern on the Moda Cutting Table blog.  It is designed by Carrie Nelson.
 I forgot my plan to do some quilting prior to making it into a pillow cover and thought it looked great anyway, but as I look at this photo, I think I will go ahead and take it apart and do the quilting to give it a little more body so it sits nicer.

Here you can see it with the patriotic, George Washington crossing the Delaware print in the background.  The professionally cut double mat from Michaels frames it just right.
The pillow cover looks longer than it is wide but it's actually square.  I guess it's an optical illusion.  I'm going to do straight line quilting horizontally and I think it will make it look more square.
These are the pillows made by Carrie.  There is also a pattern for the single star pillow both at the link here.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Show off Saturday

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Graduation Quilt Complete

Big Nines for my nephew.
Original Post when it was just a flimsy here with link to Amanda's tutorial

Adding a few with the garden.  These flowers are really vibrant.  The picture doesn't do them justice.
Here by the pumpkin patch
There's a pumpkin runner on the berm and you can see the vegetable garden boxes.  We were so amazed by how these plants flourished this summer.  After we planted them last September, they were cut down and mulched in the late fall and covered with 2 feet of snow in the winter.

You can just see the biggest pumpkin still dark green hiding beneath the leaves.  There are several other smaller ones.
Here's some delicious zucchini, fresh from the garden, sliced, egg washed, floured, sauteed, and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.

One more of the garden boxes and berm.  Zucchini on the left.  We haven't got any red tomatoes or bush beans yet but got an Anaheim pepper and made some salsa!

Happy Saturday!  Thanks for stopping by.
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Keepsake Christmas Quilting and Pinners Con

Watching Hallmark Christmas movies while Christmas sewing in July is one of the best things!
One goal is to make a Keepsake Mini Quilt for a drawing to give away in my best friend's class.
The class will be presented at Pinners Utah this November.  I went with her last year and it was great fun with lots of classes to choose from and all kinds of vendors and even free stuff!  It's a great Girls weekend! 
Here's a link if you want to find out more and get the discount code.
This little framed quilt has a fussy cut 6 1/2" center.

Needs another red border.
This one has a patchwork center with Christmas village scenic borders.
The patchwork squares are 2" (1 1/2" finished) with 3 1/4" fussy cut borders.  It finishes a little over 12" square.

 It was fun pulling out the Christmas fabrics and getting in the Christmas spirit!
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Show Off Saturday

Thursday, July 6, 2017

God Bless America, Land that I Love!

A couple days late, but I love to keep my Americana decor out into August anyway. 

It's always nice to finish, but three finishes is triple the wonderfulness!
I started this a year or two ago.  (And have another one partially finished)
All it needed was quilting and binding.  I'm going to add little red heart buttons to the star centers.

I used the free Craftsy single layer binding tutorial but increased to 1 3/8" for the width on the dark blue one and it was better.
Let Freedom Ring!

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation and Crazy Mom Quilts

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Independence Day Mini

Celebrating a holiday is just a little nicer when you can sew something and put out some handmade creations!  I have quite a few patriotic UFOs but still chose to start something new!  I just gotta do it!
I often make two thinking it isn't much more trouble to make another at the same time.  And it isn't, but definitely I'd probably have less UFOs if I only made one thing at a time.

I just have to finish appliqueing 3 more stars and then I should be able to finish them both up before the 4th!  I can hardly wait to put it on the little quilt stand!

This is my version of a connecting threads pattern and they also have a quilt kit.
12in Treasures - Flag Kit
click the link above for the pattern and/or the kit
And here's a little sneak peak at a gift I'm making with charm squares

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Busy Hands Quilts