Saturday, June 3, 2017

Big Nines

When I saw Amanda's Big Nines last week, I thought it would be a great quilt for my nephew who is graduating from high school.

Hers is a big 9 patch with 9 blocks but I needed this one to be bigger so it's 4 blocks across and 5 down

The blocks are 15" unfinished so finished the quilt will be about 58 x 73"

Here's Amanda's.  She has a tutorial.

Linking up with Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Little Pink Purse

My daughter asked me to make a little pink purse for her little neighbor girl who likes to visit and play with her chihuahua, Sammy.
Here it is and I even had a little dog charm on hand and attached it to the handle.
I made a tutorial in case you'd like to make one for your little girl.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Scrappy Purple and green table topper in Progress

I found 10 scrappy UFO blocks and the purples and greens made me enthusiastic to figure out what to do with them so....

I sewed a 9 patch then...
I cut a square of purple about an inch bigger than the 9 patch and cut that square diagonally twice to make the corner square triangles.

Now I'm wondering if I should add some borders and make it larger

This green and maybe another purply?
If you want to make some of these blocks, here are some cutting instructions.
The small square is 3 1/4", the borders are 1 7/8" (once sewn together you get a 6" square).
The bordering triangles are made from a 7 3/8" square and then cut diagonally twice (Cut one square for each block).  Randomly border each side with a contrasting triangle (the resulting block is 8 1/4"). 

Linking up with Freemotion by the River, Crazy Mom Quilts, and Busy Hands Quilts

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hour Glass Trellis Quilt Top

Just finished flimsy waterfall backdrop.
What a difference a day makes.
Yesterday there was a snowstorm and today it's sunny and nice.

The parent squares are 12 1/2" sewn diagonally and cut to get 2 HSTs.  Then iron open hst.  Place two different HSTs rst and again sew and cut on the diagonal to get an 11 1/2" unfinished hour glass blocks.  Sashing is 2" strips.

Here's yesterday's snowstorm.

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts and Busy Hands Quilts

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Pastel Bunny Mini Quilt with some instructions

Easter Mini Wall Hanging with a little patchwork and a little applique.
All finished!

Some of the fabrics even match this little table runner I made a few years ago.
I embroidered on some eyes for the bunnies and chicks and some bows on the bunnys' necks and on the easter basket.  I used all 6 threads.
I added some machine free motion quilting on my domestic machine.
I'm going to add another line of embroidery between the bunny and basket and between the basket and chicks, like I did below the pink bunny.

Finished size is 12 1/2 x 14 1/2"

Supplies needed
Light weight heat and bond
embroidery floss
batting and backing 12 1/2 x 14 1/2"
(1) 8 1/2 x 10 1/2" background
(22) 2 1/2" squares for the border
matching scraps for the appliqued bunnies, chicks, basket and eggs

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Eagle Medallion Finish and Quilt project for Teddy

Infatuation I was able to present a finished quilt to honor my coworker at her retirement party.
I probably shouldn't say so, but I love how it turned out.
 The idea for the quilt design began because she and her family are patriots.  Her husband served in the Navy and her son is currently serving in the Navy in some kind of special operations.  
The eagle is special because a few years ago, as she was hiking up Mission Peak in Fremont, she snapped a photo of an eagle and to this day has that as her cover photo on her phone.  (The quilt should be displayed with the feet of the eagle down)
My grandson, Teddy (Theodore) is 20 days old.  I'm still working on just the right project for him
This is the crib bumper I was working on, but stopped since crib bumpers aren't recommended.
  Now I'm trying to decide whether to make it into something else like a quilt.  I think I could cut it apart and sew pieces of the vertical striped fabric to connect the pieces and then requilt those areas, but I don't feel very enthusiastic for now anyway.
So I started making granny squares with some 2" squares.

The bunny center is fussy cut from some Tasha Tudor RJR fabric I love.  (blurry --I really need a new camera)

Squares finish at 7" unfinished.

This unfinished quilt is for Thea, a little baby born to a coworker a few days after Teddy was born.  I think I can get it loaded on the quilting machine soon.

It will be cute with the prairie point border, especially if I can get a better camera!  Looks much better in person than in these photos.

 Teddy's parents took him to a work picnic but it seems kind of cold and blustery out so hopefully they'll get home soon.  Thanks for visiting.  Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation and Crazy Mom Quilts

P.S.  I have a little hole in my heart for my dear Riley, only 2 1/2 years old, lost last Friday to mouth cancer.  I hope to greet her in heaven some day and hug her tightly.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Eagle Medallion Quilt Progress

This project is sort of like figuring out a puzzle since I'm designing and writing and testing the pattern as I go.  Don't worry about that lower border not lining up correctly, it's not sewn on or even cut yet.

It's very exciting figuring out what the next section will look like.  I modeled the center medallion after a quilt I saw on Amish Country Quilts but wanted the setting triangles to be more interesting but hope it's not getting too busy.  My daughter doesn't like the yellow but it can be a symbol of hope, remembrance, peace, and honor.  I do love the look of the mitered red and white stripes at the corners.  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by!
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Works in Progress

I wish I had a few things finished but at least there is progress and I have all day to sew! 
Here is the start of a crib bumper that is for my first little grandchild coming next month.  It's made from a panel called A Child's Garden of Verses.  I'll show you this later in Teddy's white crib.

My coworker, Katherine will be honored in March and I'm working on a retirement quilt for her.  I've chosen a patriotic theme for her quilt as she and her husband are patriots!
Here's an eagle I sketched out on heat and bond and ironed onto fabric.  Now to choose a back ground fabric to applique it on.  I am making a version of this quilt I saw on Amish Country Quilts.

Here is a bit of progress.  I'll include some cutting instructions in a future post.
Lastly another coworker is having a baby girl, due the same time as my little grandson.  My manager usually makes baby quilts and retirement quilts for my coworkers but her sewing foot is broken so luckily I can help out.  She had a UFO-- some 12 disappearing 4 patches (DFPs) blocks and gave them to me along with the left over layer cake she made them from.
 I decided to make star blocks but couldn't incorporate the all the DFPs so bordered for of them and each block is 15" and so the quilt will be approximately 43" square.  Aren't the little owl's cute?

To finish it off I'm going to make a prairie point border from 2" squares.  I hope the prairie points will bring all the bright colors together and flatter the stars!
Thanks for stopping by!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Candle Mat Gifts with Tutorial

I been sewing these quick coasters that make perfect candle mats.

A Sea of Candles and Candle Mats
Packing up each one into a cellophane bag and adding a few kisses creates...
A Sweet little gift!

Candle Mat Tutorial
1.  Cut out 5 squares 1/2" larger than the desired finished size.  (Mine are 4 3/4")
                             2.  Fold 4 of them diagonally and press.    

 3.  Place triangles in the configuration above
4.  Use a Glue stick to secure the configuration (works much better than pinning)
5.  (Optional) Sew on a label on the 5th side (create with freezer paper method)

6.  Sew the 5th square to the triangle sections, right sides together all around the perimeter.
7.  Clip the corners and then turn right side out and press.

Original Coaster tutorial here.
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

Saturday, December 17, 2016

And a Little More Christmas

Merry Christmas to You!
When I saw a Christmas pillow post on A Quilting Life, I really wanted to make one.
I made little houses and trees blocks and then used the tutorial from Nana Co. that has been so popular for years, for the small block border and embroidery.  This is a pillow cover.

For the pillow, I reworked this piece that I made in a Free Motion Quilting challenge a couple years ago.
Lastly, here it is with the Christmas Quilt I made in the Quilt Along with Quilt Doodle Doodle a few years ago!
Thanks for dropping by!

Linking up with Finished or Not Friday and Fabric Frenzy Friday and Crazy Mom Quilts

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Return to Christmas Corner: Gifts and Attic Window Pillow

After a Christmas sewing hiatus, I finally restarted!  Tis the Season!
I've been working on some candle mats to go with the 48 votive candles in glass I got from Amazon ($32.99).

The link to the pattern for the trees is here (I made my trunks narrower) and the coaster mats here (looks complicated but so easy!)
  These gifts go along with the Christmas message to Light the World to do small things each day in December to brighten and lighten lives.  Here's a link to the advent calendar of suggestions and a link here to the inspirational video.

And here's the attic window pillow using winter scene yardage.

I made an attic windows tutorial for a Christmas in July project back in 2013 with The Crafty Quilter (she has lots of wonderful things on her blog).  You can see my tutorial here.

I started with some old fabric I bought years ago.  It's craft grade so not suitable for a quilt but just fine for a wall hanging or pillow.

I cut out this 12 inch piece

Cut it into nine 4" squares

The sashing is 1 1/2" with 2" squares cut diagonally to make the corner angle.

And the window grids are 1" strips.

I'm now thinking maybe I should have kept it a wall hanging rather than a pillow.  But I've got more of that fabric and I think I'll do a little more fussy cutting to get the scenes in the windows more to my liking.
Thanks for dropping by!
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts