Saturday, March 21, 2015

Today Is National Quilting Day

It was a great day for a Quilt Bee since this is National Quilting Day.  The Quilt Bee Committee did a lot of background work and made up kits for us all to work on.  They found patterns on the Internet from Moda Bakeshop and made a definite effort to find simple easy patterns so that we could finish the quilt top in one day.  There were between 25-30 ladies at the Community Centre working all day except for a wonderful lunch that the Committee supplied.

Who would have thought that blue and green would look so nice together.

What man wouldn't love to have that on his bed.

A bright spring like quilt

A Wonky four patch.

Frog's Galore

Green and Purple go well together in this quilt.

So simple but so nice.

Maria and I made this one.  It almost looks tropical.  It is called Interwoven also from Moda Bakeshop.  We were given 5 inch squares and cut them into 2 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch rectangles and then added a 2 1/2 inch white square.

There were at least 8 or 9 other quilt tops that were worked on at the bee but didn't get finished.
It was a wonderful day and thoroughly enjoyed by all.


Friday, March 13, 2015

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, No It's a UFO

I have been very busy getting my UFO's finished and having a fun time doing it.  It is so nice to see these quilts finally made.  My brain is still full with more quilts that I want to make but I still have 2 more to go to complete the challenge.

Windy Days

I found this quilt on Moda Bake shop.  I used a lot of leftover triangles and half-square triangles that I had saved from other projects.  Some of the larger squares are leftovers from borders from previous quilts.

Anita's Grecian Wrench

I found this quilt in a Quiltmaker magazine November/December 2014.  It is made with a template that you copy and place on 2 eight inch squares right sides together and sew on the dashed lines, then cut on the solid lines.  It was really neat because there is no squaring up to do on the half-square triangles.  I just had to cut off the dog ears.  Everything was exactly 3 1/2 inches.


This is another Moda Bake shop.  I pop in every so often and find lots of quilts that I can use some of my scraps in.  I just added white to all those .

Flying South.

I don't remember where I found this pattern.  It is made with 4 1/2 inch squares made into half-square triangles.  Most of the fabrics in this quilt were pieces left over from backings or quilts that I have made.  I also see a black and yellow fabric that I used to make a purse.

I did a zig-zag quilt motif to bring out the geese pattern.

Two more to go to complete my 10 UFO's.  


Sunday, March 1, 2015

New Door Hangings

A few years ago a blog that I follow had a block of the month and it was seasonal door hangings.  I had completed all of them but had not quilted them.  This February I decided that I needed a new one for my front door and I should finish one for St. Valentine's day.  When I went through the ones that I had I noticed one for St. Patrick's day also so I decided to finish both of them off.

The hearts appear to be coming out of the envelope.
I needed a new one for my front door and this was so cute.

Shamrocks for St. Patrick's day and even a pot of gold.

These aren't free anymore since they were started in 2012 but you can purchase them from Country Junktion.


Monday, February 23, 2015

Two More UFO's Finished

This UFO Challenge that the guild put out to it's members has been very good for me.  I am keeping focused and have completed 2 more.

Twisted Shamrock

I started this little wall hanging a few years ago by sewing the squares together but never got around to cutting out the twister squares.  I had borrowed a small twister from a friend and still didn't complete it.  I think the push came when the challenge was announced.  Glad to have it finished just in time for St Patrick's day.

Tiny Bits

I had gathered all the children fabrics together for this one and even cut out a few of the squares but put it aside to start something else.  The pattern came from a book that I got for Christmas called "Perfect Quilts For Pre-cut Fabrics".  As soon as I saw the tittle I immediately thought of scraps.  You were suppose to use charm squares but I fussy cut some of my fabrics to showcase them.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

UFO Challenge

The Program Chairperson at our guild has put out a UFO Challenge.  This is something that suits me because I constantly seem to be thinking about making a new quilt when I already have a dozen or so partially started.  I see a pattern, like it, and then choose fabric and make at least one of the squares.  Then someone (daughter, sister, friend) asks me to make a baby quilt for them, so the quilt that was started is put aside and becomes a UFO.  

I am trying desperately to keep focused and just work on my UFO's and it is working to some degree.  I have also finished 2 door hangings this week and 4 placemats.  No pictures of them yet.

Two of my finished UFO'S

Not Batik Patches

Anyone who follows this blog knows that I have hundreds of 2 1/2 inch squares, so when I found this pattern I had to change it to use up some of those squares.  The pattern is called Batik Patches but since I didn't use Batik I decided to rename it.  I found the pattern HERE

Sunny Chevron

I had made a quilt using 5 inch squares made into half square triangles and these are the leftovers (I made twice as may as I needed for the last quilt) plus a few more added to make the quilt 36 x 48.  When I found the pattern I thought it was ideal to use up some of my 5 inch scrap squares.  The pattern can be found at HERE

YKW cleaned the deck off for me so that I could take a few pictures.  Yesterday it snowed again and hit us with 20 cm. so it was a good thing I took the pictures when I did.


Monday, February 9, 2015

A New Baby Quilt

My daughter asked me to make a Baby Quilt for a friend of hers.  She found one and I thought it would be a good one since it was just squares of baby fabric.  The reason she picked it was that she liked the quilting but it was all hand quilted so she didn't get that one.  

She found one in an old Fons and Porter Baby Quilts Magazine dated winter 2008.

A Star is Born

It was suppose to have small triangles around the edge to look like prairie points but instead I chose  small square. I like to change a pattern to make it my own so that was my little change to this one.


Saturday, January 31, 2015

I'm Back

It has been a while since I did any blogging.  Things have been busy with Christmas and I had to visit my brother in Tallahassee.  He has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's so Lynda and I decided that we should go down there and see how he is coping.  Also I have not posted anything that I made for Christmas gifts.

I will start with Christmas gifts.

Joyce's sewing kit,

Maria's sewing kit.

Pierina's sewing kit.

Christine's sewing kit.

Terry's Remote control holder.  A Habs fan.

Lynda's remote control holder.  A rooster fan.

Carole's remote control holder.  She loves flowers.

Colleen's remote control holder.  A cat fan.

New Placemats for Meals on Wheels.

When I travel I carry a first aid kit but it was always in a pencil case so I made a new pouch to carry all my supplies.

A new make-up pouch for me.

When I visited Lynda in December she had purchased new fabric in Europe on her last trip and wanted me to make her a dark purse that she could use in the winter months.  I put lots of pockets in it and also a false gusset on the top.

Everyone in my family has a quilt made by me except my brother Bill.  When we went to visit him I decided that I would take him a quilt.  It isn't fancy since I had very little time to make it.  He said he liked it and had put it on his bed.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Busy with Scraps

Two more scrap quilts are finished.

This is called "Step in Time".  

I made it with 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch strips.
The pattern is found here although the author used charm squares and I used scraps.  When ever I see a quilt made with charm packs I think scraps. 

I called this one "Spinners"

I used 5 inch squares to make half square triangles and squared them up to 4 1/2 inches and then I sewed 4 of them together to make a larger square, then used the hinge method to sew them together.

With this method you quilt the squares first and then hinge them together with sashing strips on the top and bottom of the quilt.


Friday, December 19, 2014

A New Christmas Tree Skirt

Every year after my Christmas tree is up I run around looking for a piece of fabric to go under the tree instead of a tree skirt.  So this year I made myself a new tree skirt.

There was a small amount of snow on the deck making a great backdrop.
I have been looking for a pattern for a long time and finally found one HERE
Jessica has a lot of beautiful tutorials on her site.

Here it is under my tree.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas Cheer Kick-off

To-day was the Christmas Cheer Kick-off and we delivered 140 stuffed animals or dolls with their own quilt.  These will be given to needy children in our community from Santa and made with love from the Quilter's Guild.

There were three tables of stuffed animals so I took 3 pictures in order to get a good view of them all.  I think there is just about every kind of animal here as well as some dolls.
We had elephants, bears, bunnies, pigs, foxes, lions, and sock monkeys.
There were big animals and small animals in every shape and size.
Thank you ladies, a great job!!


Monday, November 24, 2014

Another Baby Quilt

My sister Carole asked me to make a quilt for a new great grandson.  She picked out the pattern and the fabric at a local quilt shop in her home town,  The theme is bunnies and I had to asked her to send me new fabric because one of the fat quarters was white with very pale bunnies on it.  It all blended together and was very blah so she sent me the fabric with peach in it and the polka dots.  I like the new fabric better. 

The bunnies are appliqued to the same fabric as the border.  You can see a little bit of snow on the deck.  We were in the middle of a snowstorm but I just had to take the picture outside.  There is also ice on the deck left over from the rain yesterday.

The backing is bunnies that tie the quilt together.

I also made a small quilt 20 x 20 inches for a small stuffed bunny to go with the quilt.

There was still a bit of leftover fabric so I made a bag to put it all in.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lots of Teddy Bears

Last Monday was Guild night and it was the night that we collected Teddy Bears with quilts for Christmas Cheer Fund.

There were over 100 Teddy Bears or stuffed animals collected for needy children.

They will be delivered to Christmas Cheer kick-off next Friday and I'm sure we will end up with more that what is here.  Some people didn't get theirs finished so we are still collecting and will have a final count on Friday.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Hinge Method Demo

This is a technique that Jackie Black from our Guild developed to make it easier to put a large quilt together.  The squares are quilted first and then hinged together by the sashing strips.  I took the course last May from Jackie and a few of the gals missed the class so I said that I would teach it through the guild if there is enough interest.  I have made three quilts using this technique and I really like it since I find it hard to maneuver a large quilt while quilting it.

I am in the middle of putting a baby quilt together for my oldest sister Carole and am waiting for more fabric to arrive in the mail so I have been working on my demo so that I can explain the technique and show how it is done.

I quilted this block and then sewed the hinge on the front 
and lined it up with the hinge on the back.  You can see the blue
backing peeking out at the top of the block.  
I always make my hinges larger than my block
and then trim them down after they are
This is a 3 inch sashing strip folded in half so the cut edge is hidden.

You can see that I left a 1/4 inch rim of batting and backing
around my square.
I wanted my quilt to grow and this will add a 1/2 inch to each row.

This block has its mate zigzagged to it and ready to 
have the hinge sewn down on the adjoining block.

Click on the picture to see it clearly.

Here I have 3 blocks hinged together.
I zigzagged the hinge onto the adjoining block.
You could use a fancy joining stitch but I just used a zigzag stitch.

Now I am joining 2 rows together.
I matched my hinges so that the sashing will be in a 
straight line, then I zigzagged the 2 rows together.

This is the back of the quilt.  If you click on the picture 
to enlarge it you can see the hinges on the back of the quilt,
and the long hinge to join the rows together.

Since the rows can be long and it is sometimes difficult to sew
on the top hinge and catch the back hinge in the stitching
I usually put some "Heat and Bond" (that is the white strip you see here) on the back
hinge and press it down so that it stays in place
and will be caught in the upper stitching.

This quilt may never be finished as a quilt but it makes a great demo to explain the technique.