Thursday, March 6, 2014
What's your FAVORITE step in the quilt making process???
Choosing the fabric?
cutting the fabric? (ugh)
Mine is this step:
Laying it ALL OUT!!!
oohing and aaahing.....
Taking that nice BIG STACK of blocks.....
One of these days I'll sew them together.
I'm just going to PLAY with the BLOCKS.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
This poor old quilt!!!
Protecting a car engine from the elements.
Not QUITE what the quilter had in mind
when she made it and gave it.
It was early morning when I spotted this quilt.
The house looked sleepy...
so I didn't knock on the door
to ask if I can
RESCUE that quilt!!!
I bet YOU know of quilts
that ended up doing something
than the maker intended!!!!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Before leaving to help my relative last week,
I prepared this quilt for a little hand work!
I machine quilted diagonal lines through each of the bigger squares.
Then I packed it up.
It was the perfect project to have along.
I chose a few different embroidery floss colors...
and just did a simple little stitch around each of the small squares.
I used three strands.
A little HAND STITCHING
goes a LONG way!!!
I THINK it adds SO MUCH!!!
LOVE the backing on this one!
It's all rolled up.
Ready to be given away!
Do you know as many
as I DO?????
Monday, March 3, 2014
I'm still plugging along with my Christmas quilt.
Bit by bit...we'll get there.
If you want to join in you can see the first couple of blocks on
the Christmas quilt along page.
You have to click on links under each photo to make it to the
post you want.
The tree I'm making today involves LITTLE strips.
At the end of this post I will give you another option.
Begin with two 4" squares.
Put them together face to face
and make three diagonal cuts.
Don't make that larger cut corner to corner like I did.
Try and do it like this:
A little BELOW the top corner.
That way you won't lose the top of your tree when piecing.
Open the squares up facing each other.
Insert 3/4" strips .
Use a SLIGHT 1/4" seam.
Leave tails on strips.
Press AWAY from white.
Add two 4"x5" white rectangles
and ONE long 3/4" strip.
Lay your pieces on the design wall
Make some more trees if you want!
I'm hoping to make one more TYPE of tree...
figure out how to add snowflakes....
maybe some simple squares along the bottom of the quilt....
Here's another way to construct tree:
Use 1" strips.
Fold in THIRDS and BASTE on machine with very large stitch.
Lay strips on 4" squares.
Use matching thread and machine stitch the strips on.
REMOVE large basting stitch.
The above photo shows the right side complete
and the left side strips READY to be appliqued on.
I'd love to hear from you if you are playing along with me.
Maybe you'll just make ONE tree and turn it into a pillow!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I've been away from home and family this week helping a relative get settled in home after hip surgery. We all seem to know someone who's been through it, I think. Takes time to manage all those daily living skills that are necessary when you live alone!
We're almost there. One day at a time.
So happy to have little projects to keep me company in my new surroundings. Plus.....They give me a little calm between activity!
I was even able to SHARE my new knitting skill with a neighbor!
Advice: always have an extra pair of needles to share/teach with! AND
Be prepared to give them away! :)
I'm using iPad to blog with (learning curve!)
Photos include current projects,daily life (meds), and the little quilt I gave my relative long long ago!
Hope to make it back to my normal routine very soon!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I mentioned yesterday that I haven't been buying much fabric these days
I have quite a bit.
Well...this week I did buy some.
Just a little.
I happened to be at the Post Office.
The Post office shares a parking lot with the local quilt shop.
One thing led to the other.
Isn't that the way it goes???
I went into the quilt shop to buy a charm pack.
A charm pack is NOT QUITE buying fabric....Is it?
the Quilt shop had NO charm packs!
I love beginning baby quilts with charm packs.
They always get my creative juices going!
I couldn't leave the quilt shop without buying anything.
I bought 1/2 yard of cute owl fabric
1/2 yard of a coordinating fabric.
I first cut the new fabric into 5" charms.
(1/2 yard yields twenty-four 5" charms)
Then I started adding scraps.....
Teeny tiny 2" scraps.
The scrap blocks are made using a 2" colored square.
TWO 2" white squares
TWO 2"x5" white strips.
Put together they fit perfectly with 5" charms.
I DID use a little BIT of my stash.
I DID support the quilt industry by buying some fabric.
I DID have FUN doing it!
I was ALSO able to MATCH my quilt
to my NEWEST quilted baby cap!!!
What a WIN. WIN. kind of DAY!