Friday, September 22, 2017

Disappearing Rainbow

51 x 64

This is a disappearing 9 patch quilt made from 5" scrap pieces.  I got the idea here to make this quilt. It was so fun to dig into my scrap bin and pull out all these different colors.  The background fabric is a textured print from connecting threads. 

The back even has it's own rainbow!  Linking with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Giant Flying Geese Quilt

88 x 96

This quilt is made from giant flying geese blocks. You can find the directions here and another example here. I added a few more blocks and got rid of the border. The blocks are mostly set in groups of 2 geese with an occasional single one here or there to make the row long enough.

The flying geese blocks finish at 16.5 by 8.5 and I didn't have a ruler large enough to trim them easily. Other than that, it was a fast and easy finish.

I had been looking for a extra wide back for a while online, but while I was in Joann's one day I saw a new flannel extra wide backing. It was white with black and looked perfect for my quilt. Plus it will make this quilt extra soft and warm.

Linking with Finished or Not Friday, Crazy Mom Quilts, and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Welcome Fall Quilt #1 and #2

 58 x 67

This fall quilt was made from a layer cake called Welcome Fall. It is hard to find a good fall collection this close to fall!  I guess people have already purchased their fall fabric.  My customer wanted an orange and green border for her quilt and this orange was on her list of choices. So I looked up the fabric line and it was perfect for her!

It has leaves and pumpkins and great fall colors. Sh wanted me to remove the black prints and replace them with brown ones. So I did. I added her two favorite colors to the back with some brown and gave it a brown binding.  One happy customer!

Since I had quite a few leftover pieces, plus all the black she didn't want to use, I made another quilt.  I added in a bunch of 5" squares from the scrap bins. I had enough to piece the border this time, so I offset it with a cream solid.

This set of colors reminds me of Flint corn, also called Indian corn. Or a beautiful cornucopia full of fall plenty. I love how the pieced border changes the look of the quilt.

I pieced the back the same way, but the golden yellow looked better than the orange on this quilt.

Linking with Needle and Thread Thursday, Finished or Not Friday, and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Purple Cross Quilt

Sometimes when I get a quilt laid out, there are fabrics that just stand out way too much.  That white polka dot was one of them. The fabric looked good in the stack and it is the right shade of purple, but oh my!  I just thought it would be fun to show you the before and after.

 Isn't that much better? Even looking at it on the wall in person isn't as good as taking a picture of it on the wall.

64 x 72

Seems purple has been a popular color this year. My stash of purple is getting low. Maybe it's time to go shopping!

This postcard quilt was ordered by the same person. I'm posting just to keep track of my quilts this year since I know you've seen plenty of these in the past.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Family Rail Fence

60 x 70

My friend wanted a quilt to give her mother for her birthday. She wanted me to quilt the names of all her kids and grand kids on it to make it special. I gave a her a few patterns to choose from and she chose this one. I liked this one because it had strips to put the names on.  I need all the help I can get when doing cursive on a quilt. I need all the help I can get to even write cursive on paper!

I spread the names out by family. She has 4 children, so each child got a corner of the quilt. Then under those names, I put their children's names. I put her mom and dad's name in the middle of the quilt. 

I used a disappearing ink pen to mark the names which really helped me. Then I sprayed it with water to get it to go away. Worked out pretty good! Simple pattern made special with some custom quilting.

Linking with Finished or Not Friday and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Morse Code Quilt

If you've been reading my blog for a while, this quilt might look familiar to you. I first made one of these Morse Code quilts in 2015. I have it listed in my shop, but my customer didn't like the back of it and wanted to know if I could make another one. 

Sorry it's wrinkled. I had it folded and in it's box to ship and then remembered I didn't take a picture! I found almost all the same prints in my stash. She wanted it quilted the same way also with the dashes, circles, and squares. 

 You can really see the quilting on the back. I went through 4 bobbins of thread, 2 more than normal for this size of quilt. I didn't wash it because she wants to hang it on the wall.

It was fun to do some custom quilting as I don't do it very often! Linking with Finished or Not Friday.

August Stash Report

I had a productive month but it was mostly because I had some tops done from last month that got finished this month. I also had to make some fabric purchases to finish up quilt orders, but no complaints here! I also stocked up on my solid stash and I have started using it, but I haven't finished anything yet. The rail in the hallway is filling up again with tops!

In:   67.5
Out: 76.5
Net: 153

Friday, August 25, 2017

Black and Green Memory Quilt

56 x 70

Memory quilt number two represents my friend's faith in Jesus. His black shirts were used along with plain white and lime green shirts. Two zebra prints in flannel were added to make this quilt shine. This is my own design based on the number of shirts she gave me.

One of the lime green shirts had a pocket on it and I thought it would be a cool addition to the quilt. I quilted around it, leaving it open since it is a pocket. I had debated quilting something on it, but with the thickness of the shirt, the stabilizer, the batting, and the flannel on back it was just too thick and wasn't going to quilt up nicely.

Just like the last quilt, she requested a note quilted in the corner. Such a personal touch. I used a disappearing pen this time, but I still had trouble knowing where I was going to go. By the fourth one I should have this down pat!

This quilt is so cozy with all the flannel. I love it just as much as the first one. Now just two more to go!

Linking with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts

Monday, August 21, 2017

Blue and Green Stadium Quilt

58" x 74"

This is my second stadium/collegiate style quilt. But it was not made for a specific school, it was just made to be a blue and green quilt. The colors match a beautiful picture of a duck with it's green head and blue feathers.

You can see the first stadium quilt I made here. The pattern can be found in Moda Bakeshop book Sweet Celebrations. Hope you're having a great start to your week!

Friday, August 18, 2017

King Size Rainbow Bargello

105 x 100 

Finished this week is this King Sized Rainbow Bargello quilt!  I have been making rainbow bargello quilt for a while now and had someone ask me if I could make on in a king size. Sure, you bet! What I didn't figure in before saying yes was that this size is much longer than a twin size and requires more strips and more colors.

It took 52 different shades of Kona Cotton to make this quilt and several attempts at arranging and rearranging to get the colors to blend across the quilt. Surprisingly, I had most of these colors already and only had to order a few purples to complete the rainbow.

It is quilted in a red thread and backed and bound with black.

I had to include this picture because the kids look so cute holding the quilt up for me!

I now offer all sizes of this quilt in my etsy shop

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Lap Size Cross Memory Quilt

64 x 72

This is the second memory quilt I made for my friend. For this one I used three items of clothing, a purple polo shirt, a purple dress shirt, and a purple jacket/blazer. They are sitting on the bottom of this pile of fabrics. 

She asked that I add navy and purple fabric to this quilt. She also gave me two military patches to add to the front of the quilt. Her husband had been in the navy and was a veteran.

For the back she requested this Military fabric and she wanted the the flag from one of his shirts added also. I added a border to the shirt and inserted it on the bottom corner. I didn't have enough fabric to go the other way (because it is directional) but I think this still looks okay.

Finally, she requested that I quilt Love, Dad - on the quilt. I don't have the best handwriting, but I gave it a good try. I tried to keep the start and stop to a minimum. Next time I'm going to write it out with a disappearing pen first.

When I started this quilt, I wasn't sure how this was going to work with all the things she was asking me for.  But now that it is finished, it is the most thoughtful quilt I have ever made. My friend has 4 children and this is the first memory quilt to be finished.  I can't believe how wonderful it is! Hopefully the next three will look just as great!

Linking with Crazy Mom Quilts

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Queen Size Memory Quilt

96 x 108

This is the first of the 5 memory quilts I was asked to make by my friend. She chose this cross quilt pattern, but only had 4 polo shirts for me to use. This was my initial fabric pull, but I did end up adding in two more of each color. 

I think I need a bigger design wall! This quilt is 16 x 18 blocks and I cut my squares at 6.5". I you wanted to make a king size bed, you would have to add some borders, but that would make it a very long quilt. 

I have it on my king size bed and it over hangs less than 2 blocks. It will be shorter once it is washed.

The entire cross was just his shirts which made it a little more challenging to sew together. I tried in the rest of the quilt not to put two shirts touching.  I really like this pattern, but not this color combo. I did get to make another one in a lap size, but I'll show you that one later.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Scrappy Patchwork Quilt Sew Along

96 x 96

I was encouraged by a friend to make this quilt.  Sherri from A Quilting Life is leading this sew along called Scrappy Patchwork Quilt Sew Along. The directions were for a large lap quilt, but I decided to make mine into a queen size.

It was Myra's idea to add the pieced border since I didn't have enough of any fabrics to do a border. And I just love it!

The back is an extra wide piece of cream fabric which was so nice because I didn't have to piece anything.

These fabrics all came from my more traditional stash that I have been trying to use up. This quilt made a huge dent in my pile, but I think I still have enough for 2 or 3 more quilt tops. But at least I'm getting used to using these colors. The orange still has me pondering. I think I'll take it out next time and replace it with some cream fabrics.

Here is it on a full size bed. I've been wishy washy the entire time of making this quilt, but I think I'm ending on the "I like it" side of things.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts, and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Monday, July 31, 2017

July Stash Report and Rainbow Baby Quilt

36 x 40 

Wow! It's taken me a month to get this quilted. Well at least it is done. I used the two at a time method for making these HST so I actually have another one ready to make in the closet. Does that mean I now have a WIP that will get lost and become a UFO? Uh oh!

July Stash Report
I've been busy working on many different quilt tops, but only finished a couple. Next month should look very good for fabric usage! I had to buy some fabric for the memory quilts I'm working on and for some other project too.  Nothing  is going in the stash so I still feel good about my purchases.

Out:   40.5
In:     41.25
Net: 144

Friday, July 28, 2017

Custom Table Runner and Place Mats

 20 x 72

I had a customer request a bargello table runner and 6 place mats the other day. She wanted a 6 foot long runner. I didn't realize how big this runner was going to be until I started making it! It is so big it doesn't fit very well on my 8 person table. I changed up my regular bargello pattern to give it some more curve since it was only 20" wide.

The place mats are 12" x 16".Originally she wanted bargello mats too, but decided it would be too busy on her table. So we went with a simple stripe pattern instead.  I added in a few extra fabrics so each mat would have less colors but more shades.  The binding on every thing is a gray solid, even though it looks a bit blue in these photos. I quilted everything with a gray thread in a meander to tie it all together.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts.

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