Tuesday, April 30, 2013
I've been very quiet on the blog scene, I know, but I have been stitching. Just keep forgetting to post anything, sorry.
Haven't time to take photo - or fixed camera problems yet - so please believe me, I have finished a scrappy quilt tonight. It's got 6 blocks of totally random 'mile a minute' pieced fabrics approx 12 inch square, joined by tan/apricot coloured sashing strips. I used the same fabric as the sashing for the borders, and a multi-dot backing fabric that picked up many of the quilt's colours was also used for the binding, as it blended well with the borders. Works out at 35 x 34 inches, and will go in my 'charity' pile, probably for disaster survivors, as it's a bright, happy quilt.
PS All scraps from previous quilts, that I'd started sewing together in mile a minute blocks last year, and a friend gave me more remnants to add variety to the blocks this year.
Cheers... will try to get back on the blogging track in May
About four years ago I bought these “Quilt Aid Blocks”
So far I have only completed a few of them sew I decided to make them into these….
I like the way the cushion covers have worked out sew I may make some more for gifts…..
I started these tree ornaments last year but never got past cutting them out. Tonight...just a few short minutes ago...I finished these 12 trees. I had a hard time finding stars for on top that were large enough but I put a button underneath to make them look larger. I'll still look for larger stars for the next dozen or so I make but it feels great to finish these.
Anyway, we did buy a couple of fabrics to add to the quilt. We did buy the backing. I hardly ever have yardage for backings. I did have a friend quilt it for me. so all was good.
I did make her take out some stitching from time to time. She just didn't see the reasoning for an accurate 1/4" seam! LOL..... I was going to have her bind it. But Dad had some surgery last week and she has a lot on her plate, so a binding did I do!
The pattern is from a magazine and is a modified wedding ring. I love it and might make one for me. it's was very simple. She is very proud of herself and should be. Dad did a lot of cutting. I can't say I made it myself. it was a joint effort. But I do feel comfortable claiming as a UFO finished. It was started last march I believe! Go Mom!!!
thanks for looking, PS I think this is #27! wow!!!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
here! Keep up the good effort girls, I don't seem to be helping much towards the target, but at the rate you are all going, the 500 aren't all that far away :-)
The pattern was Slide Show by Terry Atkinson of Atkinson Designs. Fabric was OZ by Sanae for Moda Fabrics. Quilted using the pantograph "Gardenia".
Saturday, April 27, 2013
She and Dave were so happy with it....
|Table-top checkers mat measuring 21" X 21"|
The Spring Checkers project was made from the left-overs from the following 4-patch & Squares Baby Quilt. I still had eve more 4-patch boxes that I am making into a couple bibs, which hopeful with be completed soon. I started this following Quilt I think early 2012, but it might have been Fall of 2011...needless to say it has lingered!
|Baby Quilt measuring 40" X 40"|
Thanks for stopping by, I certainly hope things will settled down here and I can bring more finishes to share!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
This is my 3rd version of this quilt, the first one for my Grandies, the second for a friends grand daughter for Christmas last year, and this one is for a friend to give to her sister who is expecting a baby.
Gill asked me to make this for her well before Christmas last year but said she was in no real hurry for it. So naturally I went made and purchased all of the fabric and traced a few owls and then tucked it away in my sewing room.
Then I realised it was April and I had better get a move on with it – where does the time go?
I backed it in a lovely soft flannel and used a pretty stripe for the binding.
It is shadow quilted around the trees and owls with a loopy all over stipple on the rest of the quilt.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Monday, April 22, 2013
And this is why we went to CA.
Our 15 yr old granddaughter, was running for Miss Teen Acton. It was the first time anyone in our family had been in a pageant. in the picture is my daughter, Julia - Miss Teen Acton, my mother and I. The best part was she also was voted Miss Congeniality! We are now home! yeah!! my posterior is numb!
thanks for letting me brag and being patient with me about the picture. sorry about that.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Here is mine when I received it.
but the photos are not doing them justice at all. I think I will take individual photos and post them on my blog.
I have used flannelette on the back, with no wadding, and have quilted around the blocks. I dont know if I will ever let it be used - can you imagine a red wine stain on it - or coffee. Aaargh. But it does need to be on display sometimes as it is so beautiful. What a dilemma !!!
I am so pleased to have this finished.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Anyway, this was a class sample for scalloped borders. I am no longer teaching this class so I finished it up. The embroidery is an Alex Anderson pattern. You can't see it, but it has some embroidery in the background. it says:
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Pink Pinwheels is one that I stopped after I got the center of the quilt done, thinking that I wanted to do some special type of border. Well, I could never quite figure out what to do, so it got put on the back burner.
I hauled it out, bound and determined to get it done. I THOUGHT I knew what I finally wanted to do. Sketched it out. Drew out my own paper pieced patterns and made one side. I did.not.like.it. AT ALL! Back to square one.
After bringing out several different fabrics, in pink...in black..in black on white...in white on black...I finally settled on the pink one. The flowers in the print reminded me of the pinwheels and I liked it. I then tried adding another smaller border. Nope, nothing worked. So when it was all said and done, I ended up with the most basic of borders! GRRRRR! And I waited...ahem...4 years? Really? I vow to get better. This is ridiculous!
I started clicking on names sending a little thank you to each one and then discovered I was sending the wrong thank you to the wrong person. I am getting older and easily confused.
So I decided to just post one Thank You here to everyone who commented on my post. I wish there was someway to get the comments sent to your email so it would be easier to respond. Maybe there is and I just don't know how.
How do you all go about thanking the people who make comments?
This little runner will go on the hall stand in our entrance - and I am sure the cat will decide it's a lovely sleeping place - for a while at least.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Then I stopped going to class... and the bag has been rolled up in a corner doing nothing.
So, I decided to make it into runners for my drawers:
ABOVE: this was the bag... very big and too nice to just leave sitting in the corner of me 'sewing room'.
ABOVE: I had enough to make two big runners for our drawers, and also left over squares to make two small ones for our bedside drawers too.
AND before anyone asks: Yes, our bedroom is in the garage. We recently moved into the garage so our adult son Steve and his fiance Bex could move into the 'Master Bedroom' with their 4 month old baby boy. They needed the bigger room more than we did.
And it's rather comfy in the garage. My sewing room is there too... which is lovely! I can lie on me bed and look at all me fabrics!
Our home gym is in there too... so I can look at the treadmill and think of how I can hang me clothes off it! *smiles*
This is my 3rd Finish for 2013. Not many, but I'm trying hard to get more done!
Right, time to go!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Back in 2006 I belonged to a group lead by Pat Wys of the Silver Thimble. We made a different quilt every month.
The applique is fused and machine stitched and it is quilted using a stars and loop Pantograph.
Glad to have this on off the to do list.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Well what does a girl do when she is home alone? - Sew of course.
|Birthday Bib front|
A lady from my church asked me to make it for her grand-daughter's birthday after seeing some other bibs I had made for a church fundraiser. I have several more bibs in the works as well as quilts, and clothing for my baby girl. Oh so much to do; I better get to it!
The bib and several like it were cut out in originally in December to be made for my daughter's First Birthday (in February), but I used another bib I made for her from my baby hope chest instead. I pulled this out to use when asked specifically for a birthday bib. Not exactly old, but technically started last year.