Friday, April 24, 2015

TABLE RUNNER AND DOLL QUILTS

This post will link with QuiltShopGal's Creative Goodness Linky Party.  If you have any new projects, you can link them there as well.

I have had the Moda Laura's London Lawns II charm pack for several years and "finally" decided to do something with it.  I made HSTs with the charm pack fabrics and two different white on white fabrics.  This will make a great spring or summer table runner.



I quilted it with white thread on the white portion and a variegated blue, pink and green on the colored portions.


There were some 5" squares left over, so I cut them into 2 1/2" squares and made a couple simple doll quilts out of them using the backing fabric for the alternating yellow squares.


I dug around in my stash to find a backing for the doll quilts and came up with this Timeless Treasures doll fabric by Bonnie Benn Stratton.  It is to cute and I had been saving it for something - but didn't know what.


I still need to sew on the binding, but will get that done this weekend.  Thanks for visiting!  What have you been working on?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

POUCHES AND A BUTTERFLY

I made a few things for my sister's birthday and thought I would share them.  I made her a couple pouches to use as a cosmetic case or whatever.  I like using hexies to embellish them.  These are nice to have as coin purses or credit card holders too.  It's easy to adjust the size for any use.  I used the tutorial from Simple Simon and Company, changing the size to what I wanted and quilting it the way I wanted.


Make them any size for different uses, like a coupon holder, sewing supplies, etc.


I love the blue flowers on white fabric used for the top section and lining.



A month ago or so I received an origami butterfly from a quilter and posted about it here.  Since then, Chantal has posted a tutorial for the butterflies, so I made this one for my sis.  Here is the link to her tutorial in case you want to make some.


Batiks make beautiful butterflies!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

DESIGN WALL SHIFTING

I decided it was time to start putting my log cabin blocks together.  Each block measure 5 1/4" (unfinished) and I will be putting them together into a queen size quilt.  My design wall is filled with these and there are still more to add.  I started to sew the blocks together and once all these are together I can probably fit more on the wall.

I took this picture before starting to sew them together and after I had looked at the arrangement many times.  As I started to sew them together, I noticed that something wasn't right, so I had to re-arrange the blocks.  Notice on the top row, the light colored diamond shaped sections should actually be dark ones.


Here's a close up of some of the blocks.  I love the way the dark and light diamond shapes work together.


I took this picture after fixing the top row of blocks as well as some of the side columns.  This is a lot harder than it looks!  I can put up some blocks, but then have to back off and look at it from a distance to make sure the design is correct.  Even then it is hard to see incorrectly turned blocks.  I sure don't want to have to take it apart if I sew them together incorrectly!


The trees are beautiful here in Oregon now.  This is a tree in my neighborhood - an ornamental cherry tree.


This dogwood tree belongs to my next door neighbor and is right next to our driveway.




Other current projects are this table topper (like one I made for our table) which will be donated to a silent auction raising money for the youth group at church so teenagers can attend a special conference.


Another scrappy star table runner top.


I hope you have a happy and quilty weekend!  

Friday, April 3, 2015

A NEW BIRD HOUSE AND OTHER STUFF

Yesterday I happened to go past a community sale and I saw this cute teapot bird house for $3!   Here it is hanging in the tree right outside our bedroom window.  I can see it from the sewing studio window also!  


I hope someone likes it.


Darlene at Quilt Shop Gal has a Creative Goodness Linky Party every Friday and since today is Friday I will link this post to it to show what I have been working on.   I recently won this book in a drawing because I had linked something to her linky party in the past.


These are a couple patterns in the book that I really like.



This is a donation quilt that is ready to go except for hand sewing the binding to the back.  It may have to wait as my Doctor said I should give the hand a rest for a while.


Two more small quilts, doll quilt and scrappy table topper that need the binding sewn to the back.



 I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

FAITHFUL IS FINISHED!

How long ago did Lori have the Quilt-A-Long for Faithful?  I searched her blog and found out it was October, 2013.  So, it only took me about 1 1/2 years to get this done.  Woo Hoo!

25" square

I have a reason that it took me so long.  First of all, I used the basket block in the center and it is on point.  You can't really hang a quilt on point, so I had to add corners to Faithful.  I had to think about that for a while.  If I added corners, they had to have something in them.  It wouldn't look very good to put plain fabric there, so I thought it would look nice to have lighter fabrics fanning out.


Then, I thought they needed something else and decided to appliqué something on each corner.  So I had to find things to put in the corners.  I got out magazines and books to try to find something and the first thing I picked was the bird sitting on the star.  I love Kim Diehl's quilts and have 2 of her books, although I have never made any of the quilts in them.  I have used them for appliqué designs before though, so I used some of the flower appliqué designs and the bird from her Simple Blessings book.  I'm not sure where the circle and star came from - I know I saw it somewhere.

Backing toile fabric from Boersma's basement.
The last thing I needed was some flowers for the basket, so I took the easy way out and made yo yos for it.  Thanks, Lori, for the QAL!


I finished my stack of little quilts as well and the last 2 are below.  I am on a roll with stars.  I've got a stack of 31 solid stars (not scrappy, in other words) and 9 scrappy stars.  So, I see more little quilts in my future.

21 1/2" x 17 3/4"

17" s 14"
Happy Wednesday to all of you!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

SOME BINDING DONE!

Here is a small pile of 5 little quilts ready to be bound.


This one is a doll quilt or chair hanger.


This is my scrappy star table runner with scrappy strip blocks,


Close up of the quilting.


Three more to bind.


I also made a label for a the basket quilt that I finished last summer.  Lori (and others) are encouraging quilters to label quilts.  It's a chore that gets put off in this house.  I'm going to try to be better.  I usually do it in spurts.  Put it off.  Make a bunch of labels at one time.  It's time to do a bunch now.

I did more hand work this week and my hand feels it.  I can only do a little at a time and then my fingers get numb.  Have a nice weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WEEKEND AT THE RAINY COAST

This past weekend I went to the coast for a women's retreat from my church.  While we had been having sunny weather for at least a week, it rained the whole weekend!  But I am still amazed when I see the ocean!  We were at Lincoln City, Oregon and the Pacific Ocean was just across the street from where we stayed in this house.  My room was on the second floor and I had access to the porch on the corner from the room!


This is the picture I took from the room when we arrived.  On Saturday, it was even foggier and the rain didn't let up at all.  Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time.  It's good to get away for a couple days to relax, enjoy God's creation and relax with other women of like mind.


Saturday afternoon we had some free time, so I decided to go for a walk.  The rain was coming down, but not really hard, so I put on a rain hat and walked out towards the beach.  When I found the path to the beach, I slipped in some mud and fell partially down.  Here's a picture of my pants.


The ground was soft, so no injury happened.  I walked around more carefully and didn't spend too much time outside, but it did feel good to get outside.

Last week I started quilting on "Faithful" and am finally just about to finish it!


Uh Oh!  When I turned it over, look what I had quilted onto the back!  Too much stuff on my sewing table.  It's off now and yesterday I finished quilting "Faithful!"  Yea!  I'll sew on the binding today.



Monday, March 9, 2015

SCRAPPY STITCHING AND A TOUR

After making the doll quilt with the stars, I decided to get out my box containing some stars already made and fabric cut out to make more.  I found that I had some ready to stitch.  All these stars finish at 4".


Then I was looking through my other pieces and saw that I didn't have enough to make stars of all the same fabric, so I wondered how they would look if I just made some scrappy ones.


I used up the last of some of these fabrics.  I like them!  I think I'll alternate some with scrappy strip blocks.



Guess what!  My "Faithful" quilt is ready to baste!  Finally!!  I just have to sew on the yo yos that are going to be the flowers in the basket first.


I have 3 doll quilts ready for basting as well.




Saturday I went on an architectural tour of some historic buildings in McMinnville, OR with my DIL and DGD.  The first building was the Spanish Restaurant and we got to see the apartment on the second floor.  It was lived in by the owner, but now it's a vacation rental.

Spanish Restaurant building built in about 1894 - I took this picture right before Christmas.
 The following pictures are of the second floor of one of the buildings - it was built around 1911 I believe.  The owners live in the 9,000 sq. ft.  second floor and have restored it to the original design as much as possible.  Included in the apartment is a 1900 sq. ft. ball room as well as a couple large work shops.  Here are some of the items in the apartment.




The following few pictures are of the bathroom.  I love these clawfoot tubs!


A cute frog lives on the edge of the tub.


Dressing table is in the bathroom as well.  
 This Frank Lloyd Wright designed window is in the entry door to the apartment!

 

The Cozine House was built in the late 1800s and is now home to the McMinnville Downtown Association.


As you can see, we had a gorgeous day for the tour!