Wednesday, April 23, 2014

GRADUATION QUILT TOP DONE

I finished the quilt top for my GS's high school graduation - Star Gazing from Bonnie Hunter's book,  "Scraps and Shirttails."  It is made from a variety of scraps including men's shirts, but also some new "musical" fabric because he plays the trumpet, piano and organ.

Close up of the border.

  I have to say that Bonnie's instructions are always easy to follow.  I bought sashing fabric from Connecting Threads on sale and got similar colors to what she used in her quilt.  The cheddar is some Jo Morton fabric that I purchased at a garage sale and I used it in another of Bonnie's quilts that I made last year (see my heading picture above),


I have to add that we are very proud of my GS, as he has earned scholarship offers from 2 colleges and he has until May 1 to make up his mind.  Both schools are offering an academic scholarship, plus an organ performance scholarship that brings the price down within reach of a regular family - for all four years!  He wants to major in history, which is right for him as he is very studious and loves the old fashioned way of life (at least he thinks he does) better than modern life.

Now I'm piecing the back so I can get it quilted before we go to his graduation in June.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DOLL QUILT SENT FOR EXCHANGE

This is the doll quilt that I made for the Doll Quilt Exchange that Lori of Humble Quilts organized.  I already had made the 9-patches out of fabric from my basket quilt and picked out a really cute red and white shirting for the alternating blocks.  I mailed it to Debra and today I received a very sweet thank you note from her that she had received it.



When I was trying to decide what to put on the back, I happened to see this FQ of toile fabric and luckily it fit!  It was the perfect fabric for the backing!  I hope I'm not the only one who machine quilted their quilt.  I've kind of given up on hand quilting lately - bad me.  I've done my share of it, but don't really enjoy it very much.


Again, here is a picture of the wonderful quilt I received from Laurie:


You can read more about it in this blog post.  Thanks, Lori for organizing this exchange!  This is the first exchange I have participated in for something that it a finished item!  It was fun and easy!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

ANNIVERSARY QUILT FINISHED!


I finished the 25th anniversary over 2 months ahead of the date (July 1)!  It's good to have that one out of the way.  It is a queen size but will be used on a double bed - so it will be long enough to tuck in the pillows and to hang down on the sides.

Hanging sideways on the fence and still too long.

Close up of the quilting.



I am now working on my GS's high school graduation quilt (son of the couple receiving the anniversary quilt).  It will be easier to quilt as I'll do an overall design.

Happy Easter to all! 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DOLL QUILT EXCHANGE

When Lori at Humble Quilts announced she was having a doll quilt exchange about a month ago, I decided to join it - on the spur of the moment.  I already had some blocks made, so the doll quilt I will be sending was easy to complete.  I'm not showing you that one yet because I want the recipient to receive it first.

However, I received my doll quilt from Laurie (a different Laurie) on Monday and couldn't be happier with it!  She even hand quilted it!  Check out those tiny HSTs!


It has a medallion in the middle!  See how she fussy cut the brown hexes?


Here is my doll bed with it's old quilt on it.  I really was getting tired of it - it was the first doll quilt I made, after all.


Here's how it looks with the new doll quilt!  Much better, don't you think?  Thank you so much, Laurie!


Here's a better view of it.



A couple more Dear Jane Blocks:

B-2
Uh Oh!  look at the lower left corner!  I will have to fix that.

B-4
These were both relatively easy blocks, so you would think I would be able to do it correctly the first time!

Happy stitching!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A DONATION QUILT FINISH

First, I have two Dear Jane blocks to show you.  Both of these were easy paper pieced blocks.

C-1
 My first triangle!  I may have to redo it because my iron left some marks on it.  I cleaned the iron, but not the block yet.  Maybe it will come out.

BR-1
I love to make string quilts for donation to Children's Hospital.  This time I made a rainbow one and I like how it turned out.  This is the one that I quilted on the long arm machine on Saturday and now it is bound and ready to go.  This time I completed the binding with the sewing machine and it turned out fine.  The quilts we make are given to the patients and they get to keep them, so I hope some sick girl will like this one.


Here's a couple close-up pictures of the quilting and the corner folded back over the backing so you can see it.  I got the wild backing fabric a couple years ago at a garage sale and I already backed one quilt with it.  It is used up now.



We're having beautiful weather here in Texas and my irises are budding!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

LONG ARM QUILTING IN WAXAHACHIE

I love going to Waxahachie - it's such a unique town.   I went there today to attend a Charity Stitch-A-Thon at Seldom Seen Quilting, a long arm quilting business owned by Diana Buckley, who is a member of my quilt guild.  Even though I've been to Waxahachie many times, I had never visited Seldom Seen Quilting, which is right across the street from my favorite quilt shop.  Diana celebrated her business's one year anniversary by hosting the Charity Stitch-A-Thon.  

Ellis County Court House

Seldom Seen Quilting Sign in front of My Father's House Antiques
The long arm quilting business is located inside My Father's House Antiques - in the upper room.

My Father's House Antiques

Diana's quilting studios -  one of her two long arms


Here's me quilting a quilt that I made to donate to Children's Hospital

I'm kind of nervous starting out.

Diana Buckley and Trudy Coker, her expert assistant.

Common Threads Quilting, right across the street

Another view of My Father's House Antiques

I really appreciate the opportunity to quilt on the long arm machine.  This quilt got done a lot faster that way.  Quite a few other guild members came to either quilt or help finish other charity quilts by binding them.

Here's a couple pictures of my quilt that I took when I got home and the lighting wasn't very good.



When I get the binding on, I'll take a better picture

Thanks Diana!  By the way, Diana teaches people how to use her long arm quilting machines and then rents the machines out to them so they can do their own quilting.  Visit her web site here.  

Monday, March 31, 2014

NEW FO REPORT AND 3 DJ BLOCKS DONE

I have a picture on my side bar for the NEWFO CHALLENGE THAT Catpatches started for this year.  It's kind of fun, because you don't have to finish anything - just start them and report what you have started on the last day of the month.  Last month I forgot to do it, so this month I'm reporting 2 New FOs.

First, is February's New FO:

As most of you know, I started the Dear Jane quilt last month and after Saturday's meeting, I got more inspired to get some made.  Also, I needed a break from quilting a large quilt.

I decided not to do them in order, but I'm not just picking out the easy ones to work on first, either.    Didn't need to paper piece!  This is a super easy one but I made a hard one too.

B-13
 This next one was super easy as well and I reverse appliquéd the circles while watching "Midwife" on PBS last night.  This is one of the color change ones as well.

B-1
This last one is a difficult paper pieced one.  I picked out some fabric that I thought would be pretty and didn't have much of the off-white, but luckily, had enough.  I had to unsew a few seams as well as add a piece for seam allowance where I had cut it too short, but on the whole, it came out pretty nice.
Notice that it is made at 5" unfinished and will be 4 1/2" when put into the quilt.  That's a lot of tiny pieces!!!  I hope after doing a lot more PP blocks I will get more comfortable doing it.  I've done it before, but never really enjoyed it - except for seeing how nice the blocks turn out.


This shows the side pieces already PPed and the middle section, which is only 3" square, with lots of tiny pieces.

A-9
(See where I added a piece on the left side of the middle bottom section)

March's New FO:

This is a Quilt A Long from Randy at Barrister's Block.   It's a scrappy Bulls Eye quilt with raw edges.   Very fun and easy to do!


I just happened to have this ruler "WonderArc" which I bought at a quilt show several years ago.  I have used it, but not a lot, so this gives me an excuse to use it.


You fold the fabric two times and position it in the middle.


Cut close right at the 3" line for a 3" circle (duh!) and on the other side of the space for a 3 1/2" circle.  It works really neat.



If you go over to Randy's blog, you will need to scroll down past some retreat posts to get to her Bulls Eye quilt posts.  She is giving us time to work on it.  (I haven't really been working on it very much due to deadlines, however).

Have a good week and enjoy the spring weather!  And the flowers!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

QUILTING, QUILTING AND MORE QUILTING

I have spent all my sewing time this week quilting the 25th anniversary quilt and finally yesterday I finished...not the whole quilt, but all the brown, which is most of it.  I'm taking a break from it today to get some Dear Jane blocks prepped and seeing what fabric I want to use for them.  I discovered I have LOTS of pink and purple, and not as much brown as I thought.  Hmmm.  I may need to get more fabric for this quilt.

Here are a couple pictures of my quilting.







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I still need to quilt all the navy blue squares and setting triangles.  There are 31 9-patch blocks with 4 blue squares each, but I don't think it will take too long.  I think I know what I will do in them, but we shall see.  Sometimes, it doesn't look as good as you thought it would and you need to change to Plan B or C.

Yesterday was a meeting of "Janiacs" from my guild.  Would you believe there are about 20 of us who are seriously starting the Dear Jane quilt?  Just from our guild?  It's kind of crazy.  I finally finished the A-7 block - I cut the first one too small and had to remake it.

A-7

I put the fabrics that I might use in the DJ quilt in this old wood bin that I got at a garage sale.  Of course, they are all civil war reproductions.


I got about six blocks prepped this morning.  Some are super easy and others are difficult paper piecing blocks.  I think I'll try to get a couple easy ones done this afternoon.  I want to try to do at least 3 per week, I think.  I don't have a deadline, but if I don't put some priority on it, it's too easy to let it slide.


I decided I'm going to "kind of" follow Jane Stickle's colors, except I will put in some other colors for some of the browns.  There are so many brownish blocks and I want to have more color and use some of the purple fabric that I have.

Come back tomorrow to see if I got any DJ blocks made.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

HANDMADE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE AND QUILTING

My entry for the Handmade Christmas Challenge is a notebook cover.  I used the journal cover from Moda Bakeshop for the directions.  

I added a pocket on the front



I got the pinwheel quilt basted this week as well as my basket quilt (but just took pictures of the pinwheel quilt.  I have been using Cindy Needham's method of basting the quilt on one large table and it has been working quite well for me.  I use picnic table clamps to keep the fabric tight.



Yesterday I started quilting and after quilting some large free motion feathers that I planned to do all over the quilt top, I decided I didn't like them, so I will be ripping that out.  Luckily, it's only about 18" square.  Now I am quilting some skinny fern-like feathers in the sashing and some lines in the pinwheels.  I still haven't figured out what I will do on the navy squares.


I don't know if you can see what is quilted in the sashing or not, but both of these pictures show it.


Thanks for all the lovely comments on my last post.