Monday, April 14, 2014

Envelope Quilt

I was checking out the Missouri Star Quilt Company for some quick tutorials to use up some pre cuts. While I had some difficulty getting the pre cuts I wanted I was able to put together a selection of batiks and make a lovely quilt.

envelope block
I really like this block, how easy it was to make along with the technique for making HST's.  I must remember this method, so much easier.  It took two nights of piecing to get all the blocks together, and a Saturday afternoon to get the top together.

trying layouts

If I need a quick quilt, or want to use up some larger pieces of fabric, this will be the pattern to use it on. I really like how the block showcases the batiks, but I think a layer cake featuring one of the modern fabric lines will be equally as attractive.

almost done



Monday, April 7, 2014

Wham, Pow!

I picked up at the Cloth Castle in January, a panel that made a lovely baby quilt.  I used the manufacturers pattern and am pleased with it.

 I took it of course to Arlene and she did her thing, adding stars and swirls in a lovely variegated orange thread.   I have so long been wanting to use that variegated orange thread...




And I added the flame binding, giving the quilt a bit of an edge.  I just love it.  And so does the person who received it for her soon to be born baby boy.



Monday, March 31, 2014

Blue Skies and Lemonade

My favorite things or a few things are blue sky and lemonade.  Yum.. So I decided to make a quilt with that theme.  Actually my starting point was a photo from Design Seeds.  Lemons in a sky blue colander is a wonderful stepping off point don't you think?


 The block is from Tickle and Hide blog and is simple effective. It would also make a great scrappy or monotone colored quilt too. So after getting everyone's blocks back and pressed, I put them on the design wall, played with turning them this way and that to find the perfect composition.


From there it was off to the long armers for a spell to get the perfect treatment. A white thread in a double leaf on a vine pattern.  You can see it better in the photo below.






Monday, March 24, 2014

Pink, Yellow and Zig Zag

I made these blocks back before we moved to our new home, that would be in 2009 or 2010.  Then they sat or hung on the design board waiting for  something to happen to it and make it a quilt. It wasn't until I saw some fabrics like the zig zag did I want to finish this.
The extra fabric acts as a frame around the blocks and moves your eye around the quilt. Uncommon and pretty I think. Perfect for a baby girl. During Christmas I got this back from the long armer and was able to put a solid pink binding on it and call it done. Quilting is done in a pale yellow thread in a double loop pattern all over the quilt.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Granny Squares

It is finally back from the long arm quilter and done.  I just loved making the Granny Square quilt during Christmas break 2012. Yes 2012, I sent a pile of quilts out in mid spring and due to scheduling issues didn't get things back until Christmas 2013.


Sadly this quilt barely made a dint in my scrap bin that I keep beside my work table. I think I might have to have a scrap bag sale so I won't feel guilty about tossing the every growing pile of scraps. My favorite blocks are the center one with the pirates and the red blocks with the maple leaf prints.


 The quilt is stitched with a white thread in a meander pattern all over the quilt. I bound it in a multi colored stripe in rainbow colors. Gorgeous don't you think?

Saturday, March 15, 2014

World Wide Quilting Day!

Yippee a day just for quilting, to celebrate quilting and another reason to buy some fabric! LOL. So what am I doing on this quilting day?  Laundry. Load after load of laundry.  I am hoping to do a bit of piecing later on, but considering it is almost 1600 hrs I better get to it soon.

I don't feel to bad if I don't get a lot of quilting done, as I have been working hard last week to complete a few quilt tops in order to send them to the long armer to get them done and back for the end of May. Would you like to see some of what I did?

a runner made of scraps

baby quilt made from a panel and re assembled.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

QUILTY BUCKET LIST





Visiting  one of my regular quilting blogs I learned about the quilty bucket list that is running all of March. It got me thinking about the bucket list for quilts.  I mean I have a lot to do on a WIP list, those half finished quilts that got boring as I was making them for example.

The Quilty Bucket List is being hosted by Stacey at the Tilted Quilt. She offers her bucket list and I must say I am impressed with her desire to complete all these quilts.  They will keep one busy for a long while as they are technically challenging and require some patient long term sewing.

Among her bucket list is a double wedding ring, an applique quilt along with swoon and a string quilt. That is quite a mix of quilts.

So what is my quilted bucket list?  Hmmm.

Whole Cloth Quilt
by Quilted designs.com
 I have wanted to make one of these every since I saw one on a quilt frame at one church I was a student minister at.  I think I would use one of the grunge fabrics from Basic Grey and pick a pattern with swirls, anchors and ocean like patterns. Not sure if I would do a bed size, maybe just limit myself to a lap quilt that I can complete and hang on a wall.

Applique Quilt
from Amazon

Every since having a subscription to Australian Patchwork and Quilting I have wanted to make an elaborate applique quilt.  I debated whether to choose a Baltimore Album quilt or do something a bit different.  I went for different after seeing a book about Jacobean flowers. Once more I would do this as stole or a small quilt to hang on the wall.  I really don't mind applique as long as I have good light, so this might be the thing on an upcoming road trip.

ROYGBIV






Ever since I saw this quilt pattern I have wanted to make this quilt.  I love it! I mean really, really love it.

BARN QUILT

The Back Forty Barn Landscape Toni Whitney Designs Applique Quilt Pattern
by Toni Whitney designs


Since my parents sold the farm, I have wanted to do one of these.  A barn quilt.  I have seen a few different versions of them over the years. Piecemaker I believe had a year of barns for example.  I think if i keep to a wonder under with rich fabrics I can get an even better effect.


I think that is a pretty good start for the bucket list don't you?