Friday, March 23, 2018

Snowmen, and Sunshine!

This week we celebrated the first day of Spring (also my hubbies birthday) but it sure doesn't feel like spring.  It's so cold and rainy, and I swear I saw some snowflakes earlier this evening as well!  So, what have I been working on this week?  I've been working on this snowman quilt (a custom order).
It's almost a finish, just need to complete the binding and sew some buttons on by hand.  It will go out in the mail on Monday.

I've also been working on some scrap projects.

I was trying to use up the leftovers from one of the Project quilting challenges - but sadly I only had enough of the dark blue to bind 3 of these little blocks.  So I ended up buying a fat quarter so I could finish the fourth one!  I do still have enough fabric to make another set of these, so I suppose I can use the rest of it for binding the others.

Doesn't the yellow dresden plate look like sunshine?  It was the only sunshine we saw today at all!  Tomorrow I'll be finishing it up for this week's Project Quilting Challenge - Scraptastic!  I love scrappy, and working with these blues and yellows makes me feel like spring, even though the weather has not cooperated at all.

Linking up with BusyHandsQuilts for Finished or Not Friday and with Crazy Mom Quilts for finish it up Friday (make sure you check out her cute needle book - I definitely want to make some of these!)

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Fun With Selvages

I started my fun sewing this weekend working with my ever-growing pile of selvage strips - time to try to tame that pile of scrappy goodness! 

First I used a bunch of blue strips to make a fun journal cover - I'll have to make some more of these in different colors! 

Then I worked on a couple of Mini Selvage Bins.  It's been a while since I made any, and I had to refresh myself on the measurements, but once I did that I was in the groove.  First I made a soft green one...
Then a saucy red and black version:
These are super handy for sitting on your desk and filling with odds and ends!  I actually keep one on my cutting table and use it to hold the selvages I cut off of yardage.  They are really cute to hang on a wall, too!
If you would like to make your own, you can buy the pattern from my Etsy shop:

Selvage Bin Pattern

Hope your week has started off well!  

Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Finishes - Scrappy Strip quilt!

I spent this weekend working on quilting up this fun scrappy quilt.

On a whim, I used a vintage pieced top that I was given on the back of it.  The vintage top was pretty badly stained, but just the right size for the back of this.  I had hoped that the stains might wash out, but they didn't.

It still makes a lovely, cuddly and colorful quilt, so I am offering it in my Etsy shop at a good price!

So many fun print!  I bound it with dark green - and quilted it with a nice neutral.  It measures 57 x 6 inches.

String Quilt for Sale!

I have lots more scraps and lots more telephone book pages to fill.  But I think my next scrap quilt will be something different.  I'll have to look for a pattern and decide.  First I have a few custom projects to get finished, so time to work on those now.  I have several more finished tops to quilt before I will be ready to start a new top anyway - I'm working on those UFO's!

I haven't been great at working on my Crazy Jane lately, but here's a block from last week:
Love how this one came out!

I've been laying low with a busy week and a bit of a cold, but I'm looking forward to a good afternoon in my sewing room today - definitely my happy place!  I'm linking up with Busy Hands Quilts as well as CrazyMomQuilts to show off my finishes.

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts
Wishing you a productive and fun Friday, what are you finishing?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Kissin' in the Pumpkin Patch

I am delighted to say that I have finally finished the top that I made for the Island Batik Ambassador challenge in October!  The fabric is Pumpkin Patch and I used this as an opportunity to spruce up my Lover's Kiss pattern.  (The fabric for the top was provided by Island Batik in my Fall 2017 Ambassador box )

My original version of this pattern only used twenty one 2 1/2 inch strips and had a plain border.  Now, I have included a piano key border option that uses the remaining strips - a much better use of a strip pack!  You can also make this pattern using fat quarters, because I just love a pattern that gives you options.

I found a rich brown for the backing, and quilted it with leaves and loops using Aurifil 40 wt thread in a lovely reddish brown color that looks wonderful on both the front and the back.  I really like the 40 weight for quilting - it gives the quilting a nice definition without being too heavy.

I love the beautiful colors in this line, and the focus fabric is so lovely with such pretty details.  This is a perfect quilt for fall!
The piano key border is really wonderful, I think - and I love that I could use every last strip in the package.  This quilt is now available for purchase in my Etsy Shop, and my pattern is available there as well as on Craftsy.

Pumpkin Patch Quilt

Lover's Kiss Pattern

I'm happy to see that the enormous piles in my sewing room are slowly being whittled down!  Still have a lot of projects in the works, but they are starting to get cleared off the list, one by one. 

Hope you have a happy day - go do some quilting!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Project Quilting 9.5: A Stitch in Time...

Despite a very busy week this week, I managed a finish for this week's Project Quilting Challenge.  I loved the theme, and thought of going in a number of directions with my quilt.  My first thought was that I wanted to incorporate "A Wrinkle in Time" since I am very excited about the new movie coming out soon, but I really couldn't come up with a good inspiration for a quilt with that idea. 

Then I thought about doing a quit with hourglass blocks, did a google search, found a tutorial for a Disappearing Hourglass (how appropriate!) and knew that's what I wanted to work with!  I had a perfect clock fabric in my stash, and found some 10 inch squares that I could use with it for my blocks.

These blocks are very fast and easy to make - I was quite pleased with the results!
Four blocks was a nice size - I wanted to do some hand quilting on this one, and a week isn't long to finish a quilt by hand!

I decided to try the 12wt Lana Wool in my Aurifil Artisan box.  I've never done any sewing with wool thread at all, and saw that it was recommended for big stitch quilting, which was my plan.
My plan for quilting this was to use circles.  I found a mixing bowl for tracing around...and traced 9 circles!  I love the way the stitching looks as the lines intersect! 
Isn't the backing bright and fun, too?  I also used this fabric for the binding.
I added a line of stitching in the border as well, and called it done!  A stitch in time saves nine, you know. 

Stitched in Coos Bay, Oregon, this quilt measures 30 x 30.  I've decided to call it "In the Stitch of Time" 

And the Winner is....

Thanks for all the lovely comments on my Small, Smaller, Smallest blog post!  I went to a random number generator, plugged in 1 - 42 and it gave me a winner - comment number 33, which is Deb B!

I've sent you an e-mail, so let me know your address and I'll get those out to you!

It's been a super busy week for me, but I did manage to get my Pumpkin Patch quilt finished!  It will rate a full blog post later, but here's a preview:
Today's work is helping at a garage sale.  We are earning money to pay for our church Ladies Retreat in April.  The weather looks good, so I think it will be a great day!  Hope your Saturday is awesome!

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Small, smaller smallest - do you love miniature quilts?

I sure do!  The smaller the better!  

I have all four walls in my sewing room adorned with mini quilts - above my sewing machine:
By the window:
Above the door:
And beside the closet!
So fun (and a fabulous way to be able to display more quilts).

I was super excited about the Small, Smaller, Smallest blog hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt - and it's been fun seeing all the posts so far.

For my project, I decided to finish this mini that I actually started a year ago.  Thimble included for scale!

I made this quilt using fabrics supplied to me by Island Batik.  The blocks are by Hope's Quilt Designs on Craftsy.  I quilted my mini with Aurifil thread (provided by Aurifil Thread!) - I tried using 80 wt in the blocks and it was so wonderful!  You get the impression of texture without seeing the thread so much.    Now I just have to find a spot for my mini on my wall!

Here is the list of participants in the hop again, make sure you read them all!

March 5

March 6

March 7

March 8

Oh, I have a couple of Miniature Quilts magazines to give away as well!

If you notice in my first picture, I made the blue and white one in the center for my wall above my sewing machine.  Leave me a comment and on  Friday evening I'll draw one winner for both magazines.

Thanks for reading