Thursday, February 14, 2019

Garlic Knots

56" x 72"

Here's a scrappy quilt for ya! At the beginning of the year, I was cleaning my sewing room and cutting the scraps to put away. I couldn't get all of them into my scrap bins so I decided to make a couple scrappy quilts. This is the second one I made using the darker muted colors I had in the box. 

I chose to use cream and white prints, mostly from scrap strips, for the background. The colors in this quilt are not my favorites. I was surprised how many I had. While it did make a dent in the box, it won't take long to be overflowing again.

There was nothing big enough in my stash to use for the back which isn't surprising. So I purchased a cream floral print for this quilt. I may not like the fabrics too much, but I do love the look of this quilt.  Cut any fabric small enough and you can make a great quilt!

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts and My Quilt Infatuation and Oh, Scrap!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Play Date - A New Pattern

58" x 67"

This pattern has been sitting waiting for me to write it for quite a while. It's called Play Date and it's one of my favorites! I was procrastinating because I did't know how I was going to write a pattern using a new tool I purchased. But pulled up to the computer and finally got to work! 

It comes in 2 sizes, baby and lap/throw. I made the lap size. Can you see the secondary pattern that looks like a sun? And of course there are the separated arrows that are just so fun! 

To make this quilt, you will need the Tri Recs Ruler set.  I bet most of  you already own this ruler. I'm always a little late to the party! While in the process of writing the pattern and learning how to use the tool, I found that this tool isn't scary at all to use. There are tons of tutorials online on how to use it. You just have to remember to cut the little tiny corner off, but I put this reminder in the directions so you won't forget. And it makes more than just the Triangle in a Square block. I am excited to try the Recs too to make Half Rectangle Triangles next.

Here is a lap size mock up in Hazel and Plum...

 And a baby size mock up in Lollipop Garden...

Play Date is for sale here and if you make it I would love to see it!

Linking with My Quilt Infatuation, Busy Hands Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Jungle Babies

Do you ever find things in your closet and wonder - why did I buy that? Well this is one of those for me. I was looking through the drawers to see if I had anything cut up and ready to sew and I stumbled across this pannel. I apparently purchased two of them a while back. I think I was going to try to practice some free motion quilting...

Ya, that didn't happen. I loaded it on the long arm with that intention. After looking at it I realized I would need to quilt it with monopoly thread. Umph. I don't want to mess with that right now. Since it is already loaded I think I'll just get it done and move on!

It has a flannel back and I used the leftover backing for binding as well. At least it is finished and can be sold or given away if the need arises. My little girl was trying to claim it! It is cute, but I think she has enough quilts on her bed right now. I think there is at least four of them.

I found another pile of fabric in the closet too, and I'm not so excited to share this one.  It falls in the the "what were you thinking" category. This quilt should be done in a few weeks. I'm sure you are sitting on the edge of your seat by now!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Scrappy Rainbow 16 Patch

56" x 64"

This is a great pattern for using a jelly roll and a charm pack. I  just happen to have one of each laying around in these cute prints from connecting threads. I cut the jelly roll strips in half and then strip pieced the 16 patch pieces.

I am really trying to use up my stash this year, although there is not a strict "no buying" policy at my house! I found this green print in my backing bins. I purchased it at a local quilt shop a few years ago. I've pulled it out before, it's an odd color, but worked perfectly with this quilt. I planned carefully to that I would have enough left for the binding. I had this orange bird print in my stash which just so happened to match the fabric line on the front.

The fabric shelves are still full, so I've got a long way to go this year. But it will be fun to see how much I can get done while still writing patterns and doing customer quilts.  I also need to tackle the scrap batting pile by making some baby quilts. The list is a long one!

Linking with My Quilt Infatuation and Busy Hands Quilts

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Pajama Party - A New Pattern

64" x 64" 

This is Pajama Party, a fun new quilt pattern! This quilt reminds me of good times when I was a kid. I would love to have some pj's in these colors.  This pattern comes in 5 sizes from baby to king and it is fat quarter friendly.

The fabrics in this quilt are called Lily and Loom Girl's Trip. I found a nice aqua print in my stash to go with it. Such fun colors!

If you'd like to buy the pattern, you can find Pajama Party in my shop.

Linking with My Quilt Infatuation, Busy Hands Quilts, and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Some Rainbow Quilts

I had a request for a square sized bargello quilt recently. Can you tell where I added some strips? This one is almost 70" x 70".  It ends up being the same size as a twin if you go by square inches. She wanted to hang it on her wall, so I added a hanging sleeve using the tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co.  Her directions were very easy to follow.

I also made a twin sized postcard quilt and a pillow sham to go with it. It was very cloudy when I took this picture. If I waited to take a picture with the sun out it will be freezing temps. So cloudy and warm it is.

The pillow sham is quilted with an envelope back. It's a nice touch to go with the quilt.

Solids and rainbows are such a fun way to quilt in January! But now that these two are finished, it's back to the regularly scheduled program.

Linking with Finished or Not Friday.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Scrappy 16 Patch

 50" x 62"

My scrap bins were overflowing and I couldn't get them shut! What a terrible problem to have at the start of the new year...well no not really. Just means that it's time to make some scrap quilts! When I make a quilt, I typically like to have a color scheme, but my options were very limited because I didn't have a whole lot of orange, green, and brown since I had used them to make the pumpkin quilt.

For this quilt, I chose dark blue, aqua, olive/forest green, golden yellow, and shades of cream. I used all 2.5" squares from my scrap bins. There is still a bit left over of some of the colors but there is starting to be some room in my bins. I found a navy blue fabric from connecting threads that was a close match for the back and binding. This is a great pattern for using 2.5" scraps. What do you do with your scraps?

Linking with My Quilt Infatuation and Busy Hands Quilts.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Patchwork Plus - A New Pattern

First finish of the new year is a new pattern! Meet Patchwork Plus, a jelly roll quilt pattern in three sizes - baby, lap/throw, and queen.
66" x 66"

This top one is a lap size quilt. It can be made with one jelly roll and some background fabric. I made mine with Bonnie and Camille prints. This quilt is a perfect combination of modern and traditional. When I look at it I think of my grandma for some reason!

36" x 36"

This one is the baby size made from some American Jane Pezzy Print jelly roll strips I had received from a friend. I love how the yellow binding adds to the bright and happy look of this quilt.

You can find the pattern here. I'm excited that my year is off to a great start. Hope yours is too!

Linking with My Quilt Infatuation and Busy Hands Quilts.

New Ironing Board Cover

My husband spent yesterday morning making me this new ironing board cover. It's wonderful! He used a half inch piece of plywood we had in the garage and cut it about 2 inches larger than my ironing board on each side. He added 1x2 boards to each side that fit pretty snug to the original top of the ironing board.

I used three layers of batting and 1 layer of canvas for the top. Then I used a staple gun to attach it to the underside of the top board. It fits on top of my original ironing board with the old cover still on. I need to make another cover for the original since it is falling apart. This new top is easily removable if I ever need to take me ironing board somewhere and it's light enough that its no trouble to move it.

I was thinking about painting the 1x2s black to match the legs of my stand since you can see it when you sit down.  It's so nice to have more room when I'm ironing.  We had everything on hand except the 1x2s and they only cost a couple dollars. I was even able to use batting scraps so that helped reduce the pile in the closet. Now to clean up the rest of the sewing room...

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Best of 2018 Quilts

2018 was a more laid back year for me. I made 53 quilts and picking only 5 favorites was a hard one. It was an exciting year though because I started writing my own patterns! 8 patterns were released though out the year. My very first pattern was Double Up.   

My most popular pattern by far was Sweetart. This year I tried to do more custom quilting. I was really pleased with the look of the quilting on this one. Each line of the block has something different, but is repeated on each block through out the quilt.

 Two jean quilt tops were pulled out of the attic and finished with some custom quilting. This one is my favorite. Both jean quilts are being loved on my couch this winter.


Rainbow quilts never cease to disappoint and these two are my favorite for the year. It's hard to beat a postcard quilt!

And this sunny quilt makes the list not only because it was from a quilt a long, but because it has my most favorite backing of the year!

What a great year it has been! I did take a seemingly long break this fall to work on other projects, but I've been getting back to quilting lately. I have several new patterns in the works for the next year that I am anxious to get written. Thanks for joining me on my quilting adventure!

If you'd like to see other quilts I've made, you can find them on my pinterest board.

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