Friday, February 10, 2017

Charming Baby Quilt

42 x 42 

This baby quilt was made from some leftover charm squares my friend sent me a while ago.  I added in a couple more prints from my scrap bin to finish it out.

My handsome helper said his arms were getting tired during our photo shoot.  I think he just wanted to be seen in the photo!

I had some thread issues on the back of the quilt.  Three knots and only 3 knots.  One of my facebook groups suggested changing the check spring.  I guess you're supposed to do that every year and I have never changed it.  So I changed it yesterday and worked on the tension while I was practicing these swirl feathers Vicki likes to do.  I still got a knot, but it was towards the top when I might have been adjusting the tension still.  So I need to do another practice piece before loading a quilt.

This is actually my second piece.  The first piece was a farming chicken fabric and you can't see the quilting in the pictures.  I did better on the first one than this one.  Although it doesn't look too bad.  It is a fast freehand pattern, so I want to get better at it.

Linking with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January Use Your Stash Update

I am still participating in using my stash.  It really helps keep me accountable with my purchases. I have been encouraging my friends to do this too.  January is always a month for buying solids because Missouri Star Quilt Company offers those discounted gift cards at the end of the year.

I am happy to say that my solid stash is looking good right now. I have plans to make several different and new to me quilts with some of those solids. I always have plans, but sometimes it takes a while to get to them!

There are also plans to make three different HST quilts on my list with these fabrics.

 And a Jelly Roll Wave quilt in these.

Then there is a 4 patch quilt and a baby girl quilt all ready to sew  this week.

And finally I have one ready for quilting.

I was away from my sewing room for a few days and came back to having nothing to work on.  I think that has been taken care of now!

Fabric Usage
Out:  51.5
In:  36.75
Net:  14.75

Friday, January 27, 2017

Another Chunky Race Quilt

 49 x 59

This is my last chunky race quilt for a while.  I really wanted to try some open feathers on this one, but when I got to looking at the top of the quilt, it didn't really say open feathers to me.  So I dug out my pantographs and picked this swirly one.  I haven't done a panto in a while so it was good for my brain to try this one out.

After a couple tries of getting the prep work correct, I finally got to quilting.  I even took some time to teach a friend of mine about pantos.  She just got a new longarm and hasn't even loaded a quilt yet. We went over all the steps and man was there a lot that I just do without thinking. There are a lot of extra steps for a panto that I don't do when I am meandering.

Leftovers on the back to use up some stash. This is a fun and fast pattern that I know I will get out again later.  But right now, I'm ready for something new!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Orange and Green Chunky Race Quilt

 49 x 59

This is my second chunky race quilt to be quilted. I loved the look of the last one so I decided to do the same thing again. This time I left out the ribbon candy quilting that I had so much trouble with last time. And I changed the circles to double circles.  Love those!

I also got smarter and put my better looking patterns on the fabric that was going to show up more.

You can see more of my quilting on the back of the quilt. I love the short sections of quilting, but that you can find it again in other places.

Second one down, only 1 to go!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Jelly Roll Wave

50 x 60

This is Myra's new pattern called Jelly Roll Wave.  It's a fun one to sew because of the different ways you can put it together.  You can see more options on Myra's blog Busy Hands Quilts.  I chose to quilt mine with things that reminded me of the ocean.

Wavy lines on the prints traveling up and down, pebbles on the sides and swirls in the centers.  I have to say that swirls are a bit of a weak spot in my quilting repertoire, especially these big ones. 

I do love the look on the back. The wavy quilting reminds me of an old clam shell shaped basket I used to have in my bathroom.

You can find Myra's pattern in her Crafty Shop. Stop by Myra's blog to see four more versions of this quilt. Her's look completely different than mine, so I know you're going to want to go look!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Minecraft with a New Border

 82 x 100

I recently made this large full sized quilt and just wanted to share it with you. My customer initially wanted a 1" pieced border, but after I told her how long that would take she agreed to this 2" border. It still took 5 hours just to piece the green border, but it looks amazing! The quilt itself is extra big and it has the most blocks I have ever put in a minecraft quilt.

I love how the custom "skin" makes the quilt unique. (That's the middle block with the blue.) Thanks for letting me share with you today!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Rainbow Bargello Lap Size

First I want share a link to How to Track Your Fabric Yardage which was shared by Jeni of In Color Order today. She wrote a great article on the how's and why's of keeping track of your fabric.  I started keeping track last year.  I want to encourage all of you to start keeping track this year!

60 x 72

This is a reduced size of the rainbow bargello quilt I made here and here.  I love it in a lap size.  Not only did I reduce the number of strips to 36 and remove 3 columns, I also changed the way the tubes were ironed so I could skip the pinning process.  Score!  It worked great, and the quilt comes together so much faster.

I ironed the first set up towards the brown and the second set down away from the brown.  Then all you have to do is cut the odd number strips from the first tube, and the even number stips from the second tube. Now they will nest nicely when you sew the columns together.

My new favorite backing color is gray with a touch of color.  This one, of course, had to have a rainbow!

Friday, December 30, 2016

End of the Year Wrap Up

It has been a great year! So let's start with the stash report. I didn't do as good as I was hoping, but I am please that there was more going out than coming in.  A lot of the fabric this year was solids for the custom quilting I did.  And I just ordered 54 yards at the end of this month.  At least I am in good shape starting out the new year.

Dec In  97.25
Dec Out  52.5

YTD In  571
YTD Out  619
Net Change  48

I made 70 quilts, 3 wall hangings, 10 pillows, 6 placemats and a table runner this year.  I participated in 5 quilt-a-longs and tested 7 patterns for Myra at Busy Hands Quilts. My goals were to make 36 quilts (20 of them from the bin).  I reached part of my goal in making the quilts, but I didn't get into the bin enough this year. I've had a lot of fun quilting this year!

42 quilts - These are my regular yearly quilts. I love making these lap quilts.  11 of these had fabrics that came out of my "bin".  I hope I can get into that more next year and get that fabric used up.


9 customer quilts - Special requests that came from my etsy shop some are not pictured because they are duplicates.

19 minecraft quilts - These also came from my shop.  I offered custom block choices and 4 sizes of quilts. I think my customers enjoyed having choices with these quilts. This was fun, but a lot of work! Here is just  a few of them.

Goals for 2017

1. Make 40 quilts again this year.
2. Get better at some new quilting designs and venture out into free motion quilting.
3. Use the stash as much as possible.  Have a net change of more than 48 yards.

 I know there are big changes coming in my personal life, so I hope to get as much time to sew as I did this year. I am thankful for all that I was able to do this year and for my quilty friends online.

Happy New Year to all of you!

Pink Chunky Race Quilt

 49.5 x 59.5

The first chunky race quilt is finished! Jasmine, who came up with the Chunky Race Quilt, tells you about her quilt here. I had so much fun quilting this one.  But no laughing, it was my first try at some of these different designs. I picked 10 different designs and quilted them on a specific color.  I made a huge mistake and put my newest design on the yellow. It should have been on a purple so it wouldn't stand out.  

 Apparently quilting ribbons are harder than they look.  I think it might have been easier if they weren't 4 inches tall.  This was my first one, but it wasn't my worst.  These did not improve as I traveled down the quilt.  I need way more practice on this one!

These l's were supposed to be much fatter. I started getting wider on a different strip.

Love this design, but I don't know what it is called.  My new favorite!

I think I saw these circles that remind me of e's on Jasmines Chunky Race Quilt. They also need more practice.

I wasn't really sure how to start the ribbons.  But below you can see I love e's and l's.  They were one if the easy designs.

Some fatter l's and some circles.  I really need practice traveling over a line that has been quilted already. There are some bad back tracking designs on the maroon that didn't show up well in the photos.

I used all the leftover fabric on the back.  Normally this would have been my favorite part of the quilt, but I loved the quilting on the front so much it wins!  You can find the directions for making this quilt top here.  It takes less than 2 hours.  It makes a great charity quilt or just one for practicing some new to you quilting designs. I hope you'll give it a try.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Orange and Blue Baby Quilt

40 x 42 

My son helped make this cute baby boy quilt.  He started with the white polka dot print and added in the oranges, blues, and browns.  We went over his fabric selections and made a few changes.  Hew sewed the entire center of the quilt.  I added the borders and finished it for him.

I love the back of this one.  I got a wild idea to flip the strip over since I had to add the brown down the center to make it wide enough.  I think it gives it a touch of whimsy!

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