Friday, May 8, 2015

Rainbow Gems

This quilt was made from the leftover HST that came from Myra's Rainbow Star quilt that I made recently.  I had several HST and plenty of solid fabric left.  Instead of putting any of it in the scrap bin, I used it to make my own design.  

54" x 63"

Each square is a half square triangle and finishes at 9 inches.  I cut some more of my 10 inch solids in half and made a rainbow down the back.   Gotta love rainbow quilts!  It's quilted with gray thread in an easy meander pattern.  I didn't want to distract from the two tone diamonds.

Linking with Sarah and TGIFF

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Rainbow Star Baby Quilt

I was asked to test a pattern for Myra who blogs at Busy Hands Quilts.  She has a awesome blog full of great quilts!  Here is my version of her Rainbow Star Baby Quilt.  You can find her pattern on Craftsy or in her Etsy Store.  It's on sale at a discounted price until May 20!

This pattern was easy to follow and is great for a wall hanging or a for a baby quilt.  It finishes at 40 inches square.  You could make it with prints or solids.  You could even try it with some left over layer cake pieces.  

Here are the Kona Cotton colors that I used in my quilt (mostly because I had them in my stash), but there are other colors you could use also.

Red - Tomato, Rich Red
Orange - Papaya, School Bus
Yellow - Maize, Buttercup
Green - Kiwi, Clover
Jade - Azure, Jade
Turquoise - Peacock. Turquoise
Blue - Blue Jay, Royal
Purple - Crocus, Bright Periwinkle

If you aren't familiar with Myra's blog, you should go check it out. She's super sweet and loves to respond to comments!

Floral Plus Quilt

45" x 54"

It has taken me so long to get this finished!  But that is because I have been working on other projects.  We spent a lot of time cleaning carpets, replacing padding, and adding new carpet to our house.  That is not my idea of fun! But I am back to teaching the kids and quilting.  Yeah!

This quilt used up the black floral print and turned into a lovely plus quilt.  I think this is my favorite pattern.  But you probably guess that since I make so many of them.

Leftover scraps on the back, a simple meander, and a dark teal green fabric to finish it off.  Simple and effective.  Hope you're all having a great week!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Window Panes

48" x 58.5"

This quilt is made from the left overs of a quilt I have not finished yet.  For some reason I finished this quilt first.  The other one is a plus quilt made from the above fabrics plus a few more, but I don't even have the top done to show you yet!  I had 5 inch squares of the black floral print and didn't want to put them in my scrap bin so I found a pattern to use them.  

There were 2 small strips left to give the back some interest.  I quilted it with a swirly panto.  I have been having a problem with my thread lately.  When I get to the end of the bobbin, I get small knots on the bottom of the quilt.  I thought I had it figured out by winding my bobbin slowly, but it showed up again on this quilt.  Anybody have a solution to my problem?

I got to spend the week in my sewing room thanks to my kids giving me the week off!  They took turns teaching the little kids and doing homework.  I spent 4 full days cutting, sewing, and quilting.

These are some of the prints I dug out of the closet to cut up for quilts. These all came from an estate sale and were super cheap!  I was able to pick patterns and cut fabric for 10 quilts this week!  I also quilted 2 fleece blankets that were taking up a bunch of room in the closet.  My closet is looking so much better!  (and emptier)   

Next on my list besides the plus quilt is the last scrap bin to cut up.  Then I can finally work on some other projects besides sewing that have been waiting for me!  Hope you all get time to do a little spring cleaning in your sewing rooms too!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Pink and Brown Posies

Here is a cute almost spring time quilt for this week.  I wanted to use up the brown floral print because it was in my closet.  It turned out a little darker than I like, but I had already pulled the fabrics before I picked the pattern...I really need to stop doing that! 

It is a one block quilt pattern.  Sorry I forgot to get a picture of the block.  It is 8 x 8.  You can see the block in the corner - it goes from orange to green on the top and green to yellow on the bottom. Then you just rotate it for the next one. 

The back reminds me of skittles for some reason.  I think it is the colors of the rainbow!  :)  Have a happy week!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Rainbow Brick

I was going through my scrap bins to cut and organize when I found a bunch of the black flowered print.  There were at least 25 pieces leftover from a quilt a did a couple years ago.  Seemed to me that I could put them in a quilt.  So I calculated the largest piece I could cut from my scraps which was a 7.5 by 4 inch brick.  Not too much you can do with that size!  Here's what I came up with.

42 x  52.5

I wish I had taken a picture of the first couple layouts. They were terrible!  I tried with a black V and random colors around it. Then I tried just random placement.  Agh!  It didn't look good until I started putting some order to it.  But now I am pleased with the rainbow look it has and that black floral print is not in my scrap boxes.  

I tried to finish off some of the colored prints from the front so I wouldn't have to put them back in my stash.  My bins are full and I need to get some of it used up!  I really am trying not to buy anymore, but when something is on sale (a really good sale) how can I resist! But full bins are full bins and I like to keep things put away.  Hope you all have a great week of sunshine and sewing!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Black vs Yellow

I finished up the last 2 I-Spy Scrappy Quilts the other day.  I decided it would be fun to see which binding we like better  - black or yellow.

Here they are side by side.  I think I like the black better on this type of quilt because it gives the quilt a dark finished edge.

Although on the back, I like the yellow because it blends in perfectly.  Which one do you like?

I used glue to hold the binding in place on both of these quilts.  I did the black first then the yellow.  I think I finally got the hang of it.  I was placing the glue down the strip further so the process was going much faster.  And I got the edge lined up better this time.

You can almost see all of my helpers in this last photo!  These are my youngest 4 and they love to hold up quilts that are almost as tall as they are.  And then there is Emma who just keeps peeking behind the quilt to see what everyone is doing!

You all have a great week!  (Yep, I live in Oklahoma!)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Have You Ever Glued a Binding?

I saw this new way to add a binding to a quilt that used NO pins!  What really?  No getting poked?  Aren't we supposed to get jabbed when we sew?  Well, not anymore!  

I have a friend coming over who just got a sewing machine and I remembered that she hates to pin the binding on.  So I thought I would try this method out just for her.  You can see the directions here.

All you need is some Elmer's Washable School Glue and your iron.  Sew your binding to the front just like normal.  Press it and flip your quilt over.  Run some glue down the binding, fold it over, and give it a good press. (no steam please)  

I did it the same way as if I was pinning, but glued and flipped instead of flipped and pinned.  I held the iron on the fabric for a couple seconds until it would stay down.

It is a little stiffer because of the glue and that makes stitching in the ditch easy. And I didn't have to pull any pins when I sewed.  ( I don't pull pins anyway though.  I have lot's of pin pullers running around my house and one of them is always happy to help me!)  After washing, the binding felt just the same as if I had used pins. The glue washed out.  

Overall, it seemed to take a little bit longer.  But it was my first time, I think I will get faster.  Good method for not using pins.  None to poke you or drop on the floor!  I think it's worth another try on a bigger quilt.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

I Spy Scraps

This is the pile of scraps I had left after cutting all the I-Spy fabric.  I didn't want to waste it!  Would you believe that I was able to make 3 scrappy quilts from it?  I only have one quilted, but the other two tops look very similar.

I chose this rectangle pattern because it was easy and it used 2.5 inch strips.  I cut my strips into 4.5 inch rectangles and paired them up (I even strip sewed some of them).  I made all the blocks before sewing the tops together so that I could divide the colors up between the three quilts.

I used some leftover blocks on the back to make it long enough. It looks a little plain, I think I should have set off the strip with some 1 inch black.  What do you think?

Here are the 2 different kinds side by side (the other one I blogged about here).  The scrappy one is quite a bit busier than the regular one.  I would only notice that if I saw both types of quilts though.  There are duplicate fabrics, (even triplicates) in the scrappy quilt but I think it worked out okay.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

I Spy Quilt

Last month I cut lots and lots of fabric to make kits for I-Spy quilts.  I thought it would be good if there was a sample quilt made for everyone to see before they sewed one together.  You have to check your color placement when you layout your quilts.  You want all yellows spread out, all the blacks, red, etc.  This can be really challenging!  I think I changed the layout 3 times trying to get everything moved around.  

The backing wasn't wide enough on it's own, so I grabbed some leftover squares and added them to the back to make it wider.  I was going to use a children's novelty print on the back, but it was just too busy and didn't really go with the front. This is what I plan on doing with the rest of the leftover squares now.

A quick meander for the quilting, black binding and she's done!  I think this type of quilt is perfect for a child in the hospital because there is so many different things to look at.