Friday, May 27, 2016

Old Fashioned Patchwork Quilt

 94.5 x 103.5

This quilt is made from the same fabrics as the one plus a few more I found that I could throw into the mix.  I think I'm getting smarter, because I cut the strips for this quilt when I cut the strips for the last quilt.  No sense putting the fabric away just to get it back out and iron it again.

It has a much different feel than the more modern Brick Cottage Lane. This one is more traditional and old fashioned I think. I like them both, but I'd say that I'd pick the modern quilt every time.

Just like the last queen sized quilt, I pieced the back trying to use up the larger leftovers. This size quilt takes up so much fabric.  I don't keep more than 5 yards of any of my fabrics.  Mostly my large pieces are 3 to 4 for backing lap quilts. This quilt used up 16 yards of fabric!  That's gonna help off set a fabric purchase I made this week.

Linking with:

   Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Friday, May 20, 2016

Brick Cottage Lane

72 x 92

Isn't Myra's new pattern, Brick Cottage Lane, just awesome!  I have to tell you the story about how all these fabrics got in this quilt.

I had showed Myra a picture of a HTU (hard to use) maroon fabric with 2 or 3 different fabrics and asked her if they went together.  (In hindsight, they were awful!)  Good thing friends tell you the truth!  She suggested I make a patchwork quilt with my HTUs.  So I went through my stash and pulled all the fabrics that didn't go with my stash.  Turns out they are all soft non-modern fabrics. I kept adding more to the pile and pretty soon it filled almost 2 tables. Some of these fabrics are nice and some are "what were you thinking?" fabrics.

 I put them out in rainbow order and they looked so pretty together. Wow this was a great idea!

Anyway, I used 23 different prints from the tables in maroon to blue-green on the color wheel. And it used the HTU maroon fabric that I was having trouble finding fabrics for. You can see it on the back of the quilt below.  Back to the quilt!

Myra came up with a strip method way of sewing this quilt together that was brilliant.
  I even loved that I could use my Shape Cut Ruler to cut my sections. 
This method makes piecing the quilt top go so much faster.

I love using matching fabrics for the back instead of buying one big piece.  It add character to the quilt! I think it's one of my favorite things about a quilt. Besides being finished, that is!

If you love this quilt as much as I do you can find it in Myra's Etsy shop and her Craftsy shop. You can also visit her blog and see her fabulous version of Brick Cottage Lane. My quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop.


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Classic Country Floral Queen Size Quilt

96 x 96

This is a queen sized quilt made from 2 different nine patch blocks.  Most of the fabrics came from my 2.5 and 5 inch scrap bins.  It started out to be a lap quilt, but I had too many scraps, so I was going to make 2 lap quilts.  

Then I decided it should be a bed quilt, but there were too many blocks for a twin.  I was short 15 blocks for a queen.  So do you add a border or go on the hunt for more fabric?  Well, I was blessed to find a few more pieces in my scrap bin and I cut some matching prints that were left in my stash. I did have to buy one green fat quarter.

After the top was done, I measured all my leftover big pieces, got my notebook and started sketching out a layout for the back. It changed slightly from my drawing, but I like how it turned out.  Even though it may never be seen, I didn't have to buy any fabric for the back!  It's the year of the stash and I'm trying hard to keep it.

This was my OMG for May.  It was a big goal and I'm glad it's finished!  You can see links to other's May goals at Red Letter Quilts.  You can also find this quilt in my shop.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Just The Basics - May Edition

I've got my pieces all trimmed for this month for Leanne's Quilt-a-Long. 
 We still have 3 more months so you have plenty of time to catch up!

You can join me in this Mystery Quilt-a-Long at the DevotedQuilter

Just the Basics

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Autumn Stripes

49.5 x 64

I bought this pile of fabric from Myra's Yard Sale Saturday on Etsy.  It's about 6 to 7 yards of fabric.  I used all of it in this autumn quilt. Most of it was already cut into 2 inch strips cut in half, so I had to come up with a design for that size.  I cut off some of the brown floral off the large piece to break up the strips.

Fabric Destash, Clearance Sale, Yard Sale, Fabric Bundle,Lot of Autumn / Fall Fabrics, Busy Hands Quilts

I have been second guessing myself on the large 20 inch strip in the center, wondering if I should have cut it in half.

I found a red print that was in this fabric line in my stash. How you like that?  I also added a strip of orange to make the back big enough.  I had cut the binding first to make sure I would have enough, then laid out the back.

Myra has Yard Sale Saturday the first saturday of every month.  Whether you are buying or selling, it's worth checking out.

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday

Sunday, May 1, 2016

May OMG and April Stash Report

May's OMG is a stack of fabric and scraps in country colors. I went through my stash and these are the fabrics I thought would go with the scraps in the second photo.  I am adding the light tan as my background color. It's a fun pattern with 4 patches and 9 patches. I planing on making 2 lap quilts this month! Hopefully I can find enough backing for both of them. I haven't done a scrappy quilt in a while so this will be nice to get some of the scrap bins.



April Stash Report

I am counting 3 HTU quilts done this month!  The first two come from the gray print in the two baby quilts and the third is the back of the Sea Glass quilt.  I got my first custom quilt order from a friend who wanted a twin quilt made from men's shirts. And I used some more solids this month.  Seems the more I use, the more I buy.  Hmmm...trying to stop that!



APRIL IN:   13 yards   
APRIL OUT: 31.5 yards

YTD IN:  103.75
YTD OUT:  150.5
YTD CHANGE: 46.75 out 

Yearly Goals
9/20 HTU
20/36 Quilts

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Persimmon Jelly Roll

 60 x 70

Moda Persimmon Jelly Roll was used to make this gorgeous quilt.  I used the whole jelly roll plus a little textured tan scraps to make this quilt 1 row bigger.  You can find the original pattern here. I'm glad I did as it works fine even with an even row pattern.  You know a pattern that takes 2 rows to complete it.  Well, this quilt is 6 x 7.  I think it works in this case because the fabrics aren't too bright.

I had to redo 2 blocks with the navy print because it stood out too much.  It was the blocks with the larger corner pieces.  But I did leave in the blocks with the navy diagonal.  They don't stand out too much.

The cutting of the jelly roll lends itself to leftover pieces, which I used on the back to extend this wide fabric to fit the quilt. I love to add color to the back.

Linking with: Needle and Thread ThursdayCan I Get a Whoop Whoop, and TGIFF

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Just the Basics Quilt A Long

Leanne at the Devoted Quilter is having a mystery quilt-a-long.  I like her fabric selection so much I decided to join her.  Okay, I copied her colors too!  Shameless!

For this month all you have to do is make a boat load of half square triangles!  Really, that's it! Mine are finally done.  At least Leanne said that this month is the heavy work load.  Glad that's out of the way.

I hope you pop on over to Leanne's blog and consider joining us in this mystery quilt-a-long.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sea Glass

51 x 60

Doesn't this quilt make you think of the sea?  I just love the blue and greens in this Kona Cotton quilt.  I used Breakers, Grasshopper, Mediterranean, Ultra Marine, Astral, Parrot, Ice Frappe, and Silver. 
This pattern is called Out of Step.  I removed the outer border from the original and added 4 rows and 1 column to make it bigger. I continued to follow the maze pattern, making it twist and turn at the bottom. I love how it turned out!

I wanted the quilting to look like waves.  It was harder than than I thought trying to control my longarm because I really wanted the wave to be equally spaced.  I was getting distracted with the up and down motion and had to do some seam ripping.

I found this button print in my stash and thought it went perfectly with my colors.  It's one of my HTU (hard to use) for  this month, a welcome surprise!  It reminds me of pieces of sea glass.

Linking with Needle and Thread Thursday.

This quilt is my One Monthly Goal for the month. You can see more of the goals met at Red Letter Quilts  I hope you'll join us next month and pick a goal for yourself.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Custom Memory Quilt from Men's Shirts

My friend asked me to make a twin sized quilt from her father-in-law's shirts. I've seen this done before, but hadn't done it myself.  She gave me 14 shirts, mostly longsleeve.  I cut the shirts up into 6 inch squares and made half square triangles trying to put a light with a dark. This was not my initial layout of the squares, it was Myra who suggested making the diamonds.  I guess I just wasn't on my game that day. I'm so glad for friends who can help when you're having an off day!

My friend's husband requested I put his dad's cattle brand on the quilt somewhere. I was going to print it on on fabric, but with this pattern that wasn't going to work.  Applique was the second suggestion, but I don't do that well I told her.  It's still not professional, but I did practice on a couple scrap pieces before figuring out to add some stabilizer to the back.  It's all thread since the pieces were so small.

 This was quite a learning experience.  Cutting the shirts up took much longer than I thought. You have to cut them apart with scissors, iron all the pieces and then cut them into squares.  Working with thin shirts, slick shirts, and flannels all at once wasn't too bad. The HST's went together easily.  I was more concerned with getting everything perfect because this wasn't my quilt.  It seems silly now, but you can't just order more fabric and make another one.  I'm glad I made it, but next time I'm making sure they don't pick half square triangles!

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