Friday, July 21, 2017

King Size Buckeye Beauty


108 x 108

This pattern is similar to a Jacob's Ladder quilt, but it is called Buckeye Beauty. It can be made from a 4 patch that has two HST and two smaller 4 patches. I laid all my smaller blocks out on the design wall and sewed them together by rows. I felt I had more control of color placement and I didn't have to get up and iron each set of 4 blocks.


This was a custom request by one of my customers. She wanted a quilt with purple and gray with some other  colors thrown in. We chose to add blue and sage green colors. I used 11 fabrics of each purple and gray and only 7 of greens and blues.  36 different fabrics in all.


She chose a purple border,  a gray back, and a light purple thread. It all worked out beautifully.  It's been a while since I've made a king size quilt, but it went smoothly. If it had been any larger it wouldn't have fit on my longarm.


If you're wanting one just like this one in the colors of your choice, I've listed it in my etsy shop.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Picnic Blanket


68 x 68 

Here is my picnic blanket from the Rainbow Picnic Sew Along. I chose not to make a rainbow blanket because I had some purple canvas on hand already. Sorry the pictures are so bad, I took them with my iPad. My computer has died and now I have no editing software. I am working on a 9 year old computer that has no USB ports!


My picnic blanket isn't really this dark!  It's actually very happy and sunny looking with all the light orange fabrics. I even added the tie to the back so it could be rolled up and put away. Turned out great!


You can check out Rachel's picnic blanket and a few others here.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Rainbow Picnic Sew Along


I am really excited to try something new. This is a quilt along to make a picnic blanket. The new part for me is that it has a canvas back and no batting. I am curious to see how it will turn out.

I have my fabrics picked out for Rachel's Rainbow Picnic Sew Along.  While I love her rainbow picnic blanket I didn't think it would go with the canvas I found in my closet. I have a few different pieces of canvas fabric that I normally use to cover my ironing board that were given to me several years ago. But only one of them was large enough to go on the back of my quilt.


And it is this light purple gingham fabric. I picked orange and teal to go with the shades of purple.


The squares are all cut and I am ready to get this quilt top laid out!  If you'd like to see other's progress on their Rainbow Picnic Blanket, click here to go to Stitched in Color.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

June Stash Report


Every post needs a photo....this is one that I'm working on. I just got a request from a friend to make her 5 memory quilts from her husband's shirts so I have also started on that, but they are not due until Christmas so I have a while.

Fabric Usage
Oh my, oh my!  I bought a lot of fabric this month! But in my defense it was all solids and minky which I used. I did keep about half for my stash, because you have to buy several yards to get a good price.  But overall I'm still going up in my usage!

In:   40
Out:   48
Net:  144.75

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Rah, Rah, Rally Quilt

66 x 82

This pattern can be found in the Moda Bakeshop book Sweet Celebrations. I mostly used Melissa's applique tutorial for the logo of my local college.  Mine wasn't as complicated as hers so I just layered the full pieces together. It is a little thick, but I think it still looks okay.


I used monopoly thread to quilt the entire thing, even the appliqued letters.  I traced around the S, the E, and the black outside oval.


For the back I used a medium blue minky because I made this to be a stadium quilt. It's large enough for two people and it is perfect for the couch in the winter too. I love this pattern because it easily fits any school or team colors. Can't wait until I have a college student to give one to!

You can get one for yourself in your team colors in my etsy shop. I have three sizes available.

Linking with Crazy Mom Quilts and :


Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Friday, June 23, 2017

Down the River Disappearing 4 Patch

 55 x 66

The disappearing 4 patch pattern was very fitting for this quilt. The focus fabric only has a few shades of blue in it and was really hard to match to the blues in my stash. I found a large piece of the moda marble in this dark blue shade that went well. I don't have too many 2 fabric go to patterns, but I have used the D4P before with great success.


I didn't worry about fussy cutting since there are so many different squares and I knew they were going to get cut up anyway. Here's a peek at a boat and the docks.


And here is a good shot of one of the lighthouses and another boat. I love the blue shades of the fabric, so much like a cloudy day on the river.


I thought the double strip on the back kind of mimics the pattern on the front.

Linking with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts.
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Friday, June 16, 2017

University of Alabama Elephant Quilt

70 x 90 

Crimson and White are the colors of the University of Alabama and their mascot is an elephant. A customer of mine wanted this particular elephant made into a twin sized quilt with her school's colors.


I picked an easy background pattern with over 10 different red fabrics to make sure the elephant would be the star of the quilt. The rectangles were cut 5" by 18".

The elephant was paper pieced and appliqued to the quilt top before quilting. I quilted it with an off white thread with straight lines on some of the pieces about a quarter inch from the seam. The tail got sewn in as I was doing the applique.


I really didn't know the proper way to quilt this guy since he was so big. I outlined him in read and then quilted just inside the white satin stitches with my longarm as I was doing the straight lines. This was really my first time appliqueing something this large. Is this the proper way? How would you have done it?

I learned a lot about paper piecing (and yes, it was much better this time) and even applique.  I may even do some more in the future!

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pure Baby Boy Quilt

36 x 42 

This is a Moda Bake Shop pattern called Pure Baby Boy.   I liked the simplicity of it so I dug through my scraps and pieced the top. I found a blue Kona cotton called Delft for the sashing and the binding.


I wasn't crazy about how they had done the back in the tutorial, plus I hadn't used a jelly roll so I didn't have any strips anyway. I looked in my stash and nothing large enough seemed to go with the modern look of the front.


Eventually I was able to find enough matching prints and pieced the back from 4.5" wide rectangles. I think they were cut 5" x 10". I didn't worry about trying to get it center when I loaded it on the longarm. I just wanted it to be straight.  And it's pretty close.


It looks so much softer after it's washed. Too bad that is hard to show in pictures. But all quilts look better in person, don't you think?  Hope you're having a great week!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Granny's Square Patch in Teal and Brown

60  x 70

This is another Granny's Square Patch Quilt made with Myra's pattern. This is one of my go to patterns because it looks great in three fabrics but can also be use with many fabrics. I'm still going through my stash and trying to use up fabrics that aren't really blenders.  This tan floral fabric fit the bill and looks great with the teal and brown I found in my stash as well.


I ran a little short on the back even with using all the leftover squares in a strip. A little character never hurt any quilt!


You can find this quilt in my etsy shop.  Linking with Busy Hands Quilts.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Summery Squares

57 x 67 

Here is a summery quilt that features a blue floral print I found in my stash. I used 4 colors from that print to add even more color and brightness to the quilt.


After I got the top done, it seems a little plain so I decided to quilt it with an orange thread. But even that didn't seem like enough so I choose to do a feather style pantograph.


I found this beautiful orange print in my stash that goes perfectly. You can't really see it in the picture but it is a geometric print in several shades of orange. 


It's listed for sale in my Etsy Shop.

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