Saturday, September 24, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Sea Glass

Here is my second entry to the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I'm entering this one into the Small Quilt Category.  This quilt measures 51" x 61". 

This quilt reminds me of the ocean and I love the ocean!  It's made from all Kona cotton solids.  The background is Kona Silver. I quilted waves in light gray thread to go with the ocean theme.

I was so excited to find this large piece of fabric in my stash for the back.  This never happens!

You can find my original post here.  You can see all the quilts in the Blogger's quilt festival here.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Rainbow Bargello

 It's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival!  I am entering my Rainbow Bargello quilt into the ROYGBIV Quilt Category. This is a twin sized quilt.

It's make from all Kona Cotton solids - 44 different colors.  I quilted it with a gray thread in a meandering pattern.  It has such great texture and vibrant color!

For the back I used a black and white crosshatch that appears gray.  I added a rainbow strip to the back just because I can!  I love to piece my backs even if it is a little more work.

I hope you'll stop by Amy's Creative Side to view all the quilts in the different categories of the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Falling Stars

50 x 60 

This quilt is from the new pattern called Falling Stars by Myra of Busy Hands Quilts.  I got to make mine in purples, blues, and green.  I love this color combo!  It came together so fast with the large half square triangles so I spent some extra time on the quilting.

I quilted the squares first and then added the wavy lines about an inch apart.  I used a variegated purple thread that I found on my shelf.  I thought it would look good on the gray squares. Maybe I should have gone with gray?  I don't know. I do love the texture of the quilting.

It's a wonderful pattern to quilt on as you could do so many different things in those solid areas. It works with lots of different colors too.  You can see more options on Myra's blog here.

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Baby Pinwheel Quilt

40 x 40

I finished this simple baby quilt this week.  Yellow and Gray is so nice and soothing together, especially for a baby quilt. I cut 2 - 5 inch squares for each pinwheel from each the print and the white to make 4 HSTs.  It has a 2 inch white border and a 2 inch gray border.  I love how the yellow softens the edge while giving it some more color. 

I have 2 more quilts in the works for this month in yellow and gray.  Seems I can't stop using these colors.  But first I am testing a pattern for Myra and it should be out next week.  It's called Falling Stars and I think you're going to like it. Have a great weekend!

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Saturday, September 3, 2016

August Stash Report

Just a quick post to keep me honest.  I know it doesn't look like it, but I'm trying to use my stash this year!  I think September is going to be much better on my goals than August. I have at least 4 quilts started that will be done this month. Anyway, this post is for me.

Aug in: 50
Aug out: 68

YTD in: 392.75
YTD out: 454.5
YTD change: 61.75

Yearly Goals
11/20 HTU
40/36 QUILTS

Friday, September 2, 2016

Pixel Rainbow Quilt Tutorial

Here is my very first tutorial!  I hope you enjoy making this quilt as much as I have.  It's so full of color and happiness.  Who doesn't love a rainbow!

While making this quilt, I learned how to make a color coded chart in Excel. It was much better than coloring a hundred possible charts on graph paper.  The quilt is 44" by 60" and the pillow is 16" square. I used all Kona cotton for this quilt. I love Kona's bright rich colors.

Each square on the chart is 2.5".  You can get 16 squares from one 2.5" strip of fabric.  Cut the number of squares from the chart below.  Layout following the colored chart above. Label and sew each row together keeping your rows labeled. Then sew the rows together.  Quilt as desired. You will need 6 WOF strips to bind the quilt. 

Follow the same procedure for the pillow top that you used for the quilt.

I made an envelope back for my pillow.  Cut 2 pieces 13 x 16.5"

Fold and iron 1/2 inch on the long side of both pieces. 
 Repeat fold and iron again. (You will have folded the top down twice.)

Top stitch 1/8" from edge of the bottom fold.  
I like to move my needle over to the left to do this.

Lay the pillow top right side up.
Lay one back piece right side down with the fold at the top.
Lay the other back piece right side down with the fold at the bottom.

Pin and sew 1/4" around the outside.
Trim the corners and turn inside out.
Press your pillow case so it will be flat. 

There you have it - a cute rainbow quilt and matching pillow for your favorite little one.

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Pixel Rainbow Quilt

44 x 60

I had a customer ask for a rainbow quilt for her new baby.  After we talked back and forth we settled on this pattern that I came up with. She choose a toddler bed size so that the quilt could transition to the toddler bed as her baby grows.  The binding and the back is black.  It's quilted with a dark monopoly thread.

She also wanted 2 matching pillows to go with her quilt. They have a black back too. I am working on a tutorial for the quilt and the pillow. Should be ready to post it soon. 

Needle and Thread Thursday

Friday, August 26, 2016

Just the Basics Quilt-A-Long Finished!

 48 x 60

Leanne over at Devoted Quilter hosted a quilt a long over the last 6 months.  We've gotten to the end and now we have a beautiful finished quilt!  You can still get the directions if you'd like to participate.

I made mine a tad smaller than her lap quilt because I wasn't sure I had enough fabric to make the lap quilt.  But it's a good size and her pattern works for making a rectangle or a square quilt.

I got to use this cool fabric that has the names of Jesus on it.  I can't wait to use it again.  It's perfect for ministry quilts. Not sure if I'm just as crazy about the pieced back I made.  But it was a fast fix and I needed to get this one finished.

Thanks Leanne for hosting this great quilt-a-long!

 Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts   Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Pixelated Rainbow - A Start of a Quilt

It was so nice to work on something other than a minecraft quilt.  I spent most of yesterday laying out and rearranging this quilt. I haven't got to play with fabric for a couple months so even though I was exhausted when I finished, I was happy! I'll post more about this quilt when it's done. Hopefully I'll get it finished quickly as there are many other things on my list that should be taking priority.

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Sunday, July 31, 2016

I Spy Quilt and July Stash Report

My son made his third quilt from these I-Spy fabrics and I just thought it would be nice to have a picture for you on my stash report post.

I've been busy making 4 Minecraft quilts this month plus 7 pillows. I also tested and made the Brick Cottage Lane 2 pattern and made 2 baby quilts.  It's been a busy month! At least it is showing in the stash report a little. I know it's bound to slow down soon!

July in: 39
July out: 80.5

YTD in: 342.75
YTD out: 386.5
YTD change: 43.75

Yearly Goals
11/20 HTU
39/36 QUILTS

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