Thursday, July 30, 2015

Row Markers

This was my birthday present from my eldest daughter!  She found it on pinterest somewhere, snuck off to the craft room and whipped them up.


It's made from a quilting pin, a letter bead, and a small silver bead.  They are hot glued to each other. We didn't have any number beads (but they do sell them at Hobby Lobby), so she used alphabet beads.  I have already been using them for a quilt that just happened to have the rows marked with letters!

If you make these yourself, make sure to use long pins.  These are a little too short to go through multiple layers.  But they are still pretty awesome.  No more sticky notes for me!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Geo Garden Fence Quilt

 50 x 60

Here is my Garden Fence Quilt made without sashing.  Since this quilt is going to a man, I asked all my boys if they like the sashing or not.  They voted unanimously against the sashing.  Good think my seams are a nice scant 1/4 inch!  They lined up nicely.  You can find a free tutorial here on how to make the blocks.   I made a lap size quilt that is 5 by 6 blocks.


 I used several geometric fabrics in blue, green and a medium gray. Here are some closeups so you can see them. I used 12 fabrics in all.




I used the leftover fat quarters on the back. It's like getting two quilts in one!


One more picture with my cute helpers.  I think Peter likes his picture taken!



Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Becca's Wiggle Time Quilt

 68 x 84

Becca is taking a quilting class for high school.  She has just finished this twin sized Wiggle Time Quilt.  You can find the pattern here.


I helped her pick the fabrics, but she did most of it by herself.  She started with this piece on the back that she really wanted to use.  Then she picked the pattern and finally the fabrics.  I did the cutting, because I think it is important that she keeps all her fingers!  She did all the sewing, ironing, and even the quilting on the longarm!  She picked a panto called "All That Jazz".


She was hoping to be able to turn the quilt over and use the bottom as the top if she wanted a change in her room.  We didn't try it on her bed yet, so I am not sure how that will look.  But it much more colorful than the top!


I'm very proud of her and the job she did on her quilt.  I think she will get an A!  We still have to go over some color theory, but her class is close to being finished.


Needle and Thread Thursday

Friday, July 3, 2015

Picket Fence Quilt

66.5 x 66.5

Isn't she pretty?  This is the new Picket Fence Pattern by Myra of Busy Hands Quilts.  You can pick up this great pattern on Craftsy or in her Etsy Shop.  She has multiple sizes to choose from and it is layer cake friendly.  I made the lap size quilt and it used 40 of the 42 pieces from the layer cake.  The pattern is easy to read and understand.  If you make it from a layer cake, it whips up quickly!


The fabric line is Printemps by Moda.  I have been hoarding it in my closet for over a year!  I don't usually splurge on precuts, but I won a gift certificate from a quilt-a-long and bought a couple.  I have a love/hate relationship with precuts.  I love the variety of fabrics that you get, but I don't like the pinked edges.  Sometimes I have trouble getting things to line up nicely when pairing it with a straight cut edge. 


It is quilted with a Chantilly Lace Pantograph.  It takes FOREVER because each line is only 4 inches! I would quilt a couple lines and then take a break.  In a couple hours I was ready to quilt a couple more.  It only took 3 days using this method, but I have my sanity!  Sometimes you gotta put a little extra effort on a quilt.  This was one of those quilts.


I found a matching color at Joann's for the back.  I could not believe that with all my fabric stash that I could not find any of the colors in the quilt.  I guess I don't buy too many pastels.  Who knew?


This is not the best picture of Emma, but she's still my cutie.  I couldn't get her to smile at all.  Just one of those mornings!  

Pop on over to Myra's blog.  She's got her picket fence done and you can find  more info on the pattern. You'll be glad you did!



Thursday, July 2, 2015

Stair Step Quilt


50 x 62

This is a cute stair step quilt.  The colored pieces are cut 2.5 by 10.5.  I used 3 or 4 different fabrics of each color. There are 31 little rows in this baby!  Seems like I have been working on this for a while.


It's quilted with freehand loops and hearts, nothing too fancy.  I was working on going into the heart in the same direction that I wanted to come out in.  I also wanted to make the hearts point in different directions.  Sometimes you get going and forget!



The back is a soft minky kind of fabric.  Yep it's crooked, but it was not big enough to square up. And I pulled it too much on the longarm so there is a slight wave to the top and bottom.  I really gotta work on this. I hope the recipient likes the warm soft back so much that it isn't noticed!  I know my kids would appreciate it.  They fight over quilts with minky on the back!


Have a great holiday weekend!



Needle and Thread Thursday

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Cotton Lawn Leftovers

40 x 53

I had some squares leftover from this quilt and I didn't want to put them in my scrap stash.  So here they are in this small lap quilt.  I had enough left from the backing to add a small green border too. It was easier to sew the cotton lawn to the regular cotton.  It didn't slip as much.


Found this butterfly fabric in my stash and it was a close match!


Not a great big finish, but it's done!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Cotton Lawn Plus Quilt


Just a simple plus quilt finish made from a stack of cotton lawn I purchased a while back.  Cotton lawn is thinner than regular cotton and has a silky soft finish.  It kinda reminds me of an old bedsheet because of how soft it is. It was a little more challenging to sew, but it is quite doable.




Monday, June 22, 2015

Cowboy Quilt Made by a Cowboy


This is David's second quilt!  He is my 9 yo son.  You can find his first quilt here.  He enjoyed making the first quilt so much ( a wall hanging), that he wanted to make a lap quilt.  But when he got that size all sewed up, we had enough fabric left over to make it big enough for his bed.


I think this pattern is easy enough for a small child to make by himself.  David was really working on getting his seams to be 1/4 inch.  I had to trim a few spots, but it went together okay.


For those of you who don't know my son, he is a very adventurous, outdoor kinda kid.  He loves all things farming, ranching, and outdoor.  He is the one who volunteers to mow the grass lately, even when it's super hot outside!

I gave it a quick meander and sewed the binding on for him.  But I am so proud that he did such a great job on his quilt!  He's even going to help me make one for his little brother. (They share a room so his will have horses on it.)


Friday, June 19, 2015

Modified Belle Weave

55 x 68

I came up with this design because of the size of the fabric I had to use.  It is a combination of a couple different patterns that I really liked.  I wanted to use up as much of this hawaiian print as I could and there are different amounts of each square.  So strange to find this pile of fabrics, but I knew I could do something with it!


The rectangles are 3.5 x 6.5.  


 I didn't have as much black so I used that for one row in the middle.


Quilting is a panto called All That Jazz.


The back has the rest of the scraps in my usual style!  


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Garden Fence Blocks


Myra, from Busy Hands Quilts, is guest hosting for Building Blocks Tuesday.  And while I don't usually post unfinished quilts, I thought I would break the rule today! Sometimes it is good to break a rule, don't ya think?


These blocks are super easy and super cute!  You can find the pattern here.


I haven't decided whether to add the sashing or not.  But I am loving the blue, green, and gray colorway.  Have you made one of these yet?  Did you make it with or without the sashing?

Quilter in the Closet