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!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Baby Nines - Granny's Square Patch

39 x 49

This is a new pattern from  Myra of BusyHandsQuilts called Granny's Square Patch.  You can find it here. I choose to make the baby size because I found this gray print in my Hard to Use Stash.  Yards of it needed to be used.  After I made the first one, I liked it so much I made another and I still have 1 yard left!

The pattern called for me to use the black as the border, but I thought it would look better with the gray print.  So I just added a 1 inch black border between the inside and the gray border. Worked great!

 I put black minky on the back so it would be nice and soft. It's quilted with a meandering pattern in a gray thread. A Quilted Passion 

Friday, April 1, 2016

April OMG and March Stash Report

April's OMG is this pile of partially sewn solids I have been trying to get finished, but things keep taking priority. Before I can get this finished though, I have a customer memory quilt that needs finished.  So really 2 quilts are my goal this month.  You can link up to Red Letter Quilts OMG here.

Stash Report

Two more HTU quilts are done this month and two made from those solids I purchased. I really am trying not to buy fabric, but sometime you need some to finish a quilt.  Then you must spend the minimum for free shipping, right? I must have really built my stash last year with all my purchases.  It's easy to lose track if you're not counting.  This stash report is really helping with over buying.




MAR IN:  21 yards   
MAR OUT: 38 yards

YTD IN: 90.75
YTD OUT: 119
YTD CHANGE: 28.25 out 

Yearly Goals
6/20 HTU
15/36 Quilts

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Seeing Squares

48 x 56

This pattern is called seeing squares.  It's one of those that I actually purchased because the blocks are not typical.  If you decide to purchase this pattern, read the whole thing first.  Then you will see that all squares you cut will be cut into 2.5 and 1.5 strips.  It bothered me that it wasted so much fabric. I would have just cut strips instead of all the squares. Other than the wastefulness, it's a nice pattern.

Anyway, I used Kona Cotton in Lagoon, Peacock, Robin Egg, Sprout, Parrot, Papaya, Orange, and White.  My picture is not accurate on the colors because I took it at the wrong time of day.  But I wanted a March finish, so I took them anyway!

It's quilted with swirls to soften up all those sharp edges. I used a pantograph, but I really think I could have done it freehand.

 Hopefully you are having a great week, Spring Break or not!

Linking with: Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and TGIFF at Celtic Thistles 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Triangle Wall Hanging

10 x 20

Isn't this cute!  I received 100 little triangles from my friend Myra - all of them different.  Having never sewn equilateral triangles before this was a bit challenging.  There was lots of seam ripping in the beginning, but I did get it figured out!  

Here it is withe the last little quilt I made.  My wall is starting to fill up!  I've been wanting to make quilts that are different for the all and this one fits the bill. Thanks, Myra!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Minecraft Quilt

 68 x 87

This is a twin sized minecraft quilt. For those of you unfamiliar with Minecraft is it a very popular pixelated game where you build and grow things.  All the things in the game are made from blocks. I found images online to make my blocks.  I used my Kona Cotton Color Card to pick my colors and I tried to match the colors of the game.  My kids were all too happy to help me with the design.  They even helped rearrange some of the design of the blocks when it didn't look quite right.

I saw a tutorial on how to make the TNT block where you use all 1 inch squares.  Ha!  Mine looked awful and I knew there was no way I was going to get that many tiny pieces to line up. Here it is:

So I decided to use strips for all but the inside of the N and it looks so much neater. Here is my new center of the TNT block:

I think Steve needs some color changes, but otherwise I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

I meandered the quilt with a dark monopoly thread because of the black background. It looks good on both the dark and the light colors. Gray thread would have been too visible on the sashing and I wanted the blocks to stand out.

I found this pixelated flannel at Joann's this weekend and it is just perfect for this quilt.

Originally it was going to have a full green border, but it didn't look good.  My husband suggested just a small strip to break up the black. I think it added a perfect frame for the quilt.

This quilt is for sale in my etsy shop.  It is also my One Monthly Goal for March.

Sew Fresh Quilts Needle and Thread Thursday 
Fort Worth Fabric Studio A Quilted Passion 
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