Friday, November 16, 2018

Peter's Outdoor Quilt

40.5" x  49.5"

Perfect time of year for this quilt finish. My boys all have to make one quilt top in their youth. This was supposed to have been Peter's quilt top. He is 10. He picked out the fabrics and was very excited to learn to sew. I always have them practice on some scrap pieces before sewing the real thing because fabric is expensive and I don't want them to mess up their quilt. 

Usually my children pick up sewing pretty quickly and are able to sew a decent quarter inch seam. Peter has 5 older siblings who have sewed before him (and one younger one), so I was surprised when he had so much trouble.  So much trouble that I didn't let him sew this quilt. I know you're going to tell me that I should have let him sew it anyway.  He will just have to try again next year when his coordination is better.

Since he wasn't sewing the top, I wanted to make it bigger. So he was happy to help me lay out more squares.  Of course he then wanted to make it into a twin size for his bed, but he already has a quilt on his bed so we agreed that it would be put in my shop for a while.

I know he doesn't look super happy in the picture, but he really was! It was his idea to get in the picture so you all could see him. We will be trying again next year and he is okay with that.  I think he should be helping me pick fabrics, don't you?

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts

Friday, November 9, 2018

Layer Cake Custard - A Short Cut Quilt

Here's a new Short Cut Quilt pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop releasing today called Layer Cake Custard. It's a FREE pattern that you can make quickly!

63" x 88"

I bet you guessed by the name that this quilt is made from one Layer Cake. I choose to make my quilt with Moda's Return to Winter's Lane. It has such beautiful wintery prints. I love the snow and the plaids and the cardinals.

There are only 2 blocks in the quilt, so this is definitely a short cut quilt. The large blocks are great for showing off all the beautiful prints.

This is a big quilt as you can see from this photo below. That's my husband holding it as high as he could. This quilt is nicely sized for snuggling on the couch which is just what I plan on doing with it!

Be sure to check out other versions of this fun pattern on the Jolly Jabber blog today. Then hop over and get the free pattern here! There is also a video tutorial to help you make this quilt.

The Fat Quarter Shop Blog - The Jolly Jabber - has some great versions of the Layer Cake Custard quilt so go take a look!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Altered Book

Hi there everyone! I don't have a quilt to share this week and possibly next week too. What have I been doing? Well, I have been leading an art group through my church the last couple months. We are making an altered book. What is that, you ask? It's pretty much anything you want it to be. Mine is a hardbound book, most pages removed, the remaining pages glued together in 2's for more strength and then decorated with vintage style papers and ephemera.  It's also called a junk journal, but I have no junk around my house so mine is mostly Vintage French themed. 

Pockets are everywhere with papers for journaling. Even the pockets and envelopes can have pockets. There are lots of corner tuck spots and different style envelopes. I made two different sets of tags from pages. I'm having a lot of fun making this and finding new techniques to share with my group. 

I'm about half way done with my book.  Quilting should resume soon, even if it's a slow pace. Holidays are coming you know! I  have some new patterns stewing in my head for the new year. And there is a ton of stuff on the shelf that still needs to be made into a quilt because it won't fit in my storage bins. I'm still wanting to get things cleaned up and more organized for next year.  Hope you enjoyed a peek at what I've been working on.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Pumpkin Quilt

56" x 70" 

I've finished this pumpkin quilt just time for November! Yes, I realize that fall was also in October, but it really has only been cold enough to use quilts for a day or two. I'm on the fence if I want to keep it. I really like this quilt, but we just rearranged the living room and added a couch. The two jean quilts are sitting on my sectional and I am loving them!

Aside from the background fabric and binding, this quilt top was made entirely from my scrap bins. I had a ton of orange 2.5" squares and was able to dig up enough green, brown and gray between the 2.5" squares, 5" squares, and the 2.5" strips.

I purchase some orange minky for the back since I was initially making this for me. It's wonderfully warm and soft. Too bad I don't live up north were I could use it longer.

It's been so rainy and cloudy here, I decided it was so nice out this morning with the sun coming up we should go out and take a picture in it. So here's the full sun shot for you!

Linking with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Rainbow HST

 64" x 72"

Here's a Finally Friday Finished Quilt! This quilt is made with a gray mirage fabric and 16 Kona Cotton solids - Carnation, Bright Pink, Pomegranate, Watermelon, Nectarine, Goldfish, Lemon, Cactus, Pear, Kale, Azure, Peacock, Malibu, Surf, Mulberry, and Wisteria. I love that there are so many Kona colors to choose from which helped get the rainbow that I was looking for.

I wanted to quilt something different than my typical meander, but simple at the same time. I used the squares to keep me on track and looped up and down across the quilt.  Nothing fancy on the back either, just a get it done kinda quilt.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts.

Friday, September 21, 2018


56" x 72" 

Here's a fun and happy quilt pattern for you called Sunnyside. It's a new one from Myra at Busy Hands Quilts. I love that it uses multiple fabrics in 3 colors. I chose my favorite colors to make this quilt which worked out great since I have so many fabrics in turquoise and lime green.

It doesn't show up real great in the photos, but I used white and off white prints for my background fabrics. There are arrows, circles, and flowers on those white prints along with some other tone on tone prints. I just love how it looks!

This is a pretty easy pattern and comes in a bunch of different sizes. I hope you'll go check out Myra's Christmas version. You can find her pattern here as well as all her other patterns.

Was glad to get the photos done because it was real windy yesterday. We have a big storm rolling in today and it is supposed to rain like crazy for the weekend.  Until next time!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Poolside

Welcome to my entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival hosted by Amy's Creative Side. It's a great time of year where we share our love of quilting!

My second entry is this beauty called Poolside. I used a collection of fabrics from my favorite fabric designer - Bonnie and Camille - to make this quilt. I may have made a few too many fat quarter bundle purchases in their fabric lines this year. If you can't break out the fav fabric for your own design, what can you use it for?

I used a B & C print for the back too. I love that it has a white background. This pattern was inspired by summer, swimming, and sparkling pools. Perhaps I was dreaming of what my backyard should look like someday!

I hope you have picked out your favorite quilts to share with us. If you haven't done so yet, you can find the festival here.  It's going on all week.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Sweetart

It's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival, a time when quilters all over gather and share beautiful quilts hosted by Amy's Creative Side. I am entering my favorite quilt from this year...Sweetart!

It is my favorite for two reasons. The first is it's my own design. This year I started writing patterns. I've probably been playing around in EQ8 a little too much, but it is so much fun. The bright rainbow of color reminds me of candy and I'm a big candy fan!

The second reason this is my favorite quilt is because of the quilting. Because  I was working with all solids in this quilt I decided the quilting needed some special attention. I developed a plan that would allow me to quilt all the way across a row without stopping. The texture is amazing!

The quilting shows so nicely on the back. I use one of my go to fabrics for the backing, a gray and white cross hatch. Black bind finishes the quilt to tie in the strips from the blocks. 

Thanks to Amy for hosting such a fun festival. Can't wait to see all the quilts!

You can find my original post here.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Hunting Season - A New Pattern

 60" x 72"

We're getting so close to hunting season here in Oklahoma. I don't hunt, but have many friends that do. I have one friend in particular that loves all aspects of guns, bow and arrows, and hunting. He encouraged me to make this quilt. So in honor of him, I call this pattern Hunting Season.

You can make this quilt with three fabrics.  The pattern comes in two sizes - lap and twin/full.  The quilt is made in rows of rectangles. (Squares would take too long!) There are some colored graphics on the pattern page if you'd like to see some other combos.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Throwback Thursday - I Spy

I don't have many pre-blogging quilts to post about for Throwback Thursday. Since I want to participate, I've gathered a few of my favorite early blogging day photos to share with you.

You're gonna like this week's TBT post cuz it's got pictures of some cuties! I had been gathering novelty fabrics for a few years when I bought a box from a blogger to finish my collection. I spent several days cutting squares from all that fabric.
My helpers were then called upon to make kits for future use. They gathered one from each stack and placed them in ziploc bags. We labeled them so I would know how many were in each bag. I still have a whole lot of kits sitting in the closet.

Of course there were scraps left over so I cut them into 2.5" x 5" strips and made a couple quilts out of them. I wasn't able to not duplicate anything like you're supposed to, but they turned out cute anyway.  I even used scraps on the back to make the backing wide enough.

Here's my cutie pies! The red head is my youngest child. Her hair is still red, just not at dark. They're all trying to get into the picture!

The things we go through to get good pictures. Good help can be hard to find! Who can even notice the soccer cleats when you have 4 little ones running around?

This is the quilt made from the I-Spy kit. I don't remember exactly how many kits we made but it was over 20. Why did I make so many? Well, I intend to use these to teach ladies at my church how to sew. Then they will be quilted and donated. It's a long term goal I have. Good thing I have patience!

Hope you enjoyed my version of TBT.  Come back tomorrow for a new pattern release!

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