Friday, January 20, 2017

Jelly Roll Wave

50 x 60

This is Myra's new pattern called Jelly Roll Wave.  It's a fun one to sew because of the different ways you can put it together.  You can see more options on Myra's blog Busy Hands Quilts.  I chose to quilt mine with things that reminded me of the ocean.

Wavy lines on the prints traveling up and down, pebbles on the sides and swirls in the centers.  I have to say that swirls are a bit of a weak spot in my quilting repertoire, especially these big ones. 

I do love the look on the back. The wavy quilting reminds me of an old clam shell shaped basket I used to have in my bathroom.

You can find Myra's pattern in her Crafty Shop. Stop by Myra's blog to see four more versions of this quilt. Her's look completely different than mine, so I know you're going to want to go look!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Minecraft with a New Border

 82 x 100

I recently made this large full sized quilt and just wanted to share it with you. My customer initially wanted a 1" pieced border, but after I told her how long that would take she agreed to this 2" border. It still took 5 hours just to piece the green border, but it looks amazing! The quilt itself is extra big and it has the most blocks I have ever put in a minecraft quilt.

I love how the custom "skin" makes the quilt unique. (That's the middle block with the blue.) Thanks for letting me share with you today!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Rainbow Bargello Lap Size

First I want share a link to How to Track Your Fabric Yardage which was shared by Jeni of In Color Order today. She wrote a great article on the how's and why's of keeping track of your fabric.  I started keeping track last year.  I want to encourage all of you to start keeping track this year!

60 x 72

This is a reduced size of the rainbow bargello quilt I made here and here.  I love it in a lap size.  Not only did I reduce the number of strips to 36 and remove 3 columns, I also changed the way the tubes were ironed so I could skip the pinning process.  Score!  It worked great, and the quilt comes together so much faster.

I ironed the first set up towards the brown and the second set down away from the brown.  Then all you have to do is cut the odd number strips from the first tube, and the even number stips from the second tube. Now they will nest nicely when you sew the columns together.

My new favorite backing color is gray with a touch of color.  This one, of course, had to have a rainbow!

Friday, December 30, 2016

End of the Year Wrap Up

It has been a great year! So let's start with the stash report. I didn't do as good as I was hoping, but I am please that there was more going out than coming in.  A lot of the fabric this year was solids for the custom quilting I did.  And I just ordered 54 yards at the end of this month.  At least I am in good shape starting out the new year.

Dec In  97.25
Dec Out  52.5

YTD In  571
YTD Out  619
Net Change  48

I made 70 quilts, 3 wall hangings, 10 pillows, 6 placemats and a table runner this year.  I participated in 5 quilt-a-longs and tested 7 patterns for Myra at Busy Hands Quilts. My goals were to make 36 quilts (20 of them from the bin).  I reached part of my goal in making the quilts, but I didn't get into the bin enough this year. I've had a lot of fun quilting this year!

42 quilts - These are my regular yearly quilts. I love making these lap quilts.  11 of these had fabrics that came out of my "bin".  I hope I can get into that more next year and get that fabric used up.


9 customer quilts - Special requests that came from my etsy shop some are not pictured because they are duplicates.

19 minecraft quilts - These also came from my shop.  I offered custom block choices and 4 sizes of quilts. I think my customers enjoyed having choices with these quilts. This was fun, but a lot of work! Here is just  a few of them.

Goals for 2017

1. Make 40 quilts again this year.
2. Get better at some new quilting designs and venture out into free motion quilting.
3. Use the stash as much as possible.  Have a net change of more than 48 yards.

 I know there are big changes coming in my personal life, so I hope to get as much time to sew as I did this year. I am thankful for all that I was able to do this year and for my quilty friends online.

Happy New Year to all of you!

Pink Chunky Race Quilt

 49.5 x 59.5

The first chunky race quilt is finished! Jasmine, who came up with the Chunky Race Quilt, tells you about her quilt here. I had so much fun quilting this one.  But no laughing, it was my first try at some of these different designs. I picked 10 different designs and quilted them on a specific color.  I made a huge mistake and put my newest design on the yellow. It should have been on a purple so it wouldn't stand out.  

 Apparently quilting ribbons are harder than they look.  I think it might have been easier if they weren't 4 inches tall.  This was my first one, but it wasn't my worst.  These did not improve as I traveled down the quilt.  I need way more practice on this one!

These l's were supposed to be much fatter. I started getting wider on a different strip.

Love this design, but I don't know what it is called.  My new favorite!

I think I saw these circles that remind me of e's on Jasmines Chunky Race Quilt. They also need more practice.

I wasn't really sure how to start the ribbons.  But below you can see I love e's and l's.  They were one if the easy designs.

Some fatter l's and some circles.  I really need practice traveling over a line that has been quilted already. There are some bad back tracking designs on the maroon that didn't show up well in the photos.

I used all the leftover fabric on the back.  Normally this would have been my favorite part of the quilt, but I loved the quilting on the front so much it wins!  You can find the directions for making this quilt top here.  It takes less than 2 hours.  It makes a great charity quilt or just one for practicing some new to you quilting designs. I hope you'll give it a try.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Orange and Blue Baby Quilt

40 x 42 

My son helped make this cute baby boy quilt.  He started with the white polka dot print and added in the oranges, blues, and browns.  We went over his fabric selections and made a few changes.  Hew sewed the entire center of the quilt.  I added the borders and finished it for him.

I love the back of this one.  I got a wild idea to flip the strip over since I had to add the brown down the center to make it wide enough.  I think it gives it a touch of whimsy!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Placemats and Table Runner

This set was a gift for a friend that I made a while ago. I had a bit of Miss Kate leftovers from a quilt I made this summer.  Some of the pieces were very small so I used them in the table runner.

The placemats are 15" circles.  The tutorial can be found here. The pattern calls for 9 - 5" squares for each placemat. Be careful not to pull the binding as you are sewing it around the placemat as it will pull the mat up on the edges.

That is the last of the Christmas sewing (but was really the first I did). I hope to make more homemade gifts next year.

Chunky Race Quilts

When I saw Jasmine's Chunky Race Quilt, I knew I needed to make some to practice my quilting. Here are my first two.

She gave great directions on how to make a chart like this on graph paper.  I followed her instructions and made mine and then drew it in excel so I could have a chart that wasn't in pieces.  I wanted my quilt to be a bit bigger so I used 10 fat quarters and cut 49 pieces.  The only way to get the quilt taller was to add a row after strip piecing the quilt because this method produces an even number of rows. My quilt finishes at 49.5 by 59.5. If you want to follow Jasmine's way but want my bigger size,  use this chart. If you want to skip laying out on a design wall jump to the Chunky Race Quilt directions below  my quilt top.

The first two quilts I made took a while to get all the pieces on the design wall. It was more time than I wanted to spend to get to the fun part of practicing my quilting.  So I came up with a way to skip this step and still have a great layout with the colors spread out. The entire top from cutting to sewing can be done in less than 2 hours.

Here is the third one I made to test out the new faster directions. This is my order of fabrics 1 to 10 starting on the left.  I put similar colors together so they would be separated in the quilt.

49.5 x 59.5


This quilt is sewn in a similar method to the Jelly Roll Race Quilt.  You will need to make your pile of strips before you start sewing.

10 Fat Quarters - Cut 5 pieces 4" x 18"

1. Set fabrics in order from 1 to 10.

2. Layout pieces in a STACK  in order according to the chart below. First column is piece number, second column is fabric number. So start with fabric 6, then put fabric 1 on top of that, then fabric 8, then fabric 6, then fabric 9 until you reach the last one.

3. Set pieces 47 to 49 aside for later.

4. Cut piece 1 to 9" long. Remember that piece number 1 is on the bottom of the stack.

5. Take your stack and sew pieces 1 to 46 in order end to end. Iron seams open.

6. Bring bottom of the strip to the top, right sides together, with bottom piece on top. Sew along the right side. Trim end.

7. Bring bottom of the strip to the top, right sides together, with bottom piece on top. Sew along the right side. Trim end.

8. Bring bottom of the stip to the top, right sides together, with bottom piece on top.  Sew along the left side. (Do this by turning the piece over and sewing down the right side.) Trim end.

9. Bring bottom of strip to top, right sides together, with bottom piece on top. Sew along the right side. Trim end.

10. Sew pieces 47 to 49 together end to end.  Iron seams open.

11. Add 47-49 strip to top of quilt. (18-17-16-15 is top)

12. Iron all long seams open.

13. Trim top row along edge of quilt.  (You may wish to trim half inch off this side.)

14. Have fun quilting!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Best of 2016

It's time to reflect on the past year and celebrate some of our best quilts of 2016!  Here are my 5 favorite.

1. Rainbow Bargello - My favorite quilt of the year won Viewer's Choice at this fall's Blogger's Quilt Festival. I was so excited because it was my first time to win something! 

2. Charming Plus Quilt - I do love a scrappy quilt!  One of my favorites because it uses little fabric pieces from a lot of past quilts.  Lots of memories in this one.

3. Yellow and Gray Patchwork - Also a scrappy quilt, this one used yellow, gray and black quilts.  Yellow is probably my favorite color to mix with black and gray,  I made several yellow and gray quilts this year, but this was my favorite.

 4. Minecraft - This is on the list because we were blessed with provision with these quilts.  I made 19 minecraft quilts of different sizes this year and sold them in my etsy shop. It was a family project. The kids were laying out blocks and my husband helped with ironing. I am thankful the Lord provided this kind of work for me.

5. Country Floral -   Just so you don't think all I make is quilts with bold colors, I add this soft pink quilt to my favorites.  It was my favorite country floral quilt from this year.  I really do love working with all colors.

Honorable Mention

6. Postcard from Sweden - I couldn't just pick 5! I've made 2 of these quilts because I didn't have the bright colors I wanted the first time around.  So glad I did because this quilt is beautiful! Myra is hosting a quilt-a-long in this pattern in the coming new year. You can the quilt-a-long at Busy Hands Quilts. I hope you'll join in the fun.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Custom Granny Square Patch

60 x 70 

I am doing a happy dance because this was my last custom order from my shop!  It has been a busy couple weeks and I am ready to take a break and do some baking.  I used Myra's Granny Square Patch pattern in the large lap size.  I added a 1 inch black border and changed the outer border to gray instead of black.

It's quilted with  gray thread that is almost impossible to see when quilting because it matches so well.  I hate when that happens! I added a strip to the back because the small strip was 20" wide. The perfect width for cutting yardage in half.  That's a good way not to waste fabric.

If you think this quilt looks familiar, you are right. I made one very similar in a baby quilt size.
Merry Christmas to all of you!  I hope you all have a great time visiting with family and friends.

Linking with My Quilt Infatuation, Busy Hands Quilts (friday), and Crazy Mom Quilts (friday)

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