Monday, August 21, 2017

Blue and Green Stadium Quilt


58" x 74"

This is my second stadium/collegiate style quilt. But it was not made for a specific school, it was just made to be a blue and green quilt. The colors match a beautiful picture of a duck with it's green head and blue feathers.

You can see the first stadium quilt I made here. The pattern can be found in Moda Bakeshop book Sweet Celebrations. Hope you're having a great start to your week!


Friday, August 18, 2017

King Size Rainbow Bargello

105 x 100 

Finished this week is this King Sized Rainbow Bargello quilt!  I have been making rainbow bargello quilt for a while now and had someone ask me if I could make on in a king size. Sure, you bet! What I didn't figure in before saying yes was that this size is much longer than a twin size and requires more strips and more colors.


It took 52 different shades of Kona Cotton to make this quilt and several attempts at arranging and rearranging to get the colors to blend across the quilt. Surprisingly, I had most of these colors already and only had to order a few purples to complete the rainbow.


It is quilted in a red thread and backed and bound with black.


I had to include this picture because the kids look so cute holding the quilt up for me!


I now offer all sizes of this quilt in my etsy shop

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Lap Size Cross Memory Quilt

64 x 72

This is the second memory quilt I made for my friend. For this one I used three items of clothing, a purple polo shirt, a purple dress shirt, and a purple jacket/blazer. They are sitting on the bottom of this pile of fabrics. 


She asked that I add navy and purple fabric to this quilt. She also gave me two military patches to add to the front of the quilt. Her husband had been in the navy and was a veteran.



For the back she requested this Military fabric and she wanted the the flag from one of his shirts added also. I added a border to the shirt and inserted it on the bottom corner. I didn't have enough fabric to go the other way (because it is directional) but I think this still looks okay.



Finally, she requested that I quilt Love, Dad - on the quilt. I don't have the best handwriting, but I gave it a good try. I tried to keep the start and stop to a minimum. Next time I'm going to write it out with a disappearing pen first.


When I started this quilt, I wasn't sure how this was going to work with all the things she was asking me for.  But now that it is finished, it is the most thoughtful quilt I have ever made. My friend has 4 children and this is the first memory quilt to be finished.  I can't believe how wonderful it is! Hopefully the next three will look just as great!





Thursday, August 10, 2017

Queen Size Memory Quilt

96 x 108

This is the first of the 5 memory quilts I was asked to make by my friend. She chose this cross quilt pattern, but only had 4 polo shirts for me to use. This was my initial fabric pull, but I did end up adding in two more of each color. 


I think I need a bigger design wall! This quilt is 16 x 18 blocks and I cut my squares at 6.5". I you wanted to make a king size bed, you would have to add some borders, but that would make it a very long quilt. 


I have it on my king size bed and it over hangs less than 2 blocks. It will be shorter once it is washed.


The entire cross was just his shirts which made it a little more challenging to sew together. I tried in the rest of the quilt not to put two shirts touching.  I really like this pattern, but not this color combo. I did get to make another one in a lap size, but I'll show you that one later.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Scrappy Patchwork Quilt Sew Along

96 x 96

I was encouraged by a friend to make this quilt.  Sherri from A Quilting Life is leading this sew along called Scrappy Patchwork Quilt Sew Along. The directions were for a large lap quilt, but I decided to make mine into a queen size.

It was Myra's idea to add the pieced border since I didn't have enough of any fabrics to do a border. And I just love it!


The back is an extra wide piece of cream fabric which was so nice because I didn't have to piece anything.


These fabrics all came from my more traditional stash that I have been trying to use up. This quilt made a huge dent in my pile, but I think I still have enough for 2 or 3 more quilt tops. But at least I'm getting used to using these colors. The orange still has me pondering. I think I'll take it out next time and replace it with some cream fabrics.


Here is it on a full size bed. I've been wishy washy the entire time of making this quilt, but I think I'm ending on the "I like it" side of things.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts

Monday, July 31, 2017

July Stash Report and Rainbow Baby Quilt

36 x 40 

Wow! It's taken me a month to get this quilted. Well at least it is done. I used the two at a time method for making these HST so I actually have another one ready to make in the closet. Does that mean I now have a WIP that will get lost and become a UFO? Uh oh!


July Stash Report
I've been busy working on many different quilt tops, but only finished a couple. Next month should look very good for fabric usage! I had to buy some fabric for the memory quilts I'm working on and for some other project too.  Nothing  is going in the stash so I still feel good about my purchases.

Out:   40.5
In:     41.25
Net: 144

Friday, July 28, 2017

Custom Table Runner and Place Mats

 20 x 72

I had a customer request a bargello table runner and 6 place mats the other day. She wanted a 6 foot long runner. I didn't realize how big this runner was going to be until I started making it! It is so big it doesn't fit very well on my 8 person table. I changed up my regular bargello pattern to give it some more curve since it was only 20" wide.


The place mats are 12" x 16".Originally she wanted bargello mats too, but decided it would be too busy on her table. So we went with a simple stripe pattern instead.  I added in a few extra fabrics so each mat would have less colors but more shades.  The binding on every thing is a gray solid, even though it looks a bit blue in these photos. I quilted everything with a gray thread in a meander to tie it all together.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts.








Friday, July 21, 2017

King Size Buckeye Beauty


108 x 108

This pattern is similar to a Jacob's Ladder quilt, but it is called Buckeye Beauty. It can be made from a 4 patch that has two HST and two smaller 4 patches. I laid all my smaller blocks out on the design wall and sewed them together by rows. I felt I had more control of color placement and I didn't have to get up and iron each set of 4 blocks.


This was a custom request by one of my customers. She wanted a quilt with purple and gray with some other  colors thrown in. We chose to add blue and sage green colors. I used 11 fabrics of each purple and gray and only 7 of greens and blues.  36 different fabrics in all.


She chose a purple border,  a gray back, and a light purple thread. It all worked out beautifully.  It's been a while since I've made a king size quilt, but it went smoothly. If it had been any larger it wouldn't have fit on my longarm.


If you're wanting one just like this one in the colors of your choice, I've listed it in my etsy shop.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Picnic Blanket


68 x 68 

Here is my picnic blanket from the Rainbow Picnic Sew Along. I chose not to make a rainbow blanket because I had some purple canvas on hand already. Sorry the pictures are so bad, I took them with my iPad. My computer has died and now I have no editing software. I am working on a 9 year old computer that has no USB ports!


My picnic blanket isn't really this dark!  It's actually very happy and sunny looking with all the light orange fabrics. I even added the tie to the back so it could be rolled up and put away. Turned out great!


You can check out Rachel's picnic blanket and a few others here.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Rainbow Picnic Sew Along


I am really excited to try something new. This is a quilt along to make a picnic blanket. The new part for me is that it has a canvas back and no batting. I am curious to see how it will turn out.

I have my fabrics picked out for Rachel's Rainbow Picnic Sew Along.  While I love her rainbow picnic blanket I didn't think it would go with the canvas I found in my closet. I have a few different pieces of canvas fabric that I normally use to cover my ironing board that were given to me several years ago. But only one of them was large enough to go on the back of my quilt.


And it is this light purple gingham fabric. I picked orange and teal to go with the shades of purple.


The squares are all cut and I am ready to get this quilt top laid out!  If you'd like to see other's progress on their Rainbow Picnic Blanket, click here to go to Stitched in Color.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

June Stash Report


Every post needs a photo....this is one that I'm working on. I just got a request from a friend to make her 5 memory quilts from her husband's shirts so I have also started on that, but they are not due until Christmas so I have a while.

Fabric Usage
Oh my, oh my!  I bought a lot of fabric this month! But in my defense it was all solids and minky which I used. I did keep about half for my stash, because you have to buy several yards to get a good price.  But overall I'm still going up in my usage!

In:   40
Out:   48
Net:  144.75

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Rah, Rah, Rally Quilt

66 x 82

This pattern can be found in the Moda Bakeshop book Sweet Celebrations. I mostly used Melissa's applique tutorial for the logo of my local college.  Mine wasn't as complicated as hers so I just layered the full pieces together. It is a little thick, but I think it still looks okay.


I used monopoly thread to quilt the entire thing, even the appliqued letters.  I traced around the S, the E, and the black outside oval.


For the back I used a medium blue minky because I made this to be a stadium quilt. It's large enough for two people and it is perfect for the couch in the winter too. I love this pattern because it easily fits any school or team colors. Can't wait until I have a college student to give one to!

You can get one for yourself in your team colors in my etsy shop. I have three sizes available.

Linking with Crazy Mom Quilts and :


Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Friday, June 23, 2017

Down the River Disappearing 4 Patch

 55 x 66

The disappearing 4 patch pattern was very fitting for this quilt. The focus fabric only has a few shades of blue in it and was really hard to match to the blues in my stash. I found a large piece of the moda marble in this dark blue shade that went well. I don't have too many 2 fabric go to patterns, but I have used the D4P before with great success.


I didn't worry about fussy cutting since there are so many different squares and I knew they were going to get cut up anyway. Here's a peek at a boat and the docks.


And here is a good shot of one of the lighthouses and another boat. I love the blue shades of the fabric, so much like a cloudy day on the river.


I thought the double strip on the back kind of mimics the pattern on the front.

Linking with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts.
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Friday, June 16, 2017

University of Alabama Elephant Quilt

70 x 90 

Crimson and White are the colors of the University of Alabama and their mascot is an elephant. A customer of mine wanted this particular elephant made into a twin sized quilt with her school's colors.


I picked an easy background pattern with over 10 different red fabrics to make sure the elephant would be the star of the quilt. The rectangles were cut 5" by 18".

The elephant was paper pieced and appliqued to the quilt top before quilting. I quilted it with an off white thread with straight lines on some of the pieces about a quarter inch from the seam. The tail got sewn in as I was doing the applique.


I really didn't know the proper way to quilt this guy since he was so big. I outlined him in read and then quilted just inside the white satin stitches with my longarm as I was doing the straight lines. This was really my first time appliqueing something this large. Is this the proper way? How would you have done it?

I learned a lot about paper piecing (and yes, it was much better this time) and even applique.  I may even do some more in the future!

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pure Baby Boy Quilt

36 x 42 

This is a Moda Bake Shop pattern called Pure Baby Boy.   I liked the simplicity of it so I dug through my scraps and pieced the top. I found a blue Kona cotton called Delft for the sashing and the binding.


I wasn't crazy about how they had done the back in the tutorial, plus I hadn't used a jelly roll so I didn't have any strips anyway. I looked in my stash and nothing large enough seemed to go with the modern look of the front.


Eventually I was able to find enough matching prints and pieced the back from 4.5" wide rectangles. I think they were cut 5" x 10". I didn't worry about trying to get it center when I loaded it on the longarm. I just wanted it to be straight.  And it's pretty close.


It looks so much softer after it's washed. Too bad that is hard to show in pictures. But all quilts look better in person, don't you think?  Hope you're having a great week!
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