Friday, January 19, 2018

Simple Table Runners

I received a custom order for these table runners last week. I was excited that they would be so easy to piece together and that she was sending me the fabric to make them. They are a surprise for her mother.  How sweet!  

 16 x 38 

16 x 20

I found a cream colored fabric to put on the back of them. It's nice to finally have a finish to share! I have a lot of tops completed and hanging out on the railing.  They shall be completed soon!

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Regatta QAL - Fabrics

The Regatta QAL has started and I'm moving a bit slow. Not my usual speed!  Good thing there is no dates set for completion. I like this pattern so much, I decided to make two. Maybe I shouldn't since I seem to be so busy at the moment, but they will get done!

First is my favorite in shades of gray blues and greens. I loved the original Regatta quilt made by Daniela at Block M Quilt so I decided to make one with all the shades of Kona that I could find. Hope it turns out as good as hers!

For the second one, I wanted something more colorful. But I had said I wouldn't do a rainbow...
This one reminds me of spring on a cloudy day. A half a rainbow isn't really a rainbow, right? Plus is will be fun to see this quilt with a different background color.

I am excited to get my cutting finished so I can get to sewing, but it's on the sidelines until next week.  I am really looking forward to seeing everyone's fabric selections. Such a great idea Roseanne!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Springtime Patchwork Quilt

58 x 67

 Here's a little springtime for you in the cold of winter! This quilt is made from Moda Summer Breeze IV layer cake. I love this pattern and I'm happy to keep making it.  When you make it from a layer cake all you need is 4 more squares and a half yard for the inner boarder to make the top.

And on another note I have most of my scraps cut and put away.  The prints are done, just need to finish the solids. It's been a while since I have taken time to do that. I usually cut and store my scraps after finishing three or four quilts or about once a month. That way they don't get out of hand!

Hope you are having a great start to the new year!

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

End of the Year Wrap Up

It was fun to look back on last year's end of the year wrap up so I'm doing it again. It's a good way to see how I've grown and changed over time.


This year has been very productive! So let's start with the stash report. Once again, I didn't do as good as I was hoping, but I am pleased that there was more going out than coming in. This will be the last year of the stash report. I've learned about my spending habits over the last two years. I think I can keep it under control without the report. My goal at the first of the year was to have a net change of more than 48 yards. In November, I was hoping to have 200.  Maybe next year, a shopping trip squashed that goal this month!

Dec In  75
Dec Out  41

YTD In  558
YTD Out  655
Net Change  97

I made 74 quilts, 5 pillows, 6 placemats and 2 table runners this year.  I participated in 4 quilt-a-longs and tested 4 patterns for Myra at Busy Hands Quilts. My goal was to make 40 quilts. I've had a lot of fun quilting this year!

44 quilts - These are my regular yearly quilts. I love making these lap quilts.  These quilt are made  mostly from my stash. I hope I can do this more next year. I have some piles already picked out to make quilts. I just need time to get to them. 

30 customer quilts - These either came from my etsy shop or my friends. I love making quilts for other people because it usually stretches me. I've learned new techniques that I might not try unless someone asked.


Goals for 2018

1. Make 40 quilts from my stash.
2. Practice some new free motion quilting.
3. Use the stash as much as possible. 
4. Keep up with cutting and storing the scrap pile.
5. Make some quilts with our old jeans.

 I know these goals are similar to last year, but since I didn't get #2 done, I will try to get to this one this next year.

Happy New Year to all of you!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Best of 2017

Meadow Mist Designs  
Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs is hosing a best of 2017 linky party! I decided to pick my top 5 by combining the posts with the most comments and the most views.

#5 - King Size Buckeye Beauty

#3 - Stars Over Scott

#2 - Boomerang (there were two of these quilts this is the second one.)

It's been a great year and I hope yours has too! Head on over to Cheryl's blog to see what others are sharing.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Snowman and a Minecraft Quilt

Customer orders are done for this month.  I am so excited to take a break for a little bit. Now it's time to get ready for Christmas! Speaking of Christmas, I got the cutest gift ever! You may recognize him from Vicki's blog. It was hard to get a good picture of him hanging in my living room since the whole wall is windows, but he looks amazing!

If you've never heard of Vicki, she is an expert quilter who has been selling table runners with this adorable snowmen on them. This is her table runner below. (She also has a pretty amazing turkey table runner too.)

She also makes quilts, wall hangings, knitted children's sweaters, and handbags. You really should check out here Etsy shop.  She takes custom orders too! Thanks, Vicki!  I love the snowman!

And I'm sneaking in a Minecraft quilt I made for a customer just to keep my records straight.

Merry Christmas Y'all!  

8" Pinwheel Quilt

82 x 102 

One more pinwheel quilt for the year. This one is made from 8" squares and a whole lot of of different fabrics.  It's just like the first one I made here, just with smaller squares.  She did change the binding to Kona Tangerine this time, but the back is still Kona Chartreuse.

I used the Accuquilt 4.5" die to cut all the triangles. There are 640 of them in this quilt!

My rainbow stash has been depleted and now needs to be replenished! Must go shopping!  Linking with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Irish Chain with a Seminole Border

78 x 98 

My friend started this quilt 10 years ago and asked me to finish it for her. She doesn't have much time for quilting and she wanted to give it to her husband for Christmas. She had everything cut for me already so I got to sewing.  I've never made a seminole border before so I was a little nervous if it was going to fit properly.  But it did!

I quilted one of my favorite pantographs on it called Square Spiral. It's a 6" panto. All the fabrics were Moda Marbles.

Crossing things off my to do list this week!  I'll be ready for a sewing break soon! (and pie too!)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Custom School Fundraiser Quilt

 50 x 62

When I was asked to make a quilt using kids hand prints, I wasn't really sure how it would work.  I thought I was going to have to cut and send the fabric to my customer and then work with whatever came back.  But she asked for some directions on cutting the fabric and took care of all the hand prints using a 9" square that she was careful to cut straight. I trimmed the blocks to 8.5" trying to center the prints as best I could since she didn't have a rotary cutter.

She choose this dot print for the front, so we used matching solids to border the prints. I picked 2 of each color.

For the back she wanted this coordinating stripped fabric from the Hungry Caterpillar fabric line. I was able to match the seam almost perfectly so you can't see it! It's between a blue and a purple line. i ironed one side first to get the fold in the right place.  I used glue to iron both pieces together. Then I sewed on the fold and trimmed the seam to a quarter inch.

This sure has been a year of making different kinds of quilts. It's getting close to seeing all the different techniques I've tried this year.  Hope you're getting caught up on all your December projects!

Linking with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Baby Memory Quilt

58 x 59 

I have been seeing baby memory quilts on pinterest for a while, but they usually look like a t-shrit quilt. I found this one and saved it to my board. I didn't happen to save any of my kids clothes so I was looking for someone to let me try to make a quilt. My friend agreed to let me make her a baby memory quilt and she chose one that had whole clothes on it.

I looked and looked for directions or a tutorial on how to sew the clothes to the top of a quilt but I couldn't find anything to help me. So here is what I did. Instead of stabilizing the clothes, I ironed stabilizer to the background fabric. I didn't want the clothes to be ironed down.  I cut the clothes in half and top stitched them down in a matching thread.  Although I didn't cut the socks in half, they were thin enough already.

This pink dress was really too big because I couldn't quilt it with all those pleats. I quilted a couple of straight lines under the pleats just to hold it down.

I tried to incorporate some uniqueness by adding sleeves where I could. I had to cut them off and resew them to get the right angle.

I didn't sew down the ruffles on the bottom of the pants or sew some of the ends of the sleeves and socks closed.

Sewing the back of the pants to the fabric was more challenging because of the roundness on the bottom.

I quilted a heart in the inside of both coats since they opened up to the solid fabric.  I also quilted the words "beautiful baby" on the top of the quilt. I intended to quilt something by the socks, but I forgot when I got down to it.

My friend just loved the quilt and was so excited to receive it. I might make some more of these, but I will warn you they do take some time. I rearranged many times trying to get things to fit. Then added in extra fabrics to fill the holes. Next time, I think I would cut some of the clothes into squares and only have a few that are top stitched.

Have you ever made one of these?  I'd love some suggestions on how to sew the clothes to the background.
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