Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sewing and Quilting Projects

     Last week was a wonderful week with granddaughters.  I spent July 4th sewing a new dress for each.  Lily even wore hers the next day; however, I did not take pictures.  I did take a picture of her in her new Super Girl costume she wore for her birthday party.
     It was Super Hero fun.

Today I finished another summer dress and remembered to take a photo of it.   I found out this morning that she had a bike accident last evening and has a broken leg.

Hopefully she can slip this dress on easily so I will put it in the mail.

     I have spent several hours quilting on my scrappy anvil quilt last week.  I designed a free-motion point to point continuous design for the anvil blocks.  All 20 are quilted.

Here is a sketch of my design.  I quilted the red line first, then the green line. 
Next I have to decide on how to quilt the large quarter square triangle alternate blocks.

   This Wednesday quilt group met at church.  I finished sewing the center part of this Carolina Chain.

 These blocks are easy leader/ender units.  However, this is my 3rd comfort quilt of this pattern and I am ready for a different leader/ender block.  

Stay cool and enjoy time sewing or quilting.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Some UFO Progress

      At the beginning of the year I made a list of 12 projects (mostly UFOs) I hoped to complete during the year in no particular order.  So far I have only completed 4. 

1.     Score 1 from The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters - from 2015
2.     Four Patch Swirl ( stack ‘n whack blocks) - from 2007
3.     Gypsy Wife type quilt from orphan blocks – from 2015
4.     Rainbow Wonky Star quilt - from 2017
5.     Rainbow star and brick quilt - from 2017
6.     Scrappy anvil quilt with alternate quarter square blocks - from about 2014
7.     Scrappy anvils with string centers inspired by Bonnie Hunter’s Wild Child quilt - from 2014
8.     Scrap Dance Waltz seen on From My Carolina Home blog  - from 2017
9.     Cat child’s quilt - from 2013
10.  Graduation gift using nickel squares –due in May
11.  Finish quilting red, white and blue LeMoyne star improv – from 2012
12.  Quilt Day Bee Mystery quilt from 2012

 I pulled the scrappy anvil quilt top (#6 on list) and got it sandwiched.  I stitched-in-the-ditch between blocks so it should be stabilized for free-motion quilting. 
I am still thinking how I want to do the rest of the quilting, but at least I’m making progress.

     I have such a hard time not starting a new project until I finish a UFO.  I have 2 comfort quilts finished and ready to turn in at church quilt group tomorrow.  For a break from quilting I took time yesterday afternoon to cut 42 -10” squares (layer cake) for a quilt kit for Double Slice Layer Cake. You can watch Jenny’s tutorial on YouTube at Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I used the top fabric as a guide for pulling coordinates from my stash.  

      I finished another baby quilt that will be gifted soon.  The baby boy was born a couple of weeks early. I chose the main fabric because it has fire trucks and the father is a fireman.

Stay cool and enjoy time sewing or quilting.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Comfort Quilt Finish

       I love using scraps to “make fabric” and this lap size pattern is a great place to show off made-fabric pieces or a large print.  The pattern is “Baker’s Dozen” by Sherri B Driver and was a web bonus at McCalls Quilting for March/April 2013.  I simplified the frames around the made-fabric.

     I quilted Leah Day’s Echo Shortcut motif in the made-fabric areas. 
I stitched-in-the-ditch the frames and meandered the background. 
     This was an easy pattern and I plan to use it again to show off made-fabric pieces, maybe even for a queen size quilt.

Stay cool and enjoy time sewing or quilting.

I'm linking up with Whoop Whoop Friday at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Finished Quilt and Costume

      The binding is on the Scrap Dance Waltz quilt.  It was good TV time hand sewing the back side. (In previous post I shared where the pattern came from.
I quilted a double wishbone motif in the border for the first time. 
I am pleased with all except the corners.  I quilted an echoed swirl over the rest. 

      My younger granddaughter requested a new Super Girl costume so she can have a Super Hero birthday party.  That is done. 
Hope it fits well.  Normally I love Simplicity patterns; however, this one I had to make twice to get one to fit.  The pattern is ONLY written for very stretchy material and not really proportioned for children.  

      This was scheduled to be a church quilt group morning; however, Family Promise needed our room so we changed the date.  Since the change a member invited us to her home for breakfast and to see her garden.  Everything was lovely and delicious.  I shared some Gaillardia plants from my garden. 
Hope they will add as much lovely color to her garden; not that her garden needs them, she has a large beautiful garden. 

Enjoy some time sewing or quilting.


Friday, June 8, 2018

Quilting Progress

    Even though I have spent a couple of mornings working in the yard, I have made progress quilting projects.  I finished the quilting on Love Multiplied and donated it to the church quilt group. This quilt pattern looks fairly simple.  It is except that it is set on-point and you need to layout the whole quilt before you start sewing.

    Then I started quilting my Scrap Dance Waltz quilt from the mystery in 2016 From My Carolina Home blog.  Check her blog to find out more about the mystery quilts she offers.  I only have the border left to quilt.  Sorry the quilting does not show up in this photo.

Enjoy time sewing or quilting.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Not Much Sewing Time for Me

    Since school is out and parents are working, I have granddaughters for Grandma Camp for a couple of weeks in the summer.  This is week one.  So far the girls have done the sewing instead of me.  Mattie free-motion meandered about 1/3 of her first quilt which is lap size. 

She is doing a great job with the aid of the Bernina stitch regulator.

Both have sewn pillowcases - Lily’s first sewn with grandma’s assistance.

They have also done some hand embroidery.

    Of course, they have played with dolls, played at the park when weather permitted (lots of rain so far), made balloon animals,
 made Stickies (a type of cinnamon roll biscuit) and Eskimo cookies.
    Thursday afternoon was nice and sunny so they played outside and built a castle with their PVC construction set.  Dolls were also involved as princesses.

    I really enjoy spending time with them.  We have other crafts and cooking planned.  When I take them home, I have been relaxing instead of sewing. 

Hope you enjoy time sewing or quilting if not enjoying time with family.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

UFO Finished - Lemoyne Star

        In the summer of 2013 I purchased a giant diamond ruler and started playing.  I had been given some bandana seconds. I was able to stack 8 and pin match “stack ‘n whack” style
to cut diamond shapes for Lemoyne stars.  Then they sat.

       In 2014 Nancy Zieman on her show “Sewing with Nancy” showed creative design options for a quick lone star.  That inspired me to get back to work with my bandana stars for my own version. I finally finished piecing the top in October 2017 and FINALLY it is quilted and finished. 

      I did mostly free-motion with a variety of design motifs and 3 colors of thread.  I am not 100% happy with the quilting, but I’m happy it is finished.  It may become a Quilt of Valor but not yet.

Hope you enjoy time sewing or quilting if you are not out enjoying the weather and family.
I'm linking up with Can I Get a Whoop and My Quilt Infatuation-NTT