Saturday, February 18, 2017

A Little Scrap Play Time

     I have 2 quilt sandwiches waiting to be quilted; however, instead of quilting I have been playing with scraps.  The color for February in the Scrap Quilt Challenge is teal (also aqua or sea green).  I searched my scraps for this mix of blue/green and pulled what I thought would fit.  I have 2 ½” strips, 3 ½” and 4 ½”.  I sorted a little and so far have sewn one large star block which you can see to the right in the photo. I hoped to have all 15 squares of different fabric, but I did not have enough variety in my stash.   

For more inspiration check out this SoScrappy post.
I plan to make a variety of blocks with this color group.  Hope you have some time to play with scraps.  

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Lego Quilt Top and a Finish

       In 2012 I made a twin size Lego quilt for our VA’s new Hospice Unit. (You can see it here.)   I recently decided to make a smaller Lego comfort top for my church quilt group.  I raided our stash of 2 ½” squares, bars and strips with an analogous color theme ( same as the first). I wish I had done a little more planning for ease. 
      I started by piecing rows that would measure 12 ½”. I arranged the rows so that very few seams would match. 

 I pieced 20 blocks that should have measured 12 ½” unfinished and usually I don’t have a problem with my seam allowance; however, this time I did. I know the stash of pieces were cut by many different people and they were not all equally accurate.  I ended up having to square blocks to 12 ¼”.     The first time I used this pattern, I joined blocks with sashing of similar colors.  This time I joined the blocks without sashing.  Because I trimmed blocks, some seams don’t match.  I hope the recipient will not care about unmatched seams. Right now the top measures 49.5” by 59”.  I may add a border so it will finish a little larger.

   Here is the final picture of the chopped fans quilt. I turned it in at church quilt group today. 

Enjoy some time sewing and quilting!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Fun and Quilt Progress

       I have returned home from a week with family and granddaughters.  When my granddaughters play with their 18” dolls, they love to play “Halloween” so of course they need costumes.  This bee costume is the newest.  It started with 2 layers of pillowcase style dress with a little stuffing in between and elastic around the bottom. I adapted the wing pattern from a Simplicity Tinkerbelle pattern.

       My older granddaughter celebrated her 9th birthday.  Here she is holding her new cousin.

       Back home I worked on more quilting on this comfort quilt for my church group. 
I practiced FM swirls in the center,

free-formed feathers on the inner border,

and a leaf motif in the outer border.

Enjoy some time sewing or quilting! 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Another January Finish

    After finishing the BYG Sampler, I started quilting on smaller comfort quilts instead of working on another large UFO from my list.  This Narrow Rails quilt is finished. 

I started the blocks as leader/ender sewing until about half were done.  Then I decided to get it done.
You can find out more about where I learned about the block from ExuberantColor on this post.
Here is a photo of some of the quilting and the backing.

Enjoy some time sewing and quilting. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Leader / Ender Blocks Become Top

     Wednesday was sew day for my church quilt group. I worked on turning Carolina Chain leader/ender blocks into on-point rows and now it is a top. 

 I first saw Bonnie Hunter piecing these blocks on Quilt Cam.  I love them for leader/ender sewing.  I can usually pull sets from my 2 1/2" squares and 2 1/2 by 4 1/2" bricks to create block sets. I have a couple of blocks leftover which will be the seeds for the next comfort quilt. 
    I spent Thursday quilting and have the Narrow Rails half quilted as well as 2 yards for a duffel bag. 

Enjoy some time sewing and quilting!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Narrow Rails Top

      Inspired by the work of Wanda at Exuberant Color blog, I started cutting strips for leader/ender sewing.  The block kits made  a good leader/sewing project. After I had pieced a collection of blocks, I planned for quilt size and cut more block strip sets.  Wanda gives directions for her quilt blocks, but I did not find a block name.  I added an outer border and named my quilt top “Narrow Rails”. 
This one is now sandwiched and ready to quilt. 
      I spent hours piecing batting scraps ( happily cleared out lots)

and piecing backings so I have 4 small quilts sandwiched 

so whenever I am in the mood to quilt, I have one waiting.
Next up I plan to sandwich the Blue/Green Made-fabric  UFO quilt top which is full bed size.

    My church quilting group wants to make duffle bags again.  We did several years ago.  I plan to quilt my own fabric to make one so 2 yards top and backing will also be sandwiched for quilting and I better get busy. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Finished Is Better Than Perfect

 My Blue, Yellow, Green Sampler is finally finished. It started with a Hancock Fabrics BOM kit purchased in 2005.  I finally pieced the BOM blocks in August of 2016.  You can see them here I really like them set on-point with sashing. I used a fluffy wool batting which caused some issues with the quilting and this quilt may benefit from blocking although I have never blocked one.  Even though not perfect, it will be warm on my bed. 
This is the best photo I could get with limited space in my kitchen. Sorry the bottom corners are cut off. 

   I quilted a custom design in each sampler block.  Here are a few that I like most.   

    Wednesday was comfort quilt sew day for my church group.  I added the borders and finished this quilt top.  The center stack and slash blocks were someone’s UFO that they gifted.  I had several packs of purchased cream cording which have been in the drawer for years.  It adds a special accent to the borders.

Enjoy a wonderful weekend with a little sewing and quilting.