Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Finish and Scrap Playtime

      I finished the koala quilt.   
I love it and I’m so glad Ruth let me test her pattern.  I added the scrappy quilt-like rows at the bottom and the borders finish to at 44 by 56”.  It will be a great gift for a child. Ruth will be offering the pattern in 2 sizes in her Etsy shop.

     I also pulled out neutral scraps to play.  I made a couple of blocks. 
I’m not sure what they should be called.  I added one to the rainbow of made blocks. 
I want 3 more rainbow blocks for this to make a small lap quilt. It needs an orange, pink and one other color. You can see what others are doing for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at the Scrap Happy Saturday post. .

     I still struggle to finish projects without starting something new.  I added the final borders to my second “CircleBack” top ( from Cozy Quilt Designs), bought a backing and it now waits in the que for quilting.  

Enjoy your weekend and some sewing or quilting time.  

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

More Quilting Progress

      I have not pulled out another of my UFOs to quilt but I am busy quilting on smaller projects.    I finished quilting this sample for the “Learn to Quilt” class at JoAnn Fabrics.  This quarter I’m teaching the Hugs and Kisses blocks.  I used simple walking foot quilting to show how a beginner might finish the quilt.

    I have started the quilting on my Kenny Koala quilt for which I tested the pattern by Ruth of Charly & Ben’s CraftyCorner  .  I added the bottom scrappy squares and borders.  I think he will be a great gift for a young person. She is planning to sell the pattern on her website.  After quilt group at church today, I will get back to work on quilting him.

    My church children’s ministry coordinator asked a couple of members to make fidget bags for the children’s activity worship bags. They are essentially a maze made with fleece and a marble.  They would be a good small gift for a child.  You can find a tutorial here.  I also used this maze generator to create the paths for more interest. 

 I hope you enjoy some sewing or quilting time.  

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wonky Stars Finish

    I love the free piecing of wonky stars.  My latest wonky stars quilt is finished and ready to be a  church group comfort quilt.
Here is close-up of some of the quilting.

You can find out more about how I make the wonky stars with this tutorial. 

     I’m out to do some yard work before the rain comes.

Enjoy your weekend and I hope you enjoy some sewing or quilting time.  

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Quilting in Progress

      My bright wonky stars top has been sandwiched for several weeks and I am finally making good progress on the quilting.   All that is left is to meander the white areas.

 I quilted a continuous line FM design in each star.

     After a couple of hours of quilting today, I needed a change so I pulled out blocks to finish from a recent JoAnn Fabrics beginner class that I taught last Saturday.  The latest beginner blocks are Hugs and Kisses.  I decided to put 6 together into a small lap quilt as a sample.

Hope you enjoy some sewing or quilting time.  

Monday, July 31, 2017



    I spent a weekend in the mountains with a sister and helped work at her local quilt guild show in West Jefferson, NC.   I enjoyed the short visit and the show even though it involved work. The guild website has photos from the show and several past shows that you can enjoy. 

 The show was not judged this year and gave 3 viewer’s choice ribbons from the first day of the show voting. I took a few photos because I like the pattern or technique but they were not ribbon winners.
Always love crumbs.

I thought this quilt pieced by Doris Phillips was made of an interesting retangular block.

This quilt appears to be a Laundry Basket applique design although the label did not say so.  Maybe someday I will make one.

    The local art doll club had a booth with the vendors and my sister sold a couple of her large art dolls as well as smaller ones.  Here are some photos.

 She is my sister but I think she is very talented. 


Hope you enjoy some sewing or quilting time.  

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Comfort Quilt Finish

     The Star Gazing quilt is finished.  
I find this an easy pattern for an adult comfort quilt.  You can find the pattern on Craftsy
The trickiest part is also one thing that makes this pattern easy.  It uses the HST technique that creates 8 HST units from 2 large squares.  The tricky part is that the diagonal lines are longer than your 24” rotary ruler. 
     I simply meandered on the neutral areas and I wish I had quilted a more interesting motif. I enjoyed the new motif used for the colored irregular diamonds from Angela Walters’ book, Shape by Shape: Collection 2.  It shows up best on the lightest red and would have shown up better if I had chosen a different color for the others but I did not want to change thread. 

     I have done some quilting on another comfort quilt but have not tackled my next UFO yet.

Hope you get to enjoy some sewing or quilting time.  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Weekend Sewing and Quilting

    Recently I was a pattern tester for Ruth at Charly and Ben’s Crafty Corner blog  for her pattern of Kenny Koala.  Here is my panel of her pattern. I enjoyed piecing it. 

Then I decided to change the bottom strip and pieced blocks.  I think it looks like he is under a quilt. Now I am searching for the right border fabric. 

     Today I did some free-motion quilting on my 2nd Star Gazing quilt. I have already meandered on the neutral areas and wanted a focus motif for the colored irregular diamonds.  I like a diamond design from Angela Walters’ book, Shape by Shape: Collection 2. 
I wondered how the motif would work since the shape I am quilting is irregular.  First I practiced on a plastic shape then on plexiglass over my quilt. 

I have many more to quilt, but here is one of the center diamond shape quilted.  I used a burgunday thread so it does not show up very well. 

Update*  Here is a much better photo of the motif on a lighter diamond. 

Hope you get to enjoy some sewing or quilting time.  

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Where Does Time Go

     Very little sewing got done for the past week.  I was mostly busy with granddaughters and that was great fun. Older GD pieced a giant crooked log cabin block.


Younger GD hand appliqued a dog with a running stitch.

    In my down time I managed to add an inner border on a top in progress (no photo).
      My district will host the state meeting of Quilters of SC spring 2018 and they want sets of coasters as favors for the meeting.  Even though I am not currently a member, I feel the guilds in this district should support the state guild meeting. So far I have made 2 sets of coasters for QSC.  They provided the pattern.  

This month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge color is blue and I did manage to use blue scraps for one set of coasters.  

     When I returned home, my yard needed attention. I spent 2 mornings working in the yard.  After my shower, I needed to rest and relax from the heat so no sewing/quilting got done.      
     Today I hope to get some quilting done.

 Hope you make time to enjoy some sewing or quilting.  J

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Finish A-Long

     I need this challenge to push me to finish more.  So far this year I have finished the top 2 quilts on my UFO list.  #1 The blue, green and yellow quilt kit was purchased in 2005.  I did not finish it like the kit suggests but I love it. You can see more about the quilting I did on this post. 

#2 The green made-fabric quilt ended up as 2 quilts- one full size and one adult lap.  I have entered the full size in a guild show and then it will be a wedding present. You can see more about them here.  

     To work on next I have pulled #3
(The top has been waiting 5 years to be quilted when my FMQ skills were better and they are ) and # 5 which needs borders.   

Hope you are making progress on your projects. 
Linking up with She Can Quilt Finish A-Long.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Puppy Love Finish

    Finally the puppy quilt for my younger granddaughter is finished and in time for her 5th birthday.  It is twin size so good for her age to use on her bed.  

    Since I was not following a pattern, there are a couple of things I wish I had done differently; however, overall I am pleased. 

    I quilted a small meander around each dog face and minimally on the face so it stands out. ( This one is one of my favorites.)  I tacked by hand some of the ears so they laid better but are still free to flop.

    I echoed the bones and dog silhouettes which was good practice.
 I quilted a continuous curve design in the small squares.

     I have a huge stash of fabric and have only been buying when I really needed a piece. The past week I have been too tempted by clearance fabric at my Walmart. Most of this fabric was $1 a yard and one piece $2 a yard.  The 3 darker will make wonderful quilt backs and I think the lighter will be a great addition for a low volume quilt.

Hope you get to enjoy some sewing or quilting time this holiday weekend or enjoy family time.

I've linked up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Crafting Week with Granddaughters

     This has been a week of Grandma Camp with my granddaughters and lots of fun crafts.  They have enjoyed time making things as well as playing with dolls.  They made a birdbath by gluing tiles to a tin pie pan (from Goodwill) 

and then filling in with grout.  It is lovely. Sorry this photo does not show the bright colored tiles. 

They each made sock monkey heads (directions from American Girl crafts).

  Since there was a pair of socks leftover from the package purchased to make the Sock Monkey heads, Mattie asked to sew a whole sock monkey. I was apprehensive because I thought she would become too frustrated.  She is becoming a great sewer and did a super job! 

I provided directions, marking and pinning.  She did all the machine and hand sewing and stuffing.

Lily insisted on doing some sewing like big sister so I helped her sew a doll quilt.

     The younger granddaughter had cooking camp in the mornings so the older granddaughter and I had some craft time for more complicated crafts.  Mattie used paint markers to decorate a mini china tea set. The blank was leftover from her Great Grandmother and one tea cup has flowers painted by her.  

     For Thursday night family supper the girls made guacamole which Lily had learned to make at cooking camp.  We also spiralized zucchini which was delicious stir fried.  We tried ribbon cut spiralizing sweet potatoes but that did not go well.

    I set up Mattie’s sewing machine next to mine so we both could work and I found time to turn hand embroidered pillowcases done by a great-great aunt into pillowcase tops for the girls.

Hope you get to enjoy some sewing or quilting time.