Thursday, April 27, 2017

Back to Sewing

      Not much sewing or quilting has gone on here the past couple of weeks.  After spending time preparing for a family visit, we enjoyed a great Easter weekend. Hope you did as well. 
     A few days later I made a trip to visit my sister Irene in the NC mountains.  It was a nice but short visit. I had a plant, a child’s chair and stepstool to take her as well as a box of items.  She had a few things to send home with me and I added more after we spent a day in town shopping.

     Then I made a trip to GA and a day with granddaughters.  Lily’s preschool class had a nature center field trip in the rain.

     Wednesday was sew day for church quilt group.  I pieced a backing and got this zipper top sandwiched.  Before Easter I wanted something easy to piece one evening.  It was not so easy that I did not make a mistake and had to unsew and resew for the zipper pattern to be correct. 

First Try  

Hope you make some time for sewing and quilting.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

A Comfort Quilt Finish

    I finished quilting and binding the Carolina Chain quilt.  It will be a comfort quilt for church.

I know I have said before that I enjoy making these blocks as leader/ender.  They are great to use my stash of 2 ½” squares and 2 ½ by 4 ½” bricks. 

     I also made another coiled fabric bowl, only I made it into a basket with a braided handle.  It will be a perfect addition for Easter. 

Enjoy some time sewing/quilting.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Work In Progress

     A few days ago I made a blue coiled fabric bowl pictured here.  

 Today I decided to add tabs for handles and accent. 

The tabs were finished pillowcase style with a layer of batting before being added.  I had a little difficulty because of the thickness but I like the look. This is another sample for the class offered at Creative Sewing in West Columbia.

     I was quilting on a Carolina Chain (Bonnie Hunter design) for a comfort quilt. I love this pattern and make blocks as a leader/ender project.  Quilting was paused to unplug machines because of lightening and storms.

Stay safe but enjoy some time sewing and quilting.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Projects in the Works

    Of the many quilts I have made I have not made one especially for my younger granddaughter.  She LOVES dogs and I have been planning a dog quilt for her which I hope to have finished for her 5th birthday in July.  I am finally making good progress.  Here are 8 of the blocks with 12 planned.

 I love the 3 D ears.  The faces are paper-pieced.

     I am blessed to have my mother’s 1923 Bilo baby doll and carriage. 

Many years ago my sister Irene made the body for the small Bilo style baby doll. I did not like the extra wide hips so I recently cut down the hips revising the body and made an outfit.  I plan to make more. 

      April 13th I am scheduled to teach a class at Creative Sewing for making a coiled fabric bowl or basket.  Here is a small sample I recently made. I plan to make a few more before the class.  

      This lovely spring weather also has me spending more time in the yard.

Hope you enjoy some time sewing or quilting.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Finishes This Week

    This week I have had guild meeting and church quilt group meeting so not much sewing/quilting time at home.  At GCQ guild meeting we had a terrific trunk show and talk by Laura Blanchard of Plum Tree Quilts.  Her TAW pattern includes the addition of geese to add an interesting accent. 

As you sew the blocks for this pattern you also create the bonus HSTs for a smaller quilt.

      Even though I have been away from home 2 mornings, I finished quilting a small wall-hanging that will be donated to Ashe County Piecemakers Guild ( West Jefferson, NC) for their small quilt auction in July.  I pieced the top a couple of years ago as a class sample for turned edge machine applique. 

 I practiced dense background quilting to add dimension for the applique.

    I also finished my Lego comfort lap quilt for church group.

     It is a little cooler this morning but this is my day to get out in the yard to do a little more cleaning of flower beds and such.  Then this afternoon I will be ready to relax and piece some.

Enjoy some time sewing/quilting.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Scrap Play and Finishes

     I love playing with scraps, rainbows and bright quilts so I am excited to be participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year. The color for March has been red.  I pulled scraps from my stash plus spent some time cutting units as well as made-fabric play. I put this month’s creations with the past 2 and here are my blocks so far. 

 By the end of the year I should have several beautiful bright small quilts to donate or gift.

    When I am at my home away from home, I frequently piece made-fabric from crumbs.  Last summer I created many green/blue blocks.  I started sewing them into a quilt top and decided I wanted it larger.  Next time I sewed green/blue made-fabric, I did not have the others with me.  When I put them with the first batch, they had much more bright green and not much blue and I felt they did not match.   The next time I paid closer attention and made more.  I have a lap quilt of mostly green made-fabric blocks which I finished a few months back and now the full bed size green/blue quilt is finished.  The design was inspired by Victoria Findlay Wolfe. 

To go with the modern design I used my walking foot and quilted the center using the serpentine utility stitch. I did a FM motif in the border which does not show up well on the large print.

I also finished a couple of pillowcases for our local Ronald McDonald House.  The main fabric was donated by Springfield Fabrics of Fort Mill, SC.

It is still too cold to work in the yard.
Enjoy some time sewing or quilting.
I'm linking up with SoScrappy Scrap Happy Saturday .  

Monday, March 13, 2017

Playing with Scraps

    Not a lot of sewing has been going on this past week since I am visiting family and spending time with granddaughters. I have spent some free time cutting up odd scraps into usual size squares and strips such as 6  1/2", 4  1/2", 3  1/2" and 2  1/2".  I did take time to this morning to piece a red scrappy star for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge since red is the color for March.

   I hoped to work outside but it is too cold and damp.  Better day to sew.  Enjoy some time sewing and quilting.   

Friday, March 3, 2017

Kids Quilt Finishes

     For the past week I have split my time by working in the yard in the morning and quilting in the afternoon.  Today I finished sewing the binding on 2 kids quilts. 

This quilt started with 6 orphan nine patches. 

I quilted with several FM motifs. Not perfect by any means but simple. 

Next is a design I am calling 4 and 4 Patches.  It was a good leader/ender pattern.

I love the bright backing.

Enjoy some time sewing or quilting. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Day Trip to Quilt Con East

    I was lucky to spend Saturday at Quilt Con in Savannah, GA. It was a wonderful show of modern quilts and beautiful weather.  I am so glad the show was close enough for friends and me to make a day trip.  The grand prize winner was Katherine Jones with her quilt “Bling” inspired by a princess cut diamond and foundation pieced.  

 Here are some other winners or ones that I liked.  The photo files are large so if you click on them, you should be able to view a larger detailed image. 

  I was inspired.  Hope you enjoy some time sewing or quilting.

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!