Monday, August 28, 2017

Playing with More Neutrals or Pastels

    Saturday was the last Scrap Happy Saturday post for August neutrals and I found some of the links inspiring.  For some time I have loved neutral (low volume) quilts and have been planning on making one.  The link for Libby at Life on the Hill blog shared photos of a couple of neutral Gypsy Wife quilts by Linda and Jo Ann. I fell in love again and was inspired to pull out my neutrals and start cutting.  

In this photo they appear more pastel than neutral.  I better call them low volume instead.  Whatever; I plan to make more in a different size and fit them together.

       I also took time to make an 18” doll apron and matching oven mitt.

Enjoy some sewing or quilting time. 

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.