Friday, March 13, 2015

Ohio Star Quilt

I have a new quilt to make for a customer, and they requested traditional reproduction fabrics, with a strong emphasis on purple, along with various other assorted colors.  Sometimes, reproduction fabrics are a little more muted in color, but they want a COLORFUL quilt, so I did my best to select rich, saturated colors from the gorgeous collection of reproduction fabrics at Needles Quilt Shop.

Several hours later, (with lots of help and input from my friends), I finally came up with this bundle.  The client loves it, so now I'm dying to cut into this and start the quilt!  It will be a combination of Ohio Star blocks and Shoo-Fly blocks.  I will try to post some progress pictures along the way, so check back soon!


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Child's Yoga Mat

My granddaughter just celebrated her 4th birthday.
I know, it doesn't seem possible that she's 4 already!

I pinned this yoga mat tutorial on Pinterest awhile ago, just because I loved the colors, then decided it would be a perfect birthday gift for Rory.  She has yoga classes at her daycare, and it also would work great as a play mat for reading, doing puzzles, or any other floor activities.

The hardest part was deciding which fabrics to use.  Everything came out of my stash, so I didn't have to buy anything!  Even the inside layer!  The tutorial calls for a section of a mattress pad, but I made my own using 3 layers of batting (a sandwich of poly/cotton/poly) between 2 pieces of white cotton.  So it is much "cushier" than a quilt with all that padding!

The whole thing rolls up and is secured with a velcro tab.
(Sorry, but I forgot to take a picture of it rolled up.)

Here is a picture of Rory doing her yoga, with the mat upside down.  Don't ask me why...
Now that she is four, she does things her own way... :)


Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Mystery Begins!

Have you ever done a Mystery Quilt?

This is my first.  It's a struggle for me to start a project without knowing what I'm making, but since it's a project that my local quilt guild is organizing, I decided to give it a try.

The fabric requirements include a light, medium, medium/dark, dark, and background.  I couldn't decide on just five fabrics, so I'm making mine scrappy.

I trimmed my half-square triangles to size today.


Friday, February 6, 2015

Assembly Line Sewing

Why is it that I can never make just one of something?  Whenever I find a cute tutorial for something I like, I automatically go into Assembly Line mode and crank out dozens.  Of course, then I get bored and have to find another project, but that's another story...

Anyway, when I saw this tutorial from Sew4Home, I was smitten... again...
They are the cutest little Lip Balm sleeves ever!

Using some left-over 2 1/2" strips from my bundle of Color Collection fabric, I dove into production mode and quickly cranked out a dozen of these.  They really are easy to make!

The instructions have you just use a D-ring at the top, but I opted for lobster-claw clasps so you can easily clip it to your purse, belt-loop, key ring, etc...

I've already managed to give all these away, so now I'm on to my second batch.  Time to start up the assembly line again!


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tasting Table Tuesday - 2 New Quilt Tops

I spent the "best-est" long weekend quilting with the "best-est" of friends at our annual quilting retreat.  Amongst the singing, laughing, eating, etc...  I managed to get some sewing done too.
Last week I showed you the shott cottons that I had cut, and here is the finished quilt top.

A Modern Churn Dash.

I absolutely love these shott cottons.  The colors change, depending on the angle you view them from.  It's hard to illustrate in a photo, but take a look at this block from straight on...

See how the background color changes when you view it from an angle?

It's all one fabric, but the warp threads and weft threads are two different colors - burgundy and turquoise.  It's really quite magical to see it change as you move around the quilt.  I'm so excited to quilt this one and see how the texture of the quilting stitches add to the effect!  Can't wait!
Now I just have to decide on a quilting design...

The other project I finished assembling was this circle quilt.

The blocks are made from this huge pack of Dimples Charm Squares that I won in an Andover contest a couple of years ago.

I'm not sure whether to do some free-motion quilting on this one, or maybe just lots of straight lines to offset all the curves in the piecing...

At least I've got a couple of projects to think about when I can't sleep at night.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tasting Table Tuesday - Shott Cottons

I've been cutting up fabric...  Aren't these colors gorgeous?

Last spring at MQX, I treated myself to this fat-quarter bundle of Shott Cottons.

I've been saving (hoarding) them ever since, just waiting for inspiration to strike.  Now I have a plan, so I took the plunge and cut them all up.

I have a modern quilt in mind.  I'll post progress pictures soon.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Foul Weather Quilts

I have finished two quilts recently, but have been waiting for a break in the weather to go outside and take pictures of them.  I have come to the conclusion that it's just not going to happen here in Pennsylvania.  It has been freezing cold, windy, rainy, snowy, you name it...  Spring can't get here soon enough!
So I apologize for the poor pictures, but I took advantage of a brief bit of sunshine on a cold day, and laid the quilts out on the floor near a window.  Not great, but the best I could do.

I pieced this one at retreat last fall and finally got around to quilting it.  I've wanted to try quilting a large spiral for a long time now, and this seemed like a good quilt to try it on.  I love how it turned out, and it was easier than I thought!  The very center was a little tricky and I had to go very slowly, but the further out I went, the easier it got.

This next one is a baby quilt that I will probably list in my Etsy shop shortly.  It's just a nice simple arrangement of aqua and coral rectangles.  Straight line quilting again, but in an interesting geometric design.