Thursday, February 26, 2015

brown squares

Norene made this small throw out of lots of little brown and white squares.  

I decided to practice some ruler work and did some random sized concentric rectangles and meandered every other rectangle.  

It turned out ok, but i think a more simple design would have been better. A zig-zag perhaps. I know it is hard to see the quilting here.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sweethearts and more hearts.

I have a quilting finish to share!

Remember this little thing?  I completed this Sweetheart tablerunner top about a year ago, just after Valentine's day.  (I shared this wip post) So I was in no hurry to quilt it until a few weeks ago.

Here is a link to the free pattern.

I had fun quilting each heart differently, and making loops in the negative space.

I made one orange heart just for the heck of it.

I used a bright pink thread throughout.  This is the one and only decoration I will put out for Valentine's day.  (assuming I ever get my table cleared off. ha ha.)

The back is pieced together with some old pink fabrics.

And while we are on the subject of hearts, this was our block for February in my do.Good Stitches Haven circle.  It is called pixelated heart and uses 2.5 inch squares.

Happy Love Day!!
(Daniel tiger reference)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Christmas cards, quills & arrows

So, I started sewing selvages onto 6.5 inch squares a year or so ago.  I just thought that some of the selvage projects I'd been seeing were pretty neat and thought I'd start saving some of my selvages for a small project. Well, my Mom caught wind of this and has since started saving her selvages. She gives me a small sack of them about every time I see her! And now she even has a couple of her friends giving me their selvages too! Ack! So my little pile of squares grew and grew as I tried to keep up, and my idea of a small project has turned into an overflowing drawer of selvages and enough squares for a throw quilt! So, I came up with a little solution to use some of them up. I made little mitten ornaments.

I put them on my Christmas cards that I sent to my 2014 quilting clients. I got lots of nice compliments on them.  I also sent one to each member of my Haven do. Good stitches circle. They were so fun and easy to make, I already have plans for next year.  I got the idea for these from a flickr fave.

Here is my Do.Good Stitches Haven circle quilt for October.  I had purchased a few yards of this bold zig-zag fabric on clearance and decided to find an arrow block for it.  After some searching I found this block called Quills and Arrows.

Each block is paper pieced and each member made 10 blocks. There was a slight snafu with the sizing of the blocks-- about half of them were 1/4 inch smaller than the rest. The scale box on the pattern was only verrry slightly noticeably smaller if you didn't size it right.  So I had to trim some of them down.  You may notice some arrows are a bit bigger than others, but only if you look close. Luckily because of the layout of the blocks, it really doesn't matter if they are the same size or not--the arrows aren't lined up at all.

I swear I put the blocks together randomly!

Monday, January 26, 2015


This fall I realized that neither of my littles have a Christmas stocking.  My MIL made my hubs and I stockings several years ago.  My son had been using the one I had as a child until now. So now with little sis in the mix, I was on a mission to make them their own. 

I was inspired by Jenny Pedigo's quilted stockings, but also wanted to include a bit of patchwork too. And because of where they are hung, they will be seen on both sides. So they got a quit-job on the front and back. I FINALLY tried out my new ruler base and foot for my Nolting. Just 2 months after I bought them. So here are my first attempts at ruler work to be put on display for all to see every December. Can you tell I'm horrible at rulers??

Allison's tutorial  was very useful for the cuff/lining/turning it all right side out part. I used a glitter-glue pen for their names.

The backs! Santa puts an apple and orange in the bottom, just like when I was a kid. Along with a few other toys and things.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Convoy #2

My Mom made another Buggy Barn Convoy quilt for her grandson/my nephew.  Unfortunately these are the only pics I have of the quilt- taken by my 3 year old son. 

I quilted each truck a bit differently along with the tire rims. 

If you want a better look- Here's one I did last spring very similarly. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A log cabin and Sunbonnet Sue.

Here's one Norene made using up some red, white and blues.

I did a feather in the red parts, and a super swirl and pebbles in the blue. 

I extended the quilting designs into the border.


She used a denim fabric for the back. I mean the thick stuff and not just regular quilting cotton. No issues quilting it though!

Connie and her mom made this adorable embroidered baby quilt in a joint effort.

The baby's gender is a surprise, so a simple swirl worked well.

And that's what I did 2 months ago! I'm working on it...

Friday, January 2, 2015

About Trout

Teresa made this amazing quilt called About Trout.

The fish panels were all made with her embroidery machine.  I custom quilted each fish a bit differently.

I did a couple thread changes for the fish- I didn't want to ruin the look of the fish.

The large border is a grassy feather and a fish-tail looking feather in the inner borders.

And the background an overall swirly watery design.  This quilt was a Christmas gift for her son-in-law. I bet he loved it! Thanks Teresa-it was a fun quilt to do!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Shayla's baby quilt

I'm really behind on blogging here lately.  Here's what I did a month ago...

I came across a blog asking for these simple blocks to be made into a Quilt of Valor by the end of November. So I whipped up 5 blocks and sent them on their way. Actually, I ended up having to rip out several seams and re-sew them because they were just short of being square. So a quick simple project ended up being not so quick.

Shayla made this cute baby quilt.

I had the perfect variegated thread that had all her colors in it.  She requested swirls or flowers. I did both. 
Thanks for the fun quilt Shayla!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Countdown to Christmas

I made myself a Countdown to Christmas calendar last year and a friend mentioned wanting one herself.  So I made her this one this year. 

I used a charm pack plus a few squares out of some of my stash and this 'Gnome for the holidays' fabric. Its pretty adorable.

I used fusible web on felt for the numbers, but some of them came off or were peeled off by a certain munchkin. So I used some fabric hot glue to put them back on. Which ended up looking kind of messy. That stuff hardens up fast! And I burned my fingers a little in the process. Why I ended up buying hot fabric glue sticks instead of regular fabric glue I don't know. Ah well.

We have ours up and going, but we sometimes forget about it. I still have a few goodies and things to put in some of the pockets too. But it is a fun tradition to look forward to each year.

Friday, December 5, 2014

katies rectangles

This one is my sister Katie's quilt.

I quilted a paisley feather and filled in a few spaces with large pebbles.

The back!

This was my block for November for Do.Good Stitches Haven group.  Courtney made up a tutorial for this fun and easy block.  We have December off (yay!) and then we will start up again in January.