Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Lois's rectangles

Lois made this lovely quilt with rectangle shapes.

I quilted an all-over design with paisley shapes.

Thanks Lois! More to come from her next.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Patty Doo pouches

I came across this free pattern for these adorable zipper pouches, and thought they would make perfect teacher Christmas gifts. 

This one is quite glitzy with the shimmery gold zipper and metallic gold touches in the fabric.

This one was my favorite though. They are lined with yellow fabric. I like to use a light fabric for linings so you can see inside a little better.

I added serving of my homemade hot cocoa mix and some mini marshmallows inside.  So they not only looked pretty, the smelled yummy too.

They were a hit.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Boxed pencil pouches

It all started when someone on my Christmas list requested a pencil case.  I found some great tutorials for these boxed pencil pouches and thought I would give it a try. SO fun and quick! 

I had stocked up on a whole bunch of fun and fancy zippers back when Hancock Fabrics was closing out. I was almost kicking myself for buying so many zippers without having a project for them.

So I ended up making pouches for (just about) everyone on my Christmas list.

I would cut out 3 or 4 at a time and sew them together in an assembly line. I got so I could sew up 3 or 4 in an hour.

This one's Katie's. I happened to have a scrap with her name stitched on it- making it the perfect tag.

The sewing ladies went to my Mom.

The goofy veggies went to my little nieces and nephews.  Inside them all I put some homemade hot chocolate mix and some mini-marshmallows for a yummy holiday treat.

Here is another batch.

It is very easy to adjust the size of the pouch to whatever size zipper you happen to have. Most of these are 7 inch zippers. Some were a bit longer. The 7 inch ones are still long enough to hold a pen or pencil, plus whatever else your little heart desires.

The linings were just machine stitched shut with a very narrow seam allowance.

These were a fun little project that added a little homemade touch to my Christmas gifts.

Friday, January 20, 2017

12 inch Split 9-Patch Tutorial

February is my month for my Do.Good Stitches Haven circle and this is the block they will be making for me. A Split 9-patch. It's just a 9-patch but with HST's that divide the unit up for a fun visual interest.  I'm going to show you how to make one 12 inch finished block, or 4 units. 

Here's how to make it!
You will need:

Mark your gray squares in half diagonally on the backsides. I use a regular old pencil for this.

Match a gray and black square right sides together and stitch a scant 1/4 inch on either side of the line. I make a chain by sewing down one side of all, then turn the whole thing around and stitch down the other side without cutting them apart. Super fast!

Cut apart on the lines.

My ironing board is gross.

Trim these all up to 2.5 inches square.

Turn unit around and square up again to get rid of both 'dog ears'.

Next, lay out your blue and light squares to make one quadrant--keeping the gray halves on the blue side and the black with the lights.

Sew together into rows, then sew the rows together to make one quadrant. Make 4 quadrants to complete a 12.5 inch unfinished block!

I'll have my Haven-ites leave the 4 quadrants unsewn so I can mix them all up, and so I can play around with the layout. Which way should I make it??

Barn raising? (above)


Lighting bolt?

Or I could make it into some other random design. We will see in a few months which way I will go with it. But I'm loving the way this block looks! I chose these colors because it matches some yardage I got on super clearance a while back that I will use for the backing and perhaps a border and/or binding. But, it would be neat to see this in other colorways too. I also love how it is a great block to use up scraps. I love a good scrappy quilt!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

DGS November regatta/Embroidered baby quilt

November's blocks for Do Good Stitches- Haven circle were these Regatta sailboats.  I dug out all my nautical themed fabrics for these. I knew I was saving for something someday! The rectangles were a bit tricky.

Rose embroidered this adorable baby quilt.

I kept it super simple with some swirls.

I avoided quilting over the satin stitched eyes.

So sweet! Thanks Rose!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Lois's Around the world

Lois made this around the world throw-sized quilt.

She let me have creative freedom so I got a bit fancy-pants on the outer green border.

The red border got swirl-feathers.

The center was quilted with an all-over swirls, feathers, leaves and curls.

Thanks Lois!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Pop Stars table runner

I bought this Pop Stars table runner pattern at my LQS in October. I had received a couple of mini charm packs as a door prize at a quilt guild meeting and this pattern was perfect for them!

I decided to use the 'no waste' flying geese method instead of the stitch and flip as the pattern calls. So I found some coordinating fabric from my stash. Plus just a few more 2.5 inch squares.

I had a hard time making a decision on how to custom quilt it. I like how it turned out!
(I had to include the ugly orange goose fabric. It's our signature!)

Lots of ruler work and corner-to-corners. (the horse fabric is for Dad- the horse lover.)

I gave it to my parents in honor of their 40th Wedding anniversary. They are already enjoying it here on their dining room table.

Loved this pattern and will probably make it again, this time for MY table ;)

The back.

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!