Friday, October 24, 2014

Do. Good.Stitches Haven

These were my blocks for my DGS Haven group in September.  Emilee had us make two separate blocks. Another scrappy trip block using lights.

And this one (I don't know what its called).  She just wanted us to use black and bright colors for the 4-patches.

And then it was my turn again for October's quilt. I had purchased several yards of this zig-zaggy fabric at Hancock's a while ago knowing I would use it for a DGS quilt eventually. But what to do.... Something with lots of angles... hmm.  Arrows! I came across a neat block, but there was no free tutorial for it. So I eventually settled on this block called Quills and Arrows from Quilter's Cache.  

(spoiler alert: I made one pinwheel red just for the heck of it. Noone else is allowed to use red :P )

They are paper pieced, but pretty easy to do. I managed to get mine all sewn together in less than an hour when *miracle of all miracles* both kiddos were napping at the same time!  That never ever happens!  Blocks are about 5.5 inches square so everyone is to make 10 blocks. And they are already slowly trickling in.

If you decide to try this block out these are the sizes I used for cutting out each piece.

1- 2.5 by 6.5 inch rectangle
2&3- 5.5 inch square on diagonal
4- 4 inch square on diagonal
I made a paper template of the triangles so I could quickly see if a scrap that wasn't big enough to get a whole square out of would work for a single piece. 

And that's what I've been sewing on lately!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Raincheck Quilt

Jessica made this adorable quilt using the April Showers fabric line from Moda. The pattern is called Raincheck.

I outlined each umbrella and did a little inside echo in the solid fabric umbrellas and in the pieced ones, I made lines going down and back from the top. It's hard to see in these pics.

The background is paisleys. My thinking was that they kinda looked like raindrops.  Her umbrella handles are raw edge applique, but the umbrellas are turned and then machine appliqued just perfectly.

Love these adorable fabrics and this adorable quilt!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Some Small quilt projects

Here are some small projects I've quilted recently. (Over a month ago still counts as recent right??)  Linda made this cute little wallhanging.

I did a little custom job to it.

Jessica made this adorably sweet baby quilt.

A custom c2c design for this one.

And then here's one Jessica's mom made. 

I stole quilting designs from the flannel print.

A super high loft batting really shows off the quilting.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Katie's lone star

This Lone Star quilt was made by my sister, Katie.  I love it!

She did needle turn applique on the corner blocks. I kept it pretty simple with the quilting here by doing an echo inside the orange flower, and outlining the inner flower. Since she fussy-cut the centers, I just stitched around the center circle and added a few protruding wiggles around it.

Leaves in the border, and a fancy feather. In the quarter circle, I had a hard time thinking of what to do there, but ended up doing a paisley feather. Angela Walters has the video demonstrating it here.

The center star I saved until last. Because I struggled to come up with a design. But I found this in Sue Patten's book and decided it was one I could do and looked pretty cool.  perfect.

The orange flowery fabric was pretty busy and decided to quilt something simple there because it would be hard to see it anyway. 

The back!

The AQS show was a couple weeks ago already.  I took a class with THE Angela Walters and it was pretty fun.  She covered a lot of stuff from her new book 'Shape by Shape' which i bought and had her sign it.  I didn't get to spend a ton of time at the show like i usually do. I had my 3 month old along and so between feeding her, myself, and my quilting class, there was barely enough time to spend all my money! But I did just in time though ;) I finally bought a ruler base and foot for my machine! I've been wanting one for a while, but finally bit the bullet this year. I have yet to actually try it out, but someday I will. I might have to stay up super late to be able to try it without being interrupted by some little one needing fed, help with the potty, help hooking up a wagon to a toy tractor, or some other random thing. But I'll get there!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Baby quilt receives a second life

This baby quilt has a long story behind it.  It belongs to my brother-in-law, and is about the only object he has from his childhood.  He found it stuffed in an air duct in his father's house, after he had passed away.  About 80% of the embroidery was gone, only a few faint lines remained.  Since this was so special to him, he had my MIL work on it and fix it up.  She filled in all the embroidery (something she had never done before) and added strips around the outside to replace the damaged edges.  Then she backed it all with a thin iron-on interfacing to help stabilize the now very thin fabric.  

I think by the end of this project, my MIL has become pretty good at embroidery!  To quilt it I just echoed the animals a couple times and filled in the rest with a simple meander.

I didn't do much quilting in the animals, just a couple of the bigger ones.  This is one quilt that won't see much use, so I wasn't super worried about leaving those larger areas unquilted.  The back is a baby blue flannel and the batting, Hobbs 80/20.  Now it is all fixed up and ready to last and be cherished for another 40+ years.

So there you go!  Another example of a quilt that changed someone's world!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Katie's modern HST quilt

My sister whipped this quilt up in a weekend and I finally got it quilted up for her.  

Using a pink thread in the pink and purple areas, I did pebbles in the pinks and swirls in the purple. 

In the green areas, I switched to a green thread and did a wavy design.  

The back.

The AQS show is coming to Des Moines in one week!  October 1-4th actually.  I usually take a class there, and this year Angela Walters is teaching!  I'm pretty excited!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Honeycomb quilt

Here is our do.good stitches Haven group quilt for March.  COMPLETED!!  I had each member make 2 honeycomb blocks from Marla's tutorial using pink, green, orange and yellow, a white background, and a fun print for the centers.  Everyone did such a nice job with the blocks, and picked some cute things for the centers.  I love how it turned out!  It measures 59 by 71 inches, so it is a nice throw size.

I had a hard time deciding on what to quilt in the blocks, and decided to alternate with 4 different designs.  

I like them all.  

A funky feather border.

ta daa!

Our super snazzy label on the back.  I confess that I used some local help to finish the quilt.  My mother-in-law did most of the hand-stitching of the binding.  With 2 little ones now, it took me a week to get 2 feet done.  At that rate it would take me way too long to complete it.  She loves to bind, and since I still have several of her quilts in my 'to quilt' pile, it would be a little while before she has one of her own to bind.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Back in the saddle

Carol made this super scrappy quilt with lots of HST's.  

I quilted a big free-flowing feather all over it in a cream thread.  

the back.

and here are my blocks for August do.good stitches group.  we had July off, but Sara posted her Aug. blocks a month early so we had lots of extra time to work on them.  With a newborn and a toddler in the house, that really worked out well in my favor.  Sara had us make 8 six inch pieced center string blocks using all kinds of scraps.  Scraps?  no problemo!

my blocks turned out pretty wild. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

We're still here!--Peg's Butterflies

This is Peg's butterfly quilt she made with her embroidery machine.  Isn't it fabulous?!

I had this quilt on my machine for about a whole month, only working on it an hour or so a week because being on my feet for too long made my back hurt and pretty much wiped me out of energy for the rest of the day.  

I quilted shells in the black borders and, in white thread, echoed the butterflies 2 times around, then filled in the background with little meandering loops.  

Here on the back you can see how I filled in the large border with feathered swirls and incorporated a few Judi Madsen inspired big butterflies.  

The sashings we done using a swirl design I saw on Jenny Pedigo's blog a while back.  It turned out so pretty!  I hunkered down and finally finished and delivered Peg's quilt on a Friday afternoon.  Then on Sunday our little girl was born!  Whew!

Here is my little sweetie pie at less than 24 hrs old.  Her name is Gretta and she is just perfect.  She is now 3 weeks old and we are all doing well.  It's amazing how much she has changed in just 3 short weeks.  She is starting to fill out and get a bit of a double chin.  Big brother loves to hold her and give and take away her pacifier.  And she is a very heavy sleeper (thank goodness!)  She has slept through 2 parades, even with firetrucks and police sirens blaring, she barely flinched.  And even my attempts to wake her to feed her by vacuuming the house have failed miserably.  But the best way to get her out of her deep slumber is to change her diaper.  Just be sure to have the new one ready to make the quick switch before you take the dirty one off, or she will make you will regret it! :)

I haven't touched my longarm since she arrived, but I am thinking about all the quilts I need to do.  The problem is finding the time!  With a 2 year old and a newborn in the house, I'm lucky if I can get a shower in or even make a meal.  I'll get back at it all in good time.  I did complete a baby quilt top for Gretta, so that will probably be my next quilt on the longarm--if I can ever get around to it!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Brenda's Cabin Tracks

Here's one my quilting team (Mom, me, sister, SIL) made for a cousin.  It is called 'Cabin Tracks'.  Oh the strip piecing in this one!  My mom and I pulled and cut fabrics one weekend for the cabin blocks and divied them out to everyone to work on before we got together a couple weeks later.  Then all we had to do was the sashings and borders.  No problem!  

I believe the sashing strips were cut 0.75 inches and the borders maybe 1.5.  Narrow!  We used up a lot of old, ugly fabric bits in this one.  Along with some pretty and new ones of course!  Lots of mindless sewing, which is just the ticket for this preggo-brain infected quilter these days :)  We didn't get it all together in one weekend, but we got all the little strips together and cut to size and were able to start sewing a few of them to the cabin blocks.  

I quilted an all-over feather in the center part, loops in the narrow black border, and a straight meander along the outer border.  

The back.  We gave it to our cousin over the weekend, and she loved it!  But she wasn't able to take it home with her yet- Mom wanted to enter in into a local quilt show coming up in a couple weeks.  Aren't we mean?

Mom says she would like to make another one to keep for herself one day...  uhhh.  Start cutting strips now!