Last November was my month again to come up with a quilt design. I had four of these adorable machine embroidered animal blocks my friend Teresa had given to me along with some coordinating scraps. So in an effort to get one less UFO completed and out of my way, I thought to design our do good stitches quilt around them.
I had each member make two unique 12.5 inch blocks to make a sampler. I added scraps around the animal blocks in order to make them to size.
I added some 2.5 inch sashing and cornerstones.
For the quilting, I did swirls and every-so-often added a line of various shapes- Like stars.
Circles, hearts, and ribbon candy.
This string block made for the perfect center, so I custom quilted a design in it.
Awesome job once again ladies! It is now in Texas at Redeemed Ministries.
I quilted some cross-hatching in the cream border and c2c in the squares. No marking necessary! Well, maybe just a few dots in the corners. Oh, and the very outside edge. I used a new tool to mark those perfectly spaced dots. An expanding sewing gauge. I ordered from Here. Pretty handy tool. But keep it away from your little kids. They found mine and warped it a tiny bit. It still works great, but wiggles around a tiny bit more than it should. Perhaps someday my things will not be broken or destroyed in the blink of an eye by little curious hands...
In the stars, I just did an all-over paisley swirl design. I wanted to keep it simple since the borders were pretty fancy.
I seriously don't know why I took this picture. Maybe my kiddo took it?? Just showing the areas off the quilt where I tested for tension issues. Sometimes quilting is messy. Just keeping it real here folks!
You GUYS!! I'm so excited to finally be able to share this quilt!
Katie (aka my sister) designed and made this quilt herself. She has been trying for a while now to get into designing and selling/publishing her own patterns. And guess what?! This one is ON THE COVER of Quilty Magazine!!
This is the new March/April issue that just came out.
And I'm actually not too surprised it made the cover because this one just turned out so awesome. I love the warm vs. cool color scheme and the overall layout of it. I like the diagonal spiral effect it has.
Plus it can be made easily by a confident beginner quilter.
Oh. Yeah. The quilting.... So, I wanted to keep the directional effect going with the geese, so I accentuated that with some ruler-work, and filled in with a straight-lined meander.
The blue/black areas are impossible to see here, but I quilted large swirls and pebbles.
Ahh. Here it is!
More of the back.
I can't wait to actually get my hands on a copy. Right now the website says it is out of stock already. But I'm sure you could find it at a quilt or craft store. I don't have one close by me and we are getting 5-7 inches of snow today, so I guess I will have to wait until it is back in stock.
This is just a thrill to see something you've worked on on the cover of a magazine! Who knows, we could do it again! :)
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.