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Friday, October 31, 2014

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!