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Hello! Just today I finished binding this cute little quilted wall hanging. Back in January I was experimenting with the Creative Grids Strippy Star template designed by Deb Heatherly. Creative Grids are THE BEST, and this is such a fun template to play with. I also kind of like that it looks weird, and you can't really figure out how it works just by looking at it. It's a pretty cool tool, though! Check out the video about it here.
I was trying to use up some smallish scraps of Christmas fabrics, and I liked fussy cutting the center squares. That blue star with the mitten in the middle is a finished 3" block. It is easy to make even little blocks with this template. The star in the top picture with the present in the center is 4-1/2" finished.
I practiced some custom quilting on this little guy, and I kept the scrappy theme by using pieces of leftover binding from table runners. Below are close-up pics of the red star and the quilting on the back of it.
If you love star blocks, I encourage you to give this template a try. I've got to show you one more block (below) that I pieced - a star in a star with a little snowflake in the middle!
I've got my first new Christmas decoration for 2017 ready to hang. I hope I inspired you to try something new. Have a great weekend!
I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. :-)
I finished this cute little wall hanging this week. It was pieced a while back, quilted a couple of weeks ago, and finally this week I put the binding on it and made a hanger. I have admired the quilt patterns from Lella Boutique for a while now, and this is designed by combining the Mini Cottage Blossom and Mini Social Butterfly patterns. The fabric is all from my scrap collection.
Here is the back of the quilted butterfly. I gave this to Aunt Brenda for a birthday gift (just a few weeks late). I'd love to make one for myself, too!
I'm sharing over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Hope to see you next week!
Hello! It's been a few weeks since I've shared anything here on the blog. I have been fighting bronchitis and other respiratory illness (for about 2 months now) and haven't been able to work on quilting as much as I would like. I'm finally on the mend, so I would love to show you this quilt that is ALMOST finished. You can see in the pic below that I haven't finished hand stitching the binding down to the back, but that will be done tonight, I predict, as I'm watching something good on TV.
At my church we have a group of ladies called The Sew Sews. You can probably guess that we get together and sew! Not everyone in our group is a quilter, and they wanted to learn. I have been teaching them some quilting techniques, and this is the design that we are working on. We have worked on rotary cutting, strip piecing and then cutting strip units down for our blocks. I taught them how to use triangle paper (Triangles On A Roll) to make half square triangles. We also pieced our 9-patch blocks. I think they have learned a lot. Maybe I can show you some of their quilts in the future, too.
For my quilt I used fabrics that I've had in my stash for quite a while (maybe 15 years?). The quilt pattern did call for a border, but I left that off since I only had enough of the guardian angel backing fabric for the top without borders. I do love the way it turned out, though.
I decided to custom quilt this because I just got the new 4-N-1 longarm ruler from Piece N Quilt and wanted to try it out. I mostly used the straight edge, but I also used the small curved end to stitch those little scallops around the squares. So far the new ruler is great! In the stars I did a freehand feather design., All the quilting was done with matching tan thread.
Hope you enjoyed seeing the quilt. It will be donated to His Kids School for the Spring BASH in May. It could be yours if you purchase the lucky ticket!
Please stop back again next week to see some other good stuff! I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Have a great night!
I'm excited to show you a quilt that I finished on the longarm this week. It belongs to Kathy, a very creative quilter and awesome grandma who made this quilt for her young grandson.
Kathy searched the internet for this super cool super hero fabric and incorporated it into courthouse steps quilt blocks. She knew she wanted colorful variegated thread and the Bam Zap Wham pantograph for the quilting. It is a perfect combination, and the back of the quilt (below) looks great, too.
Thank you, Kathy, for letting me quilt for you! It was fun!
Have a great weekend everyone, and thanks for visiting. I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday as usual. Come back again soon!
Hello friends! This week I finished this beautiful quilt for Sidney. This one is really cool and an interesting design to look at. The fabrics are all batiks except the black strips are Grunge, I think. I just love the variety of quilts that I get to work on!
I quilted it with a green thread that blended wonderfully and the Bubbles pantograph. Often times it is a good idea to choose a quilting design with curves, swirls, or circles to soften up the straight lines of geometric piecing. It really turned out great!
Thank you, Sidney, for letting me quilt for you!!
I have another awesome quilt on my frame right now that you won't want to miss next week, and I have several piecing projects going on, too. I hope to get some quality sewing and quilting time in this weekend. Thanks for visiting!
Welcome! If you follow any quilting sites or blogs regularly, you have probably seen the Moda Be My Neighbor quilts (Google it!). It was a free block of the week beginning in September 2016. I was lucky enough to quilt one this past week for Becky. This was another fun one to work on because of Becky's lovely fabric combinations and all of the different neighborhood blocks.
I quilted with a taupe gray thread and the "Tweet Tweet" pantograph design. Becky liked the idea of quilted birds all over the quilt. Can you find the bird in the center of the pic below?
Here are some more blocks close up. Becky hand embroidered the birds scattered throughout the quilt. I love the sailboat, trees, and even the little mailbox.
Congratulations, Becky, on finishing another amazing quilt, and thank you for letting me quilt for you!
I'll also be sharing over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Come back again soon!
Welcome! This week I quilted for a friend and sewing buddy from church, Debbie. Debbie is a wonderful piecer. I believe this is the falling charms pattern. The fabrics are stunning. I used one of my new pantographs called Paisley Curls for the design and black thread. This is a perfect example where black batting was needed, and Debbie provided that. The backing fabric was the same as the background fabric on the front, black with gold print. It is very hard to see the quilting, but it is a beautiful quilt
Thanks for letting me quilt for you, Debbie!!
A little something else that I have been working on (below) this week is experimenting with piecing the zigzag or chevron design with strip pieced squares. It is a very easy technique, but I also found that keeping those squares going the right direction could go wrong pretty quickly if you weren't paying attention. I trimmed down the piece for a nice background, and I'll be adding some applique later.
Tomorrow is a sewing day here with Mom and Aunt Brenda which is going to be awesome. Tonight I'm going to prepare my fabric so that I'm ready to sew. Check out this pretty jelly roll!
Now I hope you want to come back next week and see what is going to happen with this. Hopefully I'll make some good progress and have something to show you.
I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.
Have a good night!
This week I quilted this lovely quilt for Kathy who has been working on piecing it for several years. It is a wonderful feeling to finish a project that you have been working on for so long, I know! And this quilt is so pretty. It is a sampler quilt designed by Eleanor Burns in her book called Egg Money Quilts. Eleanor has written so many patterns and books, and I couldn't even find it on her website, but the link to her site and the Egg Money DVD is here. If you are interested in the book you'll have to Google it.
Anyhow, here is a pic of Kathy's whole quilt, and isn't it beautiful? I love the collection of old traditional pieced and applique blocks and the 1930's reproduction fabrics.
I quilted using white thread and what I consider very light custom quilting. I did a figure-8 design in the outside border and loopy meandering inside. If you look closely at some of the photos you can see that Kathy put a large orange rick rack in the seam of the border. It is a really nice detail that adds interest, and I didn't want to quilt over that.
Thank you, Kathy, for letting me quilt this one for you!!
Also this week I added 2 new pantographs to my collection. One of them was purchased for a super hero quilt that I'll soon be quilting. Can you guess which one?
I hope you've been inspired as I have by these traditional quilt blocks this week. Thanks for reading, and I'll be linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.
Wow - It's been over a month since my last blog post. I've been sick with the flu for the past week, but other than that I'll skip the excuses and just say that I have a gorgeous quilt to share with you tonight! The picture above is my favorite block in it, and it's inspiring me to make my own quilt with the Moda Love block.
This beauty belongs to a client named Becky. It was the Fig Tree mystery sampler quilt for 2016. I was excited that I got to quilt it, and it was completely my pleasure! I quilted it with a very light brown thread that was just a little darker than the off-white background fabric and the Whirligig pantograph design. I'll just share some more pics below and you can enjoy.
Becky did a great job piecing - her quilt top was flat and straight, even with all of those tiny blocks and bias edges. Thank you, Becky, for letting me quilt for you!!
I also added some new pantograph designs to my collection.
Do you see anything you like? I'd love to help you finish that quilt top!
Thanks for coming back to visit after a few weeks. I have several quilts lined up (that I'll show when they're done), and I'll be getting started again tomorrow after a good night's rest. I'll be linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.
Gazebo - not a word we use often during winter in Pennsylvania, but this is a different kind of Gazebo. I made this table topper for my mom for Christmas, and just this week I finished the coasters to go with it.
I used the pattern called Gazebo by Jaybird Quilts, the Hex N More ruler for quick cutting, and a jelly roll from the fabric line Refresh by Sandy Gervais for Moda.
This project goes together so quickly! And it only used a small portion of the jelly roll, so I can make something else with this beautiful fabric. Below are the matching coasters and a picture of the quilting on the back.
I would highly recommend this pattern if you are looking for something new to try. I'm sure I'll be making more of these in the future.
I'm sharing this Friday Finish over at Crazy Mom Quilts. I'm so glad you stopped by. Have a great week!
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a mom, wife, quilter, pianist, and now a school bus driver. Every day I must sew for my sanity!