Category Archives: Projects

My Pot of Gold & A Giveaway!

 

img_1371Several years ago, more like many years ago, I started collecting metallic fabrics. Many had an Asian theme and I loved them.  It took me a couple of years to decide, but finally I decided to do a hexagon star pattern.  I cut the hexagons on my Sizzix – I cut, and cut, and cut.  Rather than cut the individual triangles, I sewed the hexies to strips of fabric and then trimmed.

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I found this black with gold dots fabric and a friend suggested that I scatter a few black stars about. Had to admit – a good idea.  It also meant taking some of the quilt apart in places, but it was doable.

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Finally, I pulled the project box out and was inspired to complete this quilt top.  I added the black borders. I played with a couple of cornerstones, but nope, the black borders were it! It is being added to my “to be quilted” pile, as I plan on quilting this one myself. The project box, however, is empty!

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Leftovers – many hexie leftovers! And several pieces of the fabrics! I will not save them, but if someone out there would like them, they are yours if you leave a comment saying so. I will randomly pick a winner and announce the winner next Wednesday, July 3.

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Happy Father’s Day Quilt

A few years ago I discovered Woolies flannel and fell in love with them! I bought a fat quarter stack and proceeded to make a paper pieced quilt of cats.  The first couple of blocks were somewhat challenging until I got the hang of it. My hubby is a cat lover and I was making it for him.

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Originally I wanted to give it to him at Christmas, but with as much as he is at home, it just wasn’t happening.  Most of the blocks were paper pieced at a retreat. I enlarged the blocks with borders (a deviation from the original pattern). The faces are appliqued and embroidered.  I’d meet friends at a local coffee shop and bring the embroidery with me – kinda sneaky but it worked! I laid out the blocks and took several pics as I couldn’t keep it on the design wall. One morning I was up early and began to stitch the blocks together but of course that would be the one day he got up an hour earlier than usual – grrr!

Finally it was off to the long arm quilter and I did manage to have a few hours home alone to get it bound. For the backing I used all the large leftover pieces. I absolutely love the pattern my long arm quilter used.  Notice that the recipient is being camera shy!

img_1368.jpgThe pattern was a Fons & Porter pattern.

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Hope you all had a wonderful Father’s Day!

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Good-bye May – Come on June!

Whew! The extreme heat of May (weeks of 90 degrees+) kept me inside getting lots of sewing done. All but two of the completed Hospice quilt tops have been quilted and bound, bringing the total today to 22! Four of those quilts were donated completely pieced, quilted and bound. A very talented and generous quilter donated them, but she wishes to remain anonymous. Look how great these are!

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And here’s my May wrap-up.  Now that it’s June, I’ll be taking a break from Hospice sewing and concentrating on a few of my many Works in Progress.

June 19 WIPS

 

Hmmm.  The “working on” portion of this list is supposed to be getting shorter, but seems to be getting longer instead.

Squirrel! Squirrel! Squirrel!

Leaping Lizards!

A couple of years ago Kaufman Fabrics generously donated “scrap” fabric to the Fairview Quilters, the group I work with to make Hospice quilts. I quickly grabbed the bright batik scraps and fun lizard fabric. Last year a quilt was made with some of the lizard fabric and I saved a few of the leftover blocks. At one of the Quilt & Sew-In retreats, attendees pieced strips of the bright batiks together. I brought it all home and played on the design wall.  I love the results!

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There wasn’t enough left over to make another quilt wholly from the batiks, so I added large strips of a very bright orange. This should surely brighten someone’s day!

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Both quilts were backed with fleece – so soft and cuddly. It feels so good to have these quilted, bound and ready to go!

 

A Little Blue & White

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At my quilt guild monthly meetings, there is a table marked “free.”  Often someone is cleaning up their scraps and patterns and occasionally someone cleans out their whole quilt studio and shares their unwanted excess with guild members. Such was the case with this quilt. Laurie brought a table full of goodies to be scooped up and I grabbed this pretty little blue and white.

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Funny, I’m sure she started this many years ago. Her style and fabric tastes have changed so much. Although this quilt was almost completely finished, there it was, abandoned. There was just a little more quilting to do –  easy echo quilting and some stitch in the ditch and then the binding. The binding was even already prepared!

This will make a nice little comfort quilt; a perfect size for for someone in a wheelchair. Thanks Laurie.  So glad your efforts reached completion and some joy will be passed on.

Sew much fun ahead. I pulled all these fabulous voiles for my next scrappy leader-ender project!

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Polka Dot Fun

When I was getting ready for my April Quilt & Sew-In, I prepped an easy and quick quilt using the many polka dot fabrics I have.  I paired them with some striped fabric I had and cut all into 2 1/2 inch strips.  I got the inspiration for this quilt here, which she called the Ernie Quilt. For me, it’s best to have something fairly mindless, quick and gratifying for when I am facilitating a retreat. This worked!

Here is the quilt top on the design wall at the retreat:

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And, very unlike me, I quilted it as soon as I got home! I used evenly spaced curvy lines. Oh my, that was a lot of sewing and I love the look. SEW worth it! I find myself looking at other fabrics I can use this pattern for. Some of the donated fabrics I’ve received for Hospice quilts will be perfect for this pattern. Hmmm, maybe these strips coupled with solids?  So rewarding and fun!

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Post Retreat + Enjoying my Passions

After being home a week, I’ve finally made it to the computer to do a wrap up of my somewhat productive sewing at a quilt retreat I attended in South Carolina.  I began the week full steam ahead by making string blocks for a border that I cut into fours. I then paired each with a white on white square and made half square triangles.  All of my notes were at home (why oh why??) so I just made bunches!  This is the quilt top I was preparing the border blocks for:

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These are the border blocks, not yet attached to the quilt:

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And these are the leftovers! They will make a sweet little quilt. I will either add a couple of border to make it a baby quilt or add to it to make a lap quilt. That is a decision to be made at a later date.

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Following my “string fling” I just piddled.  I did some pinning, some sewing, but didn’t really attack anything else with much vigor. Mostly I enjoyed my time away and being with an awesome group of quilters!

What’s really been keeping me busy is the great outdoors.  I am in the process of dividing my ferns. They are truly glorious this year! And tree work was done in our yard and this pile of mulch was the result. I can only load a few wheel barrels a day and do the spreading. Hubby cut this pile of wood and we’ll need to get a log splitter to finish the job. This is not fun yard work.

There is also much weeding to be done. I attack it a bucket at a time and have the wonderful ability to look past the weeds and enjoy the pretty plants and flowers. Fortunately, my one side bed manages to stay weed free!

 

The temperatures here have been glorious so I am enjoying the outdoors fully.  I will sew more when it becomes very hot – mid to high 80’s and gardening do not go well together for me!

Embrace ALL your Creative Passions!