Category Archives: Quilting

Little Improv Thank You’s

Recently I wanted to send thank you notes and somehow a store purchased card fell short of how I wanted to express my gratefulness. I was also feeling a bit restless about my sewing – time to break out the scraps and do some improve! I chose various brights and just had to add some black and white and just began to piece.

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The heart shape on this one below was a happy  accident! There was a fair amount of sewing with those narrow strips, but it was fun.

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Basically a wonky log cabin, the one below is my favorite.

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Each wasounted on stabilizer then glued to the front of a 5″ x 7″ card. If you do a card like this, remember to go to the post office to have it weighed as there was extra postage. But OH SO worth it! I just hope the recipients understand how much I appreciated them.

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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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Lots of Cutting

The end of May I pulled a number of voile fabrics for a leader/ender project. As it turns out, the project I chose is really strip sewing and not good for a leader/ender. Sooo… I cracked open another project box with a pile of Blueberry Park fat quarters.  It was a lot of cutting, but the fabrics are such great eye candy that it was okay!

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Not done yet as I have 449 pieces to cut from white fabric.  I’d like to get that done very soon so I do have a leader ender project. The idea of sewing two projects at once so appeals to me and have accomplished it several times.

The voile project will be cut next and will be a good one to have at my Featherweight.

Now…onto cutting!

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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A Brilliant Array

These two quilts were donated quilt tops for Hospice that I quilted and bound.

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These two were tops I put together from blocks sewn at the Quilt & Sew-In retreat. I also quilted and bound these.

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Both were backed with yummy, soft fleece. I especially like the butterflies.

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I couldn’t resist lining all the Hospice quilts to date on the clothesline.  All that color! All that generous effort by so many! Looks like a carnival!

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And here they are, all stacked up and ready to go. At the end of summer I will hit it again and add a few to the pile.

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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!