Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mermaid Etching and More

A few years ago I bought some etching cream after I'd cut people's lasts names out of vinyl using my Cricut.  The names were etched onto the back of a baking dish, which is a great idea for a gift or so the recipient of a casserole will then know where to return the dish.
The other day I took out the supplies and began this project (knowing my husband would be gone for a number of hours).  I used a water based marker to draw this design onto the outside of the glass and then used a paint brush to apply the etching cream to the inside of the glass.  The first round didn't turn out well and when I googled troubleshooting, one person suggested cleaning the glass with alcohol first and shaking the etching cream extremely well which did the trick.
 Image result for mermaid etching on pinterest  Here's the link for the image I used for my inspiration.

And here are a couple more projects that are nearing completion.
Quilting finished -- just needs some binding now.  I'm going to make a matching pillow too.

 Pink Pinwheels Quilt top finished and am preparing the backing now.
Now onto Funtastic Friday!
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Free Quilt Pattern: Daybreak

Even though I have never been interested in making a drunkard's path quilt block, this week I couldn't resist when I saw Sherri McConnel's new Daybreak Quilt Pattern.
 I pulled out fabrics on hand in similar colors, downloaded the free pattern here, and began sewing.  The greatest thing is that each quilt block has only 1, did you get that -- ONE seam!  Yes it's a curved seam but I just cut my pieces 1/4" bigger than the template and it was easy to square it up to 9 1/2"so the quilt goes together quickly too. 
There is even a video that can help you, although I admit I just dived in without watching the video.
 I love the combo of the lovely pattern design and Sherri and Chelsea's new fabric line colors but since I have 100's of yards of fabric already....

 I have the quilt top loaded onto my Sunshine 16.

 I'm even getting brave and freehanding feathers.
Now onto Funtastic Friday!  Sherry of Olives and Okra would like a couple more cohosts and she makes it very easy (see below).
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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Circa 2016 & Pink Pinwheels

I've been catching up on my Circa Blocks

Just a few more to be all caught up and looking forward to see what new pattern that will be available on Friday the 13th!
 Also working on 13 1/2" pinwheel blocks
This will be a twin size quilt for a Samantha, whose favorite color is pink, who is graduating
  

from high school and to welcome her into the women's organization at church

I also love pink!!!
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts
Now onto Funtastic Friday...
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Friday, May 6, 2016

Scrappy Cats Quilt Finish

Began in January and completed yesterday!  Scrappy Cats Pattern by Antonie Alexander

Not easy to photograph because no matter where you stand the cats face away and it's big 75 x 75".

Looks like the cats are peaking out.  I embroidered their whiskers and sewed on their button eyes prior to quilting  I quilted closely to the stars in hope that they'd sort of pop up, but it didn't really work out that way.



Since I finished within the grace period, I'll be linking up with the Crafty Quilter's April UFOs here to show off my finish -- stop by to see her lovely Super sized Stars finish and lots of other beautiful finishes!  I'm also linking up with Funtastic Friday and  Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Scrappy Granny Squares, Nine Patches and Funtastic Friday


After finding bunches of 3" squares that someone at church had bagged up long ago, I resorted them into stacks by color.
I sewed some 9 patches first

Then to sew some Granny Squares, I added one more matching square to each side along with setting and corner triangles to make these cute blocks.

This one has a Christmas theme.


This bird would be very cute in the center of a 9 patch.

Now on to Funtastic Friday



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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Retirement Quilts and Funtastic Friday

My manager, Maggie, began a tradition to give a quilt to everyone who retires and when I learned to quilt I volunteered to be her helper.
Maggie (and her daughter) pieced together this beautiful log cabin quilt.  It took my breath away as I did the machine quilting.  It is so pretty that I took out pinks on hand and will probably not be able to resist beginning yet another project and I'm okay with that!
Since we have three coworkers retiring this year, I took on a whole quilt by myself.  I began this Scrappy Cats Quilt (for a cat lover of course) back in January and hope to complete it soon as the retirement party is coming up.
Got all 12 noses ironed on (still need to machine applique), some eyes sewn on, and one cat with whiskers embroidered on so far. 
      Now onto Funtastic Friday!

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Crossroads Quilt Along and Funtastic Friday

Hello again!  Find out about the Crossroads Quilt Along and download the blocks here.  $5 donation is recommended to support the March of Dimes.  There are only 10 blocks so far but I made two extra house blocks for the fun of it.
Just finished the Diamond and Friendship blocks to be all caught up!  

When I made the house blocks a couple months ago, my plan was to stay with those fabrics for the whole quilt, but then I forgot my plan and picked more new colors!
I chose an alternative pattern to construct the blocks quicker, using no waste methods and will share some cutting and brief sewing directions below.  Refer back to the Fat Quarter Shop for original directions and even some videos.
Cutting directions For the Friendship Block
Background Fabric:                                                             Color Fabric (for each block)
Cut (3) 3" squares for each block center                   (2) 3 7/8" squares (for flying geese)
Cut (3) 1 3/4 x 7" strips  (for corner squares)            (1)  1 3/4 x 7" strips (for corner squares)
Cut (12) 1 3/4 x 3" rectangles for corner squares
Cut (16) (3) 2 1/8 x 8 1/2" strips (subcut into (16)  2 1/8" squares for flying geese and draw diagonal line)     

Place the 1 3/4 x 7" strips (one background and one color together and press open)  Slice off 1 3/4 x 3" sections to sew together with 1 3/4 x 3" strips for corner squares.  

Make Flying Geese using no waste method with 3 7/8" square and 2 1/8" background squares.              
Cutting directions For the Diamond Block
HSTs:
Cut 5" square (3) background fabric and (1) each of color fabrics for each block (Place background and colored square together and sew around the perimeter and then slice diagonally twice to make HSTs for each corner.)

Diamond blocks:
(5) 2 1/4" squares (five each color for each block)
(15) Background fabric 3 1/4" squares, cut diagonally twice to make the triangles which will be sewn to each 2 1/4" square.  (Be sure to make sure the point is in the center before sewing on)

Press the triangles out and square up to 3" squares.
Make sure the 1 1/2" cross hair lines line up as shown in the photo above.
Now on to Funtastic Friday!  Sherry at Olives and Okra is the creator of Funtastic Friday and is looking for another host, so if you're interested contact her with instructions below. The cohosts are a sweet group to associate with online and Donna is my childhood friend.
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Star blocks for an Auction Fundraiser and Funtastic Friday

When I heard the girls at church are going to have an auction fundraiser to get money for summer camp, I thought I will make a quilt!
Star blocks made with Salt Box Charms from Connecting Threads

I pulled out these three star blocks I made several years ago.  Luckily I had a little note and diagram in the bag showing how to construct the blocks.
 It took an evening to make each additional block and since the auction will be next Saturday I needed a plan to make blocks quicker.
So I started making the blue and cream blocks to maybe intersperse between the star blocks and hopefully can finish this quilt before the auction.  Or maybe I better just get busy making some more star blocks, add sashing and some big borders!  What do you think?

 Okay on to Funtastic Friday!
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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Stars and Strips and Funtastic Friday

Stars for the Scrappy Cats Quilt and Strips for more plus blocks!

Yay! ... some progress on the Scrappy Cats Quilt that I began in January and has since become a UFO.  Funny how quick a UFO happens!  I made the stars and ironed all 20 of them on.  Now for some machine applique (which isn't my favorite).
Here is the original post with pattern link.  This will be my challenge for The Crafty Quilter's Good bye UFO's, to complete for April.

  I've also made some progress on my little 5 inch plus blocks.
I've cut strips for at least 25 more blocks and I have 35 so far!  It'll take a couple hundred for a good sized quilt, so we'll see how far it goes.  Or it could be a baby quilt and be done much sooner!
Of course for photographing, a chubby calico has claimed the blocks for her own nap spot!

I'm enjoying co-hosting Funtastic Friday and meeting my Cohosts and looking at the links which are full of creativity!  
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