Saturday, January 24, 2015

Christmas Corner January 2015

Welcome to Christmas Corner-- a place to share Christmas designs on the 25th of each month!  At the start of a new year, it's important to check which UFO's to complete and plan some quilt alongs and other quilting projects to begin.  Here's a mini parade of my Christmas UFOs.
Presents around a tree.  Lost motivation to complete this because it's a little boring-- maybe a large red border would help?

Snow balled blocks destined to become snow man faces.  Pinwheels made as the corners were snowballed and the triangles cut away.

Little houses need completing, to go around the red, green, and white patchwork.

Missouri Star Disappearing Hour glass blocks in red, white, and gray.

Disappearing Hourglass block  (Link to the Missouri Star Tutorial)

Patchwork Christmas stars.  I'm looking forward to work on these some more.

If you've visited  recently, you know I've spent much time working to finish two 2014 Quilt Doodle BOM's
Second Quilt Doodle BOM quilt along quilt from 2014-- still in process.
The Santa and reindeer are my own creation and addition to this quilt.  I've prepared some cutting instructions so you can add this design to one of your projects.  Note:  Many of the pieces are very small-- I used batik fabric which has a very tight weave and doesn't shift around much with cutting, pressing, and manipulating and that made it possible for me to construct these blocks with relative ease.  I suspect using other fabric might be a nightmare.
This diagram is for reference but use the measurements from the next color coded diagram since I've made some corrections.

The diagram is color coded to help with cutting, organizing, and sewing together the sections.  Note:  Untested and may contain errors.  If you find errors, need further instructions or have suggestions, let me know.
One completed project for January-- the Quilt Doodle BOM

Keep Christmas in your heart year round by working on Christmas projects! 

The Quilt Doodle Block of the Month for 2014 Blog Hop

Last week I blogged about my first completed quilt for 2015, which is my Quilt Doodle Block of the month quilt.  I had a lot of fun making this quilt month by month last year and really appreciate Cindy's (of Quilt Doodle Designs) talent and generosity in sharing her tutorials and hosting the quilt along!  Don''t leave yet if you've seen it already, because I have something special to show you!

But I forgot about saving it for the Blog Hop.
Since I had started two for this quilt along, I decided to try and complete the second one for something new to show for the Hop!

So I sewed the little tree on Monday.

Then I worked for a few days and finished up the row of hot cocoa cups.
And as I sewed I pondered what to do to make this quilt a little different.  It's already a little different because it's made with mostly batik fabric and the little houses are totally different.

But still, I wanted to do something else different.  Since I made this reindeer pillow in November, I've been wanting to make a Santa and flying reindeer.
On Wednesday, I got out some graph paper and started planning.
I doodled a reindeer and sleigh.
On Thursday I made the first reindeer prototype and was pleased.
 Today, actually yesterday since it's past midnight at this point...
I cut out all sorts of little pieces and started sewing....
I made 3 more reindeer and a Santa on a full moon...
I wanted the reindeer to look like they are flying, so sewed borders to get this effect.  Unfortunately, I ran out of fabric and so each side has a bit of patchwork.

Here you can sort of see the zig zagged reins that Santa is using to guide the reindeer.

At this point I had to call it quits for now.  I have a puppy who will wake me up at six a.m.  And so I am happy I was able to get a lot accomplished, even though I didn't get it finished.  You can't see, but the row of hockey skates is sewn to the bottom of the snowmen and of course, those poor snowmen are blind but hoping to get them some eyes soon!
Be sure to stop by and see many wonderful Quilt Doodle Block of the Month Quilts by other participants.  Here's the schedule:
January 24th 
January 25th 
January 26th
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Quilt Doodle Blog Hop, 2015 Quilt Alongs, a finished block, and a BAD group

The 2014 Quilt Doodle Doodle BOM Blog Hop is Coming! 
Here's the Hop Schedule:
January 24th 
January 25th 
January 26th
Jill - Hosted by Quilt Doodles
 Since I forgot how these hops work, I already posted about my completed Quilt Doodle quilt, but luckily, I have another quilt in process for the same BOM that I'm going to work on so hopefully I'll have something new to show you on the 24th.  I'm looking forward to seeing all the hard work and everyone's special touches!

Are you joining any quilt alongs for 2015.  I loved the ones I participated in last year.  Here's my list:
1. Shannon at Modern Tradition-- Charm Square Sampler quilt along
Charm Square Sampler Quilt Along 
2.  Cathy of A quilting Chick --The Not so last minute Christmas Quilt Along
3.  Kristie at Quiet Play's Zoo Animals

4.  Fat Quarter's Snap Shot quilt along

Here's my first block for the Charm Square Sampler Quilt along.
I'm using some fabrics I have and some squares from a Josephine-- French General Layer Cake, which I then cut into 5" charm squares.  .

Lastly, have you heard about the BAD group?  Amanda, the Patchsmith, has started this BAD group (block a day).  Isn't that a good bad idea?  I think so!   Flicker page here.

Scrappy Cat Pillow Pattern

A few people were interested in getting a pattern for my scrappy cat pillow top.

If you search for tessellating cat quilt patterns, you'll see all sorts of versions.  Here's a graph and link to this page which is similar to mine.  I saw one a lady made and she said she got it from the Oct. 2009 McCalls magazine.
Fancy tessellating cat quilt pattern, tails curled.

I'm getting motivated to try this again.

Here are some unfinished dimensions in inches for the cat sections for mine.  You can cut out and assemble intuitively, using a few instructions I included below.  
Ooops.  I already see a mistake-- the body piece should say 9 1/2 x 4 1/2".

Ear sections background   Ears 2" square (draw a diagonal line) 
5 x 2" background and apply the 2" squares to each corner, sew on the diagonal line and then trim off leaving 1/4" seam.

5 x 3 1/2"

Body 4 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Flank (on the lounging cats)
3 1/2" HST (half square triangle  cut 3 7/8" squares (one main cat and one other cat colors) and sew into two HSTs (trim to 3 1/2")

Straight Tail
7 1/2 x 2"  plus two 1" squares marked with diagonal line and sewn to create the curved end.

Curved tail
See diagram and cut out each piece. 
a.  To the 2 1/2" squares apply a 1 1/2" square with drawn diagonal line to one corner and sew along the diagonal and trim leaving 1/4" seam.  Press back.
b.  To the 4 1/2 x 1 1/2" (yellow section on diagram).  Sew 1 1/2" squares with drawn diagonal lines to each end, sew along the diagonal line, trim, and press.  
Sew curved tail sections (including the haunch) together.
Probably needs some testing so good luck!

Linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River

Friday, January 16, 2015

First Finished Quilt of 2015

This was a very fun BOM QAL in 2014 by Cindy at Quilt Doodle Doodle.  Cindy is going to have a blog hop on January 24- 26th to showcase the 2014 QAL.  I got motivated to finished mine up!
Cindy is hosting another QAL for 2015.  The block of the month is free during each month.
The snowman row was the January block for 2014 and i just loved it and had to join in.  (I just finished sewing on the button eyes to complete the quilt last night.)

I was so excited on the 1st of each month to rush to Cindy' blog to see what the new quilt block(s) would be.
Month by month, progress was made.
As each section was completed, it was exciting to lay them together to see how it was going to look.  All so cute, but isn't the bright colored lights row fabulous?   You can see I started getting a little scrappy due to making sure I didn't run out of that blue glitter fabric and also to break it up a bit.

I did a loose loop quilting design to keep it softer and the house got a little special FMQ with some roof shingles, siding, feathers in the heart on the roof, and some embroidered details with a Christmas tree in the window and some outlining on the door, the window, and the heart.

After reading Connie's (Freemotion by the River) post about her grandson being cold...
I decided to follow suit and used 100% polyester batting.  I can already tell it will be warmer.
Don't forget to stop by Cindy's for the Blog Hop on Jan. 24th-26th
It sure was a fun quilt along, but I'm not done since I started another one along the way!
I'll have to get back to this batik version soon.
Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

More Pillows and some scrappy triangles

More pillows!

I saw a darling LOVE pillow made by MochaWildChild here and just had to make one too.
She found the free pattern by Kelbysews here.

Here it is before being sewn into the pillow cover.

I like sewing my own pillows and then I don't have to worry about what size I make the pillow cover.    This holly fabric came in handy to make a pillow form since I wasn't crazy about it.

Two buttons on the back match the "L" and the "V"
 Quite a while back, I was making some pink and white quilt blocks for my sister because she loves pink and she loves cats.  

The tessellating design got the better of me and I stalled on production and couldn't get back to it.  I decided to make pillows instead (I have one more block to make into another pillow cover)
Here it is flipped around.  (sorry for the blurred picture)

Here you can see the lovely model who posed for the embroidered little cat faces.  She has claimed the pillow top and production is again stalled.

She seems pretty attached to this project.
Here's the light pink pillow to go inside the tessellating cats pillow cover.

Here's the back of the pillow cover.

A little pile of HST's of varying sizes.  I spent a little time sewing, pressing, trimming and/or just stacking and packaging up by size.
  I can't seem to just throw away these little triangle scraps and it's a pain except when I get them somewhat sorted and organized and hopefully sometime in the future they will be part of something wonderful!!
Thanks for stopping by!