Friday, July 20, 2018

Birthday Gift Needle Book

We joined some neighbors last night to celebrate a birthday.
Needlebook filled with snips, needles, pins, and some cute sewing charms.

It's so pleasant to get together and enjoy some cake and conversation!
This beautiful cake was made by another very talented neighbor.  Aren't those rosettes gorgeous!
I met the birthday girl a couple years ago before either of us moved into our neighborhood and we were both delighted to discover our common interest in sewing.  She has since taken up quilting (and sometimes jokingly blames me) and it's so fun to stop by to see each other's projects.

Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Happy 5th of July! Update: Toppers Completed

The tag was added to the front with personal details and washing instructions on the back.

These patriotic items have been in the works since May.
The firework fabric almost sparkles like real fireworks
This block is from a Spectacular Star Table Runner free tutorial from Lindsey Weight at The Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog.  She truly has so many beautiful and wonderful tutorials that I plan to make someday!
I was going to make the Spectacular Star Table Runner but then decided to add triangle borders and make multiple table toppers or wall hangings to share.
Pattern revision notes for future reference.
Make all the units as shown below and lay out into this configuration and sew together.  The center of the star is a 3 1/2" square.  

To make the corner units:  First make (8) Half Square Triangles (hst's).  Place the red and white 2 1/2" squares right sides together.  Sew around the perimeter and then cut diagonally twice.  Press open and square up to 2".  Sew the bow tie block by sewing the HSTs with the 2" squares as shown.  Square up to 3 1/2".  Then sew the borders on as shown above in previous photo.

Make 4 flying geese.  Cut (1) 4 1/4" square and Cut (4) 2 1/2" squares.  Draw a diagonal line on each 2 1/2" square.  Use the flying geese no waste method here.

Make 4 of these units.  Cut (4) 2 5/8" centers and to create a square in a square, Cut (4) of the two colors 2 1/2" squares and then cut in half diagonally.  Sew triangles to each side of white square as shown. Square up the unit to be 3 1/2"

After sewing all the units together, square up the unfinished block to 12 1/2"

Linking up with Two Chicks and a Mom's Funtastic Friday; Confessions of a Fabric Addict's Whoop, Whoop Friday; and Sew Fresh Quilts, Lets Bee Social; and Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts

Teddy's Coca Cola Attire

My friend got Teddy, a labradoodle or is it a golden doodle?? for her birthday.  We've exchanged gifts for years and sometimes like to make homemade gifts for each other and so I looked for some tutorials to make accessories for Teddy.
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Teddy looks very cool sitting there in the shade with his scarf and leash!

Here are the links to the tutorials I used: leash from She Can Sew  And a scarf from Gleeful Things. 
The leash is charm square friendly and I used a strip from and old pair of jeans for the interfacing which gave it just the right amount of thickness and body.  I got the swivel toggle hook from Home Depot for around $3

Linking up with Two Chicks and a Mom's Funtastic Friday; Confessions of a Fabric Addict's Whoop, Whoop Friday; and Sew Fresh Quilts, Lets Bee Social

Saturday, June 23, 2018

First Little Granddaughter

While my daughter was laboring, my husband and I were assigned to care for Sammy and Molly,  the Chihuahua and lab.
Sewing supplies were in tow and pink fabrics were laid about in the nursery.
 The decision to sew pink hour glasses blocks was made.
Now to add some borders and pink satin blanket binding. 

Baby Audrey Renae arrived on the first day of summer. 

Starry, Starry Night

Working on some gifts for a friends daughter who recently graduated . 
She loves Vincent Van Gogh' s Starry Night painting.

Pillow case with starry night fabric cuff.  Used this 15 minute pillow case tutorial,  although it was probably closer to an hour.  Note: when she says to trim to 20 x 28 inches,  I trimmed mine  21 x 28 1/2". I did the French seams and am very happy with how it turned out. 

Center lone star block for quilt. 
Other  star blocks to circle round the lone star.  

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Purple Topper almost Complete

Finished up the quilting on this topper that's been in the works for a few years.  Now to get it bound!  The dollar store flowers look so nice with it!

I drew some pencil lines to follow in the triangle borders.

I did some freemotion swirls and leaves in the purple square borders and an X in the floral centers.

I did some ditch stitching and orange peel curves around each green hour glass section.

I'm happy with how it turned out.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Purple Irish Chain for Kate

Kate is 8 and she loves purple!
By the lilac bush this morning.  Purple on the green grass is so pretty!
The finished size is about 66 x 76". 
The backing is lavender gingham flannel.

I started making these little labels written by hand and a little embellishments and sewing into the binding.   On the back is my name, date ,and washing instructions .

After a few pick outs, I got the hang of using a ruler to make straight diagonal lines. 

The borders are filled with feathers and swirls. 

Quilting in process .

Here are a few cutting instructions. 
The 9 patches are made with 2 1/2" squares.   Each 9 patch and alternating cream block are is 6 1/2" unfinished .
Quilt Block Sawtooth Star Tutorial final
The 8" stars in the corner are made using Amy's tutorial here.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Two Charm Square Baby Quilts

This one is for my grandson Teddy.  Finished in time for his 1st birthday.  I had started many quilts for him, but they none suited my daughter, so was glad to get this one completed.  It has flannel baseball fabric on the back.

This one is for Ezra, new grand baby of my coworker.

Ready for binding with cool diagonal plaid in navy and white.  Backed with baby blue flannel checks.

Cutting Instructions
98 Charm Squares  (You can use a charm pack or two and pull some stash fabrics and cut into 5 inch squares)
    Lay out on point (row 1, one square; row 2, three squares; row 3, five squares; row 4, seven squares; row 5, nine squares; row 6, eleven squares; row 7, thirteen squares
    For a rectangle quilt, row 8, will also have 13 squares and then you'll decrease each row down to the next odd number (11, 9, 7, 5, 3, 1) of squares.
    For a square quilt, row 8 will start decreasing (11, 9, 7, 5, 3, 1) squares.

You'll need 26 Setting triangles
(6) 7 3/4" squares cut diagonally twice
(1) 5 1/2" square cut diagonally once

You'll need 4 Corner Square triangles  Cut one 6 1/4" square and cut diagonally twice

Lay out squares in a pleasing formation

Remember as you sew, to make sure each section has a straight edge for assembling later.

Stars in Squares Baby Quilt for Oakli

Baby quilt made for my friends new granddaughter.  It's hard to see but the center squares are sweet pictures.
Oakli Alma
Just finished quilting

Cutting instructions for each block
For the center star block Cut:
(1)  5" square for the center
(1) 5 3/4" square for the background of the flying geese
(4) 3 1/4" squares for the geese
(4) 2 3/4" squares for background corners

For the inner set of corner square triangles Cut:
(1) 10 1/2" square and cut diagonally twice

For the outer set of corner square triangles Cut:
(1) 14 1/4" square and cut diagonally twice
1.  Sew the flying geese using the no waste method and then construct a Sawtooth Star.  For step by step instructions, this tutorial by Diary of a Quilter here shows the no waste method for flying geese and also making the Saw Tooth Star.  Square up block to be 9 1/2"
2.  Sew the inner Corner Square triangles to each side of the star block.  Square up to 13 1/4"
3.  Sew the outer Corner Square triangles on each side and square up the block to be  18 1/2"