Thursday, June 16, 2016

Red, White, and Blue Gifts

My best friend's birthday is in a few days and I almost have her gift ready.
As I quilted the wavy pattern back and forth, I thought of the ocean and then patriotic lyrics and tunes started going through my mind and I thought "From Sea to Shining Sea" might be a good name for the quilt.  It still needs binding.  Did you notice that the inside stars are also double pinwheels and then I added flying geese to make Big stars?  So each block is a double pinwheel, double star block.

I'm also making a quilt for her new grandson.  
His dad and grandpa are fishermen in Alaska and I had a Charm pack called "Catch of the Day" and made up this pattern with some stars and a few 9 patches.  I'm going to add some big borders so  it'll be nice sized.

The thing that's holding me up is packing to move to my new house. 
After 33 years I have way too much stuff!  Here's my new kitchen!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Americana in the Works

Scrappy Stars and Chains Americana Quilt top
It was originally going to be donated for an auction but since I couldn't get it completed on time, I donated many wall hangings and table toppers and much money was still raised.
 Here are the patriotic phrases all embroidered.

Here's a 13" mini topper.

I have taken pictures for a tutorial for the flying geese and the mini stars soon.
I saw a bunch of the cutest red, white, and blue mini quilts on Kathleen Tracy's blog here, in case you want to check them out.  You'll see the one I got the idea from but mines a little different.

And now onto Funtastic Friday.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Patriotic Embroidery Peak and Swirl Quilting

After piecing together a UFO done in red, white, and blue,
I realized that there was a good size plain section within  each side border that would be perfect for a patriotic salutation.

So I printed out some phrases and traced them onto the fabric.

These little corner stars will have red quilting around each star and a cute red heart button sewn inside.  I'll show you more later.
 Heres the pink pinwheel quilt first row quilted in bigger double loops.

Now onto Funtastic Friday with our host Sherry Napa at Olives and Okra and my other darling cohosts!

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
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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