Friday, July 3, 2015

Bob the Blue Macaw

The June Zoo Animal Quilt Along features a Blue Macaw (I'm running just a little behind as usual).
I have a love/hate thing for paper piecing.  Well hate is a bit too strong a word, --I guess it's more like anxiety while working on the paper pieced blocks, but when I get them finished I feel exhilarated!
 Speaking of Blue Macaws...
I just found my camera from when we went to Hawaii last year and got to relive our vacation a bit while seeing the photos for the first time.  I found one of Bob and figured he should be a guest on the blog.

And here's the growing menagerie!
You can still download the last 3 animals for July, August, and September (Koala bear, Monkey, and Lion) from Kristy's blog Quiet Play for free (and the others are just $3.00)
Zoo BoM
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Red, White, and Blue and Star Trek

I finished up a little red, white, and blue table runner tonight since tomorrow is July 1st.
This simple design is from a Scrappy nine patch pattern by Sherri at a Quilting Life --(you can find the tutorial here).

 July 1st is also my coworker's birthday.  He builds model ships, organizes the yearly Christmas party and makes beautiful cross stitched gifts (among other things.)
I thought I'd make a Needle Book for him for his birthday.  He loves Star Trek and as I was wondering about buying a piece of Star Trek fabric...

 I remembered the freezer paper method of printing from your printer onto fabric.  
So I made my own Star Trek fabric!  I printed out the words Star Trek, Captain Nimoy for the front...
Live Long and Prosper and a drawing of the USS Enterprise (for the inside back cover pocket)...
  And this Star fleet Command for the back.  I can't wait to give it to Dave!

If you want to try out printing on fabric you can find many tutorials online and it's so easy you just cut out some fabric and iron it onto the shiny side of the freezer paper and then it feeds into your printer and prints whatever you want and then you just peel the freezer paper away!  I got my freezer paper at Walmart in the paper napkins, baggies, paper plates, etc. isle.
For inside the front cover -- a birthday cake drawn with micron and sharpie markers and embellished with some Star Trek insignia.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Christmas Corner June 2015

Merry Christmas Corner!  A Place to share ideas and work on Christmas Projects throughout the year!
I got a few things accomplished this month.  Have you started thinking about Christmas sewing yet?  Seven months to go.

Cathy of A Quilting Chick has been hosting this encore quilt along with permission from the original designer and blogger, JULIANNA GASIOROWSKA
of  Sewing under Rainbow  who held the Last Minute Quilt Along last year.  A paper pieced angel is due for June.  Note:  If you visit her blog, you'll see the words are in Polish, but she provides an English translation below each paragraph.  It's fun and free!

Also on Julianna's blog, I found a button for another free Christmas Quilt Along starting on July 8th with just 3 blocks (made 3 times) and it's so cute I'm planning on joining in so stop back on July 25th to see my version!

Here's the button and sample:
Here's the link to the Fat Quarter Shop with more details.
Back to my work....
I started this 9 patch star quilt back in January.  This month I completed 14 blocks for two sides of this quilt.  The blocks (other than some of the border blocks) are 9 1/2" unfinished.  I love that it is scrappy and that each finished star is 18" so it goes together pretty quickly!

As hinted at last month, I've completed a tutorial for this deer block.  It can become a wallhanging, pillow, or part of a woodland animal quilt.  I debated whether to make a red Christmasy background and maybe a red nose, but in the end went with a black nose and the blue snow flake background
I would love to have some pattern testers.  Please contact me for questions or if you find errors in the instructions.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

Read on for the tutorial!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Pin Wheels, Mermaids, Castles, Pirates and More!

First the pinwheel blocks
I started off adding white triangle corners to some of the blocks but then decided to remove the white corners and add all colored corners for more brightness.

I got all these HST pinwheels made this week and of course the cat had to run over to get into the picture.  I tried to make her move, but the blocks started getting messed up, so she got to stay in after all.  I used the quick method of placing 10" squares together and then sew around the perimeter and then slice diagonally both ways, which gives you four 6 1/2" HSTs.  You end up with a 12 1/2" block.
Now some quilts with patterns by Elaine the Summer Crafter!  Here's the link for her darling patterns.  (She currently has them on sale too.)
This is the Duck, Duck, Goose pattern.  I got it all quilted last night and just need to add the binding.  Also, I'm going to add some pink bows on some of the necks and heads for a special touch.

It is for my very good friend's son's family who adopted a baby girl!

I found some interesting orange flannel for the back.  Flannel is much more cozy on the cold days-- although here in the West were having a bit of a heat wave lately.

I went and bought this pattern immediately when I saw it displayed by Susie (Susie's Sunroom) because it was so cute!  I showed it on the blog before but had to include it in the line up since it's also one of Elaine's patterns, called High Seas.  (I added the X marks the spot path.)  Incidentally, Susie is currently displaying another lovely quilt made with one of Elaine's patterns, called Watercolor Seahorses!

And here is another cute ocean themed quilt called Mermaid Dreams!
I'm so lucky to have met Elaine and others while participating in The Crafty Quilter's Christmas in July Blog Hop in 2013.  Elaine has gone on to start her own quilt pattern business and rubbing shoulders with famous quilters at Quilt Market!  It's fun to see her progress and success!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Half Square Triangle Quilt Blocks Complete

I started this quilt along with Shannon at Modern Tradition Quilts back in January.

I made 3 extra blocks (Shannon's has 9 blocks), but just this minute, I'm thinking that I will make 4 more blocks.

So it looks like this quilt will take a few more months after all!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

May Zoo Animal and a Birthday Needlebook

I finished my giraffe for the Zoo Animal Quilt Along at Quiet Play just in time.
The parrot or maybe it's a blue macaw will be next for June and Kristy has the pattern out!

Here's the menagerie so far!  Just 4 blocks left!

I put together a little birthday needlebook for a friend.

As I've done before, I stamped the little center block, coloring the stamp with fabric marker and then coloring in  with sharpie colors.

Inside a pocket and some stamped labels for happiness.

The back

Linking up with Kristy at Quiet Play.  Drop by and see all the pretty giraffes!
Also linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts

Monday, May 25, 2015

Christmas Corner May 2015 -- Christmas Patterns-- UPDATE and request for pattern testers

Welcome to Christmas Corner!  A Place to Share Christmas Projects throughout the year on the 25th of each month!

UPDATE:  After completing the Christmas Star Stained Glass block, I wondered what to do with it?  Then it hit me.... it really looks like stained glass, so why not frame it and hang it in the window?
But how -- hang it between two pieces of glass with a metal frame?  Here it is tacked to the back of an open frame and set it on an easel.  Another drawback -- the sun will suck out the color!  I wonder if the right glass might protect it?
Pattern Testers Requested
I would love to have some pattern testers make it up in their own colors.  If interested, leave a comment and I'll send you the link to the PDF pattern.  And please link up so everyone can see the creativity!
Here is the original post from the 25th...
For May I'm trying out designing some Christmas Patterns.  
I love stained glass and am designing a Christmas Star stained glass paper pieced block.  One of my goals for this year is to make a PDF pattern to share on my blog.  So this is in process.

Here's the first test block but still need to add the borders.

And here is the beginning of a design for a pieced deer block (watch for free pattern next month) which will eventually be a pillow.

I was traveling quite a bit this month and don't have much to show.  But I finished the Dala Horse block for the Not So Last Minute Quilt Along with A Quilting Chick.

I have 4 blocks done for the Quilt Along but still need to complete the Star of Bethlehem for May.  (I have the pattern printed out, so that's a start.)
Thanks for stopping by and see you next month!
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts -- check out her wonderful rag rug
And linking up with Quilt Art Designs

Friday, May 22, 2015

Scrappy Back Pack

I needed a new back pack and wanted to work with some scraps and dived right in to make this new pack.
The new pack is fairly small (like the old one) because our work lockers are very narrow.  (Pack is modeled by Stubs -- we got her at Christmas time.)

The old Back Pack has been very useful (light weight and compact, perfect for biking) -- but it's fraying at the top area where the draw string pulls through.

Here's the back.  But I think I prefer the patchwork, so it could also be the front!

I added pockets inside to accommodate sunglasses, reading glasses, cell phone, and keys.  And there's still enough room for a lunch bag.  I should sew a matching lunch bag!

I ran down to Wal-Mart and got some eyelets, which were pretty easy to apply.  Then went ahead and removed the cording from the old pack and inserted it to complete the back pack!
There is just one small problem though.... my commuter bike is green!

Well it's as good a reason as any other to make another one!

And I just remembered I have some fabric with bicycles on it!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.