Thursday, August 15, 2019

Evie's Retirement Quilt

Evie's Quilt Challenge Journey
Evie's style is elegant, color preference: red, gold and cream colors, she's fond of Asian design, and she's not into traditional quilting.
I found some elegant fabrics and this Robert Kaufman's Imperial Collection, 24 inch Red Wisteria Mum Flower Garden panel which I purchased from from Hancock's of Paducah.  It's lovely with suttle gold accents

I saw some panels that were cut and sewn back together with borders and opted for that, going for asymmetry.  Now what borders and should I incorporate any actual quilt blocks?
I found this elegant Cleopatra's fan block and wanted to use them in the quilt.  One in each corner?
I preferred 3 but only on two diagonal corners.
With black borders?
Or without black borders?

I printed it out a Cleopatra's fan block pattern from here and cut each piece out and added 1/4" seam allowance.
 I just found a free Cleopatra's fan block quilt here at Robert Kaufman's website.

Test fan blocks in the backing

All Finished!
Quilting details:  Dragonfly in the corner

Evie loves her quilt!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Donna's Quilted Birthday Gifts

Donna likes Marvel Comics so I picked up a fat quarter pack of Marvel comic fabric at Walmart and made a little basket using Ayumi's fabric basket tutorial

A few scrapbooking items.

Her cat is named Buddy, so I made a little coin purse with "Buddy" (a gray tabby) sitting on a red cushion.  Opens with a zipper across his back


Monday, July 22, 2019

Super Hero Baby Trip Quilt

A quilt for my friend's grandson.

I love making trip around the world quilts with this strip sewing tutorial by Confessions of a Fabric Addict..

Embroidered label.


center is fussy cut

swirl quilting

Monday, March 25, 2019

Birthday Party Favors

Some friends invited me out for dim sum for my birthday (a really big number!!)
Not wanting to go empty handed, I made a little stack of sewing books and got some accessories.

I fussy cut some birthday cakes and added a border for the front and made a 5 inch nine patch for the back in bright colors.

Inside a pocket and some pins and lace.

It was fun and my friends were so sweet and generous to take me out and give me nice gifts!

I'm glad I had a little gift for them too!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Baby Dress

I had professional photos taken of my babies when they were about 7 months old.  My daughter asked me to make a dress like the one she wore.
I couldn't find any lavender baby rosebud fabric so looked through my stash to see what I had and chose the lightest lavender.

I made a pattern.  After cutting out the pieces, I realized the bodice front was too wide.  Should I revise the pattern and cut it out again?  Then I thought of adding pin tucked stitching!
You can see the rosettes and lace trimmed collar details also.

The little puffed sleeves turned out sweet.
I sewed in lining and even added some netting to make it rustle and a little poofy.
I watched a video on button holes made with the machine I have and was able to make button holes easily even though it'd been a long time.  The video was very helpful so I didn't have to look in the manual.

Now to go find out if it fits??
Pretty good!
I can see more baby dress creations in my future!!

Saturday, February 2, 2019

More Baby Quilts

This is my first commissioned quilt.  It is for baby Emily from her Grandma.

Half square triangles sewn together randomly with sashing and stars in the corners.  Similar to the one I made my granddaughter but unique.  I'm going to embroider in the middle name and birth date when they know.

This is for baby Joseph Mekhei, named for his dad, but his middle name is the Hawaiian version.
I used the rest of the panel that I used for my niece's forest animal quilt, but this time I used a charm pack to make four patches for the alternate squares.  I created a fox, raccoon, bunny, bear design to quilt it.  I really love this simple pattern,

I made these baby quilts for my work friend's (who is retiring) little granddaughters, Story Katrina and Navy Jane.  She will move out of the area and I won't see her often.  I will miss her!

Prairie point border on one and the other has a wavy border.  I'm really happy to try something new!

I quilted them with a scottie dog and hearts design I created and added scottie dog labels.  Unfortunately it's difficult to see the quilting.

Long ago when I started these blocks I noted some cutting instructions below.  The prairie points are 3 1/2" squares folded diagonally twice.  I sewed them on facing into the quilt at the same time I applied the red binding and when I turned them out and pressed them, they looked great!  Then I just had to sew a stay stitch on the front and sew the binding down in back.  When I make this border again, I will not cut the binding 2 1/2", but will cut it 1 5/8"
Cutting instructions:  4 1/2" squares
Sashing:  1 1/2" strips
Cornerstones:  1 1/2" squares
Setting triangles:  5" square cut diagonally once

Cutting instructions:
Pinwheels:  4 7/8" squares (place print and white background fabrics right sides together, sew around perimeter with 1/4" seam, cut diagonally twice to yield 4 half square triangles (HSTs).  Square up HSTs to 3" and sew together into pinwheel formation.
Triangle borders:  Cut 6 1/4" square and cute diagonally twice.
Setting triangles:  Construct two HST's and join as shown.  Sew a bigger triangle (cut from 6" square cut diagonally twice or 4 1/8" square cut diagonally once) and two smaller triangles (cut 3 1/2" square cut diagonally once) to each side as shown

Thursday, December 27, 2018

A Few Last minute Christmas Gifts

Little Houses and Trees Wallhanging

Christmas Present Wall hanging with Merry Christmas to You! embroidery
Christmas-y Potholders and I made quite a few more but in the rush to deliver, didn't take photos.