Monday, July 21, 2014

bunting

A check off the bucket list . . .


I've always wanted to make one of these



bunting for a birthday, or celebration, or what ever.  A perfect project for all those triangular binding scraps.



 I knew I'd been saving all this moda twill tape for something:





No more purchasing, storing and discarding decorations.  One size fits all.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

chevron doll quilt

I had some left-over 1/2 square triangles after making a chevron quilt for my granddaughter  (you can learn more about here





 and you know how fabric addicts have an issue with left-over scraps too, they just can't go to waste.




This doll quilt has some unintentional special character.  Do you see it?  I totally didn't until I was binding it :)



How fun to have a matching doll quilt to go with your own quilt !!!


delivered . . .

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Let's Pretend Chevron

"Let's Pretend"  by Sarah Jane with pink chevrons.




What's a little girl not to love about this print?  



free motion quilting straight lines isn't always the easiest.  I just marked them.






I love the old buildings along Geneva Road in Orem.









I got the idea for the quilt here, and used nettie's chevron instructions here, and got the idea for the pieced name from nettie also.









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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

boat quilt - Blogger's Quilt Festival


We've had a boat quilt in our family for years.  It's been so loved that it's old, tattered, and incredibly soft.  As our kids have reached adult hood and moved out, the boat quilt has disappeared a few times, and I've had to go run it down.  



So I decided to make boat quilts for the grandkids.   I started making boat blocks from all my favorite scraps.








I've been saving this binding fabric for a special quilt.
















quilt stats:
40" x 42"
block size 8 1/2"
fabric is scrappy
negative space is Kona bleached white
warm & white cotton batting









The nursery is all ready to go.  Now we're just waiting for a baby . . .





Now go visit the other quilt entries.


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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Chain Reaction in Figs - Quilt Festival

Thanks once again, Amy, for creating a place for us all to come and share.





"Chain Reaction in Figs" 
I first saw this pattern at Quilt Market several years ago, and fell in love with it . . . more about the pattern here



  stacked coin design on the back



You can see this new line of Fig Tree fabrics featured on the designer's blog in this post




  




I love this pantograph design by Beany Boy quilts, but I don't have a long-arm.  So, I had to transfer the design onto my quilt. 




For the first row, I tried tracing the pattern onto thin paper



then sewing through it






 but then I had to do this: (which took for ever!)




 so I decided to make a stencil . . . 




 the process went by much faster after that



 you can read about my adventures quilting it here










  since then, I have come across a system of using netting to transfer a design for quilting, eliminating having to make a stencil  (more to come in a future post about that)




The "Chain Reaction" pattern can be found in this book by Swirly Girls



quilt stats:
60" x 77" (washed)
fabric is Mirabelle by Fig Tree
negative space is Kona bleached white
warm & natural white batting
quilting design is "Tickle" by Beany Girl Quilts
Pattern is Chain Reaction by Swirly Girls














Now follow the link at the top of this post and go visit the other entries :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

scrappy trip - give away

I jumped on this band-wagon a little late, so you may be sick of seeing "trip around the world quilts"



This quilt was so fast and easy since it uses 2 1/2" strips, which I already had.  This is the 3rd quilt to be made with this collection of fabric and I'm proud to say it's all gone!!!





design wall . . .





I think this magazine was what started the whole parade, and it was fun to be able to find one.





But the easiest tutorial I've found for this quilt is to sew tubes with your strips.  You can find that tutorial here.



There are so many options to this quilt.  I've seen a low volume version from Miss Rosie's quilt's, I've seen them with borders, and without borders (my favorite), you can color coordinate or just go scrappy . . .


But the best part is that you can use up all your scraps!  All of them . . . no picking and choosing.  (Well, I did throw in the blue to add interest)



I've been dying to try this "orange peel" fmqing design.  It amazingly easy.


Mark a grid onto your fabric like this





Or like this . . .
Then starting at the bottom, scale up one column curving your diagonal line to the next corner like so . . .  (bad set of photos, sorry)


Then, back down that same column swinging your diagonal line in a downward curve like so . . .


Then on to the next column.


If you're lucky, your piecing will have the grid marked for you.
Here's a tutorial by "Oh Frasson".  She explains it better than me.  (and has better pictures)





I made this quilt for my mother-in-law who was just diagnosed with cancer.  She'll be sitting in her reclining chair A LOT for a while.  I wanted her to have something to remind her of all the great crafts we did together through the years.  They live out in the country where these photos are taken.


I even had this left over strip from a previous project for the back.



Give away   closed
I'd love to give away this great magazine.  If  you're interested, leave me a nice comment :)


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