Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Quilts on our beds

Linking up with Jo's "what quilt is on your bed?".

This "all about me" quilt is on our bed. I LOVE this quilt. It was so much fun collecting the different fabrics.  I made three of these (all 100 inches square) - 2 went to my best Halloween friends.

This quilt is on a guest bed. Wish I still had more of the black and orange dot fabric.

This fuchsia quilt is on a guest bed.

These last two quilts are on mother's bed, along with the electric blanket. Both are about 14-15 years old.

Looks like next year I will need a make a couple more Halloween quilts so every bed will have one.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Oct 12, 2014 ~ Stash Report~QOV~Baby Quilts

Yippee - the last of my 17 strippie quilts, by Mollie, is finally finished! Here is baby quilt #44.

I saw a quilt at the Paducah quilt show 3 years ago and decided to make my version into a QOV. I made my blocks to finish at 12 inches. My flying geese are 6x3 finished, side strips are 3x12 finished - just a tad bit blurry!

My hexie flowers are coming along, though at this rate it will take quite awhile to make 225 of these.
   I am using my 2.5 inch scraps to make these.  I am considering using white with black dots for the background fabric.
                                                                                    Finished baby quilt #43 - read more about it here...

For baby quilt #45 I used the pattern "Two's Company by Karie Patch Design.  I was given the Raggedy Andy fabric 2-3 years ago. I used the rest of the  fabric on the back.

since last stash report ~
fabric in - ZERO
fabric out - 21.63
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Baby Quilt #43

I found the pattern for this baby quilt on Shannon's blog.  Go check out her blog as she makes a lot of great quilts.

Baby Quilt #43!

It was a super easy one to make. I used 3 navy, 3 aqua and one orange fabric for this quilt. I bound it in navy.

This quilt has been added to the RMH pile.

Linking up with Michelle's "Let's Make Baby Quilts" post and Sarah's confessions

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Stash Report October 5, 2014

I am going to try counting my fabric a bit differently. I am just going to report what comes in (hopefully nothing for the rest of the year) and what goes out (hopefully a lot) from one post to the next. I have been really good and have only bought 80 yards of fabric this year. I am keeping track of the year to date numbers in a notebook for my own information.

I had a stack of squares and Karen suggested I make a D4P. This is my very first D4P and I did pretty good matching the seams.

This is a QOV - it has red, white, blue and gold in it - perfect for a woman.

And the presentation case, the cuff is the same fabric that I used in the quilt.

Karen has a Star Bright quilt as her header and I got the free pattern here.  I made mine out of a charm pack, and used a piece of fabric for the star.

I should have made it one row wider and longer. I also should have used one fabric for framing the star. This one is going to Ronald McDonald's House. It is baby quilt # 40.

Another QOV is finished. This time I used Mollie's Framed 9 Patch pattern. If you haven't been to her website check it out, she has 60+ patterns (all free) they  look great and are easy to make. I started this one 3 months ago.

The binding is a red on red stripe.
I used the remainder of the backing fabric for the presentation case.

2 more Strippie quilts are finished.   I started making these quilts in July using Mollie's pattern and have one more to finish. These are baby quilts 41 and 42. These are also going to RMH.

Fabric in - ZERO!
Fabric out - 30.63 yards

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Friday, October 3, 2014

My First D4P - Star Bright Baby Quilt

My first Disappearing 4 Patch.  A friend suggested that I use this pattern when I told her I had a stack of  6.5 inch squares waiting to be made into a quilt.

This quilt is my first QOV that was made especially for a woman. The colors are red, white, blue and gold so it is perfect. I was amazed that most of my seams line up...

and the presentation case -

I first saw this week's baby quilt on Karen's blog - it is the quilt in her header. Mine is much smaller.

I used S'more Love charm pack and some aqua for the star.  The pattern can be found here.... I will quilt and bind it this weekend. Next time I make this quilt I will use one fabric to surround the star. This quilt will be going to RMH.

Check out this week's "let's Make Baby Quilts" 

Sarah's "Whoop Whoop" Fridays always have a ton of great quilts to check out...

Realizing that I get more quilting done if I have a list or goals written down I decided that I am going to have 7 goals for October and see how that works.

October Goals - 
1 ~ Make my Tula Pink blocks into a top
2 ~ Cut scraps into my new system - this will be ongoing
3 ~ Finish framed 9 patch QOV
4 ~ Make 10 6.5 inch string blocks - this will be ongoing until the quilt is finished
5 ~ Start a new quilt - I would do this anyway so I might as well put it on the list!
6 ~ Make 15 hexie flowers - ongoing until 225 flowers have been made
7 ~ Make 4 baby quilts

Since I have never done any hand sewing I am curious to know on which finger do most quilters wear their thimble. I put in on my first finger and then found myself using a different finger to push the needle through. I don't need it to make my hexies, only when sewing the hexies into a flower. Guess I will see if you tube has any videos on "how to use a thimble".

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Yep, I Am Doing English Paper Piecing!

My quilty confidence level has risen since I finished my Flowering Snowball quilt.  I have begun making a quilt I never dreamed I could make or even want to make, I am making hexie flowers and plan on using them on this quilt. I will need 225 flowers. I am sure this will take me a long time (about one year) to make. I thought I might be able to make one flower a day, now I'm not so sure as my finger tip is sore as I am not at all use to hand stitching. Guess I will have to invest in a thimble next time I go to town. I am enjoying the process. I am using 2.5 inch squares from my scrap bin to make these hexies. I still need to decide on a background fabric.

They are going to be scrappy with either a yellow or orange center. I am still struggling to get my stitches to be invisible ( probably need a smaller needle). Overall I am pleased with my progress. Plus it is a great way to use up the last bits of thread left on the bobbins.

Joyce, who lives in Washington state, lost everything in a fire - read how you can help here

Today one of the things I wanted to accomplish was to find a system to store my scraps and I finally found a way that makes perfect sense to me.
I am not comfortable cutting my scraps into certain square sizes as I might not use them. Cutting scraps into different size strips and then when I need a specific square I can cut it from my strips. For some reason this method of storing scraps just clicked with me.

I am going to track my fabric a bit differently, I am just going to report what came in and what I used since my last report. I am keeping track of YTD totals and where my finished quilts went in a small notebook.

 Not sure what goals I will set for next year or how I will record my finishes.

I do have one goal for the rest of this year and that is not to purchase any more fabric! I think I will be able to do that.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Baby Quilt #s 32 - 39

Audrey's mom, Joyce, lost her stash due to a fire.  Audrey is asking quilters to send her mom one fat quarter to help rebuild her stash. Details can be found here...


I used this tutorial to make these baby quilts -

This baby quilt pattern is perfect  as it uses my left over backing pieces without having to cut them into smaller pieces. I consider this pattern a win - win as I get rid of the long skinny backing bits and some baby/little child gets a snugly quilt.

The pattern only calls for 3 - 5x40 inches of the focus fabric - just 15 inches.

I was able to piece one top in a hour, only 16 long seams.

They finish at 39x45 inches. Another plus is that I didn't have to piece the backing.

I had 32 10 inch pink flannel 4 patches sitting in a drawer for about 6 years, finally decided to use them. I made 3 quilts with them and am too embarrassed to share them. They are pretty bad. I thought about taking them apart but my success rate of unsewing flannel has been disastrous. Not sure what I will do with this 3 quilts, 

I had less than 1/2 yard of the bright fuchsia fabric that I wanted to use in a quilt and this simple chevron pattern was perfect. The background is multi colored dots with small pink hearts.

I had these 6 inch squares in a drawer and made this quick quilt. Cute little Mother Goose characters.

These quilts are going to Ronald McDonald's House.

Only 13 more baby quilts to go!

Linking up with Michelle...