Sunday, October 4, 2015

QOV #4 ~ RMH #8

I doubt I am going to reach my goal of 12 Quilts of Valor and 12 quilts for Ronald McDonald's house this year. I will be thrilled if I am able to finish 5 QOVs.

I very seldom buy quilt magazines as I already have so many patterns I will never have the time to make. The cover quilt just caught my eye and I had to buy it.
I really, really like the cover quilt! I am not sure what color I will make the star points, maybe blue or green.....I already have about 5 quilts that have red star points.
 There are at least 4 quilts in this magazine I like. I used this pattern to make a QOV.

Here is my version of the quilt.

I used a bunch of blue on white/beige fabrics for the background and a solid red for the pinwheels and border. I made a pink and black version a few years ago - you can see it here.

The pillow case was made and donated by Karen.
She used such cute fabric to make it. Love the hearts...
Kat over at Kat and cat quilts is asking for 10.5 inch string blocks. I was able to make 24 this weekend will try to make some more in the next couple of weeks. I was touched when I read about her quilt ministry - though not sure she calls it a ministry. Go here to read her story.

Here are 12 of the blocks - I used muslin for the foundations.
I certainly have enough strings to make hundreds of blocks...Gotta love mindless piecing.

I was, once again, inspired by a quilt Karen made
Just when I think I am out of I Spy fabrics I keep finding more! I used 5 inch squares. This quilt will be going to RMH.

Linking up with -
Quilting is more fun than Housework
Michelle's "Let's Make Baby Quilts

Fabric usage  2015 ~
fabric in ~ 0
fabric out ~ 18.89
used YTD ~ 141.68

Quilts Finished ~ 14 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
QOV ~ 4
RMH ~ 8
UFO ~ 1
New ~ 1

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Finally, A 10 Year Finish....

We have spent many years looking for the perfect place, for us, to retire. About 10 years ago we were in Colorado, we went to quilt shops for me and woodworking shops for Bill. The Great American Quilt Shop was in Denver, a great shop. Saw a quilt we both liked and we bought the templates, pattern and a bunch of fat quarters and finally after all these years have a finished quilt....
I wanted it a bit bigger so I made a border out of the smaller 1/4 circles. It is 95 inches square.
The backing is flannel. Not sure if we are going to keep it or if it will become a Christmas gift quilt....

I love it. The blocks are all pretty simple, it is the shading of the placement of the colors that make this such a neat quilt. Plus it finishes at 105 inches, it is the perfect size for our bed. I might change the border a bit.
Really great instructions. Wonderful colors, so looking forward to making this quilt.

I am making this quilt with Karen.  She had the great idea of copying the color swatch sheet, cutting it out and matching it to the fabric, so we could keep everything organized. I wrote on the copy what block each fabric was used in.

Here is my start of block 1 - need 12 of these. Forgot how much fun it is to start a new quilt.

At guild we made three yard baby quilts. Here is the link....

Bill helped me make a portable  ironing table to take to guild sew days.  We bought a plastic table ($15) from Walmart, covered it using 2 layers of batting, one layer of insulation stuff from Joanns and then used some fabric from the upholstery area, also from Joanns.

We used hot glue to attach the fabric to the table. Liquid nails can also be used. The batting and insulation were not glued.  The underside doesn't look great but it is holding tight.
 The table is collapsable, and has three height adjustments. Perfect to take to classes. Now to find a good portable iron...

Linking up with JudyL's stash reports....
and Quilting is more fun than Housework

Fabric usage  2015 ~
fabric in ~ 10
fabric out ~ 23.57
used YTD ~ 123.12

Quilts Finished ~ 12 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
QOV ~ 3
RMH ~ 7
UFO ~ 1
New ~ 1

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Gifted Quilt....

I don't usually (never) receive a quilt as a gift.  Bill's cousin came to visit for 4 days, she also came to quilt some of her tops. I think she brought 12 of them with her. I have to admit that I was pretty proud of her that she stuck to it and got them all quilted while she was here. All except one. The one she gave to me. She also gave me the backing for it.

The quilt was an odd size so I took some of it apart and sewed it into the size I like for our bed - 100 inches square.
I had 6 pinwheel blocks left over. I have always wanted a black and white quilt - now I have one!

(I am so pleased with my new quilt rod holder, makes taking pictures so easy. The rings have small clamps. I plan on putting up a design wall behind the quilt.)

The backing she provided is absolutely adorable.
The little red birds on the backing cried out for a red binding.... 3/4 of a yard....some of the blacks on the front contain red.
Love it!  I quilted it using freehand swirls in various sizes.
It is such a fun, happy quilt, so glad it lives at our house.

Didn't know which category it fit in, so I am not going to count it.

Fabric usage  2015 ~
fabric in ~ 0
fabric out ~ .75
used YTD ~ 109.55

Quilts Finished ~ 8 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
QOV ~ 3
RMH ~ 4
New ~ 1

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Christmas Tulips / QOV #3

After seeing Thelma's beautiful quilt I just knew I had to make one. I even copied the same color scheme she used. 

You can find the pattern here... it is called Vintage Tulips. I had seen the pattern before but the quilt on the pattern cover just didn't appeal to me.

This quilt is a Christmas gift for a friend who is a florist. The quilt is 100 inches square. I love the colors, very 
springish. I used a different green for each of the stems/leaves. Love the scrappiness of it all.

For my QOV #3 I used Mollie's instructions for a Carpenter's Star.  My blocks are 8.5 inches unfinished and I made a simpler border. 

And the presentation case...

One of the reasons I joined two quilt guilds was to, hopefully, once again find my love of quilting. It was lost for about 7 months. I literally had to force myself to sew/quilt a little here and there. So glad it isn't lost any more! 

Another reason to join the guilds was to meet quilters in our new area. That part is proving to be more difficult for me. I am hoping in time that a few of us will click and new friendships will blossom.

Fabric usage  2015 ~
fabric in ~ 0
fabric out ~ 32.22
used YTD ~ 108.80

Quilts Finished ~ 8 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
QOV ~ 3
RMH ~ 4
New ~ 1

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Quilt of Valor #2

I used the "Sparkle" pattern from Piece N Quilt to make my 2nd QOV for the year. Natalia's pattern is super easy and makes a great quilt. The pattern was designed for a Christmas quilt. I traded the green for a blue and used a fun patriotic fabric for the background.
The blocks are almost 25 inches square. The quilt goes together pretty quickly.
Ruby is now 1 year old and very obedient. She loves her big red dog. She has never torn the stuffing out of any of her babies.

Here is the presentation case... it is folded in  quarters.....

 I am 6 quilts behind for my goal of QOVs. Not sure I will be able to catch up. 5 of us in my not-so-fun quilt guild are going to begin meeting once a month for a sew day. This month we are going to make a large Carpenter Star quilt.  I will be making my in blues and reds for another QOV. 

The next set of blocks to leave are these 55 flower blocks...

I think they look odd without stems. These have also been sitting around for too many years to count. These will be donated to the not-so-fun guild. There is a member who takes old blocks and makes donation quilts.  One less bin in my cupboard!  I think I have 6 empty bins so far, feels good to have the extra empty space. 

I am counting the blocks I am giving away as fabric out. It feels really good to see my "fabric out" numbers growing

Fabric usage  2015 ~
fabric in ~ 0
fabric out ~ 15.90
used YTD ~ 76.58

Quilts Finished ~ 6 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
QOV ~ 2
RMH ~ 4
New ~

Saturday, July 25, 2015

QOV #1 ~ Project Sheets ~ Baby Quilt ~ Couch

Taryn over at "From Pixels to Patchwork" created some project sheets to help keep track of where you are on a certain quilt.

You can find the free downloads here - 

Going through my UFOs I found a Hunter's Star quilt that I know I started way back in 1994-95 when we lived in California. When I got it out I thought I would continue to make more blocks so it would fit our bed. After looking at it for awhile and reading my notes, amazed that the notes were still there, I realized there wasn't enough fabric to make 52 more blocks. 

I decided to finish it using the blocks I already had made and use it as a QOV. 

And the presentation case...

I also made a cute baby quilt out of blue and yellow flannel pre cut charms...
And the back, which is just too cute...

Bill decided that he might want a boat to use on our small lake (large pond). He went looking and came home with this couch - 
It has four recliners and 4 cup holders. It certainly isn't something I would buy. The price was really good ($450) and it was brand new. Never dreamed I would have a couch with cup holders!!!!!!! Though it does come in handy to hold my seam ripper! Bill loves it.

Going through more bins I came across a quilt started back in 2008. 

The top is half finished and a few of the remaining segments are complete. I have no desire to finish this one. This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern and I just happened to know of a Bonnie Hunter fan and this is on it's way to her! 

Really feels good to find new homes for some of the older quilts I no longer want to finish.

At the library this morning there are 9 patrons. All 9 of us are either using our own computers or the library computers. Guess I am not the only one who doesn't have the internet at their home in our county.

Fabric usage ~
fabric in ~ 0
fabric out ~ 16.62
used YTD ~ 60.68

Quilts Finished ~ 5 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
QOV ~ 1
RMH ~ 4
New ~

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Travel Pillows.....

The USO at the Nashville airport contacted the fun guild I belong to and ask asked for a couple of quilts and some travel pillows.

I made cases for two travel pillows. I bought the pillows at Walmart for $2.37 each. The fabric I already had. The main fabric I cut 17x28, the cuff 8x28 and the trim was 2x28. I used the hotdog method to make the cases.

I hope that they make a solider's flight much more comfortable.

For the not-so-fun guild I am donating 80 blocks I made about 8-10 years ago, maybe even longer. I cannot remember what plans I had for these blocks. I have so many projects already started that I don't mind passing these along to someone else to finish into a quilt. 

Thinking about letting go of some other projects so I can work on some quilts I really want to make. I have too many patterns I want to make.

I finally found the fabric for the QOV that needs binding. 

Not fully back into the quilting mode, working at it slowly, a bit each day.

Fabric usage ~
fabric in ~ .66
fabric out ~5.5
used YTD ~44.06

Quilts Finished ~ 3 ~ each quilt will only be counted in one category
RMH ~ 3
New ~