Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I've Moved

After a busy summer hiatus, I've moved the blog.

It's still a work-in-progress, but there's been lots of sewing that needs to be posted in the coming days.  All content from this blog has been transferred there too.  See you there!

Friday, June 24, 2011

A Fabric Funny

After trying to board a plane
with a recent, rather large, fabric purchase
(some of it for me), my sister sent
the following text . . .

The brick of fabric in my backpack
was suspicious so they had to
open the bag and search it :-)

Can you imagine the look of confusion
on the screener's face
as he opened the pack to find
. . .
a fat quarter stack?
Yep, we quilters are pretty
shady characters.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A "Color" Soft Book

I made several of these little color soft books based on this tutorial a few years ago for a charity event.  Thankfully, I saved one not knowing for sure if there would ever be another little one in our family.  It sat, undone, for all those years, but now it is done for Joe to enjoy.

It includes several pages, two of which are pictured below.  It includes the rainbow and then pink, brown, black and white.

The words were printed in reverse on iron-on transfer paper and then ironed onto a square before being stitched into a four-patch.

Now Joe can learn his colors . . . or at least have another tasty book to chew on.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Mod Times Quilt Finish

I followed along with Jessica at Twin Fibers in her Mod Times Quilt Along and here's my quilt.  I was using what I had on hand . . . a fun print from IKEA, some Kona White (although Snow probably would have been a better choice) and Kona Coal.

The back was pieced with another fun print from IKEA, Kona Coal, and the print from the front.

I quilted it with a wide-spaced spiral.  I started with a rather large circle and worked inwards first.  NOT a good idea.  I might have pulled it off if I had a walking foot, but it would have worked much better to work from the center outward.  To create the initial circle, I made a compass from a piece of yarn tied to a pencil.  I held the end of the yarn where I want the spiral to end (a hippo nose) and then drew a circle with the pencil stretched at the other end of the yarn.

Here's a close up.  I screwed the guide in at 1" and then just followed the circle inward.

When I was working on the outward leftover circles, I had to put my guide in upside down.  This actually worked well.  Following the guide out in front helped me turn the work a little ahead and actually kept it where it should be.

You should check out all the great color combinations that people came up with for this quilt along.  Thanks, Jessica, for great instructions and for teaching a new skill . . . inset seams!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Traveling Flower Garden

I managed to complete a few hexagon flowers as we traveled to Yellowstone last week.

I thought I would get many more done while in the park, but I enjoy the view far too much to be bent over hexagons.

So these few were completed on the road to and from.

Here's my favorite.

I use 1" hexagons that I make from hexagon graph paper printed here. I just change the hexagon size to 1" and then print on cardstock. I like to punch a hole in each paper piece for easy removal later. For 1" hexies, I use a 2.5" square of fabric. See a little tutorial here for how to create the hexies. And then I just whipstitch them together into a flower shape.

If I get enough of these, I think that I will applique them onto a quilt rather that create a traditional Grandmother's Flower Garden where every flower is sashed with neutral hexagons . . . my patience for hand-piecing does not extend that far.

These are quick little finishes that I plan to take camping and to swimming lessons and such this summer.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Swooning Over Swoon

While I wait for the pattern to come in the mail, I figured out how to create these block in 2" units instead of what I was guessing to be 3" units to make a 16" block (rather than a 24" block).

I have a fat quarter pack of Panache I bought many moons ago that I think I will use for a king-size version of this quilt.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Little Turtle

The Little Turtle
a poem by Vachel Lindsay

 There was a little turtle.

He lived in a box.
He swam in a puddle.
He climbed on the rocks.

He snapped at a mosquito.
He snapped at a flea.
He snapped at a minnow.
And he snapped at me.

He caught the mosquito.
He caught the flea.

He caught the minnow.
But he didn't catch me.

Soft book created and quilted by me.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Where the Buffalo Roam . . .

My family and I just returned from the "land of fire and ice" where I said "hello" to some of these . . .

Where I was awed and inspired be some of these . . .

Where I'm always amazed by these (although I didn't get many good pictures . . . it was rather chilly this year which makes for foggy hot springs) . . .

And where I captured glimpses of little beauties like these . . .

I know some of these need to be turned into quilts.  Especially Sapphire Pool up there . . . that one haunts me year after year.

Maybe someday.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Antique Quilts

Last week, our family buzzed down to St.George, Utah to enjoy some warmth as we celebrated the end of the school year.  While there, we toured the Brigham Young Winter Home, that was built and occupied in the late 1870s

These two quilts caught my eye.
The first in obviously a traditional log cabin.

Anyone know what this red and white pattern is called?

Here's a close up.  I'm pretty sure the red and white triangles are pieced.  And check out the beautiful quilting.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

4th of July Table Runner Tutorial

Can you believe that the 4th of July is only one month away?  With the chilly weather we've been having, it hardly seems like summer yet.  I'm ready for some warmth and flag waving, so here's a little table runner I whipped up this week.

Would you like to make one?  Here's how:

1 @  6.5" x width of fabric (wof) strip of blue
2 @  2.5" x wof strips of red
1  @  2.5" x wof strip of white
fusible web
white fabric for stars
4.5" star to trace (I just cut one out on my Cricut, but you can create one in Photoshop or google a star image and make it about 4.5" tall)

Step 1:
Using an accurate 1/4" seam, sew the red strips to either side of the white strip.  Press seams.

Step 2: (not pictured)
Sub-cut the red & white strip set and the blue strip into 6.5" squares.  You should be able to get 6 of each.

Step 3:
Trace 6  4.5" stars onto fusible web and fuse to white fabric.  Cut out the stars and center them on the blue 6.5" squares.  Press to fuse.

Step 4:
Secure the stars to the blue squares.  I like to satin stitch.  I use a short stitch length and a middle stitch width, keeping the outside of the zig-zag close to the edge.  You could also use a blanket stitch or just a straight stitch close to the edge.

Here are the appliqued stars and sub-cut stripe blocks.

Step 5:
Using an accurate 1/4" seam, sew a stripe block to the right of each star block.  Note that I have all of the stars pointing out, so I made all of these star/stripe pairs identical.

Step 6:
Sew three pairs of blocks together to make two identical rows.

Step 6:
Sew the rows together as pictured below.  The stars should look a little off-center at this point.  The binding will re-center them.

Step 7:
Quilt and bind as desired.  I straight stitched around each star and stippled everywhere else.  I did try straight stitching a 1/4" from all the seams, but I liked the stippled look much better.

Let me know if you make one.
Happy Summer!!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bucket Hat

This book arrived in the mail yesterday.  I was so tickled by all of the fun projects.

I jumped right in with a little hat for Joe.

About half-way through, I remembered that I really don't like sewing clothing items ;)  But seeing how cute it turned out, I'm ready to make another.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Row #1 is Done

You should check it out.  Her instructions are so detailed and easy to follow . . . I whipped this row up in about 20 minutes this morning.  Can't wait for the next step!

Friday, May 6, 2011

So Many Projects . . .

. . . so little time.

I had a little quilting hiatus this week while my main living areas went from

 with ultra-white trim.
 I wasn't going to buy new paint, so some miracle workers re-tinted my original purchase.
Much better.

Now little Joe has a cold, so the 15 minutes of sewing I did get in today was thanks to a beach ball and an ironing board barrier.

Since Kristine claimed the circle quilt, I offered to finally make one for her bed.  She saw this one and thinks she needs a cowgirl quilt (she has been on a bit of a cowgirl kick lately, boots, hats and all).

from Fons & Porter's Best of Love of Quilting, Feb 7, 2011

This is a mini, so it will need some redesigning.  I did find this fabric today . . . the wheels are turning.

Two more "solids of the month" have arrived.

April's haven't "spoken" to me yet.

But I'm rather excited about these purples and greys that showed up at my door this week.

I've had this quilt (by Amanda Jean of crazy mom quilts), on my mind and think these purples along with some additions will make it stunning.

And then there's the Christmas stockings I've purchased fabrics for, not to mention all the WIPs I have in the queue.  I'd sure love to spend all day in my sewing room, but alas, there is laundry and dishes and cute little kiddos to cuddle.  But now that the paint is dry, the precious moments of free-time can be re-devoted to sewing . . . can't wait!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

No-Reply Bloggers

Did you know that if you don't have an e-mail attached to your blog profile, that I can't respond to your comments via e-mail?  I can only respond to you in the comments sections and there's no guarantee that you'll see that!

Jodi, at Pleasant Home, has some great posts about "no-reply bloggers".

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To those of you who have so generously taken the time to comment on my blog, thank you.  If you haven't had a personal reply from me, you may want to see if you are a "no-reply blogger".