Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Quilt from Leftovers!

My last blog was about my Prairie Flower Finish. Lots of snowballing occurred during the making of the quilt. I saved those little triangles and made half square triangles from them. Then put them together into blocks and then made a wall hanging.  I am so thrilled with my something from nothing quilt.

I stitched just outside the ditch on the half square triangles.

Figure 8's in the sashing and stippling in the outer borders.

This is wedding doily number 11.

Here is wedding doily number 10.

A closer picture of number 10.  I am working on number 12 and then will have three left to make.  I can do this.  Wedding on the 11th of June.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Prairie Flower Finish!

I have a finish! I am a huge fan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company's Block Magazine.  If you have not seen one yet I encourage you to get one.  I am sure you will be hooked.  The magazine is $5.99, printed on beautiful paper and does not contain one single advertisement.  The patterns are great and the stories interesting.  This pattern is from Block Magazine and was so fun to put together.  It is called Prairie Flower.  I used Little House on the Prairie fabric.

I free motion quilted on my domestic sewing machine.  I bought stencils for the center white square from the Stencil Company.


I had bought a fat quarter pack of the fabrics and made a scrappy binding cutting strips from the long side of the fat quarter.  I did order some yardage for the borders.  I am so pleased with this quilt.  Now I'm off to pick another pattern from Block Magazine (I am not endorsing this magazine for compensation etc.  I simply like it).  Thank you for stopping by for a visit and have a lovely day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Bibliophile Files!

I am linking up with Sarah at http://sarahdidit.blogspot.com for the monthly Bibliophile Files where you show and tell about the books you have read in a month.  These are the books I read in April:

This is one in a delightful series "44 Scotland Street".  Wonderful characters.  If you love Edinburgh, you will truly appreciate these books.  

This was a good book.  It is about the life of Robert Louis Stevenson.  Very interesting.

Ken Follett is a favorite author whose books I enjoy immensely.  This one is set just prior to WWI and the events that start off the war.  Also covers the war.  A real epic saga.  Very good book.  It is the first one in a trilogy.  I am currently on the second book and will talk about that next month.

I have read this book before but found it in my sons room and decided to re-visit it.  Had a few belly laughs.  He is really good at finding a cultures quirky habits and way of thinking about things.  He has written books on England (Notes from a Small Island) and Australia (In a Sunburned Country).  Makes for very interesting and entertaining reading.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Hares in a Field!

A while ago I bought the Moda All-stars All in a Row book.  It is filled with great patterns.  You can make a quilt of the rows or you can use the rows as stand alone wall hangings.  Being Spring, I decided to make the hares chasing butterflies row.  I used a lovely aqua Grunge for the background.

The pattern requires one to construct a hare using brads so that he becomes posable.  This enables you to trace different hares onto your fusible web.  Quiet a genius idea!

I used fabric with butterflies on it and cut out the butterflies to appliqué to the background fabric.

I embroidered a chain stitch collar in pastel colors onto the hares.  Eyes are french knots.

I free motion quilted in a green color thread for the grass and an aqua color thread for the sky.   I quilted loops in the "sky" area to depict the flight of the butterflies.  I had so much fun quilting this one.

This was such a fun little quilt to make.  I will definitely be making more of the rows.  So many designers and so many lovely rows.  

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

What am I Up To?

I had the dreaded flu last week and it knocked the socks off me.  I am only now feeling back to normal.  I have been stitching though and am getting work done on a few projects.   I have been making blocks from a Missouri Star Quilt Company Block Magazine pattern called Prairie Flower.  Love these cheerful big blocks.  They measure 14".  I used Little House on the Prairie fabric line for this quilt and I am really liking it.  Today I laid the blocks out and got busy putting on the sashing strips and making the cornerstone strips.  They are all attached now and I have two rows left to stitch before putting on the borders.  I just love how fresh this quilt looks.  

This quilt looks like a Swiss quilt and is called Postage Plus from the second to last issue of APQ Magazine.  Those pluses pop in the Moda Bella Solid Betty's Red.  I really like making postage squares - 1" .  I think this is going to be a charming quilt when it is done.

I have also finished another two doilies for the wedding.  This is number 7, which is a big one.

Here is number six!  I now have three left to make and the wedding is two months away.  Go me!  I am the kind of person who has to have a rock on my back to get a deadline done.  Not this time.  There will be no crocheting on the flight to the wedding.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Blocks on the Go!

I have been working on Katja Marek's Blocks on the Go for Quilts on the Grow!  I am really enjoying these.  In fact I am enjoying them so much that I am doing a set in Reproduction fabrics as well.  They will not have the outer border and batting.  I will stitch them together once all the blocks have been made.  I will play with the color combos for the best layout.

I am enjoying picking out two very different kinds of fabrics.  I am using Kaffes in the modern one and picking out color combinations which I like for the Reproduction ones.  No particular color scheme going.  I want it to be scrappy and fun.

These blocks are so lovely and bright.  

More reproductions.  I love the little bees in the diamonds and well as the dapper soldiers in the light diamond of the top block.  I am actually all caught up and waiting for April's clues to arrive.  Such a lovely sew along.  Thank you Katja!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A Finished Quilt.

My daughter arrives home tonight. I got her quilt done on Thursday night.  It took a whole month to quilt. I did have a week hiatus while waiting for thread to ship to me. I finished two 1200 yard spools and a bit of the third one.  Here it is on her bed, just waiting for her to have a cozy night's sleep.

The quilt is very densely quilted.  Stippled in the snowball blocks.  I used a stencil at the intersection of all the snowballed corners.  I was going to do a more random vine like quilting in the sashing spaces and I started, looked at it and saw that it was not random at all.  I liked it so I just carried on doing the figure of eights.  

I still have water soluble pen marks to pat pat off with a damp cloth.  Got about half of them done.
It is a large queen size quilt.  7 blocks by 8.  I needed it to tuck over the mattress at the bottom of the bed.  I am really happy with the finish and hope she likes it as much as I do.