Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Comfort Quilt Finish

     The Star Gazing quilt is finished.  
I find this an easy pattern for an adult comfort quilt.  You can find the pattern on Craftsy
The trickiest part is also one thing that makes this pattern easy.  It uses the HST technique that creates 8 HST units from 2 large squares.  The tricky part is that the diagonal lines are longer than your 24” rotary ruler. 
     I simply meandered on the neutral areas and I wish I had quilted a more interesting motif. I enjoyed the new motif used for the colored irregular diamonds from Angela Walters’ book, Shape by Shape: Collection 2.  It shows up best on the lightest red and would have shown up better if I had chosen a different color for the others but I did not want to change thread. 


     I have done some quilting on another comfort quilt but have not tackled my next UFO yet.
 

Hope you get to enjoy some sewing or quilting time.  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Weekend Sewing and Quilting

    Recently I was a pattern tester for Ruth at Charly and Ben’s Crafty Corner blog  for her pattern of Kenny Koala.  Here is my panel of her pattern. I enjoyed piecing it. 
 

Then I decided to change the bottom strip and pieced blocks.  I think it looks like he is under a quilt. Now I am searching for the right border fabric. 


     Today I did some free-motion quilting on my 2nd Star Gazing quilt. I have already meandered on the neutral areas and wanted a focus motif for the colored irregular diamonds.  I like a diamond design from Angela Walters’ book, Shape by Shape: Collection 2. 
I wondered how the motif would work since the shape I am quilting is irregular.  First I practiced on a plastic shape then on plexiglass over my quilt. 


I have many more to quilt, but here is one of the center diamond shape quilted.  I used a burgunday thread so it does not show up very well. 

Update*  Here is a much better photo of the motif on a lighter diamond. 

Hope you get to enjoy some sewing or quilting time.  

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Where Does Time Go

     Very little sewing got done for the past week.  I was mostly busy with granddaughters and that was great fun. Older GD pieced a giant crooked log cabin block.

 


Younger GD hand appliqued a dog with a running stitch.


    In my down time I managed to add an inner border on a top in progress (no photo).
      My district will host the state meeting of Quilters of SC spring 2018 and they want sets of coasters as favors for the meeting.  Even though I am not currently a member, I feel the guilds in this district should support the state guild meeting. So far I have made 2 sets of coasters for QSC.  They provided the pattern.  

This month's Rainbow Scrap Challenge color is blue and I did manage to use blue scraps for one set of coasters.  

     When I returned home, my yard needed attention. I spent 2 mornings working in the yard.  After my shower, I needed to rest and relax from the heat so no sewing/quilting got done.      
     Today I hope to get some quilting done.


 Hope you make time to enjoy some sewing or quilting.  J

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Finish A-Long

     I need this challenge to push me to finish more.  So far this year I have finished the top 2 quilts on my UFO list.  #1 The blue, green and yellow quilt kit was purchased in 2005.  I did not finish it like the kit suggests but I love it. You can see more about the quilting I did on this post. 



#2 The green made-fabric quilt ended up as 2 quilts- one full size and one adult lap.  I have entered the full size in a guild show and then it will be a wedding present. You can see more about them here.  


     To work on next I have pulled #3
(The top has been waiting 5 years to be quilted when my FMQ skills were better and they are ) and # 5 which needs borders.   

Hope you are making progress on your projects. 
Linking up with She Can Quilt Finish A-Long.



Friday, June 30, 2017

Puppy Love Finish

    Finally the puppy quilt for my younger granddaughter is finished and in time for her 5th birthday.  It is twin size so good for her age to use on her bed.  

    Since I was not following a pattern, there are a couple of things I wish I had done differently; however, overall I am pleased. 

    I quilted a small meander around each dog face and minimally on the face so it stands out. ( This one is one of my favorites.)  I tacked by hand some of the ears so they laid better but are still free to flop.

    I echoed the bones and dog silhouettes which was good practice.
 I quilted a continuous curve design in the small squares.


     I have a huge stash of fabric and have only been buying when I really needed a piece. The past week I have been too tempted by clearance fabric at my Walmart. Most of this fabric was $1 a yard and one piece $2 a yard.  The 3 darker will make wonderful quilt backs and I think the lighter will be a great addition for a low volume quilt.

Hope you get to enjoy some sewing or quilting time this holiday weekend or enjoy family time.

I've linked up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict



Saturday, June 24, 2017

Crafting Week with Granddaughters

     This has been a week of Grandma Camp with my granddaughters and lots of fun crafts.  They have enjoyed time making things as well as playing with dolls.  They made a birdbath by gluing tiles to a tin pie pan (from Goodwill) 

and then filling in with grout.  It is lovely. Sorry this photo does not show the bright colored tiles. 


They each made sock monkey heads (directions from American Girl crafts).

  Since there was a pair of socks leftover from the package purchased to make the Sock Monkey heads, Mattie asked to sew a whole sock monkey. I was apprehensive because I thought she would become too frustrated.  She is becoming a great sewer and did a super job! 


I provided directions, marking and pinning.  She did all the machine and hand sewing and stuffing.

Lily insisted on doing some sewing like big sister so I helped her sew a doll quilt.


     The younger granddaughter had cooking camp in the mornings so the older granddaughter and I had some craft time for more complicated crafts.  Mattie used paint markers to decorate a mini china tea set. The blank was leftover from her Great Grandmother and one tea cup has flowers painted by her.  

   
     For Thursday night family supper the girls made guacamole which Lily had learned to make at cooking camp.  We also spiralized zucchini which was delicious stir fried.  We tried ribbon cut spiralizing sweet potatoes but that did not go well.

    I set up Mattie’s sewing machine next to mine so we both could work and I found time to turn hand embroidered pillowcases done by a great-great aunt into pillowcase tops for the girls.


Hope you get to enjoy some sewing or quilting time.




Friday, June 16, 2017

Quilting in Progress


     This week I did in-the-ditch stabilizing quilting on the dog quilt


... and a red version “Star Gazing” comfort quilt.  I used fat quarters from our church donated stash so there are a couple more colors.  You can find out more about the “Star Gazing” pattern in this post 

  
 Those 2 are ready for free-motion quilting; however, I have not started that.

     Wednesday at church sew day I sandwiched a wonky star comfort quilt so I have plenty to quilt on. 


Check out my Wonky Star tutorial if you have not tried them.  

     Next week I will spend another week with granddaughters.  I expect to do some sewing but no quilting.

Hope you get to enjoy some sewing or quilting time.