Wednesday, December 30, 2015

suzy zoo

I hand quilted this little gem for my 4th oldest niece. 

If i had all the niece and nephew quilts on this computer i would do the count down  in pictures but i'm having trouble finding some. I've hand quilted 7/11 quilts for my nieces and nephews, i guess i better get busy and get the last 4 finished, started.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Train table

 nope, not a quilt but i'm posting this for those of you who are going crazy right about now (or in a few days) who purchased a train table and it didn't come with directions for the track. I reference this quite a bit if my family asks this daunting task of me.

If i were really mathematically fit i would make this into a quilt.

Your Welcome!

Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy some down time!

Friday, December 11, 2015

bow tie by hand

 I fell in love with the bow tie quilt. I make these blocks by hand with only 3 straight line stitches. Really easy and portable when taking your machine is not an option. Can you just see it now, the looks you'd get if you set up shop in the pediatric waiting room?

This bad boy is custom quilted with a light brown (fawn maybe) thread. I let the quilt shop chose the color as long as it blends in. I was more of a pattern Nazi a few years ago when i had this one completed but now, i like to have suggestions(choices, who doesn't like choices) but then i give the final say to the long arm master.

(Binding matches the back of quilt, the true color is of the binding, not the backing)

I made this quilt for my boys and as such i wanted a back that didn't scream i'm full of flowers and pink. Nothing wrong with pink, my oldest really likes pink but i tend to work with girl fabric because it catches my eye so much quicker than boy fabric.  That totally could be because there is maybe one tiny section with 6 bolts in it for boys. (over exaggeration but you get my drift)

i have also switched to 108" "Utility" Backs. In the long run they are more economical, without cutting and piecing. Time saved, AND you have less math because length is already taken care of.  I just purchased 1 2/3 yard @ $13.95/yd for the back and binding for a 50 X 72". The binding is included in the length and the sections are longer strips for less piecing. Total win-win.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Cracker box

This little beauty measures 32" X 32" and is quilted with butterflies.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

a little bit of Christmas

My first attempt at a mini quilt. I made it for a friend of mine at church who happened to help my sister move. That is how she ended up at my home on a hot September afternoon and spied WIP that i am making for my mother.
These are the last remaining scraps from that quilt. Is it an off center log cabin??? half of a log cabin? I'm not sure but it can now be used as a key fob, back pack decoration or Christmas ornament

2 1/2" X 3" machine quilted, hand bound.
This gave me practice for the Christmas ornaments that I'm donating for a fundraiser in December. I made 4 fronts but they didn't turn out as nicely as i wished. So i started 4 more. They are better and i'm hoping it is smooth sailing from here on out.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

On Point

Once there was a girl who loved on point quilts. So she tried it and good thing this quilt is small because i'm not sure there is one single point that didn't get sewed into the boarder! Alas, i will have to keep trying because just as Danial Tiger says, "Keep trying, you'll get b-e-tter!"

Then i looked at the boarder. I love scraps, i wanted to use the fabric i had but i just couldn't leave this little bitty thing looking like i slapped fabric on and called it done. SO, painstakingly i ripped off the boarder and put a new one on.

Much better, not as eye catching.
Then, to my quilter's minds horror, i found the book i took this pattern from. There, tucked inside was the inner boarder already cut and ready to go. I had planned to use the flower print that is the sashing squares but i must say i do love the purple.

Sometimes quilt's have a mind of their own and sometimes we just forget what we had in mind. Have a lovely Saturday!


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

quilting first

i love to assemble quilt tops. i'd rather be sewing than cooking, reading, swimming and mowing the lawn. These activities are all things i enjoy doing but quilting is the icing on the cake.
                        "Berry Box"