Showing posts with label finished quilting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label finished quilting. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Teacups and Pumpkins

What in the world do those two have to do with each other?  They are two projects that I recently finished for Barb from The Quilted B. 

First is this pretty quilt.  The fabric in this quilt is Penelope by Lakehouse and it is so beautiful.



The border on this quilt was the trickiest I have ever done.  I had to match the gingham on all four sides!  It was not easy but so worth the effort in the result that it gives. 




I pieced the back because well…I just can’t help myself!  Something about a pieced back finishes off the quilt better and is more satisfying.  It’s like as the quilt hangs on the wall it has a secret and only I know what it is. 





When I get this one back I think it will hang in my future dining room.  (still staying positive over here that my house will sell)




I also made this cute little runner.  Isn’t it so perfect for fall?




As always, Barb has these both in kit form if you would like to make one of your own.  Just look on her website or send her an e-mail.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Solid Doors

I wanted to show you a little more of my quilt from the quilt show.  I am totally crazy for this quilt and love that every inch of it is Kona solids, my favorite.  The pattern for this quilt is from American Patchwork & Quilting magazine April 2010 issue.


I made the top back at a retreat last year and I set it aside, not sure how I wanted to quilt it and fearing that I would ruin it. 


I got up the nerve to quilt it after trying out the technique on the mini version that I made and sent off to New Zealand for the Doll Quilt Swap.


For the back I used one from every color I used on the front (except the teal sashing) to make a rainbow.  They are varying heights but they are all the same width.  I sat down and sketched out my design on paper, figured out some measurements, and then went for it.  I love how it turned out. 


I wished there was some way to have the back showing at the quilt show.  


I love how the quilting looks on the back too.


I knew this quilt needed a wow binding so I used my Faux Piped Binding Tutorial to give the binding this pop of color.  Because the quilt is big, I wanted that pop of color to really show so I cut my accent strips 2” wide instead of 1 3/4” like it states in the tutorial.


I have been so happily surprised to the overwhelming response to my Faux Piped Binding tutorial.  I love hearing about how it has worked for you and seeing the beautiful quilts you have made using the technique.   I am more than happy for you to continue to share it with your friends and to link to my tutorial on your blogs. 




Thanks for letting me share my latest favorite finished quilt with you!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Sent and Received! Hooray!

I finished my doll quilt for the DQS10 swap!







I used my Faux Piped Binding Tutorial for the binding on this little quilt.  It seemed to be the perfect quilt for it.



I had fun stalking my partner and finding out what she likes.  I did find out that she wanted a certain ruler that could make it easier for her to make the New Wave quilt from OhFransson! and that thread where she lives is expensive so I made sure to help her out in those areas. 


I sent it to New Zealand and I can’t believe how fast it got there!  I got a wonderful thank you note on Flickr from Viv and it made my day!  Nothing makes all that work more worth it than a very sweet and sincere thank you from its recipient.  Now I get to have the fun anticipation of waiting for a little quilt to arrive in the mail for me!

Friday, February 4, 2011

5 days

That’s how long it took me to get this quilt finished.  Not bad!  I could have had it done by day 4 but I decided not to push it since I didn’t have to.  So I finished hand stitching the binding this morning.     


I free motion quilted it in a stipple pattern and bound it in a fun red plaid.


How much do I love how this quilt turned out?


Enough to share way too many pictures of it with you!









Thanks for sticking around this week and cheering me on!  It sure was fun but I hope I don’t have to do it again any time soon.  LOL

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Give and Receive

I hope you all had a nice Christmas.  Ours was very relaxing and enjoyable.  I wanted to show you a few gifts that I made for my sisters that live near me.  Every Christmas we get together for dinner and gift exchanging.  Some years it is on Christmas, some years it is on Christmas Eve, and this year we got together the day after Christmas.  We all really enjoyed having the whole day on Christmas alone with our families and it made Christmas lasted longer celebrating together the next day. 


I made this table runner for sister, Ann. 


She has a beautiful dining set made with dark wood and chairs that have cushions that look like the dark blue fabric I used as a focus fabric.  I can’t wait to see it on her table.


For my sister, Ellen, I made socks. 


She dropped a lot of hints, which I love because then I know they will be loved and appreciated.  They both really liked their gifts and I enjoyed seeing their faces as they opened them. 


I also made some flannel pajama pants for my kids with my husband’s help.  He pinned and cut out the pattern and I did the sewing.  It was fun to work together.  We made two pairs of pants for both kids and we bought them long sleeved t-shirts that match each pair of pants.  The kids opened them on Christmas Eve, put them on right away, and didn’t take them off for longer than I would like to admit. 


I think the gift I wanted most for Christmas was a Kona Cotton Solids Color Card.  And I got one!!!  I couldn’t stop looking at it.  It is so beautiful.  I have already ordered some fabric to make this pattern.  Thanks to my Kona Color Card I was able to pick out the colors I want without having to guess if the colors online are accurate. 



I got a wonderful surprise in the mail from a friend I have known since high school and reconnected with through Facebook.  She’s crafty too and I read her crafty blog when she had one.  Now she has moved on to making soaps and she has an etsy shop called Lavender and Olive.  Isn’t that the greatest name!  The soaps smell so good!  She sent me a Sugar Plum soap and a White Tea and Ginger soap.  I can’t stop smelling them!  Thanks, Hirono! 



Every year for Christmas my sister, Tina, sends me handmade cards.  I love it!!  I’d much rather send a handmade card than a store bought card and she keeps me stocked.  Thanks, Tina!!


My husband gave me some Knit Picks City Tweed, which is a beautiful yarn.  I got enough to make a sweater.  I can’t wait to pick a sweater pattern to make with it.  My sister-in-law, Tracy, sent me some blocking mats that fit together like a puzzle and you can change the shape with the way you put them together.  They are awesome and will make blocking my hand knits so much easier.  Thanks, Tracy! 


That’s all the crafty gifts I gave and received for Christmas.  What was your favorite crafty gift?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Baby Quilts

Before I show you the baby quilts I just finished and gave to two good friends, I wanted to show you how my Autumn Haze afghan is going.   Shirley asked about it in a comment on my last post so I thought I would show you my progress.  I forgot all about it since I haven’t been able to knit on it for a month or so because of Christmas gift making. 


And guess what?  Still not bored with it for one second.  In fact it has been very hard to set it aside to get other things done.


This first baby quilt is for my friend Tammy from church.  We’ve worked together at church for the last 3 years in the Primary which is where the kids 3-11 years old go.  I have really enjoyed working with her and we have become good friends.  I really went all out on this quilt for her baby girl. 


It is pretty much all stash except for the binding which I went and bought after the quilt was all done and ready to be bound.  I love the look of the double pinwheel block.


I used a lot of my favorite fabric in this quilt.  It was so fun to stand in front of my shelves of fabric and put this color scheme together.


I free-motion quilted it and even wrote the baby’s name along one of the white sashing strips.  It was a fun way to personalize it for her.


The next baby quilt was for another good friend from church.  Tiffany had a boy 2 months ago and it took me this long to get it finished.  Which is kind of lame since I had the top done quite a while ago because I made it for A Year of Schnibbles.


Tiffany dresses her boys in bow ties for church and it is the cutest thing.  As I pieced this quilt I knew I would be giving it to her for her third little boy that would soon be born. 





I bundled them both up and my husband and I went to visit both mommies yesterday after church.  It feels so good to give a quilt and see the look on the recipient’s face.   


They were both so happy to receive them and it put a smile on my face for the rest of the day.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Missed ya!

Have you missed me?  I’ve missed you.  I guess I took a bit of an unintended blog break.  Sometimes you just need to do that.  I just didn’t realize I did until I had already taken one.  Thanks to those who have been asking when the heck I was going to blog again.  I especially liked the one that said they were sick of looking at my blue scraps (my last post from over a month ago).  Haha!  That really made me laugh.  I love you too, Jeannie!  I think it really hit me that it had been a while when I got on Blogger and saw that I had 54 comments to moderate.  Yikes!  Most of them were for my Faux Binding Tutorial.  If you haven’t checked it out, it is a great method to finish off your quilt.   


Are you all in the thick of Christmas present making too?  Doesn’t make for good blog posting since I can’t show anything for fear that the recipient will see it and know it is for them.  But I can show you a few things that I have finished lately.  I knit these socks for my best friend’s birthday.  I don’t know how to say ‘I Love You’ more than knitting a pair of socks for someone.  They just take that much time.  



My camera broke.  It still takes pictures but with a big dark spot in the corner.  So I got a new camera and made a cute camera strap for it.  I think my favorite setting on the camera so far is the sport setting.  I got some great action shots of my son’s soccer games and my daughter’s volleyball games.  Now I just need to read far enough in the book I bought to learn how to use it and figure out how to use it past the manual settings!   



I made an apron for my daughter who was doing a presentation about cooking at a church activity.



This was one of the Schnibbles I did last year.  I finished it up for a friend that was having a baby boy.



I have a few more baby quilts that I am finishing up in the next couple days that I can show you.  So I will be back soon.  Promise!  And in the mean time, I would love to hear what you have been working on.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Year in Review – Schnibble Style

A year ago Sherri and Sinta announced that they were starting A Year of Schnibbles. It was going to be a fun quilt-a-long of sorts where each month they would reveal a Schnibble pattern, designed by the very talented Carrie Nelson, that we were all going to make. Along the way their were lots chances to win prizes for finishing your quilts in the month’s time and a parade of all the quilts that were made that month.

I thought it would be fun to show you how my year went…

This first quilt is from the pattern Winter White and I made it in September of last year. One rule I gave myself was that I was going to try and have the quilts totally finished each month and that includes quilting and binding. I did really good with that…for a while.

October’s quilt pattern was Cindy Lou Who and I went patriotic on this one.

November’s quilt pattern was Picnic. I loved making the variety of baskets this pattern called for.

For December they went easy on us since they knew we were probably busy with last minute Christmas gifts so all we had to do was make a Tuffet, which is a Schnibbles pattern of pincushions. I ended up giving this one to my sister, Tina, for Christmas.

For January I switched things up a bit and made Madeline bigger and changed the orientation of the blocks. I made this one to hang above the couch in our family room. This is also the where I broke my “have the quilt totally done” rule.


February’s quilt was Sunday’s Best and was lots of fun to make. I love the little bow ties. This one is currently still a top but will soon be finished into a quilt for my friend that is having a baby boy.

April’s quilt pattern is called Tagalong and I actually didn’t finish the top for this one until last month. So out of the whole year I missed one month’s deadline and this was it.

For May the pattern was Two Bits and I made a table runner out of it. It was all left over Roman Holiday fabric from a previous project. I made it from start to finish at my Memorial Day retreat.

June’s pattern was State Fair and I went all out girly for this one. I had so much fun shopping out of my stash for a huge variety of fabrics for this one. I finished the top in June but got it all quilted and bound in time for my friend, Ginny’s, baby shower.


July was a newly released pattern called Joy Luck. I went with some Asian fabric because the pattern looks like Chinese lanterns.


For August we got to pick between two different patterns and I picked Short Story. I love these double hourglass blocks and have wanted to make a quilt in that pattern for a long time. I made it nice and big so I can snuggle under it. I’ve got to hurry and finish this one if there is going to be any snuggling.

As I look back on my year of Schnibbles I am pleased with the fact that just about every quilt was made from my stash. One of them I did have to buy the perfect binding fabric for it and another was made from a charm pack and I had to buy two coordinating prints so I would have enough fabric to make the quilt. Other than that, this was a great stash busting year thanks to being a part of A Year of Schnibbles.

Sherri and Sinta have cooked up another year of fun but this time it is called Le Petite – A Year of Small Projects. I would love to do this again but I have to opt out this year because I was recently asked to make quilt samples for a friend that owns an online quilt shop and is a vendor at quilt shows and festivals. I didn’t even have to think about it. Get paid to quilt? Umm..yes please! So that should keep me busy and I want to leave time for my long list of UFOs, WIPs, etc.

Thanks for visiting me and my parade of Schnibbles!

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