Wednesday, February 22, 2017

St. Patrick's Wall Hanging

Yesterday I made this cute little wall hanging for St. Patrick's Day.  This is a picture of the completed top.  I layered it up last night and quilted it today (on the sewing machine).  The binding it attached and ready to be turned, but I won't work on the binding until my next road trip.  But hopefully it should be ready to hang on the wall by St. Patrick's Day.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Lilah's Rose Garden

Here is a picture of the finished quilt that I made for my soon-to-be granddaughter.  Her name is going to be Lilah Rose, so that is why it has an "L" in the center.  The picture was taken today at the baby shower.  I still need to make a label for the quilt, but I am waiting until I can put her birth date on it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Second Moda block

So many small pieces in this one.  The smallest patches are cut at 1 inch square.  If I was going to make this block again, I would scale it up two or three times bigger.  It would make a pretty wall hanging if you did that.  I'm not sure about continuing to make the blocks at the given sizes when they have all these little pieces.  It was not fun at all.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

First Moda Block (Half of February assignment)

Yesterday I worked on my blocks for the Moda Class.  This year we are doing the Quilter's Patch quilt from Edyta Sitar's book by the same name.  I still have another block to do before we meet this month on the 15th.  It took all afternoon to make this one block.  There are so many small pieces.  This is a 12 inch (finished) block, just for the record.

I am doing mine in batik fabrics instead of the Laundry Basket fabric that the original is in.  I am trying to follow the same color scheme, though.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Valentine Place Mats

This month for our quilt guild project, we were supposed to make a heart table runner.  I didn't really want to make the table runner, because it was too big for the table that I use a table runner on.  So, instead of making a table runner I wouldn't actually use, I decided to use the elements of the table runner to make a couple of place mats.  I had to do a little figuring to translate it into place mats, but for me that is half (or maybe more than half) the fun.  The finished place mats are 13 inches by 16 inches.

I also did something new, for me, when it came to quilting them.  I free-motion quilted them using my regular home sewing machine.  I had never actually done that on a project before.  Anytime in the past, when I had tried it on a scrap, I always ended up with a snarled mess on the back of the fabric.  It has been a long time since I tried before, so I'm not sure what all I did differently this time.  But I didn't adjust the tension at all and I didn't drop the feed dogs.  I just put on the darning foot and quilted it.  I think it turned out looking really nice.  It isn't perfect or anything, but I like the way it looks.  You can see the quilting a little better in the picture below.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Lilah's quilt top

This is the finished quilt top for the quilt that I am making for my new grandbaby that is due to arrive on April 3rd.  Her name is going to be Lilah Rose, so that is why there is an "L" in the center of the quilt.  The "L" is machine appliqued.  The top is made of simple half square triangle blocks.  I put them together into 4-patch blocks, added the applique, then sewed the 4-patches together as a large 9-patch unit.  Really fast and easy.  The finished top is approximately 39 inches by 39 inches.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

2016 In Review

Last year I finished 9 quilt and 1 quilted candle mat, made 6 quilt tops that didn't get finished (UFOs), and did a couple of small projects that weren't quilted items (some burp clothes and a Christmas ornament).  That makes 12 completed projects for the year, which is always my goal.

I suppose that maybe in 2017 I should try to finish up some those UFOs that I created in 2016.  But part of the problem with that is that I'm not sure what I want to do with them, which is one of the main reasons that they didn't get finished in 2016.  One of them, however, is currently at the quilt shoppe to be quilted, so it should get done this year with no problem.

I still have one project from my 2015 quilting to-do list that I have not finished - hand quilt something.  Maybe I will get around to that this year as well.  I do like hand quilting, but it just takes so much time.  I am thinking maybe I will do a pillow.  Possibly something whole-cloth with a nice quilting design.