Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A New Bag

I made this bag as a gift for my daughter-in-law.  Her birthday was on Sunday, but I just made the bag today.  Her purchased gift didn't arrive until today either, so she can get her gift in a homemade gift bag. :)

The bag is made from some of the left over fabric from the wedding gift quilt.  This time I decided to try using 2 1/2 inch strips instead of 5 inch squares to make the bag.  The dimensions turn out a little different, but it is basically the same as the other bags I've made recently.  I hope she likes it.

February blocks - Size Matters

Here are my blocks from February's meeting of the Moda Friendship group at the Front Porch Quilt Shoppe.  I did them both as 12-inch blocks this time.  I really like the block on the left.  It is a simple block, but it has good motion in it.

I haven't come up with neat combination for these blocks yet.  But I'm still working on it.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Autumn Splendor

I finally finished my row swap quilt from last year's guild project.  I got it back from the long-armer last month, I finished sewing the binding on Tuesday, and I made and attached the label last night.  It is made for a twin size bed, but it is shown here on a queen size bed.  You can see the whole quilt better on the queen sized bed because almost none of it hangs off.

Even though all the rows were made by different people, it really blends together very well.  I really enjoyed working on the row swap project.  And, it is nice to have a quilt that was made by the combined efforts of so many friends.  It is a good memory to cherish.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Bear Hug

It's finished with time to spare.  Last night I finished sewing the binding on it, and this morning I made and attached the label.  I decided to name it "Bear Hug" because of the bear paw blocks in the corners and the circle (the Hug of Xs and Os) in the center.  I also thought hugs were appropriate for the Valentine theme of the fabric.

It finished 20 inches square and is machine pieced and machine quilted.  I quilted it in the ditch around the main elements of the blocks - the bear paws, the diamonds (including the line across), and the circle in the center.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

January blocks in a wall hanging

I was playing around with the Moda blocks that we got directions for in January (see previous post) and I came up with a design using just those three blocks.  I really liked the design, but I wasn't quite sure what to do with it.  I considered using 12-inch blocks and making a baby quilt out of it.  I considered using 3-inch blocks and just making a 9-inch block out of it that I would then use as part of a larger quilt. 

However, after looking around at the fabric at the quilt shop, I finally decided on some cute Valentine fabric from Basic Grey by Moda (Kissing Booth, I think).  I thought it would work best as a small wall-hanging.  I used 6-inch blocks and then put a 1-inch strip of border around the outside.

I'm hoping to get it quilted and bound before Valentine's Day, so that I can hang it up this year.  I really need to plan these things further in advance.