Monday, July 28, 2014

Baby Bunny Quilt

 This is my new baby bunny quilt.  It is for a friend with a new little one.  I found this idea on Pinterest.  The fabric is full of bunnies wearing coats and holding balloons.  As the new little one's room is filled with Peter Rabbit I felt this was the perfect match.
The strips were sewed to the batting as I went along.  Then I used the decorative stitches on my machine to decorate each seam. I had so much fun choosing the stitches and matching up colored thread.
 You can really see the different stitches on the back of the quilt.

Monday, June 9, 2014

This is a log cabin table runner I made for a dear friend.  The pattern I copied was from something I had seen on Pinterest.  But after I started quilting I noticed my log cabin pattern looked a bit different then the sample pattern.  My logs were longer.  I checked and double checked my measurements but I still haven't figured out what went wrong.  The good thing about giving a quilt to a non quilter is they will never know if you made a mistake.
I love the colors of this quilt and have used this material before.  The fabric strips were already cut which made it very easy for me to get started quickly.
 I was also supposed to alternate the color strips more.  I didn't but again unless I told you that you probably wouldn't have known.
The stippling is the part I am most excited about. I saw this on Pinterest as well.  A great tutorial on how to make these flowers. I mapped out the entire thing in a grid on the back with a white pencil.  Then I carefully sewed each curve going up one side and then down the other. I washed the quilt and the white pencil went away.  I have been wanting to try new stippling methods and I was really happy with how this one turned out.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Strip Quilt

I found this adorable blog called Cluck Cluck Sew.  Such cute quilts and lots of tutorials.  I found this quilt there.  It is called a strip and flip quilt. Very easy to make as I had the strips already cut.  I loved flipping the strip around and seeing where it matched up.  The entire back is white and I used the backing to make the binding.  This was a new technique for me and it came out beautifully.  Binding is the hardest part for me.  This quilt will be going to my little muse who inspires me to make sweet little girl things.  Check out Finish it Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Braided Runner

It has been a long winter (read no quilting was done, nada, nothing, the sewing room had cobwebs in it). Spring is upon us and I am quilting again.  This is a braided table runner made from strips.  The pattern is from the magazine "Sew" (October/November 2013) issue.  I love braids. I use to braid my girlfriends hair all the time when I was growing up.  We did french braids, fish tails, and just plain braids. Alas, I have no girls hair to braid.  Just my own, and that's not the same.  So this quilt will have to do.  The directions were very easy to follow and the quilt was actually fun to make. I liked seeing the braid grow longer and longer.  It took me a long time to finish it because I got stuck on how I was going to put the backing on. I tried one long stitch down the center but the back looked all puckered.  So I took that out and then spray basted the heck out of the thing making sure it was really stuck together.  Then I pinned it for extra protection.  I finally decided to stitch in the ditch on every third row. This worked out nicely as the back was smooth and the zigzag followed the pattern.  The binding was also tricky because I couldn't decide on the right color.  Finally, this is the finished product.

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Mini Christmas Tree Stack Quilt

This is my very own pattern.  I have seen this idea in scrap booking and wanted to adapt it for a quilt.  I cut uneven strips and then stacked them on top of each other.  I sewed each one to the next leaving the raw edges.  I then stippled the quilt with a jigsaw pattern.  I added a star shaped button at the top of the tree (very hard to see it in this photo).  I added the border and backing.  I am going to get a small stick to attach to the stop and use it to hang some ribbon.  That way this mini quit can be hung on a wall, door, or even a tree.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Bed Runner

This is a bed runner I made for my mother-n-law.  She chose the colors and we selected the pattern together.  It comes from a book called Bed Runners Using Precut Fabrics. My fabrics were not precut so I had to make some adjustments.
 I laid it on my bed for the photo but it will go in her bedroom and matches her color scheme.
I love the star patterns because it looks so hard to make but really comes together very easily.  I used one of her old sheets for the back.  This saved on fabric costs, recycled an old sheet, and also helped keep the color scheme as the sheet matched her bedding.  Also note in the first picture that I now have my very own fence to hang quilts on for photos.  I always loved people's photos that were taken on or in front of a fence. I did not install the fence so I could take quilt photos but it sure is nice having the fence available.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Halloween Prep

I always start my Halloween prep in August. I figure out what I want to make and if I need to buy anything. I get a lot of inspiration from a catalog called Terry's Village.  They have really cute stuff.  I also get a lot of ideas from Pinterest.  I did not have patterns for either of these two items.  I just looked a the photos and was inspired by the general ideas.  These items are for my personal use only.

 This is Mr. Bones.  He is made from felt.  I found bone stencils on line and used them as a guide.  I used iron on interfacing to attach the bones to the body.  The body is loosely stuffed with batting.  He will be a nice addition to my Halloween decor.
 Interestingly enough my kids did not like this one.  They were thrown off by the witch who was not all there.  But I really like it because in my head I keep substituting the word witch for something it rhymes with and it makes me laugh.  I am going to hang this on my door for Halloween night.  I notice now that the upper part of the hat is not evenly placed on the bottom of the hat.  I hope it was just the angle of the photo.  Happy haunting.

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