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.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ballet Tutu

Who doesn't love tutu's!!  And this one is so easy to make.  If I had know how easy it was to make a tutu I would have had one in every color when I was a little girl.  There are tons of blogs with directions so if you are interested just do a search.  The onsie was pre-bought and then I added the applique from my Paper Dolls Cricut cartridge.  This adorable outfit will be a Halloween costume for a my little muse.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Baby Quilts and Housewarming Gifts

This baby quilt is for my friends adorable baby girl who I have secretly adopted as my muse.  She loves all of my things (and so does her mom.)  This quilt combines two techniques I saw at Missouri Star Quilt Co.  They have amazing tutorials at  The first was used to make the pieced portions of the quilt.  It is a method using jelly rolls and sewing them into tubes.  Then you cut triangles and then piece into squares.  Takes a long time but you end up with a beautiful quilt top.  Then I used the non binding receiving blanket tutorial to make the actual blanket.  This is a very easy way to make a quick baby blanket.
Because the tutorials are all on video you can stop and start them over and over again to get the directions just right.  I usually set up the IPad in the sewing room and then I can move it around as I rotate from cutting to sewing.  I hope the baby has fun looking at all the designs.
This next quilt is a watercolor heart I made for a housewarming gift for a friend.  When I walked into her house for the first time she had an entire room painted the color of the quilt border.  What luck!!!  It fit into her house perfectly and is hanging on a wall in her house.
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