Monday, October 9, 2017

Quilts for Kids

As participant in the 1 Million Pillow Case Challenge I was sent some great charm packs. I decided to pay it forward and make this quilt for Quilts for Kids.  Quilts for Kids is an organization that makes and donates quilts to children in hospitals.  I have made quilts for them before and after the recent hurricanes they put out a call for more quilts. The quilts have to withstand a lot of washing so I used a straight stich to secure the quilt sandwich.  This quilt will be shipped off today and I hope it helps in some small way.

Death Star

Ask for a death start quilt from Star Wars and that is what you will receive. Found a great pattern of the death start on Pinterest.  The fabric practically jumped into my cart at Joann's.  I used a paper pattern to trace the fabric and wonder under to stick it to the fabric.  I sew each piece on with my machine.
No death star could be complete without a laser beam destroying planet Alderon. Or is it Calderon. I am not sure but the young man who directed me did.  He chose the color of the laser beam and the planet.  Thank goodness for FaceTime.
Here is the happy recipient who I know will get many hours of enjoyment out of this quilt.

Monday, September 4, 2017

24 Sew a Thon

I am participating in the Pillow Case Challenge 24 Hour Sew-A-Thon. More information can be found here This is a great event that will make pillow cases for many different charities.  I am making mine for foster youth. You can join a sew-a-thon near you, host a virtual one, or plan one in your own home.  It is a great way to give back and lot's of fun as well.  Join in!  And if you do please post photos of your pillow cases in the comments section so we can all see them.

Scrap Quilts

Scarps and more scraps.  I have scraps coming out of my ears.  I was playing around with some of my scraps to start a quilt when one of my boys got involved.  He decided he wanted a scrap quilt and described what he wanted.  We started to play around with some pieces and than with his help with the ironing this quilt started to take shape.  He chose the border and actually sewed all the boarder pieces together.  He also chose the back fabric which is this amazing fabric depicting Christopher Columbus discovering the new world.

 I love how involved he was in the project and we spent a lot of time together while we were making it. This was the first time I could actually walk away from him while he was sewing.  I knew he was old enough to not stick his finger under the needle or push buttons.
 I hope that we do more sewing projects together. I suggested that he was probably old enough to work on a more advanced pattern.  We will see what he chooses.


Sometimes I see something and just want to make it.  That is what happened when I saw this little wall hanging on Pinterest.  This was very easy to make and I loved highlighting some of my favorite colors and quilt fabrics. I am not sure what I am going to do with this one yet but it is nice to have a finished mini quilt available should the need arise.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Temple Wall Hanging

This was the largest most ambitions project I have every completed.  I created the design.  The side panels were embroidered by members of my congregation.  The center was sewn my me.  I also attached all of the panels and quilted the front to the backing.  The temple will be hanging this on the wall as a gift from the Sisterhood.  It will also be used for weddings.  This project took approximately a year to complete.
Update: The wall hanging was dedicated at temple and everyone was very happy with the finished product.
 I can't wait to see it hanging up in the temple and being used by temple members for special events.

Quilt As You Go

 I always wanted to try a Quilt as you Go project.  I like how structured the quilt looks and for the first time ever my lines are straight.
 I don't like how stiff the quilt is but I think that is the batting that was used.  I think it would be a great project for a first time quilter.