Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bed Runners

This year I decided to make a bed runner for each of my nieces and nephews.  Since my sister has 6 kids it was a big project and I wasn't sure I would finish before the holidays.

There are three girls so they each got a pastel colored bed runner.  I used up every piece of pre-cut fabric I had in the house.  This pink one was made with watercolor squares. I used grid interfacing to iron the squares and then sew in rows.  This made the sewing go quickly.

This green/yellow quilt used larger pre-cut squares that were part of a set.  I added a green solid to the ends to increase the size.
The purple runner used pre-cut 5 inch squares. I tried a pattern from a bed runner book which came out very nice.
I know my nieces are going to enjoy these. I added a label to each quilt with the girls name so they would know who was getting which quilt.
The boys got quilts with darker colors.  This quilt is an I Spy quilt and is going to my youngest nephew.  He will have a lot of fun looking for the hidden items such as a clock and strawberries.
This quilt was made from a panel which had houses on it. I just love this fabric and it really makes a nice pattern.

The last quilt was mad using pre-cut squares and triangle squares that were left over from another quilt.  The boarder is clouds and stars which gives the quilt a nice definition.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Holiday Quilts

This adorable table runner is from a patter from All People Quilt.  This site has great free patterns.  I love the quant houses and the leaning tree.  So festive and cute.
This table runner was a great chance to use up holiday scraps.  It goes together quickly as it is just strips.

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.

Wonder Women

Sometimes you need a wonder women apron.  So you make yourself one.

New Sewing Space

 Boys grow up and they need their own space. Ahh, motherhood is always a sacrifice.  I gave up my sewing room so my boys could have separate rooms.  I found this amazing sewing cabinet because although I may give up my space I was not giving up my hobby.
 Two nights and about a million hours later and it was put together. There is so much space that I didn't even fill up the shelves.
 When it is closed up it looks just like a piece of furniture.  Matched the room and it is very functional.  I actually like my new space better.  Go figure!

Art Deco Dog Quilt

When a little girl you adore says she wants a dog quilt you comply.  Fortunately I had this great art deco dog panel I had made the previous summer.  The butterflies were also from a prior project that was just sitting around waiting to be put to a good use.  As her favorite colors are green red, and blue I used those for the border.
Some more butterflies and a tie dye heart strip completed the back.  Note to self- do not wash yellow fabric with batik's.  The color may change. :(

Baby Quilt

I love Pinterest.  It feeds my need for always finding something new to quilt. I saw this star in the middle pattern and loved it. I started to make it but it was very time consuming so put the project off.  When a friend got pregnant I decided to use the start panels and turn them into a baby quilt.  The finished product came out nice.  I tried a new quilting method using cris-cross lines.  This made for a quick quilting project.  Left over backing folded forward made the binding.  I know this new mom and her baby are going to enjoy this.
 Update: Baby quilt was well received by mom and dad to be and all the attendees at the baby shower.

Friday, February 3, 2017

I Love You to the Moon and Back

Who hasn't read this book or said this sweet sentiment to a child or loved one.  My son and I love this book and we always say this to each other.  This quilt panel was the perfect way to memorialize this. If you want to make one for yourself you can find it at Keepsake Quilting.

Thursday, February 2, 2017


When one of your dearest friends says she wants a mermaid quilt you make her a mermaid quilt.  And you let her pick it all out.  First we found a mermaid shape we liked. I took it to the local copier and had it blown up to the size I wanted.  Then through instant messaging and lots of calls we selected the colors and I started making the mermaid.  After the fabric was ironed on I sewed around each piece using a zigzag stitch. The original quilt was the dark blue section.  After it was completed with waves to hold the layers together we decided the quilt was too small.  So the marble blue fabric was added to the top and bottom.

No quilt would be complete without a poem about quilts and a special button.

Update: Bling added to the mermaid's hair using a rhinestone setter.  To mark a very special occasion we added rhinestones to the hair.