Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Forest Friends Bowls

These cute little "bowls" are easy and fun to make using Bosal double-sided fusible stabilizer. It is easily heated and molded into the shape you want. Wouldn't one of these be nice to add to a baby quilt gift featuring one of these forest friends?

Pattern used to make bowls. Good directions to follow.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Quilts at the Marshall House

Loving that I am back working at Quilts at the Marshall House in Marshall, Michigan. This is truly my family. I purchased a home a short walk away making it even more convenient to be here often.

Here is what I have been working on lately:

One Block Wonder Encore
All ready to be quilted as soon as my bobbin winder arrives from Handiquilter.

A better pic showing the cubes.

Gypsy Star. The center flower and branches are wool. This pic is before the borders. It can be seen hanging at
Quilts at the Marshall House.

The first block of Laura Heine's Garden Party quilt. This is being done with batiks and fusible applique.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

30's Reproduction String Quilt

I finished quilting the 30's reproduction fabric string quilt so just the binding needs to be done. Now my 30's dresden quilt is on the frame.
Backing is pieced and took almost as to make as the top. Using up that stash though and loving that.

On the frame half done with quilting.

Quilting done in feathers.

Love how the thread just blended in so well. Did make it hard to see while quilting though.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Taking Care of 30's Reproduction Stash

My work this week has focused on reducing and doing away with my huge 30's reproduction stash. I had a dresser drawer full and am now ready to move onto other fabrics and leave this one behind. To do this I am making one last quilt, a string quilt, and then cutting up pieces and putting it into other places in my fabric stash as it fits. Some will be donated to our quilt show boutique and some sold at a fabric
"garage sale" in June.

String blocks in progress. I am using muslin squares 10 1/2 inches as stabilizer.

Here is the back side to see the muslin. It helps to keep the bias stabilized.

The first finished block. I am using a white background 3 inch in the center of each block hoping to create an interesting design when the blocks are laid out.

2 1/2 inch, 2 inch, and 1 1/2 inch strips for scrap quilt stash.

5 inch squares, more 2 1/2 inch strips and quarter yard pieces.

Some bigger pieces waiting their turn for the cutting table.

The last pile to be pressed and cut. The dresser drawer is completely empty.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

30's Repro UFO Completed

Originally this quilt was going to be a queen size but it has ended up only a lap quilt in my desire to complete UFO's and loss of interest in 30's reproduction fabrics as well as Dresden blocks. This quilt became a problem because the size of the blocks did not work out mathematically.....very frustrating.

Notice how I was not able to line up the 2 inch patches. Just could not make it work. I also had to cut off the bottom of the center block. My flower pot is only half there. Even with that adjustment I couldn't work out the math.

Center with 4 Dresdens without the inner and outer borders.

Trying out border fabrics. I really wanted a nice floral for the outer border but it just wasn't in my stash.

Completed quilt top. Measures 44 by 65.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Dresden Blocks done in 30's Repro Fabrics.

My 4 Dresden blocks have been laying in a drawer waiting patiently to be sewn into a quilt. I do have the center hand appliqued and recently did some sewing blades together to get a 5th block done. Here is the center:

This center will have a 6 inch checkerboard border with 12 Dresden blocks surrounding with additional checkerboard between the blocks. Here is one of the Dresden blocks.
The background is a pale yellow with lots of yellow, orange and blue repro fabrics with a dash of greens and pinks.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Hexagon flower UFO done

When I started making these hexagon flowers using the Scrumptious fabric line by Moda I envisioned a queen size quilt on my bed. With so many quilts I want to do my queen quilt ended up being 45 x 52....a small lap, baby quilt size or wall hanging. I even used some mini applique blocks with the 9 patch alternate blocks. Love the fabric and pieced together the backing with the remaining fabric.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Retreat at Outlaw Ranch, South Dakota

Here in N.E. Wyoming we are fortunate to have 2 reasonably priced locations for quilt retreats: Outlaw Ranch and Ranch A. This weekend I am at Outlaw Ranch working on panel quilts, lots of flannel and snowmen that will eventually go to grand children.

Borders will be added when I return home.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Pieced Hexagons

While going through my stash of UFO's I found my started pieced hexagon project using 30"s reproduction fabrics. I love these and want to get started back into making more. I have changed my mind about the using the navy blue between the "flowers" and want to use white instead.

Mickey Dupre is the master designer of these awesome pieced hexies. Love her books.

I will change the navy blue to white hexagons. I amusing Paper Pieces 1 1/2 inch size hexagons.

Monday, January 9, 2017

A Couple of Finishes

My Saturday was spent machine binding 2 quilts. The first one is the Nine Patch Scrappy with the offset sashing. It is queen size and went on my bed. 

Quilting was done on Avante Handi-quilter.

The other quilt I finished this weekend is a modern lap quilt done in blues and oranges.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Stella Blue Quilt Pattern

On my quest to use scrap fabric stash I chose this pattern, Stella Blue, with lots of stars and flying geese in blues and tans. Took a whole weekend to get the cutting done for a queen size quilt. In a tub now ready for sewing....

Pattern is Stella Blue by Miss Rosie Quilt Co.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Working on Scraps

One of my ongoing goals is to get into my 1 1/2 inch, 2 inch and 2 1/2 inch strip scrap boxes. So far I have been digging into the 2 inch strips and have divided them into 2 piles. One pile of "country" colors and the other pile is "bright or modern" colors.

I am using my "go to" pattern with the wonky sashing.

Getting the strips and blocks sorted into "country" colors and "brights".

More sorting and sorting.
Piles of strips sewn. A white or very light square in the center of each 9 patch.

I found several all country 9 patches and decided to sew them into a small quilt. The sashing strips were cut 1 1/4 inch wide, 5 inches long for the first sewn piece. Here are my 5 inch 9 patches with the first sashing piece sewn.

Here the second sashing piece is being sewn on all the 9 patches. These sashing pieces are 1 1/4 inches wide and 5 3/4 inches long. Ease in those 9 patch blocks so all are the same size.
A pic of the layout.

What each block looks like when ready for sewing rows together.

This small quilt ended up being 5 blocks across and 6 rows down. Here is the layout of 2 rows. Once you get going there is a pattern and it gets easier. Just pay attention when you get started and lay them out.

Red border?

Or blue border?

Final decision: BLUE
Now to find a backing.....

So many leftover for another day.