Saturday, May 17, 2014

Next in the Hoop...

Up next in the quilting hoop is Colin's Quilt.
 My youngest asked for a quilt for his bed.  Well, if your baby asks for a quilt - you make a quilt.  You stop all of your other projects and make that quilt. He didn't care what pattern, his only requests were that it be blue (to match his walls) and green (his favorite color) and that it have batik on the back (because he has no idea how much batik costs). So we decided on a simple pinwheel and got to work.  He even helped me do some of the sewing and arranging.  Sigh.
So now that the red, white and blue stars quilt is out of the hoop, Colin's is in.  I hope to have this one done by the end of June.  This may be unrealistic, but I like to give myself deadlines, I feel like it helps me stay on track.

I also finished 10 more blocks for my Churn Dash Along.

Only 8 more to go!

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Friday Finish!

My Red, White and Blue quilt is complete! It even spent its first night as a "real quilt" keeping one of my boys snuggly and warm.

 I love ALL kinds of quilts.  But, scrap quilts are my favorite.  I love the variety of fabrics and how it just makes you spend more time looking around at all of the different combinations.  I love the thriftiness of using up your leftover pieces.  And I love how it links us to the past when making do was just part of quilting.
 It is fun to look at the pieces of this quilt and see past projects.
 I decided to try something new on the back.  This was really a step out of my comfort zone, but I am SO glad I did it!  The back of a quilt can get really expensive at 6-8 yards of fabric so I decided to continue the scrappy idea to the back.  I headed to Goodwill and bought 5 men's shirts for $.99 each, cut them apart and started piecing.  I added in a couple of plaids from my stash for interest.  I absolutely love the way it turned out.  I almost like the back as much as the front. And, I will definitely be doing this again.
Here is a close up of the quilting from the back.  I quilted 1/4inch in from each square and 1/4 inch around each star.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

The first Post!

I've been putting off my first post because it feels like it should be important.  A big lengthy introduction to me and what I do.  But I've decided that no one really cares about all that.  We just want to see pictures of quilts.  So, let's get to it.  Here are a couple pictures of what I'm working on now. 

There is ALWAYS a quilt in a hoop on the end of my couch.  If I sit down to watch TV, I am under a quilt quilting.  This is a quilt I pieced about a year ago, inspired by a quilt I saw at Cluck, Cluck, Sew.  It was sitting in my WIP pile until about 6 weeks ago.  It is almost done!  I have one more row to quilt and then it will just need to be bound.  It will be done in time for July 4th!  I guess it will really be more for decoration than anything else.  We won't have a huge need for warm quilts here in Tennessee in the middle of July.

 I am having fun following the Churn Dash Along with Amy Smart at We All Sew.  The low volume fabric you see in these first 4 blocks above was my inspiration fabric for the rest of my fabric pull.  I love how it is coming along.

Here is what I've got so far.  22 blocks down and 26 more to go.  I am loving it!

Of course as most quilters I always have a multitude of projects in the works - I'll get some more pictures up soon.

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