Monthly Archives: February 2015

A Little of This and A Little of That!!

Sometimes I sit down to write on this blog and wonder if what I have to say or show is interesting or not, which is why I tend to not post too often.

Since it has been a little while since I have posted, I thought I would take that opportunity to show you some of the quilts that I have been working on both in my long-arm business and also my sewing life.

If you have read my blog before, you know that I am participating in a Instagram Mini Quilt Swap (everything is done and ready to be mailed, but I have to wait until the official ship date).  Well, they tend to be quite addictive and I have found that I signed up for another one!!  Yep…..I know….I really don’t have the time…..but they are fun!!  And, I have actually passed up quite a few other swaps, although I still do like to follow what everyone is doing.  Anyway, the swap I signed up for is the Alison Glass Mini swap.  Alison Glass is a fabric/pattern designer and I had never heard of her nor had I used any of her fabric, so I thought this would be fun……plus it is a good opportunity to stock up on some more fabric!! 🙂

Here are the fabrics that I intend to use as they were listed as favorites of my swap partner:

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I also have recently found another quilter/designer from Romania who has some of the coolest patterns.  Her name is Geta Grama.    She had a free pattern on her site that I am trying.  I have done the first steps and this weekend hope to applique these down and then will eventually quilt this.

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I also recently participated in Gyleen Fitzgerald’s Mystery Quilt on Facebook.  It was five weeks of clues and in the end you ended up with a quilt.  I stopped at the smaller size although you could make it larger.  This was a fun quilt to make…..plus it used scraps!!!!  Yahoo!!!!  She has the pattern available on her website.

Quilt Top Done

Quilt Top Done

Quilted and Bound!!

Quilted and Bound!!

I made a small scrappy “I Spy” type quilt for a little boy that lives in Japan that we know and just sent that off to him today.  I had fun with this and I am hoping he will like it too!!  I think that we forget that sometimes simple quilts make some beautiful and fun quilts!!

 

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Here are a couple of quilts I quilted recently for customers:

Quilt made by Sara

Quilt made by Sara

Applique Quilt by Pat

Applique Quilt by Pat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a couple of larger quilts coming up next so I will try to take a lot of pictures along the way.

I hope everyone is staying warm (only 29 days until the first day of Spring!) and finding time to sew!!

Happy Quilting!!

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Classic Quilts are Timeless!!

Hello everyone!!!  It is so hard to believe that we are already into our second week of February!!  I truly appreciated the warmer weather today and the sunshine!!

There have been a few quilts that I have quilted over the past several months that I wanted to share with everyone.  These quilts were made using fairly classic quilt patterns.  With the patterns that were chosen and the colors that were used, these are all beautiful quilts.  It just goes to show you that classic quilt patterns are great to use any time!!!

Nine Patch Quilt by Mary

Nine Patch Quilt by Mary

Irma's Quilt for her grandson!!  Love the colors and the simple quilting of wavy lines!!

Irma’s Quilt for her grandson!! Love the colors and the simple quilting of wavy lines!!

Trip around the World by Dot.

Trip around the World by Dot.

Wedding Ring Quilt made by Gina

Wedding Ring Quilt made by Gina

These classic quilts are just wonderful and timeless!!

I hope everyone has a wonderful week and that you are able to find time to sew!!!!

Happy Quilting!!!

 

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A Peachy One Block Wonder Quilt

So……these One Block Wonder quilts have become somewhat addictive!!!  This one has been on my design wall for quite some time and as I needed the space, I decided I needed to push through and get this done!!

I ended up using two fabrics for this one.  After I had the first fabric cut and blocks sewn, I wasn’t really happy with any of the layouts, so I decided to get a coordinating fabric within this line of fabric so I could get some more contrast.  Fabric is from Moda – LuLu by Chez Moi for the main fabrics and the binding, and Basicgrey by Moda for the accent border.

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I have to tell you though, that I was not liking this OBW at all, which is why I think it stayed on my wall for so long.  Like I said, I needed the design wall space, so I forced myself to sew it together, and added an accent color for the first border and then the actual fabric for the second borders.

On the design wall

On the design wall

I quilted this with Quilter’s Dream wool batting, which makes it have such a soft drape and a nice loft.

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I have to say that in the end, I am now really liking this one!! 🙂   Although, I am not sure I am going to keep it as it may end up as a gift for someone in the near future.

While most OBW’s end up just using one fabric to make all the blocks, don’t be afraid to try adding an extra fabric, especially if what you have already needs some variety in color that you aren’t getting with just the one fabric.

There are no quilt police and the beauty of these quilts is that each quilt will be unique!!

Happy Sewing Everyone!!!

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