Thursday, April 24, 2014

Christmas Quilt Block 6

Halfway through! I guess that makes this the "hump block."

This one needs some buttons and embroidery too, but I've decided to wait until I have all the blocks appliqued and pieced before getting out the embellishments and embroidery thread.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Holy Blog Posts Batman! This is my 1000th post. I'm celebrating by having a giveaway. I've written a pattern for a pin cushion with an attached trash bag. Below you can see a photo of several I have made.

I am giving away three .pdf copies of the pattern. All you need to do is leave me a comment and make sure that I have a way to contact you if you win. Followers can have a second entry. Just leave a second comment stating that you are a follower. Letting me know how you follow would be nice, but not required. New followers are always welcome, but following is not a requirement to enter the drawing.

Since I will be emailing the winners their copies of the pattern, the giveaway is open to all, no matter where you live.

The giveaway is will remain open until Monday morning (USA Mountain Time) at which time I will close comments, let Mr. Random Number Generator choose the winners, then contact them and post them here.

Thanks to everyone who reads my little blog!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Stars and Scrappy Stripes Finished Top

Shew! Finally got this one to the finished top stage.

I love how it turned out!! It will finish at 45" by 54". I've put it in the stack of "things to be quilted."

I wrote a tutorial for this quilt. If you would like to make one you can find the tutorial by clicking the following link, Stars and Scrappy Stripes Tutorial. You can also find other tutorials I've written and a few written by others that I have bookmarked for myself by clicking on the tutorials tab at the top of this page.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Finish : Scraps of My Heart

My LQS, Heartstrings & Heirlooms, is having a quilt challenge. The theme is "My Favorite Things." The owner requested that employees have their quilts finished by May 1st. Below is my entry entitled "Scraps of My Heart."

This went together quickly because all of the fabrics used were scraps and already cut into squares.

So how does this fit the theme?

(1) Look closely and you will see that I fussy cut some of the fabrics to highlight some of my favorite things - quilts, flowers, sewing machine, cat, tea cup, numbers, polka dots/circles.

(2) Many of the fabrics themselves are favorites of mine.

(3) This was all made from scraps.

(4) The graphic/modern design of the quilt as a whole.

(5) The striped binding.

I also love being able to cross this project off my list ahead of schedule!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I've stitched up a quick quilt for a work related project. I'll share the whole quilt and the story behind it once it is finished. For now, this is the back and the binding.

The quilt isn't large enough to need all of this binding, but I bought a yard of this fabric to use specifically for binding. I figured that as long as I was making binding for this project, I'd go ahead and just make binding out of the entire yard. Now I have binding already finished for another, yet to be determined, quilt.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ready to Make the Blocks

My scrap group meets again this week. We are not starting a new project this month so that we all have time to make more progress on what we started last month.

It took a long time, but I finally finished all 240 sets of three strips I need. Half of those need to have the star points added to them.

The above units now all have their star points so I'm ready to sew these into blocks on Wednesday.

Once I get the top finished I will update the tutorial I did for this project to include a picture of the finished top.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Time to Get Busy

After completing my first of the remaining applique blocks for the commissioned Christmas quilt I'm doing (see this post and this post), I realized that I really need to invest in some thread for this project. So I got out my new Aurifil thread card, the remaining fabric kits for the blocks and placed an order. My order arrived earlier this week.

That is 25 small spools of thread. Here they are all lined up for a group photo.

Now it is time to get busy tracing, cutting and stitching.

And I can go back and fix a couple of the pieces on the snowman that I wasn't happy with. I know it isn't noticeable in the photo, but after living with it for a couple of weeks I'm not happy with a few of the thread colors I used on him and I need to fix it. My applique skills aren't good enough to hide the fact that I didn't have the correct color thread for stitching on those pieces. It won't take me long to remove and redo, then I can do the embroidery and finish him up.