Friday, March 24, 2017

Planets Quilt Top

Second sample completed for my shop recently with new fabrics.

When I saw these fabrics I immediately thought they would be great for this pattern. And I was right.

This pattern is fast and works great with horizontal panels. The quilt finishes at 56" by 76" making it a small twin size. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Noah's Story

One of the shop samples I mentioned in my last post is this one.

This adorable fabric line arrived recently. The quilt is cute and easy. The center is not pieced. It's not a true panel but functions as one for this pattern.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Charity Sewing :: A Finish

The first of three charity quilts from my shop is finished.

The backing fabric was purchased and donated by a very generous customer who was unable to make a block for the challenge but wanted to participate.

The second quilt is still in progress. We recently received new fabric at the shop and samples had to be made. As soon as I finish the last sample I'll get back to these quilts.

To see a photo of this quilt before quilting and to read about the details of the challenge, click here for my previous post about this project.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Goose on the Loose :: Top Finished

There are a variety of ways to finish your quilt. I opted for a simple sashing with corner stones to finish mine. 

I used 2.5" by 12.5" light strips for sashing in the center and 2.5" by 12.5" dark gray strips for the outer sashing. All of the corner stone squares are 2.5". This will give me a finished size of 44" by 58", which is perfect for my eventual plan for this quilt. 

Originally I planned to add a pieced flying geese border around the outside. Click here for an example of a what I had in mind. But this will make the quilt too big for it's intended purpose of a quilt for my guild's oncology quilt project.

Other ideas: (1) piece the sashing using a string piecing technique. Making light colored string pieced strips for the center sashing and dark colored string pieced strips for the outside sashing would give the same look as what I did above. (2) use simple sashing around the blocks then using the Migrating Geese technique for the outside border. I've used this border technique a few times. Here are a few examples of quilts I've made using it: Current Art Group Project and Scrap Jar Insanity.

If you have been quilting along I hope that you will send me pictures of your blocks and completed tops/quilts.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Cardinal Tote Bag

I ordered this months ago but it just came in last week. It's a tote bag made from a pre-printed yard of fabric.

The fabric arrived on Thursday and I made the bag that afternoon.

It was fun to make and easy! If you look closely at the picture of the outside of the bag above, you will see that there is a pocket on the front. One of the outside pieces is printed so that you can line up the print on the pocket to not interrupt the design. Love the attention to detail!

I ordered a few coordinating prints too.

Receiving new fabric never gets old!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Charity Sewing

I had a block challenge at my shop recently. Folks purchased a small fabric pack that contained 8 different 5" squares. They then had to make a 12.5" unfinished block using at least 6 of the 8 fabrics and could add one fabric from their stash. We received 23 blocks from customers! I'm turning those blocks into quilts for the oncology department of our local hospital.

The first quilt top is completed.

One of my employees is also a long arm quilter and has volunteered to quilt these for me. She will work her magic on this. I'll sew on the binding so we can donate it.

The second quilt is in progress.

Originally I was going to make just two quilts from the blocks but have decided to stretch them into three quilts. I'll need to make a few simple blocks for the third quilt but I have a simple plan for those.