Thursday, February 23, 2017

Five O'Clock Quilt

This Orange/Green and White print fabric has been in my closet for a considerable amount of time.  Time to begin cleaning out the stash!  Use it or Loose it!

This is the fabric I was attracted to and I bought one yard of the five fabrics in the line.
Loved this fabric and just didn't want to cut into pieces.  When I watched the 5 O'Clock Quilt tutorial on YouTube, by Fabric Junction,  a quilt shop in South Dakota, I decided that this pattern would best display my favorite fabric of this collection.
Quilt needs five one yard pieces of fabrics.  This pattern is a terrific use of a fabric collection of your favorite designer.

I added the border which the orginal pattern did not have.  A pieced border really shows off the quilt. I do think it's my favorite part of the quilt! 
This quilt is another donation to the Tulip Tea and Quilt Sale on March 25th.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

French Roses With Rail Fence Block

French Roses is made up of blocks that have raw edge appliqué.  After being in the laundry several times the edges will fray and produce a soft, ruffle edge.  

French Roses is a favorite quilt pattern.  I made a French Roses quilt for my mom (now belongs to my cousin) and was pleased with how the quilt looked.  When I saw this quilt all in red (who knows where) I searched for the pattern but was unable to locate the source.  I had the pattern, designed by Heather French, so I made the blocks and added the Rail Fence Blocks.  
I love that the quilt is all in a cherry tones of red.

The pattern of the fabrics I chose made a special texture for each of the roses. The quilt needed texture so it was quilted with small 3's and E's.  It was a challenge to machine quilt on my domestic machine.  Quilt measures 65" X 65"

The orginal pattern did not have the roses on the corner border. When I added the roses to two of the opposite corners, it added so much to this quilt.  The Kona white outside border is quilted with feathers, but the roses on the border made it a challenge to quilt around the three roses.
I would love if this quilt would be mine, but it will be one of my donations to the Tulip Tea and Quilt Sale to be held on March 25th.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

In December 27, 2015, I posted that this was my new years project and I would posted the completed quilt in one year from that date.  It's February 2017, here's the completed scrap quilt!  Wahoo!  Took a bit longer than one year to complete.  Life got in my way!

The optial illustion created by the placement of the two blocks is so unique!  The quilt consists of two blocks.  I used 2 inch squares for the four patches and the Tri Rec ruler to make the triangle blocks.  All the colored blocks came from the scrap drawer...didn't even put a dent in the scraps! Goodness!

The block was constructed in nine patch formation.  Each block measure 6.5" (unfinished block) when completed.  The only fabric purchased was the white back ground and the backing.  I used Kona white and the newspaper print ordered from Keepsake Quilting.

This quilt was donated and will be used as an "Opportunity Quilt" (another word for raffle) at my church group Tulip Tea and Quilt Sale in March 2017.  Hopefully we'll save tons of tickets and will be a blessing to our quilt group.  The funds raised will be used for materials for Prayer and Squares Quilts, and quilts for Veterans and local charities.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Flat House for Fiona

Once upon a time in a land far away there lived a family that went by the name of Flats. Everything in their world was FLAT. When opened, the Flats House pops open for hours of imaginative play. The walls then fold in toward the center and the handles come together to carry at.

Button flowers in the flower boxes and Topiary beside the front door add to the curb appeal.

This just had to be a Third Birthday Present for Great Granddaughter Fiona!   The pattern was designed by Angela Yosten and was found on Pinterest. 

I thought it would be easy for Fiona to carry and enjoy with any of the toy characters she already owns.   Had a wonderful time choosing the fabrics, not so fun to trace all the pieces on the wonder under, fuse it and cut out the shapes.  I did change the inside design. The orginial pattern had a couch.  Looked like square boxes and did not appeal to me. So  I changed it to be a bed.  


The pictures, flowers and an owl, above the bed reflect the things that I love and hopefully will remind Fiona of me!  

I hope Fiona will enjoy the Flat House and spend many happy hours playing! Happy Birthday Fiona!  Love You!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas Projects 2016

  Gingerbread Potholders
I love gingerbread boys and they are my favorite to make at Christmas.  Well the cookie part has not yet begun but I did make potholders that are gifts for friends.

They are so cute and were easily made.  I found the idea online! Free pattern (my favorite kind)!  It's a nine patch made out of 2.5" squares. The potholder is small but would work as a trivet or a mug rug.  My special friends will receive them on Monday at Knitting Krowd.  Excited to share.
Here's the crowd, group or bunch of them.

 Project Runner for the Owl Cabinet
I used Lori Holt's (Bee In My Bonnet) book Quilty Fun  to make this runner!  Love her book and some day hope to make the Christmas quilt titled " Have Yourself a Quilty Little Christmas".  The blocks are all made from the book. No time this year, maybe 2017.  Here's the runner and my display.  Snowmen of course and the Santa owls were gifts from former first grade students, love the memories!

More projects are in the machine.... Watch for additional completed projects next week!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Dia de los Muertos

This year I'm using the theme Dia di los Muertos for my Halloween decorations!  I made a yard flag, quilted some table toppers, planted Marigolds, orange is the desired color. bought a skull yard stake!  I Love the colors and the idea that I celebrate my family who are in heaven.   This theme has brought back memories of my dad,  mom, my moms parents and all my aunts and uncles who have died.

* Mom had a wonderful sewing talent and encourage me to always try for my best
* Dad always encouraged my faith and was proud I became a Christian Day School Teacher
* Uncle Harold's outlook encouraged being positive, gave me juicy fruit gum when I was little
* Aunt Elsie was gracious and made the BEST cookies
* Aunt Arlene was support and had an awesome laugh and made my day joyful
* Grandma Steinert was a talented baker and crocheter
* Grandpa Steinert was an awesome builder.

 I was so blessed to have them in my life and the celebration of Dia di los Muertos helped me remember so many happy times, strong bonds to my family and joyful times with family.

So today I decorated skull cookies!  Thanks to Linda Hoyt Divine for the skull shaped cookie cutter.
 I should have purchased black icing.  Mixing colors does not make black, believe me.  BUT it is what it is and this is what it is this year.  I had a great time! 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Civil War Hard Crackers Quilt

Hard Crackers is a quilt designed by Carol Hopkins.  The finished size is 17" X 19".  Not my ususal quilt size, the small squares finish at 2" X 2".  Was a challenge but always good to stretch yourself in your  craft.   I chose blue for the outer borders, a a dark beige for the inner border, just seemed right for the blocks.  Not all the fabrics are reproduction Civil War fabrics but for 2016 my motto is "use what you have".

"Crackers" is the historical name for this quilt block, since crackers played a role in feeding the soldiers during the Civil War.  Soldiers were given a three-day ration of six to eight crackers. These dry thick biscuits, sometimes called hardtack were baked in northern factories, packed in wooden crates and shipped to locations occupied by the troops.

By the time they reached the soldiers they were hard and bug infested, leading soldiers to refer to them as "tooth dullers" or "worm castles".  Others described them as indestructible, "too small to shoe a mule and too big to use as bullets"

For a blending effect, I used a dark beige thread for the free motion quilting. This small quilt will be donated to the Friendship Quilters fund raiser, Tulip Tea and Quilt Sale, which will be held on
 March 25, 2017.