Sunday, April 15, 2018

Squares And Strips

When the 2.5" square drawer is over flowing, you begin sewing the squares together.  This quilt is a variation of a standard Rail Fence quilt pattern.  
Adding the black and white patterned fabric helps the colorful squares "pop".  I love color, the turquoise border, addes to the colorful squares and frames the quilt nicely.  Free motion quilting was done on the main portion of the quilt and ruler work was used on the border. Ruler work is a new learning curve for me.

This is truly a kids quilt.  The border has classic activities that all children enjoy.  Illustrations are from the children's book Diary of a Whimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.

The delightful back filled with emoyi's!! Love the back, makes me feel happy just to look at it.

This quilt has been donated to Blue Line Kids HALO program.  Quilts are given to the children as comfort.  Their police officer parent was killed in the line of duty. 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Left Overs

While digging in the drawer, I found two bags of left over fabrics from previously made quilts!  Had a great couple of days sorting, arranging and preparing a couple of small quilting projects.   

One bag contained half square triangles of a variety of color.  Love scrappy half square triangles!
Second bag contained the left over fabric from the Mama's Kitchen fabric line.  The fabric has to be one of my all time favorites.  Reminds me of my mom and the kitchen in the house on Mill Drive where I grew up.

The half square triangle long table runner is complete.

Not my best machine quilting but learning new skills on a new machine is an adventure.  Just need more practice.  The half squares were done using Ruler Work.  It's a big learning curve:  attach the ruler foot to the machine, hold the ruler in postion with one hand, move the quilt with the other hand, all the while watch were you are going. Whew!  At present, I have a straight and a curved ruler.  Goodness, not as easy as it looks on Youtube. 

Mama's Kitchen Project
Just beginning this project.  The photos here are the beginnings!  Stay tuned for more! Will be thinking of my mom today as I work on this project.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Challenge 2018

This UFO (Unfinished Object) of my 2018 UFO Challenge is completed!

Just in time to for Valentine's Day is this table topper!  I am so pleased with the way it turned out.

The topper measures 25" X 25" and was a pattern I downloaded from Temecula Quilt Company.  I did change the original pattern.  Here is the original pattern, called Valentine Nine Patch.

I added four embroidered center blocks using a cute valentine motif.  I used Turkey Red thread to embroider the hearts with cabbage roses.

Looks great on my dining room table!💖

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Happy Birthday Fiona

A special activity quilted mat, HOP  JUMP, for Fiona for her fourth birthday! Two bean bags, one black and one white are included with the quilted mat.  Which would you choose HOP or JUMP?      Toss the black bean bag to choose the activity (HOP or JUMP), then toss the white bean bag to choose the number of times. 

Ready, Set, Toss

This was a Moda Bake Shop pattern.  Such a clever activity for preschoolers.  This is a fun interactive activity to teach numbers and numerical representation. Other activities such as addition/subtraction, greater than/lesser than, may be added. 
Happy Birthday Fiona! Love You to Pieces!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas Tea Cart Topper

I always enjoy decorating my tea cart with seasonal toppers. Tea and Pfeffernusse cookies remind me of my Grandma Steinert.   This topper was begun in August of 2016...yep I said 2016.  But I finished it in time for Christmas 2017!  Yeah!

The large white square needed a special machine quilting design.  I like the way it turned out.

I've had the Christmas Tea Cup fabric for a while but just couldn't bring myself to cut the fabric, tough with only a fat eighth of fabric. I fussy cut the fabric and could only get three motifs that would center.  Polk A Dots are my new thing for Christmas.  This is a joy for me to finish.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Take Along Knitting Bag

When I found this fabric, sheep knitting, I just knew it had to be a gift project for my knitting group.  These ladies are so special and they deserved something special made with this fabric.  

Every time I go to an appointment or other activities like the car wash I take a small project to knit.  If I don't have anything to keep my hands busy I fidget and fidget and it seems to take forever.
This pattern was a lunch bag.  I thought this was the perfect Take Along Knit Bag!

I chose the fabric for the band because I thought it looked like a knitting stitch. There is a draw string inside the bag that will keep all items enclosed. I made a total of six bags, five for knitting friends and one for myself.  It was an assembly line project.  Can't wait for my next appointment.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Bauble Banner

Just in time for Christmas!  I finished the Christmas Baubles Banner and it's only Dec 3rd!  This is a Moda Bake Shop Recipe, love their patterns. Being free always makes me smile.

The best part of this project is that all, ALL the fabric were already in the fabric closet in my sewing room!  No purchase!  So pleased with myself that I used up stash fabrics. Oh no worries, there is still plenty more where that came from!  This banner is the perfect size for the dinning room wall next to the fire place.
Merry Christmas!