Tuesday, October 18, 2016

My Niece's Fifth Quilt

Although this is my niece's fifth quilt, this is the fourth quilt I have helped her make.  We have a pretty good system down for when she comes to visit now.  She selects a pattern (usually by looking at quilts on my blog), I tell her what fabric to buy, she purchases fabric with my mother-in-law or another aunt, I help her cut it out, she pieces it at my mother-in-law's house, then we finish it together.
The first quilt I helped her with we tied, the second and third we quilted on my mom's long arm with a digital pantograph, but I suggested quilting this one with a walking foot so she could be more involved.  The quilting design was inspired by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts.  While I still quilted 95% of the quilt, my niece did quilt three rows.

After it was quilted, she watched me add the binding.

I think it turned out awesome.   She really has a good eye for fabrics which go together well.

I suggested she get four lights, mediums and darks of one color and four of an accent color.  She chose grays and blue.  Her backing is black.  (I think all of her backing have been black so far.)

We used a gray thread for quilting.

It looks great on the front and back.

This is yet another quilt she can be proud of.

I love spending time with her making quilts!


Thursday, October 13, 2016

A Skeleton in My Closet

I applied the gift card I won from my challenge quilt toward a big roll of 120 inch wide Hobbs 80/20 batting.  This big package makes me so happy.  :)  Panda and Monkey helped me pick it up at my LQS.  When we got home, I decided the closet in my craft room needed a good organization.

Not only does my closet feel cleaner, but my whole room feels cleaner.

I have decided that I like having both the table tops and under the tables clear.  I moved two big tubs from under the table to the left of the window into the closet.

How it looked before.

How it looks now.

The tubs contain quilts and supplies I use in my Free Motion Quilting classes.  Every time I had my quilt group at my house I hid them in Cheetah's bedroom.  It was my husband's idea to store them on top of my Expedit in the closet.  I really like having them up there.

Now, you may wonder what the skeleton is in my closet.  It isn't some deep, dark, secret that I'm about to confess.

It is a glow in the dark skeleton panel Monkey and Panda convinced me to buy when we picked up the batting.  It is from "The Boo Crew" by Blank Quilting.

Monkey and Panda have chosen the perfect place for it to hang up in our new house and are anxiously waiting for it to be finished.  They have discovered that the closet is a great place to test the glow in the dark attributes even in the middle of the day.  The boys will have to be patient, because I'm not sure when I will get to it.

Don't you wish you had such a cute skeleton in your closet?


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Valentine Addition: A Finished Quilt

I am happy to say that my Valentine plus quilt is finished. This quilt was made with a layer cake and charm pack of the Ever After line plus some larger scraps.

I enjoyed planning the quilting design.  My first thought was to add hearts with the quilting.  However, there were already so many hearts on the fabric that I decided to quilt feathers instead.  At first, I was going to do a swirly feather design.

I warmed up by doodling on my big white board, but then the design changed.

I guess the quilt really wanted a more open feather/plume design.

It flowed very well once I started quilting.  I didn't even want to stop to take a picture of it with my Tiara.  ;)

The quilting looks awesome on the back of the quilt.  It is a hot pink minky I found on clearance at my LQS.

One of the down sides of putting minky on the back of a quilt is that sometimes the fibers work up through to the top when you are quilting.  I have discovered that quilting with thread the same color as your minky helps to hide that.

The top was busy enough that the hot pink thread blends in a lot of the places and stands out in others.  I really like it.

The binding is the same on this quilt as on my other favorite Valentine quilt, Quilty Kisses.  I am so glad I bought an extra yard of it eighteen months ago.

I named this quilt "Valentine Addition" for obvious reasons.

It might live in this chair next February.

It looks really pretty with the black piano and black drapes.

I will just keep it in my craft room until February.  It fits right in with my other black and white plus pink/red quilts.

Besides, Monkey likes to play on it with the Duplos from the white cubes.

Quilt Stats #185
Quilt Name: Valentine Addition
Pattern:  Plus quilt with five inch cut squares
Fabric used: Ever After by Deb Strain and some scraps
Amount used:  About 6.5 yards
Batting:  Frankensteined Hobbs 80/20
Size:  About 59 x 72 inches
Date Finished:  2016


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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Valentine Quilt in Progress

It is no secret that I love seasonal quilts and that I love plus quilts.  I have wanted to make a valentine plus quilt ever since I saw the one Deb made.  I learned that plus quilts turn out the best with a good balance of lights, mediums, and darks.  So when I saw the Ever After layer cake by Deb Strain which has whites, light and medium pinks, reds, gray, and black, I thought it would be great for a plus quilt.  So I bought a matching layer cake and charm pack.  However, I found that there really wasn't enough variety in prints in the layer cake.  So I added some scraps for variety.

I kept adding more scraps.  This time from my Quilty Kisses quilt.  I think the lips are my favorite fabric in there.

It was much better, but the fabrics needed just a little bit more shifting.

Yep!  I like this arrangement with these additions.  ;)

Do you add more fabrics for variety when you use a precut?


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

New Fabric Buckets

I have been given a couple Moda Candy packs and didn't know what to do with them.  So I put them with my scraps and forgot about them.  I wanted to try making a small thread catcher that would sit on my sewing cabinet instead of hanging down and blocking my drawers.  I pulled these out and decided to experiment.

I felt like I was back in high school looking at square layouts with the question of which could be folded to make a cube.  Lol.  Making bags and boxing corners helped me figure it out.  One mini charm pack was enough for two buckets because they each used 20.

I used some scrap Warm and White batting and quilted them by stitching in the ditch.  Then I pulled out a scrap of fabric left over from the backing of this quilt.  I used more batting scraps and quilted it with the walking foot using the print for spacing.

I like the two layers of batting because it keeps the buckets nice and stiff.  I decided to add binding at the top so I wouldn't have to turn them right side out after sewing the outside and lining together.

These two were made with a Miss Kate mini charm pack and scrap binding from the Daysail line.

I made one mostly floral and one mostly geometric with the intent to give the floral one to my mom.  We'll see if she actually gets it.  ;)

These two were made with a Kindred Spirits mini charm pack and a random brown scrap.

When I showed my husband the buckets he thought they would be great little storage containers in a small cabinet we have.  They fit perfectly and he is excited to have them there.  I am glad they will have a use because I just made them to use up the fabric.

Now that I know how to make them with 2.5 inch squares, I may dig into my scraps again and make one completely out of scraps.  My black, white, and red scraps are calling out to me.

Edited to add:  

I do not plan on making a tutorial for these buckets.  However, here are some patterns available if you would like to make something similar.

Atkinson's Designs Bucket Brigade

Crazy Mom Quilts Thread Catcher

A Few Scraps Quilted Nesting Buckets

There is also a pattern for a bigger fabric bucket by Christina Cameli (of A Few Scraps) in her first book: First Steps to Free Motion Quilting.

Here is a picture of my new fabric bucket with the original one I made with Christina's pattern from her book.  It also helped me when making my little ones.

Have a great day!


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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Monster Train: A Finished Quilt

Monkey is very happy that his new quilt is finished.  He loves dragging it around the house and taking it for rides in the car.

Either that or he is playing Legos on it like his big brother.  (The orange is brighter than it shows in the pictures.  Minky is hard to photograph.)

It is folded on his bed when he is not using it.  I love seeing it so close to his Monster Alphabet quilt.

They were both made with the Silly Gilly fabric I purchased in May 2015.  I still have enough of this fabric for another 2 quilts.

I love making stripe quilts.

They are simple to piece and fun to quilt.  I quilted each stripe cut the same width the same.  It turned out so cute!

I used markings on the chevron fabrics to keep things spaced evenly.

Needless to say that Monkey loves the orange minky on the back.

I named this quilt Monster Train because of the cute monsters on the train stripe.

The binding is the same dark purple as the Monster Alphabet quilt.

Quilt Stats #184
Name: Monster Train
Pattern: 1, 2.5, 4, and 6 inch finished stripes
Fabric:  Silly Gilly
Amount Used:
Size: About 41 by 56 inches
Batting:  Frankensteined Hobbs 80/20
Date Finished:  2016

We love how it turned out!


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