Friday, December 15, 2017

Free Motion Friday - Helen Godden's Christmas Advent Quilt Along - Part 4

I've finished 6 more Christmas ornaments since last week and I'm only one behind at the moment.  Here's what I have so far.

I had fun making a "rose" and then adding some extra quilting to it.

The upper left ornament was supposed to look like a spider web, but I thought it looked like a peppermint candy so I made it that way.  It's one of my favorites.

I can't wait to see what Bonnie Hunter has in store for us for On Ringo Lake Clue 4 today.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Island Batik Squirrel Quilt - Part 1

 My husband loves squirrels.  So I wanted to make him a squirrel quilt with the Island Batiks Pumpkin Patch layer cake.  The fabrics scream fall and fall screams squirrels.  At least it does to me.

I found a picture of a squirrel on the internet and then played with the shapes.

Originally the squirrel was to have an acorn in his hands.  However, when cut out of fabric the acorn was so tiny you really couldn't see it so I made a design decision and left it out.

Next, I laid out my 10 inch squares in a pleasing arrangement with one background fabric and one fabric on top for the squirrels.  I tried not to repeat fabrics, but inevitably, it happened.

Here's the finished top all ready for quilting. 

I know, there are socks in the picture.  Who doesn't love feet?  Well, I don't, truth be told.  However,  I teach full time and didn't have time to edit the pictures.

I totally meant to have this quilt done for fall and hanging in the house.  It didn't happen, but I wanted to share it anyways.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Island Batik Ambassadors Quilt Table Toppers

When I found out our December Island Batik Ambassador challenge was to make a scrappy table topper I decided to challenge myself to use some of the 5 inch square packs I have from Island Batik Fabrics.  One day in August (yes, really, I was motivated that day even though the quilt wasn't due until December), I decided I wanted to play around with a traditional Delectable Mountains pattern.

 I started by making two 4 1/2 inch half square triangle units in opposite directions.  I then cut them in thirds and swapped some of the sections around until I came up with the design below.  Similar, but different.

I then used pink, red, and orange fabrics and ended up with 16 units.  I played with layouts until I came up with this design.

I then started adding in the creams.  The creams were also originally 5 inch Island Batik squares.

I decided I didn't want to have to worry about cutting off triangle tips with the binding, so I added a narrow strip all the way around the edge to prevent that problem.

Then I had fun on my friend Karen's Bernina Q20.  I love feathers.  You can never quilt enough of them!  I did the quilting in December and was glad the top was done.  Life gets busy and it was a good thing I only had quilting and binding to accomplish!

The final quilt!  I love how cheerful these warm colors are.  

I hope you get to quilt today!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A Folk Art Quilted Traditions Project Complete!

About a year and half ago, my book Folk Art Quilted Traditions was published by AQS.  Later that winter I was contacted by the Shenendehowa Senior Quilters asking if they could use my pattern for their raffle quilt. All I asked was that they give credit as to the source of the pattern and send me a finished picture so I could see the quilt.

And here it is! The original in the book was all blue, and this one has some nice color added to it! I adore what they did. It's just fabulous and I see that it has a pretty ribbon on it.

Thank you so much Shenendehowa Senior Quilters for sharing your finished quilt with me! It's the first time one of my patterns all done has been shared and it means a ton.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Rug Inspiration

 Yes, I am one of those crazy people who takes pictures of rugs.  A lot.  Yes, I know.  It's strange.  But isn't this gorgeous?!

I hope you get inspired today!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

On Ringo Lake Clue #3 Done!

31 Day Blogging Challenge Day 10!

Here are all of my pieces pinned and ready to sew.  I had Quilter's Night Out last night and wanted to be all ready to sew.  It's so much fun to get together with girlfriends and chat and sew.  These are all my pieces for Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery, On Ringo Lake.  The pattern is available for free on her blog.

I picked up my piles of fabrics and don't they look like a salmon steak?  Sushi anyone?  

All sewn up and completed!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

An Adventure in Acquiring an Accuquilt 2" Cutting Die

31 Day Blogging Challenge Day 9!

I accomplished cutting my pieces!  After arriving home from work (it was a very frustrating day in third grade), we realized we had no 2" die for the GO BIG! cutter.  Sigh...what to do?  I certainly didn't want to cut ALL those 2" squares by hand...

So we called our local quilt shop that is an Accuquilt dealer, Sew With Me.  They had one and were open another hour.  Could we make it through traffic?  Google maps said traffic was light, so my mom and I went for it.  We got there with 25 minutes to spare only to find out we'd called their sister location in Stillwater, not Woodbury, and the Woodbury store didn't have that die.  So they called Stillwater and asked if they'd stay open a few minutes late to wait for us.

Oh, did I mention the main freeway between the two stores is closed?  A little problem with a burst water pipe and a sinkhole!?  Fortunately, the lady at Woodbury gave me AMAZING directions and we made it to the new store about 10 minutes after closing and acquired the needed die....and a few more tans for the mystery too!  

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Then on the way home we ran into a snow squall and the gas light came on.  The driving reminded me of the scene where the Millennium Falcon of Star Wars flies into hyperspace and it looks like a snow storm! A stop was made to refill the car and we continued on our way home where mom and I were finally successful in getting our pieces cut.

Now to mark all those lines...

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Free Motion Friday - Helen Godden's Christmas Advent Quilt Along - Part 3

It's day 8 of the 31 day blog writing challenge and I'm still going strong.  It's a good thing I'm working on so many things right now! 

Here's my progress.  I did days seven and eight and added some more quilting to two ornaments.

This is day 7.  I added the extra inside curves to add density.  I find that when quilting a quilt I want to have fairly consistent density across the quilt.  So I added some extra lines in places to give me that effect.

I must admit I didn't like my first attempt at either of these two circles.  So what to do?  Duh...add more thread!  So I did and I'm a happy camper.

And here is day 8.  I love geometric spirals.

Excitedly awaiting the new On Ringo Lake Mystery clue from Bonnie Hunter...

I hope you get to quilt today!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Helen Godden's Christmas Advent Quilt Along - Part 2

It's Day 7 for the 31 Day Quilt Blogging Challenge!

Today I show you the second steps of my Christmas Advent Quilt Along from Helen Godden.  She's hosting it on her Facebook page and it's so much fun.  She gives you the pattern for a wreath and each day posts the next step.

Today you can see I've added circles 2-6.  I can hardly wait for the next one to come out!

It's going to be such fun to see all the different motifs fill in.

Love this one with stipples.

These two are favorites as well.  I love Helen's Stack of Rocks.

I also stitched down the words at the top.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Helen Godden's Christmas Advent Quilt Along - Part 1

It's Day 6 for the 31 Day Quilt Blogging Challenge!

Today I show you the start of my Christmas Advent Quilt Along from Helen Godden.  She's hosting it on her Facebook page and it's so much fun.  She gives you the pattern for a wreath and each day posts the next step.

Here's the first step.  The quilt all marked and basted with pins.  Why pins?  That's a good question.  I like pins because they let me flex the fabric around a bit if I need to.

And now I've stitched down all the circles and the bow.  I chose to use a Glide 40 weight poly thread because I like the extra sheen to it.

The first circle all filled up with a fun star.  I added some extra stitching to the inside to emphasize the star.

I love to free motion quilt and this project is such fun!

I hope you get to quilt today!
See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Quiltville On Ringo Lake Mystery - Clue #2

31 Day Blogging Challenge Day 5!

I'm currently working on Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery.  We're on clue 2.  I must admit that I applique more than I piece and it's fun to do something different.

Here are all my geese pinned and ready to go.  There are a lot.

Here are some of them pressed.  I love the orange and coral combination!

And all stacked up ready to be put away.

The first two clues.  I adore these colors.  They're what finally made me participate after years of watching!  Ready for clue 3 on Friday.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Lunchbox Inspiration

I'm staying caught 4 of the 31 day quilt blogging challenge!

I took this picture at lunch the other day.  I love the colors of this lunchbox! this may not be quilt inspiration, but my son built this with blocks the other day and it's just so much fun.

I love the colors of these trees!  A pale lavendar and coral would be a gorgeous color combination.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Tree Love from Australia

I'm participating in's 31 day blog post challenge.  Today, I want to tell you about my friend Glenda from Australia.

Last week I posted a picture of the Christmas tree block I made from a picture I'd torn out of an old church bulletin. I love this block.

I got an email and blog comment from the lovely Glenda from Australia about a tree she was creating that was similar.  We must be on the same wavelength.  Except, her's is 4 feet tall!  It's fabulous....

I love how she overlapped her feathers and added a spine.  I love the corners too!  She told me that they were created because a piece had been cut from a corner.  Necessity is sometimes the mother of invention and I think the corners are fabulous!

Here's a link to her part 1
Here's a link to her part 2

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

I Wish You a Merry Quilt-a-long Extra Block - Stocking

I really wanted to get my last block done so I could get my I Wish You a Merry Quilt-a-Long done for Christmas and my mom needed time to quilt in on her long arm, so I decided to do a stocking.  I had a hard time trying to decide what to put on the stocking to decorate it.  I have been trying to stick with a red, cream, and green color scheme.  So I went with a classic checkerboard.  Did I want to piece it?  NO.  I did not.  So I cut a bunch of shares out with fusible on the back and ironed them on!

Here you can see the first part of the blanket stitching process.  I did the white around the edge.  Where there was a green square I simply stitched as close as I could to the green hoping to cover it with thread later.  Since I use a double blanket stitch it's a fairly thick amount of thread.

Here's a closeup.

Then I went back and started stitching on the green.  I had to switch the blanket stitch from right to left (mirroring) as I was going because I wanted all the stitching to go into the squares.  I'd never done that before and it worked well after I figured out how it switched the mirroring.

Here's a close-up.

 A close-up look at the back.

And the final stocking.  

Up next....the finished top!  Stay tuned...

I hope you get to quilt today!