Saturday, October 18, 2014

Christmas Treats

Remember all that Christmas fabric I got a good deal on after Christmas.  Well something has to be done with it.  Not sure where I found this pattern, but it is easy and looks so cool.  I still have to do the quilting part, but here is the first of this quilt.

I cut three fabrics into several 2 1/2 inch strips. Then sewed one of each fabric strip together, keeping them in the same order. I then cut them into blocks the same length as they were wide. This is what one block looked like.

By alternating the blocks first horizontally then vertically, I got a zigzag pattern.

Another view. 
Stitching the blocks together.

One row at a time.
The rows sewn together. Jack is watching everything I do and follows me from one room to the next.

A better view.  I love how the white zigzag just pops out and the red makes it look 3-dimensional.

At this point, I put the quilt top away.  I was not sure how I wanted to finish it, it looked like it needed something else. 
Well, between moving, machines breaking down, and changing work schedules, I was not able to pull this out until after I finished Wanda's quilt.  This long period of time also allowed me to think on what to do next.  

The quilt top I made my husband's aunt had no borders so it was pretty small, but big enough for her to lay across her lap.  The Christmas in Paris top, I did add a border, so it made it a little bigger.  I was still not happy with the size.  I don't want to do huge quilts, like my daughter's, again, as it is too much for me to handle.  The size I made for Wanda, was a nice size, small enough for me to handle, but big enough for her to cuddle under. 

So I started adding a border, then another, and another, and one more just to be sure.

First a green border. The plain green will be used in the back as well as the main print fabrics.

Then with the leftover strips (I cut a lot!) I did a border of each of the main fabrics, keeping them in the order I did when making the blocks.

Added my initials to the green border.  Also I started adding the year it was made.

Playing around with my sewing machine, I made a label to put on the back once it is complete.  It looks kind of sloppy right now because I have not removed all the extra threads.

I'm putting this away for now, got to get going on Christmas presents. I have several things in mind to make this year, so need to get going on them.  

Check back to see what I do with this fabric. 

Happy Reading! 


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Christmas in Paris

After Christmas I searched for marked down Christmas fabrics.  I got some good deals on some pretty and fun fabrics. I was really motivated since doing the lap quilt for my husband's aunt. See the Last Minute Gift. The quilt was easy and quick to do, so I took some of the fabric I purchased and made another lap quilt.

These are some of the fabrics I got at a reduced price. The one on the far left has pictures of the Eiffle Tower, hence the name Christmas in Paris. Each print is cut into strips with three different widths.  For this quilt I used these measurements: 2", 3" and 4 1/2".  Then the mixing the fabrics, they are sewed together so each set of strips has one of each width.  Then they are cut into blocks the same measurement as the three strips are wide.  (I'm learning that I need to take more pictures to demonstrate the process.) 

After the blocks are cut, I alternated the blocks horizontally then vertically.  These are then sewn together one row at a time, then the rows are sewn together.  Notice the panel on the edge with the Eiffel Tower. 

The sewn blocks and the backing.  I try to get some of the backing on the front, so there are some in the blocks and is the border around the quilt.  I also used this for the binding.  I must have gotten a really good deal on this.

Close up of the back.  I love paisley.

The finished quilt top.  Measures about 36" x 37", I'm still learning how to make 1/4" seams and square up before adding the backing, however if it looks good I'm not going to stress whether it is exact or not.

And of course my initials on the front. 
 The next project I did is Christmas Treats.  Watch for an update.

Happy Reading! 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sister-in-Law quilt

Back in April my husband's brother (Denny) and wife (Wanda) came to town.  The guys enjoyed going to the NRA convention, and us gals went to Connor Prairie.  I really enjoyed the time we spent together and wanted to show her my appreciation.  So I made her a Zipper quilt.   I found a pattern in the magazine BLOCK by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  It was easy and quick to put together, which is good for me as I am just learning.  Check out the pictures of my progress through this quilt.  

I chose blue and yellow fabrics from what I had on hand. I knew Wanda liked blue.  I have always like the way blue and yellow looked on a quilt. I started with 5 inch squares and 2 1/2 inch yellow strips.

Sewing the squares to the yellow strips.  I like how this went together, FAST.
Sewn together in one long strip and they stacked on their own.

Then I cut them in half.
Next, I laid out the pieces so the yellow piece alternated on each side, making a zipper look.  I tried to make sure that there were no two pieces the same together, or too many yellow prints in one area.

5 rows of 'zippers' sewn together.

One zipper.

Then I added a yellow strip between each 'zipper'

Added yellow fabric down each side to show off the zippers.

A nice wide printed yellow border around the yellow. 

For the back I sewed extra pieces of the front fabrics together.  The binding I made out of the same blue on the backing.

The finished quilt.  It took me some time to quilt this as we moved and my sewing machine broke in the process.  Once we were settled in and I got my machine back from being repaired, I was able to finish the quilt in time to give it to Wanda in September when they came for a visit.
Adding my initials makes me feel like I have accomplished something.   I also made a tag to put on the back, but forgot to take a picture of it. 

The finished back.
Just the right size for cuddling under with a good book or movie. 

Happy Reading! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sister's Quilts

Back in 2004 one of my five sisters thought it would be a good idea to do a round robin with the six of us.  We all agreed.  Little did we know it would take us a full year plus to finish these quilt tops.  

For those who are not familiar with  round robin quilting, I'll attempt to explain.  Each of us made a quilt block.  We then passed it down to the next youngest sister to add onto it, with the exception of the youngest sister who passed it up to the oldest sister.  We did this until all sisters had a hand in sewing on the quilt top. 

Our talents with sewing range from extremely experienced quilter, garment sewer, 'I'll try any kind of sewing' to 'took sewing in high school, don't own a machine'.  With the help of the experienced quilter, everyone was able to complete their portions of the quilts.

We started these at All Girls Weekend in July 2004 and presented each sister with their quilt top at our Family Reunion in August 2005.  

This little adventure was the start of me wanting to quilt.  I have sewed in the past, making clothing for myself and my daughters, doll clothes, aprons, appliance covers, even made the diaper bag I used for both of my children.  I really enjoyed piecing the quilts when I was doing this and it has started me wanting to do more.  And I really love the look and feel of the finished products.

Here are the pictures from our 2004 Sister Quilt project. 

This is my first block.

My finished quilt top.

Barb's quilt block.

Barb's finished quilt top.

Donna's quilt block.

Donna's finished quilt top.

Emily's quilt block.

Pat's quilt block.

Pat's finished quilt top.

Sally's quilt block.

Sally's finished quilt top.