Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Serenity Quilting

I really felt this quilt needed some extra quilting to give it some dimension.
 
 
So, I divided each block into four...

...then I got out my headphones and a cup to draw petals.



 
 Then I went to town sewing petals. This is about the best way for me to make these look good. I have to draw a sewing guide line.
 
 
All finished.
 
I really like how the quilting turned out. It really adds to the quilt.
 
Now to bind it.
 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Serenity's Quilt

I have a friend who has had six children. Although they were not trying for a girl, her first five children were all boys. They had decided after their fourth child that he would be their last. Then they had two more surprises and the last was their girl.

She is the first granddaughter for this family and everyone is excited. Of course since I have made baby quilts for all of her brother, I just had to make one for her.


Colors requested were: pink and purple. So, I pulled  pink and purple scraps and trimmed and squared them up. Do you not just love a little pile of trimmings?

After all of the trimming, squaring, and rearranging, I wound up with this.
 
 
 
I think it is kind of cute even though I think it is slightly boring, but I think I can pep it up with some awesome quilting and a super princess backing fabric.







Monday, November 24, 2014

Binding 2016

I have finished binding the 2016 quilt. I love how this quilt turned out!
 
 
Binding start to-

 
Finish

 
Don't you just love a crisp binding?
 
Pictures coming soon.

Monday, November 17, 2014

2016 Flimsy and Quilting

2016 quilt top is finished!
 

It is so much better than I thought it would be! I love the numbers and the colors! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this quilt!

 
I have started to quilt this and am using the wavy quilting. I am going to quilt around the numbers in black so that it echoes the numbers. So, I made the wavy quilting go up to the numbers. I will bury the knots later.

 
This is the wavy quilting on the top of the quilt. It won't be long until it is finished.

 
Did I say that I LOVE this quilt? ;)

Monday, November 10, 2014

Tammy's Quilt Fiish

And have another finished quilt.
I know that she is going to love it.

It is so nice to have a finished quilt.
 
I did a straight quilt line on each strip and then put at least one wavy quilt line on each strip. The back fabric was the inspiration fabric and pulled it all together. Since she is a lover of the English language, this backing fabric has words all over it.




Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tammy's Strip Quilt

I decided to make a quilt for a friend as a thank you.
She is super sweet and helps so many people. It seems that she does not get a lot of thanks for all of the things that she does for people and me.
 
 
I asked what colors are in her living room and she told me red, brown, green, and tans.
I hope these fabrics work well.

 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Is This a 2? I Think So!

After trying out paper piecing (and not really enjoying it) to make a two, I was disappointed to find that it looked more like a Z than a 2.

I went in search of a better way to make a numbers (since I was making 2016) and found a wonderful pieced pattern for numbers, letters, and punctuation from Moda! Seriously, I enjoyed piecing this number much better!

And it looks like a two! The measurements were for an 8"x11.5". I did not want these to be that big, so I cut the measurements in half. it did not work the way I expected. The size was a little bit different from what I expected.



So, I made the one the same way, and it was a good inch longer than the two.

I started thinking about how this being off would affect the six and the zero. I figured that the width would not matter since they were going to be side by side. I could cut the bottom off of the one to make it work, but that would not work for the six and the zero.

When I looked at the six it was separated into five sections from the top to the bottom just like the two, so it should work by making it the same as the two.

I held my breath and made the six. It worked! They were the same height!


Then for the zero. I figured I could trim the middle section to match the middle section (in the same area) of the two and six and make it work. Sure enough it worked also. All of the pieces are about four inches high and different widths. Which is perfect!

I am going to trim some of the white on the side of the one so that it looks more like a date rather than some numbers crammed together.


Now to trim the one, place a slim piece of white fabric between the two and one, and sew this bad boy together.

The moral of this story is: don't get discouraged and make it do.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Go Black and Gold!

I ordered a bunch of black, old gold, white, and grey fabrics for the graduation quilt.
 
 
I really did not like the grey fabrics in the quilt, and I did not like the fabric for the back. It just was not what I thought it would look like. It had grey in it. I thought it was a lot darker than lite grey. So, I will be looking for a different backing.

 
Here is the first group put together. We might have a quilt soon; if I can get the number together.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Paper Piecing 2 or Z?

I am making a quilt for a friend in her son's high school colors (black and gold) and I am putting his graduating year (2016) in the quilt.
 
 
I went looking for a way to make numbers. I found this paper piecing instructions for numbers and letters. I printed out the two, zero, one, and six and decided to start at the beginning: the two.

 
It was a struggle. I have never worked with paper piecing (I might not again after the headache I had with this) and I just could not figure it out!

 
Finally, after two previous starts, I finished the two...

 
Is it just me or does it look like a Z?
 
I think I will look for a different way to make a two. One without paper piecing! It is a good thing I have a nephew with a Z name. I see a Crazy Mom Quilts pillow in his future. :)

Friday, September 26, 2014

A Green and Blue Scrap Square Baby Quilt

 
You knew I could not just make one, right? Well, I just had so much fun making the pink one that I had to make a blue version. Plus I had a bunch of blue and green fabrics and a baby boy quilt to make, so I sewed it up.
 
When I was trimming up the quilt top I cut to much off one end and I thought this piece of blue fabric added to the top made it look so lovely and gave a lot of interest.
 
 
I made them about the same time which made it easy for me to take a picture of them together. 
 
 
After taking the pictures, I ran into my friend at the grocery store (I parked right next to her and did not even realize it until we were both putting our groceries in our cars!). I handed it over and told her I need a quilt model. She was very willing and so happy to get it.

 
Spur-of-the-moment-quilt-pictures in a parking lot is a lot of fun.

 
The back was pieced from scraps from other quilts and is so pretty.
 
I am very sad that this barn has been torn down. I passed it every day on my way to and from work and church. I passed it one morning and when I went back after work it was completely gone. There was not even a board left. They worked fast. I'm at least glad that I got these pictures first.