Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sewing Progress over Thanksgiving Week

At first I didn't think I had gotten much sewing done this past week and a half.  I felt like I spent more time cleaning the house and getting ready to host Thanksgiving instead of sitting at the sewing machine. But once I sat down and looked at everything I had made, I realized I got quite a bit done during my little bursts of sewing.

First, I finished the star blocks for this Citizen Sam quilt.  Then I basted, quilted, and bound it.
It is ready to be turned in.

For the back I pieced together all the star fabrics I had left.

 The second project I worked on was my Starry Eyed Quilt.  I got all 10 star blocks pieced.
 I even sewed left overs together into quarter triangle blocks. They are a little wonky, but they look wonderful to me.  I am already thinking of a small quilt to turn them into.

Last I got my Diamond Star quilt quilted.  It still needs a binding put on. When I get that done I will show the whole thing.  It would be on already, but I can't find the blue fabric I want for the binding.  I must have used it in another project. I suppose that is what happens when quilt tops sit 10 years before you quilt them. Now I have to go shopping for something that matches, but I am ok with that.  :)


Monday, November 21, 2011

Weekend Progress

Friday Night I cut out my Countdown to Christmas fabric for my Starry Eyed Quilt.

Saturday I spent most of the day at the Roller Rink with the kids, so I didn't get much sewing done.

On Sunday, after sleeping most of the day away trying to get rid of a cold, I pulled out all the quilt tops I had and picked two of my oldest ones and basted them.  The first one was this log cabin top.  I had originally started hand quilting it in 2006 on an old fashion quilt frame, the kind that is meant for lots of women to sit around and help quilt. But every time I left the room my cat used it as a hammock and I found myself having to re-adjust the quilt too many times, so I took it off the frame with the intention of basting it with pins and quilting it without the frame.  Not sure what took me so long to get it back out. Honestly, I didn't think it had been sitting that long.  It wasn't till I dug up the old picture of it on the frame that I realized it has been 5 years since I worked on it.  Wow, time sure does fly.

This next quilt top I basted is older than the log cabin.  I can't even remember how old it is.  I know I started it before I moved into my house,  I even want to say that the whole top was finished before I moved in 8 years ago.  The block is a pattern I used from Quilters Cache and is called Diamond Star.  I even used her layout at the end of her instructions.  I used a new basting method for this one.  I tried out the table basting with boards that I saw on Doodle Quilts blog.  It took me longer than normal but only because it was a new process for me.  I will see how the quilting goes and if this method is good at keeping the tucks out of the back while quilting.  I sure hope so, because it sure beats crawling around on the floor to pin baste.

These two tops are some of my oldest UFO's and it is nice to be able to throw them in the rotation of current projects.  Not sure how much crafting I will get done this week though.  I have to spend most of the time getting the house ready for Thanksgiving.  It is my year to host.  :)  Perhaps I can squeeze a in few 15 minute sewing intervals time to time throughout the day though and get a little progress done on some of my projects.  


Friday, November 18, 2011

Progress on a couple things

I put the last border on this top last night.  The pattern is Lithia Park by Bloom Creek and the fabric and pattern came in a kit from Connecting Threads. I received the kit as a Christmas Present two years ago from my Mom.  All the flower petals and leaves are English paper pieced and then appliqued on the background.   This top came together slowly but surely.  I did most of the handwork on Monday and Tuesday nights while I watched TV.  A couple weeks ago I hand stitched down the last flower center.  Since I had already cut out all the sashing and border pieces the rest of the top went together in no time.

I also worked on a new project - what can I say, there are so many fun patterns and fabrics to play with I want to make them all.  -  The fabric for this quilt was one of the Layer Cakes that Carrie so graciously sent out to all the ladies who had participated in one of the monthly the Le Petite projects.  It is Patisserie by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda.  I am using the Sun Kissed Jewel Box pattern from Moda Bake shop.

And this afternoon I started cutting out my white fabric for the Starry Eyed quilt I want to make.  When I get more of that cut out I will post a picture.  Now back to the cutting table.  :)


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

FQSQA Block #4

Here is my version of block #4 for the Fat Quarter Stars Quilt Along.  


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Men's Shirts String Quilt

Last night I decided to spend a little more time on my husband's Aunt's quilts.
I had been trying to make at couple blocks a week, but last night I went ahead and finished up the last 8 blocks for this top and even got some of the rows sewed together.
I have two more seams and then this part of the top will be finished.  Then it will just need borders.


Friday, November 11, 2011

T-shirt quilt Completed

I finished the quilting on the T-shirt quilt I am working on yesterday and put the binding on this morning.
I love the border made out of rectangles from all the shirts.

I added the small chest logos into the quilt as well.
One of the logos was on a pocket though and I didn't know how to cut it out without loosing part of the image in a seam allowance, so I put the whole pocket on there.
The 5th shirt didn't have a chest logo, but it did have a pocket which I saved for the back label.

The owner will come pick it up next week.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

T-Shirt Quilt

This is a the T-Shirt quilt I have been working on.
It is a smaller T-Shirt quilt.  Only 5 shirts.
It measures about 45 by 56.
I finished the top and basted it last night.
Today I will work on quilting it.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Slide Show Quilt Top

So... I was suppose to be working on a T-shirt quilt for a customer today, but I didn't have enough interfacing for what I wanted to do with the shirts.
Before heading to the store for more interfacing, I decided to to sew a few strips on the Slide Show top I am also working on. Well, needless to say I got a little carried away and finished most of the top.
Now I get to go shopping for a border for this top as well as interfacing.  Yay!
I love having a reason to go to the fabric store.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Here is my latest Fat Quarter Stars Quilt Along block.
I finished this one just in time for the next one to be announced.

Even though it has bits of blue in it, I am not sure I am feeling the orange fabric in this one.
Hopefully as I add bits of orange to other blocks it will blend a little better.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Some of This and Some of That...

I had sort of an eclectic sewing day yesterday.  I worked a few different projects.  
First I cut out and sewed a little on the kit I won from Dewberry Lane a couple months ago.  She sent me 11 fat quarters and and pattern by Atkinson Designs called Slide Show.

Next I cut up the fat quarters my friend sent me.  I am going to use the Bear Paw quilt block for these.  I think I may call these Cat Paws though.  :)  I didn't get to sew on these though because I didn't have the right background fabric so I moved on to a different project.

Next I cut strips and sewed them together for the Citizen Sam quilt I am working on.  My neighbor saw the last one I worked on and she wanted to be a part of this next one. She doesn't quilt, but she generously donated funds for the fabric for this one.   

That is pretty good for one day I would say.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Quilted Brocante

I finished this quilt over the weekend. It was the Schnibbles pattern introduced in April of this year as part of the Le Petite Project group.  I finished my top in time for the parade that month, but I didn't get time to quilt it till this weekend.

I used some old fabrics I had in my stash for this quilt.  The black is a Mary Englebreit fabric, which I also used for the back, and the solid centers were left over fabrics that I originally bought for a quilt I made in 2007.  I obviously bought more fabric than I needed for the the little quilt below.  But that is OK, it gave me extra to use in my new Brocante quilt.  

This quilt is so bright and doesn't match any room in the house.  But it  sure was fun to put to together.

I have three more Le Petite projects to quilt then I will have all 12 projects totally complete.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

Flower Block Sampler Quilt

This is the last customer quilt I worked on in October.
I love the colors in this one. Again I did some custom quilting in each of the blocks.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Yellow Blue Green Sampler Quilt

 This is another client quilt.  I really love this one. The fabrics are almost solid and they all work well together.  I did some customer quilting for each block and then played around with something different for each border.  


Thursday, November 3, 2011

Appliqued Circles Quilt

This is another customer quilt I worked on this month.
I had a good time working with this one.

After contemplating what to quilt around the appliqued circles, I finally came up with some flower petals.
I did a little different type of feather in the borders.
Same technique of regular feathers, just an extra bump in the feather on the edges.
They are kind of hard to see in the busy print fabric, but they were fun to do.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Purple Scrapy Quilt

This quilt belongs to another guild mate of mine.  
I finished quilting it the other day and will deliver it on Thursday during our next guild meeting.

In the center of the quilt and the outer border I quilted an all over flowery swirl pattern.
For the inner purple border I did a simple swirl all the way around.

I have had a busy sewing month this October.  
I also have three more customer quilts to turn in at guild meeting this Thursday.
I will post photos of those throughout the week.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Final Le Petite Parade

Sinta and Sherri asked that we do a post of all the Le Projects we completed this year.  I was able to complete the all 12.  Well almost complete, there are 4 that still need quilting. Here they are in the order they were announced.


Butter Churn  - This one still needs quilting. It is basted though.

Prairie Point Christmas

Mon Ami

Sweet Spot

Endless Summer

Brocante - This one still needs quilting. It is basted though.

Candy Bar Pinwheels

This particular month we had a choice of Ric Rac or Recess.  I choose Ric Rac.
This one still needs to be basted and quilted.



Spot  - This one needs basting and quilting too.  

I really enjoyed making all these.  I was a little apprehensive about some of the patterns, but once I got started and picked out some of my favorite fabrics I fell in love with each pattern.  I can't wait to see what Sheri and Sinta have cooked up for us next year!!