Saturday, December 9, 2017

Teacher Gifts

Noodlehead ‘s wide open zipper bags are my go to little gifts. 
Miss E, my granddaughter has two teachers for kindergarten.  These are the bags for them. 

Her teacher who heads up reading has a text print inside..

Merry Christmas!  

I hope I’m finished sewing til after Christmas.  My machine is being serviced, 
so it’s just a little English paper piecing for me.

Linking up this little finish with Crazymomquilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Luggage Tags

 Here’s my old luggage tag . . . That I made about 8 years ago.  It has flown lots of miles, been handled roughly as luggage is, and there is a tear in the plastic.  I have transferred it to alternate suitcases depending on the trip.

Here’s the new version.  I used some techniques from Elm Street Quilt’s project bag tutorial so that the plastic is bound at the top.  That should keep the plastic from tearing.

Then I couldn’t stop, and made a basketful for little holiday gifts.

Linking up this little finish to Finish it Up Friday on Crazymomquilts.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Plus X is Finished

I finished stitching the binding yesterday, and we had a little brightmpness for photos this morning. 
Lots and lots of memories are sewn into this one with hundreds of scraps. Each block has 19 pieces, 121 squares, 2299 pieces of fabric!

Percy wanted to get a closer look!

The only way to get a photo of the whole thing was hanging off the deck. My daughter is holding the top edge. 

When I first sewed the blocks together, it was a rectangle, but after staring at it for a while, I took one row off the bottom and added the blocks to the side making a square.  

I spend much time staring and pondering . . . .

Statistics:  85” x 85”
Pieced back with flannel 
Pieced and quilted by me on my DSM
Wool batting.

Linking up with Crazymomquilts for Finish it Up Friday.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Spiral Quilting the big + X

This is big, and I’m doing it!

My machine is dwarfed by all this fabric . . .

And I’m loving it. I’m keeping track of how much time I’m spending on this quilting. (People always ask how long it takes to make a quilt.  Well, as long as it takes!)

Does it really matter?  I’m enjoying every minute, I’m happy with the finished quilt, 
that’s all that matters. 

Friday, November 10, 2017

Mini Pineapple

I needed a break and a quick finish when I was in the middle of my large + X quilt, so I made this little pineapple block and finished it into a mini quilt.  

It measures 14” x 18”

I Quilted it with pebbles in the white spaces, straight grid lines in the borders and diagonal grids in the pineapple.  Why is free motion quilting so much easier on a small project?  The size?  The fear of mistakes on large projects?  I was happy to practice those pebbles.  This made for a very quick finish, hooray!

My granddaughter wants to hang it in her room. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Scrappy Plus

My 130 plus X units are sewn together and it’s big and bright. I had to lay it out on the floor to get a photo as the grass was wet yesterday. 

I started making these blocks in August, and just kept at it.
I kept track of the color of the plus part of the block so that colors would be evenly represented.  The X parts are more random. I tried to use a similar color in the X’s, but the variation keeps it interesting. 

The blocks finish at 7.5 “, so I laid it our 10 across and 12 down.  It measures 72” X 90”.

The quilting will reduce the size a bit . . .

These are all fabrics from my stash, many of them scraps. I’m staring at it now considering how to quilt this big thing.  (I get tired of making quilts that are too small!)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Midwest Adventure

Last week I traveled to Nebraska and Kansas to meet long lost cousins. My brother and niece were my companions, and we had a great time. They agreed to visit the International Quilt Study Center and Museum at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.  We all three loved our visit.

This sculpture is just in front of the museum.

The featured exhibits varied from antique quilts to a modern show called Verve to a collection of quilts and Quilted items from Central Asia.

I loved all of it. And I wish Lincoln, Nebraska wasn’t so far away!

Here is a link to the Website for the International Quilt Study Center.