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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mary Engelbreit and Yellow Brick Road

I finally got around to doing a Mary Engelbreit quilt with some of the fabrics I've been collecting over the years. Holly Holdermans last line Pam Kitty reminded me of ME and so I got inspired. I used some of both fabrics.
This is that good ol' Yellow Brick Road Pattern.
 
There are 3 different blocks in yellow brick road: They are all 9".
This one.
 
this one....
 
and this one....
 
You put them together randomly-ish and it looks like this:
 
I put a border on it that I saw on one of my ME notepads.
It was a lot of fuss to applique on all those little black tear drops...;o)
 
and there it is!...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Summer Flag Quilt


I finished my "Summer Flag" quilt just in time for the 4th of July this year.
I'm not very good at taking pictures of the construction phase, but i got one....
here are the flags pinned together in groups: a shield, and 2 stripes. It's funny how some fabrics go together perfectly and others, definately not. But my favorite quilts are scrappy quilts and as long as the pile of fabrics looks pretty together, it seems to work. That bright blue in the flag that's done, was too bright, but I was determined to use it anyway. I think it worked.


The inspiration quilt came from pinterest. I don't know who originally made that one, but I was inspired to try the pinks and yellows and pastels in a flag quilt. i used fabrics from my stash. Some of my very best. It was a little scary when it went through it's "homely" stage in the middle. I'm telling you, quilts, as well as kids, have a homely stage. In the middle of construction, i am quite often sure it's going to come out ugly, But it almost always comes together when you put on the finishing touches.

This one is no exception. In fact, i really love it!!


Some of the large flowers in the shields were too pretty to cover with a star, so they're just plain.

It wasn't quite big enough, so i added some triangles in the borders. I machine quilted some swirls with very thin white bobbin thread so it doesn't show much. I need that to hide my flaws. ;o)

Wouldn't be summer without a white picket fence....


Bring on the lemonade!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

4" Hexagon Quilt

Another hexie quilt! love them. Many of the these fabrics come from Bonnie and Camille lines, but I added some random fabrics from my stash too. These hexie's have 4" sides.
 
including some strawberries....
 
 
I've always loved the new grandmother's flower garden quilt pattern, so I imitated those colors....
 
here's how I do a hexie quilt.
I lay the hexies out on a bed sheet so I can organize the whole thing. Then I can roll it up in between sewing sessions. That way I don't have to rearrange every time I get it out.
Sew together first in columns, then sew the columns together. Those Y seams aren't so bad when the blocks are big. for more click here.
 
I did a little of everything in the free motion quilting.
 
Can you see it on the back?
see the little apples? so cute.

 

 

 

"Painted Ladies" pattern by Fig Tree

 

 
 This is the "sundrops" line of fabric made into the "painted ladies" pattern.
It's super fun to make butterflies!
I added some fig tree browns in mine just to make it unique....
 
Auditioning backing....

 
so many beautiful fabrics go with this...
 
I thought of a border different from the pattern that would be fun...
 
the fabric for the border came from a bees and blossoms line, so it's sort of like my butterflies are flitting around honeycomb. :o)
 
 

Friday, March 3, 2017

LuLu's Yoyo's Blue Green and Brown


LuLu's YoYo's
in brown green and blue!
Gorgeous
thanks to my dear friend Cathy for the fabric!
(link to the free pattern below)
It has brown dot minky on the back....so nice to cuddle under.

Here is the machine quilting. I tried to imitate the pattern on the fabric a little.

I love this quilt!
It's a great easy beginner quilt.
the pattern by Pie Plate was free online. HERE

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

"Swoon" in civil war colors

Here is my version of "Swoon" by Camille Roskelley of Thimbleblossoms.
 
 
I did it in what I call "civil war colors." It's yummy.
 
I did 14" blocks instead of her larger ones. That way I could do more squares and add the cute stars in the sashing...which were a pain by the way, the way you have to lay out every sashing strip in just the right place because every star color was different. Remind me not to do that again!
 
As I've looked around, I find that the real name of this block is not actually swoon at all. It's a very old block (of course it is!) called by several different names. I'd sure like to know which is the most common. Anybody know?
"Broken star, Star of Bethlehem, Dutch rose, Star with diamonds, Star of the east," etc.

 
Whatever it's real name, it sure is pretty!
 
 
 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Hip Holidays Free Quilt Soup Pattern (Henry Glass)

 
We finish our Christmas quilts in January right? That's how I've always done it.
Jan. of the next year...
I finished "Hip Holidays"
It's a little bit older, but I was able to find some of the orginal fabrics by Henry Glass. then I substituted some from local stores.
 
Currently, this is the only place I can see that Free Pattern online. If that disappears, feel free to leave a comment and your email and i'll send it to you.
 
I did some of it differently from the pattern. I didn't want to piece the crazy star, so I just appliqued it. I also appliqued the trees on the top row. It seemed easier. If you look closely, you can see the blanket stitch around this tree....
 
I'm surprised to say that I enjoyed the paper piecing the bows.
 
 
Here's a quick Tutorial on Paper Piecing.
Print the pattern as many times as you have blocks in the quilt. Use each section in the pattern as a template for each fabric. Cut a scrap of each fabric larger than your template pattern. I stacked them here. I also drew myself a little arrow to show me which side of the pattern I would be sewing down.
 
Now, turn the paper upside down. You're sewing the fabric onto the back of the paper with the fabric facing away from the paper, it's sort of a double backwards thing. I place the first piece, A2 cream behind it's spot on the paper, right side out, and the bow on top of it right side together so that it's hanging over the line about a quarter inch and pinned it.
 
Turn it over and sew on the line on the TOP of the paper between A2 and A1.
 
Open it up. Here's what it looks like on the back.
 
When you open it, it should cover all of that space plus at least a quarter inch.
Here I show how I hold it up to the light to see if it's got coverage.
 

Work your way in order across the pattern. Lay the next piece on so it will fit when you sew on the line between A1 and A3. Hold it up the light to make sure it covers it's space plus a minimum of a quarter inch around.
 
When you're done, trim on the dotted line (on this pattern) or giving yourself a quarter inch seam allowance all the way around.
 
It's not a good method for fabrics with nap, but it was quite fun!
 
 
I'm particularly pleased with the pretty machine quilting I did from the back so I could see better.
I mimicked the pattern on one of the fabrics...
 
Here's mine. Such pretty colors!