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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

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

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Cozy Christmas Quilt

 I've been working on Lori Holt's Cozy Christmas Pattern this year.
Lots of fun!
Here's the Free Pattern.
I changed up the fabrics a little from what she did. Check it out.
Under construction...
Pretty pastel snowman...

so fun!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Raincheck by Thimbleblossoms

I finished my Raincheck quilt! It's a pattern by Camille at Thimbleblossoms that used the
"april showers" fabric line
there's a free download of mini raincheck here.
have you ever noticed that sometimes the separate squares are almost cuter than all of them put together?


Love these colors!!
here's how I machine quilted raincheck...