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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Off the Rails with Hop, Skip, Jump fabric

This pattern is called "Off the Rails"
I really fell for the bright colors.
I used American Jane's Hop, Skip, and a Jump fabric.
I so love this fabric! 
finding fabric for the centers was so hard! I searched and searched...
This one is green.
this one is yellow rings.
There's also an orange dot.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Grandma's Quilt

This is a version of a quilt someone called
"Grandma's quilt"
I did it years ago with a light green background and red corners in the squares. It's delightful.
I wanted to do one in civil war colors. It really feels pioneerish to me.
the original was done with light yellow background and red corner squares. It was so dang cute.
Try one! Here it is in green.
It's a simple idea. I neglected to take pictures as I went, so this cropping will have to do. ;o)
You make a sixteen patch block. the squares are about 1 1/8" finished. This one have some variation in the background fabrics to make it more scrappy, but just all solids is fantastic too.
Then you just put a triangle in all the corners of a plain background square.
(There are always threads stuck to my quilts, no matter what I do....
I see a stupid green thread in this picture.
Too much sewing going on around here I guess...)
Then sew every other one together.... 
This is one of those borders that you have to make in squares to complete the pattern with the triangle corners....


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Ghastlies

The Ghastlies!
Since it's Halloween time, i'll share this quilt top. I haven't gotten around to quilting it yet, but so far...
this is a fabric line from a few years ago. 
I didn't intend to make it this big, but each and every "photo" on the wall is so much fun!

I tried to make them sort of photos hanging on a wallpapered wall.
I love them sitting down to dinner at the dining table.

the hammer... could you die?

of course, this one is great. the sewing circle...

i think the mouse border adds just the right touch.
I have some bugs on spider webs for the backing but i just haven't gotten around to quilting this yet!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Cherry Pie by Joanna Figueroa Fig Tree

I finally finished this cherry quilt!! I did it because I wanted to try the neat quilting I saw done on Fig Tree's "Cherry Pie quilt pattern."  
Mine isn't as good as theirs, but still...
It took sooo long to quilt. but I just kept telling myself, this is what I did this for, it doesn't matter how long it takes. I dulled my quilting machine knife blade from all the stopping and starting and I had to had it serviced in the middle of the project, but hey...
This isn't her exact pattern, I sorta did my own thing. ;o)

The full photo


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Quilts for Friends!

                                               I made this hexie quilt for a baby gift.

                      I wanted to do something different so I used some eyelet and ric rac on the border.

JEEP Quilt!
My friend Denise made this quilt for her son who loves jeeps.
she had me quilt it for her.
In trying to think what I could do thematically on the top and bottom borders, which were plain at the time, I thought... wouldn't tire tread be fun?

I ended up asking her if I could appliques some black tire tread on it instead of just quilting...

It turned out really fun!!
2 days later, I saw this while I was in traffic! Hey, I recognize that! I thought that was fun!

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!