Saturday, July 7, 2018

Quilts to work on. . .

Here's the list of quilts to work on for the 3rd quarter of 2018:

1. Water Reflections Block of the Month

 2. Blooming Nine Patch has been on my to do list for a long time. Finally the fabric is chosen and ironed and waiting the rotary cutter!

3. Tumbler Baby Quilt

4. Stack and Whack.

4. Kaffe Fassett

5 Nine Patch

Short list for this quarter but do-able!

Linking up with She Can Quilt for the 2018 Finish Along, 3rd quarter.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Tigger has a new quilt . . .

In preparation for the vacation to Florida, I sewed up a little quilt for Tigger. This started at the annual quilt retreat in January. I had brought this quit to work on and found that the diamond cuts were off just a bit to not fit together correctly.

I had packed and brought my 2.5 inch squares and thought I could get a bit of extra sewing in as leaders and enders. I did get a bunch of 9 patches completed for a quilt that is now up on the design wall.

I gathered some greens and blues and purple squares and came up with this quilt for Tigger. The polyester batting is four layers to be nice and fluffy.

The backing is a fleece remnant. It was finished in the envelope style with 1/2 inch seams and without a binding. It finishes at approximately 16.5 in x 18.5 in

This quilt became a fast favorite and them seemed to be dropped without a look back. Tigger has pulled my traveling backpack down and enjoys curling up on it. I thing he's trying to tell me that he wants to come next time. . . 

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, finish it up Friday.

Vacation to Florida

February brought a wonderful trip to the warmth and sunshine of the Florida coast. The visit to Melbourne Beach began as a working vacation but ended with some much needed rest and relaxation on the beach. The water was wonderful -- from a distance. There were a few days when the beach had many unwanted visitors. . .

Portuguese Man Of War Jelly Fish!
So, on to the working part. We started with hanging curtains in Peggy's wonderful new retirement home and then moved on to the set up of the Seaside Piecemakers bi-annual quilt show Boutique. Here are a few of my favorite quilts from the show:

Patty's Quilt

Peggy's Quilt

Mary's Quilt
 Here's a little wall hanging I picked up at the Quilt Boutique.

Saying so long to the lovely weather . . .

and heading back home to winter.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Little White Elephants

Here is a second quilt I was able to make with 
the small triangles on white squares. 

The name comes from the warm flannel backing.

This quilt will be folded way for now and 
will have to wait until a new little one comes along.

Little White Elephants
pattern from Sunday Morning Quilts
by Amanda Jean Nyberg
Completed 2/17/2018
size 36 x 36

Although it is Saturday, I am linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for
finish it up Friday.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

St. Vincent de Paul Society, 2018 Raffle Quilt

Our Superbowl Sunday Bake Sale is just around the corner. And this is the second year I have donated a quilt to raffle off. Advertising in church has this listed listing as the "Annual" quilt raffle. Guess that means there will be lots more donation quilts in my future.

The St. Vincent de Paul society is a small group of lay people who respond to those in need of assistance within the community. The members are kind hearted and ready to help when a call comes in. It really was my pleasure to help, knowing that 100 % of the money raised will go to help pay a family's rent, or help to make arrangements for an overdue bill with the electric company, or to pay for 100 gallons of oil, or to help buy food.

This pattern is from "Sunday Morning Quilts", designed by Amanda Jean Nyberg. I just love the patterns in her book. I have a feeling this will be one of many that I will complete from her book. The blocks were sewn as leaders and enders over more than a year.

But as soon as I had finished all the blocks it was fun playing with the placement on the design wall. And no matter how hard I tried, I am sure that you may find two triangles of the same fabric very close if not next to each other. My helper, Tigger, didn't seem to mind!

The pattern has the blocks sewn on the diagonal with setting triangles. I did not notice this at first so I did not reserve blocks of background fabric to use for this end. So, the blocks were sewn into 16 patch blocks and then stitched into rows. The black border was chosen to frame the center. The quilt was smaller than I wanted so to make it larger, the scrappy boarder was created. The fabric for the boarder was mostly pieced and left over from another completed quilt top.

The quilting was simply a grid pattern - not quite stitch in the ditch and not quite a quarter inch from the seam. White was used for quilting the center and matching threads were used through out the boarder.

The backing was taken off a quilt sandwich which was not yet basted and turned out to be a good choice for this quilt backing. It's a lovely shade of blue which is not too girly and not too masculine so it should please anyone who is lucky to win this.

Good news, at 8:30 mass this morning over a hundred tickets were sold. The quilt will hang until Super Bowl Sunday. I am constantly amazed and humbled to see so many people willing to donate for such a worthy cause.

 Hopefully I will also be able to get a better picture of the full quilt.
Size 58 in x 70 in 

That's all for now! Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts - finish-it-up Friday (actually it's Sunday!).


Friday, January 12, 2018

2018 Finish-A-Long

Time to check out what is going to get done this first quarter of 2018: 

Linking up with Marci Girl Designs

1.  Amanda Jean's Quilt Pattern - from her book Sunday Morning Quilts. 

2. Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt - 2016 

3. Kaffe Fassett's Quilt Pattern 

4.  Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion Mystery

5.  Wool Applique

Here's hoping some of these projects will be completed soon!

Friday, January 5, 2018