Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fourth Quarter Projects to Finish

Here's the list of projects that need to be finished before the new year.

1.   Blooming Nine Patch

2.   Stack and Whack

3.   Tumbler Baby Quilt

4.   Kaffe Fassett

Linking up with She Can Quilt, for the 2018 Finish Along, 4th quarter.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Pink Socks for October

My first pair of knitted socks! They were knitted on double pointed needles. The pattern was found on the back of the yarn label. I think I'll try the next pair on circular needles.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how NOT to bind on stitches TOO tightly? I use the two strand method but invarariably, the first row is tight with no give.

Any comments to assist would be very helpful!

Started in 2017 - finish in 2018. Linking up with crazy mom quilts.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Blooming Nine Patch

This has been one of my favorite patterns since the book first came out in 1996. I can not believe it has taken this long to work on this pattern. I hope This will be the first of many that will be created.

I drafted a black and white page on E Quilt and then colored it in with the colors I had chosen for this quilt. Unless you're able to cut out all the strips and blocks at one time, the books colored  layout can be a bit confusing.

This way I am able to follow the layout based on my colored rendition.

The baticks really blend - I'm looking forward to see the final product.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Water Reflections

This was a block of the month i purchased from our local quilt shop. I think I completed it in record time. I started in February of this year and finished in time for the South County Museum Quilt Show this month.

I just love the colors. The block of the month kit included additional star blocks for the center medallian.  I found the matching panel in the center in a quilt shop in Florida. Although this is the first time I've used a panel, I do like the effect created. It imparts the tranquil sense of Monets garden.

This quilt will be donated to the annual St. Vincent de Paul Bake Sale, at my church on Super Bowl weekend, February 2019.

Northcott Kit purchased from 
Piecing with Poppers Quilt Studio, Coventry, RI
Size 66 in x 72 in
Quilted with a large all over meander pattern

Linking up with the Blogger’s Quilt Festival :: Fall 2018 Edition

This is the second finish I was able to complete for the 3rd Quarter of the 2018 Finish Along as hosted by Leanne at she can quilt. Here is the link to the ambitious list I started the quarter with. 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Simple Nine Patch

Made with lots of scraps!

Trying to organize my scraps that are smaller than a fat quarter, I decided to cut them up into usable strips and squares. If the scrap was longer than 12 inches I cut strips, usually 2.5 inch in width by the length of the scrap. Then 1.5 inch and some 1 inch strips. These are good for creating blocks or for borders. The strips that are smaller than 1 inch are put aside for donation to my quilt guild. If the scaps are less than 12 inches in length, I cut squares. Starting at 5.5 inch squares and then moving down to 4.5, 3.5, 2.5, 2, and 1.5 inches. For the 2.5 inch squares, I grouped them in 2's, 4's and 5's into separate bags for 9 patches and 4 patches. The rest were placed into a separate container and will benefit from being sorted into light and dark or low and high contrast. I don't have a great many of  the 5.5 inch squares so there is no plan yet for that size. The smaller squares  are grouped by size only and will be used for something scrappy. Its easy to grab a few of the small squares and sew 2 together and then into 4 patches as a leader and ender project while working on another quilt.

The following quilt started with the 2.5 inch group of 5's and 4's at January's Quilt Weekend earlier this year. I completed lots of the 9 patches. They all came together  with my favorite white polka dot fabric for the lattice. Then it was all bordered with the variable width strips sewn into a piano key like border in rainbow colors.

This quilt now has a home. It has been gifted to my niece's best friend for her high school graduation. During the school's award night, she and I both appeared in black with white polka dots. She had on a dress and I had on a matching sweater. So of course the binding had to be black with white polka dots. She has now gone off to college and is studying music. The backing of the quilt is black with G clefs for her major in music. I wish her the best of luck in her studies in her first year of college!

Linking up with crazy mom quilts.

This is the first finish I was able to complete for the 3rd Quarter of the 2018 Finish Along as hosted by Leanne at she can quiltHere is the link to the ambitious list I started the quarter with. 

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.