Saturday, March 18, 2017

Scrappy Apron

Have you read Bonnie Hunter's Scrap User System? I have taken my scraps and started cutting the fabric into usable sizes, starting with strips, 2 and 2.5 inches wide. Anything smaller than 2 inch is either given away or saved as a string. If the scrap is not long enough for a strip, it gets cut into squares. The sizes range from 5 inch down to the smallest of the squares, 1.5 inch.

Looking at Pinterest, I came upon crazy mom quilt's link. I decided to try making an apron. I took out the 1.5 inch squares last weekend and started to sew them together with just a couple of guidelines:
     1) alternate light and dark, and
 2) don't sew two of the same fabrics together.

 I measured the width and length of an apron I had and made a pattern with newsprint.

The patchwork was sewn in rows. It was then quilted in a grid pattern to the thinnest cotton batting, 1/8 inch.

The backing, the straps, and the pocket lining are Kona Kiwi.

The Kona Kiwi backing and the patchwork where then pinned and cut out using the newsprint pattern. The ties were cut 4 inch by the length of fabric (36 inch). The straps were ironed as if creating a double fold binding and then top stitched. I used the walking foot which fed the fabric evenly and left no puckers.

I can't wait to use the apron during my next scheduled visit to the soup kitchen. No matter what is spilled on this apron, I'm sure it won't show -- I hope to use it for many years to come!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Amaryllis drawing

I wish the blooms lasted longer. I started this drawing last week and only just got back to it today. The bud has since opened and the bloom was already  wilting as I tried to finish up . . .

I have a quilt top ready to be quilted but this is the only finish for this week and I thought I would link up to Crazy Mom Quilts, finish-it-up Friday.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Harlequin Charm Raffle Quilt

I thought I would make and donate a quilt for our annual Saint Vincent de Paul, Super Bowl Sunday, Bake Sale. As well as the often asked for Toffee Popcorn.

The Popcorn was a big hit - it's usually snatched up by the volunteers before the Bake Sale is even up and running.

Tickets for the quilt were sold for $1.00 a piece or 6 tickets for $5.00.

The good news is the bake sale brought in almost $950 for the needy in West Warwick. Even better, the Quilt will be on display next weekend after all the masses to sell more tickets.

  64" x 64"

Ginny Beyer Pattern and RJR Fabric Kit

Linking up with crazy mom quilts.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long - 1st Quarter

The New Year brings lots of resolutions, especially in the Quilting world. Today I am linking up my "partial" list of UFO's that need to be completed. Here are the quilts I will be working on:

1.  Harlequin Charm -- Ginny Beyer
     Started June 2016 and must be completed by months end!

2.  Facet -- Kaffe Fassett

3.  Wool Applique

 4.  Bonnie Hunter's Grand Illusion -- Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery

5.  The Colors of Sweet Peas -- blocks are completed and ready for the lay-out. 

I am linking up with She Can Quilt and the 2017 Finish-A-Long. It's certainly time to start finishing up these projects.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Christmas 2016

2016 FAL

Finished just in the Nick of time! This Pineapple Blossom quilt was started in Bonnie Hunter's Class in September 2016 and was finished on Christmas Eve at 9:00 pm, ready to be wrapped and gifted on Christmas.

This quilt was #1 of the 2016 Finish-A-Log, 4th quarter.

 Pattern - Pineapple Blossom
by Bonnie Hunter
block size - 12 inches
quilt size - 63" x 84"

Yes -- I do see that one of the blocks is not in alignment. I actually saw this as I was sewing the binding two days before Christmas. This quilt top was finished and pressed in October, while I finished Ethel's Garden quilt. To keep it wrinkle free, I had folded it, right sides together and hung it up on a pant hanger. When I took it down, I laid it across the mid arm rails and unfolded as I rolled it onto the rails. I never saw this quilt completed on the design wall.

Lesson learned -- always take a photo of the quilt top BEFORE you quilt or load the rails.

I was told that it is not that noticeable - however I am not one to agree or not - as soon as I see this picture, my eyes go right to the tilted square.

This quilt was for my niece for her brand new bedroom - the colors were chosen based on her color theme for all her back to school supplies this year. Everything had to be be blue, white or black - the colors of her new Vera Bradley Backpack. I'm not sure if she noticed the tilted square or not, but to be honest, I have been put in my place! Only God is perfect!

Linking up with crazy mom quilts and finish it up Friday.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Ethel's Garden - Burgoyne Surrounded

Previously #2 of the 4th quarter finish-a-long, I just finished the Burgoyne Surrounded this week -- and just in time!
2016 FAL

This quilt was started at the March 2016 Quilt getaway hosted by the Ninigret Quilt Guild. It was a mystery quilt which was taught by Louise who blogs over at Island Creations by Louise. Late this past summer, my coworker, Ethel, mentioned her plans to retire. I knew this would be a perfect quilt for her. She loves to work in her garden and will now have lots of extra time. The focus fabric is pink flowers and green leaves on a dark blue background. The light background fabric is a white on white floral print.

I certainly miss my friend Ethel already and it's only been two days. But I am glad she will now have the time to do all the things she loves!

I was off to find a spot to take a photo and came upon Prospect Terrace in Providence.This little park overlooks the city of Providence and is tucked in a neighborhood very close to Brown University and the RI School of Design.

Quilt Name: Ethel's Garden
Pattern:  Burgoyne Surrounded
Started: March 2016
Completed: December 2016
Size: 50 x 68 

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts, Finish It Up Friday.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

4th Quarter Finish-A-Long 2016

2016 FAL

I was certainly unsuccessful in completing just one of the 3rd quarter list so they are also listed here. There are still too many UFO's to list. But I feel confident that this will be the "Quarter of Success". Here are a few that need to be completed soon:

1. Bonnie Hunter's Pineapple blossom. 
Started in class with Bonnie, hosted by NBQA, in September 2016.

2. Burgoyne Surrounded
Started as a mystery quilt at the March 2016, Quilters Get Away.

3.  Ginny Beyer - Harlequin Charm. 
Started June 2016.

4. Kaffe Fassett - Facet

5. Wool Applique

6. Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery Quilt

That's it for this quarter. All will be done soon!

Linking up with the 2016 Finish-A-Long through A Quilter's Table, #88.