Saturday, April 29, 2017

Mug Mats

The Narragansett Bay Quilters guild is beginning to prepare for the biennial quilt show, scheduled for 2018. So it's time to make some mug mats. These are coasters that are 5 inch square. Although I think the sizes can vary a bit. They will be handed out to all the quilt show attendees as a souvenir of the show.

 



 

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts for finish-it-up Friday.





Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Paris Bag

Yesterday I took a class offered by the Narragansett Bay Quilt Guild (NBQA):  Basic Bag Making.

The instructor was the award winning quilt artist Janet Elia who blogs over at Janet Ann Creations. There was a lot of prep involved before the class and still more time was needed after class to finish the tote. The process was involved but the small class size resulted in one to one instruction, a fun day and a tote bag to be proud of!


The bag closes with a zippered top.

There are metal purse feet attached to the bottom.

And a zippered inside pocket.

As well as lots of open pockets on the inside of the bag.
 
I added a tag and D-ring to attached my keys to.

VoilĂ  - the first of many, wonderful, completed tote bags.


I wasn't sure of the pocket -- so I added a bow!



 Here's Peggy working on her happy, springtime, black and yellow tote bag. 
I can't wait to see it finished!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for finish-it-up Friday (4/22/17).



Sunday, April 9, 2017

Shopping at Ryco

I drove over to Ryco this afternoon to look at their 100% wool for Applique. They have some beautiful colors in - but not quite the purple I was looking for. It may be time for a road trip to the Door Mill Store in NH.

But I did not leave Ryco empty handed. What a wonderful place to visit and shop. The staff is wonderfully helpful!




Saturday, April 8, 2017

2017, 2nd Quarter Finish-A-Long

Linking up potential finish's for this spring:

1. Sweet Peas



2. Bonnie Hunter Mystery


3. Kaffe Fassett


4. Bonnie Hunter mystery 2016



5. Tumbler baby quilt



Linking up with Finish-A-Long, 2 nd Quarter. (#190!)






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

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.

 
http://www.shecanquilt.ca/2017/01/2017-finish-long-link-up-your-q1-lists.html

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.