Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Crib Skirt

Last night I finished the crib skirt and now only have one more thing to make, a cover for the changing pad. They got one at a shower, but don't like the way it fits, so I'm going to try to come up with a better fitting one.

Anyway, here is the crib skirt:

The accent fabric is the same used as the sashing on the quilt.

Here's the crib they have. Now, won't this look nice? very similar to the one in the photo.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Underground Railroad

A few years ago, I quilted an Underground Railroad quilt for my online friend Ardie.

She told me at the time that she was planning to make another one and sent it to me last week. I just finished quilting it on Sunday and shipped it back to her already.

This one is just as beautiful as the first.

Permacore Camel thread, Hobbs 80/20 batting and Jacobean panto.

Valance Update

The valance is finished and the bed skirt is almost finished. I think these are going to look just beautiful in the nursery.

And remember the quilt:

Monday, June 27, 2011

Design Wall Monday

It's kind-of hard to see the edges, but the scalloped valance for the baby's room is still on my design wall. I had hoped to finish it yesterday, but loaded a quilt and quilted instead. Also there are 2 little star blocks for my guilds opportunity quilt.

Stashbusting 2011 - #26

Fabric Added this week - 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 68.125 yards

Fabric Used this week - 1.125 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 118.5 yards


Not much used, but at least I'm over 50 yards!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Gayla's Block of the Month

This quilt was made my friend Gayla. I believe it was purchased at Joann's as a block of the month. I used the Baptist Fan template, camel PermaCore thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting.

I have 4 quilts to quilt for her and I guess I did this one with a house because she moved to Arizona this week and is in search of a new home.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Who doesn't love a glass of wine while quilting?

I know that I sure do, although one glass, or maybe two is my limit. My face gets red as a fire truck and my shoulders feel like they could fall to the ground.

Anyway, Julie and I bought this wine making kit from Great Fermentations through Groupon. It retails for over $250, but our cost was only $90 and it will make 30 bottles of wine.

Our plan was to make this on Saturday, but that didn't happen. We drank a couple glasses of wine while watching the instructional DVD and decided it was too late in the day to start.

Someday soon we will put on our aprons and get it going.

To give this post some quilty content, here's a pic of my crayon challenge, all finished and ready for the July meeting. I finished the binding last night at the Old Tippe guild meeting and put the label on when I got home.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Stashbusting 2011 - #25

Fabric Added this week - 0 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 68.125 yards

Fabric Used this week - 3.5 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 117.375 yards


Not too much out this week, but nothing new in either.

I did make this dress and hat for Elizabeth today, but I didn't buy the fabric, Julie did.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Total Restoration of an ALDENS Treadle Sewing Machine.mp4

Here's the latest....a treadle machine that Dan picked up on e-bay for $5. He had to drive 60 miles to pick it up, but it's well worth it. It got a full service cleaning and then he decided to refinish the cabinet.

I present for your viewing pleasure:

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Birthday Stars

I think I have received my last birthday star block. I'll get them up on the design wall again tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

I just love these stars!

I've been using this Sarah's Choice pattern to make my Birthhday Stars for my online friends and have really enjoyed making them. I have all my stars made for the rest of the year.

So much so, that I decided to use the smaller pattern to make my row for Gayla's Row-by-row. Her fabrics are great and even Dan liked this row when it was done.

Here are my crayons for the challenge along with the pillowcase I made.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Design Wall Monday

After quilting Mary’s Twister Quilt, I knew I wanted to make one. I purchased the Twister Tool in Cincinnati this spring, but had not even opened it.

My guild is having a crayon challenge and we drew 2 crayons from a bag and our challenge is to make something with those colors and may add neutrals.

My colors are Periwinkle and Yellow Green. I pulled some fabrics and started cutting 10” squares. I’m not very good at random, you know, so you may see some control in my layout here.

All sewn together with the border added.

Now, I knew I was going to do a blog post about this, but forgot to take any photos while cutting the blocks out. So, here are the blocks back up on the design wall. I have the strips for the outer borders cut and ready to sew on. I think this one will be a quick finish.

Here is what is leftover. I'm sure I can make something with the squares.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Mary's Baby Girl Twister

While I had the Angel Wings panto on the table, I decided to load this beautiful quilt that Mary made.

She already presented to top to the mother-to-be at the shower and then took the quilt back to get it quilted.

She use the new Twister ruler and a lovely fabric line to create this heirloom quilt. I love it! Permacore light strawberry thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting.

Janet's Trains and Butterflies

This quilt was made by Janet and has little trains on it. The backing has a French Provenchial feel to it.

I'm not sure of it's intended purpose, but I quilted it with Angel Wings in Old Gold Permacore Thread, with Hobbs 80/20 batting.

Susan's Quilt and my QOV

Finally, here are some pics of these two quilts, finished this week. The first one was made by not-a-quilter, Susan, for her granddaughter.
I think it will look great on her bed.


This one is my Zig-zag QOV, quilted with my new stars panto, Hobbs 80/20 batting and white Permacore thread.

Stashbusting 2011 - #24

Fabric Added this week - 6.875 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 68.125 yards

Fabric Used this week - 7.75 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 113.875 yards


Not a big gain, but at least I used more than I purchased. And, I didn't actually use what I purchased, so it really was busting the stash!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Fort Worth Fabric Studio and 2 Finishes!

I placed an order Tuesday with Fort Worth Fabric Studio for some of the background fabric I used in Jeff and Dané's baby quilt, so that I can make the crib skirt and valance. I had searched online for this particular fabric and found it at several shops for $9.50+. I needed about 5 yards, so I visited and revised my search terms and imagine my suprise when I found it for $6/yard. I placed my order and 2 days later, I had my fabric. Now that's great service, and they included some fun extras and the shipping was only $4.95.

I recommend this great shop!

Two more quilts finished this week, the zig-zag QOV

and one that I helped Susan make for her granddaughter. She's not a quilter and doesn't even own a sewing machine. She came over and we pieced the top, then I quilted it and applied the binding for her.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hands 2 Help

I finished my Hands 2 Help quilt, well, except for a label.

The quilting is Hearts and Roses panto and I just love it.

I'm not sure what I'm supposed to put on my label, but I'll find out. I don't know what I was thinking, but I was sure it would be wide enough and my original plan was to use only the medium mauve as the borders. But, alas, it wasn't even close to the 60" square recommended size. So, it got another border.

Yes, I cleaned the bathroom!

Cause that's what you do when someone gives you one of these for your birthday!

She said it's because she really likes the stuff, but it made me rush right home to clean the bathroom.

Anyway, I used the can I had under the bathroom sink and will save this one till the one I have is gone.

Monday, June 6, 2011

A Busy Birthday Weekend

I spent a good part of the weekend quilting with Mabel.

First up was a Quilt of Valor made by Janet. I used a new Star & Crescent panto by Keryn Emmerson, that I purchased in Paducah, especially for Quilts of Valor.

I love the look even on the back.

Next i loaded and quilted a little civil war quilt for Lois. I planned to do custom, but Janet was here and suggested Baptist Fan, so, less than an hour later, This one was finished.

Next, my own Quilt of Valor, using the same Star & Crescent panto.

All these quilts have Hobbs 80/20 batting and used Permacore Dyed natural thread.

I had a wonderful dinner with Julie and her family. We visited the Columbian Park Zoo and were there when the sand storm blew in. That wasn't fun at all and I think I still have sand in my eyes. But, it was very nice to spend time with them.

Design Wall Monday

My photo for today looks like it could be a black and white photo, but it's not. It's my birthday stars from my friends in an online group. There are still a couple more to arrive, but aren't they great. I haven't decided on a setting just yet, but will work on it later this week.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Spinout! by Quiltmaker Magazine

Quiltmaker Magazine Scrap Squad Quilt #3 is called Spinout by Barbara Cline, and I chose to make mine REALLY scrappy using 1930's fabrics!

I started by making a grid in Adobe Illustrator. I tried many different options from very controled, to random, and back several times. I finally settled on this version which uses 6 different fabrics in 6 different colors.

I rough cut all the pieces first. Of course it wasn't long before I realized that I needed to turn my cutting guide over!

I used 6 different fabrics in each color and labeled them as such.

I then printed out all 264 paper piecing segments and using my printout, I labeled each one with colored pencils and the number of the appropriate fabrics. It may seem like a lot of trouble, but it really didn't take much time at all.

I then picked up the appropriate 2 fabrics and stacked them on top of each paper, keeping the columns labeled and separated.

I stitched a row, then pressed, trimmed, removed the papers

and back on the design wall they went, assembling the rows as they were finished.

The inner border is made with 4 different reds and the outer border has 4 different blues, along with the leftover segments that I pieced.

I quilted it with the classic Baptist Fan pattern and I must say that I love this quilt.

I've had so much fun with these Quiltmaker Scrap Squad quilts and am once again amazed by how creatively different and wonderful they are.

Be sure to check out the other wonderful Scrap Squad Spinout quilts at the Quilty Pleasures blog.