Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mary's Monkeys

Mary made this cute quilt with monkey fabric and bananas on the back. I purchased a pantograph, Monkey Business quite a while ago and only used it one other time. This is the perfect quilt for Monkey Business.

I love the texture from far away! I used Permacore Canary thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting.

Some little child is going to go bananas over this quilt.

Sue's Modern Quilt

Sue joined a Modern Quilt Challenge at Quilt-Con. She received blocks made from others and assembled this quilt. We talked about the quilting and I suggested straight lines.

I think it turned out perfect!

I used the channel locks on my machine and didn't mark the lines, just estimated the distance between rows. That adds to the modern feel in my opinion. Some of the blocks appear to be a bit skewed and I guess I could have futzed with it a bit more, but I think it's fine and I hope she does also.

Look at this cute backing fabric she bought it at IKEA!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Susie's First Bed-size Quilt

Susie brought me this BOM quilt late last year and I just now got it quilted, well, last week! It is the very first bed-size quilt she's made.

She has made some table runners and small wall hangings, but nothing even close to this size. She did a wonderful job. It laid perfectly flat and was a joy to quilt.

I picked Jacobean panto as it reminded me somewhat of the paisley in one of her fabrics.

She was thrilled whe she picked it up and was anxious to put the binding on and lay it on her bed.
I'm sure she will be making lots more quilts!

And here's the back:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The 2nd Baby Quilt with leftovers

Here is the second quilt with leftovers from Maelyn's burp cloths. This one is a Baby Bricks Pattern and is all quilted and bound, just waiting on the next baby girl to be born.

I quilted this one before I did the latest Quiltmaker quilt as the quilting they requested is one that I haven't had a lot of practice doing. So, I thought I would practice on this before hand.

This Winnie-the-pooh backing fabric has been in my stash, since 2005 or so. I think I bought it when Julie was pregnant with Andrew and he will be 6 years old this year.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Linda's 6" Block Row Quilt

Linda made his gorgeous quilt and I had the honor of quilting it. Her piecing is amazing, with some of the finished sizes of block parts being 1/2". I've had it for a while and was waiting for it to speak to me. It finally did and I'm very pleased with how it turned out.

Here are some closeups of the straight line quilting

The feathers

And the border

Here's the back:

Janet's 2nd Raspberry's and Chocolate

Here is the second quilt using those yummy browns and pinks.

This one I quilted with Bush Berries. I'm not sure if I have used this one before, but I like how it turned out. The top thread is Lava - Hot Coals. I haven't used any Lava thread in a while, but it stitched out just wonderfully.

Here's some closeups:

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Janet's 4-Patch Raspberry and Chocolate

Janet fell in love with pink and brown when it first appeared in quilt shops and has collected quite a collection. This is the first one using these colors. She made this one with just 4-patches.

I quilted it with Fay Feathers panto and used Hobbs 80/20 batting and PermaCore Mother Goose thread. Such pretty fabrics, don't you think!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Matt's Carmel Latte

While shopping at  Back Door Quilts in Greenwood for my birthday outing with Julie and the kids last summer, I told Matt, my 16 year old grandson, to pick out a pattern for a quilt for his bed. This is what he chose:

It wouldn't have been my first choice as it's a bit too...... I'm not sure what the correct word is.
The end result is fine from far away, but there is just too much going on up close for my liking.

I purchased only a few dark browns and the rest came from my stash. I didn't follow the pattern as it calls for you to make a strata and then cut out only six 6.5" blocks on the diagonal from it. That seemed like a huge waste of fabric for me. The amount of fabric suggested on the pattern is way too high, 13-15 yards!

So, I cut up an old phone book and strip-pieced all the blocks and them trimmed them down. The outer row of blocks was to have been strip pieced blocks cut in half, but I chose to use the border fabric. The pattern doesn't call for a border, but I wanted it larger than 76" x 76" so he could use it on  his full-size bed.

I quilted it with Square Spiral and the backing is a mottled light brown flannel.

This pattern is up for grabs to the first person that says they would like to have it. Just leave me a comment and I'll get it out to you.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Getting It Done!

Judy L's UFO challenge this year has a new name. My January Getting It Done list is below. It's going to be a busy year for me with our guild's UFO list, my Short List, and now the Getting It Done List. That's a good thing though, as I have so many unfinished projects. I would guess that if I finished all of them, I wouldn't have to buy Christmas presents this year, as everyone could receive a quilt. Hmmm, now that's a thought, although I love to shop!

January Getting It Done:
1. Make one outfit for Liz's AG doll
2. Make my guild row-by-row blocks
3. QOV 1600 - add borders
4. Finish the binding on Baby Bricks quilt

Here's my guild UFO list:
1. T-shirt quilt for Kathy - Assemble and quilt
2. 1930's BOM from Cheryl's - Assemble and quilt
3. Double ? Mystery from
4. Black and White Birthday blocks - Assemble and quilt
5. Yellow and black - Quilt and apply binding
6. 1600 quilt for QOV - Add borders and quilt
7. Baby quilt for Drew - Assemble
8. Nickel Christmas Tree Wall Hanging - Quilt and apply binding
9. Halloween Twister Wall Hanging - Quilt and apply binding
10. Batik BOM that I bought at the auction - Apply binding
11. Blue Batik Braid - Quilt and apply binding
12. Kansas Troubles Row-by-row - Assemble and quilt

My Short List:
2. Red quilt for Granddaughter Jessica - needs quilted and bound
3. 1600 quilt for Step-granddaughter Sarah - needs borders, quilted and bound
5. Quilt for Baby Drew - it's just blocks on the design wall now - quilt and bind

I see that Baby Drew's quilt is on my UFO list and My Short List, so the will be a great one to finish up.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Updated "Short List"

Here's my progress so far:

1. Brown quilt for Matt - needs quilted and bound - Finished quilting last night 1/2/13
2. Red quilt for Granddaughter Jessica - needs quilted and bound
3. 1600 quilt for Step-granddaughter Sarah - needs borders, quilted and bound
4. Stockings for Jeff, Dane and Calise - these need to be done by Thanksgiving! - Finished and gifted 11/22/12
5. Quilt for Baby Drew - it's just blocks on the design wall now
6. Quilt for Ashleigh's baby girl - needs quilted and bound - Finished and gifted 1/2/13

So, that leaves me with numbers 2, 3, and 5 to finish. Oh, and the binding of Matt's quilt.

I have one of Janet's quilts ready to load tonight and then I'll probably relax and hand sew binding.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year

Do you make new year's resolutions?  I guess I usually don't, but this year my new years resolution is to finish at least one UFO each month..

I'm going to start the year off and do a customer quilt and then one of my own. I have so many quilts ready to be quilted that it's not even funny. Maybe I'll count them this week, just so I have a good idea.

They say that what you do on New Year's Day is what you will do for the year. Well, I certainly hope not because I spent most of the day working on this quilt and if I have to quilt quilts like this all year, I'm quitting the quilting business!

I was trying to remember the story behind this one and I believe the owner's mother pieced the center and she added the corner squares and triangles and also the borders. These pictures tell the story pretty well.
The same area after quilting:

Thank goodness she didn't want to spend a lot because I don't think I could have done custom on this one.
I used a high loft poly batting and Omni thread. It's finished and I'm on to the next quilt of mine.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Quilt for Maelyn

The first quilt of 2013.
One of my coworkers had a new granddaughter born on Sunday. The baby's mom had given me these fabrics to make some burp cloths and applique the baby's name on some gowns and when I gave the finished pieces to her, she said I could keep the fabrics. I told her I would make a quilt with them and I have actually made 2 quilts with those fabrics.

This one is for Maelyn:

Yikes, that orange zig-zag fabric makes the quilt look wonky! I didn't notice it until I saw this photo. I quilted it with Feather Me, mostly because it was on the table, but I think it is a fine choice for this girly little quilt. Hobbs 80/20 batting and light pink Permacore thread.

The backing is a pink minkee, so soft!

The other quilt is a Baby Bricks and I'll save it for the next baby girl. It's' quilted and the binding is started.

Here are the burp cloths: