Monday, January 9, 2017

First Finish for 2017

approx. 32" x 32"
I had a few blocks leftover from the two quilts that I blogged about in my last post, so I made a small wallhanging. There are two different shades of white -- Kona Snow from one quilt, and Kona White from the other. In real life, the different is definitely noticeable when the two fabrics are next to each other.


Monday, December 26, 2016

Finished in Record Time

Now that Christmas is over, I can share some photos of the most recent quilts I've made. These two went to two of my husband's cousins (at the request of my husband's aunt). I used a jelly roll of pastel fabrics and a jelly roll of various pink fabrics. The technique is a strip-tube technique (no need for a special ruler -- here's a link to a video tutorial), and I just used two different layouts of the blocks and two slightly different "white" fabrics to make the quilts a little different.


This one has Kona White

closeup

backing and binding

This one has Kona Snow

closeup

backing and binding
I'm told that the recipients love their quilts, which makes me happy. Giving my quilts away to dear family and friends gives me as much joy as the process of making them.


Monday, November 28, 2016

November Finish


One jelly roll makes a quick quilt for a friend who is in need of some comfort.

Here's a closeup...


And a look at the backing and binding...


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Do You Like Green Eggs and Ham?

My latest quilt...the center ABC section is a panel, and the "pages" from the book came on a different piece of yardage. I just added the blue sashing and border to make the quilt a more usable size. Gotta love that striped bias binding...


Here's a shot of the back. I had two "pages" left over from the front of the quilt, so I just added them to the back.


And here's a closeup...


This will probably be donated to some charity at some point. I've gotten very picky about which charities make money from my work, so it will take me a while to decide.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Long Time, No See

It's been a while since I wrote a blog post, but here's my latest quilt...

approx 40" x 64"

Here's a closeup shot of the quilting, backing, and binding...



And here's how this quilt came to be...

I started out with a jelly roll...



Then sewed it together a la "jelly-roll race" style...



All sewn together...


It looked OK, but I wanted to try something different, so I Googled "jelly roll race quilt variations" and found one that looked like patchwork. There was no explanation of how the patchwork look had been achieved, so I just decided to cut my top into 2 1/2-inch strips like this...


But no matter how I rearranged those strips, I couldn't make it look very patchworky -- too many of the same squares wound up next to each other.

So I then decided to sew all of those strips using the same "jelly roll race" technique...



Here's what it looked like in progress...


And again, the finished product...


I like the way it looks, but I'll never use this technique again...not worth the trouble.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August Finish

In preparation for my guild's September exhibit, I managed to finally finish this quilt. The fabric is typical Russian fairy-tale-themed artwork. Much too pretty to cut up into little pieces, so this pattern was just perfect. For info on the pattern (Shenandoah), click here.


A couple of closeups to show the fabric and a little quilting...




Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hello Again!

Wow, it's been more than a month since I last wrote a blog post, but my desire to sit at the computer on hot summer days just isn't there.

Anyway, here's my latest finished quilt. I actually finished the last stitch on the binding on July 1st, but it's taken me this long to show it.


It was a free pattern called Tifton Tiles, which you can find by clicking here. All it takes is nine fat quarters. Easy, peasy.

This quilt is now residing at a dear friend's house.

Here's a closeup of the quilting...


And a shot of the backing and binding...