Thursday, April 13, 2017

Baby Love

Wow, it's been more than a month since my last post. I've been busy with a lot of sewing and quilting, but nothing finished to show until now. One of the quilts I'm working on has many, many pieces, so that one won't be finished for a while yet, but I did manage to get this quick baby quilt done this month. This is for a new member of the family on my husband's side.

The only fabric that I bought specifically for this quilt was the backing. All the rest was from my scraps, 74 different prints and about a dozen different tone-on-tone whites (they're hard to see in photos). I recognize some of these fabrics from a quilt I made for my son in 2001!

Here's a closeup...

And a shot of the backing and binding...

The backing was requested by the new grandma -- her son (the new father) had had a stuffed blue bunny when he was a child.

This quilt is now on its way to its new owner!

Friday, March 10, 2017

A Finish From Mid-2016

 I just realized that I never blogged about this finished small wallhanging that I made last summer.

(click on the photos for a larger view)

It's made with a simple fabric weaving technique that a friend of mine taught me. There's no piecing involved, and the seams are just sewn down using a decorative stitch on the raw edges of fabric.

I wasn't quite sure what to do with this piece once it was done, but then I realized that I had accumulated a lot of pins from the various quilt shows I've attended over the years, and this would make a great way to display them.

Here's a closeup...

batik strips from my stash

And another shot that shows some of the pins a bit better...

Now it's hanging on the wall behind my trusty Bernina...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Another Finish for February

One jelly roll and Bonnie Hunter's Strip Twist pattern make one quick and easy quilt.

(the greens are really much nicer in person than on the computer screen)

A closeup shot...

And a bit of the backing and binding...

This one will be on its way to a new home next week!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Another Finish

This is my latest finished quilt, which used a jelly roll of brights and some strips of white fabric. 

The pattern is called Bright Idea, and the video with instructions can be found by clicking here. It went together very easily, and is a fairly large throw, approximately 60" x 74".

Here's another look...

And a closeup...

And a look at the backing and binding...

Monday, January 30, 2017

What's on Your Table?

This table runner was a quick and easy project, using five-inch squares from my batik stash. Five nine-patch blocks cut into four pieces (a la "disappearing nine-patch" technique), then sewn together, cut again, and sewn together again. Careful value placement makes the design.

Click here for a link on the technique (scroll down the page to the "disappearing nine-patch with a twist" pattern). Easy peasy.

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


backing and binding

This one has Kona Snow


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.