Monday, June 20, 2016

What I'm Working On


I'm currently working on several projects that I need to make in time for my guild's exhibit in September, so I haven't had anything finished to blog about lately. Since I don't want to go too long without posting, here's a shot of one of the projects. It's quite an easy fabric weaving technique that a friend of mine recently showed me how to do. It's hard to explain in words, but once I saw her do it, it became quite clear.

If this is successful, I'll post a photo of the completed project sometime this summer.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Under the Wire for May

I managed to finish one more quilt in May...


The pattern is an easy one, Color Weave, found free on the Moda Bake Shop blog. The blog is a great place to find free patterns using pre-cuts. I used a layer cake that I bought a few months ago at a 50%-off sale at one of my favorite quilt shops (alas, it's now closed).

The back is wild and crazy...


I just took nine fat quarters from my stash (and a couple of leftover solid pieces) and made a scrappy backing. Two of the striped fat quarters almost look like they're dirty or stained, but that's just how they are dyed, with light and dark patches. I can't say I like that look too much, but hey, it's helping make my stash of FQs smaller and smaller, thank goodness.

And I found the perfect striped fabric for the binding also in my stash...


Now I have to figure out what to do with this quilt...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Another Finish!

approx 62 x 70

I've had these red, white, and blue fabrics for several years, and now I've finally gotten around to using them in a quilt. It's one of the easiest ones I've ever made. Mostly squares, with a few half-square triangles.

It's hard getting the colors to look right on the screen, but the closeup photo below is fairly close to how the reds and blues look in real life.


All of the fabrics, including the backing and binding, came from my stash, all at least five years old.

Friday, April 29, 2016

April Finish

 I didn't have too much time for quilty things this month, but I did manage to finish one quilt.


This is a good-sized throw using a variety of floral fabrics that I've had in my stash for years. The pattern is Bonnie Hunter's Scrappy Mountain Majesties. There's a lot of cutting and sewing and cutting and sewing, but overall, the pattern is quite easy.

Here's a closeup of some of the fabrics...


That's another 16 fat quarters used up from my stash. And a few yards for backing! No new fabric was purchased for this one. Now it goes in my "to-be-given-away-someday" pile.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Easy Pieced (Sort of) Backing


Almost all of the quilts I've made in the last couple of years have pieced backings made with various fabrics from my stash. This is the back of a quilt that I blogged about a few weeks ago, (you can see it here). The four fabrics in the center are actually all one fabric. There are no seams; the four patterns are printed horizontally on the same bolt of fabric, so there is the equivalent of one-quarter yard (11 inches by 36 inches) of each print in one yard off of the bolt. This piece had been sitting in my stash for several years, and I finally found a use for it.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Shopping the Stash


These fabrics have been in my stash for about five years (!), so I'm finally cutting them up and piecing a new quilt that I hope to finish in time for my guild's exhibit in September. The pattern I've chosen is an easy one, so it should come together in no time.

The fabric is part of a line for Quilts of Valor by Timeless Treasures. I prefer these kinds of patriotic fabrics to the novelty ones with flags, eagles, etc.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

UFO Has Landed


I cut these 144 batik squares several years ago and then put them away in a project bag, along with some fusible grid, thinking I would get to the project quickly. Hah! Out of sight, out of mind.

One of the guilds that I belong to is having a UFO challenge this spring, so I finally dug it out and finished it. Now this pillow is ready for spring and summer, along with a couple of others that I made a few years ago.