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...

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.