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

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.