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...




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...