Friday, December 30, 2016

The Best Quilts of 2016

How better to finish off the year than with a review of my favorite quilts?


Again, it's a tough decision as there are so many that I adore! The list included 10 for the Trunk Show in November, but this time it's my top 3 favorites.

1. Seed Mix. Once again, this is my most favorite quilt of the year, and I can't wait to hang it up again!


The colors, the pattern, the quilting - this quilt has it all.



My favorite table runner from the year. Love the pink and pale aqua, the design, and the quilting, plus it garnered the Best of Show in Sewing at the fair. A real winner!



The turtles are just too cute to ignore on this one, so it rounds out the top three.

Runners up include: Unlimited, the Hoppy quilts, Double Jumble Butterfly, Light at the End, Shadow Block, Home for Christmas, Scrap Strata, Holiday Forest, and Love Abounds. Quite the list!

Do you have favorites made from this year? Write a post about it and share on Midweek Makers - everyone would love to see!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Midweek Makers #52

Welcome to Midweek Makers - the place to show off!



Andree of Quilting and Learning gave seven wonderful ways to survive the holidays, five of which I managed to accomplish. Hop over to her blog to find out your survival score, or just enjoy the suggestions. And Andree, be sure to grab a 'Featured' button!


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I have no updates to show this week. The quilt is still pinned to the frame, with no free time in sight to finish it up. Oh well - next week I guess.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Progress Report

This time of year it's all about squeezing in the quilting time around the family visits and gift exchanges. For some crazy reason, I decided to start quilting this year's last Christmas quilt at 4 pm Friday afternoon. As if there wasn't already enough going on in the house!

But I managed to get the main portion done, which involved another holly and berry pantograph.



And that's all I got done. So now it sits once again, waiting for just a smidge more quilting. Hopefully, I can squeeze some time in again this week.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Friday, December 23, 2016

So Much for that Idea

Well, the best intentions have been sidetracked. I was so hoping to get the last Christmas scrap quilt quilted, but, alas, it's not to be.

Though the last of the scraps were stitched together for the backing earlier this week, the quilt top has sat. And in a bit of a rumpled heap too.


Just haven't had the time, or inclination to tackle it. Maybe I'm burned out on Christmas quilts, ya think? 

Even though that may be the case, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and I'll see you next week. And hopefully, with this finished.

Merry Christmas






Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Midweek Makers #51

Any more Christmas projects to show off this week? Or are they all done and wrapped up? If you've got 'em let's see 'em on Midweek Makers!

I've got a sneak peek of my last Christmas project,


which just needs quilting and binding. Then it gets a bit of enjoyment before the house moves into snow decorations for January.

With a week to go, most everyone was working on finishing up gifts for others, or themselves, and this mini iPad case was no exception. Patty of Elm Street Quilts modified her original pattern to snug in her new iPad!

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Scrap Strata

The last few weeks have been so busy creating more quilts from Christmas fabric that I'm finally able to fit in the post about a particular Christmas quilt that was started way back in July, during the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop. Presenting Scrap Strata!


Some of you may remember me working on this quilt. I've always talked about doing a scrap quilt, one that uses every bit that's in the bin, as described on 3 Fun Scrap Ideas. Though I haven't touched anything in those bags (and yes, they have even more fabric scraps in them now!), I have been striving to use up the Christmas scraps from last year's quilts, Simply Woven, Interlude, and Holly Jolly.


July's mission was to sew same width strips into longer strips,


which led to strips being laid out in rows, working on even color distribution, offset seams, and width variety. 


Keeping one side even, strips were sewn into 15" panels for easier handling, then sewn together and trimmed to 60" wide. 


But wait, as the quilt gets longer, it also becomes boring. Time for a design challenge! That's where those 6" squares came in handy,


as they made these awesome pinwheels that when inserted as a panel, taking a ho-hum scrap quilt to a whole new level!


A pretty awesome scrap quilt if I do say so myself!

Some closeups - see if you recognize any of the fabrics in your stash.

















Of course, the backing is composed of larger scrap pieces - just tryin' to move it along!



And yes, there are still bits remaining from this quilt,


plus this stack,


some of which went to Home for Christmas, and some to A Kid's Christmas. This quilt just proves anything is possible with scraps! And any remaining leftovers are going to one more scrap quilt, then I'm done with Christmas for a while - phew!

Happy Quilty Holiday!

Friday, December 16, 2016

A Kid's Christmas

Another finish for the holidays! Calling this one A Kid's Christmas, it turned out pretty cute!



The design is a D9P , with every other block turned. This makes two circles, and two X's, while the added sashing separates the greens, and makes the quilt larger.  The traditional D9P layout looked terrible because all three fabrics are the same scale, and there was just no differentiation between the colors. That design got tossed out so quick, I didn't even consider taking a picture!

With more red square fabric than green or white, and wanting a rectangular quilt, the simple border was added to the top and bottom, further increasing the size. Now it's a perfect quilt for a toddler or young child.

Some closeups of the Holly Berry panto.






 The back was a tough one on this, as I've made a substantial dent in the red/green Christmas yardage in the stash. But hunting through the green bin yielded a piece that works as a backdrop to the strip of remaining scraps sewn down the center.


Kid's Christmas quilt

It may be a bit dull, but it works.


Kid's Christmas quilt

With a pretty red binding, this quilt is sure to put a smile on any child's face!


Kid's Christmas quilt


Happy Holidays!






Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Midweek Makers #50

It's party time again here at Midweek Makers - the place to show off what your working on!



At last week's party, I was really struck by this graduation quilt made by Afton at Quilting Mod, as it's a bit of a twist on a t-shirt quilt.

                               

For this quilt, she used jacket letters, and they look great in this setting. Well done, Afton - be sure to grab a 'Featured' button!


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Monday, December 12, 2016

More Christmas Scraps

I'm sure every quilter has had this experience - finding fabric you didn't know you had. Sometimes it's a good thing, as maybe it was a long lost piece, more of a favorite, or yardage to finish up a quilt. Then other times it's not a good thing, when it's not your favorite, or it's more of what was used up. For me, it's the last two, as it's more Christmas fabric. Really? Where has that been hiding all these years? Sorry I didn't take a picture - too annoyed at the moment!

But I'm determined to use it up. It's not much, so some creativity is in order. Wanting this to be quick, I'm thinking a D9P, so cutting up as much as I can to make a nine patch. Notice the seams and the rectangles.



Again, I'm squeezing out what I can from odd shaped pieces, as two rectangles make up the squares. That's okay because this block is going to get cut along those lines anyway. Yeah!

I'll keep working away, as all this special cutting and scrap sewing takes time. Hopefully this will ultimately be a quick quilt!

Happy Quilting!



Friday, December 9, 2016

Half Log Cabin Block Tutorial

How about a tutorial today? Get your 2 1/2" strips of lights and darks and let's make some half log cabin blocks!


Traditionally, log cabin blocks start with a red square in the center, but here I changed it up and made it green. You can use any color you'd like, just make sure you have lights and darks for the entire block.

From green 2 1/2" strips, cut to make 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" squares. Do the same with the light strips. Sew them together like this:


From both light and dark (I used dark red) 2 1/2" strips, cut 4 1/2" and 6 1/2" rectangles. From only the dark 2 1/2" strips, cut 8 1/2" rectangles.

Mix up your pieces within each size stack by moving the top piece to the bottom occasionally. That way, there won't be identical blocks appearing.

To the 2 1/2" unit made before, add a dark 4 1/2" piece. Keep the first unit oriented in the same direction throughout the block.


Press the seam, and add a 4 1/2" piece to the unit, keeping darks on one side, lights on the other.


Press, and add the 6 1/2" piece to the unit, next to the previous dark piece.


Press again, then add the 6 1/2" light unit onto the light side.


Press once more, and add the final dark 8 1/2" piece.


This unfinished block measures 8 1/2" x 8 1/2". Once there's a stack of blocks, start playing with arrangement, as there are many ways to place these blocks.

Have fun!