Monday, July 21, 2014

Jake's Jack's Chain and Kayla's Pickle Dish

I decided to make special quilts as wedding gifts for my grandchildren. 
That way, if I'm not here on their special day I'll be there in spirit. 

Isabelle's brother, Jacob, is 5 and his wedding quilt is Jack's Chain (above).  I finished a row this weekend to add to the quilt but still have far to go especially since I'm going to hand quilt it.  There's a lot of Y seams in this quilt and I think I'm finally getting the hang of it. My secret is NOT to pin but to sew slowly. 

I'm using Kona navy for the hexagons and some bright (and some wild) 3 inch 9 patches - a lot of them are from past swaps. 

My other 9 year old granddaughter, Kayla, will get a Pickle Dish. I think this will be an easier assembly than Isabelle's Double Wedding Ring. 

I finally got around to paper piecing a few more arches this weekend for her quilt too.  I should count how many I have now. 

Kayla's quilt will have pink, yellow, orange and aqua arches and the fabric you see them laying on will be the corner fabric for the blocks.  I can't decide on a center to use that will connect the arches. 


Or this? 

Or neither? 


Any suggestions? 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bear Footin'

I was trying to decide what to do with a bunch of 4 inch 4 patches - some swapped, some my own. 

I ended up sorting into color groups, made a few 2.5 inch HSTs from scraps and ended up with several 14 inch Bear Foot blocks. 

I probably have enough 4 patch blocks to make a couple of full size Bear Foot quilts. 

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When It's Hot and When It's Not

It has been unseasonably cool this year so I've managed to get all the hand quilting around the butterflies and along the back stitching finished...

...and now I'm hand stitching in the ditch around the green sashings. Then I will use a template for some hand stitching IN the border...where it will show. 

And when it is too hot to sit around in a house with no a/c and a quilt on my lap I work on other things.

 I have a habit of picking up things from the thrift store like these four napkins that were originally $9.50 but marked down to $1.95 at the thrift store and in an unopened package. 

 I have a box full of things like this I've been collecting for years (and years and years) so decided it was time to dig into it and work on some things for Christmas gifts.  These napkins will probably go to my daughter since she loves decorating the whole house for holidays (unlike me) and these would be cute for Valentine's Day. I will more than likely add a backing since I don't like those serged seams as a finish.  No floss was included so I get to pick my own colors. 

And, speaking of Christmas...I've got a few potholders that need the binding sewn down. Yes, I hand sew the binding even on potholders.  Oh...and just a tip when making potholders...remember to QUILT the potholders before you add the binding!  (I knew they went together too quickly). 

Working on some Slow Stitching today? 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Red Tales from the Scrap Box - Strips and Strings

I've added an 18 inch Wonky Log Cabin... the other Wonkies. 

And I've added 4 more 8 inch String Blocks... make a total of 20 blocks.  (I guess I didn't have enough yellow or aqua strings for blocks).

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Challenges in Red, White and Blue

Heartstrings Quilt Project July project is red, white and blue string blocks.  I think a lot of the quilts will go to veterans entering hospice. 

I'm hoping to finish a set of 48 blocks to send in. I've been sewing a few each night after work but ran out of foundation fabric so picked some up today. 

I will also be sending in 48 - 10 inch Patriotic Happy Blocks. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Red Tales from the Scrap Box

Red is the color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. 
Every month I make 3-  12 inch Kaleidoscope blocks - one in color of month plus its color complement, one in the color of the month and the color from the previous month and one in just the color of the month.  I've been using crumbs for the block corners. 

I'm starting to really like how they all look together. 

It takes a lot of crumbs to make those triangles for the corners of the kaleidoscope but I actually managed to have crumbs left over for 4 - 6 inch blocks. And there were several 6 inch blocks left over from the kaleidoscopes. 

I made 3 - 9 inch butterfly blocks and 2 spares for the border. 

Here's some of my other blocks all laid out. I'm not sure if I'm going to put a blue sashing between blocks or not. 

And, finally, I made 23 - 3 inch spool blocks.  I've been making these since last year so need to take count. I want enough for a full size quilt.  I like big quilts and I cannot lie. 

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Friday, July 11, 2014


I made 4 - 8 inch Ocean Waves blocks from some of my 2.5 inch 30s scraps and unbleached muslin. 

I think I see more of these blocks in my future. 

I've laid out my Basket Blocks on the floor so I can get the top sewn together. I was originally NOT going to put them on point but decided I like that arrangement better. Now I need to make 2 more blocks, darn it.  I'll have to root around in my stash to find something to put in the baskets too.  Darn it x 2. 

I participate in a quarterly HST swap on Block Swappers Yahoo Group so I made my 8 sets of 6 - 4.5 HSTs   
I've been making my swapped HSTs into 16 inch Depression Blocks. 

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Vicki is generously donating her beautiful "scraps" to a random lucky winner each week. 
Last week lucky winner was me! 

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