Friday, September 24, 2021

Quilts of September #18

Life is like ice cream. Enjoy it before it melts. 

It's a finish!
60 x 80

I finished the top back in September 2020.  I had a lot of fun figuring out what fabrics to use for the ice cream and the cones.  I ended up with some rainbow sherbet, chocolate, chocolate chip and lots of other fun flavors. 
 
On my DSM I quilted swirls in the ice cream and some diagonal lines in the cones. I changed colors of thread to match the ice cream and borders on the Happy Blocks. I used brown in the cones. The background fabric is kind of a peach color but I used a light pink that blended in. I think this may be the first time I used different colors of thread in a quilt. 

The background is loops and swirls. 

I made half a Snowball block for the ice cream and I used a Tri-Rec ruler to cut and make the cones.

I quilted squiggles (syrup drizzle) in the frame of the Happy Blocks and a swirl in the centers with the ice cream cones. 

The back is some fabric with ice cream cones and sundaes that I've had in my stash for a very long time. I think I bought it back when Hancocks went out of business. Finally I found the perfect use for it! There was just enough with a little left over for the scrap pile. 

That's finish #18 for September!

My OMG (One Monthly Goal) is to see how many quilts I can finish in September.

And on to the next!
(How many will I finish in September???? Maybe a few more?) 

I vowed that there would be no piecing, cutting or squirrels allowed in the sewing room this month . I'm starting to experience withdrawal symptoms.  Thank goodness the end of the month is near!  😅 6 days and counting!

Thanks to all who have been cheering me on! 





 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Quilts of September #17

40.5 x 58.5

I finished the top in June. I've made several of this same type of quilt and used different sized squares depending upon the scraps I have on hand.  Although I haven't used the free pattern all of my quilts like this have been inspired by the one at Swim Bike Quilt called Star Bright. 

For this one I used 5 inch squares. I had to piece together a few scraps to make up some squares.  I quilted it with swirls and used dark brown and black scraps for binding. 



This is the back. I realized after I took the photo that you can't see that cute backing fabric so...

...here's a close up. 

That's finish #17 for September!

My OMG (One Monthly Goal) is to see how many quilts I can finish in September.

And on to the next!
(How many will I finish in September????) 

I vowed that there would be no piecing, cutting or squirrels allowed in the sewing room this month . I'm starting to experience withdrawal symptoms.  Hope I can make it to the end of the month!  😅 7 days and counting!

Thanks to all who have been cheering me on!  I hope to get around to reply to emails this afternoon. 




 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Quilts of September #16

Uneven Nine Patch
42 x 60

Six inch blocks made with scraps in warm colors.

I quilted it on my DSM with swirls in custard colored thread.

The binding is a sort of striped fabric with red, yellow and orange lines. 

The back is warm colors too.

That's finish #16 for September!
My OMG (One Monthly Goal) is to see how many quilts I can finish in September.

And on to the next!
(How many will I finish in September????) 

I vowed that there would be no piecing, cutting or squirrels allowed in the sewing room this month . I'm starting to experience withdrawal symptoms.  Hope I can make it to the end of the month!  😅 8 days and counting!


 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Quilts of September #15

Hourglass
60 x 80

I won a layer cake in a drawing a few years ago. Last year I decided to do something with it and I ended up making stack and whack Hourglasses.  The layer cake was kind of a weird one - it had some of what I would consider baby quilt type squares along with floral ones. I pulled out the baby squares for some other someday quilt and added in some of my own florals, polka dots and ginghams. 




I quilted it 1/2 inch from the seams vertically, horizontally and diagonally.  I thought I had some variegated pink, blue and white thread but couldn't find it when it came time for quilting so I ended up using white thread. Of course I found that variegated thread a couple of days later. 

For the binding I used different pastel scraps in pink and blue.


I finally found the perfect quilt for the pink and white striped cotton sheet I picked up from the thrift store ages ago. 




That's finish #15 for September!
My OMG (One Monthly Goal) is to see how many quilts I can finish in September.

And on to the next!
(How many will I finish in September????) 


 

Monday, September 20, 2021

Quilts of September #14


Creepy Crawlies
40 x 40
Just a little finish for today. 

A couple of years ago someone gave me a layer cake called Creepy Crawlies. Since I had never tried a Wonky Nine Patch block I decided to give it a try last year and made this top.

I had to add a few creepy crawly fabrics of my own in order to have enough blocks for a little baby quilt. I quilted it with swirls which seems to be my go-to for getting things quilted quickly on my DSM.  I had some spider web fabric for a binding. 

I had a little piece of that text print leftover from making some other creepy quilt for one of the grandkids but it wasn't quite enough so I had to add a piece with dragonflies. 

When one of my granddaughters was younger she had a fascination with bugs. She used to love to dig around in the backyard to see what little critters she could find. She may have even tasted a few and secretly may have kept a few as pets.  On the other hand my grandson and other granddaughter did not like to get their hands dirty - no jumping in piles of leaves for them! There might be bugs in there!

That's finish #14 for September!
My OMG (One Monthly Goal) is to see how many quilts I can finish in September.

And on to the next!
(How many will I finish in September????) 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Quilts of September #13

Purple Mountain Majesties
(Split Nine Patch)
60 x 72


Back in 2016 I was one of the August Block Lotto winners of Split Nine Patch blocks in a purple, gray and white colorway.  


I knew I wanted a nice sized donation quilt so I made enough blocks to add to my winnings to equal 120 blocks to be set 10 x 12.  For the longest time I could not decide on a layout because there are so many different ways to use Split Nine Patches. Actually you can use a Split Nine Patch any way you would use a 6 inch HST (half square triangle). 

I quilted it on my DSM.
I used a variegated purple thread and quilted swirls in the purple zigzags. 
I used light gray thread and just kind of quilted in some squiggly lines.

The backing is pieced with two completely different fabrics...

...but I think they blend together rather nicely.

Lots of different purple fabrics were used to make the binding.

That's finish #13 for September!
My OMG (One Monthly Goal) is to see how many quilts I can finish in September.

And on to the next!
(How many will I finish in September????) 


 

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Quilts of September #12

September finish #12!
Dakota Farmer
64 x 80

I started making these blocks back in January 2020 as a Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) project.

Each month I made blocks in the RSC color of the month. This was one of the last quilts to come out of the 2.5 inch width scrap bin which is now empty. 

Why is it called Dakota Farmer?
That's what Bonnie Hunter called it in her Addicted to Scraps column in the November/December 2013 issue of Quiltmaker.  Bonnie Hunter used 2 inch (unfinished) HSTs to make her blocks but I used 2.5 inch HSTs because that's what I had on hand. 

I quilted it with swirls in light gray thread. Multicolored Easter Egg fabric is what I used for binding. 

The backing is pieced. 

And on to the next!
(How many will I finish in September????)