Thursday, April 28, 2016

One of these things is finished...

This quilt, "One of These Things is not like the Others" is finished and ready to give away. It is washed and that helps too... much more cuddly. 

It is just not my colors and that print is not a favorite either. However, I'm so glad this fabric is used up, except for a few bits. I can't use the word 'hate' lightly, so will say that I really don't like this quilt and yet I know that someone will like it. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Christmas Nativity Quilt Pattern

THE BEST NEWS! As of April 8, 2016. I've managed to secure worldwide, exclusive copyright to use this design in a quilt pattern... so this pattern is for sale again. Please check my Etsy Page for details!  

This pattern is 36" wide, and can be enlarged. It uses batiks, fusible webbing, and raw-edge applique on a black background. The larger one shown was made in three panels. The smaller one is the actual size of the pattern. 

This quilt is not difficult but takes time and accuracy to place all those pieces. I've been told the big one is "jaw-dropping" but the little one looks great too. 

Prices and more information are on my Etsy site. You can order there using PayPal, which also supports most credit cards. Shipping is added. I'm also working on a digital version, which saves shipping but adds printing costs.


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

One of these things...

What do you do with fabric that is just not your thing? I decided to make a charity quilt with it in a pattern I'd wanted to try, realizing that someone would just love this old fashion tiny flowers in purple and pink.

I tried the layout two ways and decided to go with on-point. 

That meant I needed another block, so instead of making one like the rest of them, I did a simpler version.

The name of the quilt is: "One of These Things is not Like the Others." 

After the top was done, I still didn't like it, but after a few rows of quilting, it is starting to look better. As the book says, quilting does make the quilt.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Blue & Cream Sampler

This one is finished, quilt #189. Just need to sew on the label and find a home for it. Lezley, thanks for your comments. You always encourage me!

Now I have to peel potatoes etc. for Easter feasting with some of our family. This is the most significant holiday for us. We are so glad that Jesus died for us and is now alive!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Blue and Cream Sampler

This top is now ready to sandwich and quilt. Of course the quilting part is always a big decision. It will likely be something simple!

The photo was taken in dull light, so the contrasts are sharper than they appear here. Also, the yellow isn't the first thing the eye notices.The blues, whether light or dark, are muted. So are the creams, with the sashing being the very lightest value. 

It is about 61" square. Originally, I'd planned another border, but am happy with this. I'll put a dark blue binding on it.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

12 projects

From my list of 12 projects/ideas for 2016, my hubby picked number 3 for March. Years ago, I'd taught a few people how to make some basic blocks. My samples were blue and cream, all 12.5" square. I went to the storage box expecting to find 4-5 of them (poor memory) and found 17, a nice surprise! 

It took a few tries to arrange them and be satisfied, as there are two of some and one of others. I decided to put sashing between them and yellow squares in the space between sashings to pick up the yellow center in the log cabin block. The applique block (half of it shows on the left) will have to go on the back. 

This is what it looks like so far. The photo is a bit dull and blurry (I was talking to my son on the phone while taking the picture!) The bottom row has the sashing, which is not quite that bright in real life. It needs at least two borders. I'll likely quilt it with an all-over panto and donate it to the Canadian Quilts of Valour. It does not yet have a name.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

"Boston" place mat

This year I gave numbers to 12 projects or ideas for projects, one to work on each month. My DH was going to pick one number each month and I'd finish it or at least make some progress. 

Well, January was a bust. My hubby is doing well after weeks of being very ill. Thanks to those who prayed. However, he did pick a number at the end of the month instead of Jan 1. It matched a project idea that I had called "skyscrapers." Since Feb is a short month, I opted to try the idea on place mats.

The pattern was easy. I selected four cities and made the first one using plain black and some sky fabric. It was not difficult or time-consuming, but after one, I decided I'm not a place mat person. Washing and ironing? No thanks!

So this is the sample. Wish I'd made my home city, but maybe someone in Boston would like this little experiment. It is 13" x 18" and could even be a wall hanging.

The number for March matches a sampler in blue and beige. I've a few blocks done and ideas and fabric for more... so better get busy.