Jan 31

Morning Star (144)

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This fun little quilt can be found in the Spring 2015 edition of Fons and Porter’s Scrap Quilts Magazine.  It is 70 inches square (I know, an odd size, but I only had enough fabric to make a short twin quilt–or wide lap quilt).

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This quilt was made with a fat quarter set of Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics line.

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I used a paper piecing technique to create it.  The botanics line was fun, but I found some of the fabric colors were extremely saturated and vivid, while other fabrics were fairly muted.  I wanted to create a pattern that could use all of fabrics in a complimentary way.

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I did a simple straight line stitch around most of the horizontal and vertical seams, and in the inside and outside of the diamonds.

 

Working with the botanics line was a lot of fun.  I really enjoy using Carolyn Friedlander’s designs.  I find the designs to be subtle, which lets the eye focus on the colors and design of the quilt.  To me, her designs are perfect for quilting.

 

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Jan 01

Scrap Rectangles (147)

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That’s it.  Just one picture for this quilt.  I have an awesome friend that gives me her scraps from her Etsy store.  For this quilt, I pulled all of the fabric that had brown or tan in them.  My friend has such a great sense of style, that I should have not been surprised when, after putting them together, they made such a great and cohesive quilt.  Who would have thought that bold concentric circles and damask would go well in the same quilt? But Because of the colors and the fabrics that combine geometric shapes with damask and florals, it somehow works.  This quilt (chosen by my kids) was my niece’s Christmas Present.  Happy New Year everyone!

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Dec 26

End of the Year–2014

This year, I made 21 quilts.  We moved houses, and I felt like I spent only half of my year sewing, but I was able to get a lot of projects completed.

 

Here are 5 out of 6 charity quilts that I pieced.  With the help of my church’s women group and both boy and girl youth groups, we were able to tie all of these quilts and donate them to Primary Children’s Hospital.

Charity quilts

 

 

I also made 4 quilts for my kids’ teachers.

 

teacher quilts

 

Many quilts were made for family and friends (the last two of these were from last year, but I only posted about them this year, so I included them in this picture collage).

 

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I finally made our family a Scrappy Christmas Quilt!

 

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One quilt was given as a Christmas present to my niece.

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And one can’t be pictured because it will be in a magazine soon.

 

I had 4 quilts published this year in Fon’s and Porter’s Love of Quilting and Scrap Quilts, which was pretty exciting.image

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Overall, 2014 has been a great sewing year.  I appreciate all of those who take the time to read through my blog.  I hope my posts help to inspire you as much as your posts and comments inspire me.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

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Dec 24

Scrappy String Christmas Quilt (146)

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After many years of christmas sewing, I had enough scraps (strings to be exact) to make this scrappy christmas quilt.

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I used paper as my foundation, and made about 35 of these 8.5 inch squares, using this method, only without the white strip down the middle.

 

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I separated them with 4.5 inch sashing and 4.5 inch border, ending up with 8 inch blocks and 4 inch sash all around.

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The final quilt is a nice twin size, about 64 inches wide and 88 inches long, the standard size for a twin bed.  This quilt has not yet been washed.

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I bound the quilt with a green chevron.  I love it!

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And now, it sits by the fire, waiting for members of our family and a good book to read.

 

 

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Dec 12

Grey Plus Quilt (145) and tutorial.

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This is a grey plus quilt.

Not a gray plus quilt.

What’s the difference?

Well, this quilt is headed to Canada, and Canadians don’t like gray quilts.

A cousin approached me about making this quilt.  The good news is, I have been wanting to make a plus quilt for quite some time now.  The hard part was, I didn’t know how I felt about doing all the plus blocks in the same color.  I thought it would be boring, but actually, it went a lot faster than I had planned.  But, I did make a scrappy version along side it, just in case…

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My kids and my husband all like the gray/grey one better.  :)

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Here is a picture of the basting process.  I normally don’t baste this densely, but I knew there would be some pretty intense quilting.

 

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I do enjoy looking at it, but man, quilting that took a lot of time.

This is what it looks like on the back.

 

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And no, those lines are not perfect.  They are eyeballed from seam to seam.  See?

 

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So even though I was nervous about making this quilt, it turned out pretty awesome.

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And I am almost tempted to make another one for my house, because it looks pretty amazing with my furniture, too!  But, it has a flight to Canada in two days, and I’d rather it make it’s flight than have to ship it.

This quilt is about 61 inches by 83 inches.

 

Would you like to make this block?

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What you need:

1 block 2.5 x 6.5 inches colored fabric

2 blocks 2.5 x 2.5 inches colored fabric

4 blocks 2.5 x 2.5 inches white background fabric.

 

Sew two 2.5 inch white squares to each 2.5 inch colored square.  Press, seams toward the darker fabric.

 

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Now, sew these strips to either side of the 2.5 x 6.5 inch colored fabric.  Press the seams toward the darker fabric.

 

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Your block should now look like this.  If you want to sash them, pre-cut 2.5 x 6.5 inch background strips and sew one to each block (except for the last row of blocks).  For example, I made my quilt with 88 blocks (8 blocks by 11 blocks) so I sewed background strips to 77 blocks and left 11 without sashing.  Iron sashing toward the plus block.

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Then, I arranged my blocks on my “design floor.”

 

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Then, I sewed them into rows.  Once I sewed the rows, I added the horizontal sashing.  To make the long sashing strips, I measured the length of the rows and made 2.5 inch sashing strips that same length.

 

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The last part is the border.  I added a 3 inch border to the outside of the quilt.  Measure the length of the quilt, then cut a 3 inch border that same length.  Sew.  Then  measure the width of the quilt and cut a 3 inch border that same length.

Now, you too can have a plus quilt, whether it be gray, grey, or any other color!

Thanks for visiting!

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