Tagged: white

Apr 30

Americana Stars (149)

My kids’ teachers’ quilts are done!  This one is for a teacher who likes westerns and America.  I though some stars and plaid were in order.  I used the woven fabrics currently being sold at both JoAnn and Hobby Lobby.  I love the texture of the woven fabrics.  It feels like I pulled this quilt out of a log cabin from the 1800’s.  I will admit, though, that I was confused when I cut the fabric.  I wasn’t sure whether to cut according to the design (and the weave) or to cut according to how the fabric lay (no, it did not lay straight), so that is why the pattern on the blocks look a little skiwampus.  I cut according to the lay of the fabric.

Americana Stars Quilt
 I used an EZ quilting drunkard’s path template for these blocks.  It has a star template included in it.  It was very easy to put together.  The most difficult part for me was sewing the white circle inside the red circle.  But, hey, I figured it out (at least 9 times) and got it done.


quilt star block



The simple meandering quilting was the perfect way to finish this relaxed quilt.  Add a bright red binding, and I’m pretty pleased with this little quilt.  Hoping my kid’s teacher loves it just as much.


Quilt star block


All of the teacher quilts have a strip of white/off white on the back filled with their students’ handprints and signatures.  Probably my favorite part of the teacher quilts, and the kids love it, too!


This quilt is twin sized.  Thanks for visiting!



Sep 03

Black and White quilt (37) and pot holders.

Rest in Peace, sweet Singer.  I’ll never forget you.

When I tried to wind my bobbin, the needle began moving, and then the machine started beeping and lights started flashing.  I knew it was the end of my run with the Singer.

Now I have a new machine.


I’ve had it for a whole day, now, and I have been able to make two pot holders (using this tutorial by Elizabeth Hartman) and finishing my black and white quilt.

My mom had given me an item of clothing that she thought would be fun to recycle into something new.  I agree.  It has a fun Asian elephant print.  Since I needed to test the new machine anyway, there was no better way to do it than testing it on pot holders.

I made my pot holders with one cotton layer (elephant fabric), two layers of cotton batting (using up my batting scraps!), and one layer of something that I bought years ago.  I don’t know what type of fabric it is, but I think it is some sort of thick home decor fabric.  Maybe I bought it to make curtains?  Who knows!  Anyway, now it is a pot holder.

Front of pot holders

Pot holders before and after binding is hand stitched to the back. The white diagonal line is where the hand can be placed inside.

pot holder back

The mystery fabric...

And I literally had the black and white quilt halfway quilted when the Singer died on me.

Black and white window quilt

Black and white quilt literally half way complete.

So, I was SO HAPPY to finally be able to finish it.  This quilt was pieced almost a year ago, before I was pregnant.  I used the scraps from the pink and black quilt.  I had a lot of scraps!!!  Then, it just sat there during my morning sickness phase, and it sat there during my “I don’t want to have to quilt a twin and rip out tons of string because I don’t know how to baste properly and keep sewing puckers on the back side” phase, and then it finally became a priority to me.  This was the first twin quilt that did not pucker on me, so I didn’t have to undo anything.  YAY!!!

pinning the binding

I have become a believer of pinning the binding before you sew.  I know, Sewing 101, but it makes a big difference!  Straighter lines, and believe it or not, it is actually faster to pin.  For me, anyway 🙂

Sewing the binding on the black and white quilt

I pin the binding to one side at a time, and then sew.  I learned how to do mitered corners on the internet.  I make my binding strips 2.5 inches long and then fold them in half and iron them, so the resulting strip is 1.25 inches wide.  I machine sew it to one side, and then hand stitch it to the back.  As you can see in this quilt, I have used the scraps to make the binding.  Hopefully, soon I will have it complete and I can post pictures of it!

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Aug 19

Black and white window quilt – Current project

I’ll number this quilt when I am done with it, but I thought I would pause on listing the previous quilts to show the current project I have.

Black and white quilt

If you are wondering what happened to the color, just know that your computer screen is fine.  This is my twin size black and white quilt.  It is halfway through the quilting process.  I just need to get my machine back from the tune up guy 🙂

Black and white quilt

I chose a gray cotton thread to quilt it.  I thought white would look too bold on the black squares and take away from their subtle differences, and the black would look to heavy on the white sashing.  So, I am compromising with myself.  I was tempted to go bold and do it all in red.  Maybe next time!

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