Wednesday, January 14, 2015

More Gifts

I made 2 sets of placemats for our daughters: the first picture is one of the set for Sarah (photo is sideways--forget to fix it) and the 2nd shows part the set for Natalie. It was a table runner pattern that I used half of to make placemats. I just quilted over the seams with gold decorative stitching.
 

 
Sarah sent this photo of Hailey in her bed with the new quilt I made for her and the matching pillow. I think she likes the quilt. :)

 
This is the Delightful Stars quilt, all done. It is laying on our king size bed on top of the king size quilt I made several years ago. I had to take a photo from the side in order to show the borders.

 
I used my home machine to do all the quilting and really had a wrestling match with the thing (the quilt, I mean). Per Michele's (of Quilting Gallery, the designer) project, I quilted straight parallel lines all the way across, at a 30 degree angle to the patchwork. I elected to quilt all one direction and not go back across. Despite plenty of mistakes, the overall effect is a good one, if I do say so myself.
However, I will NEVER (repeat NEVER) quilt an entire large quilt top like this on my home machine again. I did our king size quilt in 3 sections--much easier to manage.

 
Here is the label on the back. I decided to give it to my sister-in-law and her husband in honor of their 45th wedding anniversary and she told me she would love it. We will be taking it to them later this month. Since I just finished it this month, I attached another small label, saying that it was finished in January, 2015.

 
Last night I aligned some fabric in order to start on a One Block Wonder quilt. It will be a small quilt and I don't know if I chose the best fabric, but I wanted to try one (have wanted to do so for at least a couple of years). This will be a test. I have it ready to cut strips and then triangles to sew into hexagons. Exciting!! I'll try to post photos when it's done.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Some pictures of presents

 
I decided to put up some photos of a few of the presents I made for Christmas.
Below is a photo of our 3 granddaughters with matching skirts. I made another set for all 3 of them and another matching set for the 2 girls that are sisters.


This shows Matt with a lap quilt I made for Sarah and Matt. I used a Missouri Star Quilt Company pattern that I got from one of their Block magazines, and a layer cake. The stars are made with some fabric I already had.
 
 
 This is a lap quilt for Natalie and Todd. I just did the jellyroll race. There is some stitch in the ditch and some decorative stitching (both quilts have some decorative stitching for part of the quilting).
 
I also made sets of placemats for both daughters but those pictures must still be on my phone.
 
I finished quilting the Delightful Stars quilt--what a monster that was--and it was a reminder to me to never try quilting such a huge project on my home machine again!!! Pictures another day.
 
I spent yesterday cutting up scraps into squares, rectangles, and strips. Some of my bins are getting pretty full so it must be time to use some of those squares. :)
 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Christmas Preparations

It's hard to believe that it's that time of year again! Christmas is just a bit more than a month away--impossible!
Anyway, thanks to our Cerro Gordo Quilters group, I have 2 finished projects and more underway.
Our October lesson was this Poinsettia wall hanging. It's 3-D and embellished with beads in the centers of the poinsettias--very striking, I think.
Many thanks to Kathy who taught this lesson!
 
 
Our November lesson was no-sew quilted ornaments. Here is one of mine. They are made with prairie points pinned onto a Styrofoam ball--so simple. I have more in progress since I taught the lesson and needed samples. Also did a Christmas tree based on this design, putting the prairie points on a cone. Pretty little things and would make great gifts if one needs a little something for someone.

 
More projects underway--lots of gifts to make yet...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Delightful Stars Quilt Top Done!

I'm excited to have my Delightful Stars quilt top all finished. I put the final stitches in it yesterday.
 
 
Then, with some help from my husband Glen, I hung it from our loft railing--the only spot I could think of that would hold this size. The top is 93 x 108", an oversized queen.
It was a lot of work, but I think it will be worth the effort. In fact, I nearly didn't use all the borders, but I am surely glad I did them all--they help set off the center.
My plan is to put it aside for now so I can quilt my granddaughter's Christmas present (a quilt for her bed). Then I will get this one sandwiched and quilted.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Remembrance

It seems appropriate to show some photos of the quilt my mother made--in honor of her life on this earth.
Mom started this quilt in the late 1930s before she was married. Sometime after her 1943 marriage, she finished it (maybe the late 50s or early 60s).
 
 
It is displayed on our king-size bed in this photo. 


She had the women of the Cedar Rapids Church of the Brethren quilt it.
I have some recollection of her placing on her bed after it was finished. It is a beauty.
The applique is entirely hand done.
 

 
I have her pattern and some scraps of the fabric. She got the pattern from Minnie Slead, mother of Mom's best friend Mary Ellen.
Mom's work on this quilt is well-done, just as she lived her life, "for the glory of God and her neighbor's good."

Monday, April 28, 2014

Finished at last!!!

Yesterday I put the last stitches on Craftsy's 2013 Block of the Month quilt.
The fabric is almost entirely pieces I got out of a box from church when we were sorting through and washing up some of the few dozen boxes of fabrics that had accumulated in our quilting room.
I am positive at least 2 of those fabrics came from Glen's aunt because I either had a garment she had made or I have seen her daughters in garments she made using those fabrics. Maybe more, if not all, were Connie Krall's fabrics.
 
I added a small print calico and the flowers for the basket. I free motion quilted the entire thing on my home machine, using inspiration from Leah Day (Thanks, Leah!) and her Building Blocks quilt book that I purchased. There were 4 main sections of the quilt so I FMQed each of the 4 sections, then connected the sections, again using Leah's directions. Next, I added each of the borders with backing and batting. The outer border was to be entirely made of the half square triangles, but I changed it up a bit. It was difficult handling the 3 layers--top border, back, batting--and the quilt edge all at the same time. Finally, I sewed on the binding with my machine too.

You can see some of the different FMQ patterns I used on these 2 sections.

I also pieced the entire back. Each section had a different pattern. The block at the bottom right was an extra from the front. (I had made one block 2 different ways.)
I think all those seams on the back made smoothness of FMQ a little difficult, but I'm done.
You can't see my label but I used the 9mm lettering on my machine to put my name and date in one of the small rectangles at the bottom.

I'm SEW glad it's now done!!! I will eventually give it to a good friend/cousin whose mother had this fabric. Perhaps she will be surprised when that happens, so don't breathe a word to anyone! :)
Now, I'm going to start a quilt for a granddaughter...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring time and grandchildren

A few weeks ago we were able to go to Maryland to see our daughter and family.
Below are Connor and Hailey: Connor is holding the owl I hand-stitched with a tooth pocket in it; Hailey is modeling the skirt I made and her baby doll has on the matching outfit that I made. 
 
 
Then we got to visit in St. Louis with our younger daughter and family. Here is Amelia swinging in the back yard. Harper and I are looking at the things I brought the girls.


 
Now for a springtime photo: daffodils in our flower bed. They are a very welcome sight!

 
Isn't my block pretty? This is last week's lesson for Delightful Stars. I have the squares cut out for the most recent one but the stitching will have to wait a day or 2 longer.