Friday, July 31, 2020

Christmas Then and Now

Today is my turn for Christmas Then and Now, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. I've seen SEW many wonderful projects. Here are a few of mine.
This peppermint runner was an early kit I purchased. There was enough to do 2 with only a little additional fabric of my own. I don't remember the pattern name.

I made these hot pads for all the teachers I work with one Christmas. Created my own pattern.

This poinsettia wall hanging was a lesson for our Cerro Gordo Quilters several years ago. I've made more for gifts over the years. I also made some sunflower wall hangings based on the same petal idea. It worked! I think this is called "Points and Poinsettias."

One year I taught the quilt group how to make these ornaments.

This is one of my earlier wall hangings. It's a Debbie Mumm pattern.

Below is my very first quilt (I tried to move it to the top of the page but couldn't do it--I'm not sure about this newer blogger format...). I started quilting in 2001 after my aunt showed me machine quilting and made me do some. This quilt was finished in 2002. I collect nativities and inserted my nativity applique figures into panels where other shapes should have gone. The applique figures are from "First Christmas" by Wild Goose Chase. The quilt pattern is "Signs of the Season" from the Jan, 2002 issue of McCall's Quilting Quick Quilts.

This stained glass was fairly early in my quilting life. I made 2 of them; the second went to my SIL who got me started collecting nativities. This one stays on the wall all year (for both of us). This pattern is "Stained Glass Manger Scene" by Edna Trunt of Designs by Edna. I have the patterns for the shepherds and wise men too, but have never felt the need to make them, at 26 x 33" each. Where would I put them???

This is new. I enjoy doing Rachel's kits, and I just finished this one a few months ago. I enjoy doing handwork with wool, and I did long stitch hand quilting on this too.

I just finished these "bowl fillers" by Bonnie Sullivan. I appliqued the wool and embroidered much of the rest of the designs on the pre-printed fabric. The basket is sitting on Take Four placemats (by Cary Flanagan) that I made years ago. I have made several sets over the years and taught these to our quilt group. This is a good pattern, using fat quarters.

Thanks to Carol for planning this hop! It's been fun!
Here are the rest of today's hoppers:

Sunday, July 19, 2020

One Block Wonder

I have wanted to make a One Block Wonder for a long time, ever since I saw an article in Mary Jane's Farm magazine about a man who had made many of them. They were stunning!
Then I found the book, One Block Wonders, by Maxine Rosenthal, and bought it. I also bought some pieces of fabric that I thought might work. Tried one and when I started sewing the hexies, they looked the same as the original fabric, so that project stopped. Fast forward several years to some months ago when high school friend Cindy posted on facebook that she was making one from panels. The light went on in my head: I had 5 panels of the same thing (Tivoli Garden by Wilmington Prints), just needed one more, and surely I could manage getting this done now! My friend Jo had bought a number of these panels (where I got the original 5 to make a chenille panel) so I asked if she had one more I could get from her--and the magic began!

I wish I had taken more pictures of the project in process, but I didn't.
Here's one of my hexies partially arranged.

And another of all of them. As you can see along the top and bottom, especially, you sew half-hexies and then arrange them into whole hexies and sew row by row. I had several black hexies that I had sewn and ended up taking them apart to put along the sides so I wouldn't have to cut off any of the pretty hexies.

I didn't want borders to distract and ended up using black binding to keep the distraction to a minimum.
I named it Floral Fantasy.


My quilting is one of Lori Kennedy's designs--easy and pretty.

Here's the back. These are other Wilmington Prints, not in the same line so don't quite match, but work for the back.

Now I'm working on a bargello. Had the strip sets sewn together for several months and got after it as soon as Floral Fantasy was done. Stay tuned!

AND I am working on my post in the Christmas Now and Then hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Recent Finishes

Ok, maybe just one finish since the other doesn't seem to have synced from my phone to the computer...
This is my COVID-19 quilt. It is made from some of the scraps of the masks I have made. The blocks ended up being 10 1/2" finished and the sashing is 2 1/2" strips. The border is slightly wider, I don't remember now, maybe 4" strips.

I used a circle ruler and quilted it to look like the virus. Around the border, I added important figures and dates for the US and for IL. You can see the 100,000 deaths date below. I still have room on the top border for a few more dates so my hanging sleeve is not stitched down yet, but you can't see that anyway.

I also stitched COVID-19 in every block in one circle.
I about wore my hands out keeping that ruler in place, even though it was not slippery, for all those circles! I have sticky dots--there is still enough movement that I had to hold the ruler tightly. 

I'm looking forward to another hop:
My day is July 31. 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Masks and More Masks

Mostly what I have made in the past month and a half is masks:

That's not even all of them--I quit taking pictures after awhile. So far, over 335 and still counting.
I don't mind making them but they sure cut into other projects.

Right after making 1 batch of masks, I finished this little bargello--it's another Patty Dudek, of Elm Street Quilts, pattern--the Baby B.
 This will go to a fundraiser, whenever they get to have it.

I also managed to make a denim purse for myself. 
 It is the Flip Flap Bag by Whistlepig Creek Productions.
I had made one from quilting cottons before and wanted one out of some of the old jeans I've been saving, so took the time to make it.

I've also managed another project in between masks, but will save it until I at least have it all stitched together. It's on my design wall, waiting...

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Thanks to Ricky Tims

A little over a year ago, I bought Ricky Tims' Convergence Quilts book.
A few weeks ago, I decided it was time to make one and this would be our March lesson for Cerro Gordo Quilters.
Here is my finished product. I'm really pretty pleased with how it turned out. The border took a lot more thought than making the center did. I used 3 different fabrics in this one; the top left and bottom right are the same fabric.

I also made this top using 4 different fabrics. I have yet to sandwich and quilt this one.

This Queen B Bargello (Elm Street Quilts Patty Dudek pattern) was given to one of our daughters when we went to their house last weekend.

This cute little birdie wall hanging was our CG Quilters lesson in February.

The baby quilt of which I spoke in my previous post was finished and sent off before baby arrived. I have another to sandwich and quilt very soon.

Spring arrives soon!! Happy spring, eveyone!
Stay safe, stay healthy, and wash your hands!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Color It Red

Today is my day to share in the Color It Red blog hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.
While I don't participate in many hops, once in awhile one comes along that I can't resist--and this was one.

The first thing I will share is my first major project on my new Cricut Maker. These appliques are cut out of fabric, which worked well on this burlap bag that I got on clearance. I wanted to try vinyl but guess the kind I got wasn't good because I wasn't successful getting it cut. (I have a good brand of heat transfer vinyl now; just need to find time to do something with it. LOL) So, plan B worked out great!

Next is a UFO I had started a few years ago. This is Bargello Color Wheel by Cheryl Phillips. The center has been done, like I said, for a few years. Then I put it aside, not sure what I wanted to do with it. A few months ago I got it out and put it on my design wall. Then after several weeks I suddenly thought to put it on a black background. I had rainbow print to use for the binding, and I think it looks great!

My next project was not one I planned to make--it's one of those "squirrel" projects that we have to do right now. One of my quilting friends was making a table mat, Valentine's Table Topper by Riley Blake Designs, and I had to do it too. Mine isn't exactly according to the pattern; I cut the hearts and circles on my Cricut and left out some other applique. I think it came out pretty neat.
It looks really nice on our table with my Valentine's Day bouquet.

My last project is a scrap quilt. The pattern is Traffic Jam by Pat Sloan.
I used a bunch of the scrap 2 1/2" squares that I had cut (I cut squares and strips from scraps) and background fabric from my stash. Since I wanted a little more "jazz" to it, I found a yard of the bright fabric I used as sashing and binding. It sure does jazz it up! Funny thing about using scraps--I don't seem to make much of a dent in my supply...

Now on to my next projects--a baby quilt (the baby is due in 3 days...) and a wall hanging for one of our daughters.

Enjoy the rest of the hop!
Be sure to check out all the blogs!
Here are today's and the next few days:

February 19th
Just Sew Quilter    (that's me)

February 20th
February 21st