Thursday, May 19, 2022

Fun Birds


This is my May project for Crafter's Edge.
The birds are cut from felt using the Crossover II, and I hand stitched them onto a flannel backing to make this wall hanging that is about 12 x 24".

Below are the dies I used from Sue Spargo's special collection of CE dies.

This is the set of dies for Bird #3. The dies are flat and cannot cut you. I am still amazed that they cut fabric, but they do.

A look at my birdies all stitched on their flannel squares.

Here's a closeup so you can see what stitches I used.

Then I had to decide which border to use. I thought I'd use flannel for that part too. I chose the light aqua so that the birds would stand out more.

Then, it's "how do I quilt this?" I ended up using my walking foot and stitching in the ditch around the blocks and then thought it would look nice to use some of those 200 plus decorative stitches on my machine, so that's the border "quilting."

Here's a closer look. The binding is regular quilter's cotton so it wouldn't be so bulky to work with.

I'm pleased to be on the Crafter's Edge design team again for 2022!
Thanks, CE, for allowing me the privilege!

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

April with Crafter's Edge


I am pleased to be on the Crafter's Edge Design Team again for 2022!
Each month I will create a project using the Crossover II cutting machine and dies.
For April I chose the Dresden plate die set.

I used a canvas drop cloth (won from a blog hop sometime in the last year or 2) to cut out my canvas for the tote bag, approximately 22 x 24, leaving the top hemmed edge.
Then I cut out the shapes using the Crossover II and dies.
I cut 4 layers of fabric at a time. You can cut up to 6 layers.
See how thin that metal piece is? And there are no sharp edges. 
I am still amazed that it cuts! But it does!

I cut both sizes of the Dresden, but I didn't use the small one on this project. I'll save it for something else.

This is a photo of the Rounded Dresden die set.

I forgot to take photos of the applique process--sorry about that!
I put short strips of Steam a Seam on the backs of the blades after I had stitched the Dresden together and then pressed it onto one piece/side of my bag. This is BEFORE stitching the bag together, of course! Using the Steam a Seam to hold the whole thing down worked pretty well.
I used a blanket stitch on my machine for the edges of the blades and for the center circle.

After I finished the applique, I sewed the sides and bottom of my bag together, boxed the bottom, and added the webbing for straps. (I happened to have blue webbing.)
I'm happy to have had enough blue and yellow from my Stand for Ukraine quilt to use for this "sunflower" for Ukraine.

Thanks, Crafter's Edge for the privilege of being on your team!

I wasn't done with my Jellyroll Sizzle for my last post, but it is done now.
Here is the front, thanks to my custom quilt holder for letting me get a photo--hee, hee!
Not sure if you can see it very well, but there is an orange flange in the binding.

And here's the back. When the strips sets are cut to length, there is a little extra, so that is on the back, along with some of the extra JR strips. I off-set the placement of them so I didn't have to worry about getting it exactly in the center.

Until next time! 

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Today is my day for the Wonderful World of Color hop hosted by Joan of Moosestash Quilting!
I've seen some amazing projects so far--lots of color and inspiration!
I thought I'd show a couple of older projects first...
I made the quilt below for my nephew, Matt, the middle school math teacher.
I made half square triangle blocks with a variety of fabrics from my stash. It is quilted in meandering triangles and the back has the circles on the fabric. Perfect for a math teacher, right?
He doesn't have it yet because we didn't get to visit him this year, as we had planned. (Don't tell him--it's a surprise!)

The table runner below was made for a Cerro Gordo Quilters lesson. I don't remember the name of the pattern, but you make strip sets and cut them diagonally. These fabrics were all scraps from another project.

Last Friday my local quilt shop, Stewart's Sewing Machines, had a lesson on this Braided Twist table runner. I had bought the book and template several years ago but never made it. This was my chance!
Below is the completed runner and the back.
I topstitched around edges to hold the pieces down.

This is the back:

Here is the book and template--by Cheryl Phillips. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be.

My next project is not done, alas! I really wanted to finish it, but we have been gone too much this month. At least the top (flimsy) is finished, and I have the back ready, so I can sandwich it and quilt it soon.
This is a free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop, Jelly Roll Sizzle, with a border designed by Pat Sloan.
You can find both on their web sites. I used a Leather Snack Pack by Fabri-Quilt, Inc. for my 2.5" strips. The orange and yellow were batiks in my stash. It measures about 56" square.

I hope you get inspired today as you check out all the posts!
Thanks, Joan, for another great hop!
Here are today's and tomorrow's bloggers:

Thursday April 21


Thursday, April 7, 2022

One Block Wonder III


This is my third One Block Wonder, approximately 54 x 54".
You can tell the clothesline is a little shady, but that's my best photo spot, so there it is.

The fabric I chose was really busy, as you can tell, but still made a pretty neat OBW.
Below are closeups of some of the hexies. I FMQed it with meandering boxes/squares/rectangles, and I bound it with a nice green/blue/yellow stripe (last photo) which exactly matched those colors in the quilt.

Hexies are partially sewn on OBW IV, but that finish may wait until I have a few other projects done. Both III and IV were started as part of OBW classes I taught.

The Wonderful World of Color Hop is coming up, starting April 18. Joan of Moosestash Quilting is hosting. My turn in April 21. Here is the list of participants.

Monday April 18

Be sure to join in the fun!

Friday, March 11, 2022

Quilt Retreat and March Crafter's Edge Design

Our Cerro Gordo Quilters and friends had our annual quilt retreat at Threads of Time in Danville, IL.
During that time, I made my March project for Crafter's Edge with my Crossover II cutter and several dies.
This owl wall hanging is approximately 15 x 20". I have a friend who loves owls, and for some time now I have been determined to make something "owly" for her.
I wasn't into using bright colors--wanted a more natural look for it.

These are the dies I used:

the owls, of course, the small oak leaf, the leaves in the flower set, and the acorn (in the maple leaf set--I know, I know).

Below are some closeups. I appliqued and quilted it on my Janome 9400 since I wasn't at home with my Juki sitdown quilting machine. The Janome worked great, of course. I am just not used to using it. 
Do you like my "hoohoo" quilted into it? :)

Here is our retreat crew:

Four of us made pincushions--I couldn't find one of them when I went to take the picture...

Kim finished her one block wonder top. She came to Cerro Gordo last fall and learned the process. Life got in the way as far as finishing it until this weekend.

I took Pat Sloan's String Bean challenge pattern and my leftover 2.5" strips.
Here are my blocks:

Rosie made one with just the centers using a jelly roll.

Jennifer used a layer cake for this pattern:

Leslie made this baby quilt using a panel:

Jo and I both bought the fabrics to make this lovely quilt.

We had a great time! Already looking forward to next year!


Sunday, March 6, 2022

Standing for Ukraine


Pat Sloan on her blog posted a pattern to help show our support of Ukraine and its people.
Pat is asking for a donation to UNICEF as "payment" for use of her pattern.
Here is my quilt--it's about 24 x 24.
I chose not to do much quilting, only stitch in the ditch and echoing around the center star.
My heart hurts for the Ukrainian people, but one small thing we can do is donate to good causes to give them some aid.

I finished my 2nd Susan K. Cleveland dresden project. The first one was in another post; this one is made with the leftover dresden blades, and the blades are quilted the same way Susan does. I need to press it all again, because in the quilting process the blades get creased, but I wanted to get this up for you to see.

Here is a look at the first and second project. I suppose I will give away the second one at some point. I can't imagine a time that I would want both displayed at once.

My daughter Sarah gave me a Gees Bend quilters puzzle for Christmas (which we just celebrated 2 weeks ago). Here is the finished puzzle. Daughter Natalie gave me puzzle trays that stack--very nice! So nice that I got another set. :)

Tomorrow is our annual Cerro Gordo Quilters retreat at Threads of Time in Danville, IL. We are SEW looking forward to it! I think there are 8 of us. Fun times for parts of 4 days and 3 nights!!