Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Fire and Water

This is Fire and Water. It was a bee quilt with the Erie Street Quilters. Each person have me a couple of blocks with blue scrappy strips with an orange to red strip in the middle.

Back is an old stripe from Connecting Threads.

I trimmed the blocks into rectangles and tried to get the "fire" stripes to touch. It was close.
Simple wavy quilting and a scrappy binding machine sewn.

I used a lightweight poly batting from my stash. Actually this was all from friends and stash. Free Quilt!!
It finished about 58" square.
Still need to make that pesky label.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Koala Quilt for my Niece

I do actually sew things once in a while. This is my latest finish. A koala quilt for my newest niece. Each koala is made of flower fabric since my niece's name is Rose.
The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman.
I'm trying to learn blogging on my phone to get back to this more often. Can't figure out how to switch pictures yet :)

Saturday, August 21, 2021

What A Wonderf World: Part Two

Finally getting this quilt blogged.
I mentioned a couple of posts back that my group, Erie St Quilters, did a challenge based off the song, What A Wondeful World, sing by Louis Armstrong. 

This was my result. I basically did something similar to a Temperature Quilt, where I assigned each guitar chord in the song a fabric color and then constructed the quilt from there. 
The backing fabric I found at a thrift store. Something like 4 yards. I just love it. 
The fabrics were all hand dyed, mostly by a former member of my quilt quilt and some cherry woods. 
I washed it when I was done and completely forgot about hands dyes running. They did run a bit, but didn't really ruin anything. 
It was also supposed to finish 30x30. It's smaller, which must be from washing. If we decide to enter these somewhere as a group, I'll have to see if I can block it. 

I've started blogging from my phone, so that seems to be going OK. At least I'm blogging again!

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Mini Sews: Simplicity 88403

Miss Mini turned 8 in July. 
She asked for a sewing machine and I was more than excited to make that happen!!
I got her a nice Janome. It was a nice price and I've been really impressed with my Janome machine. 

She immediately got to work sewing a quilt. More of those pictures later. 

Today she finished a stuffed cat.
I would highly recommend NOT letting fuzzy minky cats be your child's second sewing project. But, we survived, and Mini is happy.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

What a Wonderful World

I'm part of a group of 10 women that get together to sew monthly. The Erie St. Quilters. Last summer we decided to do a challenge based on the song sung by Louis Armstrong "What a Wonderful World"

We shared our finished quilts at our last meeting. 
The rule was that it was supposed to finish 30"x30" with a more modern look.

Mine is this last one pictured. Somehow it ended up too small. It may have shrunk when I washed it?

I'll share details of mine next time.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Duck Obsessions: Drake Lake Quilt

It started in early spring with WD. He started the infatuation with ducks. 

I came home one day and he had done all the research on raising ducks. 

So we decided to give it a go.
They are actually easier than chickens in quite a few ways. We started with 10 ducklings. Lost one to a hawk, and just put one in the freezer. We will keep 4-5 in total for eggs.
I will have to get updated pictures, because they are actually full grown and white now.
So, then, one day while I came across all the fabric, half pieced blocks and book for this quilt. I finished it and quilted it and just gave it to my duck obsessed boy.
I had to finish sewing the ducks together, they were already pieced. I then made all but two of the reed blocks. All with the bundle that had come together. 

I hope the woman who stated this is would be pleased to know it's done. 
Hard to tell, but this duck is made of sparkly fabric. Just fulfilling the vision....
I pieced a white duck for the back, since ours are white Pekins.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Elvira Quarantine Quilt Along Finish

Its been a couple weeks since I finished my Elvira quilt - so its about time I get it up here on the blog!

I started it back in March when Gudrun Erla of GE Designs hosted a quarantine quilt along (her first of 3, now)
I pulled from all my Wiscsonsin fat quarter fabrics. And actually managed to get the top together in less than a week. You can read more about that HERE
I did some simple straight line quilting, echoing the 60 degree slices through each rectangle. 

This is the really fun back that I put together.  It has two panels and a fat quarter that I couldn't bear to cut up.  It has most of the leftover strips, that I didn't use for the binding, cows, pigs, and a civil war toile print.  

I've had the quilt on my bed since it was finished and washed.  Love it so much!
Finished size is 88" x 102".  Batting is a Pellon cotton, fairly thin, but great for summer.  Thread was all Aurifil cotton 50 wt.