Monday, April 23, 2018

Dolly Quilt

Our granddaughter turned two this month, and I made a quilt for her "baby"

I tried to match (as closely as I could) the colors in the Honestly Cute dolly playpen we got her.

We celebrated on April 14 with burgers (and a vegan stew for the vegan granddaughter) and a Daniel Tiger cake. Everyone attended except our grandson (at Texas A&M) and our son-in-law, who was sick and unable to make the trip from north Texas. Our family isn't large but we have a good time together!

Our sweet little granddaughter grabbed the quilt as soon as she saw it and seemed delighted with it, which made my heart happy.

The back is a combo of a stash fabric and a very cute Cupcake Cafe by Laura Stone for Studio E.

I'm happy to carry on traditions. My paternal grandmother made me a dolly quilt in 1956 (yes!) when I was 8, and I kept it all these years. Last year I gave it to my daughter to keep for our granddaughter.

Papaw and granddaughter!

Dolly Mini Quilt
Finished size: Approximately 18x20 inches

Body - scraps from my scrap stash
Binding - yellow mini dot print by Waverly
Backing - Cupcake Cafe by Laura Stone for StudioE plus stash

Superior Threads #50 - Genoa Gray

Machine - straight line diagonal

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Craftsman Quilt and Garden Projects

A quilt for my DIY guy is in the works. My husband, wno loves to tinker in his building, has built birdhouses, a variety of boxes and a ruler organizer for my sewing room, our deck railing, shelves for our pantry and bathroom, and a ton of other treasures for me and our family. Now he is building me an arbor for the garden he just plowed! So I want to make something just for him. I found a really cute collection from Dan Morris Design "Craftsman" for Quilting Treasures and ordered yardage. It is even more colorful in person.

I think the Craftsman pattern by Pine Tree Country Quilts will be the perfect choice.

"In other news . . ." the garden is nearly ready for planting. My husband rented a tiller for the tractor and plowed about a 40 by 50 foot space over the weekend. It is the biggest garden we've ever had with lots of space to make pathways and have room for watermelons and pumpkins.

Before planting can begin, the arbor will be built. I've always wanted a rose and flowering vine arbor next to my vegetable garden! We set the posts yesterday and will start putting up boards tomorrow. (I say "we" meaning I will be the holder of screws and drills and help level the boards!) I ordered two climbing roses and wisteria, and I purchased a couple flowering vines at Lowe's. I can't wait!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Rain Rain Go Away Mini Quilt

This mini quilt was inspired by a suggestion by Diann at Little Penguin Quilts. I commented on one of her blog posts that I had more yellow and gray in my stash than anything else, and she said, "Sounds like you need to make a yellow and gray quilt!" And away I went!

With the frequent rain and clouds we had last month, it seemed a good choice to do a gradient quilt with yellows flowing into grays. Luckily, we finally got a sunny day for a photo!

I didn't end up using a lot of my yellows and grays, because I dug into my scraps. So a full-sized yellow and gray quilt is in the future!

I love gradient quilts and made my first in 2015 - you can read about it here and see it on the left in the photo above.

The back is a piece of Yuwa fabric I'd been saving for awhile, and it was perfect for this little project.

As always, Jack was quite vocal about wanting my attention throughout the process!

Here are the details:

Rain Rain Go Away Mini Quilt
Finished size: 20 inches x 20 inches

Scraps from my scrap stash
Binding - Grunge in Stone
Backing - Yuwa Suzuko Koseki Paris Yellow Dots

Superior Threads #50 - Genoa Gray


Friday, February 23, 2018

Choose Happy Mini Quilt

"Choose Happy" is the name of this mini quilt. I originally intended this as a "bullet journal" quilt. I journaled a lot as a young mother, and I inherited my mother many yearly journals (that I love reading!), so although journaling is the new, trendy thing to do, it is not new to me. This year I purchased a few notebooks and The Quilters Planner for 2018 and have begun documenting my days - the weather, gardening, baking, quilting, and everyday things too. I had intended to design a quilt that looks like a bullet journal, representing the page of a journal with lines and bullets, but after this main part was completed I struggled with a design to go around it, so it became a mini quilt that will hang in my sewing room to inspire me.

The three appliques represent my main "bullets" - Heart and Home (family and baking!), Garden, and Quilts. I had fun fussy-cutting these from Moda's selvedge fabric "Celebrating 40 Years".

The back is a Bird Dot, a grunge-ish fabric by Carrie Bloomston and one of my all-time favorite fabrics.

I had a charm pack of Garden Project and also ordered some yardage of it. I love the colors and farm-y vibe to it!

This piece was sewn and quilted on my new previously owned Janome Horizon Memory Craft 7700QCP. I found the machine on Facebook Marketplace. It was sold by a gal that worked in a quilt shop that sells Bernina, so she "upgraded" to a new Bernina and wanted her Janome to find a good home! I got it for a really great price, and it included all the attachments; plus a $600 table came with it! It is a definite step up from my Janome DC3050 purchased in 2010, but I will keep that one around to take to classes.

In addition to machine quilting part of the quilt, I actually got brave enough to try some free motion quilting on it. Although I still need a lot of FMQ practice, I was very impressed with how much easier it is on my new machine.

Here are the details:

Choose Happy Mini Quilt
Finished size: 28 inches x 28 inches

Grunge by Moda - Pool, Moutarde, and unknown red
Garden Project by Moda - charm pack and yardage
French Farmhouse by Andover - background
Celebrating 40 Years selvedge fabric by Moda
Binding - Hobby Lobby Nature Bounty in Terra

Windham's Bird Dot by Carrie Bloomston

Superior Threads #50 - Genoa Gray, Indian Paintbrush
Superior Threads Trilobal Polyester - Pacific Blue
Aurifil 80 wt - Pale Yellow

Machine and free motion

Friday, December 29, 2017

Toddler Apron and Good-Bye 2017

As one last finish for 2017 I made my 20-month old granddaughter an apron for Christmas. I found a pattern but pretty much cut it "my own way" as I texted my daughter to measure certain widths and lengths on Delaney. So it was guesswork that turned out well! Delaney would not be still for a photo - lol! The few pictures I did take of the apron did not turn out well because we have had cloudy weather for sooooo long.

I used a "Darling Little Dickens" mini-charm pack and loved the soft pastel greens, peaches, aquas, and taupes.

The binding/tie was a bright green print from the Gooseberry line.

And the back was a cute little Japanese print by Megumi Sakakibara that coordinated nicely.

Here is Delaney's initial "D" on the pocket. My Janome does not have embroidery capabilities, but it has a cross-stitch that I used to outline the D. (2018 goal: new sewing machine!)

We had a wonderful Christmas filled with food, fun, and laughter. Here is a Christmas day photo of our "original four. It is rare to get a picture of just the four of us!

As 2017 draws to a close, with several quilting and sewing projects in various stages of (un)completion, as well as many plans - quilting, gardening, bread-baking, house projects, etc - for 2018, I find myself more and more unmotivated to blog. I'm not quite ready to give up blogging, but if you don't see anything here, look for me on Instagram.

Happy New Year!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Flower Power, Texas Flag Quilt, and A Break

I've been working on a pattern I saw on Instagram and immediately loved. It is called Flower Power by Kelli Fannin and is available for purchase here. I am using a fat quarter bundle of Enchanted Pond that I purchased some time ago and this will become a lap-sized quilt for my sister-in-law! I put a 5-inch charm square in the photo so you can see how big the blocks are at 16-1/2 inches square. The blocks go together quickly, and I am really enjoying it!

I have set the Flower Power project aside to start work on a surprise for my husband - a Texas Flag Quilt or Lone Star Flag quilt. He is out of town until Thursday, Sept 28, and I have other plans all weekend, so I need to get it done quickly. The pattern is by Lisa at Things Here Lately, and it is available in PDF here. I spent the entire afternoon laying it out on the design board, and today I will start piecing. I love scrappy flag patterns, and I am excited about this one. I can't wait to see his face when he sees it across our new slate-blue bedspread!

I will be taking a little break from the blog. I know you're thinking "A break from what? She hardly ever posts!" Lol! I plan to be back soon with some Christmas projects.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Cat Nap Quilt

This Cat Nap quilt for our granddaughter's 14th birthday was created around a Cats in the Library panel made by Timeless Treasures. She loves kitties and recently rescued a cat from a shelter, so I wanted to make her a quilt to cuddle with "Griffin" the kitty.


Close-up of some of the cat panel blocks

I was able to cut 8 blocks from the cat panel and had originally intended to make these Scrappy Susannah blocks to surround them, but I decided to do regular 16-patch blocks instead. In retrospect I wish I had done the Scrappy Susannah blocks or at least placed the white squares inside the blocks for more interest, but I still like the way it turned out.

For the back I framed blocks of leftover fabric in navy.

The quilt shrunk 2 inches in width and 4 inches in length when I washed it

Quilt size: 46w X 61h
Fabrics: Pool and Moutarde Grunge, an orange Grunge (Burnt Orange?), PB&J Daisy Mae Picnic in floral yellow, and white and navy grunge-like fabrics purchased at Hobby Lobby (I will find the names and update them here). The white reminded me of Basic Grey Grunge White Paper, but it is soft and almost gauze-like.
Backing: Mostly white "grunge" by Hobby Lobby plus leftover fabrics from blocks
Binding: Navy "grunge" by Hobby Lobby
Quilting: Diagonal straight lines on two corners and wavy lines for the remainder
Thread: Superior So Fine #50 Genoa Gray
Things I Learned: Washing a quilt prior to giving it away is important. I haven't washed a quilt prior to gifting it since 2013, when the bright fabrics on a quilt I intended to give away "bled" badly onto the white fabric. I kept the quilt and tried in vain to remove all the spots of color. I don't even notice the spots now! So I washed this quilt first and was very happy with the result. There was "no bleeding"! The navy softened to a dark faded denim-look after laundering and the quilt became very soft and snugly.