Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Apparently turnovers are going to be 6 inch squares cut in half. They will fit perfectly with a charm pack. Couldn't find any patterns using both. Here is a link I found to a pattern using 2 turnovers and a charm pack.
Honey buns are 1 1/2 inch strips. Just like a jelly roll but thinner.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
This issue has a feature on one block quilts. I really like this one. The pattern is simple, but I like the qult as a whole. This is an antique quilt with fabrics dating from 1840-1870.
I love anything Fig Tree. Here is a Fig Tree Quilt made with pieces of several different Fig Tree lines. Such a simple quilt, but I love it.
I would really like to make these stockings. They are so cute. Two years ago I made these stockings. I liked them because I can do a different one for each family member, but they coordinate. They are from Under the Garden Moon, which is owned by the owner of American Quilting in Orem. I made two more, but I apparently don't have a picture of them. I also have the patterns for more in hopes of future children that may join our family.
While I was looking for the stocking pictures I found a picture of one of the tree skirts I made last year. I put this on one of my family room trees. I like to put more crafty/homemade looking decorations on it and then I have a formal living room tree. I made another tree skirt as a gift out of a charm pack. I need to find fabric I like for a more formal tree skirt for the living room.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
These are my four favorite ones. I had to do a close up! Now... to come up with a fabulous quilt to show off my new Christmas fabric. Thanks again to Jane and Melissa!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Anyway, I'm liking this much better than I thought I would. I thought it would be a chore but I loved the quilt so much I was willing to do it. I'm really liking it though. It is kind of a lot of prep though to starch each piece but then it's done and I'm ready to stitch. It does seem to go pretty fast too. I think I may do purple sashing. Haven't decided on a border yet. I don't love the top, middle flower. It think the fabric is a little too busy, but I think I'll probably leave it in. I think the ones look best with just a white pattern on them. Also, I keep buying more 30's fabric. I'm addicted. I love it.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Here's an up close picture of the football players. One down, one to go. Jake's is probably not going to have the borders that Caleb's has. I bought a blue border just like the red for Jake, but since Caleb's turned out so huge (slightly bigger than a full) I will probably piece the large footballs and the blue border and use them for the back.
Here's a picture of the fabric I used for the back. I let Caleb choose what he wanted and he chose this robot flannel. Football and robots. I think I have enough to make him matching pj bottoms!
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Today I've been working on quilting Caleb's football quilt. When I bought the kit at American Quilting it said it was 60x84. I knew it was close to a twin, but not quite. I asked the girl working what size a twin quilt was and she told me 86x102. Well.... that sounded kind of big, but I figured she was the professional and knew what she was doing. The quilt at the store and also the kit did not have boarders so I added some making them the bigger size. I bought enough backing for a twin size quilt. I layed it out and ummmmm..... what happened to my twin quilt? It's now a full, or so I thought. I bought some more backing. I'm planning on getting the boys bunk beds when Jake is out of a crib so I figured the quilt will probably be tucked in on the sides. Well.... I bought enough batting for two full size quilts. One for Jake and one for Caleb. I just added some of Jake's to Caleb's. I'm not going to do the boarders on Jake's unless I need to add just a tiny bit to make it fit a twin so I figured I should still have enough, but as I'm quilting this thing I feel like it keeps going and going. There is no end to this thing. Actually, I only have the bottom boarder left to quilt, but needed to make a phone call before I forgot and then ended up adding this post. Tonight I'll be binding.
Here's my Pfaff. This is machine I do my quilting on. I use my Bernina for piecing. I really do not like the Pfaff. I know some people love them, but mine is only 2 years old and I just hate it. It does not keep the tension so I am constantly having to adjust it. It's just really finicky. Are all Pfaffs like this or did I just get a lemon?
Monday, October 6, 2008
This fabric is probably my very favorite fabric I ever bought. In fact, I liked it so much that I've bought it many times over the years. I love 30's fabric and bought this purple Everything But the Kitchen Sink fabric for my first 30's bow tie quilt.
I've use them many times in quilts over the past few years. I used it as part of pinwheels, butterflies and now the purple will appear my flower quilt I am appliqueing.
I've been a little disappointed because Ben Franklin Crafts is the only store near me that has quilting fabric. It doesn't have really any 30's fabric. I'm going through withdrawals. They do take Robert's crafts 40% off coupons though and will let you get 2 yards of fabric at 40% off. My plan is to piece my backs in 2 yard pieces. I saw the Portobello line from RJR, but hadn't looked at it closely until today. Guess what I found as part of the line......
This little gem! It's the same pattern but a colored background and the flowers are different colors and the leaves are green, but it's so close to the same. Of course I bought a fat quarter to use in my applique flower quilt. The also had it with a bright green background. I may have to make a pink and green quilt so that I can savor this lovely fabric over and over again. I need to go buy a lot of this so I don't have to horde it. I'm so excited about my little find! I just want to sit and hang out with it for awhile.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Here are my first few strips sewn together and cut into triangles. It's kind of labor intensive. I'm not a big fan of sewing a little and then cutting and then sewing again, but it's so much better in this new house where I can sew and cut in the same room. In our old house I sewed upstairs in the loft and cut on the main floor on my center island. Even having my sewing and cutting on the same floor would have been a plus.
I just had to put a few hexagons together. I love the happy bright colors in this line.
However, I'm not sure about this one. I don't know that I want the black in there. Do you think it will make it look too dark and take away from the cheeriness with the blacks in? I like a little black, but this one and one other strip I'm a little worried about. What do you think? Also I don't love the biggest print that's in the center here. It looks really scrunched in such small pieces. The colors are nice, but I'm not sure about using it.
Here is the opposite hexagon. It doesn't look so bad here. You can see more of other larger print fabric and the black is more of an accent color. What do you think? Would you throw out the pieces with black backgrounds? Would you toss the pieces with the bigger print in the center? Far away those will look fine, but I'm not sure how great it will look up close. Help! I need your opinion.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Jake needed me to take one last picture. He loves to be in the spotlight. He gets quite offended if I take a picture without him in it. Today my American Jane triangle rulers came in the mail. I've decided I'm going to do the Recipe for Friendship jellyrolls in the Merry Go Round Pattern. I'm excited to try it out! I had my Jelly Stars all lined up for next, but I'm bumping them back one. Really, I should probably do it next. I found some fabric at American Quilting a few weeks ago from the line on clearance and bought the back so I just need binding fabric. Oh, well.... I have it for later.