Sunday, September 27, 2009

It's Done, It's Done, It's FINALLY Done!

Yep, that's a lot of blue squares...a lot of 1 inch squares.

I stupidly thought, I liked making this blue quilt - why not make one for my king size bed????

Oh, that's right, it's a lot, lot bigger than a 7" x 10" quilt. Here's a detail:

See that all 1" squares did not work for me, and several 4x4 solid blocks and striped squares jumped in. Thank goodness, or I'd still be sewing. It is mostly blues, mostly scraps, and most importantly, now it's done.

On to other...smaller...things.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Wedding Quilt

I've been following Stephanie's wedding plans over on her blog, and thought I'd share this. My guest book at my wedding was just some fabric squares for everyone to sign. I pre-cut & ironed to freezer paper to make sure it was easy to write on. My bridesmaids had to bully some people into it, but I got a square from almost everyone. I then used the colors from the wedding (blue and white) to make this quilt.

It's king size, so it's huge. It was on our bed for a while, but the cat was starting to destroy it, so I had to move it. Here's a detail of the signed squares.

This was so much fun to read through, and fun to make as well. I hope this gives some ideas to others.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Weekend Sewing

I had a lot of plans for this weekend, but got sidetracked on these mini quilt projects. I needed something I could finish up quickly...and the good cause always helps. These are for the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts Auction. See the sidebar if you want more information on the project.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Some Gift Sewing

I love getting X-mas gifts done early!!!

Big thanks to Rae for posting this pattern.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Bevy of Baby Quilts II

It's a really cute animal print. They were all in boats, and I fussy cut the animals faces. All wonky, since they were cut differently. I wasn't happy with the amount of white in this one, but the jewel tone border really set it off.

Four patch blocks with tacked in place star applique. I didn't know if this would be a boy or girl, and didn't want anything too girly.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sewing Machine Meme

A bit about my sewing machine as requested by sew, mama, sew.

What brand and model do you have?
White 1418

How long have you had it?
Seven years.

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
Mostly Quilts, with some other craft projects thrown in. I do not do much machine quilting.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
Usually sew every weekend, depending on the project it may get some use during the week.

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
I love the machine because it is easy to use. I do wish it had some additional features. A needle down option would be very nice, I have to do this by hand now.

What features does your machine have that work well for you?
Most of what I sew uses straight stitches. It is simple to use, and easy to troubleshoot.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
It has required service twice. The timing in the bobbin gets screwed up, and it won't stitch properly.

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!
My mother bought it for me for X-mas.

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
Yes, as a beginning machine. It's simple to figure out, without alot of intimidating features.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
I'm starting to look around for something that will do a better job at machine quilting. However, I also have to factor price in.

Do you have a dream machine?
Not yet, but I'm always looking!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Not a Quilt...

Had to post this and say thank you to Kate for posting this pattern. It's the first thing I've tried from a tutorial that actually looked like the picture when I was done.

Directions are posted here, and the template took some searching, but it's here.

Anyway, it's made with light brown linen on the outside, with Amy Butler fabrics inside. Can't wait to use it on my summer vacation!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Okay, so I really don't remember wheich one came next. By this point, I was completly hooked on quilts. It's just so fun to look at all the patterns, and fabric, and planning...
This was made for a friends wedding.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Last Hand Sewn Quilt

So, by this time I had a sewing maching, but didn't really know how to use it. Sad, I'm sure. But, this was for my sister's graduation, and I didn't want to screw it up. So, one more hand sewn....

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Still Hand Sewing...

So, after that first quilt, I was hooked. The next one was from this book. It was a blue and white one, queen size. A little ambitious for a hand sewer. But, that quilt was very loved. Used it for at least three years, then the dog got to use it. Until he ate it. Anyway, I then made a smaller one from the same book. And then realized that I really needed a sewing machine.

Monday, May 25, 2009

First Quilt Ever

Okay, so this is really playing catch-up...but the ladies listed under "inspirations" made me decide to finally post some of my projects publicly. Thank you to all those very creative people for sharing their work with everyone.

This is the first quilt I ever made. 2002, and all hand sewn, since I didn't even have a sewing maching then. I just knew I loved fabric, and wanted to do something with it...

More projects to come.