Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Presents

I got to have Christmas early with my family this year, which will make the next two weeks very stress free!  I didn't do too much this year handmade, but I did manage to make my mom a couple of things. 

First, this clutch from Stich magazine.  Can't remember which issue, I'll have to look that up.  My sewing machine did not like this one.  The arm is just not small enough.  But, this one looks good, I don't think I'll make another one though.

I also made this mini quilt.  I know I had read a tutorial on it, but I can't find the link.  I basically made this one up, using that one as inspiration.

Now I'm back to sewing just because I want to, with no deadlines.  I love it.
I hope everyone has a great, sewing filled Holiday!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Kona Challenge

Our guild, CLTMQG participated in the Kona Color Challenge, and had our big reveal last week.  Check out the flicker group for all the lovely quilts done by some very talented quilters! 

Here's my entry.  A standard pinwheel quilt, simply quilted with straight lines in the darker areas.  This was one of those that never seemed to go quite as I planned, but I'm happy with how it turned out.

Quilt Stats:
Kona Charm pack
Kona Medium Grey
Kona Charcoal

Can't wait to see everyone again in January!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Quilt & Pillows

I've had this quilt top done since October 2010.  I'm really good at putting the tops together, but then I just seem to lose steam.  Currently there are three more tops in the closet, waiting to become real quilts.  Anyway, I decided this one MUST be finished by this Christmas.  I used this quilt-along (though I didn't really finish at the same time!)  I used a jelly roll, that I've long since forgotten the name of, and more Kona Snow than I usually do.

 Close up of the center, (that I can't get to rotate properly, sorry!)
With the leftover strips and sqares, I made some new pillow covers for the living room.  I also could not resist the Olive the Ostrich pillow panel from Laurie Wisbrun.
Now my house is nice and festive!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Football Baby Quilt

I gave this one away this month.  It was made for a friend at work.  He's a Packers fan, and his wife's a Redskins fan, so the baby must be both.  That was my theory at least.

Front of Quilt

Back of quilt

I used Crazy Mom's Zig Zag tutorial, just changed the overall size to reduce it a bit.  I've been wanted to make one for a while, and this seemed like the right project.

Originally it was going to be just one side, with the two teams alternating, but DH came up with the two-sided idea.  Seemed more interesting to me.  It was a bit of a challenge with the quilting, because of course the two sides didn't match up perfectly, so I went with straight lines across. 

Quilt Stats:
Fabrics: NFL branded Packers & Redskins fabric, Kona Yellow and White.
Bound in Kona Yellow.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Friendship Star Quilt

I was reading Angela's talk about her FWQAL and the friendship star block, which reminded me I once made a quilt out of that block.

Of course it was before I went digital.  Sorry about the quality.  It's a scan of an printed picture.  Oh, that makes me sound really old.  I'm not that old, I swear.

My one and only picture of my friendship star quilt before it was given away as a wedding gift.  Cat of course had to help, as always.  What is it about this....?

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Baby Quilt and Habitat Blocks

Finished my Habitat Challenge blocks for the CLTMQG.  I can't really pick a favorite.  I think the one in the lower left.  Without the bottom stripe, I think it would make an interesting quilt.
 Also wanted to show this finished quilt.  5" squares might just be my favorite type of quilt.  Just sent this one off to a friend for her baby girl.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Small Plates

I finished this a while ago, but just gave it as a gift, so I can share it now.

I used the "Small Plates" pattern from Oh Fransson!'s book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork.  I think I'm done using patterns out of that book for a while.  Seems to have been my go-to quilt patterns lately.

Front: Hope Valley and Kona Snow
Back: Hope Valley scraps 
Size: Straght from pattern
Binding: Hope Valley Scraps

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Easy as Pie

A new quilt, done in under two weeks.  Started cutting it out on Memorial Day weekend, had the top together by the end of that weekend and finished the quiliting and binding last weekend.  So easy. 

I used the Easy as Pie tutorial on Crazy Mom Quilts.  I did go a little nuts, and cut WAY more fabric that needed, so it's bigger than the tutorial.  Which is good. 

I'm going to use this one as a picnic / beach quilt. 

The only criteria I had when chosing fabric was that it had to be bright.

So, it was a great stash buster and ended up exactly what I planned.   The only problem is that it didn't seem to make a very big dent in the stash. 

I might try another one in a monochrome color....Maybe blue.  Or red. Or green.  I seem to have alot of green. 

Quilt Stats:
83 x 99 inches.
A whole bunch of stashed fabric.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Kitchen Windows

Made it for my bed, but of course not a king size.  I'm the only one who needs a quilt, so why bother making a king size, if half of it doesn't get used?  Plus, it adds color to the bottom of the bed.

Quilt Stats:
Made from the Practical Guide to Patchwork...again.
I added one more row and one more column to make it a bit bigger.
Made with Innocent Crush prints, Kona Black for the frame, and Kona Charcoal for the sashing.  Bound with another Innocent Crush print, not used in the quilt.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New Table Decoration

I think I've been reading too much "Practical Guide..."  this is the 2nd of 3 projects, with one more in the works. 

Anyway, it's a placemat/table decoration.  Made from one block of the "sunspot" pattern.

 And here it is in its new home....I really wish the sun was shining.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Fenced In Quilt

I finished this one a few weeks ago.  I used the "fenced in" pattern from Oh Fransson!'s book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork

It looks great in my new spare room.  And of course I had to make some matching pillows. Some stacked blocks on the right, which I've seen too many places to count here.  The one on the right was made using the mod mosaic pattern from Oh Fransson! just seemed right with this pattern.  I do wish I had quilted the mosaic one, but it will do for now. 

Quilt stats: 
Dimensions - 76" X 76"
Fabric: Sanctuary by Patty Young for Michael Miller (Seafoam Colorway), Kona Solid - Medium Gray

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mod Sampler

Finally finished it.

Love it....

Currently living in the sewing room, and can't make me happier everytime I walk by.
Pattern from Oh_Fransson! (No longer online, looks like it's being updated)

Fabrics are Tufted Tweets, and complimentary Kona Solids.