Monday, April 23, 2012

April Blocks do.good stitches

Rachel picked polaroid blocks for this month. I thought I was going to have trouble, but it turns out I have more fussy cut-able fabric than I thought.  Picture frames are Kona white, and the backgrounds are Kona medium grey, coal, and charcoal.  Time consuming, but these are so stinking cute, I might have to make a baby quilt out of them....

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Festival of Half Square Triangles.....

Have you seen this festival?  I do love me some half square triangles.  Pop over and see all the fun.  

I was in the middle of this quilt top anyway, so I hurried up and finished in time to enter.
It's a big baby quilt, small twin size.  I didn't get time to quilt it yet, but making the top is always my favorite part anyway.

I'm calling it friendship zag.  It's traditional friendship star blocks, with 1/2 square triangles in the corners.  Each full block finishes at 9".  I set it in a brick type setting, which led to 1/2 stars on every other row end, and that secondary zig-zag pattern across the quilt. 

The weather wasn't great today, so the colors are a bit dim, but the oranges are so bright in real life. 
I managed to take pictures along the way, so if there's any interest in a tutorial, let me know.  I'll leave you with a few close-ups....

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Scallop Sewing Machine Cover

I was going to use the scallop quilt from Curves class for a wall hanging, and made it to match my dining room.  Once I was done, I realized that I didn't really know how to quilt it, and it was slightly big for the area I had planned....

So, since it matched the room I do all my sewing in, I made it into a sewing machine cover.

I just laid the top over the machine, and trimmed away the excess.   I sewed a backing on it, and turned it, rather than binding.  I did add 4 ties, 2 on each side to allow it to hug the machine better.

It looks good, since that machine sits there ALL the time.