Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Recent Special Orders

 These are the special orders I have completed in the last few months.

The rag wreaths are getting pretty popular.

My mom requested a table runner that would be Spring/Summer.

And finally, I had a request for a twin size flag quilt for a Boy Scout Court of Honor. It is huge!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Another Baby Quilt

I have another cute niece or nephew coming in a couple weeks. This family has lots of fun when the new baby arrives because they don't ever find out the gender till the baby arrives. Then they like to torture the rest of the family for a while till they finally reveal to us the name and gender of the new arrival. Its torture, but it is fun. 

When they announced their first baby I was struggling trying to figure out what kind of baby quilt to make for them. I didn't want to just make some thing neutral. I wanted it to be fun. At the time, they lived a few states away from the rest of the family. So I finally decided to make quilt that was a map of the United States. It was quilted around each state line. It even had tiny hearts quilted around their city and around the city where the rest of us lived. Definitely a test of my free motion quilting skills. 

For their second child I kept with the theme and did a map of the world. It didn't have the country borders printed on it, but I followed the continental borders. The oceans had loads of swirls and drifts in it. 

The child coming soon is baby number three. So I have to follow the theme! This one is a map of the solar system.

It took some time to find a panel that I liked. This one really got me. Yes, its not accurate because it still identifies Pluto as a planet, but I don't care.

I followed the orbital lines then expanded it outward. I loved doing this with my walking foot.

On the back I used some awesome tie dyed flannel. It is super soft and it is the first time I used flannel as a backing.

The next time they have a baby, I might have to find a panel of some constellations, or the Milky Way. I love this theme!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Latest Stuff

December is over, so now I have more time to focus on other things! Like Quilting!

I have been working on about 8 or 9 projects. One of which is this fun baby quilt for the future Baby H.
I have a thing going with this side of the family. Grandma picks out the fabric and I make the quilt. Its pretty fun that way because they let me do whatever I want. 

I found inspiration for this one from one of the many pins on my Quilting Pinterest board. 

I really like the way the polka dots worked into it.

Next, Santa brought me this super cute kit in my stocking so i just had to dive right into it.
 It is my first 100% hand made project. Even the binding is hand sewn which is a first for me.

I worked on it mostly in the car, waiting for kids to get out of school, or in the evening, watching a show.

I love the way it turned out. I am very proud of it. The only problem is that I don't know what to do with it!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Elephant for my Sister

 I have an old, really beat up quilt for my grandmother. It has holes every where and there is no way it could be saved. Well, one day a few months ago, my local quilt shop sent out an email about this...

It mentioned something about turning old quilts into something new. What a great idea! So I made this for my sister for Christmas. I didn't give her any explanation, but she knew right away what it was and where it came from. And she loved it!

(I have plans for another one for someone else who I know would really like it! And if there is enough quilt left, I might do one for me too!)

Quilts for my Kids

 Earlier this year we repainted the kids room so decided that they needed quilts to go with their "new" room. So I drew up two patterns, found a color scheme that went with their room and their favorite colors.

So first I started with Naomi's quilt. I started last spring when I could work on it when she was in school.

Her quilt was very random. I started by throwing out the squares and made sure they were mixed up real good.

Then straightened them up.

Then sewed them together with the sashing.

Then quilted it. I kept it simple with straight lines.

She loved it. 

For Alana's I had a hard time deciding with way the pattern should go. This one has three different squares. Pretty simple. 

This one has 5 separate blocks. it takes more planning, but is funner to look at. My husband voted for the second one. 

So, after bed time during the summer, and after she started Kindergarten, I sewed it all together.

See, its fun to look at!

I got it pinned together...

And quilted it with a bunch of diagonal lines.

She loved it too!

I love how they are different enough that when they grow out of liking to be the same, they can be different, but yet, they still work together with each other and the color scheme in the room. As you can tell, Noami's favorite color is pink, and Alana's is teal blue. They also picked out the colors for the room. I was really surprised when Naomi picked yellow fro her wall color

Monday, December 19, 2016

Sports T-shirt Quilt

I was contacted by a friend of a friend to make this shirt quilt for a daughter who is a sports star!

I started out by rough cutting each shirt, ironing on stabilizer on the back, then cutting them to size. Each square is 12.5 inches across, but they all vary in length, depending on the design on the shirt. 

Then I pieced them all together, starting in vertical strips, centering them together, adding filler blocks, piecing the strips together, and adding a border to bring it to size.

Then I layered on the batting a back fabric that the mom picked out. Then i quilted it like crazy. I used my favorite design or a meandering swirly line. It creates a lot of movement, is easy to fill areas, and I can start and stop easily and hide it easily.

Then I added a coordinating hem.

I love the way it turned out. And the mom loves it too. She is giving it to her daughter for Christmas!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Mystery Quilt

In quilt guild I participated in a mystery quilt challenge. They gave us one part a month to do and at the end they showed us how to put them together.

We started with this triangle. 

We had to make 4 of them.  This went on for a few months of making randle strips of squares and appliquing cherries. 

Finally they showed us this:

They had gotten permission from the makers to share it with quilt guild and break it into pieces. 

My quilt ended up like this:

In the end they invited the makers of the pattern to come judge our quilts. They had never done anything like that before. I learned a lot about appliqué and what judges look for when they evaluate a quilt. Needless to say I ended up in fourth place (of 4 quilts.) but I think I come to an important conclusion. My style is a lot different than the other ladies in quilt guild. I like the simplicity of my quilt. There quilts were very busy to me. They were very cutsie. But on the other hand thier quilts were very well made. They definitely have superior quilting skills.  

I want to improve my skills. So I am going to find one quilting technique that I really enjoy doing, and work hard on that so that I can master that technique. Instead of bouncing around from technique to technique. So that is my plan. We will see where it takes me.