Friday, June 26, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

Using up scraps? Is it possible? Order out of chaos?

I love scrappy quilts! So when Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts blog started a quilt along a couple of weeks ago, I jumped in!

--First sew scraps which have a side the same length together in pairs....week one!I found myself using 2 or 3 color palettes, even with scraps! My light bright pastels...

Brighter primararies with darks mixed in....


Earth colors...using lots from past family sewing projects....way back over 50 years! Or new pieces.



While waiting for more weekly instructions from Amanda, I used some 2.5 inch strips, which I keep in a plastic bin....sort of a scrapper jelly roll! I pieced these "25 squares" blocks, made a small top, and got it pin basted together now ready to quilt with my sewing machine.


Then I made this wacky corner log cabin quilt top. Inspired by this post from Quilt Dad . Here is his photo of his block. Charming!

Following his general is my quilt top using light bright pastel scraps! Can't decide if I need to add one more row...????


Once i got home from visiting the new grandson, I worked some more on the quilt along with Amanda....

This week, 3 weeks into the sew along, Amanda has given us more direction....and I am pulling this quilt top together.

I had an extra log cabin block so that went in too! This is about 1/4 of what I should end up back down to the sewing room, to pair up more pieces for this...then the bright primary scrap top and the Earthy top.....lots to do...AND the scrap pile and chaos just seem to grow!


Thursday, May 07, 2015

Collage art quilts

I found these on the wall at my daughter's. I made them several years ago.

Soft little collage quilts are then stitched to painted canvas....hand stitched right to the canvas. Easy and fun!

And today, the teenage granddaughter made her bed! Here is a low volume pastel quilt from the book,

"Sunday Morning Quilts".


Sunday, May 03, 2015

Quilt for a new grandson!

I finished this and mailed it early in the last week of April! A gender-neutral baby quilt!

On Friday, baby Ben arrived! Here with his proud papa! (Our son, Andrew!)

Another quilt sent earlier is this one....

made by me and quilted by my mother , another gender neutral quilt, as they weren't finding out before the birth!


Flowers for a May Day birthday! The "Lorna Doone" quilt.

This quilt is a birthday gift for our daughter, Laura.

We brought it to Georgia with us, for her birthday!

It is Queen size from a kit ordered from Glorious COLOUR, the website for Kaffe Fassett fabrics.

I have not made a quilt from a kit before, but loved the light bright floral pastel look of this one! Even so, I changed the border and the binding into non-Kaffe fabrics! A pale lime for the border and a very colorful batik for the binding.


I was beautifully quilted by Sonja Koch of Fayetteville on a long arm quilting machine.

I love how she did the swirls, leaves and flowers!


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Handwork lifts I have decided to keep making quilts!

I found this inspiring blog post ( recommended by our quilt guild president in the latest newsletter).....which reminded me that I am seldom despondent or hopeless, or stressed when I am planning and making quilts!


So yesterday I took four blocks made last year and made them into this quilt top. Today I pieced the batting and the backing. I may machine quilt this one, because ......

...I am already hand quilting on this nice little pastel quilt.....surely for a grandchild one day.....We have 5 grandchildren already and there may be more to come.

Meanwhile, other family members received these quilts this week. The top one, called Bento Box, used family scraps from our childhood + more. It went to my sister, Elaine. The scrappy string pieced star quilt went to my cousin, Judy.

Making quilts is a lifeline for me, finding homes for them is usually not hard! This quilt below will go to our quilt guild's small quilt auction this coming April!

I am LOVING my new Sew Easy cutter ruler!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Liberty Road quilt--- nap size

Summery and pastel flag blocks. Hand quilted with big stitch , # 12 perle cotton and a Sashiko needle.

18 light and airy blocks! Fun! Now I have a second top almost the same to baste and quilt!


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Flower wheel wall hanging

This beaded embellished scrappy quilt was fun to make! I used a 20 degree wedge ruler to make the circle.

It is my Day of the Dead flower wheel small quilt. [Part of the therapy of dealing with Mom's death' I think.] marigolds are used in the Day of the Dead celebrations....somI used flower buttons.

I gave it to the quilt guild for,their upcoming small quilt auction!