W.I.P. Postage Stamp in a Block???

I've started a Postage Stamp quilt a few times, and many times it's been put away...  i had an idea for using up some of the blocks but surrounding them with solid colours..   I like how it turned out.  Still to be sandwiched and quilted.  (the quality of the photo isn't too clear, hope you get the idea though)
DH has requested a postage stamp quilt... and in earnest, i am working on & gathering 8" blocks of 1" squares - it might be a while...

038 Rag Quilt

I was given a huge bag of flannel fabric remnants from a Grandma who'd made pajamas for her grand-kids.  This was a perfect opportunity to try a Rag Quilt. I cut 4" pieces... and almost made it for a twin sized quilt, but ended up having to use other flannels from my stash to make the size.
 ~ here's the front ~

I'm not sure I'd want to make another; I was discouraged by the amount of lint that came out of the quilt.... after several washes it is still shedding.  Maybe the fabric had a low thread count....  Still, I can say....... I've made a Rag Quilt.
 ~ here's the back ~

W.I.P. Block in a Block

Over the past year or so I've been remiss in posting, but not for having not been busy in my quilting room. Here's one of the projects I've worked on.  I love the look of scrappy quilts; this ones no exception.


I had to have one!!!

A featherweight is a "must have" isn't it??  I'm her 3rd owner; she's got all the original tools and accessories.  She "sings" along real fine!!!!  Beauty!!!

037 Rectangular Log Cabin ~ finished December 2014

I really like the looks of Log Cabin blocks, they're perfect for using up a series of colours from the stash. I've made them in rectangle form a few times, and love it.
 The back was supposed to be a very large log cabin but as you can see..... something went awry.  i'm sure the recipient won't even notice..  :)


HST's this is how i make multiple same colour HST

Half Square Triangles; I've seen several tutorials, and several tools to buy to make them, but I found an old quilt book I'd bought in the early 90's. It had instructions how to make HST and it's my preferred method.

 Lay your two fabrics right sides together and press.
Draw a grid of squares 1" larger than you want the finished HST to be.
Mine were finishing at 4" HST, so the squares were drawn at 5"
Draw diagonal lines (as shown)

 These are going to be the cutting lines.

Pin between the cutting lines
Each square will make 2 HST's.

Sew 1/4" on either side of the diagonal cutting lines

Cut along all the cutting lines; the squares and then the diagonal lines.

Open and press to the darker side, and trim to the 4 1/2" square, which once sewn into the project becomes a finished 4" HST.


036 Nine Patch finished December 2014

Back in 2010 I blogged about "My little supervisor who was right there to make the softness test"  Matilda... has since crossed the bridge; she was our first cat.
I started this 9 patch back then, and somehow had other (better) ideas.. not to mention a whole other work that kept me from my biggest hobby, so this got stuck in the WIP pile(s).

Then in the fall of 2014 (after retiring from a 30+ year full time job) I tackled my hobby room. And tackling is what it needed. It got a facelift, and I began to "play" again.
My first goal was to get a couple of UFO's finished before the end of 2014 - which i managed with this 9 patch, and as you can see a new helper is right there while i quilt.
Max is an amazing quilting pal!!

Finally done!!
The front, turned out better than the WIP i had put away 4 years earlier.  
The back - which ended up more "scrappy" than i intended, but I actually love it the way it is.


035 Christmas Eve Delivery ~ Neve

 Zebras, Black & White, Hot Pink & Hearts
That was this little 6 year old girls request, when I asked her what kind of quilt she would like.
 Well I found Zebra print for the background, a variety of pink (some hot) for the daisies which I appliqued with raw edges. The short piano keys border alternated the pinks with another zebra print, that shows a herd of zebras.. They were her favourite part, she said.
For the backing, I used an Ikea fabric that seemed so appropriate. It's refreshingly colourful, with a variety of birds and wildlife. Not quite enough for the back, so I chose one of the colours in the back, a pink to extend the fabric.
Free motion is my favourite quilting, and for the centers of the daisies I did a pebble quilting, to make them stand out better. (it's quite cute on the back)
Bundled with a Zebra ribbon, ready for delivery.
Within minutes, she disappeared..... to put it on her bed.
How rewarding is that??
too sweet!!


While Making Pie today...

I heard an awful crunching sound...
 oops.... i forgot about the pins on the back... strong  needle though.

 The tops with lattice top "pie crust"
and Done!! Two hot pads!!
a Perfect Hostess Gift.

And for the Host....

034 Merry Christmas 2014

I'd love to make a Christmas quilt or two...each Christmas.
This year was interesting..
I got suckered into making a queen sized quilt.
Oh My!!!  ....anyway....

 The lint roller after cleaning up the cutting mat once the trimmings were done. I thought it had that candy cane look..
 This is the Backing fabric that was 'given' to me.. It's gorgeous, but I needed to add a bit to make it fit; I used a solid navy blue from my stash along the bottom and side. It worked!
Oh My!! It wouldn't fit on my design wall, (no floor space) so we did the sandwiching on the wall in the hallway.
 Oh My!!!!  This is the top (part)....the bottom is actually on the floor, but the top is DONE!!
 Binding, I actually don't mind attaching binding. Since revamping the sewing room I now have an extra table that I can move to the side of my sewing table - which holds the weight of the quilt while I'm binding....so much easier.
 There it is.... DONE!! 
Not only is she a Christmas fan, the recipient of this quilt has two cats - named Star & Noel....  so if you click on it to enlarge this photo you'll see the captions from two Christmas Carols, done free motion quilting.
I thought the navy blue worked well with the backing.

I told DH if he ever hears me talking of making a queen sized quilt for anyone other than for US.... 
to hit me in the head....hard have a serious talk with me!!
If I had more room in my sewing room, and my quilting frame was extended to it's fullest (not enough room for that) a queen sized quilt wouldn't be an issue...... one day....but Oh My!!!!
My faithful helper.... Maxim....he  l-o-v-e-s to help!!


033 A Baby Girl ... selah

Who can resist a baby quilt??
This one was done - start to finish - this year!!!!
I had a collection of polka-dotted fabric, and this pattern just called for the polka-dots.
measures 44" x 54"

The daisy fabric with the daisies fit right in as backing.          Smiles..

I bought a Janome Horizon last year, and for the first time tried a funky machine quilting stitch.
It looks so good, but I'm not sure I'd want to do this on a larger quilt.
Maybe one day....

I created a new label for my quilts.  I had been using a patch about the size of a business card, and attaching it to the backing. With my one year + sabbatical I found out how that could be a problem; if I attached the label to the backing, and then didn't complete the quilt - it could sit with an outdated label for way too long. 
So my new label is not only smaller, but gets attached IN the binding (which is the last step of the quilt finish) so it doesn't become outdated info. I can easily make a new label if the year changes.

And of course, a flannel receiving blanket with a couple of burp cloths. Complete!

032 Back & Forth ... Rainer

Also one I finished in 2013, but he finally received it this year..
Back and Forth  or Up and Down....
depending which way you look at it.

for my BIL who enjoys Nature.

 The backing fabric jumped out at me, when i saw it in the store...

031 ... Odin

Somewhere in the chaos of 2013 I made 
a baby quilt for a lovely little fellow.

Log cabin is a great quilt block, and it's perfect to make 
my favourite kind of quilt (scrappy).
It was easy enough to work just from my stash of kids fabrics.


And a flannel receiving blanket made the package complete.