Sunday Morning Quilts

Sunday Morning Quilts

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday Stash

This is my first Sunday Stash in a very long time. Two reasons for that: I am a bit lazy with taking photos these days and I am mainly sewing from my stash this year.  I have not been buying too much fabric. Here is my new addition:
From left to right, Spot On in Strawberry, Carolina Gingham in Periwinkle and Whispers Muslin Mates by Moda. Nothing flashy, but I wanted to go visit my local quilt shop for the last time. The owner is retiring and the shop is closing. It is a sad thing for my community. There are other shops, much more of a drive away from here. Many, myself included, will not make that drive. We hope that someone sees the need eventually and changes this, but you and I know how hard it is to open a shop and keep it going these days.

My shop here is Thimble Pleasures in Chapel Hill NC. They had tons of fabrics, lots of batiks and solids. They were a Bernina dealer and had notions and threads galore. They offered many classes over the years. They started small and grew several times in the 23 years they were in business. We shall all miss them.

If you have a local quilt store, show them some love. Internet shopping is big and easy, but you don't know how much you will miss the ability to go local, until you can't. Have a great day all.
Linking up with Molli Sparkles.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Itty Bitty Hello Kitty

It's not finished yet, I am quilting it now. But I wanted to show you something I have been working on for a few months now. When I made the Hello Kitty quilt for my daughter, my oldest daughter had just had a baby girl after two boys. She loved the Hello Kitty quilt and wanted one for baby N, but not a big one and she asked me if I could do a small one to use as a wall hanging.

Now, I liked the quilt, but I never thought I wanted to make another one, especially a smaller one. But...I began to think about it. After awhile I decided to try it and not tell her until I saw if I could follow it through.
 N's signature color, according to my daughter, is purple. So the same quilt, with a purple border this time. The other difference is that instead of cutting 2.5 inch squares that finish at 2 inches, I cut 1.5 inch squares that finish at 1 inch. Itty bitty squares...1,296 itty bitty squares actually.
 And then I added another border around it to frame it, and also because I have special quilting planned for the border.
The most fun in making this is finding scraps to use for all these squares. Many are left over from the larger quilt, and many are cut from scraps, charm squares and the last bits and bobs of very old fabrics, particularly the purple ones. This quilt will finish at about 40 inches square. I will be back with more photos when it is done. Have a lovely weekend and talk to you soon. Linking up to Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Color My World

Well, that was the title of a song that was very popular when I was in high school. Any kids growing up in the 70's know it. Anyhow, this is my last post on my crayon project, I think. I have finished all four of the crayons to gift to the grands for Christmas and I don't know who will love them more, me or their mom or the kiddos.

 Remember Pea Green who change his name to Esteban the Magnificent? Guy has self esteem.
 Here are the other three colors hanging on the design wall, waiting for their paint to dry. The black band and the faces are paint and fabric marker.
     A big pile of arms and legs on the sewing table, waiting to be attached.
 Esteban meets orange, who seems to be complaining about something. Esteban is happy though.
 The gang, all together in a chair. They all have such different personalities, don't they?
 Yellow is saying "Here I am, looking bright and I am the color of the sun!" Orange does not agree. He thinks he is the true color of the sun.
 And as they bicker over that, Purple seems to have his own issues. He doesn't look happy with either of them.
But Esteban loves them all. The reason for choosing these particular colors out of the whole book is because they are the kids favorite colors. Esteban, because he is so sweet. Have a great weekend. Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Color Me Happy

My only finish for this week is these fun crayons. I got the pattern from Chelise Patterson. If you have never read the books, you need to. They are hilarious.

 This one is my favorite. Pea Green changes his name to Esteban the Magnificent.
 He wears a little yellow cape. Here he is sitting in my sewing room, suppressing a giggle. I might need to make one of these for me to keep. These will be for my grandchildren.
I am also making orange and yellow, who argue about which one of them is the true color of the sun. And purple, because my daughter says that is N's signature color. More pictures soon. Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts. Have a great weekend.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Oh, You Beautiful Doll

My Friday finish is not a quilt this week. It's a doll. Actually two dolls. And since baby N can't read, I can post this, her Christmas gift, now.
 Ever since N was born, the only granddaughter, I have wanted to make her a doll. I went searching for a doll pattern that spoke to my heart. Then, Cori of Creativity Amongst Chaos came up with this one. She and Madame Samm, partners in crime, started making and posting pictures of many versions.
 My heart was stolen. The pattern makes a 9 inch doll, so tiny and so cute. Once I finished her, I knew I wanted one a wee bit larger for N. So I enlarged the pattern to 150% and the doll in purple was born.
 Their sweet faces are reminiscent of my own beloved Raggedy Ann. But this dolly sits up all by herself! I love the way she came together.

And here, they look like sisters. I hope N will love them. I love them. I think I might have to make one more to keep me company after these two go to live at N's house. The pattern is available at the Paper Ladies site on Cori's blog. Happy weekend friends. Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Summer Solstice Finish

Finally, this beautiful quilt is done. Completely done. I started it in the Quilt along with Melissa at Happy Quilting. I kept up with all the piecing and then used a quilt as you go method to quilt each of the 40 inch blocks. I joined them together and then the project stalled for a bit.
This past week I began pushing forward again to finish this. It is such a large quilt! I quilted the sections where the blocks joined together. Then I had to quilt the border strips and attach them. Then backing, more quilting to anchor the backing and bind.

The backing is Rhoda Ruth in a 108 inch width. I love being able to use one big piece like that.
          It's kind of like having two quilts in one.
 The whole time as I was sewing the backing on I kept thinking what would I use for binding? I didn't want grey, I wanted it to show. I didn't buy enough of the backing, but that would have been great.
 Then I looked over at the shelf of fabrics and this was right on top! I loved it. It has lots of the colors in the quilt and the bit of green. But then I thought maybe not. I finally gave in and just went for it.
      And I think it looks good from both sides. I love a good stripe for binding.
This is one big quilt. but I truly love the way it turned out. Many thanks to Melissa for a great quilt along. Not done by the end of summer, but finished before the Winter Solstice! Talk to you soon.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Quilt Deconstruction (and I need a little help here)

So, where to begin...I started this quilt about 10 years ago. My oldest WIP. Back then, my fabric choices were different and I was hand quilting most of my quilts. Slow going, but who cared back then. I had built a quilting frame to be able to quilt large quilts. This quilt was big and was even so big it wouldn't fit the  frame. So I put most of it on the frame to quilt, and planned to do the other part afterwards and then join them together. Still with me?
 This is the quilt top, spread out on my bed after I picked out the hand quilting. It was about half done. It is eight pointed stars that are pieced and a heart/flower block that is appliqued. The denim part is from old jeans. The white fabric is pretty thin and I don't know what it is.
Here is the I need your help part. I think this is a pattern from a Quilters Newsletter Magazine. I know that I was working on this in 2005. I had to take the quilting frame down then, to make more room when my daughter moved back home. I knew it would be hard to get back around to finishing this, and I was right.

I have looked through old issues from early 2005, all of 2004 and 2003. I am missing a couple of issues. I cannot find this quilt in any of them. I have other years, further back, but I feel like this would be from the years I was looking through. I seldom went too far back in time for inspiration. Does anybody know what this quilt is called or where the pattern lives?

The edges are not finished on one side and I am not sure what to do. I am going to sew the two big pieces back together for sure. After that...I don't know.

So now, some more pictures of the deconstruction process:

                   Some of my nice hand quilting stitches, right before I ripped them out.

 Tweezers make great thread grabbers. You can see my awful job of quilt marking. It probably won't come out after all these years, but I will wash it when I am done and we shall see.
 After thread removal, but before ironing it to smooth the fabric back out again. It worked.
 This is the fabric that was on the back. Judging from the look of it, I think it is an old white sheet.

 Lots of threads. And this was just the beginning of the process. Much fuller now.

So my plan is, if I can't find a picture of the finished quilt anywhere (I tried the internet) I will put it together at the best of my ability and quilt it. I plan to quilt it in a much more modern fashion. I am thinking straight lines, but we'll see.

You can see why I put off this daunting project for more than ten years now, can't you. But at least I am one step closer now. Can't wait to see if anyone knows what this quilt pattern is.
Talk to you soon.