Sunday Morning Quilts

Sunday Morning Quilts

Monday, August 15, 2016

Pets on Quilts

I have never gotten around to participating in the Pets on Quilts blog hop that Snoodles does every year, although I have gone and looked at all those adorable pets and their quilts. Such talent in these quilts and the animals are adorable. I have a quilt inspector named Omalley, after Omalley the alley cat in the Disney movie Aristocats. He is an old man now. He is 16 years old. He has been a part of our family since my daughter adopted him as a baby. Here are some pictures of him doing his job:
 This is my favorite place to sleep, especially in the winter. Lots of pillows and quilts and mom even puts a heating pad under the quilt to keep me warm. These old bones get quite chilled in the winter, you know.
                 I know mom wants to get this quilted, but it is already pretty cozy.
                           What? You need me to move? Now?
 When she won't let me lie on the work in progress, I sit here in her quilting room on the sewing machine cover. It's quilted too.
 I love the bed in winter. It usually has several layers of quilts on it for  extra coziness.
                       And now I lay me down to sleep...
Thanks to Snoodles and Dragondrop and Padsworth. This was fun. Lily Pad Quilting

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Summer Sunday

I have a couple of finishes today and an update on the Summer Solstice QAL I am participating in. First, the finishes.

 This is a wedding gift for some friends that I couldn't show until I was finally able to deliver it to them. I know it is hard to see, but it is a tree, stitched on Kona snow. I added the butterflies because my friend loves butterflies.
 I went back over the white stitching with a light grey to enhance it a bit and added this sweet little heart to the trunk of the tree.
 I love the blue butterflies. I didn't have any kind of fabric to make them more iridescent.
 Needless to say it was very well received, so I am pretty happy about it too.
 Then I had another secret project. After my sister's quilt went missing, I decided to make version 2.0 in a mini to give to my other sister. These are all the tiny leaves I cut out for it.
And this is the finished top hanging on my design wall. I have since quilted it and gifted it, but apparently I forgot to take any more pictures of it. It is roughly 38 inches square.
 These are the pictures of my Drunkards path blocks for the Quilt Along. I am so happy I am making the 40 inch square blocks. I can't imagine how much longer it would have taken me to finish.
 Plus, these are bigger and I suspect the curves easier to sew together. I did one practice block and then tackled the rest over two days after work. I starte a week late on this installation due to vacation.
 But I am all caught up and looking forward to beginning the assembly of the blocks. This is going to be a great quilt I think. Talk to you soon.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Eight Years Later...A Finish

Well, this quilt certainly has a story to go with it. I started it about 8 years ago, when I had a denim couch. I have always been a blue jeans girl, and I loved this denim couch. It was great for having with kids and grand kids. The covers all came off and went into the wash, going back tight and great fitting as jeans do. So I wanted to make a quilt that matched it as soon as I found the perfect fabric at my LQS.

 They are all batiks, which I don't use much even though there are so many beautiful ones out there. I pieced it fairly quickly, but got hung up on the quilting. I started out hand quilting it. I used to do a lot of my quilts that way. But it is slow. And it went to the back of the line.
 This is the part that got machine quilted a few weeks ago just so I could get this thing done.
 There were a few centers that were hand quilted like this, but I couldn't find the stencil I used back when I started. So I made a choice to go in another direction.
 All the small squares are hand quilted and the stitches are of varying lengths. My abilities have changed some over the years.
 The back I love. It is an older Heather Baily print that I bought because the colors matched the front pretty well. The outside borders are a dark blue marbled fabric.
 I love that it is done. The colors are just so delicious. I still love them after all this time.
 This quilt would have looked great on that denim couch. But alas, the couch is no more. One of the kids took it and has since gotten rid of it. I love my new couch, but I will never forget the old denim couch.
                        This quilt will always remind me.
And one more small miracle, while wondering what to bind it with, and searching for something else at the time, I found about a yard of the coral batik. Perfect. Just perfect.
And it looks pretty good on the new couch too. Another happy ending for one of my quilts. Talk to you soon.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wednesday, No W.I.P.

I know most blogger post and share WIPs on Wednesday. We love that alliteration. I don't really have any to share, but I do have a finish and I can't wait until Friday because I am working Friday. So, here we go.
 I am calling this quilt the Octopus' Garden. I bought this fabric a long while ago with the intention of making a baby quilt with it. When the baby came, I had several other quilts for her and my daughter asked me to make something bigger, because you can only use so many baby quilts. Right?
 So I noodled around and finally found a way to showcase all the prints from these two lines that I had bought to go together. I did not end up using them all, there is a scale print that I have and I already have an idea for that.
 Everything outside is wet today due to an overnight storm, so all the pictures were take indoors.
 I quilted the main portion with a rather uneven wavy line to mimic the water.
 Then I went around the outer borders with the same wavy lines, just easing around the corners.
 The binding I decided to use the bright orange print for one final pop of color and I love it!

 So this is the whole thing, laid out on my queen size bed. I think when Miss N gets her first big girl bed it will fit real nice. Of course she's only 6 months old, so it will be awhile.
 This is the back. I was originally going to piece a back, but then I found this! Extra wide backing fabric from Amanda Jean's Good Neighbors line...on SALE!...at Connecting Threads. I love this!
 I can't say enough good things about how cute this is and I am so sold on extra wide backing fabric. I love the thriftiness of piecing a back, but this. This was awesome!
 Here is my label. All attached and ready to go. Quilt has been washed and dried to a soft, crinkly finish. All the Pieced side is organic cotton, by the way.
 Folded up and ready to go to it's new home. I know it will be well loved. I mean, mermaids!!
But it will have to sit on a shelf like this for a year or so first. I'm okay with that. Talk to you soon.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Stuff

Not a catchy title, I know, but that's all I got today. I have spent the week noodling around in my sewing room. Jumping from thing to thing and not finishing any projects at all. And I don't feel a bit guilty. Here is what I have done:

 Fiddling around with feathers. One of the projects I am doing for my middle daughter. I always wanted to try my hand at these and now I am. I'm going to try a few more in other colorways.
Then there's this. A Geranium dress for Miss N in Sarah Jane's classic Children at Play. I have wanted to make a dress out of this since it first came out. And now I have.
 Then I started playing around with a few fabrics in a Plus quilt. I have wanted to try this one before and now I have. Dark blue...?
or light blue...? Or...
 Both!! And a border of the dark blue. Just took one day to do, but no real plan in mind and this is how it ended up.
 There are some really cute fabric prints in here. Love the little tiger kitties.

And last, but not least, my HSTs for the Summer Solstice QAL. I have them all sewn up and am trimming away on them. One third done, two thirds to go. Hope to have them all done by the end of the afternoon. So, How has your week been?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Long Time WIP

I have several WIPs that I started years ago. I still pick them up occasionally and try to finish them. I know you have some too. Everybody does. Here is one I just picked up again today and now I have a plan to get it done.
 I know I started this about 7-8 years ago at least. I got the fabrics at my LQS. I don't often use batiks. I thought this would look so nice on the couch I had at the time, which was blue denim.
 The piecing went fast and I had decided to hand quilt it. I wasn't doing too much machine quilting then. So I got started. I did work on it a lot in the beginning.
 The only way I might be able to date this quilt is the backing. I think this is a Heather Baily print and I love it so much. This is the back of the quilt.
 I surrounded it with a dark blue marbled fabric. This quilt is about a lap size, but I haven't measured it lately.
 Look at how beat up the batting is. I have to get this done, just to save the quilt from the ravages of time at the very least. It's very wrinkled.
 The centers that are quilted have a Celtic design. It's hard to see here. That is what slowed me down. The small squares are almost all done. So I am changing gears. I am going to do a simpler design in the rest of the centers.
 I need to get this thing done, bound in lord only knows what. I know there is not any scraps from this now.  I will keep you posted and let you know when it is done.
 Not bad for someone who hasn't hand quilted in a couple of years. I forgot how much I love the look.

Wish me luck. Here I go...