Monday, April 15, 2019

Hands 2 Help Check In

Time for the first hands 2 help check in and I am ready! I had a big stack of 16 patch blocks that I made from a Kona jelly roll several years ago. Then, I couldn't quite decide what to do with them, so I put them aside. When this year's Hands 2 Help rolled around, I had just found them again, and figured out what to do.
 The first set, I arranged like this. I had two of each block so I made 4 quadrants for the quilt. It wasn't quite big enough,so I went searching for something that would cut at 2 1/2 inches to add a border.
 The second one is a bit more girly. I love the pinks and yellows on this one. I think that both of these will make great baby quilts for Jack's Basket.
And then I searched in my limited drawer of bigger chunks of fabric for backings. My Bernina has been in the shop for the last week being serviced, but we picked it up on Saturday. This week, quilting these is way at the top of the list. I want to get them in the mail before the end of April. I still am no sure about binding, but I will wait until I get to that point.
Thanks so much to Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for organizing this once again.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

A Big Finish

I finally finished my 100 blocks 100 days 2018 quilt. Bound, washed and dried, and photographed. This is such a big sense of accomplishment for me you guys. I bought Tula Pink's book  about 6 months after it came out because I saw it everywhere on the internet. And then, it sat on my shelf. I was completely overwhelmed with all the blocks in this book.
I mean, think of it. It's 100 different blocks. Each cut out separately. No fast rotary cutting multiples here. And I know that there have been other 100 blocks sew alongs, but finally, last year I was struck with a great desire to do this. I saw lots of great inspiration on Instagram. And I figured out a way to make this a bit less overwhelming. Every 10 blocks I made in a particular featured color. So much easier for me to decide on fabrics.
 I took the blocks with me to North Carolina last spring, and my daughter helped me to figure out a nice arrangement for them. That was another sticking point for me.
      And I loved what she came up with.
 I took a couple of pictures outside, but it was way too sunny for great colors.

 With all the color on the top, I decided to put on a border of grey to frame it. I quilted the quilt in off white thread, but did the borders in red thread, just for fun.
 And I had two long-ish pieces of leftover binding in my stash, so I put them together to bind this quilt.
And for the back, I used some Bonnie and Camille fabrics that I love, but had been in my stash for a number of years, along with a couple other fabrics to make it large enough.

And there you have it. My big finish. Have a great rest of your weekend friends.

Friday, April 5, 2019

My New 36 Patch

So, I believe I mentioned awhile back that I was going to make a new 36 patch quilt. I made one a number of years ago as a sew along with Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts. It has always been a big favorite of mine. I have long wanted to make another one. This time, I am using a bunch of my favorite fabrics by some of my most favorite designers. Here is my progress report:
 These are a couple of prints from Laurie Wisbrun. The way I assemble the block, some end up upside down, but no big deal to me.
      These are a couple of Lizzy House prints.
   These are some very sweet Heather Ross butterflies in two different color ways.
     These are two more Lizzy House prints.
 These are a couple of Sweetwater prints from my most favorite of all time Sunkissed. I know there isn't as much contrast in these two, but I love them all the same.
This is a Heather Ross print, paired with a Dear Stella Mini Confetti Dots. I used to have that dot fabric in almost every color way. I am sad it's gone.
 This is two Denyse Schmidt prints from Flea Market Fancy reprint. A bit hard on the eyes, but kinda cool.
 Two more prints from the Sweetwater Sunkissed line. I have a few more from this line to include.
 And two more prints from the Flea Market Fancy reprint. This is the last of the grey seeds that I have and I just had to include them here.
Here are two prints from Sandi Henderson. The green is from Meadowsweet collection and the red is called Henna Garden, a classic.

I am doing this quilt, not only because I love the first one, but to sort of immortalize all my favorite fabrics that I have either been hoarding or am almost out of by now. A nice way of keeping just a bit of each one.

If you want to do something like this, it only takes two 2 1/2 inch x WOF strips of two fabrics to make a block. You sew the two strips together with a 1/4 inch seam and press it. I like to press it open. Then, you cut these into 2 1/2 inch units and sew them together until you have the 36 patch block. You will have some extra pieces to use either on the back or in another project.

Once there are 36 of these blocks made, I will join them all together to make my quilt top. If you want more detailed instructions you can search Crazy Mom Quilts. I know her blog isn't active any longer, but all her tutorials are still up there.

Today I am hoping to finish the last side of the binding on my 100 blocks quilt so I can wash it and have it to show you, maybe tomorrow?
Have a lovely Friday.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Jiggedy Jig

Remember that old nursery rhyme? To market, to market to buy a fat pig. Home again home again jiggedy jig. That's what I named this quilt.
 If you will remember, these were left from the panels that I used of Farm Fresh. I made a quilt and a table runner using the chickens and the roosters. This sweet quilt is for my son-in-law's nephew who is two. I hope he likes cows and pigs.

 And the bright rainbow backing is a couple of pieces I have had in my stash for years now. I know small children like bright pretty colors.

So this will go out in the mail soon, hopefully this week some time and now that this is done, I finally finished quilting the 100 blocks 100 days quilt and put the binding on it yesterday. I began stitching the binding down last night. A couple move evenings should see it finished and then into the washer and dryer for its crinkle treatment. I should have it ready to show you by Friday.

Today we are going to the Padres baseball game, so no sewing will happen. I am still working on my Hands 2 Help quilts and they are moving right along. I would think in two more weeks, they will both be done.
Have a great Wednesday.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

And Meanwhile, InOther News...

So I thought I should maybe show you some of the other stuff I have been making lately. I sew almost every single day.
 I am crocheting the Woodland blanket from Attic 24 for my middle daughter. This is usually my evening hand work project.
 I have pin basted the cows and pigs quilt for a sweet little boy I know. These were left from the fabric panel from Farm Fresh. I used the chickens and roosters elsewhere.
 And a nice bright rainbow on the back, using up these fabrics I have had forever.
 The first of my Hands 2 Help quilts. I have enough of these 16 patch blocks to make two baby quilts for Jack's Basket. That is the charity I have chosen. So happy to find a good use for these blocks.
 Still working on the 100 Blocks 100 Days quilting. I had started it two weeks ago, but had to put it aside to finish Light in the Window.
And here are some pin cushions for my craft fair. I have a bunch of other items as well. Several types of zip pouches and such. That is coming up in early May.
Hope you have a lovely day.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

A Light in the Window

This is a post I have been looking forward to for awhile. I put some projects aside to finish this one up so I could send it off to it's recipient. We all know someone who has lost a loved one suddenly and unexpectedly. My Light in the Window quilt was designed to show love is still in the home after all is said and done.

 This is my new pin basting on the table system. It works pretty well and saves my knees.
       Can you see the "beams of light" in the quilting here?
          A single heart in a window.

          Found this great wide backing at Pineapple Fabrics.

Ready to be shipped. And it has made it to its destination.  I hope it brings love and comfort to its new owner.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Busy Busy Busy

I have so much stuff going on. I finally finished doing my jury service and am back to sewing. I have a quilt pin basted, a quilt ready to be pin basted, back is made and just finished another quilt top. I made a table runner for a friend and am working on small pouches and bags for a craft fair I am doing in May.  And I just signed up for Hands 2 Help at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Some pictures?
 These are the blocks, clipped together by rows. I can't show the quilt just yet. But soon.
                         This is the runner back.
This is the front, made with more of the chickens from Farm Fresh fabric panel. The recipient collects small ceramic chickens.
 And last weekend, my iron died and so I went out and bought this one. It got some of the best reviews, but it is hard getting used to a new iron.
 I finished crocheting my Sweet Pea blanket with Lucy from Attic 24. I am loving the colors.
And because I have found that I must always have a hand project, I began another crochet blanket for my middle daughter.
So that's what's keeping me busy. I hope you are all well and surviving the last of the winter. We are expecting warmer sunny days here by the end of the week. Woo Hoo!!!