September 16, 2020

The Two-Step Quilt, Pre-Cut Challenge

This is another Jelly Roll quilt top.  I'm on a roll, using up all of my Jelly Rolls; this is the 6th quilt top I've made using my stash of Jelly Rolls.  I used a great Missouri Star tutorial called The Two-Step quilt.  It was a great video tutorial.  I recommend it if you have a Jelly Roll on hand.  It measures 68.5x60".

I have some more Jelly Rolls, but I'm taking a pre-cut break; I have a solid-color quilt rolling around in my head that I want to make.  Fabric pull coming up!

May your bobbins always be full,

September 11, 2020

The Biggest HST I ever made!

At our FB Room meeting last month, the Temecula Valley Modern Quilt Guild president issued a challenge.  Easy peasy, make something using charm squares.  I'm always up for a challenge, so I looked at some of the charm square tutorials on the web.  I settled on The Brake Lights tutorial by Moda Fabrics.

I had a bunch of charm packs that I'd picked up at a couple of Quiltcons, freebies from the vendors.  Each pack had 5 to 10 squares.  I picked Caribbean Blue for the foreground fabric and Winsor Blue fr the background.  After I read the instructions, I decided, NO Way!  I came up with Plan B, and made the above 60" square from the charms, cut in half, and foreground 4/5" rectangles.

I then made a matching-sized background square.  Laid them out, right-sides together, drew the diagonal line, and stitched 1/4' from both sides of the line, cut on the line, and pressed.  That's how I made these huge HSTs.

But I wasn't finished.  I cut another 60" length of Windsor Blue, cut it in half, along the fold, and stitched the new addition to the top of each section.  I now have two Brake Light Quilt Tops.  I sent them off to my friend Georganna for quilting.  When complete, they will go to my favorite twins!

May your bobbins always be full,

August 23, 2020

Mystery Sampler Quiilt

I'm very happy with this quilt top. I took some orphan blocks that have been hanging around, added some Blocks of the Month from my quilt guild, and this is what I got. I'm calling it a Mystery Sampler Quilt because I really didn't know how it was going to turn out.   I love the star binding!

Started on May 30, 2020
Finished on August 21, 2020
It measures 60 x 72".
May your bobbins always be full,

Dresden Bloom Quilt

I finished binding two quilts last week but needed to wait until today to get some photos.  I'm so happy with the result.  The long arm quilting was done by my friend Georganna Hawley.  She lives a couple of counties away, so we mail back and forth.

Just look at her fabulous quilting.

I'm not really a scrappy binding gal, but my guildmates talked me into just going for it.  I had these leftover strips from the Jelly Roll of Well Said by Sandy Gervais for Moda I used for the Dresden plates.

I'm very grateful to my friends Lori and Charley for meeting me at the Clubhouse parking lot this morning.  They are great friends and great quilt models.

Started on June 12, 2020 
Finished on August 22, 2020 
Measures 72" square
May your bobbins always be full,

August 13, 2020

Geese at Sunrise ~ 2, Precut Challenge

This is the layout I chose for the leftover HSTs from the Geese at Sunrise Quilt Top.  I initially thought I'd make pinwheels from the 16 giant HSTs; nope I didn't like that layout.  So I fooled around with the layout for a couple of days, sort of tweaking the design as I walked by the dining room table.  This quilt top measures 45" square.

My "normal" LAQ now has 3 of my quilts to work on, so I'm going to contact someone else about quilting these two.
May your bobbins always be full,

August 12, 2020

Geese at Sunrise, Precut Challenge

I'm still challenging myself to use precuts from my stash.  The focus this month is Jelly Rolls. I have at least 5 more jelly rolls in my stash, so I'll be busy for a while!  The jelly roll I used for this project is called Sunrise Colorstory by Kona Cotton.  The blue fabric is from stash. This measures 45" x 57". 

I have enough of these giant HSTs leftover to make a small baby quilt; I'm leaning toward pinwheels but that's a decision for tomorrow. 

May your bobbins always be full,

August 4, 2020

Pre-Cut Challenge

I have tons of precuts, from when I started quilting. I've decided to challenge myself to use them up.  I'm calling it the Pre-Cut Challenge.  Feel free to join in.  Here's the hashtag:  #precutchallenge

These are from a batik jelly roll and a Kaffe Fassett jelly roll. The Kaffee roll only had 29 strips while the batik one had the normal 40 strips.  I removed the black batik because who needs a black batik and added 12 solid strips that I cut from my stash.  Then I shuffled everything a couple of times and divided them into two stacks.  This is the result, 2 Jelly Roll Race Quilt Tops. I love how they turned out!  Boy, is my LAQ going to be busy.

 I have a couple more Jelly Rolls I'm going to use, before moving on the Layer Cakes and the Charm Packs.  I have tons of Charm Packs.
May your bobbins always be full,

July 27, 2020

Kassia's Quilt is finished

When my daughter Sharon asked me to make a quilt for her sons' half-sister, I was happy to do it.  Kassia is a great girl and in addition to my grandson, she has 3 brothers.  She's surrounded by boys!

Sharon says that every time Kassia visits her home, she wraps herself in a quilt.  Of course, since I'm a quilter, there are plenty of quilts, but Sharon wanted her to have one of her own.

This is my 8th finish this year.

Started on May 3, 2020
Finished on July 25, 2020
Measures 48.5" x 57"
May your bobbins always be full,

July 22, 2020

The Plan B X & Plus Quilt Top

Not bad for just winging it!  I really love how the X & Plus quilt top turned out.  It measures 50x64".
Now to decide on the quilt back.

May your bobbins always be full,

July 17, 2020

The Plan B X & + Quilt

About 10 days ago, I made these sashing blocks, .  They were for another project that I decided to forego.  But, I had all of these blocks and I decided I needed to come up with a Plan B

Plan B involved some X and + blocks, 12 to be exact.  Then I made some 4-patch cornerstones.

Today, I assembled the first four 20" blocks that will be part of the Plan B quilt.  I discovered that I don't have enough of the sashing blocks, so that will be my next step.   Many of my quilts are "organic" and this one is no exception.  Organic means I don't know what I'm doing!
May your bobbins always be full,