November 13, 2020

Pool Party Quilt Top, Pre-cut Challenge

The Pool Party Disappearing-4-Patch quilt top is assembled. It measures 64.5" x 80.5". After assembly, I found a problem but it's staying! Can you spot the problem?

I made this from a layer cake called Pool Party Palette by Kona Cotton. I tried to keep the blues in the order they were in the layer cake, I succeeded for the most part. I'm very happy with the result. This is part of my pre-cut challenge, trying to use up all the precuts I've accumulated over the years.

Yes, this Disappearing-4-Patch looks different, if you want to make your own version, you can find the tutorial on YouTube, here.

May your bobbins always be full,

October 10, 2020

Geese at Sunrise, Precut Challenge, Two Quilts Finished!

The sun was directly overhead, so my photos aren't the best.  (That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it!)  These are the last of the Jellyrolls I'm using for my Pre-Cut Challenge.  This jelly roll is called Geese at Sunrise and those are my kind of colors.

For the quilt backs, I used up some large pieces of scraps and a couple of orphan blocks.

These quilts measure 45.5 x 56.5 inches and 45.5 inches square.  Quilts # 16 and 17 for 2020.

Now to decide on my next Pre-Cut Challenge, I'm thinking Layer Cakes.  I have a few!  

May your bobbins always be full,

October 6, 2020

The Plan B X & + Quilt is Finished!

I'm so happy with how this turned out. Many of my quilts are "organic" and this one is no exception. Organic means I don't know what I'm doing, but the end result is perfect.  This is the 15th quilt I've finished this year.  The Stay-At-Home order means no travel, no travel means more sewing time.  It's a good trade-off.  I have two trips booked for next year, I'll have to wait to see if they'll actually happen.

May your bobbins always be full,

October 5, 2020

Two Strip Quilts are finished

Two jelly roll strip quilts complete. I finished binding them yesterday. The second photo shows the back of one. These are part of my PreCut Challenge to use my stash.

I used 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.  I've very happy with how they turned out.  They measure 52" x 62"/
May your bobbins always be full,

September 27, 2020

Two Brake Light Quilts complete

My friends and current "Quilt Models", Lori and Charlie, met me in the parking lot at the clubhouse to help get photos of these two quilts.  You can read about the process of making these two quilts here.  

When I got home I remembered that I hadn't taken any cell phone photos, so I had to get creative.

I used some hangers with clips and hung both quilts from the gutter in front of the garage.

I used a long arm quilter that usually does custom quilting for me.  I left all the decisions up to her and I'm happy with the results.  My only displeasure is that when she mailed these two quilts back to me, she addressed the package incorrectly.  My street number was wrong, and my street name was misspelled.  I'm going to think long and hard before using her services again.

May your bobbins always be full,

September 24, 2020

Birch Point Quilt Top

This is my version of the Birch Point quilt top, pattern by The Blanket Statement.  When I say "my version", I really mean it. I cut and constructed the quilt differently from the pattern. I loved the look of her design but not the method. I did purchase the pattern, fair is fair.  Now to get it quilted by my LAQ.

I'm thinking of a black, gray, and white version, we'll see!

May your bobbins always be full,

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,