Saturday, February 9, 2019

Leftovers - finished!

Due to poor planning with a recent wedding quilt, I had a ton of leftover HSTs.  So I made another quilt.  Honestly, I love this one, probably more than the original.

We had freshly fallen snow on the day I took the pictures and I took advantage of it.  However, it was also freezing out and my fingers started getting numb quickly.  It limited the amount of pictures I took.

I think on of the reasons I like it is the double sashing.  The slight color change really adds something.

For the quilting, I did chain squares (Angela Walters) in the HSTs.  I did figure 8's in the in between borders.

The back is a minky (of course) that you can just see in the top corner. 

It turns out that I still have a whole bunch more HSTs still in the bag.  So you'll be seeing another similar one sometime.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Fish quilt

I quilted this fish quilt for my mother-in-law (and posted about it a month ago).  She was unable to finish it off and so asked me to do it.  This is just to quilt document what the final quilt looked like, since it's always nice to have a final picture.

We got some older kittens last month too.  This one, aptly named Tornado, has a fondness for fabric.  And by "fondness" I mean "likes to make a mess of any fabric that I have out and growls when around fabric to make sure no one steals it from him."

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


I'm going to try the quarterly finish along this year.  I feel like that's about as often as I've been posting progress updates anyway, so it might be more fun with others.

1. Baby boy quilt (HCP): Piecing is complete and it is the next one up on the quilting frame.  I just oiled the sewing machine, so hopefully everything will run very smoothly!  After I took the picture I realized I don't love this as much as I thought I would.  I love, love, love the individual fabrics, but should have included some solids.  Oh well...I'm not going to change it now.

2. E's quilt: She is almost five years old and needs a new quilt!  We went to the fabric store and she had lots of fabric that she liked, but she seemed to gravitate towards brights, rainbows and flowers.  Her mom wants it to be able to grow with her.

3. Meshing solid HSTs: This needs to be quilted.  Densely, so the grey variations aren't so prominent.

4.  Scrap bee blocks 2017: This got all put together and now needs to be quilted.  I also want a scrap backing, so that needs to be pieced.

5. Temperature quilt.  I need to quilt this.  It's from 2017, so it's rather low on the priority list.

6. Rainbow Log Cabin.  I need to decide what to do with this.  I was thinking of making it reversable.  If I don't want to do that, I need to just finish it up!

7. Scrap quilt. Surprise, surprise, it needs to be quilted.

8. Winter quilt.  I have the fabric and an idea for the pattern.  It involves triangles and a sketch is somewhere on the blog.

9. Pillow with green/purple fabric.  I just want to make an easy pillow.  I just need to do it.

10. Black scrap quilt.  This is so close to being finished.  I want to square it up before binding, and the task seems daunting.

11. Wedding quilt left over HST II.  While I don't have a pattern in mind yet, finding one for HSTs will be pretty easy.  I was considering adding in some pink to have a pre-made girl baby blanket.

12. Green stripes.  This isn't square.  I don't really know how to square it up well (or easily), so it's been sitting around for a long time.

Things that don't count for the Finish-a-long...
13. Wedding Quilt left over HST: This needs to be washed and have pictures taken!
14. Jeweled floors

15. Wedding quilt pillows
16. Quilt for Ryan  
17. Trying to fit in - left over triangles
18. Fabric from Christmas


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

ISO a fabric name

Does anyone know anything about this fabric?  Especially what it might be called?

I'd really like to get some more, but I got a fat quarter that doesn't have the salvage info on it.

update: I found it using this blog post, although with a few changes.  In Chrome I can just right click the picture and choose 'google search for image' and found it fairly easily after that.  It's Henry Glass: Black, White, and Scroll Vine.  And it isn't in stock anywhere anymore. :(  On to plan B.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Finished: purse

About two years ago, I made myself a messenger bag.  It was getting well used, so it was time to make myself a new one.  (I find it a bit funny that I seem to want a new one every two years.)  This one held up much better than the first one, but there were still some items I wanted to change.

First of all, I decided that I'd try using interfacing.  I've only used interfacing for T-shirt quilts before, but the last purse was a bit floppy.  I also wanted a smaller purse, so that I would put less stuff in it and hopefully lose less stuff.

The last changes included a zipper pouch under the flap and magnetic snaps.  The zipper in the photo above is for my phone.  I had one in the old purse too, but kept putting other things in it.  So the zipper in the photo below is for car keys, a pen, and chap stick...and hopefully nothing else.  I didn't do any inside pockets this time.  The magnetic snaps were a last minute addition since the shorter and stiffer flap wasn't staying closed well.  They work wonderfully!

The messenger bag is modified from this tutorial, and how to insert zippers is from this one.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Fish Quilt

My mother-in-law made this fish quilt for my new second cousin.

I quilted 'Sea Foam' on it.  The swirls and bubbles seemed to match so well with the fish.

I did not quilt over the fish though, causing them to pop slightly from the background.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Low volume finish

I finished this quilt for some dear friends and their new baby boy.  I did not finish it by the time the baby was born, but I wasn't too far behind.

 I started the photo shoot on a nice fall day with lots of sunshine.

I used mostly low volume fabrics, with an emphasis on some tree bark and rock fabrics that I had found at a quilt show.   Half of the accent pieces were dark grey/black and the other half were colored.  Just enough to give it a pop of color.

I quilted it with a wood grain texture.

Later I finished the photo shoot and it was cloudy with snow on the ground.  But I'll admit, that's the way I like it best.

The pattern, Mad Dash, can be found here.

Linking up with Finish it Up Friday.