Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Lucky Quilt #13

My niece graduated with her BS in nursing.  She is a great lady.  Was a single mom in her 30's and she had always wanted to be a nurse.  So she set her goals and went for them.  All at the same time as raising her son.

She is working at a Detroit hospital on the night shift in the ER.  It is a tough place with lots of action, so no soft nursing work for her.

To show her how proud we are of her, I decided to do a quilt for her.  Her are the fabrics I have

So off to make a plan and get started.  Here is to Lucky #13.

Quilt #10 Finished

Ok, I know that I'm going backwards in my numbering, but I finally got the backing for my Christmas quilt.

So I was able to put it together and quilt.  This was my first try to do binding on my machine.  It wasn't too bad.  This was my practice run for binding as I need to do the binding on my Cutting Corners (Quilt #11).  It is a much bigger quilt, so this was my test run.

I think this turned out pretty cute.  I like the double quilting on the squares.  I might use this for the next quilt too.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Quilt #12 from Leftovers

So I took leftovers (not scraps, scraps are small pieces) from my coin quilt layer cake pack and came up with these pieces.

I had no idea what I was going to do with them after I made them.

So here were a few choices.

I ended up going with the one on the top.  Over the weekend I got the top put together and then moved on yesterday to the back.

Once I had my sandwich done, it was on to quilting.  If you've seen my past quilts, I am a straight line girl.

So I ended up with this quilting on the back.  I surprised myself, as I didn't even think it would look this nice on the back.

Now it was onto binding.

Here is the finished quilt.  I think it turned out pretty good from Leftovers.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Covered in Love

Well I send out my two quilts to Covered in Love on Friday.  As a beginning quilter and looking at some of the quilts done, mine are definitely a simple patterns and simple quilting.

Here they are.  The first one is just a basic HST.  Which is becoming my favorite.

And the second one is a coin quilt, using some of the leftovers for the back.

Hoping someone will truly enjoy these, as much as I enjoyed making and sharing them.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Not Completing Anything

So the last few days I've been sewing but not getting anything done.

First up I was working on my Cutting Corners quilt and got the top completed.

I live in a small town and not much is here so it is a drive to Joann's and other stops.  My sister was out so I had her stop and pick up my batting.  I  already have a piece have a piece I was going to use for the backing.
Here is the backing I am going to use.  So I start to put my back together and figure out (should have known) it isn't big enough.  So I head into town to our Quilt Shop for some white to add to the back. They only have 1 3/4 yards of white in the shop.  I take it.  

While she is cutting the white, I check out the Christmas fabric, because I need some for my Christmas quilt.  I pick up the cute stripe, but when I get home, I don't like it with the top.  Should have taken the top with me, but didn't think I would be getting any Christmas fabric. Remember I was only running up to get a piece of white.  

So now I still  need  a backing for this Christmas quilt and I now have some for the stash.  That stash sure does built up fast.

Then I came across this very cute, light and airy fabric from Camelot Fabrics, called The Beach House.  It was so cute, it had to come home with me.  

So now I'm home with nothing to sew.  So I went into my leftovers from Quilt #8 and #11.  I sewed and cut these blocks, now I'm not sure what to do with them.

Well at least I have something to do today.  Ironing and deciding how to lay out for a top.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Quilt #11 Cutting Corners

Well we went to the Morel Mushroom Festival for the weekend, so no progress happened on my latest quilt.  It was rainy, snowy, windy and cold off the lake and no mushrooms were found.  I'm not a mushroom fan, but would have like to have picked some for DH.

Last week, before we headed out, I pieced the strips and cut into 10" blocks.  

Then I made my HSTs and layed the top out.

Sewed the rows yesterday and today is ironing and sewing the rows together.  Then I'll have a top done and need to think about what backing and binding to use.  So I'm off to get busy.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Quilt #11 MSQC Cutting Corners

Ok, I have been able to get a lot of quilting in this week.  It isn't the norm, Hubby has been gone all week and coming home tomorrow.  So then I'll be back to less quilting time.

So before he gets home, I'm starting my eleventh quilt.  I saw the Cutting Corners featured on Missouri Star Quilting Youtube channel and since I love HSTs, decided this would be #11.

I am using Grow.

So off to do some ironing and sewing.  See how far I can get tonight.

Happy Friday everyone.

Quilt #10 Christmas All The Trimmings

I've been wanting to do a Christmas quilt for myself and I found a charm pack on special a month or so ago, so Christmas quilt it is.
I pinned this quilt sometime ago from Helen Philipps Blog.  I liked the simple square and loved the quilting.  Since I am such a beginner, I though this would be a simple quilt to try.

I am using Michael Miller All The Trimmings and Bella Solids in Snow

Here it is all pieced and ironed.  I'm going to add a border, but don't have the right fabric.  I hate to not finish, before I go onto my next project, but the Christmas fabrics aren't really out in the stores I've been to.  Hopefully this summer I will find the right border and backing.

Until then, I'm off to check out my fabric box and find my next project.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Quilt 9 is done!

So thanks to the rainy cold day yesterday I quilted all day and here is my finished quilt.

I think it turned out quite nice.  This was my first time binding with the backing fabric.  It was much easier for me than using separate binding.  I haven't mastered binding yet on the machine, but some day.

So here are my last two quilts.  I  need to Sarah of Hands2Help for the mailing address.

Well I'm off to decide what quilt to do next........

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Sandwich is done for Quilt #9


Yesterday was a beautiful day finally.  Sunny and low 60's.  My sis and I had planned a road trip to Shipshewanna for the flea market season opener.  We walked alot and enjoyed the weather.  The flea market was a bit to "fleay" for me.  Lots of the same things over and over.  Where do all these vendors buy a package of 10 toothbrushes they can sell for $1?

The we headed to town, had lunch and stopped in to Yoder's Department Store.  Let me tell you they have the best fabric selection.  They may be my new favorite place to shop for fabric, even though they are over an hour away.  I saw so many collections and precuts (which as a beginner I love). All the great collections I see on line they have.  Amazing

As a bonus, they have a great shoe department for casual shoes and I'm a casual girl (well getting to be old lady, but we settle for girl today).

My sister Patti, who isn't a quilter, has been watching me quilt on her new sewing machine she leaves at my house (what a great sister).  She bought some charm packs of Dot Dot Dash, a layer cake of For You and a layer cake of Nocturne with some backing fabric.

Dot Dot Dash Charm Pack by Me & My Sister Designs for Moda Fabrics

LAYER CAKE - Nocturne by Janet Clare - Moda Fabrics - 42  10" Squares, Precuts, 100% Cotton Fabric

So today is a rainy cold day, all the better to start quilting Quilt #9.  Here is my sandwich for today:

So after I get my 10,000 steps in for today, then I can get on with quilting.  Here is to a great day.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Quilt #9 is Started

While I was hand binding my last quilt, my fingers got tired.  So what else should I do, start another quilt.  I  had bought a charm pack from Parade on Main from MSQC.

I loved the HSTs I used in my toppers and wanted to do a quilt with them.  So I paired this charm White charm pack and off I went.

Once I square up all my blocks, I need to make a decision.  Which pattern to choose.  I like each of them, but not sure which way to go.  So I'll think about it today and decides once my squaring up is done. 

I plan to add a red border around the front, not sure of how wide yet.  Might then follow up with a small white border, since I'm going to bind with the backing.  Here is the backing, as well as a navy, which I may throw into a border too.

More decisions, I love to use a pattern, then most of the decisions are done for you.  But this isn't really a pattern, so I'm on my own, which scares me, as I am a newby and don't really trust my decisions yet.

One day I'll get there, but for today, I am off on errands and then spending the evening working on this quilt.