Friday, March 24, 2023

Sunny Lanes

Last summer I pieced a Sunny Lanes crib quilt then hung her in the to be quilted closet.

I'm trying to finish projects this month so I pulled her out of the closet. Since she is only 48" square, I decided to quilt her myself. 

The quilt is very simple and basic, mainly just outlining the design and cross hatching in the squares.

The backing fabric was gifted to me to be used for charity quilts.

After washing, Sunny Lanes is 45" square. She'll be donated to The Center for their B.A.B.E. program.

Here is a link to the Sunny Lanes pattern from the Quilter's Cache.

Last December, Michele from Pennsylvania Piecemaker had a post displaying Christmas quilts. One of them was made using the Sunny Lanes pattern, very pretty! Maybe I'll make one for myself!

Linking to Needle & Thread Thursday, Put Your Foot Down, TGIFF!, Peacock Party, Whoop Whoop Party, Finished or Not  Friday, Off the Wall Friday, Beauty Pageant, Patchwork & Quilts

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Patchwork Comforter Top

I took a bag of 2" squares along to Deanna's when I went to visit her last September. During our sewing time, I sewed all those squares together in to foursies.

In February I sewed those foursies together and made 13 twelve inch finished patchwork blocks. 

There were still some foursies left but they were too repetiative. I made more foursies using 2" cut strips which were then sewn into 12" finished blocks.

Now I have a comforter top. Simple designs really are the best pattern to use for comforters.

The cherry fabric was given to me to use for charity quilts, it's the perfect border for this quilt!

Someone commented when I showed Orange Sherbet that we had green grass. This winter has just been weird. We get snow then it melts and the grass shows. Then it snows again then it melts and we have grass showing again. It's been that way all winter.

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Quilting Lady Jane

I've quilted across Lady Jane again. I'm able to reach in and do a whole churn dash block but I can't reach well enough to stitch in the ditch around the applique. 

If you look closely, you will see a lot of pins in this block. That is to show me where to start and end stitching. 

This is the left side of the quilt.

And here is the right side of the quilt.

After I roll, I'll just quilt the applique part.

The pattern for Lady Jane can be found here.

Linking to Kathys Slow Stitching Sunday, Stitching Stuff, Oh Scrap, Sew & TellHandmade Monday, Design Wall Monday, Craftastic Monday, Monday This 'N That,  Monday Musings

Friday, March 17, 2023

Sweet Kisses

Sweet Kisses is a flimsy! She doesn't scream Christmas quilt at you so she can be used all year round.

The first picture is taken outside on the glider.

Here she is draped over the couch.

For the final picture, she is displayed on a bed.

She measures 79" by 80" now. I'm sure she'll shrink after being quilted and laundered.

Here is a link to the Sweet Kisses pattern.

Linking to Needle & Thread Thursday, Put Your Foot Down, Peacock Party, Whoop Whoop Party, Finished or Not  Friday, Off the Wall Friday, Beauty Pageant

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

2023 SAHRR, the Finish

My SAHRR flimsy is finished! I incorporated a lot of orphan blocks into the project and most of them were used, at least the ones with blue in them.

Here is more of a close up of the bottom half.

And the top half.

It was a nice day so I took a picture outside on the glider.

This quilt was made with the intention of being donated and knotted. It will be sent somewhere there is a crisis and people have a need for comforters.

As of now, the flimsy measures 63" by 90" which is longer than I had planned but you know how it goes when you're making a quilt without a real pattern.

Linking to SAHRR Linky Party, Magic CraftsTo Do TuesdayMidweek Makers, Wednesday Wait LossNeedle & Thread Thursday, Put Your Foot Down

Sunday, March 12, 2023

Orange Sherbet

I pieced Orange Sherbet at the November 2021 Jane Stickle retreat. You can read about that here.

In the process of moving last summer, I sent five flimsies to Lori to be quilted and promptly bound four of those quilts when they came home in November. 

The plan for Orange Sherbet was to scallop the border. November and December are very busy so I decided to wait to bind the quilt in the new year.

The new year has been here for several months and I decided to get this quilt finished. I didn't want to mess with a scalloped border so a straight border it was and she's finished now!

It's kind of a stretch to show this quilt on slow stitching Sunday since I didn't hand stitch the binding, but, I DID hand stitch the corners. My mother always did that to her quilts so I stitch my corners also.

One thing that really attracted me to this pattern was the lovely gray corners but since she's been quilted, they don't show as much. I guess my gray is too soft.

She's been washed and now she's crinkly and cuddly.

On display on our bed while drying. You can see the gray corners better in this picture.

And another outside picture taken before washing. Apparently the gray shows better from an angle then directly above.

She measured 74" by 86.5" after piecing. Since she has been washed, she measures  69.5" by 83", definitely some shrinkage.

She'll be accompanying me to the Jane Stickle retreat this spring. I'll show her at show & tell and she'll also be the quilt I put on my bed in the motel room. She's not a full sized quilt but she's big enough.

See, I can make other quilts besides blue and white. 

I also finished knitting a dishcloth this week which is all handwork. I always have a dishcloth in progress.

Friday, March 10, 2023

A Little Star Quilt

I'm often given fabrics to use for charity quilts. I sort through the box and pass on fabrics that are too small for backings or not needed for my purpose. Sometimes those boxes contain projects that have been passed along.

A year ago a box contained this star block. I've added the outside border and quilted it with my sewing machine using an easy X design.

This black fish fabric was perfect for the backing. It also came from a donation box.

I thought black and white looked rather austere so red thread was used for quilting. It doesn't show well in the top picture so here is a close up. It looks very nice in real life.

At 26" finished, it's the perfect size for a lap quilt at a nursing home.

I folded the backing over to use for binding using this tutorial.

It didn't take long to finish this little quilt and it feels good to not have this project guilting me to finish it!

Linking to Needle & Thread Thursday, Put Your Foot Down, TGIFF!, Peacock Party, Whoop Whoop Party, Finished or Not  Friday, Off the Wall Friday, Beauty Pageant, Patchwork & Quilts

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Sweet Kisses

All of the blocks for Sweet Kisses have been trimmed and the blocks have been sewn into rows!

Here is a closer up picture of the blocks. 

Now I need to cut the side triangles to finish the rows. I don't cut every part needed for a quilt right away, I like to work in sections.

Click here for a link to the pattern for Sweet Kisses.

Linking to Magic CraftsTo Do Tuesday, Midweek Makers, Wednesday Wait LossNeedle & Thread Thursday, Put Your Foot Down

Sunday, March 5, 2023

Quilting Lady Jane

Another swath hand quilted across Lady Jane. This time some of the applique center has been quilted.

Quilting has started in the center medallion. The bottom leaves and the light blue weird shaped leaves have been stitched in the ditch. The background is quilted with a hanging diamond design. And yes, I know, the spacing isn't perfect. This quilt will end up with one of the grandchildren, they won't care.

I decided not to quilt the blue border around the center medallion.

This is the left side of the quilt.

This is the right side of the quilt. The center medallion photo was supposed to be have been in between these two pictures but Blogger didn't want them that way.

We received 6" or more of snow Friday afternoon and evening, wet heavy snow, perfect for grandchildren sledding. This picture looks toward the southwest from the front of our house.

And this picture toward the southeast from our house.

And here is a picture of the north side of our house. 

Friday, March 3, 2023

Sweet Kisses

All the blocks for Sweet Kisses have been pieced. There are two blocks in this quilt, one has a pieced plus center.

The other block has a solid colored square in the center with a solid neutral plus.

While I was piecing these blocks, I was thinking that these blocks are going to be a headache to sew together! I am very pleasantly surprised to see that they do lock into each other!

The blocks have all been trimmed, the next step is to arrange them. Hopefully next week I'll have the rows sewn together, maybe even the center will be finished! I'll be satisfied with pieced rows though, who knows what unplanned things will happen in a weeks time.

Here is a link to the Sweet Kisses pattern.

I received an email from Mail Chimp in January telling me that they were going to start charging me for delivering my posts. I'm won't pay them. It would cost me $156 for a year and I have other ways to spend that money.

I'm not going through the hassle of looking for a new subscription service, been there, done that. 

You'll have to bookmark my blog and check for my posts. I normally post on Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays. I'm not participating in the RSC this year so I don't have a Saturday post.

Linking to Needle & Thread Thursday, Put Your Foot Down, TGIFF!, Peacock Party, Whoop Whoop Party, Finished or Not  Friday, Off the Wall Friday, Beauty Pageant, Patchwork & Quilts

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

SAHRR, Round 6

Round 6 is the final round of the SAHRR. The pinwheel block was selected for this round. I chose to make 1 pinwheel because I already had a bunch of HST's in the orphan box. I sewed 4 HST's into a pinwheel.

I used flying geese strips to border the block. She measures 16.5" now, finishing at 16".

I mixed up the corner squares on the borders and didn't realize it until after I had sewn the geese to the pinwheel. Oh well.

When the SAHRR started, I pulled the light background orphans out of the orphan box. I have used most of those orphans in this quilt.

Next week is the display of the quilt flimsys. I know my quilt won't be quilted but I will have a flimsy to show you. My quilt has been made in a row by row fashion.

Sunday, February 26, 2023

3/4" Hexies

Here are more hexie flowers to show you. They're made with 3/4" hexie papers.

This first one is my favorite, I love the blues with those purples! Doesn't this look old?

These medium blues seem to mix with any fabric color!

This block isn't as pretty as the others. I'll set it next to the pink block, they'll work together.

I've been asked how big are the flowers? Measuring across the center, they are 9.25".

These fabrics are from the civil war fabrics box, I'm not making a dent at all!

The white amaryllis has started blooming. I always think these flowers look like Easter lilies.

Friday, February 24, 2023

SAHRR, Round 5

The block for the 5th round of the 2023 SAHRR is a square in a square block. Of course I'm not making simple square in a square blocks, mine all have pieced centers.

These little stars are extra blocks left from piecing Star Dance.

The next block is made from extra HST's that were in the orphan box. I've always like the broken dishes design so I made one.

This block was originally made for my Nearly Insane quilt. 

Another star from Star Dance.

After I added the triangles to the sides of the blocks, I added sashing to bring the smaller blocks to the same size as the largest block, 10", 9.5" finished.

I've sewn the blocks together and made a row. The applique block was a practice machine applique block that I don't remember making. I didn't add one of the square/square blocks so I would have room for the applique block. There is also another broken dishes block that I just sashed and added.

The dark blue, turquoise, pale blue sashing was leftover border from another quilt.

I didn't think about how awkward it would be to take pictures when I placed the cutting table in front of the display wall. That cutting table is going to get moved sometime, it's on the list at least.

This won't be the exact placement of the rows. I'll make a final decision after the blocks are made for round 6.

Linking to SAHRR Linky PartyNeedle & Thread Thursday, Put Your Foot Down, TGIFF!, Peacock Party, Whoop Whoop Party, Finished or Not  Friday, Off the Wall Friday, Beauty Pageant, Patchwork & Quilts, Scrap Patches