Saturday, June 24, 2017

Little Camper

My nephew and his wife are expecting a baby boy this summer, so, of course, I had to make a quilt.

Flannel Little Camper Quilt





The pattern is Tiny Turning Twenty by Tricia Cribbs. The fabrics are so cute that I had to take several close-ups.

The Little Camper





A Tent in the Woods





This block teaches a lesson: Never leave your food container on the ground--it attracts bears!




Green flannel back with a striped insert


I'm looking forward to meeting this young man when he arrives!







Thursday, June 22, 2017

Silly Cats

This quilt has arrived in its new home, so I can post about it!

Not only are my nephew and his wife expecting a baby this summer, but so are my niece and her husband! This is my baby quilt summer.


Flannel Silly Cats


This is a simple nine patch with unpieced alternate blocks patterned with grinning felines.


Nine patches and goofy kitties






The back is pink flannel with a vertical insert of rainbow dots.


I love flannel--warm and snuggly--perfect for comfort.


Welcome to the world, little one!





Monday, June 19, 2017

Last Pinwheel Quilt For A While--I Promise!

Here is the last of four pinwheel quilts for donation.

You can see the other three HERE.

Pinwheels 65" x 75"





Pinwheels (detail)




Pinwheels (backing and binding detail)


I love pinwheel blocks, but I'm ready to work with something else for a while!


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Stringing Beads--An Original Design

I love making string quilts. When I came up with this design, I decided to combine it with the April Multicolor Rainbow Scrap Challenge from soscrappy.


You can find previous posts about this quilt HERE (Part 1) and HERE (Part 2).



Without further ado, here is Stringing Beads:

Stringing Beads 68" x 75"





Stringing Beads (detail)




Stringing Beads (quilting detail)




Stringing Beads (backing detail)

I have no idea why the color went wonky in the last photo!


This is the most densely quilted piece I have ever made, but I like the effect. I am glad to have this one done. The quilting took a long time, (I'm not usually one who uses quilting for effect--it is my least favorite part of the process, and it is the one I am the least confident about.) but I'm glad I did it.


It is nice to see an idea become reality! Thanks, soscrappy, for spurring me to create.

For basic instructions on how I made this quilt, look HERE, or click the link on the right sidebar of the blog labeled "Stringing Beads Instructions."

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 116 at The Quilting Room with Mel.



Monday, June 12, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--June--Yellow & May--Green

With the flooding cleanup in May, I fell behind in my photography of my RSC blocks. This month (June) is yellow and last month was green. I decided to wait to photograph and post them both at the same time.

Here is a sample of my sunny June blocks:


While yellow is not my favorite color, these make me smile. (Of course, Big Bird, ruby slippers, and a French hen help!)




Here is a sample of my May blocks:







I love all the shades of green included here. I've used a lot of green this year, so the scraps were handy:





Green hourglasses for En Provence


En Provence





Green squares and green and neutral HSTs for Twirl Around

Twirl Around





I'm getting ready to quilt the top I made for April's multicolor challenge. I'm calling it "Stringing Beads":

Stringing Beads




I am enjoying this year-long challenge. Thanks to soscrappy for hosting it.


I'm linking to ScrapHappy Saturday at soscrappy.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Another Donation Quilt

Earlier this year, I made a bunch (around 150) of scrappy pinwheels to use in donation quilts. I have finished three quilts--the final top is done, but not quilted--and I have only one pinwheel left! :)


I chose to do these quilts with different layouts; on this third one I set the pinwheel with alternate half-square triangle blocks.


Must have caught a breeze--the bottom really is straight!

Green with HST alternate blocks








These are the first two quilts:

Orange and on-point





Straight layout with sashing and cornerstones


The final quilt is a simple pinwheel to pinwheel layout--I'll post a picture after it is finished. I have enjoyed trying out the different layouts; I've never focused on just one block in different layouts before.


I've been working on several other things, but some are gifts, so I can't show them yet. I'm enjoying the summer break and being able to sew every day.

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 115 at The Quilting Room with Mel.






Thursday, May 11, 2017

Retirement Gift and Donation Quilts

I've been a bit lazy about taking pictures, so I went out between rain showers this morning to do it. They aren't as lumpy as they look--the fence I hung them on is overgrown with vines!


The first is a D9P(Disappearing Nine-Patch)--a retirement gift for a friend. Her favorite color is brown. I pieced the back with extra blocks--I always have extras!

D9P--66" x 66"





D9P (pieced backing detail)

D9P (detail)








These two pinwheel quilts will be for donation. Though yellow and orange aren't my favorite colors--they are favorites for others.


Yellow Sashed Pinwheel--60" x 60"




Orange On-Point Pinwheel--58" x 58"

Orange On-Point Pinwheel (detail)





Now to get them washed. My washer and dryer should be delivered this afternoon--YAY!

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 111 at The Quilting Room with Mel and Jo's Country Junction UFO Progress.


 The Quilting Room with Mel




Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Flowers

The rain has finally stopped, though everything is still soggy. The yard needs some clean-up, but I wanted to share a few flower pictures--so, pardon the wild overgrowth!


I have a fence covered with Rambler roses--they will get some pretty severe pruning when the blooming is done.











My Asian dogwood is blooming, too.








Some roses (other than the Ramblers) as well.

Candyland

Aperitif

Night Owl



My peonies are just beginning to bloom. Here are a couple of them.









Our hot water heater is repaired--YAY!  Thursday, we will take delivery of a washer and dryer. We will wait for Memorial Day sales for the deep freeze. The furnace controller will have to wait a bit, but we won't be needing it soon, so that's okay.


The basement still needs a bit more clean-up, but we are making progress. Thanks for all the kind words from readers about the flooding mess--I appreciate you.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Rain, Rain, and More Rain

Southwest Missouri has been deluged the past few days.











What does this have to do with quilting? I store my quilts in a large plastic trash barrel in the basement until I have enough to take to the place I donate them. The basement flooded, and the trash barrel floated, tipping over in the water, and my quilts are soaked! (This is not to mention all the other floating totes that now have to be cleaned out as well). YUK!

We are blessed, however, not to have sustained damage--many aren't so lucky.

I'll be washing and drying things this week--probably all week long!

Edited to add: Washer, dryer, and hot water heater out of commission, so coin laundry is the next step. YUK!

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 109 at The Quilting Room with Mel .

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--April--Multicolor--Part 2

I'm putting together the multicolor blocks. You can read about them HERE.





There are lots of places to match, but I am making progress. I'm calling this one "Stringing Beads." It reminds me of the beaded curtains that people hang in doorways.





Beaded Doorway Curtain


I'll finish assembling the center of the top, then wait until it tells me what type of borders it needs.

I'm linking to Scrap Happy Saturday at soscrappy, Fiber Tuesday 108 at The Quilting Room with Mel, and Jo's Country Junction UFO Challenge.





Saturday, April 15, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge--April--Multicolor

April's rainbow scrap challenge is to use  multicolored scraps.


Because I've been sticking to one color during previous months, and I am planning to use the blocks in a rainbow-type quilt, I decided to do the multicolor blocks for a separate project.






I'd been designing a block in my head, so I tried it out.  I plotted it on EQ7 and then started sewing. While there are lots of multicolor strings in the blocks, I used a constant dark red for the centers, and I added some strings in solids and blenders to tame the confusion!


I have well over a hundred of these made already, so I'll soon be setting them together into a top.

I'm linking with ScrapHappy Saturday at soscrappy and Fiber Tuesday 107 at The Quilting Room with Mel.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Friendship Strings

This quilt is the result of a failed experiment.

You can read about it HERE.


The lesson here is not to give up, but to think of new ways to use what you already have. I am happy with the final design.

Friendship Strings





Fun fabrics--corn, cows, and candy corn...




More fun--sock monkeys and pickles




Friendship Strings (backing and binding detail)

This was a long time in the making, but YAY! for the finish.


I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 104 at The Quilting Room with Mel  and Jo's Country Junction UFO Progress.