Sunday, December 27, 2020

Grassy Creek--Part 5

I finished the units for clue 5!  Here are a few of them.


Grassy Creek--Clue 5

Included my buddy, Waldo, this week.

Waldo is easy to find here, but when the quilt is together, he will be a challenge! 🔎


Grassy Creek--Part 4

 Still keeping up! Clue 4 did some combining of parts to make a new unit.

I'm working on Part 5 today, and I'm really enjoying this mystery!

Happy Holidays! 🎄

Monday, December 14, 2020

Grassy Creek--Part 3

 So far, I'm keeping up with the clues in Bonnie Hunter's Grassy Creek mystery.

Haven't trimmed the dog ears yet!

It is a lot of fun, and it is not too late to start!

Monday, December 7, 2020

Grassy Creek--Part 2

 The second clue of the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt, Grassy Creek, came out this week.

Grassy Creek--Clue 2

These are just a few of the units. I'm substituting blue for the green Bonnie used. The blue fabric is a tie-dye type, so I'm getting a bit of color variation in the units. I like that--it adds interest. Below is the photo I'm using for color inspiration:

More to come.  😺

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Grassy Creek--Part 1

 Once again, I am doing the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt; this year it is entitled Grassy Creek. The first clue was given on the day after Thanksgiving.

These are just a few of my units. Much more to come . . .

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Adventure Baby

 There's a new baby in the family, and you know what that means . . .

Adventure Baby  (48" x 56")

Adventure Baby (focus fabric detail)

Adventure Baby (back and binding detail)

I love flannel, and I also love finding the perfect project for fabrics from my stash.

Welcome, young man.  👶

Friday, November 13, 2020

Floral Trip Around the World

 I just love this pattern!

Floral Trip Around the World 90" x 100"

Floral Trip Around the World (back and binding detail)

I made this quilt once before with a travel theme. This time I used florals and a range of solid colors. It was another quilt that requires careful planning and organization, but it was fun to make!

I used a cheater fabric for the back to continue the floral idea, then I added a striped binding to finish. It is brighter than it looks in the photo--I took the photo on a cloudy day.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Kaffe Fassett Nine-Patch

 I know someone who loves lavender!

Kaffe Fassett Nine-Patch 98" x 98"

Kaffe Fassett Nine-Patch (detail)

Kaffe Fassett Nine-Patch (back and binding detail)

I combined lavender and purple with a Kaffe Fassett jelly roll (and a little extra from a KF layer cake) to make this quilt. Setting the blocks on point with sashings and cornerstones gives it a look different than the standard nine-patch.

I had never used a jelly roll (2.5" x WoF) before. I liked the variety of fabrics; the roll was cut accurately (without pinking!); and the fabric was excellent quality and very soft. That being said, I didn't particularly like the jelly roll format and will likely not buy another one. In a quilt like this one, I think it would have been easier to piece if the fabrics had been starched a bit, and I was afraid that I would warp the precut strips by starching and pressing. Charm packs (5" squares), layer cakes (10" squares), and fat quarters (18" x 20") are fairly easy to starch when a firmer hand is needed.

I do like the way this turned out, though. I think the lavender and purple work well with the KF fabric which, typical for the designer, is wildly colored with big, bold prints! :)

Thanks for stopping by! 😸

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Under My Needle Today

 It looks like chaos, but I do have a method!

I keep telling myself to make smaller quilts, but I don't listen very well. 🙉

Monday, September 21, 2020

And Another!

 This is another quilt I made with the scrap QST blocks.

QST Quilt--78" x 78"

QST Quilt (backing and binding detail)

You can see the previous quilt I made with these blocks HERE.

I used a straight setting, neutral sashing, and charcoal grey cornerstones with this one (the first one was on-point).

Sometimes, simple blocks are the best. 🌞

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Very Traditional

 This is a very traditional quilt.

Traditional QST on Point (64" x 72")

Traditional QST on Point (detail)

Traditional QST on Point (back and binding detail)  

I had a bunch of scrap squares and decided to make QST (Quarter-square Triangles) blocks with them. I knew that somewhere down the road, I would find a home for them. This is one of two tops in which I used them (the other still needs to be basted and quilted). I set them on point and used alternate neutral QST squares to add depth.

Nothing fancy here--just a very traditional quilt.

Enjoy your Labor Day holiday! 😊

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Multi-Color Stars

 Another string quilt!

Multi-Colored Stars 78" x 78"


Multi-Colored Stars (detail)


Multi-Colored Stars (back and binding detail)


 It's a little crazy--I have another in the works that I think will show the secondary pattern to better effect.


Thursday, July 23, 2020

A Couple of Summer Finishes

Summer is here--the heat is ON! 🔥

I have a couple of finishes to show. First is another donation quilt--this time in neutrals.

Neutral Donation Quilt 62" x 74"

Neutral Donation Quilt (backing and binding detail)

I continue to use 3.5" squares as my leaders and enders (I think this is quilt #12!). As I was working, I set aside the neutral squares until I had enough to combine for this quilt. It is quieter than usual, but I think someone will like it.

This second quilt is for a friend (actually, the mother of a friend!). She likes blue, so I cut from a variety of fabrics. The block is the 2020 Stashbuster from Border Creek Station (January version).

2020 Stashbuster (66" x 98")

2020 Stashbuster (backing and binding detail)

There is a second stashbuster block from Border Creek Station that was revealed in June. With everyone staying home, the participants finished the first quickly, so the company added another project. You can check it out at the same link given above.

I've made and distributed a few masks. There are some I did for family (human and feline!).🐱

In other news, my garden is growing, even though I put things out very late. Something (I'm suspecting a rabbit) denuded my beans, but everything else is doing well in the heat. My crops will be late, but I hope to can several things for winter enjoyment. Stay tuned. 🌿

Try to stay cool, wear a mask, and wash your hands often.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

I Love Scrappy Quilts!

My title will come as no surprise if you have seen any of my quilts!

This first one is made of HSTs that I created from a batch of "creatively-cut" (AKA wonky) squares that I got from a friend (Thanks, Leesa). This is the second quilt from the batch of squares--you can find the first HERE.

Scrappy HSTs--64" x 76"

This photo is of three quilts (overlapped) made of 3.5" squares. I cut these from scraps and combine them with neutrals to use as leaders and enders.

Leaders & Enders Quilts (each is 64" x 76")

These also have backs pieced of 5" scrap squares. They even have scrappy bindings--like I said, I Love Scrappy Quilts!

Leaders & Enders Quilts (back and binding detail)

Happy Summer Solstice! 🌞

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Finally--Some Photos!

I am bad about putting off the photography of my quilts--and a blog post without pictures is a bit boring. I finally got some taken today--yay me!

Here is my version of Frolic--the Bonnie Hunter Mystery.

Frolic 88" x 88"

Frolic (detail)--I wanted to add Kermit the Frog because of a funny segment on Sesame Street that ended, "Everybody Frolic!"

Frolic (detail)--What's a busy scrap quilt without a Waldo to Find?

Frolic (border and backing detail)--Excuse the chalk lines; they will wash out.

Frolic (detail)--Cats, elephants, funny faces, and the Eiffel Tower

Frolic (detail)--Mary Poppins, more funny faces, and gooseneck desk lamps--there is a fabric for everything!

Next is a quilt made from some scraps from a friend. It is a Churn Dash/Greek Cross combination. I did this combo before (though not on-point)--you can see it HERE.

Dash/Cross 80" x 80"

Dash/Cross (border and binding detail)

Dash/Cross (block detail)

Finally, I have a couple of random pictures. First, some petunias.

These are red and yellow-gold, a combination I hadn't seen before. The yellow/gold shows up best when it is cloudy; the sun seems to change it to a whiter shade.

Second, a puzzle I finally finished--1000 pieces, and the words are tiny!

I've got several more quilts in progress; I'll share them when finished. Happy quilting!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

I'm doing Bonnie Hunter's Quilt Along entitled Unity. It is a medallion quilt with a new round added each week.

I have added round three this week. Tiny stars! 😺

This is a fun project, and I am really enjoying it. Thanks, Bonnie.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Unity Quilt Along, Part 2

I'm doing Bonnie Hunter's Quilt Along entitled Unity. It is a medallion quilt with a new round added each week.

I have added round two this week.

What a fun project! Thanks, Bonnie. 👍


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Unity Quilt Along

I'm doing Bonnie Hunter's Quilt Along entitled Unity. It is a medallion quilt with a new round added each week.

Here is my center block without sashing.

I used constant fabrics of each color for the block. My plan is to use different constant colors in each round. I think this will help calm the chaos, and I'll only need to pull out four fabrics each week, instead of everything!

Take care of yourselves and those around you.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

It has been a VERY long time since I've posted. I've been working on projects, but life has kept me very busy!

I've a couple of finishes to show you. First, a bear paw quilt.

Bear Paw (79" x 97")
For the pads of the paws, I used string blocks of scrappy browns. I finished it with a string border.

Bear Paw (detail)

I also finished my Celtic Solstice. I used constant blender fabrics--I wanted the pattern to shine!

Celtic Solstice (78" x 78")

The dark color is actually a very dark brown rather than black as it looks in the photo.

Celtic Solstice (detail)

Celtic Solstice (detail)

I backed it with a soft, beige flannel--it will be a warm one! 😀

I'm still working on Frolic--it needs to be sandwiched and quilted. I've also got other things in progress, and I hope to share them soon.

I'm working from home for the rest of the semester, so I plan to post a bit more often. Take care of yourselves, and WASH YOUR HANDS! 😷