Friday, July 11, 2014

Finishes and starts

I finished the t-shirt quilt and the embroidered blocks quilts and both have been picked up by their owners.

This is the t-shirt quilt.  There were 63 t-shirts, and I was able to et them all in.  It’s so much easier when the shirts can all be cut a uniform size.  It’s definitely a different look when it’s done like a jigsaw puzzle.  This is about a queen size quilt.

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Their were 6 embroidered blocks, but the customer only wanted 5 in the quilt.

DSC01380The blocks are about 16” finished, making the quilt about 58”x58”.

I made a throw pillow cover with the remaining block.  I stitched in the ditch around the block, the flange is about an inch.

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It’s a dreary day today.  It rained overnight, looks like about 3” in the rain gauge

I’m starting on a quilt, actually 3.  It’s very simple.  6” finished blocks with 2” finished sashing and cornerstones,  1” and 3.5” borders.  Only there is nothing marked as 1” border, but lots of extra sashing fabric.  Just waiting for a callback to clarify before I start cutting.

I think I’ll try that call again…

Thursday, July 3, 2014

What a week!

Monday I finished the t-shirt quilt, piecing anyway.  Of course, I forgot to take a picture until I had it all folded up and in the bag to take it in for quilting.  After that I started on the next embroidered blocks quilt.

Tuesday I went in to the shop and did some of my Thursday ladies, because yesterday I had cataract surgery on my right eye.  My vision has been getting steadily worse the last few years, and glasses just didn’t help any more.  Amazing how things have changed in the last 30 years.  When my dad had cataract surgery he was in the hospital for several days.  I remember going to visit him and we had to stand at the foot of the because he couldn’t move his head.  Yesterday we were home within four hours, and that included almost an hour and a half travel time.

This morning I rode in to work with Mike and Cari picked me up there.  She had Elizabeth and Anna along  We dropped them off at day care. Then we went for the final walk through on their new house.  I had only seen pictures and driven by.  It’s a great house.  After closing, back to the house.  Dave started taping, then Cari started painting, and I started cleaning.  Almost six hours and I cleaned the small bathroom, and part of the master bath.  It had been awhile since they had a good cleaning.

After work, Mike picked me up and I went for a checkup on my eye.  Everything looks good.  Only bad news -- she told me to stay out of the garden until next week.  The weeds are laughing at me.

AND this week my quilt pattern Grecian Stars is in the July issue of The Quilt Pattern Magazine!!  If you’re not familiar with it, you can find it here

I had made this last year to match the bedspread I made.  I made it using the Lazy Angle Ruler.DSC00988

Now it’s time for the next round of eye drops.  And bed!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A pattern remodel

Last summer I did a pattern for the Creamery with a line of wildlife fabric.  It was specifically written for THAT fabric.  They now want to use the pattern for different fabric.  I sewed the sample for it.  I was confused.  I decided to rewrite it so it’s easy to use ANY fabric.

Sunday in church the man in charge of our summer festival asked for items for the raffle, tickets to be printed soon.  I decided to make this pattern, but on a smaller scale, for a wallhanging, to donate for the raffle, or maybe the silent auction.. 

Mercy sakes!  I do have a problem when substituting fabric!  But I think I have it headed in the right direction now.  I hope to finish it today, and will post a picture of the completed quilt.

I have blocks trimmed ready to go into a t-shirt quilt. There are 63 blocks I have to figure out how to put together.

But now it’s time to get to work again.

Applique quilt

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This is a quilt I’m working on for a customer.  She (her daughter-in-law??) bought a quilt book for a wildlife quilt.  The daughter-in-law had enlarged the bears and trees.  Rather than make all the blocks at the size in the book, she only wanted one large block in the center of the quilt. 

I put EQ7 to work and came up with a design the customer liked.  She is a quilter herself, but wants nothing to do with applique, so asked me to do part of the quilt.  Above is what I’ve done so far.  The cabin is fused and appliqued, the bears and trees are just pinned on, and will be rearranged.  There will be snow on the trees and roof also. 

Next will come a brown border, the same as in the HSTs, then Log Cabin blocks.  The Bear’s Paw blocks will be the cornerstones in the Log Cabin border.  I haven’t cut the brown border yet, I will do that once I get the Log Cabin blocks together, to make sure it’s the correct size.

But I have another iron in the fire to finish before I get back to this, hopefully tomorrow.

Embroidered blocks quilt

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Several months ago a lady came in to the Creamery.  She wanted to know if we knew of anyone who could sew together blocks she had embroidered.  I said that I’ve done that.  She hadn’t brought them along, but would come back some time soon. 

I thought she looked familiar.  In taking down her name and phone number, I did recognize the name, so asked if she had gone to same school I had.  Yes.  Then we talked about our parents, and both recognized those names.  She remembered being here with her parents, so we may have played together a hundred years ago.  I didn’t remember her, but her younger sister. 

We had such a nice visit!  She did bring in the blocks and I put them together into the quilt above.  When she came to pick up that one, she brought another set of blocks to be made into another quilt.

I also put together a set of blocks for another customer, but I don’t have a picture of that.  It was 30 blocks, so about a queen size quilt.

Birds and flowers

The snow is gone, the daffodils are blooming, DSC01330hummingbirds and orioles have been visiting the feeders.DSC01324DSC01327

There was some thunder, lightning and rain last night, heavy fog this morning.  It’s supposed to be near or into the 70s today.  I hope so, I’d like to get some garden planted.  With the rain we had yesterday and last night, it may be too wet.,

Last week I dug the carrots I had left in last fall.  The garden has been tilled, twice, but I’ll probably have to till again before I put anything in.  I have a load of clothes to go out on the line, when the fog lifts.

Since I last posted I have done quite a bit of sewing, I’ll make separate posts for each.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Stacking Squares

Back the end of December Cari asked me to give her an idea for a simple quilt to make for a Silent Auction at a benefit. She had only a short time to get it made. I played around in EQ and came up with a design that she liked. I decided I would do it as a pattern. It was very simple, squares and rectangles, and with the appropriate arrangement of fabrics, looked quite nice. Piece of cake, right?

Cari made it, didn’t tell me any difficulties that she encountered.

About a month ago a lady from church called and asked me if I would be willing to make and donate a quilt for a quilt bingo in about a year.  As I was talking to her, my mind was spinning—I could make a quilt to test out this new pattern.

After I finished the grad quilts, and the redwork, I decided to start on my new pattern.  I wanted to write the pattern before I started working on it.  Fortunately for me, I decided to do a baby quilt first. 

I found some flannels that went together and would work for this pattern.  I couldn’t test out the fabric requirements, I had bits and pieces that were enough, just not full yardage.

I’m so glad I started small. 

I like to have seams butt up against each other rather than going the same direction to reduce bulk at the intersections. The way I had the pattern written to this point was a nightmare as far as seams butting against each other.  Back to the drawing board.  Well, EQ7.

I finished the baby quilt, and love how it looks.DSC01192

I wanted to use the gold for the first border, but, there wasn’t enough of that left.

I redesigned the layout, it still looks the same, just not all same size blocks as in the above quilt.  The pattern will be in three sizes, a lap size and a full size also, and I’ll probably add using extra borders to make it queen size—I haven’t reached that point yet.

So, I drew and wrote, and drew and wrote, figuring out yardage and how to sew, for over a week.  Sunday I was sick of EQ and Word, and started sewing.  That felt good! I sewed some on Monday too, then realized that the way I had it drawn and written, one patch was in two adjoining blocks.  So yesterday it was all EQ and Word, and Excel added in.  Today I’ve been sewing again.  I have all the blocks sewn and it’s now just sewing them together.

I don’t want to say this too loud, but it may be spring… The forecast was for up to 70° today, so, even though we have snow on the ground, I just had to wash and hang out sheets.002

It’s not quite 70° DSC01201 (2) but I’ll take 60’s!

Now that the sheets are on the line, I’m back to sewing.  I have the center together, and ready to add another round. DSC01202

Each of the sizes uses different size strips.

I’m liking how it looks!

If anyone would like to test the pattern, in any of the sizes, let me know.  I’d appreciate the help.  You can leave a comment below, or email me at pvquilt @ gmail . com

Matching redwork pillow covers

I made three pillow covers from the blocks leftover from the quilt I finished for a customer.

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She still has four more blocks and leftover fabric, if she should ever decide to do something else, or if a repair is necessary.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Photo Graduation Quilts finished

I quilted both photo quilts this week, one on Monday and one on Tuesday.    I finished the binding on Wednesday, and hung them to photograph:001David001LukeBoth are large quilts—the yellow is 84” x 102”, the blue 95” x 108”.  Couldn’t have designed them without EQ7!

Here are close-ups of the quilting designs that the graduates had picked out when they were in with Grandma to pick out the fabric.:002David

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I also made pillowcases out of the leftover fabric:

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Now I need to get at the redwork throw pillows.

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This is the quilt I finished for a lady.001 SBramhall

Here are several of the blocks.

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I’ve never been a fan of the redwork quilts—until I saw this one!  It’s beautiful!

I will be making some throw pillows from the leftover blocks.