Saturday, March 21, 2015

Two Embroidered blocks quilts

I put together two quilts with six embroidered in each.  They are very simple quilts, with sashing and cornerstones.  One with butterflies:    DSC01712


and one with flowers:  DSC01718

I stitched-in-the-ditch around the sashing and cornerstones.  Both sets have lines that she didn’t embroider, and wanted those lines quilted, rather than having and edge-to-edge quilting design.  The butterflies had a curvy line close to the edge of the block:

DSC01714  Since that wouldn’t be enough quilting for a 17” block, so I quilting around the butterfly also: DSC01716  I hadn’t intended to quilt around the antenna, but once I got there, I knew I needed to:  DSC01715  There are flowers in each corner: DSC01717  All six blocks are the same. 

The second one has flower blocks:  DSC01718  There are two of each color, blue: DSC01719

purple:  DSC01722

and yellow: DSC01723















The quilting echoed around the outer edge of the flower:  DSC01721


and the center: DSC01720

A view from the back:   DSC01725DSC01727

The customer will be picking them up today, and I think she’ll be pleased with them.  She’s making quilts for all her grandchildren.  I’ve made several of them in the past, and she’s working on more.

Hope you all have a great day!  (especially the hearts2hands retreaters)

Friday, March 6, 2015

King size quilt finished

Tuesday I finished the quilt. 


This is the quilting design.DSC01691

I finished the shams yesterday. DSC01687

I quilted the block the same as the quilt.  Then I did stitch-in-the-ditch along each fabric surrounding the block.  The 2” around the edges is a flange.  The borders around the block are what they are because I used whatever was left from the quilt.

I didn’t have enough of the light to do the whole back of the sham, so I had to piece in one of the other fabrics.


One side of the blue is the opening to insert the pillow.  There is about a five inch overlap.


I sent pics to the customer and she’s very happy!  And can’t wait to see it.

Now it’s time to clean up the sewing room, and on to the next project.

The sun is shining.  It’s supposed to be up to upper 20’s, maybe 30.  Even nicer next week.  Hope so!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

EQ block design challenge

How would you like to win some EQ products, some new fabric or even EQ7 itself if you don’t have it?

There is one week left in the challenge.  Go here for the details and start designing!

This is my design entry:



It was hard for me to design with these fabrics, as they are all rather large prints.  The rules allow one solid to be added to the fabrics used to color the block.  The block itself isn’t too interesting, but when set together with more blocks and some partial blocks around, it’s beautiful.Jacks and DiamondsJacks and Diamonds2

I have one like the second layout almost done. I need to finish 3 partial blocks, add some background around the edges. The block above is actually 4 blocks together.  One block by itself Jacks and Diamonds-1 block isn’t very interesting.  I combined 4 to make the block to submit for the challenge.  I’m not sure of the final shape, if it’ll round or an octagon, or???

Yesterday I went in and quilted the king size quilt. I hadn’t quilted since December, so I had to think a bit.  I started with a tension problem, and ripping, and ripping, and ripping.  Once that was straightened out, it went fine.   I also quilted the block on the pillow shams, I’ll finish them with stitch-in-the-ditch.

It’s snowing today today.  It started some time during the night.  Right now the flakes are small.  Then it’s supposed to get really cold again for a few days, before warming to the 30’s over the weekend.  At least, that’s the forecast.

I went out to dump the ashes from the wood stove, and I’d say we have at least 6” of snow, with more coming down.  I shoveled a little, but more will have to be moved later on.

Now on to the binding.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Folded Table Runner—CORRECTION!

My memory is much, much worse than I even imagined. 

Folded Table Runner is a pattern by DJ Richards Design.  I have no idea how it was set in my mind to another designer.  When I made the first three pictured below, I was doing some blogging for a quilt store, and in one of those posts I even mentioned the wrong designer.  I have made things from her patterns also, but DJ Richards Design is who designed these folded triangle patterns.  I am so sorry for this mistake.  Please do check out, and see what beautiful runners and toppers you can make with this method.  It’s a time consuming project, but oh, so beautiful when done.  And do check out Fig Tree Quilts to see those lovely patterns also.

Back in November of 2011 I made several of the folded tablerunners by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts.  Shapes and styles varied—oval:

FoldedTablerunnerround: Folded Circle Centerpiecesnowflakes  Folded Christmas Star

In April of 2012 I taught a class on it.  To prepare for the class I started one for myself, to show the procedure to the class.

After the class it moved from here to there to there, finally ending up in a drawer.  Yesterday I dug it out.  One hour and 36 minutes later it was done.


I had been sure it would take me hours and hours, most of a day to finish it (they each took about 20+ hours to complete).

I could have been enjoying this beautiful runner for almost 3 years already!!

Also in the bag was another project using some of the same fabrics.  Someone on some list had posted a picture of a quilt she was having some kind of a problem with.   I loved it!  I found out where she had gotten the idea for it.  I was a free pattern, only she had changed it, and it looked so much better.  I no longer have the original pattern, so I don’t know who did the pattern. 

That project is almost done too.  I have most of the blocks done, and it looks like I need six partial blocks, and a bit of border.  I hope I can figure out what I wanted to do!  That will be my project for Friday.

Now I need to get outside and do a bit of shoveling (the snow has been there for days already).  The sun is almost shining, but I don’t think it’s very warm.  I shall see!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Valentine’s tablerunner

Somewhere I know I have a Valentine’s tablerunner.  It has disappeared on me a couple of times, and I still haven’t found it from the last disappearing act.

So, I decided that I needed to make another.  I dug through the scraps and found a bag with reds and whites in it.  I chose to make a Double Irish Chain, thinking I’d do it scrappy.  I don’t like scrappy, I like things even and balanced and symmetrical, I don’t know why I even let ‘scrappy’ cross my mind.

As it turns out, I didn’t have to do scrappy, there was enough of each of the fabrics to do it, without having to mix up the fabrics.


For the quilting, I have some acrylic heart shaped templates.  I traced around them in the center bock,  free-motion quilted them following the marked lines.  I then echoed around them three times.DSC01588

For the ends I just echoed twice.


On the sides I free-motioned swirls, loops, whatever. (I really need to do more free-motion practicing.) DSC01593

The fabric in the outer border, binding and two chains was a bigger piece, not just little scraps.  When I was all done, I still had a bag of scraps about the size of what it was when I started, but at least the bigger chunk was gone.

I had started this, and finished it, in plenty of time for Valentine’s Day.  And what did I do?  Yup, forgot to put it out on Valentine’s Day.  It didn’t make it to the table until the 15th.  But it’s still there and will be for a while yet, and there is always next year!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Another month gone by…

I’ve finally gotten back into a sewing mood.  Thank goodness!!

I have the backing pieced for the photo graduation quilt.  I just need to find out what the customer wants for a quilting design.

I sewed two pillow covers with Through the Winter Woods (I think that’s fabric line) panel prints.DSC01602DSC01601

I had made two for this customer before Christmas.  When she picked them up, she decided to have me use the rest of panel to make two more.

About a month ago a lady contacted me about making curtains for her.  We set up a time for me to go to her house to see what she wanted.  As I was driving down her street, looking for her house number, I came to one, and said “Please, God, don’t let it be that one.”  No, she was next door.  As we were going from window to window to measure and discuss what she wanted, she remarked that she hopes that house will be torn—it’s not a pretty sight!

So far I’ve sewn curtains for one room, she’ll let me know when she gets more fabric.

I’ve finished sewing the top for the king size quilt, and am hoping I can get in next week to get it quilted.DSC01580

She also wants pillow shams.  I framed one block for that.  All I need to do is add on a border which will be the flange.  I just don’t know which fabric to use for that.  I had my mind made up, then second-guessed myself.  I put up the two fabrics with a sham on each one and sent her a picture of it.  I haven’t heard back yet.  The more I look at them on my design wall, the more I like the darker, which is my second thought.DSC01586

The blue fabric on the left isn’t as wide as the sham, so it only shows on three sides, but it’s enough to do strips on both.

And I finally sewed the label onto the quilt I’m donating to church for the Quilt Bingo in April. DSC01227

We had a little snow overnight.  Now it’s just cloudy and 27°.  The forecast is for a high of -6° on Sunday.  NOW we’re getting our January weather.

Until next time, have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Finally back to sewing

Last Saturday when I worked at the Creamery, Cari’s mother-in-law came in to pick out fabric for a quilt.  She had sent me a picture of paint swatches with the colors she likes, and a block she likes. 

I drew up the block in EQ and placed it in a layout, and it was rather blah, they all mooshed together and the secondary design created by placing the blocks together was just—blah.  So I went looking for blocks in the library that I could put with her block.  I did up several layouts and sent them to her and she decided on the one she liked best.  It was the one I liked best too.  Over the next several weeks I played around with it some more and added some blocks in the border to finish out the design.

Unfortunately we couldn’t find fabric in her colors—we had it two years ago, but those colors just aren’t ‘in’ now.  She ended up with 5 batiks.  The background is a pale grayish-green,  IMG_20150121_141744723 not the pale blue as it looks here.  The triangles touching the center square on the right are actually a brighter green. The 8 star points are a navy floral. 

I’ve worked on this a couple days this week, but I’ll have to put it away until next week, there are other things I really need to finish up on.  I just had to start on this. I love the fabrics.  It’s going to be a very pretty quilt.  I have most of it cut out, most of the HSTs made, and the QSTs are ready to sew.

There is rain (yes, rain in January in Minnesota) in the forecast, and snow.  I hope the rain doesn’t make it, but we could use some snow.

Now to sewing…

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Another New Year

Here it is—a week into the new year and I haven’t sewn a stitch yet.  I’m not sure what the problem is, I just haven’t been in the sewing mode. I have several projects I could be working on, but just can’t get into the swing of things.

We had a very quiet Christmas and New Year, and now the weather is very cold.  (My thermometer says 3°, but I think that’s because the sun is shining on the thingie hanging out the window.)  I didn’t put up as many Christmas decorations as usual, and yesterday I took down some of them and the tree.  I still have the Nativity set up, and some poinsettia decorations. 

In looking through the drafts in Live Writer I see that I started several blog posts but didn’t finish.  So I’ve finished and posted them.

The last month has been filled with discussion on the quiltdesigners group about the VAT law change in the European Union that will have an impact on the designers selling through Craftsy (and other websites).  I started selling my patterns on Craftsy in October, and have sold a few there.  For the time being I am not selling patterns to any EU country by blocking payments through PayPal. 

In all that, I found another website to sell patterns, Pattern Spot, and today I uploaded my first pattern there.

Granddaughter Elizabeth had her 4th birthday in early December.  I made some barrettes for her. 006 

I had made barrettes for her mom when she was little.  I don’t remember that they took so long to make, but it certainly wasn’t a quick process. 

These two are the largest, to hold all of her thick hair.  007003

These two are smaller, for pigtails. 002

Not sure where I got my ideas way back when, but I simply copied those ideas with new lace and ribbons and buttons.

I just have to add in this picture from November when I spent the night while mom and dad went to the Garth Brooks concert.  Anna is 1 1/2.  Would you believe Elizabeth chose her own clothes?? “I know they (pants and shirt) don’t go together, but I want to wear them anyway.”  DSC01558

This is a quilt I sewed for a customer before Christmas.  The pattern was for a lap quilt, but she wanted it bigger.  I used EQ to come up with a design to make it full size.  Instead of half the fabric width for the center, I used the whole width of fabric.  I needed to add  more rectangles in the side borders.  I inserted two 2 1/2” borders before the outer wide border.  It turned out well, and kept the look of the original.  DSC01562 And the fabric is gorgeous!—the allover print with birds, flowers and trees,  DSC01562  and the Lady’s Slipper print for the border. DSC01562

Well, I think that brings me up to date.  Now I just need to get at some new things.

November class

In November I taught a class on the Tradewinds quilt.  I hadn’t made the pattern before, so I dug through my stash and came up with 6 fabrics to use.  The kits we have at the Creamery for the bed size quilts have about 40 fabrics in them.  I made the smallest size, about 40” square. Tradewinds  That is also hanging on the design wall, waiting to be completed.  I still need to put a border on it, then I can quilt it and bind it.


I had four ladies in the class.

Tradewinds class One of them, on the right, sewed her blocks together ‘wrong’.  She had her background triangle and pieced triangle oriented the wrong way.  She decided to continue on that way, and her quilt would simply have a different look to it.  With the four blocks put together, I like the look of hers better.  Once all the blocks are together there won’t be as much of a difference, her pinwheels will spin the opposite direction as the others.

In December I had three of the ladies for a bag class, but I don’t find any pictures of the bags.  We may be doing another bag in March.  There is a pattern with cathedral windows they liked.  I think that will be a good idea, since the technique can be used for more than just bags.

Sample blocks

I decided to make a sample of the two blocks that will go into the quilt I am to make for next summer.  I made one of each block.  I liked what I saw and made two more to make a tabletopper. KarlaS The blocks will finish at 15”.

I’ve had this hanging on my design wall for about two months now.  I have it partially quilted.  I’m doing free motion on it, a combination of feathers, swirls, loops, whatever happens, happens.

I showed it to the lady I’ll be making the quilt for and she liked it.  She even liked the quilting I had done on it.  That gives me some ideas to pursue for the quilting to be done on her quilt.

If I would have had more ambition I could have had it done in the last couple of weeks.  Unfortunately I didn’t get past the thinking about it stage.