Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Finish-a-Long Q2 - my list

This will be linked up to Katy at The Littlest Thistle for my entry into the Q2 Finish a Long.

Many of these things will look familiar, since they are carry overs from the first quarter of 2014. Sigh...

First up, my project for Quilts of Valor. I really, really expected this one to be completed by now, but my longarmer assigned by QOV got very ill and was unable to quilt this one up for me. It was returned and will be off shortly to my newly assigned partner! I am excited to get this done.

QOV Quilt

Second will be my soft springtime log cabin pillow. I have 4 log cabins made so far.

Springtime Log Cabins

Third,  an oldie, but a goodie... My William Morris scrap quilt...

Swartz Creek Scrap Quilt

Fourth,  this rainbow quilt. I have a direction now in my mind, and I am considering trying to enter this one in a contest. Must be completed!
Rainbow postage stamps


Oh yes, and this little improv block needs to be figured out and finished up into something...

Improv

Tops to be quilted and bound:
low volume

Big Print Bonanza

Layer Cake Lemonade

RWB Scrappy trips


And finally, this bag I am making for myself:


And look how quickly I came up with TEN WIPS. Ten. Yikes!

Wish me luck. I am gonna need a lot of it!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I am a Pattern Designer!

I have a pattern for sale now in my Etsy shop and on Craftsy!

I decided to do what so many other crafters have done, and publish one of my patterns for sale online. When my nephew was adopted, I wanted to make a quilt for both my niece and my new nephew, and I did not have a ton of time! So, I got to work designing something simple that would highlight some great large-scale kids prints.

This was the quilt I made for my nephew:


After I posted the photo on Flickr, someone asked where they could get the pattern for this quilt!!! I filed that away for the future, and now the time has come that I updated the design, wrote it up into a pattern called "Big Print Bonanza," and posted it for sale on Etsy and Craftsy. 

I made some changes to the design as I went along to make it even easier to assemble. I adjusted the sizes of some of the pieces to make this quilt Charm Pack-friendly. One charm pack, one yard of a large scale print, and 1/3 of a yard of a coordinating solid, and you can complete the quilt top in no time flat. If you want, you can use a single width of fabric for the back - no piecing! Easy as pie.

Here is the second (new and improved) version of the design:


This was a quick and easy one to put together, with no worries about matching points or seams. It ends up at approximately 40 x 48", so it can be quilted on your regular domestic machine. Perfect for a quick donation quilt or gift. I can imagine making this with Patriotic prints and donating it as a lap quilt for a veteran! Make it in all pinks and donate it to a chemo center to be used by patients! Make it manly with stripes and plaids or completely scrappy from your stash -  The options are endless.

I hope you check out my pattern and enjoy making a quick and easy quilt!




Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Log Cabins in Springtime

Here we go! My Wednesday WIP...
Linking up to Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.



These are 9.5" log cabins, finished size 9". I have two more to go and then I will be making them into an 18" pillow to match this one I finished a couple of days ago. I already listed it for sale in my Etsy shop. The Log Cabins pillow will also be listed when it is complete!



Fun on a cold "almost spring" day!

Happy sewing,
Kathy

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Softly Springlike

I really enjoyed working on this pillow I started a few days ago. Perhaps it was the springlike colors. I love soft blues and greens, in fact I love all of the cool colors!



It was all scraps, and I pulled a bunch of fabrics from several older projects. Fun! It was interesting to see that even though these fabrics come from different projects, different styles and different lines, they all blended so nicely.



I did a really easy straight line pattern to echo the checkerboard patchwork, and I took the extra step of binding it. I did the binding all on machine, which is new to me. I think it worked out pretty well. I only needed to go back and catch one small area on the back. 

We had a small amount of St. Patty's Day snow... just what I needed. But I stayed indoors and worked some more with this color palette. I'm going to make a coordinating pillow using log cabin blocks. The completed one is already listed in my Etsy shop, and when the next one is done, it will be listed there too!  Stepping a little out of my comfort zone, but I need to generate a bit of cash to cover my crafty expenses! You know how that is, right ladies??

Friday, March 14, 2014

Another top completed

I now have 3 tops awaiting quilting, plus one out to be quilted for Quilts of Valor!  For this latest top, I really needed to push myself since the "vision" I had in  my head when I started just was not coming out in fabric!


I decided to add the partial blocks that I originally intended, even though I had lost my enthusiasm for this scrap quilt. I am happy I did, even though I had to push myself to "do the right thing"   I knew I would regret it if I quilted this up without completing my original plan. I still think this one may be a donation quilt once it is done, and it may serve as my first attempt at renting the Longarm at my local sew and vac store. It will help me learn and eventually will hopefully make someone happy and warm!

And today I caved.... Yep, I started a new project with some scraps from the leftover strips and some added fabrics. Here is my new project- a classic patchwork checkerboard that I intend to make into a simple 18" pillow cover.


This one will go into my Etsy shop. I have only ever put one other item on Etsy, an improv pillow made with Grinch Christmas fabrics. What a thrill when somebody actually bought it! Hoping this gets snapped up for a new baby boy or a soft blue and green room someplace!

Happy sewing,
Kathy


Saturday, March 8, 2014

A simple Finish for the Q1 Finish Along

Linking up to Can I get a Whoop Whoop

It seems so small now that I actually did it...



Here are my fat quarter Christmas napkins, in, umm... MARCH! Although I have to say that if I simply look out the window it sure feels like it could be December!!


I loved the simple way these are assembled - I used this tutorial. Two fat quarters make 2 napkins, so with two yards of holiday fabric purchased with a great coupon, I made 8 reversible napkins. These would be a great project for any season! Patriotic fabrics would sure be useful for all of the summer holidays, starting with Memorial Day, and right on through Labor Day!

This post will be linked up to Katy Cameron at The Littlest Thistle for another finish from my Q1 list! Yippee!

And I have been such a good girl and haven't started a single NEW project yet this year! I am diligently plugging away on all of my WIPs.

To see my original Q1 FAL list click HERE.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bee quilt for Quilts of Valor

Linking up to Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

I finally have made progress on my Liberty & Justice Bee quilt from last year. The block is "Last Bastion of the Republic" from Marcia Hohn's quilterscache.com  It feels good to be getting close to having this one donated to Quilts of Valor.


I am happy with the sashing and the corner blocks that I made. Not only do they help get the quilt top to the necessary size for Quilts of Valor, but I think they help to tie together all of the different colors and fabrics that my Bee-mates used.  To get it up to the proper finished size, I needed to add a narrow strip and I decided to simply add more white. 

Here is the top all completed!


Once I get the final instructions and advice from my longarm partner, Rita, I will be sending this off to North Carolina for quilting!  I am excited to see what kind of magic she works.