Friday, May 9, 2014

Finished - my first Quilt of Valor

Linking up to 

Here she is... and I am so thrilled at the way it turned out.  
This will be delivered next week to its final destination!

And, I have checked off one more item from my Q2 Finish-A-Long list. 
See my original list here.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Quilt of Valor is quilted!!

Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced 

Sew Fresh Quilts

My Quilt of Valor has returned from the Longarmer, and it looks beautiful! I am excited to get the binding on it, and the label. Now if only I can find those labels.... You can see the whole top here.

Didn't my quilter, Rosemary do a fantastic job? She chose a gold thread that works so nicely with the pale gold flannel I sent her for the backing, and it picks up the few stars in the top that include gold. 

 I love the density of the quilting and the stars in the pattern. Won't it have such a wonderful crinkly texture once it is washed?

Hoping to have it all completed when the weather is better so I can finish up and get some nice outdoor shots of it. I will be happy to check off another project on my Q2 Finish-a-long list!

More to come soon!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Springtime log cabins Pillow Finish

Here it is the middle of April and I am still craving real springtime!! But, I am only 20 days into the second quarter and I have a finish, so that's good news!

The 32 degree morning temps earlier this week certainly made me want to finish up this pillow project which to me looks like the blue skies in spring and the green buds of flowers to come!

This one is listed in my Etsy shop.

Happy Easter!

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...


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,

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??