Thursday, April 25, 2013

It's Beginning to Look Like Spring

It's been awhile coming, but my almond bush is now blossoming so I know spring is officially here.

Here is a quilt I sent my sister.  After I visited her, I realized how much she like pink, so I sent her this quilt.
The flowering almond bush makes a great setting for this quilt.

The butterflies quilted into the quilt should make her happy as she likes butterflies too.

I sent off the Doll Quilt for the month of April.  The theme was birthday, since this is the one year birthday for the Doll Quilt Swap.  See the side border if you'd like to join in on the fun.  

 Of course I had a bit of trouble squaring this quilt up and it didn't turn out quite squared, but I did have fun with it.  

I also received a post card from the UK the other day.  I'm amazed at the quilting skills on this one!
I keep wanting to opt out of the group, cause my cards don't look this good, but then maybe I'll learn a thing or two from those that send them to me.  This one is lovely!

My quilter brought back the two string quilts and they look lovely.  I don't know when I'll get them bound though as I have a little excursion coming up.

The sun is shining and I'm looking forward to maybe turning the heat off today!

Have a great, spring day!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Off to the Quilt Shop

I started a bright birthday type doll quilt for my partner for April and now I don't have enough of anything for the binding...

Here's a sneak peek

So, I'll be visiting a nearby quilt store today.  I have a 20% off coupon I need to use anyhow before the end of April.  Was there any doubt I wouldn't use it?   :) 

Just finished this little quilt for my MIL.  I found some embroidery that she had done a number of years ago.  I soaked it in Oxyclean to take the yellowing out and I made it into this quilt to hang on her door at the assisted living place where she lives.  She'll be 96 in May.

Linking to Finish Friday

Monday, April 15, 2013

Ready to Quilt

I've been really busy piecing these two quilts.  Now that they are done with that part, I'm a bit lost, but soon I'll be getting them ready to quilt.

I went with the warm tones, and then decided to try a color combo using cool with the greens, something like deep within a forest.  The sashing strips were 1 inch before sewing.  Think I'll need to get some tweezers if I do that again.  I do like the effect of the small strips though.

I never tire from doing string quilts.  They are fun to just let oneself work with the fabrics and the colors and then the design flows from there.

It's snowing today in Utah.  Spring surprise!

Have a happy, creative week!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Ready to Quilt

Now it's ready to quilt. I'm not sure how I'll quilt it or what thread to use. I'll think on it while I sew together the green "Eye of God". My quilting is usually a little more free form that this quilt calls for. It may be quite a challenge for me. It used nearly a yard of the burgundy. Was going to do maybe one more border, but this is now the "end." The triangles around the second border are just like I did them on the first quilt like this...a little off from the pattern, but then whose going to have the pattern to look at??? This was a New Year's Mystery quilt. I had it in my mind that it took forever to do... I guess when you only get one clue a month, this much would have taken 4 months. LOL :-)
I've searched the internet for the link to this pattern and the only link I could find was this
I'm glad I had the presence of mind to save the pattern, even though I swore I'd never make it again.  This is what my friend picked as his "thank you" for chauffeuring me around Atlanta.  
This is the quilt my sister has and the one he had his eye on.
   The fabrics I found are pretty close to what I had used before.  I'll be so glad to finish this one and send it on.  I'll post a finish when I do.

Friday P.S.
I have some of the rust fabric left that I could make a border from.  I'm not sure.  If I add anymore then I'll need to piece the backing.  If I bind it in the rust fabric it'll give more of that brown feel.  I've spent a lot of time of this already and it is a gift--and I don't want it to be really out of proportion in relation to the chauffeuring to and from the airport while I was in Atlanta.  One more border around the edge could maybe finish is off a bit.  

What do you think?  Please leave a comment.

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Glad I Caught This one in Time!

I was looking at the medallion that I'd made and I must have turned the block around about four times before I spotted my error.

Now it's fixed and ready for some HST's to go around the edges.
This is for an order and I've been meticulous about it and can't believe I still missed the first "ribbit".  

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Another Pillow

GD wanted a pillow.  So we found a spare block and made it into a pillow top.  I had an extra pillow form, so we made a pillow cover for the pillow.
She found some cute animal fabric the other day and we cut it to make a medallion center and then she added some wonky stars I had set aside on another quilt.  We used some crumb blocks and voila, a new top.  I got it quilted and bound yesterday and now it's ready for her to take home for a friend's baby.

I tried a batting that was an iron on type, but after using it, I'd rather just use a100% cotton and press the fabric to it as I've shown on the tutorial on my sidebar.  It works just as well when I press the fabric onto the cotton batting and the cotton is softer to quilt with than that batting with the spray adhesive.  After washing, though, it did turn out nice and soft and you would have never known it was stiff before I washed it.

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