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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stars and more

You might remember these little stars from this post, I used them all up now! Feels good to make something out of leftovers that I really like :-)  As you can see by adding some sashing, corner triangles and borders I have them both pieced. It just took a little playing around and thinking time to come up with settings I liked.


























This little runner got quite long but hey someone might have a longer table since this will go out for craft shows next year.
The leftover triangles is what I had to work with and they needed
trimming to a consistent size and then I added the beige background.
Add some borders and 'tada' all done!










I made this X Block baby quilt back in January and these were leftover cut off's and I just couldn't throw them away! So in a pile they have sat and since I am cleaning up my sewing room they were destined to be in a quilt :-)  After sewing matching pairs together I trimmed into 60 degree triangles.  Added some white tri's orange sashing and borders and another Neonatal flimsy pieced. That 'to be quilted' pile is growing by leaps and bounds. I am planning to spend a lot of time at the longarm in January.

Linking up with Freemotion at the River and Let's Bee Social-links are located on the left side. Be sure to check out all the eye candy this week.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Joining in on Scraptastic!

Over on the She Can Quilt blog there is a Scraptastic event going on. Every month you can link to Scraptastic Tuesday-so I am linking for the first time ever to the December one http://www.shecanquilt.ca/2014/12/scraptastic-tuesday-december-link-up.html. I have lots of scraps to put to wonderful use for some donation quilts. I have finished a few flimsy's this month and lots more to work on. But why I need to join is I have a few tubs that look like this and I need to get them organized. So my plan is after Christmas I am going to pick 5 scrappy quilt patterns out and then start to cutting my scraps according to what I need for those 5.  Since not all quilts require the same size strips I am hoping by picking 5 patterns it won't be so overwhelming-well I can hope anyway, LOL    I am going to bribe a friend to come help me press and cut in exchange for some quilting!

Here is a UFO flimsy I finished up last week.



 This one I blogged about the process on Monday and now it is offically a 42 x 42" flimsy.

I really am hoping to join in the monthly Scraptastic in 2015!!  Wish me luck, haha.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Hats and another UFO in progress again

My daughter wanted me to crochet animal hats for my grandsons-well of course I would do that! I found the cutest patterns on Repeat Crafter Me that she really liked.  A tiger for the little guy and a dalamation for the older grandson. The tiger fit perfectly but the dalmation is a tad big but it still works and he may get to wear it next year too.







And yet another UFO back in the works. Back in January of this year I pieced this X Block flimsy
which apparently I never blogged about. It isn't quilted yet and that might be why I never mentioned it.  Anyways with the X Block you have lots of leftover pieces like this...

 and this...
You are supposed to piece them for borders, but I chose not to, so into a box for a later project they went.  This week is the time to finish it up. So I got 1/2 of them pieced and trimmed. I used my rectangle Bloc Loc ruler to trim, it makes trimming easier and faster. I am not 100% sure of how this is going to look but it will be a quilt flimsy-hopefully before the week is done.

Joining in Freemotion at the River and Let's Bee Social linky's this week-links on the side bar :-)

DRS challenge 151-GLITTER

All things sparkly and glittery is the challenge this week for DRS challenge.  A few weeks ago I was the lucky winner of 3 of their stamps, so I chose to use 2 of them in this weeks challenge(the cabin and the snowy tree line). My glitter is in the Stickles that I put on the trees, roof and snow. The pine spring is another stamp from DRS. I used Tombow markers to color the trees and watercolor pencil for the cabin. Cardstock used-green, white and teal.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Cute little star blocks

This past year I made 3 Day and Night table runners from Eleanor Burns book. There are leftovers that she tells you how to make a bonus runner from. So in the cleaning up of UFO's I dug them out and made the star blocks. Aren't they just stinkin' cute at 5.25"!!

You pair up these slanty pieces'''
 To get this star point...
 Sew four together to get this star

And trim down to 5.25" 

There are leftover triangle pieces and you sew 8 of them together and you get this kaleidescope block, I still need to sew on the outer 4 triangles to finish them up. 
But here is the thing I don't really like the look of the bonus one she shows and I am trying to think of something different-any suggestions?????????
Linking up with Lorna at Let's Bee Social and Freshly Pieced WIP wednesday.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Some new stuff!!

Welcome to December!!  I had to take a teeny break from the UFO world and start a couple new projects. I recently saw a video from Jenny Doan at Missouri Star  for a Tipsy Tumbler. It has a unique construction and I just wanted to have a little fun doing something different. So I created this cute little baby quilt approx. 36" square for a donation quilt for our local Neonatal unit. For now, this will remain a flimsy and be put into the 'to be quilted' pile. I have a orange stripe I will bind it in-the same one as the other quilt below.

I had so much fun with the one above and it didn't take long to do, so I dug in my UFO closet and I had lots of 60 deg. tri's cut from a past QAL. But technically since it wasn't started is it a UFO or maybe it is a WIP-either way it is good to get it done :-)
Another Neonatal quilt is born and it too went very fast. In fact today I will use even more of those tri's in another quilt. Doing only 36" square tops makes you feel really productive since they are so quick to do!! The binding will be the stripe.

Linking up with a few of the linky parties on the left this week. Grab your cup of coffee and go get inspired!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

DRS challenge #150

DRS challenge this week is 'I pine for you'. We are to use anything with pine in it. I chose to use a stamp from DRS and heat embossed it with silver. And since I just got a new pack of teal card stock I just had to use it and have a different color for some Christmas cards.  Gray is a favorite of mine recently too, so I started with a gray card and layered it with aqua, holly leaves embossed teal, another aqua layer before the final embossed white layer. Add in some silver ribbon and I have a rich looking Christmas card.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gotta love finishes!

Yes as promised I have more finishes to show you today. The crown and star quilt top is now quilted-I blogged about the top here.  I needed to get it finished to show on Monday night at guild since it is another of my UFO challenges so I went back to my standby of hook swirls and a plain muslin back since it was a wide back. The quilt is only about 48 by 64.  It will become a donation quilt next year.


 So in making the above quilt I made lots of the crown blocks and not so many of the star blocks. Since I got tired of the quilt and couldn't bring myself to make more stars I decided to make another quilt with the crowns and add some plain blocks for another donation quilt. This flimsy is done in my book as I will donate it to MQS community outreach booth for them to quilt and give away.

This star table topper only needed it's binding so now it is done too! 
I want to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving!! 

Linking with Let's Bee Social and Fabric Fort Worth.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

UFO saga continues

I was on such a roll a couple weeks ago finishing up UFO's, last week I didn't get nearly as much done. This week I am back on a roll, LOL  Just finished quilting and binding on this Top Hat Tessellations quilt-the pattern and fabric came from Bolines. It is one of 6 UFO's I entered into our local guild challenge this year. We have to show them Monday night at guild.  For the quilting I decided to use a panto-I know gasp, spit, sputter!!  For those of you that have been following my blog you know I LOVE to freehand or use rulers, I just don't enjoy panto's, I think it is because I love watching the design form as I am stitching. After the first couple rows on this quilt I settled in to it and it went along pretty quickly. Although I am a bit disappointed that you can't see the quilting on the front, it's busy fabric and you don't need to see it. But is sure shows pretty on the back.
Doesn't it look nice in my living room! Yes I am keeping this one.

 And onto more UFO's. I had these 2 purses in the process for the fall craft shows but they just didn't get done.  Since they were taking up valuable space on my counters in the sewing room I decided yesterday afternoon to just finish them up.


I have another UFO I finished this morning, I will share it tomorrow after I get a picture taken.
Linking up with some of the fun linky parties on my left side bar. 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Inspired by Color-DRS challenge

Inspired by color is the theme for this week's DRS challenge. Shades of green and red as in a Poinsettia plant is the inspiration. I had this cute designer plaid paper that I based my design around. Last year for Christmas I got the Silhouette Cameo die cutter and I cut out several Christmas designs and I have been having loads of fun using them. The candle and holly leaves were cut using it.
I was very fortunate to win last weeks challenge at DRS, they are sending me 3 new stamps! Thanks DRS :-0

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bargello and a scrap bag runner

My friend Rhonda pieced this gorgeous Bargello and asked me to quilt it for her. We agreed on a freehand feather swirl design I learned from Judi Madsen at GreenFairyQuilts. I love this design and I love the colors in Rhonda's quilt.  We used Hobbs 80/20 batting and glide dark tan thread.  Thanks Rhonda for letting me quilt for you!



Now with all orders fill and craft shows done for the season I decided to play with these scraps. They were a scrap bag I got at a garage sale a couple years ago, all cut into 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles. I just could never figure out what I wanted to make with them, until I saw a schnibbles pattern in a book at our guild and thought that would be perfect!
 
So here is part of the scraps made into this runner-I love how it came out. I will whip up another just like it and have them ready to quilt for next year's shows.  I have another thought of a runner design for more of the scraps too. There were a lot in that little bag :-)



Tuesday, November 18, 2014

DRS-challenge Hang It Up

Today I made a card to enter into the DRS Hang It Up challenge this week. I used 2 DRS stamps to make my card, the Jingle bell and the Christmas music. Add some designer paper, baker's twine and bling and I have another Christmas card done :-)

Friday, November 14, 2014

The week's work

I am so happy that I managed to get 6 UFO quilt tops done and 1 UFO runner since Sunday!!!!
I showed the first on Monday-the crumb quilt. Here are a few more...

This is from a class I took in 2008 from Pat Speth called Stars and Crowns. I did a quicker border on it to get it done :-)   This one I will quilt up before Dec. 3rd. as I need to show it for my guild UFO challenge.




This is a coin variation I made up. I did add another row of beige and a print strip, I found it hanging on my design wall after I snapped this picture, LOL
 A star and spiderweb quilt.























A string quilt.

















And a wedge quilt. This one and the above 3 will be donated as tops to the Community Outreach booth at MQS(machine quilters showcase) 2015 in Cedar Rapids IA.




















I wish all of you the best at getting your UFO's out and finishing them up-it is such a great freeing feeling!!  Now I have a ton more to yet so off to decide which is next.
Linking with Forth Worth Fabric , Stitch by Stitch and Quilt Story

Monday, November 10, 2014

A crumby Sunday

I Worked on a crumb quilt on Sunday and finished it this morning.  I had 30 crumb blocks pieced from the past couple years and needed to complete a UFO for sanity sake!









I added the royal blue sashings and cornerstones yesterday afternoon, and sewed the blocks and rows together.  Then I thought I would just put on some print border but didn't have anything in the stash that would work. But with tons of strips and strings in the leftover bins I set to work piecing the borders. I managed to get 2 borders on last night before I got too tired. And finised the last 2 this morning-I was up very early!  So now I have an almost free quilt-gotta love that.  I will donate this top to the Community Outreach booth at MQS(Machine Quilters Showcase) this spring.


 Oh the wonderful feeling of having at least one UFO off my counter(sigh).  the sashings turned out aqua in the pic but they really are royal blue!

I will be joining  Freemotion at the River and Let's Bee Social linky party-links on the side bar. And don't forget to go check out the other party goers!!