Sunday, January 29, 2012

2012 Finish Number 1

I was going to "save" this binding project for next Sunday, but I went on a long walk yesterday including back and forth over one of the causeway bridges.  I was physically tired when I got home, so after taking a shower and plopping down on the couch, I picked up the hand sewing of the Paisley Party binding.  I watched a couple of movies, and by last night the binding was done...funny how that works, isn't it?

I had to hang it on the fence sideways.  Finished size: 60" x 72"

The back

The quilting was done in a whimsical butterfly pattern by the local quilt shop's longarm machine.

This was a very quick and easy quilt to make.  Once the cutting and the 90 four-patch blocks are done, the whole thing can be put together in a kind of quilt :)
Here's a link to the free quilt pattern:  Paisley Party
Happy quilting everyone!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Prepping for Super Bowl Sunday

Making a banner?

of course not...because the colors would have to be red, white, and blue

I'm going to need something to do besides eating while watching the big game, so making binding this weekend and getting it machine sewed on seemed like good idea.  I can work on the hand sewing next weekend and probably finish it during the Super Bowl :)

If you zoom in on the picture above, you can see the quilting pattern...butterflies :)

I have always steered clear of scrappy binding because the thought of all those seams gave me the willies, but this quilt begged for scrappy binding and I had a lot of fabric left over.  I cut 18" long pieces and it worked out just fine.  What better use for all those leftover strips of fabric, right?

Now back to watching the Patriots...and the E*Trade talking baby ads...I love them, LOL.
Happy quilting everyone.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

It's coming together

The Quick Trip Around the World quilt that is, and I really like it.  I have to admit that when I was sewing the strips together, I was a little worried. 

I thought that the lightest fabric with the white background was a little too stark and the gold jumped out as well.  Since this is the first time I've made one of these, I wasn't sure it would be okay once the tubed strips were cut and set next to each other.  Well, I was wrong (thank goodness!).  Check out the first half of the quilt :)

Now for sewing all these strips together and tackling the other half.  So far, this has been super easy...hoping that trend continues.  I'll keep you posted.

2:00 p.m. update - all the piecing is done!  This went so fast!  I didn't even have all the strips sewn together this morning when I started at around 8:30 and the top was all pieced by 1:30.

I still have to add borders, but I haven't gotten the fabric yet, so it's as done as it's going to get for today :)

Happy quilting!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Another Sneak Peek

Here's a glimpse of the other quilt top I finished during the quilting retreat last weekend.

The pattern is called Courtyard.  I've made quite a few of these over the years, but it has been awhile.  I have a link to other Courtyard quilts made in the past in my links to the right.  It's a cute, super easy pattern and makes a nice sized quilt for a baby/toddler if borders are omitted - otherwise, it is about twin sized. 

I went to the local quilt shop today and made several purchases *blushing* - one of them was the fabric for the backing which you can see in the picture.  I had to snap a picture of the selvage.  Check this out:

Little boots :)  How cute!

While I was in the shop, I browsed through the sale section where everything is $4-$5/yard and found this fabric.  I made Em's outfit for her second birthday using the version of this fabric with the white background.  So, when I saw the fabric in pink for $4/yard, I bought the 3.5 yards left on the bolt. Wouldn't this make cute quilt backing for little girl quilts?

Finally, I bought fabric to make a Quick Trip Around the World quilt (Eleanor Burns' pattern) for one of my mother's friends.  She said the colors in her furniture are pink/mauve and dusty blue.  She wants a long lap quilt for her sofa, so this is what I came up with. 

I have been chomping at the bit to make one of these quilts, so it will be an adventure and another step out of my Warm Wishes quilt habit :)

I dropped off the Paisley Party quilt while I was at the quilt shop, so I should be able to do a show and tell within a couple of weeks.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend...happy sewing!

Monday, January 9, 2012

A sneak peek

I attended a great quilting retreat this weekend and wanted to share pics of one of the quilt tops I finished.  This picture was taken when it was being laid  out - I'll share more pics as soon as the tops are all nicely pressed.  This one is made from a pattern called, "Paisley Party" it was a free pattern from Red Rooster.  It can be downloaded here.

I hope you all have a wonderful week :)

Monday, January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

The first day of 2012 was a very productive day.

I'll post more about this later, moohahaha...

A few new year's resolutions:
1) Finish more than seven quilts this year
2) Make quilts using some new patterns ( repertoire was pretty boring in 2011)
3) Walk/exercise at least 30 minutes 5 times a week
4) Get more fruits and veggies into my diet