Saturday, December 16, 2017

Little Quits on the Clothesline

I put binding on these little quilts last week.


One's my latest Crumb Quilt (See this post also.)


One's a simple two-fabric quilt that was perfect for practicing a new quilting design. Here are the first few rows of quilting. (It got better as I went along!)


As often happens, I accidentally picked a really windy day for taking pictures!



These quilts are both baby-sized quilts, and ready to be given away!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Kitchen linens again!

It's not very glamorous, but so practical: kitchen washcloths made from a tablecloth!



Because making 38 kitchen washcloths is one of my favorite ways to use a thrifted $2 cotton tablecloth!


Monday, December 11, 2017

The pumpkins ...

So, I've got about 50 of these pumpkins started ... All the orange is done.

I'm working on background now. 


I've got backgrounds on a dozen or twenty pumpkins so far.


So far, so good!


Sunday, December 10, 2017

It's beginning to look a lot like ...

Christmas Trees!


Here are some little Christmas Trees in progress. 


I've got a hundred fifty-something of the trees made, and a layout that requires 149, so that's good. 


Now, they're put together in a quilt top!


This quilt-top-center is about 50" x 65"; I'll be putting 3 simple borders on to make it bigger.
Yesterday, I cut borders out, and I cut the fabric for the pieces quilt back.


Progress! More to come soon!



Friday, November 10, 2017

Quilting on Little Quilts

During some recent sewing time, I quilted a couple of little quilts.


This was fun. I haven't perfected my technique on this floral/spiral design, but I had fun trying it on this small lap-size quilt!


I quilted this baby quilt with a simple meandering pattern with little hearts in it.


Both of these need binding, and then they'll be done.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Pumpkins!

Because I really have a lot of fabric, I started another project! (Shocking, I know!)

I loved the pumpkins quilt that Jo's Country Junction recently posted about, based on a Bonnie Hunter pattern. I don't have the pattern, but I love the idea, and it seems simple enough. The quilt quickly went on my mental list to make someday. (It also went on my {huge} Pinterest list of Quilt & Sewing ideas -- see this Pin!)

Without pressure to worry about whether I finish this this fall or next fall, I got started on some string pieces. I'm foundation-piecing big strings onto paper that's cut at 8.5" x 7". My blocks will be bigger than the pattern, but that's a good thing. 

I cut my scraps into usable strings that are a variety of widths. So far, I'm liking the variety, and it's fun to see, with scrap projects, how different each piece turns out.

 

I've got quite a few orange scraps to use; we'll see how long the variety holds out. The first day I worked on them, I got 9 pumpkin sections done; the next time, I added 18 more. 


I'm not sure how many blocks I'll make; the pattern had 49 small blocks (+ borders) for a lap-size quilt. If I do 49 big blocks, I may have nearly a twin-size, which is nice. But I'll probably just see how long my orange scraps hold out, and let that guide my number-of-blocks.


I have no definite plans for a background fabric. So. We shall see. It's a fun start!

Monday, November 6, 2017

O Christmas Tree ... Again!

A few months ago, I started working on these little Christmas Tree quilt blocks.



Something about the combination of lots of Christmas scraps (cheap at the thrift store), and a new Tri-Recs ruler made me want to start these in summer.


I'm thinking I should just finish them up into a quilt by Christmas. That would be nice. We'll see if it happens!


I already have 50 tiny blocks made, and 100 more are mostly-done: they just need the tree trunks put on.

Watch for more updates on this one soon!
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