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!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Knitting finish and start!

About a week ago, I finished these socks ...

AND I started these socks!

It's always fun to knit with self-striping yarn! This is a new-to-me pattern called Geek Socks from Knitty

Monday, October 9, 2017

In other crumb quilt news ...

I've recently made some progress on the next crumb quilt: the pink one!


Not long ago, when I was prepping the green crumb quilt, I also mentioned wanting to make a pink one.


I love that baby quilts are smallish, do-able projects. Usually what I have is little bits of time here and there. The other day, I was pleased to be able to completely quilt the green crumb quilt in less than an hour!

One day a couple of weeks ago, I cut some pale pink fabric for this little quilt top. I don't usually have time to cut things out AND sew on the same day ... so I try to do the rotary cutting for a couple projects while I've got the cutting stuff out. And on another day, I'll do some of the sewing for a couple projects, while I've got the sewing stuff out.


With some weekend sewing time, I stitched the pieces together, and now I have a little quilt top.

I still need to press, and trim, and remove the papers from the back of the crumb quilt strips. Then I'll decide if I need a border, and what kind of backing & binding I'll use.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Finished Baby Crumb Quilt


This was a fun little quilt to work on. I mentioned it recently (see this post), and finished it up last week.


I like the color variety, and the cheery green in between the crumb rows.


The backing is made from a cute print that was once a twin-sized sheet (Pottery Barn, maybe?). I love the little cars and trucks, and the perfect assortment of colors to go with the quilt top.


I quilted it with green thread.


Briefly, I considered binding it in bright orange, because that would have been cute. But ultimately, I chose my recent favorite binding: stripes!


This little quilt is a gift for a sweet friend who has a new baby boy.


I'm looking forward to mailing it off this week.



Friday, September 29, 2017

Knitting a little ...

Every now and then, my hands are free, so I knit!

I've recently had the time to knit the heel flaps and finish the heel shaping on this fun pair of socks:


Next up: heel gussets and then the foot. Moving right along. Football season should help. Maybe. :-)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Crumb Quilt Top

So,  I recently posted a picture of this work in progress. (See Weekend Stitching here.)
Here are a few more pics. 


I had lots of these ... "crumbs" stitched onto adding-machine paper rolls ... So, now, those crumb quilt rolls (see previous posts here and here) are becoming something!

 

I was trying to figure out what to make with them. 
Baby quilts are fun to make, and baby quilts happen to be my favorite baby shower gift to give, so, baby quilts it is!



Here I'm auditioning these stripes on green and on pale pink, trying to pick a background color.
Turns out, I like both, so I'm making one of each! 

I've got the pieces cut for the pale pink variation, so, that'll be happening soon!


This green one's a quilt top, anxiously awaiting being quilted! (I've got the perfect backing. Time to buy some batting!)


By the way, the stitching-onto-adding-machine-paper is a new idea for me, but good for using up random scraps. Jo's Country Junction mentioned the idea at the end of her blog post here, referencing a blog post from QuiltedTwins -- see their posts about the idea here and here.

After stitching these stripes into this quilt top, I removed the paper from the back of the crumb strips. This was a sort of tedious process, not surprisingly. But it's easy to do while watching a movie, so that's what I did. 


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A little patriotic quilt


I rediscovered this partially-finished quilt top when I was looking through fabric this week. I've been needing to make some baby quilts for some friends, and this was just the start and inspiration I needed.

I'm putting together border and backing fabric for the kaleidoscope-style quilt top.


So far, just sneak peeks of this one, since it'll probably end up to be a gift. 


I'll try to post finished pictures soon.


It's fun to get some UFOs (UnFinished Objects!) ready to be used and loved! I'll be linking this post to this week's UFO Challenge at Jo's Country Junction, one of my favorite quilt blogs.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Summer Weather is in the Quilt!

The Weather Quilt is still happening!


I recently updated the quilt-in-progress, and it's been a while since I showed any pictures!


Full disclosure: It's been a while since I sewed any weeks-of-weather onto the quilt either ... the little labeled/pinned stacks below each represent a week! 


I try to update a week or two at a time, but somehow, it had been 8 weeks since I did anything! But playing with cute fabrics (closeups below) is always fun!


I've been surprised and amused that I haven't gotten to use any of my bright red fabrics in my quilt. I had them planned for the 100°+ days - of which there are usually several during the summer around here. (Last year, there were 17 days that the weather service recorded temps above 100°. This year: none!)


So, the quilt is coming along. It's getting big. Queen-sized when it's through ... and the quilt top is nearly 75% done!


So, now, I shall have to plan how to do the back of the quilt ... I want to make a little "key" with which colors represent which temperature ranges. And since I've got a variety of fabrics in each color,  (and plenty of leftovers, as always!) I might do some cute "string blocks" to incorporate some of the extra fabric.


And, speaking of leftovers, I've got lots of ideas in my head for using up the scraps that I'd set aside for this project ... I'll have plenty of extras, so those pieces I cut will be a great jumping-off point for whatever quilts I start next year.


I just need to plan some quilting time into my January, so that I actually get this quilted while it's still winter!!!







Sunday, September 10, 2017

Weekend stitching

Every now and then, the weekend provides extra time for creativity!

Here's the latest ...

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunday sewing ...

This quilt has been my Sunday afternoon project for the past couple of weeks. I'm just finishing up the quilting on this beauty. It's been in progress for a long, long time. I wasn't the one who started this quilt, but I'm pretty happy that I get to be the one that finishes it! More details later!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Another crumb quilt color

I've been working on another color of crumb-quilt piecing on adding machine tape. As it turns out, I've got lots of blue scraps!


I'm thinking about using yellow, blue, and red to make a primary-colors version of Jo and Kelli's Rainbow Connection quilt. It's in their book Country Girl Modern, that I got in a giveaway from their blog, which is, hands down, one of my favorite quilt blogs.


This long strip of crumb-piecing would also be great as a border around almost any sort of quilt ...


There are so many possibilities!




Monday, July 3, 2017

Another week of weather!

I've added another week to the temperature quilt!


Lots of 80° high temps (yellow), and 90° high temps (orange).

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