Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hurricane Matthew 4 Patch Quilt--Finished!

This quilt started with a pile of plaid or striped strips of fabric paired with a light neutral. The strips  were sewn together, cut then sewn into 4 patch units.

This was my Facebook post of my front row seat to watch Hurricane Matthew rage over North Carolina October 8, 2016. I was sewing the strips together before the electricity went out.

These 3 setting fabrics were bought in Intercourse, PA during the Lancaster Quilt Show week.

The backing fabric was one large piece, also found at The Old Country Store that day.

Everyday at 4:20 I send my daughter a screenshot of my phone. 
(Her birthday is 4/20.)
This documents WHEN I did certain things and it lets her know I'm thinking of her always.

Simple quilting on this quilt, just vertical serpentine lines.

This quilt is very soft since it isn't heavily quilted.

Nice splashes of color!

Before quilting: 80" x 93".
After quilting: 78.5" x 91.5".
After washing: 74" x 87".

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Garden Party Quilt

I have lots of fabric. Scrap quilts appeal to me, the more fabrics in a quilt the better. Bonnie Hunter's book Addicted To Scraps has directions for several colorful scrap quilts. I chose the Garden Party quilt to make because it has no triangles! The pattern says the quilt is 82" x 82".
I love the red and white blocks.

I elected to use one constant red.

To find a large enough space to lay all the blocks out I had to move the bed in Lynn's old bedroom.


I tweaked the pattern by adding an extra row of white squares so that the last row of red squares remain squares and weren't turned into triangles.

This is how the bed was flipped up against the wall to make room to lay out the quilt. This was where I basted the quilt too.


I did fussy cut these I LOVE YOU! bits for this flower.

The back of the quilt is a fun floral plus a yellow center.

Adding the black and white binding by machine was cumbersome on this large quilt.

All the flowers have 2 different fabrics plus a yellow center. I tried to use 100 different yellows for the flowers but when I was putting safety pins in the centers to baste the quilt I found that there was one duplicate! So 99 yellows. But all 100 flowers are different.

The back has a large yellow square with the floral surrounding it.


Finished and labeled too!

Since we aren't currently using a frame for this bed it sits lower and is easier to move. For now this quilt is living in this bedroom because it matches the walls! Before washing my quilt was 84" x 84". After machine washing and drying it was 79" x 79". This was SO MUCH FUN to make!! Happiness!

Finish it Friday link up at Crazy Mom Quilts.



Saturday, March 11, 2017

Baseball Baby Quilt

Last June was the lovely wedding of Matt and Shannon for whom I made an unusual variation of a double wedding ring quilt.

Pattern "Forever Yours" by Southwind Designs .

Shannon used to come to our softball games when she was a baby/toddler (she had no choice as her mom and dad were both on the team) so she grew up loving the game.
Matt & Shannon used a photo from Nationals Park for their Save the Date card.

They went to Nationals Park in their wedding finery for photos!!

This is the happily married couple. 
They are expecting a baby later this spring.

So OF COURSE I have to make a baseball baby quilt for them!!

In each corner of the quilt I added some traffic fabric for the parking lot surrounding the stadium. Although they most likely take Metro to get there, I felt the quilt needed a bit of interest.


This is my Triangle Treasures pattern. It's SO easy and quick to make.

I put the binding on the back and then wrapped it around to the front.

Got a cute label out of an extra piece. Popcorn on the back of the quilt is perfect at the ballpark.

Finished! 
36" x 42"
Machine pieced, machine quilted, machine washed and machine dried!

Plus a little bonus Snap Flap.

For a little something.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Birthday Pillow

This birthday pillow for my niece was started MONTHS ago but I finished it today--just 4 days before her birthday! Yay. Now can I get it mailed today also?? (I'll work on that in a bit.)

This pillow combines 2 patterns from Colourwerx designed by Carl and Linda Sullivan, formerly of Linderella's Quilt Works in Southern Pines, NC. I always shopped in their store for the beautiful array of Kaffe Fasset fabrics they had. So this dog, flower, background and patterns are all theirs!

You can see that I didn't make the quilts as shown in the patterns but I did want to test them so I made one dog and one flower. 

The back of the pillow is overlapped envelope style.

The quilted piece was trimmed to 14 3/4" x 28 3/4". The pillow form is 14" x 28".

I added a dog tag with an S for Sasha.

I originally wanted to make a big yellow flower but the yellow got lost even though the background is a very light lavender so I switched to a red flower.

This pillow will be sent to my 8 year old niece who lives in a house with many cats. This will be her only dog and this dog won't chase the cats nor bark at them. 



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Auntie Bee's Purse Step 6 Binding and Finished!

This purse is nearly done now. The binding is the worst part of the whole process. I've made this purse 7 times now and each time I've tried a different type of binding. I tried everything from my favorite method of French binding all machine done to traditional binding that is hand stitched. It ALL comes out untidy and icky in my opinion. However, it is hidden on the inside of the purse. That's a blessing. For this purse I prepared 2 yards of bias French binding cut 2.5" wide and I sewed it on with my favorite regular 1/4" foot. This method worked pretty well since this foot is less bulky than the walking foot.
The binding goes around the edges and around the top curves. Start in the center of one long straight edge. Leave a short tail to tuck the other end of the binding into.

Once the French binding is sewn to one side of the seam then it's easy to just flip it over to the other side and sew it down. Just force it into submission!

This is my overlap where one end is tucked into the other.


Ugly corner mess...

.......but it's attached! Yay.


The curve is always messy. I signed the purse up in this tippy top spot.

For the bottom stiffener I used a piece of cutting mat cut 4" x 8" with corners rounded.

When you turn the purse right side out slip the stiffener in the bottom of the bag.

"Bee Grateful"! Indeed. And always BEE POSITIVE!

Strap construction: cut fabric 5 1/4" x 27" and cut fusible fleece 2 1/2" x 20". Fold in 1/2" on each short end and press. Then fold lengthwise in half, press, fold each side in again and press. Lay the fusible fleece in the center and fuse. It should be about 3" away from each end. Then fold the long sides to the middle, and fold the whole thing in half again. Sew around perimeter with a topstitch.

I added 2 snaps on each end of the strap just below the fleece, and the corresponding part of the snap just above the 1/2" hem. This photo shows both ends and one is face up and one face down.

The strap goes through the buckle and snaps.

For the zipper pull cut fabric 1.5" x 5", double fold, sew down the unfolded side to secure it. Put through zipper ring and sew across it to secure it. 
Finished!





I hope Auntie Bee likes her purse.