Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Jelly Roll Scrap Buster


I have a large heap of scrap fabric that needs to be whittled down. This block is sometimes called Puss In The Corner. It uses a surprisingly small amount of fabric. My scrap pile isn't shrinking at all.

I don't know what the quilt will be called yet but here is the beginning of it.

Since jelly roll fabric is 2 1/2" wide it's perfect to use for this block. Cut 2 identical squares for the sides and one square for the center and one square for the corners. ALL cut 2 1/2" SQ.

Cut the pair of matching squares in half. So each piece is 1 1/4" x 2 1/2".
Cut one of the remaining squares into 4 pieces each 1 1/4" SQ.

Arrange it with the big square in the center and little squares on the outer corners.

Sew all the rows together.

 90 blocks on the design wall, not sewn together yet.
I have no idea how big this quilt will be. 
But I do have a piece of woven fabric I'd like to use on the back of a quilt,
 so maybe I'll make these blocks fit to that fabric.....


Friday, January 19, 2018

Home Sweet Home Fairy Godmother

Who is your Fairy Quilt Godmother? The website Paper Panache has free fairy godmother patterns. If you answer some silly multiple choice questions and hit the enter button you'll get links to each section of your fairy godmother. This is paper foundation pieced so all you've got to do is print the patterns and sew them up. All the fairies are different so you never know what you'll get! This is Lynn's fairy.

I like to use colored pencils to color the pieces. It's SOOO much easier to get the colors right and not accidentally put background where hair goes plus you get an idea of what she will look like. I'm adding the fabric license plate SWEET HOME from a quilt shop in Alabama. (My daughter and I love the movie Sweet Home Alabama and this fairy is for her.)

The necklace is a thimble but I just had to sneak a gecko into the quilt.

And she is doubly blessed to have this extra fairy in her quilt.

I heavily quilted the background so....

.....her face would pop out!

This brown/orange batik was absolutely perfect for her frame.

Home Sweet Home Fairy......for Lynn. 
May you have many happy years in your new home.

Link to Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.


Monday, January 8, 2018

On Ringo Lake 2017 Quiltville Mystery

The 2017 Quiltville Mystery "On Ringo Lake" designed by Bonnie Hunter began the day after Thanksgiving with clue #1. I didn't change the colors she used I just intensified them.

9 patch blocks was clue #1.

Orange flying geese was clue #2.

Clue #3 had a different scale of unit. These were destined to be sashing pieces but I made them into the outside border on my quilt.
Clue #4 was the aqua square plus 2 brown triangles.
Clue #6 added the orange triangle to make it square.


Clue #5 was brown flying geese.
In clue #7  we sewed the orange and brown geese together in pairs.

Clue #8 was assembling the blocks using the previous clues.

Clue #9 was the reveal on the setting. This was where I jumped ship and did my own thing with the setting. I used her sashing units and sewed them together to make this cool zig zag for the outside border. I used a narrow brown sashing fabric cut 1" wide to frame the blocks and help with the bulky seam joints.
I only used half of the blocks and did a straight setting 5 x 5 plus the border. My quilt top finished at 57"x57" but after quilting and washing it was 54" x 54".

This is Bonnie Hunter's "On Ringo Lake" quilt setting.


I like the intense oranges and browns in this quilt. It is almost 100% batiks.
( I did add one gecko face for fun.)
I'm not sure what I'll do with the other half of the blocks yet.




Monday, January 1, 2018

Plaid Strings UFO Finished


Several years ago I started this plaid quilt which was a Bonnie Hunter design called The Quilt That Love Built. I used yellow pages as the paper foundation to sew the plaid blocks. Once all 81 blocks were done I worked on the sashing units. I had all but 30 finished when I packed it away in a UFO box. This fall when my quilt bee had a mini quilt retreat, I took this UFO to work on when my On Ringo Lake (Bonnie Hunter 2017 Quiltville Mystery quilt) clue was done.

All plaid fabrics!

Here are all the units for the 100 9 Patch posts. One thing I've learned from doing the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilts each fall is that I can sew an enormous amount of units in a short amount of time if I keep at it.

When looking for backing fabric I found this 108" wide red that I already had!

I assembled the quilt quickly and quilted it on a snowy day in early December.

All done with binding too!!

Before washing it was 84" x 84".

I love how it looks woven. 
My mom is a weaver so she was the recipient of the quilt this Christmas.




Plaid Strings finished! 
The quilt on the quilt rack in the corner is Celtic Solstice the 2013 Quiltville Mystery quilt by Bonnie Hunter. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

OMG! Is Finished!!

My goal was to finish this quilt by early November...
Victory is mine! It's done. The pieced center part of my quilt has 72 Shoo Fly blocks and 71 Double 9 Patch blocks. The original pattern "Omigosh!" by Susan H Garman is larger with over 100 of each block. My finished quilt is 60" x 70".
This is the pattern I used. Next step was to choose border fabrics.

These were all possibilities for the border but I didn't choose any of them for various reasons. (Although I did like the yellow with a narrow red accent, lower right.)

I chose to use an aqua print with a cream accent stripe for the border.


One reason for choosing these was the fact that I had yardage of both so I could use them for the back too! I pieced the backing and added a lovely purple too.

The quilt was spray basted and ready to quilt on Halloween.

Haha Mummy thread from King Tut!!

My old faithful Bernina 1530 is sometimes temperamental and won't sew the lefthand stitches of the wavy line so I stopped and quilted it on my newer Bernina. I left these stitches in the quilt because I love my old machine and don't fault her for skipped stitches. She sewed the bulk of the quilt already!
Snap Chats I sent on Halloween included this one while I was adding the borders.

I finished the quilt on Thursday November 2nd. I used the purple for the binding.

I love the bright orange Sassafras tree in the background. It earns it's place in our yard by it's gorgeous fall colors each year.

The pattern looks complicated but the directions are clear and the method is easy.

Final size is 60" x 70".


For my gecko followers...yes! there is one fussy cut square!






Sunday, October 22, 2017

Omigosh! in Batiks




Next project started is this Omigosh! quilt designed by Susan H Garman. I'm using all fabrics from my stash so I rummaged around and found some fun things.

This roll of Jelly Bean Batiks by Laundry Basket Quilts is from 2014 and the 5 yards of white may be older than that! Good thing fabric doesn't have a shelf life!!

One inch strips sewn together to make tiny 4 patch squares.


This is just some of the plethora of units I needed to make the 4 patches.

These baskets contain pieces to make the tiny 9 patches.

I made loads of these tiny 9 patches while on vacation. These finish at 1 1/2"!

I made some into the double 9 patch blocks to see what it would look like.

To finish the 4 patch blocks there must be extra white all around it. I figured out a way to cut the excess "wing tips" off BEFORE sewing it to the 4 patch. 

The reason for that is so I could easily chain piece the units.

This is a sneak peek of what my finished blocks will look like. These blocks are 4 1/2" finished.

These are the 4 patch units for the Shoo Fly blocks. ALL of these need to be trimmed to 2" square. I've got plenty left to do but my goal is to finish this quilt by early November.