Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Asterisk Block

I had a lot of fun making this.   I am doing the Craftsy Block of the Month free class.  This block, the asterisk, is part of the quilt of the month class.  I wanted to see what it would look like as a quilt. My Mother bought my kids a fat quarter pack when this local store went out of business.  Being that my children are not quilters, the fabric was just laying around the playroom.  I asked them if I could use the fabric to make them a throw.  They happily agreed.  So this one totally suits my younger daughter.  I did add a border.  When I quilt it all up I will post another pic. 

Asterisk block-  fun but a little tricky getting all the lines right.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Drawstring Bags and Tutorials

I saw these at In Color Order but I have been wanting to make one since I saw this one here ( a free tote tutorial, among others, at Pillow and Maxfield).  They are super fun and easy to make and whip up in no time.  They make a great lunch bag that you can just throw in the laundry as needed.  Go here for In Color Orders instructions on how to make them.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lots O Color

My in the round block
One of the quilting groups that I belong to is doing a round.  Each month we are given a new assignment to add onto. The first month was a 12.5 inch square.  I think, if I am remembering right.  The next was 6.5, pieced.  Next is a 2.5 inch add on, probably for me a border of some sort to calm things down a bit. It has been a lot of fun.  I just kinda went wild with my colors.

As you can see bright colors have been a them for me.  Maybe its the grey of winter that has made me crave all this color.

I am about 9 blocks shy of having 30 blocks to put a nice size quilt together.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pinwheels and Strings

Aren't these batiks yummy!
I have only been meaning to say something about this lovely win I had during Christmas time.  The lovely Melissa of Sew Bitter Sweet Designs.had a giveaway and I entered and lucked out and won two half yard cuts from Fat Quarter Shop as well at the triangle foundation paper.  I had no idea what the foundation triangle thing was.  A friend of mine told me it is like piecing with training wheels.  Yeah, I knew I needed to give it a try.  It helps a lot in keeping my triangles from not getting wonky.  Recently I learned that  a lot of my wonkiness was coming from pressing and pulling when ironing.  Now that I have a softer hand things have gotten a lot better.  I wish I knew about that a year ago!
The pinwheel quilts had been put on hold for the time being because I am totally obsessed with finishing my string quilt.  I have ten more squares to go and then I will have 30 huge blocks to make my quilt.  Totally looking forward to seeing this one all the way through. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Gifted Stash

My parents have some friends that they go way back with.  We have picnics usually twice a year and we get to see them and their families.  Their grandchild and our daughters are around the same age, so my girls enjoy seeing him at the picnics as well.  My parents knew them from when they lived in Pennsylvania and thats going back a good 50 years.  Wow!
C, I will call her, is my parents age and she gave me some fabric that she has had for 30 plus years.  She had always wanted to make a quilt but never did.  And I gather she is not interested in making one now as she gave me her stash.  I was thrilled.  I received the stash before Christmas but with much to do I could not really do anything with it at the time.  Now, however, I had a moment after all the Holidays and birthdays.  I made her a tote.  Who doesn't need a tote.  And besides she admired the one I made for my Mom.

It was a little overwhelming at first trying to pick out fabrics that would work well together. But after spending some time with the fabrics I started seeing themes and colors that I thought would be pretty good together
Now, keep in mind, I did not exactly group them perfectly for these pics. I mainly wanted to get them photographed to post on this blog.
This flannel here, I love.  There is not a big enough piece to make pajama pants or anything.  But, I so can see it being used real soon.  I just love the design and color.  Kind of heathery.
Here is the tote colors and design that I decided on.  Since she is a traditional woman I went with a traditional design.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Iron Craft: Hearts

Iron Craft challenge was hearts for this round.  I had all kinds of grandiose ideas but it didnt happen.  What did happen is these cute little door hangers for my kids bedrooms.  I thought it might be fun for them to put their name on their doors.

I had these blocks laying around from a block of the month club thingy.  The store that had them is now out of business so for sure I would not be getting any more blocks.  They have been laying around for about a half of a year of more.  I didn't know what I was going to do with them.  I dont have that many so this was good use of what I had.  I actually had two in two different color ways because I was going to make two quilts- one for each of my daughters.
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