Quilt Archive

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Snow Days, Sew Days

Hello again Blog Followers!

Yes, I am back sooner than I expected.  No, the move has not happened.  We had a late spring visitor instead...Winter Storm Evelyn!  She is still here and it is still snowing as I write this.  When all is said and done, she will leave over 2 ft. of new snow in her wake before she clears out tomorrow sometime.

Meanwhile, Denis and I have hunkered down to wait out the storm.  My packing is done, my chores are done.  So, what to do on this wintry spring day?  Sewing, of course.  Today I start a new project, a quick flannel quilt that will be a gift for one of my granddaughters at Christmas this year.  

These fabrics are from the Ric Rac Paddywhack fabric line, designed by Kim Diehl for Henry Glass Fabrics.  The colors are so vibrant and the designs are just plain FUN!  And, it is my favorite fabric, too....Flannel!

So, let in snow, let it snow, let it snow while I sew, sew, sew!

Till next time....

Monday, April 9, 2018

April UFO Report & News!!

Hello Blog Friends!

I'm sad to say that no progress has been made on the UFO list this past month.  Due mostly to a piece of news to share with you...

Denis and I have purchased a different house, so we have been busy with all the meetings and appointments associated with that.  But, mostly, we have been packing and packing.  We closed on the new place on April 6.  Painters and new appliances will follow in the next few weeks, then we will officially move in on the 26th.  Until then, we have a few fix-ups and changes to do.  

Here's my progress so far:

So, instead of sewing or scrapping, I've been packing.  No easy task for a crafter with two passions: sewing and scrapbooking, with plenty of supplies for both!   Then there is Denis, who is into trains and woodworking.   Add to that, the accumulated belongings from the past 10 years of homesteading in our present house.  

I probably won't be posting again for a few weeks.  I'll be working days at the new place getting it ready to move in and here at the old place, getting it ready to sell.

Wish me luck, and I'll be back after the move!

Till then...

Monday, April 2, 2018

Mini-Man Sewing at Grandma's House

Hello Blog Friends,

Corey and I spent one day together last week and we finished his tshirt quilt.  Here is a picture of the finished quilt:

Corey did all the sewing on the quilt top and back.  Grandma helped with quilting and binding.  Finished size is 52" x 68".  

We think it turned out GREAT!  What do you think?

Next time...UFO update and some BIG news!  Till then...

Sunday, March 11, 2018

March UFO Report Card

Hello Blog Friends!

Can you believe that another month has gone by?  Wow...it's March already!  I've been busy this past month (February), completing four items on the UFO list.  So far, I have 5 of 12 items listed done!  Yay!

Completed in February:

  • 2015 Christmas pages
  • Baby Quilt (see Menagerie in Blue post)
  • Fran Memorial Book
  • Towne Square Quilt
Baby Quilt:

Towne Square Quilt:

February was a very productive month!  Especially since I was also on a scrapbooking retreat, been house hunting, and was gone for a week on vacation in Florida (which was wonderful, by the way).

Till next time...

Name Current Status Date Finished
1 2015 Christmas Pages Finished! 2/10/2018
2 2016 Christmas Pages --
3 2017 Christmas Pages --
4 Seeing Red Quilt Top, back done.  Ready for quilting
5 T-Shirt Quilt Fabrics gathered
6 Patterns II Quilt Finished! 1/31/2018
7 Prairie Cupboard Quilt Top, back done.  Ready for quilting
8 Colonial Williamsburg Ornament Book Materials gathered
9 Mary's Quilt Top done.
10 Baby Quilt Finished! 2/21/2018
11 Fran Memorial Book Finished! 2/9/2018
12 Towne Square Quilt Finished! 2/3/2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Menagerie in Blue Baby Quilt

Hello Blog Friends!

As promised, I have finished the baby quilt I started last week.  For obvious reasons, I named it Menagerie in Blue.

While searching online for baby quilt patterns, I happened across the following blog by Michelle Marr:  Michelle's Romantic Tangle  .  I love her writing style (it is much like mine) and her ideas.  She has free baby quilt patterns on her blog.  The one I chose is named Christopher.

Remember the fabrics I chose:

The original pattern called for one border around the center design.  I wanted the quilt to finish a little larger, so I added a second outer border to mine.  The lighter blue in the quilt is from the earlier failed quilt...a pastel blue polka dot.  Here is the finished product.

This quilt finishes at 41" x 45" .  I chose a minimal modified cross hatch quilting design, so the quilt would keep it's "squishability".  

I also made a cute little pillow case from the remaining fabrics.  This pillow is a perfect baby size at 12" x 16".  The pillowcase is removable for laundering.  

I even found a cute keepsake box at JoAnn Fabrics.  The quilt and pillow fit in perfectly.  I'm going to use it as a gift box, skip the wrapping paper and just put a bow and ribbon on it.  It can be used as a keepsake box for cards, gifts and etc.

I think it turned out really cute...thanks, Michelle.  

Till next time...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Scrapping the Quilt Diary

Hello Blog Friends!

Besides finishing a couple of UFO quilts, working on a baby quilt, and doing some other scrapbooking projects, I've also spent some time catching up on my Quilt Diary.  Since I'm a scrapper too, what better way to showcase (and preserve the details of my work) than to scrap it!  I can blend both crafting disciplines into one end result.  Besides, scrapping and quilting both have one basic thing in common...take a large piece of fabric or paper, cut it in to smaller pieces, then put it all back together again!  No wonder I love both so much!!  LOL

I am ashamed to say that I was 2 years and 25 projects behind!  I spent a week making pages and printing pictures.  I am now proud to say that I am caught up for the time being.  Here are some of my favorite pages:

 The photo of the quilt (left side of page) lifts up to reveal a photo of the back (which is also cool) and a large sample of the border fabric:
Inside front page:

The pages are a slightly smaller scale, 9" x 9".  Each double page spread features the name, size and a photo of each project on the first page and other details on the facing pages.  I list the pattern, fabrics, date finished, owner, personal comments and include fabric swatches.  I sometimes embellish the pages with stamped images, fussy-cut images from the fabric, or stickers/buttons, etc.

On to the next project...what will it be?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Baby Quilt Fail and Recover

Hello Blog Friends,

Have you ever had high hopes at the beginning of a project, then once you are into it, have the feeling it just isn't working?  Well, this happened to me this past week.

I am making a baby quilt for a sweet young lady I worked with ( I made her a wedding quilt two years ago).  She is expecting her first child soon and the shower is early next month!  I've had the fabrics for several years, found a pattern I liked, and started sewing.  Only, I just wasn't feeling it as I pieced the rows and sewed them together.  

The fabrics are from the Sweet Baby collection by moda.  Very cute fabrics, all flannels in pastels of blue, pink, yellow, green and a gray/tan neutral.  I cut tumbler patches with my Go! Baby and laid them out in a grid.  Here's the first couple of rows:

I just wasn't feeling it.  I cried over it, then wiped my tears, found a new pattern online, made a trip to the quilt shop for alternate fabrics, and moved on.   I was able to find new fabrics and incorporate one of the fabrics from the original quilt into the new design.  New fabrics:

I'll show you the finished product in my next post.  Meanwhile, the tumbler quilt will wait for a few weeks, another addition to the UFO list.  But, I will finish it, then donate it to Project Linus.  A needy mother or baby somewhere will love it.  Who wouldn't...it is in flannel!

Till next time...