Quilt Archive

Monday, August 7, 2017

Take It All Tote Bag

Hello Blog Friends,

Here is my latest creation, the Take It All Tote Bag.  This was a kit from Connecting Threads.  It was easy and fun to make.  This bag uses Soft and Stable to help it keep it's shape.  There is a minimal amount of quilting on it, and the only binding area is the opening where the wooden handles are.  The bag is fully lined with a pocket.

This one is my donation to the door prize drawing at our upcoming Crivitz scrapbooking weekend next month.  Those of you who follow me get the sneak peek!  I plan to make another one for myself.  

On to the next project.  What will it be?  Tune in next week to find out!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Black and White and Red Allover

Hello Friends,

I ended the previous post with a riddle for you...

What is red and white and black all over?  My next project, of course, aptly named Red and White and Black All Over.

While looking through my stash of fat quarters for Prismatic Rainbow, I found that I had enough in a red and white and black colorway using the Switchback pattern.  Here is the pattern by Purple Pineapple Studio.

Instead of rows of the same print, I mixed the prints up into a kind of wonky checkerboard.  Here is the result.  

I also added a narrow white and red print inner border, as well as a wider white outer border.  The binding is the same red fabric as the back.  I chose to quilt the center section in a free motion all over meander pattern.  This quilt will remain in my own collection also.

I will take both the the club meeting on August 5.  Here is another look of two different interpretations of the same pattern:


I guess it's on to the next project...but what will it be?  Tune in next post to find out!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Prickly Pear Scrapbooking Pages

Hello Blog Friends,

Last Thursday was our regular monthly scrapbooking night.  We made three 2-page layouts from Close To My Heart's Prickly Pear collection.  These are cute summer pages with a little cactus theme.  What do you think?

A Riddle for YOU:  What is Red and White and Black all-over?  Tune in for next week's post to find out!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mary's Quilt Update

Hello Blog Friends,

I have an update to Mary's Quilt.  The top is finished.  

I found this setting idea in a great book that my friend Cathy leant me.  (And, I liked the book so much, that I purchased one for myself).  It is called Sensational Settings by Joan Hanson.  What do you think of this on-point setting?  I like it very much!

I haven't yet found the fabric for the back, so this quilt will hang out awhile in my sewing room while I visit local quilt shops looking for it.  I am still thinking, also, about how I will quilt it.  

Till next time...

Friday, June 23, 2017

No Worries!

Greetings Blog Friends!

I thought I would share the pages I made last night at Scrapping Group.  Thanks to my daughter, Kristy, for the design and leading us through successfully.  

The paper is from Close To My Heart "No Worries" paper packet.  Tropical in theme, it will be perfect for Florida or Hawaii pics (yes, friends, thinking about a trip to our 50th state next year!).

Here are the pages:

Meanwhile, back to the sewing machine.  More Show and Tell next post....

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Prismatic Rainbow

Hello Blog Friends,

One day a few weeks ago, I was out shopping and making the rounds of our local quilt shops.  One of my stops was Keep Me In Stitches quilt shop in Appleton.  KMIS is a smaller size shop, but it is packed to the rafters in quilt ideas and fun fabrics.  You can find them on Facebook.

The owner, Jacqui, has been running a Stash Busting Club since the beginning of the year.  Remember Seeing Red?  That pattern was the January installment.   I missed the next two projects, as I was tied up with other things.  The latest club project covers June and July and is based on this pattern:  

Switchback by Jacqui's daughter, Amy.  

I came home with the pattern and dug through my fat quarter stash, and found 12 fabrics suitable for a rainbow quilt.  I chose small, mostly tone-on-tone prints in various colors of the rainbow.   I wanted a slightly larger quilt, so I added the border and chose black, which makes the rainbow really pop!   The center rainbow section is heavily quilted in rows and rows echoing the zig-zag of the pattern.  Here is my rendition of this pattern:

I call it Prismatic Rainbow, and it is a done deal (finished with binding!).  This quilt will stay in my own collection.

A riddle for you:  What is Red and White and Black Allover?  My next project, of course.  Tune in next time for details.


Hello Blog Friends!

I have been very busy since my last post several weeks ago.  Multi-tasking is my middle name this month.  I have actually been working on four different projects, and I'll share them with you in the coming weeks.  First, however, is Flame...

As you can see, Flame is finished.  This is definitely a modern piece, somewhat of a departure for me, as I tend to prefer more traditional designs.  Every now and then, however, a pattern catches my eye and VoilĂ  , another modern design is added to my repertoire.

I first saw this wall quilt several years ago at Going to Pieces Quilt Shop in Appleton. The pattern is from the Modern Applique Workbook by Jenifer Dick. I used a fused, raw edge applique technique on the flames. Raw edges are sewn down with a blanket stitch. The background "sky" and "water" are both heavily quilted, which is also a departure for me. I used an echo quilting technique in the "sky" portion to suggest heat waves emanating from the flames. The "water" portion is quilted by free motion lines, close together and in a back and forth pattern. This is to suggest movement in the water.  The flames themselves are quilted very little, in order to make them stand out from the background.

My husband, Denis, will be making a wooden decorative wall holder for this item.  Soon it will be adorning my living room wall!

Till next time...