Thursday, January 26, 2012

CIRCLES IN SQUARES TABLE TOPPER


A while back I started work on what was to be my first quilt, however, it was put aside to make way for all of my holiday projects, etc.  When I finally took the blocks out a couple of days ago, I decided I no longer wanted to make them into a quilt. After playing around with them, I decided to use these nine as a table topper.  As you can see, I cut circles out of four layer cake blocks and then stitched the circles to a creamy print 10 inch background block; and, then the blocks (with the circles cut out) were stitched on top of matching creamy print blocks. I used a blanket stitch on all of them and did it so they would fray a little bit after washing. When I saw Connie's (Quilting by the River) spiral quilting, I thought that would be fun to try on the circles (thanks for the inspiration Connie!!).  I decided to create a 'flower' in the center block by stitching an 'X' first and then curvy lines for petals and lots of spiral stitching for a great big center ...the center is partially hidden in the top picture under my pottery but the petals show...and the second picture shows the full flower. I still have many blocks left and just have to decide what I'd like to use them for. The layer cake I used is Collections For A Cause - Hope by Howard Marcus for Moda and the creamy fabric is Perennials by Kansas Troubles Quilters for Moda.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

QUILTED WINTER RUNNER


I finally got back to my Winter runner project after making some gifts for my daughter. To finish this, I used the 'envelope' method and then quilted it using straight lines on the larger border; a square in each tree block; and for the house I did 'x's in the windows and door, scallops on the roof, 'smoke' coming out of the chimneys and a cloud.  I love how it came out and can't wait to finish the quilt (the back is done...have to cut the batting and then, hopefully, quilt it....I decided to do it myself, rather than send it out....so please wish me luck!). First, however, I will finish a smaller project I started yesterday...which will give me some quilting practice.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

EASY QUILTED EYEGLASS CASE



Before I mailed the scarf and quilted bag to my daughter that I previously posted about, I decided to make a quilted eyeglass case for her after seeing this super easy tutorial (thanks Karen at Sew Many Ways)  here (and just finding out from her that she now has to wear glasses for the first time....all that close up work for her jewelry designing and the fact that she's getting older LOL!!!) I chose two of the fabrics used for her bag and had this project done in a very short time...it's that easy!!!  The case is reversible (see second pic...you can have the quilted side on the inside by pushing it into the fabric side if you choose...I prefer it on the outside). The third pic is just to show the size in relation to the bag I made..the eyeglass case fits inside this with lots of room for other "stuff". I plan on making more of these using bright color fabrics for all the 'readers' (those are mine in the pics) I have all over the house so I can see where I left them....my daughter is not the only one getting older LOL!!!  BTW...my daughter called today when the package arrived and said she loved all her quilted gifties :o)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

HANDMADE QUILT RACK

This is the beautifully handmade quilt rack that my quilting buddy's talented woodworking hubby built for me. It is made from solid walnut and I just love how it looks (it's not wonky...that's caused by the angle I took the picture from)! The quilt hanging on it is actually one I purchased last year (before I started learning how to quilt) from a local quilt shop (it had been a store sample and the price was so low that I couldn't resist!). I'm so happy I'll now have a place to display my quilts...when they are not being used to keep us warm.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

FUN, QUILTED GIFT BAGS


 front with scarf
 back with scarf

I wanted to make something special to put the scarf I just made for my daughter in before I mail it to her and found this great tutorial at A Quilting Life (thanks Sherri!!). Instead of making one, I figured it would be just as easy to make two at one time so I'd have an extra for myself or to use for another gift.  They are really easy to do and I know that I'll be making more (finished size is 7 1/2"wide x 8 1/2" tall x 3" deep). I made the outside of the bags using fabric left over from the scarf; and the inside fabric (bottom photo) is Fandango by Kate Spain for Moda...got it on clearance at one of my LQS. I did stitch-in-the-ditch quilting for the patchwork fronts. The back on one is quilted on an angle (third picture) and the other is straight line quilting. The ties are twill tape cotton ribbon from Stampin' Up (on clearance as well) from my paper crafting stash.

Monday, January 16, 2012

QUILTED SCARF


My daughter asked if I would make her a scarf from the fabric she chose (Restoration by CP designs for Studio e fabrics) while visiting us a few months ago (they were supposed to be for a purse but she decided she really wanted a scarf). So I went back to the fabric store and chose this pretty textured blue Minkee fabric to go with the others she had picked out. I'd never worked with Minkee before, but I love how it feels and looks (the second pic shows how it matches the blue in the print fabric and you can see that I only quilted around the print fabrics and not the Minkee since I love how 'poofy' it looks on its own).  I didn't follow a pattern for this....just 'winged' it... and I'm so happy how it turned out!! The finished size is approximately 80" long by 4" wide.  I'll send it to her after I make a little something extra to go with it...perhaps a small purse :o)

Friday, January 13, 2012

WINTER HOUSE QUILT & RUNNER


 A few days ago I posted a 'sneak peek' at what I was working on and here are the tops for my Winter House quilt and matching runner.  Now this started out as just a quilt project; but, while stitching the quilt top together I decided I wanted the quilt to be square since I plan on hanging it on the wall. That left me one row for a runner which will go on the table shown in the pic above.  I used the red chimney fabric as a small border on the runner to make the houses 'pop' and love how that looks.  I didn't get to finish these as I started on, and completed, another project (which I'll show pics of soon). I still have to decide how I'm going to do the back (solid fabric or pieced...not sure yet) and whether I will attempt to quilt the top myself or send it out...decisions, decisions!!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

SNEAK PEEK & A VIEW



Just wanted to show a 'sneak peek' at what I've been working on over the past few days (in between golf and housework) along with a picture I took at Zion National Park on our Sunday drive (look at that blue sky...not enhanced with Photoshop...it's that blue and clear!!..love this place!!!). The top photo shows all the little pieces of fabric I cut (close to 500 total after I got done with some of those larger pieces and the borders)  and the middle photo shows a peek at a few of these sewn together. I'll have better pics when it's all done.

Friday, January 6, 2012

MINI FABRIC GIFT BAGS


I've been having so much fun trying out new sewing and quilting techniques and projects; so, after finding a tutorial here for these adorable little fabric gift bags I just had to make some (the designer is Monica Solorio-Snow).  I used leftover fabric from my owl pot holders that I recently posted and some ribbon from my stash.  I took two of these pictures with some of my talented daughter's handcrafted jewelry to show the size of the bags (they measure approximately 4" x 4" x 2") and how the inside of these bags are lined. The other picture shows one filled with twine and the other with a gift card with candy...so they are great for so many gift giving ideas..and these are 'bags' that the recipient will want to keep! I plan on making more to have on hand for birthdays and holidays (think how adorable they will look made with Easter, Halloween, Christmas fabrics etc!!!!!).

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

GAME ON!! BIRTHDAY CARD


Our oldest son's birthday is later this month and I wanted to make a special card for him.  I couldn't resist making this game controller from the Father's Day Cricut cartridge since he enjoys playing video games.  It's actually attached with a Wobbles spring so it moves back and forth.  The design paper is from Best Occasions Prismatic Paper Pack (Walmart). (It's hard to take a good picture since it is sooooo reflective).  I love using it for masculine cards..this way I still can add the 'bling' I like to use on cards without it being 'girly' looking.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

OWL POTHOLDERS

Are these not the cutest little owl potholders? (click on the photos for a closer look). These were so easy and fun to do that I can't wait to make more!!!! The pretty fabric is Daydream by Cyndi Walker for Riley Blake (which I found for 50% off at a LQS) along with a white fat quarter and Kona black from my stash. Thanks again to Bea of beaquilter.blogspot.com who generously shared her tutorial for them recently at sewwequilt.com. You can find out more about them (along with a link to her tutorial; and so many more fun projects she has created) by clicking here.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

FIRST COMPLETED PROJECT IN 2012 - BATIK RAG BAG

2012 is off to a good start since I was able to complete the rag bag I started for one of my daughter-in-laws using these very colorful batiks. She requested that the strap be long enough to wear across her body so she can be 'hands-free' while they go for long walks..especially with the new puppy. I'll be shipping it to her later this week...hope she likes it!

HAPPY NEW YEAR...WELCOME 2012!!!

Just want to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Creative New Year!!!