Friday, January 31, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Woven Nap Quilt

I needed to make a nap quilt and the Woven block kept calling to me.  It is a 12 inch finished block, but since it could be dissected into 2-patches and 4-patches, re-sizing the units would be easy math. This block looks so easy and modern.

I'll call this the Woven Nap quilt. It is meant to be the sidekick to a larger baby quilt. It is 33 inches square and backed with light purple fleece.  It was such fun to make and quilt up.


I just knew this block had interesting design potential so I let EQ do the work.  What a superb program Electric Quilt is,  the absolute most fun you can have with a computer!

Okay, so here is the basic block:   
     12 " finished

 I worked up some layout examples.  

          Woven Nap Quilt 1 - 33" x 33"                                                      

     Woven Nap Quilt 2 - 33" x 33
   4 blocks  rotated - to mix it up

Woven Baby Quilt 1 - 45 x 45
9 blocks - straight set (not rotated)

               Woven Baby Quilt 2 - 45 x 45
                            9 blocks - rotated   

Woven Lap Quilt 2 - 62 x 74
     20 blocks - rotated several times

 and finally,  I love this one!

Woven Lap 3  On Pointe
   no rotation necessary!  52 x 65
The white centers can accommodate applique motifs or fancy quilting.

Maybe I show too many examples?  I like to see how a design works up in the quilt sizes I make the most.
I really, really like this block!  I also like how rotating the blocks make it look like you've gone to great trouble to mix it up and blend the colors.  Often, the on-pointe layout is a winner.  

You can find cutting and assembly instructions for the woven block prepared by sewhappygeek HERE:

If you have EQ7 installed on your computer, you can drop me an email and I'll be happy to share my project with you. Be sure to mention that you have EQ7, otherwise I might think you were just kindly leaving a comment. I hope you are inspired.  I'm linking up with Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation where you will find lots of other creative quilters sharing their works.  

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Lighthouse W.H.

I made this mini wall hanging to brighten a bare spot in the bathroom.  I seem to have the need to cover the walls with little quilts and things.  Do you have that problem?  One fine quilter I know (referring to herself)  put it like this:  "I live in a house with  padded walls".

It was assembled from pieces cut from 2 different panels. I picked up the lighthouse panel at Mary Maxim in Port Huron, MI and the assorted sea life panel from a nice little shop in Shipshewana, IN.  I had to work some creative framing to get them to fit together.

I did not have the courage to free motion quilt around the elements and so stayed with minimal quilting. I'm linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times where you will find lots of other creative quilters sharing their latest creations. Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Scrap Happy Saturday - Blues 3

Still working out of the blue bin.  After all of this, it is still plentiful.  I know that most of my other scrap bins cannot give an equal share.  They may have to catch up later.

I made up 8 wonky log blocks.  I also have some stashed away from last year, tho they are more like crumb blocks.  They are all 6-1/2 inches square. There are many block setting that these could be set into.

These are 3-1/2 inch scrappy rails. They are so fun to put together. They will make a wonderful border or other block unit.  Cannot have too many of these. I could have made lots more but I'm holding out for more fabric variety.

Finally, to bring the month of January blues to a close, I began cutting up 1-1/2 inch squares for a mosiac quilt in the planning.

I'm linking up with Angela over at Soscrappy for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2014 where you will see what other creative quilters are doing with their blues.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Scrap Scramble - October Block 2 , Again

I was never satisfied with my first version of the October block, so I painstakingly unstitched the bottom layers and replaced the fabrics there.  It is finished now and I am a little happier.

If you visit my Scrap Scramble BOM page, you will see the old and the new, together.  I think the new version will play nicer with the other scrappy blocks.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Scrap Scramble Block 4 - December

This is block 4 of the Scrap Scramble bom. It's  happening over on the Carol Doak quilting list. There are also some rectangle pieces designed to accompany this block.  I have not made those yet.  I am reserving them with the idea to use them as an outer border all around the quilt.  I believe I will also go with a different layout and size plan .... yea, that's me, always gotta toss in my own design elements.

This is a 12 inch block.  If I decide not to make the January blocks, I will be all caught up.  LOL.

                                                       Block  4 - December

You can see all my Scrap Scramble blocks by clicking  HERE or the tab at the top of this page.

I'm linking up with Judy over at Patchwork Times.  If you pay her a visit, you will see what many other creative quilters have on their design wall today.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Scraphappy Saturdays - January blues 2

I spent more days this week sewing from the blue scrap bin.  I experimented with the kaleidoscope block design and my special rulers, just to see what I would end up with.  Both of my experiments were not totally successful, but I will keep them going anyway.

My goal was to get a 12-1/2 inch block.  What I got was an 11-1/2 inch block.  and don''t look too closely at the center join - it just didn't work for me. Let's see if I can quilt that one out.  LOL

11-1/2 " square

Then I went for some miniatures.  This not so pretty block will finish at a 6 inch square. Next time I will make a 4-fabric stripset, but the center came out well.

I do intend to make a quilt from these kaleidoscopes.  I plan to square them up with corner triangles and put them into a setting - maybe combining the two sizes?  I do love a design challenge.  I will be continuing this theme throughout the color changes of the RSC14.

I am linking up with Angela at Soscrappy, where you can see what other creative quilters are doing with their scrap challenge.

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Crop of Coasters

During the snow storm and frigid cold last week, I went to work making 48 coasters.  It wouldn't seem like a daunting task except no yardage was harmed in the process. I fussed through all the scrap bins and drawers cutting pieces that would be happy together.  I sorted them into sets of eight and they are all washed and ready to gift.  A family member had asked for a set. I seem to do everything in excess, and I made 6 sets.  I wish family would ask for more quilted items.  I like to customize their gifts.

I'm linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times where you will see what other creative quilters are up to.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Scraphappy Saturday - January Blues

I spent an evening sorting my scrap bin of blues, trying to make sense of it....a basket for tiny pieces, a basket for little logs, a basket for strips and a basket for larger pieces.  I thought this organization would help me make some blocks without spending so much time digging through the bin.

I decided to make some of the blocks that Angela at Soscrappy is showcasing for the RSC14 challenge this year.  I also decided to make a row quilt this year, so I made 8 rail fence blocks and sewed them into a row ........ there, I can't change my mind now.

So this month, the rainbow color is blue, bright blue and dark blue.  I stretched the rule just a tad and used a contrasting lighter blue too.  Angela is pretty lenient about sticking to the rules.  Thanks. lol

I still haven't trained my mindset that it is okay to incorporate another color in with the color of the month.  I've saved so many wonderful examples of how to use your scraps on my pinterest page, but isn't it truly difficult to narrow it down.

I am linking up with Angela over at Soscrappy where you can see what other creative quilters are doing with their scraps.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Friday Quilt Hop * 01-10-14

Welcome to another quick quilt hop.

a pot luck of tutorials

this quilt includes pattern, to keep you on track

old fashioned eye candy

I'm not a fan of selvage quilts,but this blog has some interesting eye candy to share

oodles of tutorials here

Have yourself a great creative weekend.