Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Quilt Hop * 03-28-14

Welcome to the Friday Quilt Hop.
I hope you find some new inspiration today.

a tutorial for making simple fabric name tags

another fabric label tutorial, more detail on the specifics

unusual tutorials here

did we know there were 32 QOV mystery quilts here?

very interesting string quilt design, eye candy

Have a creative weekend and thanks for visiting.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

GFG Baby Quilt

I have been quilting on this piece of grandmothers flower garden fabric.  I call it a cheater because all I had to do was sandwich it with a comfy piece of purple fleece and start quilting away.  I finally finished the quilting today.  I searched around for the perfect binding and all I could come up with was an elegant deep purple/blue, nothing else worked. I hope to get that stitched on tomorrow.   I wish I had backed this fabric with the white fleece.  Oh well, next time.

It's quite large for a baby quilt;  42 x 56. I suppose when the child is a toddler,she can still haul it around and make it useful.  I also like to make a 'somewhat matching' set, a smaller piece, about 30 inches square which is a nice size to fold up an infant in and to toss over a carseat or stroller.

I'm linking up with Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation where you will find alot more creative projects being shared.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tuesday Archives - Babies & Barns

Tuesday Archives is a linky party to re-visit your old posts.  The theme this week is Babies and Barns.  I happen to have a post for each one.

I may have over-worked myself on the bibs project.  You can read about them here

I made a set of valances for my sewing room and a curtain for the adjacent laundry area from a wonderful panel of barns. This photo is of the curtain. You can read about that project here

I'm linking up with Val's Quilting Studio where you can visit lots of other great posts that quilters are sharing today.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Quilt Hop * 03-21-14

Welcome to the Friday Quilt Hop.
I hope you find some inspiration today.

how to create your family pet into fabric

a variety of helpful tutorials here

a cute block with a nice tutorial

several tutorials here, even one for trapunto

beautiful setting, beautiful quilting, love the rasberry, eye candy only

Have yourself a creative weekend.  Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Tuesday Archives - 'A' for Animal

Tuesday Archives linky party is the opportunity to re-visit old posts. It's like a new dress, you don't want to wear it once, then leave it forever hanging in the back of the closet.

This week's theme is 'A' for Animals and Awards. I don't have an award, but my DH received one 2 years ago.  We flew all the way to California for him to receive it at a banquet.  You can read about it here.

We also have an 'Animal' ...............  Kody is the beast of the house.  He has us well trained.  He is 9 years old now.  He is a Shetland Sheepdog (sheltie) and too smart for his britches.  It just so happens that my very first blog post was about him.  You can read it here.  and here he is..........

I'm linking up with Val's Quilting Studio for the Tuesday Archives linky party.  Hop on over there to discover lots of other interesting blog articles posted by more creative quilters.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Braided Patriotic Flag

Literally, this is what's on my design wall today.  The horizontal rows in the background is the makings of my RSC14 row quilt.  They are so pretty together, I couldn't take 'em down yet.

The POTD (project of the day) is the braided patriotic flag draped over the top.  It is ready to be quick quilted now.  It's a sample for a demo I'm doing at the next quilting guild meeting.  The next step will be to make some steps showing the process along the way.  Much of that is specific trimming with the rulers.  I agreed to make this demo for the guild and obviously didn't have enough to do.

I'm linking up with Judy L  over at Patchwork Times where you'll discover lots of other wonderful design wall inspiration.

Thanks for visiting and have yourself a creative day.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Quilt Hop * 03-14-14

Welcome to the Friday Quilt Hop.
I hope you find something to inspire your
creativity today.

I haven't found free patterns, but lovely eye candy to discover

I love this tutorial,  I never knew how to get it right!

cute block & 2-1/2 " strip  friendly

this is so pretty, scroll down to also see the quilt designs with the block

seminole patchwork tutorial

Have yourself a happy weekend and thanks for visiting!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

RSC14 - Teals 2

So, is another set of teals finished early for next Saturday  or  late for last Saturday?  I'm just workin around interruptions.  I need to make a big sign:  Please don't interrupt my quilting endeavours! then I'll need to teach the dog to read.

After some edited drawing in EQ7,  I decided to make up these 7 lovely butterflies.  I don't have alot of variety in that color family, so the block design was chosen to accommodate that.  These are 6 inch butterflies, separated by 3/4" sashing.

They will become part of an interesting row quilt, a WIP,  we are in March, Row 3.  Here is a pic of the rows so far.  I'm doing this as part of the RSC14 challenge.  You will find a connecting link in my left sidebar.

Today, I'm linking up with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation, where you can discover what lots of other creative quilters are working on today.

Have yourself a happy day and  Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tuesday Archives - ' A ' Revisited

Today is Tuesday Archives over at Val's Quilting Studio.  It provides an opportunity to re-visit old posts - those creations that were special in their day.

Today is 'A' for applique.  Thankful for the search feature, I found several possibilities.  This delectable mountains table topper is actually on my table right now.  I added simple applique, which is my best kind.  My set also includes a table runner for the buffet.

This post  is accompanied with a sampling of delectable mountain design options, a truly fun block to work with. 

So hop on over to Val's Quilting Studio where you'll find lots of other wonderful projects uncovered and  have yourself a happy creative day.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Quilt Hop * 03-07-14

Welcome to the Friday Quilt Hop.
I hope you find some new inspiration today.

some very nice tutorials here

another quick & easy gadget

I'm not usually attracted to basket quilts, but this one has old-tyme charm, eye candy

have you see all these free projects at StudioE fabrics?

and several more pages of archives here

Have a happy weekend and create something wonderful.
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Cards- to- Go

I've been working on fabric greeting cards this week.  I make the tops in batches.  How many I get of each design depends on how many patterns I can print on a sheet.  After stitching, they are trimmed to a whopping 4-1/4 by 5-1/5 inches and stitched onto card stock.

Here is this weeks batch:

I still have the batch of heart flags to finish up.  Here is a sampling of two cards ready to send a greeting.

They are fussy work and very time consuming, but I love to make them.  Best of all, they work out of my scrap bins, my favorite kind of work!

I'm linking up with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation.  Hop on over there to see what everyone else is working on this week.  Thanks for visiting.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Lighthouse W.H. 2 - done

I hope you're not tired of seeing lighthouse projects.  The first wall hanging was too large for the space it was created for, so I made a 2nd one.  I added a fancy border with 'storm at sea' units. The whole piece is a modest 11" x 19".

I'm linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times where you can see what other quilters have on their design wall today.  Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Scraphappy Saturday - March Teals 1

I trampled through my stash, looking for teals.  I remember the batch of dull, blue-grayish teals that I have. They are more than a bit drab, but I thought that's what I would have to use. When I dug into the blue scrap bin full of small pieces, I found some snippets of bright aquas that I had put aside with other bright colors for childrens quilts.  Eureka, I could borrow some of those.

I had a late start today, so I settled for making the kaleidoscope blocks.  After painstaking care, they came out a different size........again.  The large one actually came out 12-1/2".  Yay.  The little one came out 5-3/4" while I was looking for 6-1/2".  The center connection was also a bust.   So I see I will have to do alot of creative framing to be able to fit these all into the same quilt.  I do love a challenge!

The coloring in my photos are not coming out just right.  So when you see blue, just imagine aqua.

So,  is 'teal' a shade from the green family and 'aqua' a shade from the blue family??? I have no seagreen teals .... they are all an offspring of blue.  I am linking up with Angela at Soscrappy where you'll see what everyone else is making up with their teals.  What is your thoughts on the difference between teals and aquas??  Please leave me a comment.

Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting.