Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Amanda Murphy Quilts

A couple years ago my mother and I took a class from Amanda Murphy.  It was on free-motion quilting on the Bernina Q24.  We also bought some of her patterns and fabrics.  These fabrics were from a few of her Benartex fabric lines.  However, two of the purples below were from a different designer.

They sat in a pretty pile on a shelf until last year when I cut into them to make two quilts.  The first quilt used her Meadow Blooms pattern.  I call mine, Evening Bloom.  Her quilts appear more scrappy because each of her main blocks used five different fabrics plus the background.  I limited each block to two fabrics in my quilt. 

The second uses her Blossoms pattern.  I call mine Meadow Diamonds.  Hers has large flowers appliqued all over the quilt.  You will notice that mine has no applique.  ;)

The tops came together quickly and then I quilted them both on the Bernina Q24. 

Then they sat for two months.  I was pregnant and had no energy to do the bindings.  One weekend I forced myself to bind both of them. 

I was so excited they were finished that I quickly put them on display in the basement with our new sofas.  I didn't want to take the time for any outdoor pictures.

And there they have stayed for the last year.  I still hope to sew up some quilted pillow shams with the scraps from Meadow Diamonds. 

But that requires time and energy.  Maybe someday...


Saturday, May 23, 2020

Introducing Kitty

(Quilt made for me by my grandmother many years ago.)

It is amazing to me how quickly life changes.  Two years ago we were a family of five.  My husband, myself, and our three boys: Cheetah, Panda, and Monkey. Then we adopted our sweet Bunny.  We became a family of six and my quilting time drastically decreased.  Blogging was pretty sporadic.

One year ago I found out I was pregnant (an extreme surprise as we didn't think we could have any more children). My quilting time decreased even more due to lack of energy. I stopped blogging to take care of my family and prepare for the baby.

Older quilts were brought in to decorate the nursery.

Half a year ago our sweet Kitty was born.  Now we are a family of seven and feel truly blessed.

Three months ago we started hearing more about Covid-19.

Now, not only has our family been changing but the world has been changing.  Our boys have been doing online at home schooling, and Cheetah had a virtual high school graduation.

Miss Kitty is our little sunshine and a great reminder that life goes on even with trial, tribulation, and pandemics.

So while I haven't made as many quilts in the past year, they have been getting lots of use for snuggles.  Blogging will be sporadic, but I'd still like to share the quilts and other projects that I have finished.

I hope you are all safe and well through this pandemic.


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

March Table Runner

I was able to put together a green table runner to use this month.  It was all from stash except for the backing.  I quilted it with an open leaf design on my domestic sewing machine. 

You can see the leaves a little better on the backing.  (Although the backing is brighter than it appears in the pictures.)

I'm so pleased with how it turned out. 

I love how it looks with my March mantle. 

I don't know if I have mentioned it or not, but making quilted seasonal decorations becomes addicting.  ;)


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Queen Size Minky Blanket

As you know, my family absolutely loves minky.  Actually, that is probably an understatement.  Even our puppy, Oreo, has his own minky blanket or two.  He needs one while the other is being washed, right?

The striped minky blanket shown above is the one I originally made for my husband.  Evidently, 60 x 84 inches isn't big enough.  He wanted one even bigger.  Big enough for our queen size bed.

I bought over three yards of 90 inch wide minky for the back, and two 90 inch pieces of 60 inch wide minky for the stripes.  The backing was loaded onto the longarm and it was pieced using the channel locks.

Piecing this on the longarm was definitely the way to go.  It sewed together in less time than it took to cut it out or vacuum up all of the minky fluff.

Once it was off the longarm, I trimmed the edges and bound it in the leftover backing minky.  While it is usually folded at the foot of our bed, it does look pretty as a bedspread.  It finishes about 90 by 106 inches.

I'm sure it is only a matter of time before my children ask for minky bedspreads.


Thursday, March 7, 2019

HST Quilt ~ Finished!

I am thrilled that my Half Square Triangle Sampler quilt is finally finished.  If I am being honest, I would say that I started it three years ago while sewing in my mom's basement.  For some reason this quilt was hard for me to finish.  I sewed the HST by sewing around all four sides of a square and cutting an X through the square.  First I put it aside because I had to square up every 2.5 inch finished HST.  Then I put it aside because all the HST were on the bias .  One thing led to another and I finally finished it.  Perfect isn't flawless, perfect is finished.  Right? 

I quilted it on my Tiara with large flowers.  It was the first time I had used the Tiara in 10 months.  It deserved some attention. 

Bunny tested it out for me right after it was quilted. 

The binding was sewn to the top, clipped, then stitched to the back by hand. 

It is the same binding as the original quilt this was the leftovers from. 

It is also the same backing as Dancing Daisies. 

Dancing Daisies, with blocks hand pieced, actually took less time start to finish than this one 

From a plan...

To a reality...

I'm so glad it is finished.  This one will hang upstairs on the landing for the month of April, or in my studio whenever I feel like it. 


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Falling Leaves

This is my Falling Leaves quilt which will hang by my stairs for the month of November.  I drafted this quilt over a year ago.  It feels good to have it made.  Maybe sometime I can make the other two I planned at the same time. 

My quilt was heavily inspired by this beautiful quilt made by Carla at Grace and Favor.  Hers is a queen size quilt with mostly large leaves.  Mine is a wall hanging (finishing at 34 by 46 inches) with six inch leaves.  Many of the leaf fabrics were scraps from other projects, so I used the Easy Angle Ruler to make the HST out of 2.5 inch strips. 

I pieced it in November 2018, but it sat on my design wall like this for awhile.  There were too many leaves facing the bottom right.  A couple months later I finally rotated one of the leaves. 

I liked it a lot better that way.  After the unpicking and re-sewing was done, it was easy to get it on the longarm to quilt. 

I quilted it with spirals because that feels like wind to me. 

My favorite part of the quilt is the binding which mimics the changing colors of the leaves.  That was my own design decision.  Carla's quilt has the same binding as her background. 

I pressed the binding away from the quilt before stitching it to the back by hand. 

The backing is a cute print which contains many of the colors of the leaves and binding. 

I'm so excited to hang it up this year, but for now I have been enjoying it in my studio.