Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Alissa's Mom's Quilt: Custom Quilting

This is the second quilt I helped Alissa make for a Christmas gift last year.  This one was a gift for her mom.  I shared the one she made for her dad last week.  I helped her make four others in 2015.

She saw a quilt with similar blocks online, but didn't see a pattern.  I drafted it out and did the quilty math for blocks finishing at 11 inches.  The quilt finished about 55 x 77 inches.

We purchased the fabric, cut it out, and decided on a layout together.  First we tried a random layout.  Then we tried a rainbow layout.  (Forgive the awful phone photos, but I think it helps to see both ways.)

You can see which one we liked better!  The rainbow layout made the colors sing.

Alissa did all of the piecing and I quilted it with an open feather design on my Tiara.

She decided on a pink minky for the backing.

She chose the bright blue for the binding which we also worked on together.

She was thinking about wrapping it up like a big Tootsie Roll for fun.

It was so much fun helping Alissa finish this quilt.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Another Stash Busting Finish

This is a stash busting quilt made using my Calculations for Race Quilt Variations.  I sewed the pieces together randomly, but cut it in half before sewing the last seam.  That way I could rotate half of it and keep the darker fabrics more evenly balanced.

The strips on this quilt were cut out at 5.5 inches so that it would be 80 inches long.  That made it so I could use an old four yard piece of fabric I had for the backing.

I just cut the piece in half and sewed it together.  The pattern was so busy that you can't really see the seam.  I like that it makes the quilt reversible depending on which side the recipient likes best.  The floral really is prettier up close.

I quilted it with an open feather design on my Tiara.

I used an older polyester batting which was more difficult to use, but I wanted use it up for this donation quilt.  It sure does make the quilting stand out.

My mom had the perfect dusty purple fabric for the binding.  I like the subtle color it adds to the top.

This will not be the last chunky race quilt I make.  I already have two more planned for more stash busting.

Quilt Stats #197
Name:  Ivory Race
Pattern: Race Quilt Variation
Fabric Used:  Creams and light tans from old stash
Backing:  Old Hoffman floral
Amount Used:  9.5 yards
Batting:  Medium loft Polyester
Size:  About 70 x 80 inches
Date Finished:  January 2017

This quilt will be donated to the local women and children's crisis center.  They like receiving twin sized quilts.


P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar.  Check them out for more quilty inspiration.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Alissa's Dad's Quilt: Custom Quilting

I had so much fun helping my friend, Alissa, make this quilt for her dad for Christmas.  We purchased the fabric together, cut it out together, and decided on a layout together.  She did all of the piecing and I did the quilting on my Tiara.  Then we did the binding together.

It is made using the Falling Charms pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company, but instead of precuts we used yardage.  We used a different number of blocks to make the quilt finish about 59 by 84 inches.  It was harder than expect to find sixteen different medium/dark masculine blues, but I think we succeeded in keeping it masculine.

I quilted it with a loopy spiral to soften all of the geometric angles.

She chose a gray minky for the back.

I always love how the quilting shows up on minky.

The binding was one of the dark blues.

I think it looks great in my living room, and I almost didn't want to let her take it away.  ;)

I always enjoy helping my friends finish quilts.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Dotty: A Finished Quilt

I have put all of the scraps from my Riley Blake Banner pannels to good use and made this cute baby quilt.  There are a lot of extra seams in this quilt because I was trying to use up all of the pieces.

The panels had the half triangles and strips on the sides and I was able to use them.  First I laid the left over triangles and the half triangles on my design wall.

Then I sewed the triangles together, and tried to cut them all the same size.  I had fun playing with the arrangement.

The center of the quilt top ended up being about four inches smaller once it was all pieced. The points are not perfect because I cut out the triangles using the panel print and they were not truly all the same size.  A little wonky never hurt anyone.

I trimmed all the panel side strips to 1.5 inches and sewed two strip sets.

These were then cut to 3.5 inches and added as a second border along with 2.5 inch cut Kona White.

The quilt top was so busy that I decided to quilt it simply with a medium stipple.

I purchased the solid Riley Blake Aqua fabric for the backing.

I love that it is the same color as on the top.  I did learn that unlike most solids, Riley Blake solids do have a right and a wrong side.  The wrong side is shinier and has a slightly different texture.  However, it worked perfectly for a backing.

I hand sewed the binding (Kona Deep Red) down to the back due to the high contrast.

I love how it turned out!  I decided to name it "Dotty" because of all the dots.  This will either be gifted or donated somewhere this year.

Quilt #196
Name:  Dotty
Pattern:  My own design
Fabric Used:  Riley Blake Banner Panel scraps
Amount Used: 3.5 yards
Batting:  Warm and White
Size:  About 40 x 48 inches
Date Finished: January 2017

This is my first finish for 2017.  Most of it was done last year, but I still had the handwork on the binding to do as the new year rolled in.


P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar including Oh Scrap.

Monday, January 2, 2017

January Decor

Happy New Year!  I had so much fun getting out my winter decorations after putting away my Christmas decorations that I wanted to share.  I love decorating for the seasons, but I can't handle being surrounded by anything that feels like clutter.  Decorating with quilts and a few little things is the best of both worlds for me.

My great room is decorated with blue accents and snowmen.

My blue and gray bunting is proudly hanging from the mantle.

I have a table runner and Solstice quilt on my entertainment center.

My bigger blue table runner is on my kitchen table.

Two more quilts are by my stairs.  A Thimbleberries quilt is on the wall and Blueberry Juice is on the railing.

The upstairs landing also is decorated in blue.

My table runner with wild quilting sits on this bookshelf with daisies in a silver jar from JoAnns.

My Snowball quilt is on the wall and Beach Party is on the sofa.

Quilts with minky are always ready for a snuggle (or a photo bomber).

My formal living room is now decorated in a winter red.  Black and white and red is still one of my favorite color combinations.

I love having Twister Twin next to my black piano.  My red table runner is on the little bookshelf with red daises and a gold jar from JoAnns.

Christmas Addition is folded over a chair.  Chaos Controlled and Rich in Love are on the quilt rack.

One of my new buntings is over the window.

Yes, I was able to finish all of the buntings I wanted.  Here is January through June.

And here is July through December with an extra red bunting.

That makes 14 buntings total (There is also a Christmas bunting with a red binding strip.)  This may be the first in a series of posts on decorating with quilts each month.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Remembering 2016 While Planning 2017

{My quilt display for a talent night at church.}

2016 has been a great year, even if it was crazy busy.  My theme for the year was to "Enjoy the Journey."  I listed six specific journeys I planned on taking this year in my 2015 year end post.

1.  Creating and Quilting

My creating and quilting journey is really what kept me going this year.  Quilting is very therapeutic for me.  I feel like I accomplish more and am a better wife and mother when I am taking time to create.  I finished 25 of my own quilts this year.  12 were donated to good causes, 3 were given away, 3 were for my boys, and 7 were for my home.   I made three mini quilts, a table runner, four quilted buckets, thirteen baby blankets, 14 seasonal bunting/banners, and 26 drawstring bags.  I also quilted 9 quilts for other people and repaired four quilts.

Here are five of my favorite projects from the year (in no particular order) for the Best of 2016 Linky Party.  Click on the captions to learn more about each project.

{Controlled Chaos}

{Beach Party}

{Dancing Daisies}

{Mr. Bones}

{Lego Rainbow}

Plus one more (or five in one) just for fun.

{Chunky Race Quilts}

It was such a busy year that I didn't do as good of a job with stash reports.  So the following is an estimate based on my memory. Thank goodness for a blogging record of projects made throughout the year.  All of the fabric I purchased was for specific projects with the exception of Kona black, white, and snow.  

In 2016 I used approximately 170 yards of quilting fabric and purchased about 65 yards.  That means that my stash of quilting fabric is more than 100 yards less than than it was a year ago.  I used 39 yards of baby flannel and purchased 54 yards on Black Friday.  So my stash of baby flannel has grown which is good because I need to make more blankets.  This is about 100 yards less fabric used than the previous two years, but with everything else going on I still think it is pretty good!

Now back to my journeys which I enjoyed in 2016...

2.  Teaching Quilt Classes.

I am still teaching beginning free-motion quilting at my local quilt shop.  I taught the class three times this past year and my next class is already scheduled for 2017.

{The classroom all set up}

3.  Building a New House.

Building a new house was a bit stressful.  I was grateful for the reminder to enjoy the process as well.

{Our house December 2016}

{Our house February 2016}

4.  Moving to New House.  

We were so grateful for our family and friends who helped us in the moving process.  We had most everything packed and settled within a month.

{Our House April 2016}

5.  Making it a Home.  

It took a few months to get to know the neighbors and decorate the house how we wanted.  It then started to feel more like a home.  You can take virtual tour of my home here.

{Our home November 2016}

6.  Being a Mother and Wife.

While quilting keeps me going and keeps me sane, I find my responsibilities in my family the most rewarding.  I took a two month blogging break during the summer to spend more time with them.  I am so grateful for all four of my boys.

{My wonderful boys}

I am now looking forward to a new year in 2017.  My focus will be on "choosing joy" while working on these seven goals:

  1. Use my stash ~ I would love to use up the rest of my old stash fabrics.  I am sure I will still have some new stash fabric at the end of the year.  
  2. Use my scraps ~ I have lots of possible projects I can make out of my scraps and leftovers.  I would love to cross some of them off of my list.  
  3. Use new fabrics ~ I am sure that I will be buying new fabric.  I just want to use a lot of the fabric I purchase.  
  4. Finish quilts and other projects ~ I love the process of making quilts, and I love finishing them even more.  I want to finish at least one or two quilts every month.  
  5. Make quilts to donate and give away ~ I want to donate at least six quilts this year.  That will average out to one every other month.  
  6. Help others to finish their own quilts ~ I want to keep teaching classes and hosting my small quilting group at my house.  
  7. Keep my family as my number one priority ~ I find joy in quilting, but true joy comes from time with my family.  

Once again, Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl is hosting a Planning Linky Party for the new year.  I will be joining her party as well.

2017 Planning Party

I wish you all a Happy New Year!