Thursday, September 14, 2017

More Minky Blankets

My boys loved the first minky blanket that I made so much that I had to make another one.  They call the first one the "Elephant Blanket" and told me that the second one needed elephants as well.

I gathered my minky scraps, added some new elephant fabric, and pieced it together.

The backing is this ultra fuzzy gray rosette minky.

It has scraps from nine different quilts including a couple different reds and blues.  It finishes about 60 by 70 inches.

I love how the blue brightens up a black, white and red quilt.

While I had all my minky scraps out and my studio was already a fuzzy minky mess, I couldn't resist making one more.

This mini minky blanket finishes about 30 inches square.

It has scraps from six different projects.  Monkey loves it!

The backing is this red dotty minky.  It was much harder than even the rosette minky to work with due to how stretchy it is.

My boys have already asked for another elephant blanket.  The cute elephant minky also comes in navy blue.  We'll see how long it takes until I cave in and buy it.  It took over an hour to clean my studio after making both of these.


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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Sweet Surprise

I love teaching free motion quilting classes at my local quilt shop.

I teach the basics class about 3-4 times each year.

I had a sweet surprise in my last class.

My high school sewing teacher (one of my favorite teachers ever) was one of my students.  It was wonderful seeing her again.  The student had become the teacher.  ;)


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Punny Vortex: A Finished Challenge Quilt

Here is my finished fat quarter challenge quilt for this year at my local quilt shop.

The challenge was to use 80% of the fat quarter.  I talked about making it and using Amanda Jean's Scrap Vortex Quilt Along in my previous post.

I decided to name it "Punny Vortex" due to all the quilty puns from the license plate fabric.

It was really fun reading them as I worked on the project.

If the quilt looks a little familiar that is because I have made a couple other scrap vortex quilts in bright colors before.

From a distance they really blend in to each other.

The big one is still my favorite cuddle quilt that I keep in my bedroom.  I will probably hang this one in my studio once I get it back from the quilt shop.

I quilted it in a spiral with a shiny gray polyester embroidery thread like the smaller scrap vortex.

I bound it in blue to keep it similar to the others as well.

It is a little hard to see, but the backing is a gray with concentric circles formed by dots.

Here it is closer up.

I love how it turned out!

Quilt Stats #206
Name:  Punny Vortex
Pattern:  Scrap Vortex
Fabrics Used: Timeless Treasures License Plates and Scraps
Batting: Warm and White
Size:  About 40 by 52 inches
Date Finished:  2017

I could still make more scrap vortex quilts.  They are so much fun.


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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Challenge Quilt in Progress

This is my third year participating in the summer fat quarter challenge at my LQS.  We have to use 80% of the fat quarter in a project that is not bigger than 48 by 60 inches.

I must admit that I wasn't very inspired in the beginning.  Good thing that they gave us two months to complete the challenge.  I thought about making a bag, a basket, or an apron.  But I was not going to make a quilt with the liscense plate fabric.  Famous last words.  I did make a quilt!  But I decided to cut it out so that you couldn't really tell it was license plates.  I like the quilty phrases or puns as my dad would call them.

Here are the license plates after cutting the fat quarter apart.

Here are what they look like trimmed and all lined up.  I did add some extra phrases from yardage that I bought.  So yes, I have more of this (originally) uninspiring fabric.  However, I think one or two on a zipper pouch or small project would be really cute.

I definitely used more than 80% of a fat quarter.  Here are all my trimmings.

I decided to "Cut the Scrap" and go "Scrap Crazy" making another scrap vortex quilt using Amanda Jean's quilt along from a couple years ago.

I like to use up my string scraps and chain sew as much as possible.

After sewing around three sides of each phrase I put it up on my design wall.

I thought it was too dark so I added some lighter scraps.

I liked it better and kept going until my quilt top finished about 40 by 52 inches.

Because this will be a wall hanging for my studio, I decided to try quilting it in a large spiral.

I used the built in walking foot on my old Pfaff.  In the picture above you can see that I  used my Hera Marker and marked some concentric circles to use as guides to keep my spiral circular.  It helped a lot when quilting a spiral on a quilt this big.

After five hours of walking foot quilting, I quilted the very center with my free motion quilting foot.  I tried to spiral in towards a little spiral on the fabric.

Good enough for me.  I didn't feel like unpicking and trying again.

I will share the finished quilt later this week.


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

Friday, September 1, 2017

September Decor and More

I was enjoying the red, white, and blue decorations so much that I just barely switched them around. I love how the red, orange, and yellow combination brightens up my great room.

I realized that I don't have anything else in that color combination.  So I pulled out my old lace table topper.  My mom always used one just like it on this table when I was growing up.  It brings back lots of memories.

Although, it makes me want to stop everything and make something red, orange, and yellow.  ;)

I do have a back to school quilt which I hung.

It is sweet, but not as bright.

Most of what little sewing time I had this summer went to making baby gifts.  Here are ten more, mostly for baby boys.  They aren't quite as interesting as quilts.  ;)

Two were quilted by my mom on the Bernina Q24 and eight were quilted by me with my Baby Lock Tiara.  They all have Hobbs 80/20 batting.  Half were Franken-Batts.  It felt good to use up batting scraps.

I did all of the bindings.

Now I need to go deliver them.

I often wonder if I should simplify my baby gifts, but then I always go back to these sweet little flannel quilts that are about 42 by 54 inches.  They are fun to make.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Cheerful Patch

This quilt was made for someone going through chemo therapy.  I have never met her, but she goes to church with my sweet sister-in-law.  I pieced the quilt top and got it ready for tying by adding the batting, backing, and binding.

I taught some of the other ladies my SIL goes to church with a little about quilting and how to tie the quilt.  Then we tied it together.  The quilt came home with me so that I could check it over and trim all the ties about the same length.

There are 6 each of 32 different fabrics from my "new stash"  (the fabric I bought when someone was closing their online fabric shop).  It was so much fun to use some of the new fabric.  The colors are bright and cheerful, so I have called it the "Cheerful Patch."

The binding is a cute darker pink polka dot fabric.

The backing is a sweet pink minky fabric I found in the clearance section of my LQS.

Here it is all ready for a cuddle on the new bench on my porch.  It's probably a good thing my SIL picked it up the day I took these pictures.  ;)

It has already been delivered.  The recipient told my SIL that it is her most favorite quilt ever and she takes it with her to all of her treatments.  Isn't that the best compliment a quilt can receive?

Quilt Stats #205
Name:  Cheerful Patch
Pattern: Patchwork from 5 inch squares
Fabrics Used: From my new stash
Batting: Low loft polyester
Size: About 54 x 72 inches
Date Finished: 2017

I still have more than 3/4 yard of each of these fabrics.  I look forward to playing with my new stash some more.