Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cotton Blossoms Quilt

Just a little 8'' block sampler, this is the back with the sun shining through, I think it looks like stained glass.
Machine pieced and quilted in three sections.

My quilt measures 52"x62", it went together very fast!

My little ball player peeking around the corner!
I pieced the binding and hand stitched it on the front because I like to see the stitches and I enjoy looking at the fabrics close up while I stitch.

I used two different fabrics on the back.

And a coin strip, these fabrics are so nice to look at!

I had some vintage orange cotton ric-rac so I stitched it down the middle of my "cover the seams" binding strips.

One Charm Pack and a Jelly Roll of Moda's "Cotton Blossoms" by Bonnie and Camille, so everything matches ~~~ Yea!!

My girl who loves to play ball twice a day everyday, rain, snow, sleet or hail..... oh and I could never throw a ball that far, I have to use a tennis racket.

xo Quilt LOve,

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Wool Gardens and Cotton Blossoms

Seven blocks completed for the Wool Garden BOM.

Pictures don't do justice to how beautiful the wools are.

I was a little behind but it didn't take long to catch up.

If you are thinking of participating in a BOM with Karen from Farmhouse Woolens you won't be disappointed her wool is beautiful!

And I've been a bit side tracked working with my Cotton Blossoms fabric. I love everything about it including the name. This is 1/3 of the quilt.

I've had this fabric since before Christmas, just wasn't sure what to do with it.

So I just went for it with some 8 inch blocks and 2 inch borders. Some of these blocks go against everything I ever learned when starting to quilt and I love them, totally uneven on purpose and then just square them up at the end. I was thinking about hand quilting this one, but I didn't. I am feeling a lot more comfortable with my stippling and there are so many wonderful fabrics out there, if I don't machine quilt I'll never get to them all!

xo Quilt LOve,

Saturday, May 9, 2009

A "Sweet" Quilt

I named this quilt Sweet just because it seems to fit. The fabric is Sweet by Urban Chicks for Moda. This was a great take along project and so much fun if you enjoy hand sewing, I do!

My little quilt measures 34"x34" before washing and I used 2 charm packs to complete this quilt.

I added little half hexagons in a solid natural to two of the edges because they were a little to wonky for me (first time I've used that word, but I read it on blogs all the time, ya they were wonky!)

I just kind of made up my own technique and used flannel on the back.
And since a couple people asked ~~ here it is:

I made a hexagon template

Traced it onto the wrong side my charm fabric

Placed a charm and flannel square right sides together

Stitched on the line, leaving about a 5/8'' to 3/4" opening in the middle of one side

Trimmed the seams to a scant 1/4"

Turn, I use a pair of tweezers and a bamboo knitting needle to push out the points a little.

Then the fun starts

Finger press the seams

Sew up the little opening, then slide your needle in 1/4" and quilt around

After I have a few hexagons made

Place two charm sides together and whip stitch about 1/8" apart just catching the charm fabric

Slide your needle between the fabric to hide your "tails"

On the back, just slide the needle into the flannel and cross stitch, if you are really neat little hexagons will form at each intersection on the back.

Sorry I did lose some pictures while posting and couldn't figure out how to get them back in and.........I'm a really bad /slow typer!

xo Quilt LOve,

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Scrappy nine patch

Quilt- a -long with AmandaJean.

I am using a jelly roll and charm pack of Moda's American Primer by Minick and Simpson. I'm not quite following the rules, but I still think it will turn out nice. I plan to use Kona natural for my sashing. The quilt top will have 70 - 6.5" blocks and should be completed by July.

xo Quilt love,