Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Start somewhere..................

One of my first wall hangings that I ever made.  I had the theme of watermelon's in my kitchen so when I saw this pattern I fell in love with it.  Then what Kansas girl doesn't like sunflowers in any size.  Of course when you have plenty of fields in Kansas with different types of grains you will always have the black birds.  Whether you like them or not they're still one of God's creations.

Since I've made this pattern I have learned many new techniques that would have made sewing this together much easier.  No matter what age a person is they can always learn new techniques whether on your own or in a classroom or just sewing or getting together with a friend.  Sew don't be scared to start with a pattern and learn from there!  Your local quilt shop will be glad to help you with a beginning project.

Sew keep on stitchin or start stitchin,

Connie

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kelcie's T Shirt Quilt

Wanted to share with you a T Shirt Quilt  Kelcie, my niece made.  She took her husbands KU football shirts and jerseys and made them into this beautiful quilt.  I want you to know that this is her first quilt she has ever made and sewed together.  She did all the designing on her own.  She figured out all the sizes of the blocks and cut them out.  The only thing I showed her was how to cut the T shirt and iron on the stabilizer.
I'm sure she could have figured that on her own.  For her first quilt I think she did an awesome job.  I hope this has inspired her to continue on with her sewing and making beautiful wall hangings and quilts.  Now it is at the quilter and she's anscious to get it finished to give to her husband.
Good job Kelcie!!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hummin along...............................

Here is another Christmas quilt I made for a grandson.  This one has old cars, which is a panel, that I cut squares out.  These car blocks each had a border with different colors already so I just used those and didn't add another one. Then I took the contrasting material of all the cars and cut the same size squares.  I didn't do a small border on these because it was black against black.  Used checkerboard material for an additional border.  I needed length and had some chevron blocks left over so added them to the top and bottom.  For the last border I used flame material.

The grandsons really liked the old cars and I knew my quilts were a hit with them!  He was very excited to receive this quilt from his Grandma.


In one of my other posts I talked about panels.  Don't be scared to buy one and use it.  It's intimidating at first but you can make some really nice quilts incorporating them into your design.

So keep stitch'in,
Connie

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Twist and Shout......

My granddaughter, Mariah who just celebrated her 2nd birthday needed a dollie blanket.  Well Grandma thought she did because I was tired of folding up a larger blanket to fit her dollie and then within a minute she wanted me to do it again.

I had seen a tutorial on the "Twister" tool and it fascinated me. If you have a chance and you're on You Tube search for the Twister tool and watch it. See if it made you want to try it! Well anyway, I purchased the Twister tool that fit 5" charms called the "Lil Twister."  There is another tool that works with a 6 1/2" square and called the "Midi Twister." A short version of the instructions is you lay out all your squares adding sides, top and bottom borders. Tip:  Make sure you have different colors that don't match your border.  If you notice on mine (right hand side on bottom row) I have a blue charm pinwheel in a corner and it just blends in with the border.  You can make this any size you want but I wanted a doll blanket sizeso that's why I chose the 5" squares.  Then you start in the left hand corner and match seams to the black x on the tool and cut.  Keep cutting across the top row that you've sewn. 

Make sure you line these cut blocks up as you go so you're pinwheels will line up right when you sew
them.  If you notice in the picture on the right you can see the 4 individual squares that make the big square.  You would get this when you sew the next row onto the previous row.

When you cut be sure to save your scraps because there is a smaller twister tool for 2 1/2" squares.  You're not really loosing hardly any fabric.  I have cut all my 2 1/2" squares from scraps and some day will get them sewed up and use the smaller twister tool to make another very small quilt.  So keep watching my blog because one of these days I'll have that mini quilt to show.

Well watch the tutorial, get yourself a twister book and start sewing those squares together!  It's additive!!

Keep stitchin,
Connie

Monday, March 17, 2014

Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme Quilt..................









Saturday I returned to Kessler Kreations quilt shop in Hillsboro, Ks that I’ve been sewing for.  If you look back through my blog I had made “Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes” quilt blocks.  Now you can have a look at them all sewn together.  I really thought it turned out cute.  It’s so bright and cheery.  What little child wouldn’t like to drool all over it!








Now I’m on her next project and that is “Noah’s Ark” blocks.  Made from the same company so be ready they’ll be coming soon.

In the meantime,

Keep Stitchin’
Connie

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Make My Day Colorful

Here is one of my Christmas quilts that I made for one of my grandsons.  "Chevron" is the name of the main pattern but I really just did what I wanted to as far as designing it.  I really love this quilt because of all the colors in it.  I hate to say this but this was a UFO project in my closet for many, many years and I mean many (7 I think).  Decided if I didn't work on it I was going to throw what I had done away.  I hated to do that because I had enough blocks made for 1 1/2 rows so I proceeded with working on it off and on.

Knowing last year I was going to make each of my grandsons a quilt for Christmas I decided this was going to be one of them.  I worked on this one first because it probably would take the most time.  I have to say I really liked the finished product because of all the colors.  Don't be scared to attempt this kind of quilt.  It might look hard but its really not.  The worst part was trying to keep the colors straight with what colors to put on the next block.

Give it a try! Until next time,

Keep on stitch,

Connie

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Cho Cho.................









Several years ago, well more than several, I made my grandsons a train quilt.  I had found a panel at Walmart, which is the center of the quilt, and then went and designed from there.  Pulling the colors out of the panel I picked the bright colors such as yellow, red, green and blue.  Out of these colors I made a 9 patch to go in each corner of the borders.  


Now if you look close you will see that in between the borders I added a 2” sashing of rail material.
Yes, that is the whole piece nothing but rails, rails and rails.  I fuzzy cut the rails out so they would run straight. I found this material on a shop hop in a little shop in the country.  No town for miles around but they had everything.  Couldn’t believe it and I bought a large amount because I figured I’d never find it again.  Still have some left and probably should sell it because I don’t think I’ll ever use it again. 

I seen one of the quilts about a month ago and they have really worn well.  The mother says that’s all they use when they sleep or cold sitting on the couch.  Glad they enjoy them.

Again don't be scared to buy a panel and make it your own quilt.  It's fun and whoever receives it will love it forever.

Here's to keep a stitchin'
Connie