Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chopsticks



This quilt was really a fun quilt to make.  The name of it is “Chopsticks” designed by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts.  It consists of large and small triangles weaving a festive Asian flair with this crisscross.  This could be a very scrappy quilt if you’d like to get rid of scraps.  Here I used ¾ yard of 7 different fabrics and then black and white to frame the triangles in some cases.   It is using the 12” creative grid Equilateral 60 degree triangle ruler.  The ruler number is CGRT12560 if you wish to look for it.   If you do not want to purchase the ruler there are template patterns provided in the pattern.

I apologize for the picture.  I’m doing some changing in my sewing room which doesn’t allow me to lay it flat on the floor.  Also the edging of the quilt needs to be cut so there’s only ½ a triangle and without my cutting table again it makes it hard to do this step.

Well on to the next project!  Wonder what that might be….

Until next time, keep stitchin!
Connie

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Barn Quilt...........................

Took an interesting class last weekend that involved quilting.  Well maybe not quilting like with a sewing machine and material but another kind of quilting.  The latest fad in Kansas now is Barn Quilts.  Barn Quilts can be painted on the actual barn but most of them are painted on a board any size you want to paint.  If you're really interested in this go to your library and check out the book "Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement" by Suzi Parron w/ Donna Sue Groves.  It has a few USA states with different barn quilts and pictures to go along with the stories.  It's a fun book to read and look at the pictures.

So making a Barn Quilt is simply transferring a pattern from paper to the board.   Just like if you were designing a quilt block.  Then taping off and painting the squares.  It does take a little time to do especially the taping off for painting and then waiting for your paint to dry in between coats.  Depends on your pattern if simple or complicated.  I sure enjoyed the class and want to make more of these.

I mentioned hanging them on a barn but some people don't have barns!  I'm going to hang mine on a chicken house and then I have an entry way on my house and I'm going to hang another one on the outside of it.  It seems that a few people are starting to put them somewhere on there house.  In the book, I mentioned at the beginning, it shows them hanging signs and hanging on fences.  Cool ideas.

So check into it!  It is a lot of fun and then watch when you go on trips to see if you can find any BARN QUILTS!

My barn quilt hanging outdoors!



In the mean time, keep on stitchin,

Connie

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Purple Wave

This quilt turned out awesome.  I received this pattern and material from the quilt shop I sew for.  I thought there is no way I can do this.  Taking the challenge I decided to try it.  The pattern name is "Torque" by Jessica J. E. Smith.  It includes full color instructions and shows you how to put it together for 5 different sizes.  I was reading through the instructions and I was overwhelmed.  So I decided just start and make one set of blocks and go from there.  So now I have all these blocks on my table, 18 of each, some big blocks and some small blocks.  Finally got all the pieces sewed together and starting arranging the blocks to look like the pattern called for.  Thank goodness for a flannel board.  I don't think I would have been successful in getting it put together right if I wouldn't have had one.  I did 1/2 the quilt at a time than the other half and sewed it all down the middle to finish it.  Was I surprised when I laid it out on the floor and everything worked!  I was so scared that I'd have to rip apart because I got one or more blocks going the wrong way.  I apologize for the wrinkles but you get the idea.

I wouldn't suggest this type of quilt for a beginner.  I'm not sure I will make another one in the near future but will probably try different colors sometime.  I really loved the purples.  It was hard to give it up all the time I spent on it but knew that going into it.  Oh well sometime I'll brave it again and try it.

If you've made one of these let me know what you thought.  Would love to hear from you.

In the mean time,
Keep Stitchin,

Connie

Monday, January 26, 2015

Anyone can color on the floor now - You Can't Resist....................................




Found this chalkboard fabric and thought it would make awesome presents for Birthday, Christmas, etc.  This is chalkboard fabric that you lay on the floor and give them sidewalk chalk and let them color away when they can't go outside.  Then you can just wipe it off with a wet cloth and start over.  I'm giving this one away for a Birthday present and the 2nd one I'm giving away to my granddaughter for Christmas.  I tried the new way of making borders by doing it the potholder and tablecloth way.  This is the new cottage (House) ruler that you see and hear about now.  Check it out it is really neat how it works.




Want to buy some more of this fabric and make potholders to set on a table and then write on them.  Maybe a wall hanging of things to do or your grocery list.  Reminders for the rest of the week.  Even thought about doing some little wall hangings for my grandchildren to hang on there walls for notes.  The ideas are endless.

So keep on stitchin'
Connie

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Pillowcases made SEW EASY!!!!

Some more Christmas presents that I have been working on.  These pillowcases are for each of my grandchildren.  They are so fast it's unbelievable.   I've got a present to go in each of the pillowcases and this is going to be the wrapping paper and I will tie it together with a matching ribbon.  Not sure if they make camo ribbon or not but am going to try and find some.  For instants the ladybug pillowcase will hold the ladybug quilt I made. The blue turtle pillowcases has a set of Blue Turtle books and a rolling turtle toy hard carved.



If you'd like to see how these pillowcases are made go to "You Tube."  There are several tutorials on how to make them.  Just watch and see how easy they are.  Mine was made with all the material in a tube made out of the band (edge).

So watch a tutorial and find the material you like and try one!  Bet you'll end up making more than one.

Note:  The pillowcases have been given to each of the grandkids now and everyone of them were so excited.  My 2 year old granddaughter, Mariah just loved her turtle pillowcase and it can hardly be removed to wash it.  She reminds me that its her turtles.

Keep Stitchin'
Connie

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thinking about mom..........................







Here's a quilt that I made in 2006 for my mother, Enola. She was in the Alzheimer's wing at the Villa. I thought she needed a pretty quilt to go on her bed. This quilt made me think of her because she always had beautiful flowers and would spend many hours in the garden.  The only problem was she didn't want to use it cause she didn't want to mess it up. Hum! So it was never used it sat in her closet.  I got it back when she passed away this year. So now when I see it I think of her.

Love you Mom and miss you.

Keep Stitchin'
Connie

Thursday, November 13, 2014

It's Ladybug Time...................................






My latest project has been a quilt for one of my granddaughters for Christmas.  This pattern was so much fun to make.  All blocks were made from my stash that I had already.  Since the pattern had lady bugs and a flower I decided to go with a summer theme. In the center of each block represents something about summer.  There are flip flops, butterflies, bugs, birdhouses and worms.  I thought she'd get a kick out of all the insects.














I just love this flower and I'm sure I'll incorporate it into other quilts some day.

Lady bugs have small beads for eyes and there antennas are embroidered with black thread.  I will add eyes and antennas when I get it back from the quilter.

I framed my quilt with a small black border and another larger border of red.  My big border I used just left over pieces from the quilt to make it look scrappy.  I hope she likes it.

Off to the quilter now.

keep on stitchin,
Connie