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

Monday, January 6, 2014

"Handprint With Love"

On December 22, 2013 our Sunday School children presented our preacher, Dr. Gary and his wife, MiMi with this "Handprint With Love" quilt during the Children's Sermon.

The children each took a turn picking out the color of paint and then rubbing the paint on there hand and laying it on the fabric.  When the fabric was dry I heat set it by ironing.  I then added sashing between each block and joined the blocks together with another long piece of sashing.  Added borders of darker material to finish it off.  I used 2 pieces of religious material in this quilt with religious symbols and words of many colors.

The machine quilter set off the hands by quilting around them.  Then finished the blocks with a stitch in a ditch.

The preacher and his wife were very excited that something this special was made for them and will cherish it. 

To end the blog I'd like to let you read what the children said before they presented the quilt:

Dr. Gary........
Our God has sent you to this place
To lead us in the way
That He would have us work and think
And live from day to day.
We thank you for your ministry.
Your guidance and your care.
His greatest blessings for your life
Is our most humble prayer.

Another child read:
MiMi....
When we thank God for our pastor
We must give Him thanks for two.
For when your husband came to us,
God also sent us you.
A pastor's wife must be many things.
You have many hats to wear,
And we say thanks for all you do
And lift you up in prayer.

Another child read:
With our hands we made this quilt,
We each made a special part,
To show you that you warm our heart
And the friendship that we share.

It was fun to watch the children eyes during the time when Dr. Gary and MiMi were opening the gift.

Well keep on stitchin, until next time,
Connie

Monday, November 11, 2013

T Shirt quilt...................



NOTE:  not sure where the gray box came from and can't delete it so please ignore it.  Doesn't show in my draft??

Here it is in November already and Christmas decorations have been out for awhile I in the stores.  Many Christmas open houses were this last weekend and more to check out in the coming weeks.  We have a landscaping nursery here in town that has an open house every year at this time and it is just beautiful.  Over 40 decorated trees in this building that are 3 ft and over.  Every color of Christmas tree decorated to the fullest.  Ornaments and sprigs of glittery silver, gold, red, green and even harvest colors stuck in the trees.  Check out there website www.stonecreeknursery.com.  Be sure to click on Video tab and watch Larry decorate old with the new.  Some of the things he comes up with are so easy but you have to think outside of the box.  He does a great job with decorating.  Really enjoy visiting and shopping in this store.

Anyway, today I want to talk about T shirt quilts.  Christmas is a time to make and give a T shirt quilt to your son, daughter or maybe T shirts that your grandson or granddaughter wore.  T shirts vary in all sizes so you will have to figure out how you want to make it.  Don’t get scared thinking “I can’t do it.”  Yes you can.  Measure the T shirts and see which one is the biggest and then cut them all out the same size.  If one T shirt is to small maybe you can incorporate some of the wording or pictures from the back of the shirt.  Use your imagination!  Add sashing between the shirts or use left over T shirt material.  There are several websites that you can read up on T shirt quilts like how to stabilize your T shirt so it doesn’t stretch on you.  So check it out and start cutting!  They will be so excited to receive this quilt.

I've taken a picture of one of the blocks that I used to show you how this one was put together and the quilting around it.  You don't have to quilt a lot if you choose not to.  Some just like the emblem quilted and no quilting around it.  It's up to you. It's your quilt.  This particular quilt was made for my niece, Kelcie for her High School graduation.  The school colors were red, black and white.

Just have fun.  It's easier than it looks so give it a try!

Back to the sewing machine,

Keep on Stitchin'
Connie

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Little Boy Blue...........................





Little Boy Blue
Come blow your horn
The sheep’s in the meadow
The cows in the corn…….


How can you not like nursery rhymes?  This is another block that goes with the Mother Goose quilt.  I bring each block to work and show my friends and they just loved this one. 

Again this block is just made out of scraps and everyone has a stash that they’d like to use up.  So try it!  Even if you don’t have a grandchild, don’t want to make all the blocks, use it in the center and create other blocks to go with it.  Use your imagination.

Watch for the next block. 

Keep on stitchin’
Connie