Monday, February 17, 2014

Monkey wreath

I created this cute little monkey themed wreath for my nephew's 1st birthday party.  The process was easy and with 3 different ribbons, some wooden cut outs from Hobby Lobby, a small chalkboard, stuckers, and some hot glue, it was completed in no time.  I like how it can also be re-used or shared with someone else later just by changing the message on the chalkboard.  

Here is a picture of my nephew and his dad showing off the wreath...

Friday, September 13, 2013

Farmer's Daughter pattern

I enjoy watching Quilt in a Day with Eleanor Burns on Friday mornings on KET.  After having been grading papers for a couple hours, it's a nice 30-minute break.  Plus, she is so upbeat in her demonstrations and story telling!

Today, as she demonstrated the "Farmer's Daughter" pattern a light bulb went off in my head.  This is the pattern that I will use to create a pink themed block for an October challenge at my local quilt shop!    It just so happens that I purchased three coordinating fat quarters yesterday that I wanted to use for the block, and here is my chance.

1 pink fat quarter
1 black fat quarter
1 white fat quarter

4-2 1/2" squares
2-2 1/2" x 10 1/2"
2-2 1/2" x 15"

8-2 1/2" squares

5-2 1/2" squares
4-2 1/2" x 6 1/2"

1.  Using 1 white rectangle with 2 black squares, create 4 wide flying geese.
2.  Lay out the block as shown in the picture.
3.  Sew the middle 9-square.
4.  Sew the top and bottom flying geese to the middle.
5.  Sew the border squares to the vertical flying geese.
6.  Sew those two sides to the rest of the block.
7.  Sew the 2 shorter pink strips to the sides.
8.  Sew the 2 longer pink strips to the top and bottom.
9.  Press and trim to desired size 

This will eventually be squared up to 12" but I wanted to wait to make sure the guidelines didn't change between now and October.

Thanks, Eleanor Burns for the inspiration!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

BOM 2012 - June & August

Here are the latest 4 blocks that I have learned to make through my class with Amy Gibson.  Yes, I know that I have skipped July, but hang tight, I will tackle it next.  I want to get a Dresden template to use to make those blocks a little more precise than me cutting out a bunch of cardboard templates.

The June blocks are the Modern 9-patch theme that consists of the Greek Cross Block and the Octagon Block.  Both were fairly simple and quick to make, and I figured out that chain piecing the rows is ok and maybe even speeds up the sewing process a little.

The August theme is Stars so for this month's lesson I learned to make the Ohio Star and the Double Block Star.  There were a lot of small fabric pieces for these blocks but learning how to make Flying Geese using the corner-to-corner method was pretty cool!  Ok, I'll admit, making the 1/4 square triangles for the Ohio Star was pretty cool too!  

I peeked at September's theme...curves!  Oooohhhh...lah...lah...

Monday, August 26, 2013

Block of the Month-April 2012

I improvised on these two blocks a little bit from the actual blocks from the course.  By a fluke, I created "Ring Around the Hexi" and then in honor of the red/white/black quilt that I am making for my University of Louisville fan-parents, I give you "L-yes!"

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Block of the Month March 2012

String Block and Broken Spider Web Block

These were not super difficult, just a little time consuming.  At first I really didn't like the randomness of the strips stitched together; I'm more of a pattern kinda kid.  But after seeing it for several days lying in the bin with the other blocks waiting for April-December to join them, the mis-match of fabric patterns and sizes have started to grow on me.  Although I'm not anywhere closer to creating a full quilt of scraps than I was before I started on the March blocks.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Addy's Memory Quilt

I am super excited about this project!  The end result will be a memory quilt for my niece Addison designed with clothes and blankets from when she was a baby.  She just turned five and getting ready to start kindergarten.  I think this is a great time to do a little closet cleaning but also reminisce on her life and adventures up to this major milestone.  My goal for this blog, however, is to keep a running record of the steps to completion.

First, my sister-in-law collected the keepsakes that she wanted to incorporate into the quilt.  I really predicted all pink, but was pleasantly surprised to see some blues and yellows as well.  The items consisted of onesies, pj's, overalls, burp cloths, dresses, and blue jeans.  After sorting through the bag of goodies (and with a little encouragement from my SIL to use the corduroy and jean materials), I decided to use all of the pieces except for an adorable white knitted sweater.  It was just too precious to cut up!

~stack of goodies~

Second, I cut the pieces using a 6.5" square ruler to create my quilt blocks.  I absolutely love the square templates!  They make cutting and squaring up for a project like this a breeze.  Ok, here's my honest moment...I was scared to death to start cutting!  Baby clothes are just so cute, but I told myself that this is a MEMORY quilt and Addison will get more use from it as a collection of memories that she and her friends/family can discuss then just having a bag of clothes stored in the closet.  For the clothes that were smaller than 6.5", I attached them to a piece of coordinating material as the background block and created a 3-D effect.

~25 squares ready for borders~

Third, I used a basic white border around the blocks to help them stand out rather than get washed up in the border which is a light pink with butterflies cotton fabric.  After getting the borders sewn, I then stitched the individual blocks together to create one of the rows.  The white border was 1.5" wide and the pink border was 2.5" wide.

~blocks with borders

~a finished row~

Fourth, one row leads into many more rows!  All rows then get stitched together and the top and bottom pink borders attached.  The quilt top is almost complete!

~pink border complete~

Oops....didn't get a picture of this stage!

Fifth, I used an adorable teal flower pattern with hints of white, pink, and lime green as the outside border for the entire quilt top.  The border was 4" wide.

~quilt top complete~


Tah-Dah!!!  All finished!  For the backing I used a warm and natural material that was so much easier to quilt than the poly-fil that I had been using.  (Learn something new everyday, right?). The back and binding fabric was turquoise with white vines scattered all over that complemented the front.  I used a simple hill/valley quilting technique on the pink borders to give all the pieces stability.  You can see the design on the back photo better than the front photo.  So after almost 3 months working on this project, my overall impression is...

Love it!