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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Quiet blog = busy

Hello, is anybody there? 
I realize it has been a little quiet here.  That doesn't mean I haven't been working on stuff.  And I seem to be really busy with life in general. 
I finished this baby quilt last weekend.......
This went together quickly.  I based it on a quilt that was in the book, "Skip the Borders", but I made my rectangles smaller, and left off a section.  See the fabric that says "baseball" in the center?  It is an all-over print, with the words, and gloves, bats and helmets.  I used it for the backing.  Oh, and the book is great - lots of neat quilts in it.
I also had a challenge quilt to finish for our guild.  It is at the LAQ right now, and hopefully Shelley will soon be working her magic on it.  Here's how it looked before I sent it off......
It's from the book "Scrap Basket Sensations". 
It's another book with lots of great patterns.
We are busy getting ready for RAGBRAI.  RAGBRAI stands for "The Register's Great Bike Ride Across Iowa".  The Register is a newspaper, the Des Moines Register.  We can expect 10,000 bicyclists coming through our town on July 22nd.  Lots to get ready.  My friend Julie is known around town for her artistic abilities.  She volunteered was coerced  into freshening up the signs from the last time they came through, back in 2005.  Here's some of the signs we have:
They are intended to be the Burma-shave type signs you used to see along the roads in the countryside.  We'll see how that goes.........
Lots to do this weekend.  I will be leaving tomorrow for a few days of training for my job.  That always seems to happen at the busiest time of year, too...

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Cloud 9 Quilt

If you are looking for a quick and easy quilt to make, I recommend the Cloud 9 quilt, by Villa Rosa Designs. 
Here is the one I made -
It was hard to get a good picture in the bright sunlight!
I made this for a benefit - it will be a part of the silent auction.  I hope it raises lots of money for them.  I might just need to go and bid on it myself!
The back is just something I bought on clearance -

I think it's about 54" x 70".
I will definitely be making this pattern again!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

2 finished baby quilts

I have been working on stuff, just not posting about it here.
I need to get better at that!  Anyhow, I finished 2 baby quilts over the weekend.  The first one is the chevron (zig zag?) quilt I talked about in my last post. 
Here it is:

It's made out of leftovers from fat quarters.  I bought the entire set of Max and Whiskers by Moda.  I think this was the 4th quilt I made from them.  When I was done with this quilt, I cut the remaining scraps into 2" squares.  I will have that quilt completed soon.
I call this the "Charlie Brown" quilt.  The black and yellow zig zag reminds me of Charlie Brown's shirt.
I also quilted a disappearing 4-patch top that I made quite awhile ago...

It's hard to tell in this picture, but the red fabric has white flowers.  Because of the flowers, I am thinking this  will be for a baby girl.
No piecing on either back..... just one piece of fabric
I quilted them with straight lines.  On the first quilt, I followed the zig zag pattern.  I did not use a walking foot, and they turned out much better than when I use a walking foot.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Several finishes to share

Wow, it's been a few weeks since I've been here.  The month of April went by in a whirlwind.  Here are the projects I finished:
One baby-sized quilt top.  I used up most of what I had left of a fat quarter bundle.  I made 2 other quilts with these fabrics here.  I also used some in another baby quilt, shown here.  Scroll down on the page to see the quilt I'm referring to.
Anyhow, this quilt top required some really creative piecing, as I was running out of several colors of the fabric.  What I had left, I cut into 2 inch squares, and they will be used in an Irish Chain quilt.
All of my 9 patches have been pieced, now to get it all put together. 
I also made one cross-body bag - has zipper at the top.  Excuse the poor picture, it's terribly windy outside!  This is made from an old calendar dishtowel, vintage 1968, as you can see below:

I used the calendar on the other side of the bag.  I'll try to get a picture of it when the weather is better!
Here's another one of the front that I took inside:
I also made another bag, out of this cute vintage towel...
this one is my favorite:


I took part in Block Lotto again in April.  Here are the blocks I made:
Unfortunately, I didn't win them!  But my blocks are on the way to their new owners.  I will be hand delivering three of them to Julie, all the way across town.  Maybe 1 mile on a good day.  :) Yes, she was lucky enough to win.  I, on the other hand, have yet to win.  I just joined in January, so I guess I need to give it a few months.

I also made two more of the "Wine 'n Dine" bags.
So, even though I haven't been blogging about what my stuff, I have been busy!
Linking up to "Finish It Up Friday".


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Bags and more bags!

I got a few bags done since my last blog entry....
First, I made another wine bottle bag...
I put a corkscrew in the side pocket as part of the gift.
I also made a few tote bags - my DIL's mother teaches second grade.  She is encouraging the kids to read and write more on their own, and thought that if they had a neat bag to take home either a book, or a notebook to write in, it might motivate them.
The circus fabric is my favorite.
They are just the right size to hold one of these...
I also sent along the baby quilt I talked about here.  It's finally on it's way to the new baby.
Here is a picture of all the fun stuff together.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wine bottle bag

I finished a bag this week, and it's just in time for a wedding gift.

I used a pattern from Atkinson Designs, called Wine and Dine.
This bag holds 2 bottles of wine.  It has 2 pockets - I think I will put a corkscrew in one of them.
Here's the inside

It's so nice to have a divider - it keeps the bottles from clanking together. 
The pattern gives clear, easy to follow directions. 
We are invited to another wedding next weekend.  I'll have to make another one!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Bright baby quilt on a dreary day

I finished hand sewing the binding on this baby quilt late yesterday afternoon.  It will be a gift for a new baby girl.  I know of a lot of babies that will be arriving later this spring and summer, so I will be making more baby quilts. 
I thought this photo shows had good contrast with the brightness of the quilt, to the dull, dreariness of the day today.  There are remnants of snow in the background, and it sounds like more snow to come tonight. 
My oldest son and daughter-in-law had given me a bunch of 4 inch squares of fabric.  There weren't enough for a whole quilt, so I cut a few more.  I also cut 2 1/4" squares to make the smaller 4 patch units, and 7 1/2" squares for the larger units. 
I machine quilted a quarter of an inch on either side of the blocks, using a variegated purple thread.  I probably won't do that again, as I am not liking the dark thread showing up on the fabric.  I did some hand quilting - x's across all the largest blocks in white #8 pearl (perle?) cotton.  I had a terrible time finding #8 pearl cotton in anything other than white, cream, black and burgundy.  I think next time, I'll have to order it online.
I used a sheet for backing, and I'm not caring for how the quilting shows up.  Oh well.  Live and learn!