Thursday, October 20, 2016

Mini Maples

Making miniature  (2 1/4" finished) maple leaf blocks with tutorial here.
The sun hitting the orange leaves really makes them pop against the black!
Just needs binding.  Black polka dot, I think.
Here's a link to a tutorial to make a crow block.

These maples will soon be a mini quilt hanging or maybe a pillow.

Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday

Monday, October 17, 2016

Wonderful Autumn Leaves and a Tutorial

Resplendent, inspiring, intoxicating!

Snapped this picture while on a walk today.  I'm soaking up as much as I can before the colors fade !
I started sewing my own autumn leaf collection!  See below for tutorial to make these 2 1/4" (finished) maple leaf blocks.

I was so happy to find some Fall UFO's...
....and to put out some favorite....

...fall things from the past!

My porch is ready for trick or treaters!

I made a crazy pumpkin quilt block into a Pumpkin potholder.

Miniature Maple Leaf Block Tutorial
Cut the following pieces for each block

When sewing around the 2 1/4" squares (right sides together) use a scant quarter inch seam.
Cut diagonally as shown.  Press open and square up to 1 1/4"
For the stem, sew the triangles (from the 1 5/8" squ. which was cut diagonally once) to each side of the stem piece.
Now you can assemble the pieces as shown in the picture.  Square up to 2 3/4"

Come back to visit soon and hopefully I'll have made a mini quilt to show, with 12 of these maple leaf blocks. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Bright and Colorful!

I love how vibrant and happy this quilt is!
Another coworker is retiring and my manager and her daughter pieced together this bright and colorful quilt top! 

I'm so glad I can help out a bit in the process by doing the machine quilting on my Sunshine 16!  The colors and designs in the fabrics make you want to dance and so the quilting is wavy free motion lines that are swaying to the music!
Each block is made of a 3 inch center square and then 2 inch strips as shown.  In this quilt, right in the center of all the colorful strips, is a black and white checked square. 

The recipient is 70 and still going strong.  I'm sure she will love this!

These blocks turned out a bit smaller than the others and so Maggie sewed them into the backing.  

Sew, sew cute!!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Kathleen Tracy's Blue and White Small Quilt Challenge

I joined a small quilt club on Yahoo groups and Facebook hosted by Kathleen Tracy.  
This small quilt is made with 4" unfinished blocks and finishes at 12 1/2"  I did a bit of hand quilting.
When I heard about the blue and Cream/White challenge...
... it appealed to me because I haven't got to do much sewing this summer and this small project was so doable!
I've been wanting to sew some log cabin blocks so pulled out some blues and creams and cut 1" strips and began to sew!

I designed a little blue bird block to go along with the log cabins.

Don't look yet... I'll be editing the following photos to present a tutorial to make the 3 1/2" finished bird blocks later.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Happy Today! Finished two Quilts to share!

I love this plaque which says "Do one thing everyday that makes you happy!"  It makes me happy to read it and wonder what I will do!
I have two finished quilts to deliver to two loving homes and that makes me happy!

I finished adding the 3 borders to Parker's baby quilt a couple weeks ago.  Don't you just love the crispness of red, white, and blue?

I finished it up with a dark blue flannel plaid border a day or two ago.

Of course it has a "Catch of the Day" Quilt label and flannel backing for extra warmth.

And here is my Daybreak quilt (see original post with link to free pattern here) which I just added a different blue plaid binding on today!

And a quilt label to finish it off!  This one goes to my sister Lori for her birthday on Friday!

I'm so glad to post on my blog as I've been so busy working, sorting and packing things and traveling back and forth to Idaho, I haven't had much time to sew or blog-- two of my favorite things to do that make me happy!!

Thanks for stopping by and hope you do at least one thing today that makes you happy!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

I have two finishes to show today.  The first fits right in because today is the 4th of July and this quilt is Americana through and through!
This quilt is called From Sea to Shining Sea.  (Kitty cat in the background kept sneaking into the picture even though I moved her a couple times LOL)

Booms and pops abounded as I sewed on the Red Sparkling Star binding.  Finished quilt measures about 65 x 65"

Quilted with wavy lines which is when the anthems going through my mind made me think of the name, From Sea to Shining Sea.

And a quilt is not complete without a label.  I love using the freezer paper method to print a custom label on fabric.

And here is the Pink Pinwheel Quilt.
Made for Samantha, a graduating senior.

Finished size is about 65 x 78"

Quilted with  double loop FMQ

Backed with pink bubble flannel for extra warmth.