It’s been a little over a month since I last got on my blog. I’ve hardly even thought about it. But I have been productive. Since my last post my girls have went back to school, I’ve had a birthday and I’ve made three little children’s quilts and a few other crafty items. I finally bought the rest of the fabric needed for the terms of endearment quilt top. So maybe next week I’ll start working on that quilt. I have come to realize that I tend to do more girly quilts than boys. Maybe it has something to do with having only girls and no boys, I really like girly colors, OR that’s all that is ever on sale around here LOL. So a small side goal is to make a few more boy blankets.
Here are the three blankets I’ve made in the last five weeks.
So lately I’ve had several “fascinations”. I couldn’t limit myself to trying out just one or two different quilt patterns, SO lol I have started them ALL. I know I know, I’m batty 😉 I’ve changed up how I quilt now. Before I’d start one project and do nothing but that project until it was finished. I would find myself getting burned out and tired of working on it halfway through, then I’d realized that it was taking me way longer to finish it then it really should have. Being on here I’ve started to realize how some quilters would start many projects all through the year and would take their time finishing each of them. So that is why I’ve got over a handful of unfinished quilts going on in my sewing room. You would think that doing that would be hectic and stressful, but it’s not that bad. Some projects I’m working on only require a small space to work, usually just stationed around my ironing board. However if it is a “big” project that needs the whole floor, then I will get it all laid out and sewn to a point I can fold it back up and hang in it my closet. I will one day get me one of those felt walls and have almost no need to be on the floor! Anyway, now to tell you about this pinwheel quilt.
I bought the fabric I’m using here for a project for my Mother-in-law. These colors are her favorite. At the time I had no idea what they would be used for and after many months of thinking, searching Pinterest and going to the Public Library, I came across the pinwheel pattern and thought that would just be adorable. Considering I was already now considering the Prairie Garden Quilt to be going to her.
This is a picture of my first pinwheel EVER. It’s not THAT bad, but I think I know how I should pin it to make it come together better. I’ve got two pinwheels finished and about 60 more to go, that is going to be a little time consuming lol.
I’ve had a little fascination with house blocks lately. This is my first house…not super great, I made it with what I had for a backing at the moment, just to see if I liked the outcome before I bought more into this. This is one quilt that may take me a year or so to make, just because I make it out of scraps mostly. I think it’s a nice job for being my first. 🙂 What I like about this little house is it’s itself, I don’t follow a pattern. I can make them as straight or as crooked as I want. My “plan” at this moment in time is to make several house blocks and boarder them with black or grey fabric. To make the quilt look like a little town. I might even make a block for a swimming pool and one for a park.
MY 1st PLUS quilt!!!!! Super happy with it so far 😉
I have had this fabric sitting out on my sewing table for MONTHS and I had to just do something interesting with them. They are such beautiful and interesting prints that I wanted something a little more special than a normal block patchwork quilt. So I got onto my Pinterest and searched all the pins of wonderful quilts I saved and was stumped between this one and one other. Obviously this one won 😉 Kind of helped that the talented woman had a free pattern and instructions to go with it.
This quilt’s ending size will be 38″X52″, as long as I don’t screw up along the way. This picture is a very horrible take on it and does not give the prints justice. I spent all morning making up my mind on what the quilt was going to look like, then a couple of hours cutting. I saved the stripes for last. Love the print, but I find I get a little OCD on them matching up. After taking a stop to go help my Hubby out outside, I came back in and tackled the striped print. Well I was going to stop there for tonight but after I got it all cut I just HAD to lay it all out and visually see what it was going to look like. LOL ya know “if you give a mouse a cookie” kind of thing.
I Finished It! The quilt top that is. After is sat on my floor for a whole week. It turned out really good. Now I just have to figure out what I want for the backing, I’ve already got an idea for the binding. Just have to check out the fabric and make sure I’ve got enough for that.
Although it is overcast and moist out I think it helps bring out the brightness of the colors. If you look close enough you’ll probably be able to see how the prints look. Earlier I had said something about getting the stripes all lined up and matching. WELLLLLLL that turned out to be more difficult and frustrating as I was going along. SOOOOOOO I just went with it. I really enjoyed doing this quilt. Now I’m considering taking it to get machine quilted. We will see 😉
I finally stopped everything and finished doing the layout of the Prairie Garden Quilt. If you haven’t checked out my page for it here is a brief recap of what its all about. I did not make the prairie girls, my husband’s late grandmother did. They was one of the last projects she was working on. The girls are not perfect, many of them are slightly different sizes and the stitching on some are a little rough, but that adds character, however it has made it very hard to trim them all up to the same size, somewhat. Originally I was just going to make a floral block quilt with nothing but flower prints, but I ended up combining the two quilts together. I think they are smashing. I still have to buy the brown fabric I plan on using to boarder the girls in. However I can certainly start sewing those tiny little two inch blocks and get those knocked out of the way. I still don’t know for sure what the backing will be and how I will finish it. I have yet to really practice on machine quilting and for me getting it done through someone else is financially out of the question. To me they charge a fortune around here.
This is the blanket I made my niece Zoe for Christmas last year. Originally the zigzag quilt was going to be for her, but I wanted one that could be used for her bed and the zigzag quilt wasn’t long enough. This was fast and fairly easy, the hardest part was trying to get all the fat quarters to be the exact same size. My sister tells me how much my niece love her blanket and I’m so happy that it was something personal like a blanket that I made her for Christmas 🙂 Those are always the best type of presents, ones handmade, thought up just for that special person. Seeing as how Christmas is about nine months away I should probably start on everyone’s presents soon.
Here is a nice little quick picnic blanket I threw together late last year some point. I had these sitting at the bottom of my storage tub of fabrics. It is made out of nine bandanas, batting and a red flat sheet. I had to trim the bandanas a little since they where not all exactly straight. It’s a perfect little picnic blanket that will come in handy when the 4th of July comes around and you want to sit on the beach or a nice grassy lawn to watch those beautiful fireworks 😉 I am selling this little blanket also. So if your interested let me know 🙂
This is my zigzag quilt. Which by far has been my most challenging quilt to date. I like to do block quilts and wanted to stray from it a little. This quilt originally was going to be for my niece but once I started making it and realizing how much fabric, time and effort was going to be needed with it I changed my mind and went with something else for her. This quilt size is only a throw/lap quilt and I needed one that was going to be big enough for a twin. There was no way I was going to get it done by Christmas in that size. I machine stitched it on my regular sewing machine and that was also challenging. It is by all means not perfect, to the eye of the maker I can see many flaws, BUT it still turned out really good and looks to be a very sturdy blanket that will survive many washes and uses from a little girl. It is currently sitting away in a box, unused, waiting for the right little girls to come along and need it 🙂
I will definitely try the quilt again. But instead of using jelly rolls I will pick out fabric from the bolt and cut the strips myself. I don’t know if all jelly rolls are like this or not, but the affordable kind I can get at JoAnn’s was cut a little off and crooked. This was also my first experience with precut fabrics and will be a bit more watchful on it.
http://thelittlefabricshop.blogspot.com/2012/10/halloween-chevron-quilt-tutorial.html here is the link that helped me make this. I hope you it can help you too.