Quilting Fun

While I love the satisfaction of finishing a quilt, it isn't the only way to have fun with quilting. Fun also comes from the great outings with girlfriends, shopping expeditions with Grandma, or just sitting in my "thoughtful spot" chair perusing magazines and books. The thrill of the next project waiting just there on the horizon...

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sharon's Snowbird Stars

When we met for sewing on Tuesday, Sharon already had her star parts cut out, so she went straight to sewing and finished 15 stars. Quite an accomplishment! She made 5 stars of 3 different color combinations, so I will just show you the 3 different combinations rather than all 15 stars.

I seriously believe that no color combination will disappoint. Every single star - Sharon's here, and mine from the last post - is just as scrumptious as the next.

The pattern calls for 30 stars, so we have a ways to go, but what fun to see these beauties coming together. And to finally be using this gorgeous fabric. I'm anxious to get back to the sewing room.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Snowbird Stars Started

I think you know that Sharon P. and I are joining in a March project. Each of us had purchased a little stash of Moda's Snowbird fabric. Not wanting to just gaze at the beautiful blue fabrics, we decided that we'd get in gear and use it in a quilt. Our quilt choice is Confetti Stars from an old Thimbleberries book. Yesterday, when Sharon was here to sew, we began our quilts. I will show you mine in this post, and Sharon's tomorrow.

Aren't the blues in this line just gorgeous? I loved it from the first time I laid eyes on it. I finished 5 stars. Sharon finished 15. I will show you some of her in the next post.

I had to spend some of my day yesterday getting ready to teach the SPARK! class. I regret that I didn't take a single picture at the class. What?!? I know. How incredibly forgetful of me.

The class went well. All six of my beginning quilters - well, make that 5 beginners; the 6th student was the high school home ec teacher who thinks she needs a refresher. Ha! - were enthusiastic and willing to try. I had a great time.I hope they did, too.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Label Tutorial

I don't know that I have ever done a bona fide tutorial, but that's what you are getting today. I spent my entire professional life teaching, so I guess this should not come as a surprise.

It's a well-known fact that I am a Pinterest junkie. I recently saw a really easy method for labeling quilts. (This is the pin that inspired me.) I think I am not alone when I say that I know I should label my creations, but rarely do I actually do it. Any methods I've seen have required more effort that I am willing to expend.

So for me to actually label the last 2 quilts I've finished is a really big deal. And I thought perhaps you'd like to see how easy it is. If you click here you can see the link to the idea that I saw on Pinterest. I am doing mine just a little bit differently, but the result is the same.

 The process is simple and probably doesn't really need explaining beyond these pictures. First take a length of freezer paper and a length of muslin fabric. Iron the shiny side of the freezer paper to the fabric, and cut to size - I have used a 3" square. In step 4, with the paper still on, fold the fabric on the diagonal. This is the space where you will write your label.
I am doing a rather sloppy label for demonstration purposes. I need to get a finer point pigma pen. Be sure to leave enough edge to sew into your quilt. Remove the paper after writing; press for a crisp fold. In step 7, place the raw edges of the label on the corner before attaching binding. I pinned mine in 2 or 3 places. In step 8 you can see the finished label that I put on the baby quilt from yesterday.


Now, you have no excuse not to label your quilts from here on out. I am going to make the effort to do this on all my future quilts.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Finish on the First

Finishing the baby quilt on the first day of March certainly gives me great hope that I can keep momentum going through the rest of the month! I am very pleased with the finish, and will only be able to show it folded at this point. The baby is due in a couple of weeks, so I will show it in full after it has been given to the new family. *wink*

It is made with half a jelly roll in "race quilt" fashion. I made one just like it for Sharon's grandson Flynn a couple of years ago. Click here to read about it; you'll have to scroll way down to the bottom. This one is backed with brushed cotton flannel to make it soft and snuggly. I did have a bit of trouble with that flannel shifting; I will keep that in mind the next time I quilt on flannel. Next, I need to get it wrapped and off to Grandma Judy, who will deliver it for me.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Welcome to March

It amazes me how time is flying by. While we seem to be stuck in perpetual winter here in Ohio, I know that Spring will come. I hear songbirds; the days are longer; and seed catalogs fill the mailbox. March brings Spring!!

Today, though, looks like winter. Here are some shots from around our house.

This afternoon, I intend to finish that baby quilt I have had on the list for ever-so-long. It is ready for machine quilting. I talked to Grandma Judy this morning and the due date is March 17. I will be ready as of March 1. How's that for determination?

Then this evening, I will cut out Snowbird Stars. Sharon will be sewing with me on Tuesday, I expect, and this is the project I think I will focus on.

Hope you are all having a great Sunday!
Happy Quilting, Friends!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Long Road Home Update

February is ending and I figured I should do one more post to finish out the month. I have been hand quilting, which makes for precious little interesting material to blog about. The pictures all look the same; the fingers and thumb are sore, so I could whine, but that gets old, too.

I am close to moving it again in the quilting frame, and it occurred to me that I ought to check things out to see just how close I am to finally finishing this seemingly never-ending quilt. Certainly, I ought to be finding myself near the end - it sure seems like it.

Here, I have unfolded the quilted part and stretched it out to see how far I've come. I have to say, it is quite satisfying to see this view. It gives me the 'oomph' I need to keep going.

A couple more views. It is going to look mighty nice finished and spread out on a bed. I like how scrappy I made it. That was something I was not sure of when I was making it; the pattern called for more neutrals. Since I am using from the stash, I opted for more color. I had more color than neutrals, so that drove my decision. It's going to be fine, too. *wink*

The back is interesting, too. I pieced the backing. There is a large dark blue print down the middle, with two lighter blue prints on either side. This trend of piecing the backs is working nicely for those of us who are trying to use from the stash.

My thumb is aching - there is actually a split in the skin, so a few days off from hand quilting will be necessary. In the meantime, I intend to cut out the Snowbird project, finish making the kits I need for the SPARK! class I will begin teaching on Tuesday, and machine quilt a baby quilt for a wee one who is due in mere weeks - mid-March, I think.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Another Finish!

It's just a little quilt, but it's still a finish, and I am happy about that. Yesterday at Terry's, I sandwiched the layers for Mom's wall hanging that I've been working on, and then I quilted it and bound it. And it feels good to have a finish.

Next up is to quilt the baby quilt I made last month, as the due date is approaching. I would have begun it at Terry's but I inadvertently brought the wrong batting. Foiled my plans, daggum'it!  I am continuing to quilt on Long Road Home. And sometime this week, I will be cutting out Snowbird Stars for the March project I have planned with Sharon P.

Happy Quilting, Friends!