Update: December 2016

Since I originally posted my description of this blog, I have somewhat erred from my intention. I have actually bought much more fabric than I had but ................. in my defense, I got the solids at 50% off and the quilt shop fabric at 75% off, so that doesn't count, right? LOL

My goal for 2017 is to completely finish one quilt per week including quilting and binding.

After all, we have to have a plan.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Second June Block with Growing Up QAL

All of the blocks to date
Second June Block

I am linking up with Alida at the Growing Up QAL.  You can click HERE to see what others are making this year.



Linking up with Alida with the Growing Up QAL

June Block

My first June block in the Growing Up QAL with Alida.  You can click HERE to see what the others have been making this month.

Friday, June 16, 2017

24th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

24th Finish for 2017

Grandson's Little League T-shirt Quilt
I have made t-shirt quilts before but I didn't expect this one to be so large!  I don't think he missed one season plus he was on the allstars every year!  It's hard to see the quilting but I put large circles on the t-shirts and called them "quilted curve balls!"

What to do with an extra t-shirt?

Make a pillow, of course!

I just had to add a pillowcase to make it a matching set!


What to do with an extra patch?

Put it on the back of the pillow, of course!

I put a hidden zipper on the back of the pillow.


Back

I bought this baseball fabric a few years ago.  I planned to use it on the t-shirt quilts but I don't remember what my plan was because I didn't have enough of either fabric for the backing, so I combined them.

Quilt Info

Size:  84" x 96"

Batting:  100% Polyester light weight

Quilted on my Innova sitdown longarm

NOTE:  The only fabric I purchased in 2017 was the green and red for the borders.


I learned from making this quilt that I am going to really have to pace myself when I make the rest of them.  It takes a lot of planning to tell a story with t-shirts and it took me a while to decide on the layout and this one seemed best to be laid out in columns by year.  

I have 8 grandchildren and lots of t-shirts so I can see that I am going to need to live a long time in order to get all of these done.  I guess I'd better get a good exercise routine for strength and stamina!!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

23rd Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

9th Christmas Quilt made from PJ Scraps
 This is the 9th quilt I have made from left over Christmas pajama scraps for my kids.  At least 10 years ago, I cut up all the fabric that I could get into squares and managed to make 9 tops.  I have actually quilted the last 3 this year with this being the last.  Now I need one more grandbaby to give this one to! Note: I am not aware of any coming along as of yet!
I still have other sizes of scraps from this stash.

Franz had to be in both pictures.  He really likes this one!
Quilt Info
Size:  66" x 96"
Batting:  Mountain Mist Soft, Light-Loft
Backing: Muslin

NOTE:  No fabric, batting or thread was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.  This backing took 6 yards and the binding was 1/2 yard.  By quilting these 3 Christmas quilts this year, I have almost used all of the muslin fabric that I bought for this purpose.

I am linking up with Jennifer at Quilting with the Inquiring Quilter for Wednesday Weight Loss. Please click on the link and see what others are doing to sew up their fabric!



Monday, June 5, 2017

22nd Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

22nd Finish for 2017
 I used to make Christmas pajamas for my children and grandchildren until I realized how much fabric scraps that I was amassing in the process.  So, one day I decided to cut all of the scraps into large squares and I had enough to make 9  fairly large twin size quilts.  This is #8.  I have one left to quilt and then I will have to start using the smaller scraps!  I have already made a queen size quilt from the leftover smaller scraps.
Backing

Her name quilted into the quilt!
It might be a little hard to see but I stitched her name in the squares.  I wish I had thought of that when I made the others!

Quilt Info

Size:  66" x 94"
Batting:  Fairfield Poly-fil Low-loft
Backing:  Muslin - because ALL of my kids love the feel of muslin backed quilts!

Quilted on my Innova Sit Down Long Arm

NOTE:  No fabric, batting or thread was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Yellow is the RSC17 Color for June!


Yellow Blocks for Lawn Chair Quilt
This green and yellow plaid was the closest to yellow that I could find in my stash.  I do have a few other yellow fabrics but they didn't seem to do as well as this one.
I realized that I have very little yellow fabric, so I will make a note to self to fix that problem! LOL 
I will be looking for yellow fabric soon!
The pattern for the Lawn Chair Quilt can be found in the Moda Bake Shop.


Bottled Rainbows
You can't tell it in the photo but the top yellow border is much lighter than the bottom one.
I am really wanting to show off my design wall again because I am so proud of it.  At the beginning of last week, I didn't have any green on those green blocks and after just a few days of having them on my design wall, I am almost ready to square them up and sew them down. Now, I had those blank blocks sitting on my spare bed for the whole month of May with no success, but putting them on the design wall did the trick.  I am just fascinated with the increased productivity with the design wall. I guess it doesn't take much to impress me!

Just in case some of you are not familiar with the Bottled Rainbow quilt, I thought I would share the link to the instructions HERE.

Linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for the RSC17 color yellow.  Click HERE to see what everyone else is up to.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Linking up with RSC Color Green

RSC17 - Color is Green
I have been concentrating mostly on my goal of finishing one quilt a week for 2017 but still trying to keep up with Angela and everyone at RSC17.  Everyone is doing such a great job. 
You can click HERE to see all of the green creativity!

I am mostly posting to show off my new design wall.  I am so glad to have it.  You can see that I didn't get anything done on my Bottled Rainbow blocks, but maybe now that I have a design wall, it will be easier to work on them.  The blocks to the left are part of my RSC17 lawn chair quilt.  The pattern can be found at the Moda Bake Shop.


I used the directions on this youtube video.  I pretty much followed her instructions completely.  Instead of buying flannel fabric, I bought a king-size good quality flannel sheet.  It was not quite as long as the insulation board so I cut off 6" from the bottom of each 4'x8' insulation board in order to fold the flannel around the board.  I also used her suggestion to only tape the boards together on one side so you can fold it.  That was very helpful in getting it into my sewing studio.

21st Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

2010 Village BOM
 This quilt was designed by members of the Yahoo Group "Stroll the Block". 
This was the first BOM that I had ever hosted. 
The members volunteered to make one block.  They all did a fabulous job.  I enjoyed looking at each block while I was quilting it.  It's a shame that the detail doesn't come through in the pics.

Courthouse in the Village Square

January, February, and March
Pet Shop, Flower Shop, and Church

April, May, and June
Coffee Shop, Dress Shop, and Barber Shop
 I don't remember the whole story, but the designer named the dress shop "G.W. Boutique".  Either a family member or friend used to dress very well and people would ask her where she got her clothes and she would tell them "G.W. Boutique!"  I thought it was a cute story.

July, August, and September
General Store, Diner, and Schoolhouse
October, November, and December
Country Inn, Quilt Shop, and Toy Store

Quilting the Border
You can't see it too well in this picture, but I quilted houses and trucks on the border around the village. 
The quilting was inspired by Lori Kennedy's newest book "Free-Motion Machine Quilting 1-2-3".


Quilting Info

Size:  85" square
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20
Quilted on my Innova Sitdown Longarm

NOTE:  No fabric, batting, or thread was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.

20th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

2014 Two Color Mystery Quilt
 This was a mystery quilt designed by Cindy Carter and the info can be found by clicking HERE.
I used 100% cotton homespun fabrics on the front and back.  I don't remember having any difficulty with the piecing, but the quilt seemed to drag while quilting it  Even the binding felt like it was dragging.  I have a sit down long arm.  It might have been easier using a long arm frame.


Close-up of Quilting
 I quilted poinsettias as an all over design.

Back

Left-over Fabric

As you can see, I have quite a bit of fabric left but I couldn't make myself make shams at this time.  I'm kind of tired of messing with that fabric.  I am hoping that I will forget all about it later in the year and make the shams and some Christmas placemats or table runner.

Quilting Info

Size:  85" square
Batting: 80/20
Quilted on my Innova sitdown longarm

NOTE:  No fabric, batting or thread was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.



Bonus Block for the Growing Up qAL

Woven Fabric Block
This one was a little funny to me.  Alida said that the fabric prep was tedious but after that, the weaving was easy!  Maybe for her!  I spent much more time on the weaving than the prep! I seem to struggle with the easy stuff.  I think I still got two strips wrong but it looks good enough to me.

Homemade Wefty Needle
Wefty with fabric strip.
I didn't see the need to buy a wefty needle for one block so I made one from some cardboard.  It worked fine, but if I were to made more, I would probably use some type of plastic.

You can see what others are doing with this QAL by clicking HERE!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May Blocks with the Growing Up QAL

Improv Piecing - Log Cabin
I think I got a little lost in this one! LOL
Improv Piecing - Curved Piecing
This one was a little harder than I expected but I got it.

These are the May blocks created by Alida for the Growing Up QAL.  She has really done a great job in stretching our skills to a new level.

Click here to see what others are doing with these blocks!


Blocks so far

Really, I am showing off my new design wall.  I am so glad to finally have one.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

19th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

Quilted and Bound
 This was a New Year's Mystery quilt.  I don't remember if it was NYE or NYD.  I am sure it was prior to 2008 but I haven't found anything so far to indicate the name or year.
Leftover Fabric
 I had kept all of the fabric together, so after quilting and binding, I still had enough to make pillow cases and shams.  I still have fabric leftover.  I might make a couple of small throw pillows and the rest will become precuts for another life!

Close-up of quilting

Quilting Info:

Size: 84" x 96"

Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom 80/20

Quilting time:  10 hours

Quilted on my Innova sit down long arm machine.

NOTE:  No fabric, batting, or thread was purchased in 2017 to finish this quilt.


Monday, May 8, 2017

18th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

9-patch swap
This is my 18th quilt to completely finish for 2017.
It was made from a none-patch swap with a Yahoo group named Stroll the Block.  This swap was from 2008 or before.  I wanted a larger quilt so I added the flowers and black fabric.

Backing
I tried to find fabric in my stash to compliment the quilt.


Close-up of the center squares.  All of the nine-patches had the same quilted flower motif in them as the black squares.

Quilt Info

Size:  80" x 81"
Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Black
Quilted on my Innova sitdown longarm machine

Note:  The only purchase I made in 2017 or this quilt was the binding.  Out of my plethora of fabrics, I did not have what I needed for this quilt.  Luckily, I had purchased this binding fabric a few months ago from England Design Studios .  When I saw it, I was sure I would need it while sewing up some of my vintage fabric UFOs.  What a lifesaver that was.

Monday, May 1, 2017

17th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

#17 Quilted and Bound
This another Saturday Sampler from my favorite LQS, Cactus Quilts.  I don't remember the name or the year, but it has been a while!

Close up of Center

I really enjoyed quilting this one.

Quilting Info:

Size:  84" x 99"

Batting:  Warm and Natural

Quilted on my Innova Long Arm Sitdown Machine

NOTE:  No fabric, batting, or thread was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.



Saturday, April 29, 2017

Linking Up with Alida and the Growing up QAL

First Embroidery Block
Alida is challenging us to do hand embroidery, but I decided to step outside the box a bit because I have really been wanting to use my decorative stitches on my home sewing machine.  I found it to be a little harder than I expected, especially with curves On this block, I used a Frixion Pen and drew the pattern on the fabric and put tear away stabilizer on the back.

Second Embroidery Block
On this one I traced the pattern on tissue paper and put some tear away stabilizer on the back and pinned them in place. After outlining the teapot and doing the handle and spout, I pulled my tissue paper off.  I wouldn't be able to follow a design with the decorative stitches so I didn't need the tissue paper.  Also, I found out that when I had the fancier stitches, it was harder to pull off all of the tissue paper.

All in all, I am glad I did this and got it out of my system.  I found out that it is very time-consuming to use those decorative stitches and they are not the best effect.

I'm linking up to the Growing Up QAL here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

16th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

16th Finish

This was a 2007 Shop Hop from the Houston International Quilt Festival which I bought from my favorite LQS (Cactus Quilts). 

Quilt Info

Size:  70" square
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20
Quilted on my Innova Long Arm Sitdown Machine

NOTE: No fabric, batting or thread was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.




Saturday, April 15, 2017

Linking up with RSC17 Color Mix

Blocks for the Lawn Chair Quilt

I now have one more color set for the lawn chair quilt.  The pattern can be found at the Moda Bake Shop.

I am linking up with Angela and all the other quilters for the RSC17 color of the month.  I didn't think I had a lot of scraps that didn't have a specific color, but it turns out that I have a whole lot of them!  Go check out what the others are doing with their scraps at SoScrappy.

Friday, April 14, 2017

15th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

2005 Twilight Garden BOM
Finally Quilted and Bound!

This quilt was a BOM in 2005 offered by Jeanne Rae Crafts.  Click here for the link.
Quilting Close-up
Since these are night-flowering blooms, I felt like I needed to put tiny stars in the background.

Backing

Quilt Info

Size: 33" x 42"
Quilting:  9-1/2 hours
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 black
Quilting on my Innova long arm sit down machine

Note:
No fabric, batting or thread was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

14th Finish for 2017 - Quilted and Bound

14th Finish for 2017
This quilt was an Indian Sampler from my LQS (Cactus Quilts) from way back in 2003 or 2004.

View of backing fabric.
The fabric was from Navajo Nation by Sentimental Stitches for Moda.

Close-up of quilting.
I tried to choose quilting that complimented the Southwest Style.

I managed to put a little bit of my heart on the quilt!

Quilt Information

Quilting Time:  ~16 hours
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20

Note:  No fabric, thread or batting was purchased in 2017 to complete this quilt.