Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Marianne Quilt

My most recent charity quilt is the Marianne pattern by Sarah Overton which was published in the latest Modern Quilt Guild magazine.  

The pattern uses pre-cut layer cake fabric to create HSTs.  They are then put together on point.  I really liked the look it created.  I was even able to use a charm pack for which I've been trying to find a purpose.  
At last I've used them and I think they added a lovely bit of color to this quilt.





Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Scrappy Improv Blocks

So the other day in my attempt to use bits and pieces of fabric, I decided to give the scrappy improv block a try.  I made  10 1/2" squares and 12 1/2" squares with the pieces.  I'm usually a pattern kind of gal, so this was stepping outside the box for me.  Well, I made quite a few actually - 36 blocks.  I decided to group them by dominant color and with  sashings and borders they would do nicely as quilties.

Here's how they turned out. 

 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Charity Quilts 2017 Goal Reached!!


As the busy times will soon start with Christmas only a few weeks away, I finally found the time to finish my Charity Quilt Goal for this year.

In January I resolved to make 12 quilts for charity and I have accomplished this goal.  So glad to contribute to Victoria's Quilts and local organizations in my area.


Here's a Coin quilt.  I had never heard of this quilt style before.  It was suggested to me by one of the quilt guild ladies. I really enjoyed it and once again it consumed those bits of fabric that might otherwise not have been used.  There were 2 methods of putting these pieces together.  One was by sewing 2 1/2" x WOF strips together - about 5 strips seems a good number.  Then cut into 6 1/12" segments.  When there weren't any long enough strips of fabric, I sewed shorts pieces together and that worked as well.  Just remember to straight the work as you go.  Things can go wonky otherwise :)

I'm calling this quilt Rectangles within Rectangles.
This quilt's blocks are 6 1/2" x 10 " unfinished.  No chain sewing here!!  The fabric was from my stash - mostly pinks and blues, but it seemed to work.
 Now to ponder my projects for next year.......







Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Quilting for the Family

Being retired, I now have lots of time to quilt and both my close and extended family have benefited.  Over the last few years, my children, grandchildren and grand nephews and others have received quilts made especially for them.  My latest baby quilt is on its way to a grand-niece in Nova Scotia.


The pattern is called Falling Into Place by Sweet Jane's Quilting.   I chose non-traditional colors including a variety of fabrics mostly from Deborah Edwards line of Bundle of Love.  They are whimsical and bright - perfect for a baby quilt.


The quilting design is made up of teddy bears, stars and moons - one of my favorites for this type of quilt.



Each quilt includes a custom label to mark the occasion.
I know that these quilts will be special keepsakes for years to come.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Random Rectangles - Charity Quilt #10

Still on track with my goal of 1 charity quilt a month for this year. This month's pattern is called Random Rectangles.  It can be found in Ellen Luckett Baker's book "1, 2, 3 Quilt". 

The pink and blue fabrics with the odd dash of green, blend nicely in this design.  Helps to use up lots of fabric stash too.

Free motion quilting in meander design.








Sunday, October 15, 2017

Quilties

Our quilters' guild supplies the local hospital with Quilties for the newborns.  I enjoy making them as it uses up my stash of fabric and allows me to practice my free motion quilting.  Most of all it gives the newborns a little something special to take home with them.

The quilties I made this month gave me a chance to try a few new pattern blocks.  

I have made a Disappearing 9 Patch quilt before, but this one was made with no particular background fabric, just assorted blocks.  Also, when there wasn't enough material for a full block I pieced from smaller cuts of fabric.  Certainly a different look.  The free motion quilting was hearts and curves with circles. 

Took the opportunity to try a Quilt As You Go quiltie.  This is a fun method which works well with long strips that are at least 1 1/2" to approximately 3" in width.  Once all the fabric was sewn, I made lines diagonally to the ones that were formed when I sewed the long strips on.

The guild sometimes provides kits of fabric that we can work with.  I picked up one that had some interesting colors -  dark blues, reds, yellows and black and white fabric - not the usual baby pastels.  It also had a print of snowmobiles with some of those colors.   Fortunately, there was enough fabric for 2 quilties.  I made On the Fence pattern with one and stitched in the ditch for quilting.




The second was Rectangle Pinwheels.  The quilting was hearts, curves and circles.


And finally, Pastel Rectangles and Squares quiltie. Lots of soft baby colors and the quilting was free motion echo shells.