Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The taffeta disaster

Have you ever stumbled across a really old abandoned quilting project?  One surfaced here today. What's this???  Pieces neatly put into bags, labeled B, d and Borders.  No pattern.   What happened to A and C?

A few strips pieced and cut.  Have you ever seen anything so crooked?  Look at that middle strip!  And that border strip across that top... um... that's not straight in anyone's imagination. Up to 1/2 inch wave on the left.

The blue taffeta was fabric left over from making the Maid of Honor gown I wore at my sister's 1985 wedding.  I must have thought I could make a quilt for her out of the scraps.  Clearly, taffeta does not work well for quilting!   I was cutting with scissors back then -  no rotary cutters yet.  What a disaster!  Looks like it shifted all over the place.  

Glad this didn't keep me from trying again and learning to quilt.   Now I can only laugh at myself.  What ever was I thinking????  It does make me realize the challenges that quilters had long ago when they worked with silks and taffeta fabrics they had on hand.  The white print cotton might be worth saving, but the taffeta is going out the door!


Saturday, March 11, 2017

bags, bags, bags

Looks like I've become a Bag Lady!  It all started when my sister called asking if I had any decorator fabrics to re-cover some 30-inch pillows our mother had made...way back in the 70's.   It didn't look like I had anything big enough for her, but since I had the decorator fabric scraps all pulled out, let's use some up!

Leftover drapery fabrics became these grocery shopping bags.
five blue/white shopping bags
three green/pink shopping bags
No more white/blue stripe.  No more blue floral.  No more green floral.  No more pink.  Whoo-Hoo!

A quick tutorial:
(A little sketchy, but if I want to make more someday, at least I can't lose the directions if they're posted here!)
Cut front and back of bags 14 x 11 inches.
Cut side/bottom piece at 8 x 39 inches.
Cut an inner-bottom piece at 10.5 x 8 inches and finish the edges on the two short sides with serger or by turning under 1/4 inch.  Center on the longer piece, wrong sides together, and stitch together on the outer edges.
Cut two handle pieces, 2-1/2 inches x 22 inches.  Fold, stitch long side and turn. Press and top-stitch 1/4 inch along each long side.
Stitch the bag pieces together with the 11-inch side as top/bottom.
Finish the top edge with serger or by turning under 1/4 inch.  Then turn down another inch and top stitch down.
Attach bag handles.
Slide a 7.5 x 10 inch  piece of plastic or cardboard between the two bottom pieces.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Little garden baskets

9.5x32 wall hanging
This little garden basket wall hanging and matching table runner are finishes #6 and #7 for this year.  Whoo-ee I've been on a roll!

The vertical wall hanging will be for our daughter who has a couple of huge gardens at her rural Wisconsin home.   I was thinking of her when I bought the fabric at Hobby Lobby.  The store recently moved into our area, and though the fabric section is small, they have some very nice quilting cottons.

The plan was to make a runner for the top of our daughter's bathroom counter.  The colors complimented the bright green walls in her bathroom.  Well, not long after the top was pieced she painted the walls a different color!   Then she mentioned that she would rather have a vertical wall hanging.  I was NOT going to rip it all out and turn the blocks sideways, so I pieced a second one.  The horizontal runner will just have to find another home.  LOL
Ah, the best laid plans.....

These already have me looking forward to spring!

9.5x32 table runner



Monday, February 13, 2017

Medallion is quilted too

Another fun finish for the year.   The Medallion sew along is all quilted up too.  The challenge was: A Basket, Childhood (Sister's Choice for childhood days playing with my sister), Log Cabins, Stars and Something Fishy (The blue border is quilted with scallops.)
Sew much fun!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Courthouse Stars finish

Scrappily wonderful!  This Courthouse Stars pattern by Fons and Porter is so cheery and bright.  Just perfect for quilting up during these cloudy winter days.  It's the 4th top quilted up this year so far.  Making progress!
My 1.5-inch scrap bag is nearly empty after this, but I've noticed that the 2.5-inch bag is overflowing, and so is the 2-inch bag.  There will be more scrappy quilts in the future if I want to keep those scraps under control!

Linking up my Friday Finish at confessions of a fabric addict.  Stop over and see what everyone is posting there this week.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Minnesota State Parks

Bed runner 38x85
Here's the next couple of finishes for this year.   A few years ago I picked up a panel at a Brainerd, MN quilt shop that featured four Minnesota State Parks.  Finally, I found the perfect place to use it.   Inspiration for a Bed Runner and a Baby Quilt came from Classic Elegance Bed Runner, by Julie Weaver and found in the book "Quilts with Unique Borders by Annie's Quilting.

I actually started out intending to make two bed runners, one for home and one for the cabin, but changed my mind halfway through.  The Baby quilt has one panel facing each direction so that it is right side up either way when it's draped over the side of the crib.


34x42 baby quilt, yellow flannel backing


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Easy Street finish

Lots of quilting accomplished here in January 2107!  With a serious determination to quilt up as many tops as possible, and whittle down that very tall stack, I started out with Easy Street.  This Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt from 2011 was sandwiched and pinned up last summer, all ready to go.
Bonnie Hunter's Easy Street Mystery Quilt 97x97 inches

Why had I been procrastinating?  It quilted up beautifully!  I certainly didn't expect that.  It's been on the bed for a week now, and DH loves it.  The size is 97 inches square and he's so happy that it covers from head to toe, and there's enough drop on the sides that there's no stealing the covers necessary.  I'm going to have to remember this size as my new go-to queen size.   It's so big I don't have wall space inside anywhere to take a photo, so out in the snow it went.  Neighbors must have thought I was nuts!  

This quilt certainly looks different from her original.  No lime green, turquoise or purple in sight!

More to come... The sewing machine has been busy!