Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Two finishes

 I am joining up with the Bag ladies of the Fat Quarter club with Hildegarde.  I think the hardest part of these ladies is the hair.  There are a lot of stitches to make it look full. I think I could have added more to it.


My Second finish in Batik Stars.  


Two stars from 15 different hombre batiks.
 

 They were sewn into rows, not complete stars because of the overlaps. 


Even though we were careful and looked it over several times before making rows, I still messed up three stars. 


 The black in the star point had to go away from the center pinwheel.  The black makes a secondary pinwheel block


 All of the mistakes were corrected here before It was sewn together.  I missed taking a picture of just the center part. 



The borders were added in sections with the star points.  Even though They were cut to length according to the pattern, I still had to take apart sections and shorten them. 

I expected to have to do a lot of taking apart and putting back, but it proved to be minimal! 

Another top to add to the stack for the quilter.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Batik Stars


 Batik Stars  Is a kit that I have had several years.  I purchased it at The Dallas Quilt Show.

The kit contained 15 hombre batiks,background,  inner border , outer border and backing to make either a twin, Queen, King or a California King and binding.  Since We can not quilt a king on our mid arm frame and no one has a queen, I decided I could make two twin size quilts. I am sure there will be a grandchild or great grandchild (someday in the far future) that will love them.   









 First we cut 4 black background and 6 light or dark background 6" squares.  Then 4 light or dark 4" squares. I tried to cut all of the large squares from the dark end of the fabric and the small from the light end.   This will make two stars of the same colors.



 Next, sew a seam  a quarter inch from  both sides of the diagonal center.  You end up with four of these.



 Batik on the front and black on the back. 


  Cut these apart between the seams. 


 
Press open,  There are eight of these.


 Aline the four inch square with the corner and across both colors.  Stitch on point to point across the small square.
 

 Draw a line about a half inch above the seam and stitch.  Cut these apart.




 You now have  eight five and a half inch squares  that make the star points.  Press open.



 Press open the remaining units. These will form the pinwheels for the star centers.

 
Trim and square up to three inches. 



 


Stitch four together to make a center pinwheel.  Make two.






I will post the layout. borders and finishing of the top later this week.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Millicent

Bag Ladies of the Fat Quarter Club 

 

 

 Bag Lady Millicent finished. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Precision Piecing quilt-along

I am joining QuiltShopGal  Precision Piecing quilt-along



This QAL allows you to work on one, or all mini blocks, designed by Hope (Hope’s Quilt Designs) which you can download from Craftsy for free.



There are five mini blocks that finish 1.5 inches.  I started out with the hardest one, the Rolling Stone Mini Block



I only made one of these and was not happy with the results.  There are 29 pieces in this tiny block.





   
This is the Rainbow Flower Mini Block


 Friendship Star Mini Block
 

 Churn Dash Mini Block


Autumn Tints Mini Block



All nine that I completed




I made a tiny quilt that is 7x7.  I did not notice until I had it bound that I had made an error.  Oh, Well! 


This was a fun challenge.  I see several chances to improve on my Precision Piecing!





Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Bag Ladies of the Fat Quarter Club

Charlotte 



I finishes Charlotte Last Friday.  

I did not get her until the 15th,  I had to call the Chickadee  to get it shipped. I have already called them about March.  If it is not here by Saturday, I will be calling them again. I am not sure what is happening in their shipping department, but I really expected to get the next months Lady before the end of the current month.  Maybe I am mistaken, but that is the way most BOM's work. 


I am going to try a different stabilized on the next one.  This month, it pulled away from the fabric and then shrank when I pressed her just like last month. Slow learner! However, they do look rather frumpy with the wrinkles they get when pressed. 


I have ordered hot fix nail heads or studs for buttons for the Ladies.

Monday, February 27, 2017





I usually have to finish a quilt before starting something else.  That said, I have at least 5 in progress   that are all within completion range.

We did  Farm Girl as a BOM at the local store. We finished up last spring, but I was busy helping a friend down size and move.  That took up 6 months of time and then I was so tired of fabric, kits, patterns and books that I could not get my head back into sewing. Since I love miniature quilts,  every month of Farm Girl, I made mini blocks.  We had a 12 inch and a two 6 inch blocks every month, so I turned them into 6 and 3 inch blocks.  I had to draft paper piecing for the 3 inch blocks!  This week I made 8 more blocks and today I am going to lay out both sizes and see how they will fit together. (1 and 2 of 5) .

  
 
!2 inch and 6 inch blocks   (48 X 66)




 Mini  6 inch and 3 inch blocks (24x33) 

I have a Jelly Roll Race quilt that my group did in January that I am prepping the back for so my husband can get it on the frame to quilt.   Yes, he is my quilter.   This is number 3 of 6.

 

 This is my backing fabric



 The 4th started project is a Texas quilt.  I have three blocks left on this one.  I will have to hire the quilting out on this one because it will not fit our frame.  The state seal block is digitized and ready to stitch out.  The lower tip of Texas is prepped and ready to top stitch.  That leaves the lower corner flowers.  That is next up.





 Number 5  is the Jim Shore Seasonal Cats.  I finished the top late last year but has not made the back.  It is a pieced back from the left over fabrics.  These were designed to be either a large quilt of twelve Mini quilts.  If you made the large quilt, you used the fat quarter meant for the back of the mini to piece the large back.




 This is one block



Angel is happy to show off the back.



This is how the finished quilt will look. 


At the start of the weekend, I had not made the two backs or two of the tops.