Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Quarters for Baby

I am starting a new project. It is a win size quilt from American Legacy Quilts, Quarters for Baby, by Mary Jane Best.  I purchased the kit from SewBatiks at the Dallas Quilt show a couple of years ago.  The fabric is flannel batiks.  They are so pretty and soft. 

It was recommended that I wash the flannel before I use if because it will shrink and the wax and dye in the batiks will run.   I tossed them in and added two Shout Color catcher sheets.  I was shocked when I took the color catchers out.

This is the background fabric, used for side set triangles.  The pattern calls for 5/8 of a yard, but the kit only had half a yard.  I contacted the company and they will be sending me more fabric.

These are the eight brights for the 3.5 inch finished size blocks.

This is the border, backing an binding fabric.

I am starting the cutting tonight. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Sewing room is finished

When they were doing the foundation, they had to cut four holes in the sewing/craft room floor.

 Every thing was covered in dust, even though we had it covered in sheets! 

 When they finished, we had to lay tile.  We did not care if it matched at this time.  This is the last room that will get a make over.

These show the chaos  after a week of cleaning!

And at last we emptied it and scrubbed the floor!

And put it back together.  

 This is the cabinet that had the dust on it.  All of that had been packed, but still had to be washed before it could go back up! 

The boxes on the cutting table have books and patterns to be cataloged and filed.  That is Kirby peeking over the boxes! 

I keep a piece of fabric on the table for them to lay on.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree

This is another small project I have completed.    It was pieced with 2.5 inch blocks - 32 assorted greens, 3 yellow/gold, 1 brown, 63 neutral.

I used greens and gold from a Nancy Halvorsen  'I believe' charm pack.  The brown was a scrap from a fall project and the neutral was a soft green with snowflakes from the local store and the border, back and binding were part of a fat quarter bundle from JoAnns.  Since I used only one background, it lost some of the pin wheel affect.

First you piece the 2.5 inch squares.  I had a photo as to the layout.

Then you use the Mini Twister tool, from CS Designs (however, I could not fine the Mini on their web site).   It is only 1.5 inches and has an X Y line off set.  You place the XY line on the seams and cut the quilt apart.  It took a lot of nerve the first time I did this!

Keeping the new blocks in order, you sew them back together in rows.  I failed to get a picture in progress of this step.

The finished quilt is 11 by 13. I did stitch in the ditch around the tree and border.  I had all of the blocks sewn together before I went to the hospital.  I started on the cutting and reassemble at 3 p.m. on Thursday and was finished by 10 p.m.! 

This pattern is Itty Bitty Twistmas Tree by Susan McKinney purchased at The Old Craft Store