Sunday, June 22, 2014

ELABORATE QUILTING ON FINISHED QUILT

Sunday is suppose to be a day of rest but right now I am deciding whether to sew most of the day or leave and take a drive and eat dinner out somewhere...the weather is nice so far but the ever looming threat of rain is in the forecast...

I did wind up the camera this morning and took the picture of the finished quilt I did for my granddaughter...she wanted a scrap of fabric that had fairies on it made into a quilt...the picture is a little off color..that is robins egg blue....not lavender....
yeah it was a challenge considering I only had about a fat quarter to work with....so there were a lot of sashes and borders which meant a lot of  blank space to deal with...well I decided to get elaborate with my quilting....

I had a nice big feather border stencil but it had no nice corner with it so I tried designing one but I could not do it justice so I found a shell block stencil that worked really good I think...its the most elaborate hand quilting I have done in a long time...

Other sewing I have been doing is the flannel receiving blankets I told you about in last post...I did 3 of them...I haven't made up the rest of the leftover fabric but they will be lap pads I think...I will be sending them away to a family member soon along with some other things...

I have more to tell ya about but not right now..it was a very productive week and into the weekend so keep looking more is coming...I am lovin' this sewing streak!.....more later.....

Saturday, June 14, 2014

WORKING ON SMALL QUILT FOR GRANDDAUGHTER

Yesterday I tried to organize my leftover batting...what a mess I had....big enough pieces for small quilts with leftover length....sooo I started piecing them as I found quilts to match the batting...kinda backwards huh?....well I used up 3 of those batt pieces this week...2 machine quilting and now I have a 40x50 one in the floor hoop and the center is half quilted so far...

the day is young so I might get all the center done by tonight...lots of space to quilt in but I am not getting elaborate in the center....but I may put a big feather border in the yellow and blue borders...I will know more about that when I get there....
 
The quilt above is kind  of an unusual quilt...a few years ago my granddaughter spied the fairy print (center block) in a fat quarter...she wanted a quilt made from it...I told her I didn't think there was enough...but she insisted so I tried....I ended up using almost all of it in the centers so its a quilt mostly of  borders and sashes with the colors in that little square in the center....Maybe one day she will be able to use this if she has a girl of her own....

 
I brought this one out of archives to show you...I got this top back out yesterday also...I think I am going to work on it next...it has been a challenge since day one...as you can see there are 1/2 of a courthouse step block for borders placed end to end....Marking will be a challenge to quilt them...this one will take some thought...I don't think I will ever make this one again....I had put it away twice with the last border unfinished as I could not get it to work....then one day I got it back out again and lo and behold I found the right piece and combination and it worked...I doubt I could be so lucky next time.....But I am glad I stuck with it because I like it!....till next time....more later....

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

PASTEL BABY QUILT IS FINISHED

I finished the binding on the small baby quilt I machine quilted this week....again I was up late but I wanted to get it finished....I even got the label sewn in it and the irish chain quilt..

I love these pastel modern type quilts...they look so fresh in design and soft and sweet....its a pleasure to work on them....the picture shows it a little brighter than it really is...

I have a chore to do today that has been long overdue....My little ironing board that sits next to me when I am sewing needs a new cover...

I was going to fix it earlier in the week but could not find my electric staple gun....I thought it must be in the basement but rather than risk falling down the stairs I waited till help came along....Last night my son came and he found it in the basement...so now I am in business when I get to it...hopefully today...That little ironing board is becoming an antique lol....I made it in the 60's for use on vacations ..that was before motels thought to put ironing boards in the rooms....it has been many miles and ironed many miles of fabric...