Thursday, April 21, 2016

Little Boy Blue

 Quickly finished the crib top I put together last Saturday SewDay for Lincoln Quilts for Kids. I made a girly quilt last week and this week decided to use some of my more boyish stash to make this little boy blue quilt.  The pattern is their Streak of Sunshine pattern and is so quick to make.  I just did some simple straight-line quilting. All fabrics in my stash from quilt a while ago. 
 Used up the rest of the two prints on the back.  So simple and so quick and I hope it is loved by some baby boy. 

Have you ever dug in your fabric stash and found all the makings for a quilt AND the receipt?? Oh gosh when I pulled out the fabrics for this boy quilt I found a bag of girly things for another quilt.....and the receipt, faded and I can't read the date but I think it has been quite a while. We will see if I can get that one together just as quickly.   My sister used to say she was "lightening her load" when she got rid of things and I think that can be true of making things from our stashes.  Also it fills up your heart when someone gets a handmade quilt to cuddle with and love. 

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and thread thrusday

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Scrap Bustin'

Scrap Bustin' is one of my finishes so far this week. 
50 x 58 approx.
My scrap drawers are full of strings and crumbs but I also found partial Fat Quarters and thick strips in some bags laying around my sewing room. I decided to use more of the neutrals I had and cut them into 6" squares and then logged around them with random sized strips and then cut them up again and sew them back together in a cross type pattern. 


More scraps and an orphan block used up on the back along with the strange purple print fabric I had in my stash. 

I am so happy that I was able to bust out and use up a bunch of scraps but I will just admit that I have so so so many more scraps to use. How about you?

My new Babylock Jane!!! I love this baby so far. This is an industrial machine very similar to the Juki 2010. I love the fast speed and I love love love that it sews over different thickness and doesn't break the thread!  I bought this machine from a local dealer here in Lincoln at Sew Creative. If you are interested in knowing more about this machine call and talk to Paul he will hook you up. Really this machine is so wonderful. I actually quilted this one and a small crib quilt in the same day. 

linking up to Let's Bee social
and
My Quilt Infatuation for Needle and Thread Thursday
and 
Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday

Friday, April 15, 2016

Finish Friday - Vintage Star


 Windy day here but tried to get a few snaps of this Vintage Star quilt because it is heading to LIncoln Quilts for KIds tomorrow.   This is the second time I made this star. I love the giant half square triangles it takes to make this quilt. Virtually no waste except for squaring up blocks. Simple tutorial can be found by Amy Smart for We All Sew.


 My bleeding heart survived the freeze last week and is back bold and big as ever.  This is the first quilt I tried to free motion quilt on with my new Babylock Jane industrial machine. It was so much fun and I felt I had so much more control with the extra harp space I now have. I can't wait to experiment more. 

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish Friday
also linking up to

 photo LeChalleng this months challenge theme is FINE. I am linking this piece because of my first time free motioning on my new Baby Lock Jane. I did a FINE job and hope to do so much better in the future. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Scrap Stash and Go

Scrappy Tula
38 x 48 approx
stash fabrics

Last week after finishing the My Way -Rebel  quilt using all fabrics from my stash I was so happy. I realized the potential of my stash and decided to dig in to more bags and totes and see what I had to make. This quilt was from a partial layer cake of Tula Pink fabrics. I decided to treat it as scrappy and add some Grunge.  At first I thought it was too busy but laying it out next to these beautiful red tulips, I think it looks happy!


The colors are kind of crazy but I really like it and its scrappy feel.  In keeping with the stash and using what I have I found 6 FQs for the backing.  These are some Anna Maria Horner prints I have had for a while. 

I think it works! What do you think?  Machine quilted with wavy stitch gives it great texture.   So happy to use up some of my stash...just wish it was more. Off to put my thinking cap on and see what is in the next bag or tote!! 

Before I forget, my lqg had a sew day at the IQSCM again and they had a special guest Shizuko Kuroha from Japan. She was a delight and she gave a demo on her hand work. Very inspiring and beautiful work. 

linking up with Let's bee social @ Sew Fresh Quilts

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Finished it My Way


 Calling this one "My Way"
it is the Rebel pattern from Libs Elliot
I love the bright colors but played with the neutrals in this one. 
approx 73 x 73
straight line quilting with walking foot


Leftovers on the back  plus some extra fabric. Kind of fun. 
and 
New label by Northcott fabrics. 

Linking up with Let's Bee Social over at Sew Fresh Quilts

and Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 
and 
Finish it up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts

Monday, March 28, 2016

Inspired to do Modern hst sampler


The Modern HST sampler by Alyce of Blossom Heart quilts

I was just at a sew in with some quilty friends and we were talking about the hand-dyes we made last year. I had not even used them yet. I decided I could try with this sampler. I had this med gray triangle fabric planned to use for the sampler but with the hand-dyes it is pretty dull. I will see how it goes and maybe try to lighten in up a bit. The blocks all came together really nicely. Love doing all the hst methods. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Friday Finish Improv "Closer to you"


"Closer to you"
approx 46" x 48"
spiral quilting
did not straighten edges, just bound as is
I finished! I am super surprised at this one. I have been working on doing the Improv scores from the book The improv handbook for modern quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood.  This is my #4 score on the patchwork doodle. I started the center blocks of this quilt last year when Louisiana Bendolph taught a class about Gees Bend quilts and quilters.  A good portion of this fabric is up-cycled pieces from my moms scrap box. The coral strips are pieces from an old dress. There is even a dart or two in my quilt that I left in.  Some of the denim is from a patch bag that she also had in her stash so I am assuming they are bits from her old jeans.  I didn't have any striped scraps from my dads old Oshkosh overalls so I went to the thrift store and bought a few striped shirts.  The lighter blue fabrics are from the portrait quilt I made of my mom called So Blue

The score could be done like a medallion. I started with those 4 blocks and then kept adding around and around until it was a good size wall hanging.  I wanted to play with several improv techniques and just let the shape work itself out. 
Surprises - how much fun it is to take bits that are made and fit them together. This is not new to me but I am surprised by the 'puzzlement' of it every time. 
Discoveries - I am an emotional quilter. I felt like the whole while I was putting this together that I was really close to my mom and oddly the unidentified men who gave up their shirts for this quilt! 
Satisfactions -The mix of fabrics was both frustrating and liberating. By using the mix of old and new and textures and weights it came all together and felt right.
Dissatisfaction - I think the only thing would be that is it over and that I still have a ton of fabric left. I could have gone bigger and done more but this felt right as is...now what to do with all the leftover fabric?



The back I had lots of leftover shirt fabric and I had an odd block that I tried but didn't fit on the front.  I can't wait to wash this and see how crinkly good it turns out. 

linking up with Finish it up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts