Thursday, February 15, 2018

Stripes Quilt

I'm almost caught up on all my pre-Christmas sewing.  I have one more quilt to share. I guess that means I need to get busy basting my quilt tops. 

This is a very simple quilt and came together pretty quickly.  I wanted stripes and I wanted to use my solids.  I love how it turned out.
 I've already given this one away, and forgot to measure anything, but I think the stripes are all 2 inches wide.  I wanted to keep them all the same width for some uniformity, but it would probably look pretty cool with varying width stripes.
backing from Cotton and Steel

 I tried almost every print in my stash for binding and finally settled on this light floral print.  Not sure if it's my favorite, but It worked better than anything else I had!  :)
Quilt stats
Finished size: (forgot to measure before I gave it away.  I usually make my throw size quilts around 60"x70")
Pattern: no pattern, just sewed 2.5 inch strips together.
Fabric: front-stash, solids ● binding-not sure name, but it is Art Gallery● backing-Cotton & Steel XOXO chocolate chip
Batting:  Warm and White 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Kaleidoscope Quilt

More half square triangles, the patterns are endless!  Inspiration came directly from this quilt.

 For the half square triangles (HST)  I cut 6 inch square and trimmed them to 5.5inches (using this method). There are many methods for HST that make more than 2 at a time, but for some reason I stick to the first way I was taught.
for quilting, I stitched in the ditch along each square, nothing fancy here.

I like this quilt so much I actually have another to share. :)

Quilt stats
Finished size: 40in x 45in
Pattern: see above
Fabric: front-stash ● binding-April Rhodes: Treadle in Tradition (Observer line)● backing-Sarah Jane: Meet the Crew (Out to Sea)
Batting:  Warm and White 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Scrap Stack Quilt

This is one of my favorite scrap quilt patterns lately...I have another quilt top just like this one I need to finish. The squares are cut 2.5 x 4.5 inches, so my scrap bin had much to contribute to this quilt. Nothing makes me happier than using up scraps.
I think this pattern appeals to me because it is random, but somewhat organized scrappy.  I was inspired by this quilt I found on Pinterest several years ago, but there are many tutorials out there similar to it.
For the binding I used up my leftover bindings from previous quilts.  (I sew them together each time I finish a quilt...once I have a long enough piece I use it as binding). 
It adds to the scrappiness.
For the backing I used my stash...I purchased this stripe on sale years ago, with hopes of using it as a binding...but I didn't realize the stripe was going the wrong way, and not good for binding. (Hate when that happens). 
 I love these bears, added to the backing to make it wide enough.
Quilt stats
Finished size: (forgot to measure)
Pattern: rectangles cut 2.5 x 4.5 in
Fabric: front-scraps ● binding- scraps ● backing-stash
Batting:  Warm and White

Monday, November 6, 2017

blended baby quilt

I love this quilt!  Another simple baby quilt.  The hardest part was pulling fabric.  It started with pinks and blues and yellows and ended with magenta, peach, pink and a little purple.  I don't think you can go wrong with half square triangles.  Squares were cut at 5 inches and trimmed to 4.5 ( I use this method).  I love the way it turned out, but next time I might cut the squares bigger (cut 6 inches and trimmed to 5.5), only to make it faster.

For the backing I used a Sarah Jane Border Print.

 I must say, as much as I love half square triangles, the trimming can get a little tedious. It's totally worth it, but definitely laborious.
 Binding is tiny hearts.  I've used this print as binding before, and it's a winner.  Perfect for baby quilts.
Quilt stats
Finished size: 37" x 44"
Pattern: half square triangles (5" squares trimmed to 4.5")
Fabric: front-stash (various solids and almost solids) ● binding- Dear Stella Hearts ● backing-Sarah Jane Magic
Batting:  Warm and White

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Baby Hawk Quilt

Another baby quilt.  I didn't get very many full quilt shots of this one...I snapped a few quick photos before the baby shower.  This was one of the quickest quilts ever!  The pattern inspiration came from the book, Quilting from Every Angle. I enlarged part of a pattern (the cover quilt).  It is made up of half square triangles and flying geese. 
 I LOVE this bear print by Cotton and Steel.  Perfect for a baby quilt backing.  (It's super soft too).
 Classic blue and white binding.  I have used this binding MANY times, more than I can remember. I think this is the end of it.  :(

Quilt stats
Finished size: I forgot to measure before it was given to new owner.
Pattern: Quilting from Every Angle (inspiration from cover photo)
Fabric: front-Observer and Art Gallery solid Empire Yellow ● back- Teddy and the Bears (Cotton and Steel) ●binding- Sarah Jane
Batting:  Warm and White

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Bird Baby Quilt

It must be baby season, I've got several baby quilts to share.  I love, love, love baby quilts! 
My number one rule for  baby quilts is keep it simple.
I used Empty Bobbins buffalo check quilt pattern, but I cut the strips at 4 inches instead of 6.
I used bella bleached white solid, Kona spruce, and I'm not sure what the lighter green color is, but I'm pretty sure it's a Kona solid.
Not only do I like simple for baby quilts, but lately I like to use solids on the front, and something fun on the back.

Quilt stats
Finished size: I forgot to measure before I sent it to it's new owner.
Fabric: front-mode bleached white, Kona spruce ● back- Sweet Dreams (Cotton and Steel) ● binding- Timeless Treasures
Batting:  Warm and White

Friday, September 29, 2017

I'm still here...

It's been a while since I've been on this space, but I'm hoping to be back more regularly.  Summer always gets the best of me, my kids keep me busy (as they should) when they are home all day...
I live just outside Houston, and we were hit by Hurricane Harvey a month ago. I can hardly believe it has been that long.  Our home went under mandatory evacuation and we moved as much upstairs as we could, packed up our car with a few items and our family and left.  What a roller coaster of emotions the whole ordeal has been! We were lucky and spared damage to our home, but we have been busy helping those less fortunate. The picture above shows how close we were to flooding.  I live on upper side of this creek, and just over the bridge was flooded. :(

I have new respect for natural disasters, and especially flooding. It is devastating! It's one thing to see it on the TV, it's another to walk into and see it in person. Working side by side with homeowners as we cleaned out their flood damaged homes, tossing so much of their lives onto the curb, and then gutting the damaged floors, walls, cabinets is heartbreaking. These are real people, just like you and me... Flood water is no respecter of persons. It's been very humbling for us. 
I have learned that people are kind. They are good. They want to help their neighbors. People aren't selfish, they are generous. There isn't as much hate as Facebook wants us to think there is. For over a month I have seen it in my community and in person. It gives me hope that the world is a better place than I might have thought it was before Harvey. It makes me really hopeful for my kids. They are going to be okay. This world isn't as scary as I thought it was.

As clean up winds down for me (not so much because the work is done, but because the homes have become so moldy that it's not safe for most of us to go into), I'm hoping to get back to normal if possible.
My youngest started Kindergarten this fall, so all four of my kids are in school now (after being out for 2+ weeks). I'm finding pieces of time here and there to sew again. I started another half square triangle quilt, because it might be my favorite block. No rhyme or reason to this one, just random pairings of fabric...and I really like it.
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