Thursday, January 30, 2014

January's Project Linus quilts

 Since I was unable to go to Project Linus in December I had more quilts to take.

This fish was a product of not liking the back that was supposed to be the front.  I did all the "water" quilting before I appliqued the fish and bubbles on.  The idea came from Pinterest.

This is the very uninteresting back.  All the blocks were supposed to go the same direction but got messed up when I didn't pay attention to my placement.  But it made a great back for the fish!  Just made the quilt in reverse order, no problem.

Teal was the July  color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  This is one of my favorites.  I just happened to have some lovely teal scraps for this quilt.

 I should have done some ribbon quilting on this August RSC red quilt.  The squares look like packages tied with ribbon. 

For the month of October at Project Linus we did a repeat block, the 10 minute block.  It was a rerun and a very fast block.  I keep trying to figure out how to do fancy quilting without breaking thread but usually end up doing something really easy.  Hence the straight lines.  Placing the materials as I did the pattern turns into a bow tie pattern.

Marsha was given some already cut squares a few years ago.  They were a heavy type of cotton and didn't make very soft quilts.  I would have gotten rid of the last of them but this red material with the railroad and houses was just too cute to not make up as a baby blanket. 

Found in our stash of materials at the Lodge, this quilt was started with strips sewn and extra material with it.  I use some other strips that I had that seemed to go with the theme of "wild".   I started to just make it bigger but got tired of sewing strips together so I put the purple cross pieces on and added the strips going in opposing directions.  The size wasn't right so I chopped off about 8" and put that piece on the back.

Ann wanted to teach a quilt pattern and so for Nov. she came up with this very simple block.  If I'd seem a picture of the pattern before I cut the pieces it would have turned out different.  Once I had the block made and sewn in strips I was thinking of what I should use for a sashing.  Ann suggested using the monkey material......which made the small squares float.  I can't believe I didn't take a picture of the back!  It took more time to put together then the front did.  I'd found different monkey fabric and put it together with some yellow.  Turned out quite cute.

Looking through my flannels I found some pink and yellow/green strip sets already sewn.  So I cut them to make squares.  However, I didn't cut them  the right size so had to sew 1" strips on 2 sides to make them square.  I seem to be doing that a lot lately......not measuring, measuring, measuring before I cut.  Old age creeping in? 



Saturday, January 25, 2014

Rhapsody in Blue - SoScrappy Saturday

Haven't had much time to quilt this week.  My machine is back in the shop getting the new part put in.  Really surprised at how quickly the part came in.  Maybe next week will see things back to normal.  I was starting to get nervous about not being able to quilt as I have five quilts to quilt and two flimsies.  Would like to catch up on those before I get too carried away on more tops.

In the interest of participating in three challenges using the same block, I made this cute little quilt top.  Vroomans Quilts is starting a Let's Book It, challenging us to use the quilt books we just HAD to buy.  I think this challenge will weed out a lot of books on my book shelves.

 This block is found in the book Time-Crunch Quilts, by Nancy J. Martin.  Looking at some of the designs in the book I didn't think they were too time saving.  I don't think this is a book I'll be keeping as there is only one other quilt in it that I like and will make.

This block measures 14" square and I didn't want to make just the little quilt that's in the book.  So I think I'll make three more blocks, sash them and add a border to make it a good baby size quilt.

I'm also linking up with Cat Patches NewFO and SoScrappy and the last blue Sat. of the RSC.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Baby's got Bule Eyes.....SoScrappy Saturday

Keeping up on all the quilts I want to do in the rainbow challenge may stretch me a little thin.  I decided to follow along with Angela's 6" sampler blocks.  I was going to make them 9" blocks but I had left over HST from the chain quilt that were the 2 1/2" size so just used them and....ola` blocks are going to be 6".

The 2 blocks on the top, left aren't the right shades of blue but maybe we'll get to that color down the road.  I don't know what I'm going to do with the little nine patch blocks.  Was just having fun with the blues.

I made these two weeks ago but didn't post them because I was sick that day. 
These are this week's blocks.  I could have done a better job with the Attic window one....turning the last piece around so the big white circle was on the other end.....still may change it......just depends how OCD I get.

I started doing Leah Day's Building Blocks Project thinking that each month I would do the block in the RSC colors.  It's a quilt as you go BOM and I think it will be fun and very simple.

I took my Bernina into the shop last week for a cleaning and to find out what was making the funny noise it was making.  Well, it wasn't good news.  The bracket that holds the needle bar is wearing down and needs to be replaced.  Having had my machine for 13 years the question is "do they still make the part?"  I hope so.  I've gotten all of my moneys worth from this machine but would like for it to last a little bit longer.

Hop on over to SoScrappy to see the other blues.

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Year of Baby Quilts

It was a busy year for babies.  And, of course, there had to be a blanket for each baby.

Starting in October Ken and Lichen Braaten had their second child, a boy named Evan Buster, born Oct. 29, 2012.  This is an I Spy quilt with each square being from a different fabric.

This adorable dog was made for Liam Lucero, born Nov 15, 2012.  He's the son of Kristi and Brady Lucero.  It's also an I Spy quilt with each strip being a different fabric.  Many of the same pieces are in both quilts.

Jeanna Rude brought Natalie, her daughter, into the world on March 1, 2013.  This quilt was done in the Jelly Role method, sewing all the 2 1/2" strips together, end to end, and then starting to sew the long edges together.  This is a fun way to make a quilt and no two quilts ever come out the same.

 For Chance and Beth Benedict's adorable little Lexie, born June 8, 2013, I made this framed blocks quilt.  There are some cute fabrics in it.

 Kara and Tanner Jossi chose a Dr Suess theme for their son, Wade, born Nov. 14, 2013.  I thought a One Fish, Two Fish quilt would be appropriate.  The only problem....I put the Blue Fish on the top instead of the bottom where it should have been.  Avoiding copy write laws, don't you know.  Oh well.  I put a hanging sleeve on the back just in case Kara wants to hang it on the wall instead.

These are just the babies I made quilts for.  There were many, many more born in this time frame that I didn't make quilts for.  I'm glad I didn't make one for each baby.  Now we get to watch them grow.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

I've got the Blues.....ScrapHappy Saturday

And so starts another year of using up scraps.  This months color is blue.  Oh my!  Lots of different shades of blue.  As I was sorting out the blues from my 3" squares box I ended up with four different piles of blues, besides the pile of turquoise blues and the grey blues.  Lights, darks..... those were easy to separate.  But when it came to the bold blues and medium blues it was a different story.  I have one piece of blues that just don't fit with any of the others.  

For this year's ongoing block, I chose a quilt called Daisy Chain.  Found it on Pinterest (wonderful place to find quilts!)  Each row is a different color so I think it will look great when it's done.  There are only 6 rows so maybe I'll get two different quilts done by the end of the year.

In cutting squares for the block I seemed to be having a senior moment.  Used the wrong size for the half-square triangle measurement and ended up having to use a different white material because I'd cut the first ones too small and didn't have enough to re-cut them. Oh well, now I have squares for a different quilt.

Link up with SoScrappy and check out what others are doing.  Looks like a lot of us are needing to get rid of  the ever present scraps.