Friday, April 20, 2018

Key to My Heart

55" x 72" 

Myra from Busy Hands Quilts has completely updated her Key to My Heart pattern. I made the large lap size in Lilly and Loom Daisy Delights fabric.  Myra's pattern writing skill has greatly developed since she started over 3 years ago. If you haven't bought this pattern yet, I think you will like the simplicity of the directions.

You can use yardage or a layer cake to make this beautiful quilt. I think there may even be a price discount later today so be sure to check out her pattern shop.  You can see a different version on Myra's blog today using batiks and a dark background. It's stunning!

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ships and Sailors - A New Pattern

Introducing my new pattern called Ships and Sailors! It comes in 6 sizes from Baby to King. The pattern includes directions for a 3 fabric quilt from yardage or a multi-fabric quilt from fat quarters. 

This blue quilt is a large lap generously sized at 70.5" square. It is made from 3 different blue fabrics, a light, a medium, and a dark.  It shows off the pattern nicely with the dark fabric as the anchor. (Pun intended!)

This green and black version is a small lap quilt sized at 56.5" by 70.5". This one is made from fat quarters. I love that you can still see the blocks, and it almost sparkles like gems.

You might be wondering where I came up with a name like Ships and Sailors. The name comes from a game my kids like to play. They learned it at camp several years ago. It is very similar to Simon Says, but it involves a captain and his shipmates. As I was designing this pattern, I thought of this game. Mostly because I was working with blue (it's my favorite color) and the blocks remind me of boating.

You can find Ships and Sailors as a PDF  in my pattern shop at Craftsy and Etsy.

Linking with My Quilt Infatuation, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Crazy Mom Quilts, and Busy Hands Quilts.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Postcard Quilt Along - Finished!

The Postcard Quilt Along is coming to a close and now we can see everyone's completed quilts. I am excited to see all the variations on this pattern.  I made a King size quilt with two pillow shams. 

102" x 114"

I love the color in this quilt. Such a beauty! It's quilted with wavy lines and backed with gray.

The pillow shams have no binding this time. Last time I used yellow binding. Can't decide which I like better.  The pillow backs are gray also.

Thanks to Sandra for all the work you put into this quilt along. Hop on over to Sandra's blog to see all the beautiful quilts and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 13, 2018

Custom Memory Quilt

88" x 88" 

Would you believe me if I told you this entire quilt top was made from men's dress shirts? Well it was! I used 6 white long sleeve shirts for the background and 17 colored dress shirts. The shirts were in very good condition, but because they were so tightly woven, my sewing machine didn't like them.  We plowed through it though and she is happily back to sewing her favorite cotton once again.

I made 4 pillows in different patterns, each of them are 16" square. The first two come from the quilt pattern and the last two are just HST patterns.

I used 4 of the shirt backs to make the pillow backs. I picked a variety of colors in the medium tones so nothing would stand out too much.

This was a big project (mostly because I couldn't use strip piecing), but it turned out so well. It looks just like it was made from quilting fabric and it will be a lasting memory of her husband.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Minecraft Quilt

Well, I had to post this just to show you that I've been working!  I only took one picture before I sent it off.   Minecraft quilts are fun to make if I only make them once in a while.  Since I haven't made one in a while I enjoyed this one.

I just went looking for pictures of my kids helping in the sewing room and apparently I have not been taking any. I've been really slacking in the picture department all around. I don't even have any of the kids this year except for Easter. This needs to change! My kids help layout the tiny squares to make the faces and my teenager checks them and puts them in numbered rows.  Sometimes I can even get them to help with ironing!  I promise to get pictures next time!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Red White and Blue Jelly Roll Waves

50 x 70

 I had a custom request for a red white and blue jelly roll wave quilt. This is Myra's pattern that you can find here.  But this was a special request because he wanted three things on the back of his quilt...a pixilated cross, a flag, and the come and get it symbol.

I had to do a little research on the Come and Get It symbol to see what it was. 

The Battle of Gonzales was the first military engagement of the Texas Revolution. It was fought near Gonzales, Texas, on October 2, 1835, between Texian settlers and a detachment of Mexican army soldiers.  You can read more about the story here, but it comes from the flag sewn from a woman's wedding dress that showed a lone star, an image of the cannon, and the words "Come and Take It."

Here's the back all finished with the three symbols that represent God, Country, and Guns.  The backgound on the front and the back as well as the binding is Kona Bone. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Postcard Quilt Along - Top

I've got my king sized quilt laid out on the design wall. It's a big one at 102" x 114". After we got it on the wall, I made some adjustments to the blocks. We had some duplicate triangles very close together so I rearranged the blocks to spread them out just a bit. 

I did manage to get my top all sewn together, but I forgot to get a picture, so just pretend you see it here! I've read that there are over 20 people participating in this quilt along so hope on over to Sandra's Blog to see the variations on this quilt.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Black and Yellow Brick Quilt

61 x 72

This quilt has been sitting on my hallway rails since December patiently waiting for me to quilt it. Not because I didn't want to, but because I have been that busy.  But I finally got ahead of my schedule enough to get this quilted and bound.

The yellow pieces in this quilt came from my indecisiveness when I made my Splash of Color quilt. I think I tried 7 or 8 different yellows before deciding on just one for that quilt. Some of the black and white prints are scraps from that quilt too.

I used all the scraps I had on hand and didn't even have any left for the back. So unlike my usual back this one is just one fabric. It was a little boring so I only showed the corner!

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Basket Quilt

81" x 81"

This is a very large lap quilt! Not sure why she wanted it to be so big since it won't fit a bed. You ask, I make!  I haven't made too many traditional patterns in my short quilting history, but I do like this one. It's a fairly straight forward pattern. There are several variations I found online, but she chose this simple layout that shows off the pink flowers and brown baskets.

I ordered some extra wide backing fabric from Marshal's Dry Goods. First time buying from them. I actually bought 2 fabrics - this pink one and a gray one with a different flower print. I think they are pretty nice especially for the price I paid.

This picture in the sun was closer to the real color of the fabric.

Mint green fabric is more challenging to find. This one has tiny polka dots. Mint green is on the list with browns now. I always buy brown when I find a good one at Joann's because it seems it's not a popular color these days.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday, March 9, 2018

A Zig Zag Quilt

74 x 74

This radiant quilt was requested by a customer. She loves to use hand dyed fabrics in all her quilts. She picked this pattern and asked me to make it leak through the sides.  I used EQ8 to figure out color placement.  I also made it a little longer than the pattern. 

I lined up the sides using a ruler across the tips of one of the rows. Of course I thought of this after I put the first side on by eye balling it.

She requested turquoise thread for this quilt, but usually she like hot pink. I just want to remember what it looks like on top of the non blue color of this quilt. It doesn't stand out in this picture below which always surprises me.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts and Linky Tuesday.
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