Friday, October 2, 2015

Scrappy Patches Quilt Pattern - 2 Ways!

Here's a new pattern from Myra of Busy Hands Quilts!  You can find this Scrappy Patches Quilt pattern at Craftsy or Etsy. The good news is that you get 2 patterns with this one.  One for a scrappy version (see the next picture) and one like the bright colored one with all the blocks the same (later in this post). 

48 x 60

 So first up is the scrappy version.  I made mine from 2.5 inch strips that I have been keeping in my scrap bins.  I've been wanting to make a more masculine quilt for a while now so I pulled out some blue, green and warm brown colors.  Love that I can use up scraps for this quilt!  And since the strips were already cut, it went really fast.  You could also use a jelly roll and it would be just as scrappy.

I used leftover pieces on the back from the blocks to give it some interest.  Looks like a road!

Version 2 is made from just one block with 12 different fabrics.  Same block as the scrappy but with a totally different look.  Awesome! This pattern is quick and easy!

48 x 60

I used the leftovers on the back of this one too.  I just took out all the blue squares since I was using that for my main piece.  Had to do a little seam ripping to get there, but i just love it.  

Myra has this Scrappy Patches Pattern for an introductory price through October 15th!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Daffodil Happy Garden Quilt

56 x 68

I saw a quilt on pinterest that I liked, but I didn't want to make a 82 x 98 inch quilt!  Lap quilt size was what I wanted.  So I started drawing on my graph paper to get the size down.  I ended up turning the pattern on its side and cutting it down to about half.  Here is a link to the original free pattern. You have to scroll down a ways to get to it.

Instead of following the pattern, I counted squares, cut them, and laid them out on my design wall.  I cut the white centers at 6.5 inches.  I sewed vertical strip sections, working around the white centers until I had sewn sets of columns.

I used the rest of the daffodil fabric on the back because it was one of those unwanted fabrics on my shelf.  I think this pattern turned that unwanted fabric into a wanted quilt!  Love it!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Jelly Squares

52 x 62

This is my version of this Jelly Square Quilt.  I added another row and column and took off the borders to fit the fabric I had on hand.  The border came off mainly because every fabric in this quilt looked terrible as a border and distracted from the soft look I was going for.

You can strip piece this quilt, but I didn't.  I wasn't sure of my color choices so I didn't want to commit myself by strip sewing them.  The orange squares were in my scrap bin already cut.  I had just enough for this quilt!  The colored squares are 2.5 and 1.5.  The sashing and border is 2.5. Easy quilt to put together.

Can you believe this is my first time binding with a stripe?  At least I think it is.  It matches nicely with the soft backing fabric and I just love it!  I used the backing fabric to pull colors for the front.  Easy quilt to change the size just by adding another row or two.  Changing the background color would also make a huge difference on the look of this quilt.  I might have to make one with a dark background!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Quilted Purse

I have been wanting to make this purse since I saw the one Vicki made and the one Jasmine made.  I have never made a bag before or done a zipper.  Let me just say this was a huge challenge for me!  I know why I am a "quilter" and not a "sewer" - I like to sew in straight lines.  But this is a totally doable bag, especially if you can hand sew (which I can not).

I used fabric scraps from this quilt mainly because blue is my favorite color and the squares were in my scrap bin.  I didn't want to go too wild with my color choices.  The tutorial was a little hard at times to understand, but I think that was because I have no experience making things like this. It took me over 5 hours to put this bag together.

I wanted longer straps, so I measured my current purse.  My straps are cut at 34" which I think is still too short.  I should have added at least 10 more inches.  I quilted the side panels with vertical lines and the main panel with a terry twist in each square.

I didn't read the directions correctly so the lining got quilted with the outside, but you can't see it so no big deal.  I didn't add any pockets as this was challenging enough already!

The zipper turned out great after some seam ripping. Not because I didn't use a zipper foot, but because I had the top panel on backwards!  What is a zipper foot and why would I want to use it?  I completely machine sewed the binding on.  Yes, both sides!  I told you I can't hand sew.  No, the stitching line isn't straight, but you don't notice it unless you're looking for it.  (You can look for it in the picture below!)

I love my bag and I'm glad I made myself make it.  It's good to be stretched sometimes.  I can see I need to learn a few things about sewing.  Maybe someday I'll find someone who knows that wants to learn how to quilt and we can teach each other!  Until then I will stick to quilting.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Postcard from Oklahoma

48 x 60

This is my version of the Postcards from Sweden Quilt.  I say "my version" because I didn't buy the kit, but I used what I had on hand.  I was missing a few colors and thought it would be okay to replace them with something close.  Well, I think I was wrong.  This quilt really needs the gem stone shades that are used in the original quilt.  I like my quilt, but I don't love it like I thought I would.

I quilted it with wavy lines running up and down the quilt.  There are 5 per column.  I went vertical because the backing fabric runs horizontal.  I do love the back!  It has the same bright colors as the front.  

I auditioned many colors for the binding - gray, purple, green, pink, and orange.  I really didn't want to use orange, but the warm color was the only thing that seemed to go.  I would have used the darker orange, but it didn't go with the back. Picky, I know.   I'm ready to move on to the next project though.  This one took way too long!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sunny Day Quilt

56 x 70

This is a new pattern by Myra of Busy Hands Quilts called Rosewood Lane! The pattern include instructions for 6 different sizes from wall to king made from fat quarters.  It works up quickly because of the large blocks.

I picked 4 colors with 16 fabrics to make mine. They remind me a beautiful sunny day!

Myra has just recently started designing patterns.  You may recall the Picket Fence quilt I made recently. I love that her patterns come in so many sizes and are very versatile.  Her directions are always easy to understand and turn out great.  I hope you will stop by her blog and check out her patterns. You can also purchase them in her Craftsy and Etsy shops for an introductory price through August  25th!

Hope you are having a super great sunny day!

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Simple Disappearing 4 Patch

43 x 54

Here is a small 2 fabric quilt.  The pattern is called a disappearing 4 patch.  I changed it a bit to maximize my red floral fabric.  I cut my squares at 6.5  inches.  After sewing the 4 patches together, I cut 1.5 inches from the center on all sides.  Otherwise I followed the tutorial.  You need to be careful when cutting so you can get all your seams to line up. 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Floral Disappearing Nine Patch

51 x 58

A simple disappearing 9 patch to use up some fabric that I wanted to get out of the closet.  The green add a nice pop of color.  I quilted it with a simple meander and used the same colors on the back.  You can find lots of samples and directions to this kind of quilt all over the internet.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Row Markers

This was my birthday present from my eldest daughter!  She found it on pinterest somewhere, snuck off to the craft room and whipped them up.

It's made from a quilting pin, a letter bead, and a small silver bead.  They are hot glued to each other. We didn't have any number beads (but they do sell them at Hobby Lobby), so she used alphabet beads.  I have already been using them for a quilt that just happened to have the rows marked with letters!

If you make these yourself, make sure to use long pins.  These are a little too short to go through multiple layers.  But they are still pretty awesome.  No more sticky notes for me!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Geo Garden Fence Quilt

 50 x 60

Here is my Garden Fence Quilt made without sashing.  Since this quilt is going to a man, I asked all my boys if they like the sashing or not.  They voted unanimously against the sashing.  Good think my seams are a nice scant 1/4 inch!  They lined up nicely.  You can find a free tutorial here on how to make the blocks.   I made a lap size quilt that is 5 by 6 blocks.

 I used several geometric fabrics in blue, green and a medium gray. Here are some closeups so you can see them. I used 12 fabrics in all.

I used the leftover fat quarters on the back. It's like getting two quilts in one!

One more picture with my cute helpers.  I think Peter likes his picture taken!