Sunday, December 9, 2018

Quilting and Sewing Accomplishments for 2018

Its Way Past time to Update My Blog

I just checked and it has been a very long time since I posted an update.  I do apologize and will try to do better in 2019.

I should say that last school year I did a long-term sub job that took a lot out of me and I did not do much sewing between January and June, though I did do some.  This summer I did some things on the house and some piecing and quilting and I have a pile of tops that are quilted and waiting for binding and others in need of borders, but I am working on my goal to finish up my UFOs or at least get them into Topsville this year, and have carried that goal over for next year.

I have finished several smaller projects this year and am proud of myself for that.  I also moved several projects forward and started a few new ones in 2018, but those will be in a different post.

I plan to spend some time this winter working on binding quilts and getting more of my UFOs done or at least moved forward.

I completed fifteen (15) projects this year.  I am missing a few pictures that are not on my computer, but will find and update them in the next week or so, as well as any more projects that I complete before the end of the year.

The projects I completed are listed below.

 1.     Whale Baby Quilt, which was gift for a teacher at my husband's school. She had a baby boy.

 2.      Bjorn Bear, which was gift for my oldest and dearest friend and her first grandchild to share. It is a Grandma's snuggle quilt.

 3.      Beer Lap  Quilt, which was a birthday gift for my youngest son's thirtieth.  He helped me pick coordinating fabrics to do with the main fabric, not knowing it was for him.

 4.     Guitar Quilt, which was a graduation gift for my youngest son's college graduation. He got the top for his high school graduation and I told him I would finish it by the time he graduated from college. It has a been a joke for several years since he was gone for three years due to the military, plus took a semester off to work, and changed his major and emphasis during the course of his studies; as well as only taking a couple classes a semester for a few semesters.

 5.     Tandem Bicycle Wall Hanging for my husband for his birthday.

 6.     Moose Wall Hanging.

 7.     Christmas Tree Wall Hanging for my oldest son.

 8.     Clay's Star which is a gift, but the recipient does not know that yet, so I can't say who it is for.

 9.     Folded Flowers Christmas Table Runner, for me.

10.   Christmas Friendship Star, which I donated to the ski club auction.

11.    Winter Table Runner, which I donated to the ski club action. 

12.    Lover's Knot Table Runner, which I donated to the ski club auction.

13.    Three Minke Infinity Scarves for me.

14.    Five Heated Corn Bags for Tom and I.

15.    Two Pillow Cases

I am hoping to finish at least one more project before the end of the year. Though things are on hold for the moment as we are cleaning up from the 7.2 earthquake that hit Anchorage on Friday, November 30.  It really did shake us up and caused some minor damage to the house and a mess to clean up from things falling.We are continuing to have after shooks that give us a real jolt and that causes little messes as books fall over or off shleves where I am working to return things to rights.

I have my UFO list for next year ready to go, as well as projects listed based on if they need to finish being pieced, need borders, are a top, are at the quilter, or need binding.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mallory's Lover's Knot

A very special young lady was married in June 2016 and I decided to make a quilt for her.  I wanted to have the top done before her wedding, but due to several factors that were beyond my control, I was unable to do so.  Her mother and I were in cohorts with regard to colors, and fabric. I picked the pattern because I loved the name. It seemed appropriate for a wedding gift since they say you are tying the knot.

Mallory is the oldest of three daughters of my cousin Janie. Janie is the cousin I guess you could say I am closest to. We are both the only children of the only son's on our father's side. We are both Air Force brats, and have lived in several places over the year. She is two years younger than I am and we are a lot alike in many ways. The stories I could tell about us when we were younger, but I digress.

I wanted to go to her daughter's wedding but due to unforeseen events I was unable to attend. I decided that a quilt was in order.

My cousin helped me select the fabrics via text as did the ladies at both Quilt Zone and Seams Like Home.  Then my awesome quilter, Shirley  Jackson  (yes there are two links here) worked her magic on the quilt before sending it back home to me for binding.


 I also made several sample blocks to see how the colors and farbic patterns worked before deciding on the final fabric selections.

I spent a lot of time on this quilt messaging pictures back and forth with my cousin to select fabric so that the colors would work in Mallory's home.  This combination was the winning one.

I cut a ton of strips so I could get started on piecing.  This is only a small number of the strips.

After piecing all the blocks and remembering that some went one way and others the opposite, and I had to keep counting to make sure I had enough of each block, I finally started putting the rows together.

At one point I was very frustrated with putting the rows together for the top as I was enlarging it and the rows needed to pieced in a different order than what was pictured.  Thank you so much to Diana at Quilt Zone for redoing the layout diagram for me as it saved me my sanity.  She is awesome.

Once I had the rows together and laid out piecing the top was a piece of cake.
The next step was to get the borders done, and that again took some trial and error as I had to decide which fabrics to use where, and if I wanted to introduce a new fabric into the mix or not.


The borders were on and it as sent winging on its way to the quilter and was returned so that I could bind it and attach a label.

This quilt was then mailed to the mother of the bride waited until I received notice that the bride had received it before posting this blog post as I did not want to spoil the surprise.

Here is the beautiful bride with her better late, than never wedding gift.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Herringbone Quilt for my cousin Andi

A couple of years ago I saw my cousin Andi. I had not seen in her several years and we were passing through her home town area in Illinois, so it was  perfect time to see her. We met for dinner with her husband and daughter and in the course of the conversation we discussed my quilting. I asked her about quilts our grandmother had made and discovered she did not nave one, I am sad to say.

After finding out her favorite color was purple I put that piece of information in the back of my mind and down the road a ways I found a quilt pattern and fabric that just seemed to say Andi to me.

Fast forward today. I mailed out the quilt to her earlier this month and she messaged me when it arrived and said she loved it. Today she posted a picture of her with the quilt for me. I love seeing pictures of my my quilts with the recipients. I makes me feel good to see them with their new owners.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Ugly Fabric Challenge

Earlier this year a fellow quilter sent several of us a piece of "Ugly Fabric" and challenged us to make something. I thought this is fun and raided my stash looking for fabric that would go with it.  I am very happy to say that the only thing I had to buy when making this purse was the webbing for the handles.  I did buy a zipper but decided that I did not want to put one on this version.  I also decided that I was not interested in making it into a quilt. I wanted something simple that I could actually finish, not something that would add to my UFOs.

For a long time I have wanted to make a purse of my own design using things I liked from other purses to make it one I would like and so I went for it.  I measured a couple of purses I owned that were about the size I wanted, and I looked at the pockets in others to adjust them to be useful to me. I also measured and adjusted the handles to a size that worked for me, as often the handles on purses are much shorter or longer than what I really like.

The end result was this purse:

I made the purse roughly 10 inches wide and 10 inches tall, and about 5 inches wide.  I used one layer of Temtex on each of the sides and two layers in the bottom.

I made the one inside pocket long enough to fit my iPhone laying sideways.

I added a smaller pocket on the opposite side of the lining.

I also reinforced the upper edge by using Timtex on both the inner and outer side and used polyester webbing for the straps. I sealed the webbing with liquid seam stuff that I got at JoAnn's.

Then I top stitched the upper edge to the outside of the bag and quilted the top edges to really hold in the handle ends inside and reinforce them, spacing the quilting lines about 1/4" apart.

The end result is a cute purse in my opinion is very functional and stands up on its own.  I also like the contrast of the light pockets with the darker interior, as it makes it easy to locate things.  The only thing I have not yet done is to spray the purse with Scotch Guard as it has been rather cold out, and I am waiting for it warm up before doing so, after all I do live in Alaska.
Ruler, 12"size, to give you a better view of the dimensions.

I plan to make another version of this purse. I have ideas for a few modifications to my basic pattern  and am thinking I will try adding a zipper to it and maybe even add an outer zippered pocket for my cell phone, or my keys.  I like that I have come up with a design that pulls concepts from purses that I like so that I can make it functional for me.

Monday, March 20, 2017

My 20 Minutes Plus of Sewing

Today I pressed and  sub-cut strip sets I had sewn into sections and realized I needed more so I started sewing strips together to make more so I can sub-cut them tomorrow.  I cannot post a picture of the fabric or colors here as it is a surprise for someone, but here is the pattern.  I love this pattern and think it will be perfect for the recipient.

I also finished piecing two Seminole borders for my Tiffany quilt.

Now I just have to decide how I want to do the borders.


This is the one I am going with after much deliberation.  I have two sides of the Seminole patchwork pieced and most of the other two sides pieced.  I am using the borders as a leader and ender while working on another project that I need to finish and send to the quilter as it has a deadline and this one does not.

I will up date the progress once I get the borders added.