Sunday, September 14, 2014

I need a nap! Four finishes this week!

I can't believe everything that got done this weekend.  I had 4 quilts on the ready to be quilted list - they got done!  Two more pillowcases that are just super cute and another top waiting to be quilted.  Take a look:
Big Star 
Big Star Back - love flannel on the back, such great definition
Disappearing Hour Glass (DHG) - All Flannel
quilted with stars
Extra Block on the back, I think I like the back better than the front :)
Jelly Roll Jam Baby Quilt
Super Cute panto, flowers leaves and swirls, all those busy fabrics and you can't see it, but it is really cute
Jelly Roll Jam Back - still can't see it, cozy flannel on the back
Ok here's the specs on the quilts complete - all these are for 100 quilts for kids.  Big Star free pattern here .  Pantograph is Double Bubble by Patricia Ritter.  I thought that worked well with the polka dots.  I actually made two of these.  One is going to Project Linus the other to a not for profit day care center in Churubusco, IN. Glide thread on top, and magna glide bobbin thread.  There was a scrap of polyester batting that I used for this, might be Hobbs Poly down, looks like a bit of loft on this one.

DHG Pattern free here  I used a bunch of flannel scraps from different backings on this, front and back. The quilt is all flannel, definitely has the snuggle factor that's for sure.  Pantograph is Simply Stars by Stonehouse quilting.   Glide thread on top, and magna glide bobbin thread.  Hobbs 80/20 batting.

Jelly Roll Jam free pattern here Glide thread on top, and magna glide bobbin thread.  Hobbs 80/20 batting, nice flannel on the back. Pantograph is Flower Swirls by Debra Geissler.

How's that for a week of finishes!!

I did have some help this weekend, we had strings and blocks and things flying.  I pulled out the basket o'fun.  That is just so full of strings.  And we got this top.  The little guy was picking the strings, one ironing, one cutting and one sewing and before you know it, you have a 11 in blocks done, and then the quilt top is together.  Rather than doing just plain string blocks, we did string log cabins.  Started with a 2.5 in square then just kept going around and around until the block was the right size.  The log cabins we stopped at 9.5 in blocks (unfinished) then added 1.5 in white around them (unfinished size) and then a 1 in sashing.  20 blocks and you have a nice size quilt.  I love how bright and cheery this is, just like my helpers :)  This one is going to Project Linus as well.
What fun to have so many helpers!!
Log Cabin Strings
Two pillow cases which are so super sweet.  These are for Conker Cancer
Here's the totals for this week - 100 quilts for kids is running until 9/30, so I have time to see if  I can get a couple more.

  • Pillowcases ready to go 15 (+2 from last week) - for Conker Cancer 
  • Quilts ready to go (6) (+3 from last week) - for Project Linus
  • Pillowcases cut and ready to sew (6)
  • Quilts ready to be quilted (1)
  • Quilts cut and ready to sew (2)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

100 Quilts for kids progress

Here's the totals this week - the first two lines are really the only ones that matter - 3 more weekends to go! Thanks Arlene for the help!
  • Pillowcases ready to go 13 (+3) - for Conker Cancer 
  • Quilts ready to go (3) (+2) - for Project Linus
  • Pillowcases cut and ready to sew (8)
  • Quilts ready to be quilted (3)
  • Quilts cut and ready to sew (2)
3 more pillow cases for Conker Cancer
Big Star Baby Quilt
Charm Pack Cherry with Slate background fabric
Charm Pack Cherry - Glide thread on top, magna glide in the bobbin, hobbs 80/20 batting, celtic maze pantograph, flannel on the back
Charm Pack Cherry no background fabric

Glide thread on top, magna glide in the bobbin, hobbs 80/20 batting, Dazzle pantograph flannel backing 

I had a helper this weekend, what fun!!
These quilts are a nice size, 52x 62 so hopefully big enough and appealing to the bigger kids in need.  The pattern for the quilts is Charm Pack Cherry - Fatquarter shop free pattern Don't they both look so different.  I used a background fabric in one, the other just random colors everywhere.  I think I like it better without the background fabric.   The star quilt went together so quickly Big Star Baby Quilt Pattern.  3 more weeks to go  - if I can get this all done, there will be 8 quilts and 21 pillowcases - nice!!

Don't forget to check out the linky parties on the sidebar, that's how I found out about these awesome quilts! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Finally off the frame Friday!

This one took a while, it was on the frame for a whole week, and I didn't work this week! I love to see scrappy 30s repo quilts, they always appeal to me.  I always wonder why almost no 30 repo's fabric.  I think it's because I don't  really care for each fabric individually.  There are very few that I would purchase a single cut of fabric.   But a fat quarter bundle - I think I have one and have never used it and not purchased anymore.  But every time I see a 30's quilt, I want one!  And this was no exception.  I really didn't get the colors right in the pictures, they are quite bright colors but not quite pastels either.  But don't they look beautiful all together?   I love Sandra's quilt.  This one has quilters dream cotton batting, premo soft 50 wt thread on top with magna glide 60 wt thread in the bobbin.    I used 12 bobbins of thread on this one, much smaller than the last, I think this one measures up at 65x 74ish.  But it's Friday and I'm calling it a finish!!  Oh the quilting - I made a template of the flower in the corners and used that in the blank squares, in the ditch around all the block and applique and echo on the applique.  Simple swirl back ground fill to make the applique really pop out.  I think it helps to bring out the pieced blocks too.  Simple continuous curve in the pieced blocks.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Scrappy Goodness all quilted

ahhhhhh, it felt so good to take this one off the frame.  I'll post the link for the pattern again when I finish the binding.  This one has over 100 different fabrics, all green, blue, reds and browns.  Hobbs Polydown batting, Premo Soft thread on top, magna glide bobbins were used.  This was my first time using the Magna Glide bobbins and I have to say I LOVE THEM!!  I used over 24 bobbins of thread on this 90 x 108 quilt.  It took me 3 weeks to get this one quilted.  Ok I'm ready for some easy quick pantographs now!

UPDATE:  Feathered finish Friday.  The binding is done.  The quilt is washed dried and ready to ship!!  I love how the thread just sinks in after it's washed.  This was a bit big for my dyer so we have a couple of crinkles in there, but I'll let it hang over the stair well over night and all should be good!!  Ahhhhh, now finished really feels good :)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

DWM - 8/3 - August already??

Where has the time gone?  School  is starting here in just over 2 weeks, goodness.   This week I have a finish, a baby tumbler quilt.  I love this fabric bundle, I have colors for a girl as well. These were on sale at the fat quarter shop, techno color by Emily Herrick, one of their flash sales and I grab two bundles.  I'm make 4 tumbler quilt, two for the shop and two for 100 quilts for kids (see the button on the side bar) and enough for another HST quilt too.  I'm gonna miss this fabric when it's gone.  This has a poly batting, extra one that I found in the closet, kinda feels like it might be a left piece of dream puff, or maybe poly down.  Permo Soft thread on top bottom line in the bobbin.  Panto is celtic maze.  Fast and easy.  

Techno Color Tumber - Boy

Techo Color Tumber - pantograph is Celtic Maze
Techno Color Tumber - Back 
And a couple more of my disappearing hour glass. these are definitely not fast, but great for using up that flannel that I have.  It's gonna be a pretty cozy quilt when it's done.
Disappearing Hour Glass 
I started quilting Lorisquarepants.  I must have quilted close to 8 hours and I"m just barely over 20% done.  There's no way I can finish by this weekend.  Summer has just been too much fun.    I feel like I'm getting further and further behind, maybe I need a snow day :)  Maybe I'll try harder to catch up.  I thought I would show a little about how I do marking. Even though I have a long and a ruler, I still like to mark.  First I make the registration marks.  I almost always use the disappearing purple marking pen.  If I have to mark before or need it stay on longer I'll use the blue marker that disappears with water.  Always test your fabric first.  In this case I have marks 1.5 inches from the top of the point and in the centers of the square diamond sides.
registration marks
Then I'll line up the ruler on the registration marks and mark the first line

First Line
 Then I'll mark the second line using the 1/4 in mark on the ruler.
lining up the 1/4 in mark for the second line
The second line
Keep going all the way around.

All lines completed
Quilting completed.
The quilting isn't perfect, but when you see it as a whole quilt, you won't notice that at all.  It's not going to win any ribbons, but I think the recipient will be pleased.  Well if I ever get it done ;)
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