Monday, November 9, 2009
The blocks had been machine sewn. I saw no remnants of actually quilting but some of the blocks are worn spots or torn fabric. I ripped what was left of the sashing. I think the blocks were originally supposed to be 9 inches finished. I say "supposed to be" because the seams were not straight and most of the blocks were less than 9 1/2" unfinished. I trimmed the blocks so they would all be 9 inches square before I put sashing back on them. Some were barely 9 inches! Talk about a challenge, this was!
I cut the sashing from white muslin at a size of 3 1/2 inches wide. I also added 3 1/2 inch wide sashing to the outside as a border. I'm pleased with the results. Hopefull later today I can get a shot of the whole top. Here are a couple of close ups.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
It was machine pieced and hand quilted. Each white square has a design in it, the pieced squares have the quilting in the white parts. The finished quilt is about 80 x 80 inches. The blue print is brighter than it shows in these pictures. The backing is white muslin.
Here is a close up of the quilting design (sorry about the shadow)
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Here is the complete quilt with a matching pillow. The back of the pilllow has the same large floral as the border of the quilt. The quilt is about 48x36 - a nice size for a throw.
This one I posted about a few days ago -- I purchased the top in pieces and have sewn it together. The finished size is 39 x 48 inches. I did free motion quilting using my Viking Mega Quilter machine.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Bear Paw Quilt - 1993
Close up of Bear Paw Quilt Wall Hanging
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
These are just 1 yard cuts of fabric put together with batting and then free-motion quilted. I try to quilt around the motif on one side of the quilt, such as around the Cars on the car quilt.
Baby quilt - letters on the blue side and circles on the yellow side.
Monday, September 21, 2009
The pattern is called Wedding Ring or Crown of Thorns. I'm about half way through the quilting. Here a block on the quilting frame. It is set on point with alternating white squares. The squares are about 10 inches or so.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
This first one is a quilt our Grandmother made in the late 50's or early 60's.
One of my nieces is expecting a baby in October. She is doing the baby's room in yellow and brown. I made this quilt for the baby (it's a boy) using the Snapshot pattern from the book "Happy Hour". Thanks to the Jeanne at Quilts 'N Fixins for helping me pick out yellows and browns.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I recently made this basic blouse. I will be making it again in other fabrics and with a longer shirt tail. This one is short because I messed up when cutting the fabric out. This is a shirting fabric I got from Hancock's for not much money so even if I just give it away it was money well spent to try out the pattern and getting the fitting correct. Patter is McCall's 5052.
I also have been working on a fleece jacket that hopefully will be done soon. I had to do a lot of resewing to get the shoulders to fit the way I wanted them to. I got up enough bravery to cut the garment back, front and sleeves based to bring the sleeve-shoulder seam up to a higher point on my shoulder. The pattern was loose fitting with dropped shoulders. On me, it just looked like it was way too big and bulky. It's looking better but not complete.
I also ordered some Melton Wool last week. Now I'm afraid to cut into it since it was $16.00 per yard, which actually is an excellent price but more than I'm used to spending on fabric. It is heavier than I expected so I'm waffling on which pattern to use. My original idea was the short version of Vogue 8089 but now I'm thinking Butterick 3573 . Decisions, decisions!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The pattern is McCall's 9576. Hancock's Fabrics happened to have fleece on sale this week also. I used Fireside Anti-Pill Red and Black.
I didn't use interfacing like the pattern called for because it is not noticeable with fleece. The one I made last year was a large size. This one is a medium. I'm happier with the fit of the medium on me. I had been thinking of making me another one with a different color choice. Now I know I really do want another one, this time in medium. The jacket is reversible and has side pockets on both sides.
The jacket goes together quickly and only has 3 pattern pieces. I think the instructions would be confusing for someone new to sewing.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
This afternoon Joe passed away. His body could take no more. His wife was with him when he left this world.
Joe was a published author of 2 books. He was charming and fun to talk to. He made friends everywhere he went. He loved animals. Most of all he loved his dear wife.
Goodbye Joe. You fought a good fight, now is time for rest. Goodbye Mr. Author.
Babe, you know my heart is breaking for you.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The back has little sailboats on it.
This is the pastel one. The border is just white with small pink dots.
The back is a soft flannel with duckies.
Now that I've gotten it out of my system about making a string quilt, I'm going to pass the remaining scraps along to someone else in the group to see what they can do. I will probably do one again in the future but I will think twice before doing such small blocks. Visit Quiltville to learn all the ends and outs of using scraps to make quilts. Bonnie has some wonderful examples on her website and blog.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
This is what we call a butterfly shirt. You can see in this picture that the shirt opens up completely to lay the baby on it. There are small pieces of velcro on the sides and in the front to close it. The pattern is on the NIN website under "hospital shirt" http://newbornsinneed.org/html/sewing_patterns.html . These are used for babies in NICU that may have tubes or wires hooked up to them. The way it opens makes it easier for the nurses to dress the babies and to examine them when needed.
Here are a few different size/style diaper shirts. All of these are made with light weight cotton and lined with cotton. You can also use light weight cotton blends.
Here are a couple of sleepers and a lap front t-shirt. The sleeper pattern is in the NIN Pattern Set #1 that can be ordered from their website. http://newbornsinneed.org/html/pattern_sets.html