Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Kaleidoscope Quilt

kaleidoscope Quilt

This is the finish kaleidoscope quilt, with this pattern from bee beautiful, for my Bee Addicted 2 online quilting bee.

The quilting was done by a friend of mine: TL Kennedy Longarm Quilting. Tracy did a wonderful job maneuvering around those tough points where all the piecing met.

Close up of quilting, kaleidoscope quilt

We agreed to leave the kaleidoscope parts not quilted. Just quilting the white background really made that part pop out nicely.

This little beauty went to my co-worker, Penny, who was pregnant with her daughter the same time I was with Little E. We even were in the same birthing class together. Her daughter is such a cutie patootie :) I couldn't resist making this quilt for her.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Vintage Magazines and Pattern Books

I picked these up at the AAUW annual used book sale. The two on the right are from the late seventies. They are in excellent shape for their age. The heart pattern one is cool. They take and dress up the heart block with using log cabin strips and also one pattern looks like the heart is laced with a ribbon. Not usually my cup of tea, but I thought it had possibilities.

The crochet snowflake pattern book also has this cool pattern to make a crocheted ball ornament. I hadn't seen anything like that before. My family may be getting these for Christmas this year :)

Nittany Block Party April Block

For Ms. Tracy :) HSTs are my nemesis I tell you! Curses, darn those meddling kids...

Our May block also uses HSTs. I sewed together 28 3" blocks this morning. After work it will be making the second seam on them and then cut, press and put the blocks together.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Me & the Watch Me Grow Chart

Me & the Watch Me Grow Chart
I used the Watch Me Grow pattern on Moda Bake Shop by Vanessa Wilson, a.k.a- Crafty Gemini.

watch me grow chart close-up
As you can see from the close-up I have already marked out my Little E's birth, 4 month and 6 month heights (21", 27", and 29"). The ruler numbers and slashes were not in the pattern. I used my measuring tape to make the tick marks. Then slid the tape measure under the cream fabric and traced the numbers. I used the archival ink pens to fill in and outline the numbers.

The height of this finished at about 79" x 11".

Finished New Wave Quilt Top

Using the New Wave quilt pattern by Oh Frasson. Now all I need to do is make a quilt sandwich since I have the back completed too.

I think I will just outline the waves for this one. Maybe a quilting line down the center of the wave too. Nothing overly complex as I do not wish to take away from the design and the fabric on this one.

**Edited: The finished top is 48.5" X 56". I had to trim a half inch off the bottom of the wedges when I messed up aligning the border fabric. It all worked out in the end :) The mess up was totally my fault for not reading the instructions properly :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

First three vertical rows complete

I have finished five vertical rows for the new wave quilt. From the picture you can see that four of those have been sewn together for the top. The fifth is for the two I am placing on the back. Only four more to go :)

You can also see my stacks of wedges with the sashing sewn on them for the remaining columns on my cutting table.

This is really piecing together quickly!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Oh Frasson's New Wave Quilt

Using this pattern I purchased from Oh Frasson's blogsite. The pattern and the expanded instructions are wonderful (full of good photos for illustrating the steps). I also purchased the plastic template she recommended as well. It made cutting the wedges super easy.

I was able to quickly cut out the shapes by stacking my fat quarters in sets of three. I am making the lap size, but cut enough wedges to make two vertical columns of the wedges on the back of the quilt too. Six wedges per fat quarter.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Nittany Block Party November 2010 Quilt Top

For my month in the Nittany Block Party bee, I had my fellow bee babes make a zig-zag block. Here is the top on my design wall. It looks odd because I had to rotate the picture so it would bee the correct orientation :)

I want to thank each and everyone of the babes for their help. I think it is going to be beautiful.

Zig Zag Path block from Maggie Malone's 5500 Quilt Block Designs. Maggie credits Susan Dague with this block circa 1999.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Making improv trees

Making improv trees
Tammy has us making improv trees for her month (December) in the Nittany Block Party bee. My cutting table is always a mess when I make improv blocks. This is actually pretty clean for me during this process.

I try to layout the block on the table and add to it as I build. The brown strips will be the trunks of the trees, but not as thick. I will be adding the grey background to either side of the strips. Then addition grey at the top of the trees.

I finished another block for Tammy over the weekend. I will have to post it when I finish this one too.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Christmas Prezzies From My Honey

I checked out the book, Grandma's Best Full Size Quilt Blocks from my library recently. It has a lot of nice traditional blocks as well as the history of the patterns and the authentic fabrics for the time period. It has an excellent spiral binding too to make it easier to leave open while you work from it. Justin found this one for me on Amazon.

My other gift was a gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. I purchased the flying geese template, fabric and pattern from there. AND I still have more money to spend on my gift card :)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Nittany Block Party January

It is my month to send out fabric, so I chose ModifyTradition's Magic Cross tutorial for my block.
I used my Bliss Fat Quarters, yeah!

Monster Christmas Ornament

I had some fur fabric in my stash that I was experimenting with. I have seen some cute softie monsters recently and wanted to try one of my own ;)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Magic Cross Diagram

Nittany Block Party 2011 – January

We will be using the Modify Tradition Magic Cross tutorial this month for my block. I am sending Bliss fabric to the group.