The quilt in the header is made from a Cheri Payne pattern called "Tis' Spring".

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Some of This and Some of That

Some pieces and parts to share with you.  My fingers are working pretty good now as far as ability to do hand work.  The first small quilt was made before surgery, though.  Another Sarah Sporer design.  This one is called "Hare" and is for April.  A fast project since it is raw edge applique done with a running stitch.
Next up are some blocks for a spring quilt by Joined at the Hip.  There is one more applique block to make and then some pieced blocks.  This is one design from a set of twelve.  It is a pattern where you make a base quilt and the monthly designs are to be attached with buttons and loops.  I prefer a quilt that can be used to cover up with instead of a large wall quilt.  I don't think it would work well to cover up with if it has loose parts.  So I plan on piecing all the parts together.  I doubt I will ever make twelve separate quilts from the pattern set.
And the third thing I have to share is a heart block from Jan Patek's "Hearts and Flowers" pattern.  This is made with her Front Porch line of fabric.  There are basket blocks and flowers blocks and lots more hearts.
If you have the pattern for the heart quilt beware.  There is a cutting error for both sizes of connector squares that form the heart shapes.  They are too large.  I did not make a sample block nor take time to think the block through so I have 300 squares to trim down.  And fortunately, the squares are too large instead of too small where I would need to track down more of the background fabric.

I have lots more in the works and will share with you soon.  All from projects that have been prepped and ready to go for a while.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Applique Slow Style

Two and a half weeks ago, my hand looked like this.
Swollen and bandaged after hand surgery for carpal tunnel.  Actually, I had two procedures done on the hand.  The second was to keep two fingers from locking.  The bandage came off after three days.  I spent ten days with my arm elevated as much as I could and doing a hand exercise to try to make a fist.  I read two books, watched a lot of television, surfed the web, and did jigsaw puzzles to try and entertain myself.  I got bored after several days of doing that.  Now my fingers are doing well but I still have a bit of swelling in one and it does not want to straighten all the way.  My hand is still sore but getting better each day.

I am able to do some applique but it was pretty slow for three or four days.  Now I have picked up some speed but can not do it for long periods of time.  Here are the two blocks I have completed.
They are part of a quilt that I am making called "Sweet Grace" which is designed by Jan Patek.

I am able to use a rotary cutter a little bit but no marathon cutting for sure!  I have lots of projects that are prepped and waiting for stitching.  Yesterday was the first day I used the sewing machine.  And I limited my time doing that.  The doctor said it would be about three months before my full grip returns.  I find myself opening the fridge and the car door with my opposite hand.  It is hard for me to slice a banana.  Odd what bothers my hand and what doesn't.

Come back for a visit soon.  I will have more to share with you before long.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Paddling As Fast As I Can

First up, I just finished my third basket block for the "Piece and Plenty" block of the month.  This block  was designed by Jan Patek.  Beware if you have downloaded the pattern set.  Watch the direction of the pattern pieces on this block.  Some are reverse from the block design and some aren't.  I doubt Jan had anything to do with the direction of the pattern pieces as this was a joint effort between several designers and Moda U.  I had to re-cut some of the pieces.  And I left off the triangles on the main part of the basket.  With such busy fabrics, I thought it looked better this way.  I am working from a kit and the fabrics used are from Moda Madeira.

Next, I finished four more blocks for "Sweet Grace" which is a Jan Patek design.  The pineapple blocks took some time to make.  I pieced the triangle sections that are the centers of the pineapples.  Then the outer part of the pineapple was placed over that and stitched.  And several more parts to be added.  I changed one of the corner designs as the shape did not seem to make much sense for the pineapple block.  I finally figured out it was a smaller flower shape from another block but hardly recognizable in the small size.  I changed it to a star.

I did one block from a set of patterns by Laural Arestad called "Celebrate the Holidays".  I chose to set the block on point and make a small quilt from it.  It is the Easter block and will be used for a gift.  Another bunny though nothing like the others I have done lately.  I used a combination of cotton and wool for the applique.  The green border fabric (also on the back) has been in my stash for ages.  Finally a use for it.

And finally, the third and fourth blocks from Kathy Schmitz's "Simply Red" pattern booklet.  If you remember from last month, I am doing mine in blue.  I should make some of the pieced star blocks that go with these but no time right now.  These are fused designs and the edges stitched by machine.  And some hand embroidery added.

That's all for now.  Happy Stitching!

Friday, March 21, 2014

24 Carrots

Continuing on with bunny quilts for spring, I have finished another one.  This wall quilt is made from a Cheri pattern called "24 Carrots".  It can be found on Cheri's website "Wednesday's Quilts".
When I began to work on cutting out carrot pieces, I had thought I could use the Tri-Recs tool.  I am not good at piecing those long pointy pieces.  I discovered that the Tri-Recs tool is not the same angle as required for the carrots.  I decided to paper piece them and that is not a favorite method for me.  I used the freezer paper method of paper piecing.  For a visual, I refer to this post on Quilting With Ragdolls.  Maybe there is a You Tube video that covers the method but I have not investigated that.  You do not sew through the paper using this method.  My one tip would be to have a teflon coated foot for your machine.  Your foot will at times be running over the waxy side of the freezer paper.  The coated foot will glide over it.  If you are using your freezer paper pieces over and over, the heaviest of the wax is gone and the foot not necessary.  And Cheri style for the carrots, one is upside down and two on their side.

I used wool for the applique bunnies and carrots at the top.  A quick and easy way to do it.

My previous post showed my "Patchwork Garden" quilt.  Mary from Quilt Hollow did the machine quilting.  In some of the comments, I was asked to share close-ups of the quilting designs.  The photos are courtesy of Mary.

Back to my sewing room.  Wish you could join me.  We would have so much fun.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Patchwork Garden

Quite some time ago, I completed the applique on "Patchwork Garden" but it hung in the closet without being quilted.  Finally, out it came and shipped off to Mary of Quilt Hollow for machine quilting.  She did such a good job on custom quilting it for me.  I love my quilt!
The pattern I used is by Jan Patek.  I had some of the fabrics Jan used in her sample quilt and those I didn't have, I selected fabrics from stash that had a similar look.  I am pleased with the result.  For the backing, I chose to do some pieced blocks to add in.  This is what the back of the quilt looks like.

A finished quilt I am very happy with.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Garden Bunny

A new bunny quilt finished.  This one is called "Garden Bunny".  The pattern is from Need'L Love.
I used a combination of cotton and wool for the applique.  The pattern can be used for applique or you can use it to hook a rug.  I debated on whether to make the pillow with this applique design.  The pillow has a unique fence flap on each end.  No background.  Just the fence and it is made stiff using boning.  Below is a picture of the leaflet so you can see the pillow sample.
The leaflet is on sale for $3.00 on Need'l Love's website.  It was $10.00 originally.  Here is the link so you can check it out if interested.

I have another bunny quilt close to being done.  The population of bunnies just keeps increasing at my house.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

B Is For Bunny

Debbie from Woolen Sails has a new pattern called "B Is For Bunny".  It is one that can be for rug hooking, needle punch or wool applique.  I chose to do it in wool and a spring look.  A sweet bunny.  It is a design that could be used for a child if you chose to use it that way.  Pay Debbie's blog a visit and you can see her version done in needle punch.

Hope you had time to sew on National Quilting Day.