Saturday, January 31, 2015

I'm Back

It has been a while since I did any blogging.  Things have been busy with Christmas and I had to visit my brother in Tallahassee.  He has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's so Lynda and I decided that we should go down there and see how he is coping.  Also I have not posted anything that I made for Christmas gifts.

I will start with Christmas gifts.

Joyce's sewing kit,

Maria's sewing kit.

Pierina's sewing kit.

Christine's sewing kit.

Terry's Remote control holder.  A Habs fan.

Lynda's remote control holder.  A rooster fan.

Carole's remote control holder.  She loves flowers.

Colleen's remote control holder.  A cat fan.

New Placemats for Meals on Wheels.

When I travel I carry a first aid kit but it was always in a pencil case so I made a new pouch to carry all my supplies.

A new make-up pouch for me.

When I visited Lynda in December she had purchased new fabric in Europe on her last trip and wanted me to make her a dark purse that she could use in the winter months.  I put lots of pockets in it and also a false gusset on the top.

Everyone in my family has a quilt made by me except my brother Bill.  When we went to visit him I decided that I would take him a quilt.  It isn't fancy since I had very little time to make it.  He said he liked it and had put it on his bed.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

Busy with Scraps

Two more scrap quilts are finished.

This is called "Step in Time".  

I made it with 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch strips.
The pattern is found here although the author used charm squares and I used scraps.  When ever I see a quilt made with charm packs I think scraps. 

I called this one "Spinners"

I used 5 inch squares to make half square triangles and squared them up to 4 1/2 inches and then I sewed 4 of them together to make a larger square, then used the hinge method to sew them together.

With this method you quilt the squares first and then hinge them together with sashing strips on the top and bottom of the quilt.


Friday, December 19, 2014

A New Christmas Tree Skirt

Every year after my Christmas tree is up I run around looking for a piece of fabric to go under the tree instead of a tree skirt.  So this year I made myself a new tree skirt.

There was a small amount of snow on the deck making a great backdrop.
I have been looking for a pattern for a long time and finally found one HERE
Jessica has a lot of beautiful tutorials on her site.

Here it is under my tree.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Christmas Cheer Kick-off

To-day was the Christmas Cheer Kick-off and we delivered 140 stuffed animals or dolls with their own quilt.  These will be given to needy children in our community from Santa and made with love from the Quilter's Guild.

There were three tables of stuffed animals so I took 3 pictures in order to get a good view of them all.  I think there is just about every kind of animal here as well as some dolls.
We had elephants, bears, bunnies, pigs, foxes, lions, and sock monkeys.
There were big animals and small animals in every shape and size.
Thank you ladies, a great job!!


Monday, November 24, 2014

Another Baby Quilt

My sister Carole asked me to make a quilt for a new great grandson.  She picked out the pattern and the fabric at a local quilt shop in her home town,  The theme is bunnies and I had to asked her to send me new fabric because one of the fat quarters was white with very pale bunnies on it.  It all blended together and was very blah so she sent me the fabric with peach in it and the polka dots.  I like the new fabric better. 

The bunnies are appliqued to the same fabric as the border.  You can see a little bit of snow on the deck.  We were in the middle of a snowstorm but I just had to take the picture outside.  There is also ice on the deck left over from the rain yesterday.

The backing is bunnies that tie the quilt together.

I also made a small quilt 20 x 20 inches for a small stuffed bunny to go with the quilt.

There was still a bit of leftover fabric so I made a bag to put it all in.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lots of Teddy Bears

Last Monday was Guild night and it was the night that we collected Teddy Bears with quilts for Christmas Cheer Fund.

There were over 100 Teddy Bears or stuffed animals collected for needy children.

They will be delivered to Christmas Cheer kick-off next Friday and I'm sure we will end up with more that what is here.  Some people didn't get theirs finished so we are still collecting and will have a final count on Friday.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Hinge Method Demo

This is a technique that Jackie Black from our Guild developed to make it easier to put a large quilt together.  The squares are quilted first and then hinged together by the sashing strips.  I took the course last May from Jackie and a few of the gals missed the class so I said that I would teach it through the guild if there is enough interest.  I have made three quilts using this technique and I really like it since I find it hard to maneuver a large quilt while quilting it.

I am in the middle of putting a baby quilt together for my oldest sister Carole and am waiting for more fabric to arrive in the mail so I have been working on my demo so that I can explain the technique and show how it is done.

I quilted this block and then sewed the hinge on the front 
and lined it up with the hinge on the back.  You can see the blue
backing peeking out at the top of the block.  
I always make my hinges larger than my block
and then trim them down after they are
This is a 3 inch sashing strip folded in half so the cut edge is hidden.

You can see that I left a 1/4 inch rim of batting and backing
around my square.
I wanted my quilt to grow and this will add a 1/2 inch to each row.

This block has its mate zigzagged to it and ready to 
have the hinge sewn down on the adjoining block.

Click on the picture to see it clearly.

Here I have 3 blocks hinged together.
I zigzagged the hinge onto the adjoining block.
You could use a fancy joining stitch but I just used a zigzag stitch.

Now I am joining 2 rows together.
I matched my hinges so that the sashing will be in a 
straight line, then I zigzagged the 2 rows together.

This is the back of the quilt.  If you click on the picture 
to enlarge it you can see the hinges on the back of the quilt,
and the long hinge to join the rows together.

Since the rows can be long and it is sometimes difficult to sew
on the top hinge and catch the back hinge in the stitching
I usually put some "Heat and Bond" (that is the white strip you see here) on the back
hinge and press it down so that it stays in place
and will be caught in the upper stitching.

This quilt may never be finished as a quilt but it makes a great demo to explain the technique.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Sock Monkey Quilt

 I have mentioned before that our Guild makes quilts for Teddy Bears or stuffed animals and gives them to the Christmas Cheer Fund to give to needy children at Christmas time.  I bought a sock monkey last year after Christmas and found some sock monkey fabric at Beaver Bay Quilt Shop.  I made the quilt top at the retreat last weekend and quilted and put the binding on it today.

My Sock Monkey Quilt

My cute little Sock Monkey with his quilt.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Naniboujou Lodge

This past week-end I spent 4 days with twenty four quilter at Naniboujou Lodge on the north shore of  Lake Superior.  We had the lodge to ourselves since it is closed for the season and only open to groups.  The weather cooperated so we were able to go for walks along the shoreline or just sit on the swing and watch the surf on the lake.

Everyone was really ready to spend the days quilting.  I forgot to take pictures of the end results of the week-end but I took lots of the work being done.

And lastly my Sock Monkey which I finished today and will post the final picture tomorrow,

I used a tablecloth for my design wall.

This was the fabulous room that we quilted in.  There's Pat waving to me as I snapped the picture.

Next year I will remember to take pictures of the finished quilts.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Going on a Quilt Retreat

Tomorrow I am off to a quilt retreat at a Lodge on the north shore of Lake Superior near the town of Grand Marais Minnesota.  The Naniboujou Lodge is located on 3,330 acres of land 125 miles northeast of Duluth, Minnesota.  

The Lodge

One end of the dining room

A larger view of the Dining Room

What a beautiful place to spend time with friends for the weekend quilting, enjoying some fresh air and not having to cook meals for 4 days.

We will be there from Friday to Monday and hopefully get lots of quilting finished.  I have packed quite a few projects and know that I won't get them all finished but it gives me lots of choice for the weekend.  There are no phones, televisions or WiFi in the rooms at the lodge.  I will have to find a house phone to call home when I get there to let others know that we arrived safely.

I also hope to take lots of pictures and will post them when I return home.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Hexagons and More

I made one of these quilts last year and I cut the fabric for this quilt this past summer while I was at the cabin.  These are so neat because you cut half hexagons and match them up to make whole hexagons.

Hexagon Quilt.

I added half white hexagons along two sides and quarter hexagons on the other sides.  Then I decided that I needed a small border on 2 sides only.  I think it is about 38 x 49 inches.  It looks square but it isn't.  Lots of scraps where used in this quilt.

I found this quilt out in cyberspace at the Linus connection and thought that it would make a great scrap quilt, except that the squares were suppose to be 16 inches.  I divided the pieces in half and made 8 1/2 inch squares.  I had to make more squares but I had lots of scraps so it didn't matter.  This quilt is also on Craftsy.  

I have been concentrating on lap quilts about 38 x 50 inches since these are easier for me to quilt.  I have made a few larger ones and since I now know how to use the hinge method I may make them a bit larger.  Dee's Brick Trick was made using the hinge method.  When using this method you can add the borders to your quilt after the quilt is made.  This is great when you finish the quilt and decide that it should be larger so you can add a few borders to accomplish this.  

When I first thought I would make this quilt I chose forty-eight 5 inch squares because I needed forty-eight half square triangles.  After I had them all made I realized that I only needed 24 - 5 inch squares, so now I have another 48 half square triangles that I can use to make another quilt.  I will have to try something different for the next quilt.  I will have to study some patterns and come up with a different quilt.  I may have to add a few since there is a lot of white in this quilt.  

There are so many ideas on Missouri Star Quilt Company if you ever have trouble trying to decide what to make all you have to do is look at a few of the videos.  When she talks charm squares I immediately think scraps.