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I made a new top today. I decided it was better to use up the piles of fabric on the work table (which is actually the dining room table…but if you never put away the sewing machine you can call it a studio) than to put them away. It seems like when I put things away they are gone forever.
Anyway I made a new top with 12 fat quarters.
I started by cutting them all into 9 inch squares (4 per fat quarter)
pick 2 and stack them (right sides up)
then cut them into 9
no measuring ...read more
Last month a young family that I know lost their home to fire.
Beckham and his big sister lost everything they own.
So I got busy making quilts.
This one is for Beckham, who is an energetic toddler. I used Thomas the Tank Engine fabric because what two-year-old boy doesn’t love Thomas? And woah! Thomas the Tank Engine backing, too! What’s not to love?
The pattern is called Ring Toss, from the book Quilt it with Love: the Project Linus Story. I hand quilted it using the Big Stitch method with yellow-gold Perle cotton. The center of each ...read more
As a recent challenge for the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild, we were given several fat eighths from the Monaluna Meadow collection. The only criteria was to "Challenge Ourself" to do something out of our comfort zone or on our bucket list.
My inspiration came from a Hudson Bay blanket that my parents have. I know when they are ready to downsize and give it up, both myself and my two sisters would love to have it. Since that is not possible, I thought sometime I should make two quilt replicas for the two sisters that don't end up with ... read more
This denim quilt was intended to be finished for a Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild upcycle project, but my original vision ended in a bit of a kerfuffle and got set aside. My husband has wanted a denim quilt to take to deer camp for sometime, so last fall I decided to finally tackle the project.
My inspiration came from a post of Krista's that she shared about a Gee's Bend class that she attended. She used brown pant legs for portions of a large courthouse step block. From there, my mind turned my jean leg portions into strips ... read more
It used to be that Quilters Newsletter could spread the news about the goings-on in the quilting world in each monthly issue and if something exciting came up, it would have to wait until it could be featured in the next issue, by which time the event or happening might already be over. But now we live in a world of constant events and information, so I have some quilting happenings to share with you now.
There is to be an online event called The Sewing Party. Starting Saturday, November 8th, 2014, it’s the first ever online-all-day sewing and ...read more
Miriam sent along this picture of her THREE Fading Charms quilts. Aren’t they terrific?!
Welcome back, appliqué-ers! I’m a few days late posting the pattern for block 2, or the winter block for Sweet Seasons! This block has lots of pretty winter things, like the poinsettias, and the holly. I do love Christmas, although I’m not a lover of the rest of winter, but hopefully this block will brighten up winter!
Just a reminder, this is a block-of-the-quarter appliqué project, and you can download the pdf fabric requirements/preliminary cutting instructions. The blocks are 18″ x 24″, finished (18 1/2″ x 24 1/2″ cut size). The finishing instructions for the ...read more
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This morning we're trying for a second time to leave Munising, Michigan. Nothing against, Munising, you understand. It's a nice little town. Somehow the prospect of wintering over with somewhere in the neighborhood of 285 inches of snow (no exaggeration) does not appeal to us. Smitty is absolutely opposed to the idea, and one must always go with the wishes of one's cat. Gracie doesn't care. She just wants to go home, wherever that might be.
While we were at Casper waiting out the snow storm I got some more work done on the tumblers while watching a movie – it is growing but slowly. I have continued to have trouble with the arthritis in my thumb and the thumb brace has done nothing but make it hurt more to the […]read more
In the background I have been blocking, or, rather, spooling.
There are now 25 little spool blocks and I think I am done for now. They will make a wall hanging or table topper or baby quilt or something along those lines. Hopefully some time this week.
There will be a tutorial for both…coming soon!
Reconstruction has begun on the Indian Summer quilt top.
I posted about it here http://timquilts.com/2014/09/09/indian-summer/ and I started taking it apart last night.
It is hard to get a good picture of the damaged blocks but some have all the seam allowances totally gone . They were only about 1/8 inch and several washings has caused them to fray and separate.
most are just frayed. The looser the weave on the fabric the more likely they are to fall apart.
After carefully removing all the pieces from the backing I spent some time pressing ...read more
I'm really enjoying all this hand work! I have a basket in the studio that has projects I would like to make someday. It is getting, well, ummmm, kind of....how shall we say it.....FULL! I am determined to finish one before I allow myself to put another in. The new Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine came. I have to leave it on the coffee table, because I am not allowed to put it in that poor basket. ROFL So, I pulled out one of the patterns. I've cut out all of my freezer paper and made ...read more
It’s a rainy day here in Kansas, but that’s ok because i am in my workroom getting as much done as i can! I’m almost finished with the quilt on this machine. I’m using one of my favorite pantagraph patterns on it.
I finished this custom one and just took it off the other machine.
Meanwhile, over at the sewing machine, I sit down every once in a while and sew a few more strips for a strip quilt.
I have a class coming up at my ...read more