Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sampler quilt....

Hi everyone, 

I've been working on a sampler quilt the last few weeks. This quilt is my own design. It uses traditional blocks, done scrappy. 

Why am I making it?
Well, I volunteered to do my quilt guilds BOM for next year. I wanted to make a sampler that could be done out of scraps.  My style is scrappy. I thought I'd share my techniques for making all kinds of fabrics work together in one quilt. So this quilt is being made ahead to encourage members to want to join in. 

The funny thing is that I second guessed myself on this design. So, I submitted a second layout that was more symmetrical, thinking that we could chose one to make. But it was a split decision, and I couldn't chose so I'm doing two options using the same blocks. 
 I'm a sucker for punishment. Lol!
Not only is this the first time I'm doing a BOM, it's my first time writing a pattern for others to make. And now I'm doing two!!!! What did I get myself into. Lol! 

So this is version #1. 
Hope you like it so far. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

RSC 2017 - Week #11 - red

Hi everyone, 

I've had a pretty good week. 
I did manage to get some red blocks made. 
I made 12 plus blocks. 

I also made some blocks designed by Sew Fresh Quilts. 
I made a raccoon 
And a Canadian beaver. 
These definitely take more time to make, but they are super cute. I have a special project planned for these. 
I also bought a used Janome 1600p-db sewing machine. I only paid $400, which is a steal. I'm so excited about it.  
I played around with free motion quilting on it. I had to work at getting the tension right. But I managed to do it. I love being able to make manual adjustments. 
I quilted this mini quilt with it. 
This mini is 8.5 inches square. 
I love how it turned out.  
I hope you all had a chance to get some sewing in this week. 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

RSC2017 week #10 - red

Hi everyone, 

I hope you are having a good weekend. Today I managed to make four of my variation of the Arkansas Crossroads block. Thanks so much Marcia for letting me know the name of this block, 
I'm really loving these together. They look so great!! 

I hope you are enjoying making blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017. I know I am. 


Friday, March 10, 2017

The big quilt bee

Hi everyone, 

I have my first 6 blocks done for the big quilt bee. This Canadian bee is getting Quilts made for the Ronald MacDonald houses around the country that supports family's with kids in Children's hospitals. They are hoping to have 1000 quilts donated. Each quilt must have some Canada sesquicentennial fabric in it. I made sure to add some to all my blocks as required. They want quilts made with 12 blocks or 24 blocks. I'm hoping to get 24, 12.5 inch blocks done. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

A mini quilt finish

Hi everyone,

I decided to finish a mini quilt that I started in January. 
This is a cute little table topper quilt. It is 16"x20". I used fabric from my crumb box to make the 4 inch finished quarter log cabin blocks. I did some straight line quilting which kind of distorted the shape a bit. But oh well, I still think it's cute.  

Yesterday, I also made a pincushion and needle keeper for a swap. I used up my red crumbs to make these too.
I really like these little projects. It's really satisfying to get something done in a short amount of time. 

 I hope you like my finished projects!