Sunday, November 28, 2010

Quilt #3 from Stash

Making quilts from your stash: Quilt #3

Magazines are one of my favorite things to get. They are full of inspiration, tips and ideas. I love my magazine stash! I’ve said before my favorite quilt magazine is Quilts & More. It’s published by Better Homes and Gardens. You can’t subscribe to it (darn it!), and it’s quarterly. So if I see one I just pick it up. It has lots of simple quilts and fun little projects. Check one out if you can.

This magazine is dated Spring 2008: I was searching for ideas to make a two color quilt. Then, I happened upon this photo. I love this quilt, isn’t it pretty?

My chosen colors are cream and green. I have lots of the colors in my stash and wanted to use them up. Plus the recipient of the quilt would love these colors, it matches their newly remodeled basement. I pulled out the calculator and started figuring out how many squares to cut to make a twin size quilt.

The green fabrics varied in value, lots of dark greens and light greens. I think it would have looked a little better if the greens had all been darker, but I still like how it turned out. There was no way I was buying more green!

The quilt size is: 80" x 80" So, yes it’s bigger than a twin size. I don’t ever make a small quilt… it’s hard for me! I backed the quilt in a green flannel, and put some of my leftover tan flannel stash in the center strip. I stipple quilted it using my domestic sewing machine. The thread color is tan. It's really soft and snuggly.

So, I got all 3 quilts from my stash completed in time to give as Christmas gifts, I am thrilled about that. It was a lot of work, but the people I am giving them to are worth it :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Snapperville is Finished!

Teach us, that we may feel the importance of every day, of every hour as it passes.

First of all, I'd like to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!!! I hope you are able to be with the ones that you love today. We were going to drive to Utah yesterday, but the weather has been so bad we decided to just stay home and be safe. I am so thankful for my husband and kids, they are amazing, and I am very blessed to have them in my life.
While watching the movie Mamma Mia last night (have you seen it?? Super cute), I finished stitching Snapperville by Bent Creek. I added the buttons to it this morning. It is called "Snapperville" because you are supposed to add snaps to it, but I wanted buttons, so I guess I could call it "buttonville" but then that would just be silly wouldn't it?? :)
This took me several years to finish, but that is okay! I enjoyed working on it again this fall. Now to pick up another WIP that has been sitting in my bag far too long. All of you enjoy this wonderful holiday, and thank you for visiting my little blog.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Snapperville Progress

I'm slowly but surely working on my cross stitch project called Snapperville by Bent Creek. You can purchase it here: The Silver Needle, you have to scroll down quite a bit to find it. Bent Creek charts are adorable, and there are so many of them to choose from! I started this project over three years ago, so I've been taking my sweet time on it.
I got another block stitched, the little town, super cute! There is one block left, it has a house and a flag in it. Almost there.
I'm sewing away on my Christmas quilt, all of the blocks are done, now I am sewing rows together. I've been in a "starting" mood lately, so many new projects can't wait to be done :) Have a nice weekend everyone!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Working, working...

Lots of projects are happening...

The Hexagon Quilt using a Plume Jellyroll is coming along nicely, I got 7 rows sewn today (only 6 left)! It's so pretty.
I made all of the blocks for the Skipping Stones pattern. Holiday Happy fabric is adorable!
And a pile of fabric was pulled out to make a quilt I saw on Film in the Fridge. Rectangle Squared. Check it out! Pretty fabrics yes?
Also, two Christmas gifts were checked off of my list, I can't show them until after Christmas though... I wish I could they are so fun :) I've been a busy bee. Now, I am off to bed. Which I need to clear off, it's full of fabric! haha! I loved this weekend.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Quilt #2 from Stash

Last December when the Schnibbles a month was pincushions, Carrie the designer at Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company chose me as the “winner”, and she sent me these two layer cakes.

She is super nice like that, it was the funnest package to receive! I am making three quilts from my stash for Christmas gifts this year. I already made Quilt #1. So, these two layer cakes were used to make Quilt #2. A layer cake consists of approximately 40 fabrics, and are 10 x 10 inches square.

I had the red sashing/border fabric in my stash, and I was happy it matched so well. Reds can be tricky. I did have to buy the backing, a soft red flannel. Making a coin quilt is very simple, I used the whole 10” x 10” square, so there was no waste.

I machine straight stitched using my walking foot a quarter inch from the sashing. Also, I lengthened my stitches just a little from the standard used on my machine. It helped a lot. My machine fed the quilt through much easier, and the stitching looks neater too. I’ve never done that before, and I will from now on.

The size of this quilt is: 88" x 61"

Okay, can you guys believe it is November??? Wow! We were all sick on Halloween unfortunately, my poor kids couldn’t dress up and go trick or treating, I felt so bad for them. We are finally feeling normal again, and hope to start on some Christmas gifts this month. At least I have this quilt crossed off of my list. Quilt #3 needs to be basted and quilted, then I will have them all done.