Saturday, October 27, 2018

Under my needle

Hello Everyone,

I've been busy in the sewing room. First making bear paw blocks, then swapping them out with an online group of fun Ladies. Here is the ten I received back.

I am going to make a quilt out of them and this bear, that I got from Lorna's Bear Paw pattern. I had to change it up just slightly, as I didn't want the sashing and cornerstones in it.

I'm working on the border pieces right now. And there are LOTS of them!!

Each of the bear paw prints are 4.5" unfinished, which means these are tiny pieces! The white is cut at 1" and the brown is cut at .75"! But you cut the strips and sew them together, then subcut them, so it isn't too tedious.

I also got a few table runners finished. My sweet Big Sis sent me these, you can cut all four apart and make place mats with them, but I like to use table runners, so I sewed two together, with some matching fabrics.

I put one facing one way, and one another because there is six of us at the table and we sit on each side of it.

The colors did not come out very good. They are gray and a light aqua color.

And I've started my Christmas gifts! I need to get going, Christmas is going to be here before we know it :)

The weather is beautiful. Cool at night, warm in the afternoon. Crisp and Fall like, with the leaves all turning we just need some rain!

Hope you are all well and enjoying some sewing time.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Spider web mug rug

Hello Everyone,

I've been busy in my sewing room lately. After putting the first border and part of the second border on Phires Compass, I set that aside to play with some Halloween fabric.

My BFF online quilty buddy, Pat at Life in the Scrapatch, made this fun spider web mat a few years ago.

She has all the instructions here for you, and there is still plenty of time to make it this year.

I have been wanting to make it, but I don't do a lot of decorating for Halloween. This year though, I thought it would make a fun mug rug for a friend. So I mini-ized it! It finishes at about 11" from point to point.

Mine is not nearly as good looking as Pat's. But I think it still turned out pretty cute.

I embroidered the little spider in the middle.

I've also been making Bear Paw blocks. Twenty of them for a swap and a few for me to keep.

These are about done, then I can get back to Phire's Compass.

I've been enjoying the lovely Fall weather we were having.  The temps have gone back up again for a bit, I  can't wait for the first rain!

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Phire's Compass

Hello All,

Friday was one of those days that I just needed to grab a pattern, some pretty fabrics and start cutting. One of those times where I didn't want to think, just to cut and sew.... Unfortantley I could not do anything about it until Sat.

So on Sat I pulled out my Phires Compass pattern. That I was so thrilled to test!! It is a pattern that Jessica J.E. Smith designed for Northcott fabrics back in 2010. I looked on the Northcott site and found it in the archived patterns. I don't know if you can still buy it anywhere. This is the one I made back then.

BUT, Jess changed it a bit and made it into a mystery quilt. You CAN find that pattern, here under Phires Radiance. It has the same middle, but different borders.

SO, anyways, I pulled fabrics... I have enough of the red and green for the middle, but will have to buy similar fabics to do the border.

I love to play with pretty fabrics :) 

     You have to be very careful when you play with diamond shapes, as like triangles, they are very  stretchy and can easily be taken out of shape. You PRESS, never iron, the sawing motion will distort   them.

I'll show you more soon! I'm excited about using these fabrics in this pattern. It's such a cool pattern!

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Cornerstones is finished!!

Hello Everyone,

Hope all is well with you and yours.

My Cornerstones quilt is complete! The blocks have my favorite fabric line in them, Sunkissed by Sweetwater. Also some Kona Bay fabrics. I can't remember the name of the colorful fabrics, I think it is Boundless by Crafty, but I could be wrong.

 I started this in the last half of 2015, so it's about time it was quilted and bound. LOL

You can see the quilting a bit in the picture below. Elongated orange peel in the borders and big flowers in the blocks, with swirly centers.

Here is the back, just a plain black flannel. I have never used black like this in a quilt before. But those jewel like colors needed something to set them off, and black was it.

Sorry for the poor coloring in these photo's, they don't really show off the beautiful colors very well. But it's very, very smoky right now, due mostly to the awful Redding fire. And  a few other fires contributing to the smoky air is well.

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Hunters star and Cornerstones

Hello Everyone,

 I've been busy in the sewing room this past week, it sure does feel good. I get some housework done, then head to the sewing room while the boys are outside.

 So I have finished the Hunters star quilt top. It measures at 48x48. I REALLLY wish that I had more of the fabric so that I could of made it larger, because I just LOVE it!

I added some of my very favorite line in the border, Sunkissed by Sweetwater (the orange swirly) and the gray butterfiles in another favorite, Kona Bay. I am still considering adding another border to it... I have to let it congentate ;)

So while that is brewing in the back of my head, I decided to get my Cornerstones quilt quilted up. A simple 9 patch made of flying geese and disappearing 9 patches that I came up with. I love playing with EQ and making different patterns.

The backing is a soft, black flannel I bought from Thousands of  bolts. It's wide backing, love buying from them!

 I've been trying to figure out how I wanted to quilt this quilt for quite a long time now. I started making it in the later half of 2015. This quilt is going on our bed, it will keep my sweetie warm for sure :)

Have a great Fourth of July!!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

And now for the fun part...

Hello Everyone,

I hope you've been enjoying your Summer... or Winter, depending on where you are... It's not too hot here yet, but the fire season has already started. BLAH!

So I've been playing with my hand dyed fabrics some more. I am finally at the fun part..

My little blocks are together, ironed and trimmed. So now I can start making the Hunters star pattern.

As you can see, I have this block in 3 different colors ways.

So sorry for the lousy photos, for some reason I am having a hard time photographing these particular blocks.

I have my plan all printed out, so now I can put these pretties together. I started out with 6 FQ's, so my quilt will not be too big, about 78x78 without any borders. Once I got these blocks together, I'll figure out what I want to do about any borders.

Hope you are enjoying your sewing room too!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

What I'm playing with

Hello Everyone,

It's a beautiful Spring day here in N. California. I am up high enough that it is still Spring and the heat of Summer has not descended upon us just yet.

In April, my dd and I went to a quilt show. I found this beautiful bundle of hand dyed fabrics from Always Unique Fabric.

I've never used hand dyes before, and if you haven't either, you may not realize that your 'solids' wont actually be a solid. They have this neat tye dye effect.

This one is the green color in the middle of the top picture, you can see the pinks and blues from the dying process. I think it adds a lot of interest to the fabrics.

 I have them all cut out. I'm going to do a Hunters Star design. I've never made one before but have always liked the design.

 This is just a FQ bundle, so unless I had some other fabrics, it will be a wall hanging or lap quilt. I haven't got it quite figured out yet :)

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Saturday, May 26, 2018


Hello All,

I just want to say a thank you to everyone who commented on my last past. Blogger is not playing fair a  lot of my comments never made it to my inbox. So if you didn't receive a reply from me, that is why. Either that or you are a non-reply commenter. And that goes for any of my blog posts that you've commented on and haven't recieved a reply from me.

But thank you everyone, your comments just made my day :) Have a great Memorial day weekend.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Wish Upon a Star blog hop, my day

Hello All, and welcome to the Wish Upon a Star blog hop!! So glad that you could drop by. Thank you Carol for another great blog hop!

I had a bunch of triangles left over from this mystery quilt. (You can read more about it here.)

I really like these colors and so at the beginning of this year I pulled them out and started thinking about how I wanted to put them together. I knew I wanted to pair the colored triangles with the background triangles (especially as they were already together from when I cut them out!) and make some half square triangle blocks.

My sweet big Sis sent me a subscription to QuiltMaker magazine for Christmas last year. In the Jan/Feb 2018 issue was a pattern with a star block similar to this one in it.

 I thought it was a great pattern and decided to use the star, alternating it just a little,  and figure out an alternative block to go with it. I played with my EQ7 and came up with this block.

I was running out of the original fabrics. They are older lines and I couldn't find the black with flowers fabric that is the center of the stars. So I used these butterflies and flowers instead, along with a similar background fabric.

Put them together, added a few borders...

And I ended up with a 60x60 nice lap sized quilt.

I love the look of chain quilts, this would be great as a larger quilt too. It would show off the chain better.

Here's the back. You can really see the quilting I did.

Big loopy flowers in each of the blocks, and some swirly vines in between.

I am keeping it for myself :) I love the roses on the backing, and the colors on the front. Nice and in a house full of boys/men, my girl and I need some girly stuff ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to see the rest of the great projects for today's blog hoppers. To find a full list of blog hoppers, go see Carol.

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