Friday, January 30

Elizabeth's favorite fabrics...just for her!

Elizabeth, from Pennsylvania, decided she needed a quilt just for herself.
I like that kind of thinking!
So over time she saved a 5.5" square of each of her favorite fabrics.
She simply pieced them all together.
It ended up queen size!
(that's a bit of sun shining through the window)

She named her quilt "Salt Water Taffy" because the colors remind her of taffy.
She also loves mermaids and balloon girls.
This quilt makes her heart so happy.
I love the low volume-ness she has chosen. 
This backing is perfect - a pretty aqua with random size white circles.
It's a 108" backing and I know you can get it here, Heartbeat Quilting, out of Washington.  They always have their extra wide backs $2.00 off per yard - bonus!
I quilted an all-over pretty pointy swirl - so feminine!
I'm collecting low volume prints - for a quilt just for, me, me!
Have any of you made a quilt lately just for you?

Tuesday, January 20

BEE happy!

Minnie, from Texas, recently sent me this absolutely adorable quilt to quilt.
It was a block-of-the-week sampler. 
(I can't even seem to get a block of the MONTH completed at my house)
She has entered it in a "30's fabric" local quilt show within her community.
She used Lori Holt's book, "Quilty Fun" which you can find here in Lori's Etsy shop.
Minnie did a phenomenal job on this little quilt!
I could hardly wait to get my hands & machine on it!
Minnie said, "Do your magic".
So I quilted every block section different - I love doing that!
Here we go - lots and lots of photos!
This cute red border needed some straight line echoing:
bumble bee...
I could have an entire quilt out of the "X's" and 1/4 squares...
mugs & leaves...
courthouse step blocks...
apples & apple core...
Every sampler needs a home...or two!
Look at those little spools below the houses...
baskets and stars...
Minnie chose a solid red for the binding - perfect!
I think this sweet little quilt is definitely a winner!
Thank you, Minnie, for letting me play on your "Bee Happy" quilt.

Sunday, January 11

birch tree quilt

Last year some of my friends & I got together and decided to make exchange blocks for a "Birch Tree" quilt top.
You can purchase the pattern from Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts here.
Her patterns are very well written and easy to construct.
Each of us chose a solid background Kona fabric and made 20 blocks with that one solid.
I had the Valentine pink blocks.
Then we got together at a fall retreat hosted by Quilt Taffy and exchanged them.
Here they are in piles ready for choosing. 
Aren't they pretty?
I set mine together and had to show them off at the retreat
It was such a fun quilt block to make.
I was able to use up small bits of my scraps - very small bits!
I quilted mine with a single wave going horizontal.
 I didn't want much quilting because I have a scrumptious pink waffle minky on the back that I didn't want to smash with the quilting.
I had a funky piece of fabric for the binding that had all the block colors in it - oh, yeah!
This very bright, happy quilt is now living in Pennsylvania - they love it!

Saturday, January 3

Donimi's "Swoon"

Domini, from Idaho, made this beautiful "Swoon" quilt out of Tula Pink prints. 
I can blog about it now that the holiday's are behind us!
I never, ever get tired of seeing "Swoon" quilts.
Her little girl called it her "raccoon quilt". 
 And look at that backing! raccoons.
I quilted pretty loops and flowers all over it.
I'm so in love with Tula Pink fabrics - I just might have to make another Swoon out of them for myself!
I love your color combinations, Domini, very pretty!

Monday, December 29

scrappy trip - finally!

It seems to have taken me an entire year to finally finish my daughter's scrappy trip quilt.
I love this pattern!
Every time I quilt one for a customer I say to myself, "I need to finish at least one for myself."
Well, with a little help from my friend, Trish, I was able to finish this one.
She sewed up at least half of my blocks for me -
thank you, Trish!
Click here to view her cute blog.
My daughter likes brighter colors so this was perfect for her.
And I like the zig-zag setting.
I had exchanged 2.5" strips with a friend in Virginia, "hi" Sherry.
As I quilted this quilt I recognized some of her fabrics - which makes it even more special.
I had this cute orange print fabric for the backing.
I used a Denyse Schmidt green plaid for the binding.
 I quilted it in an all-over swirl pattern. 
Together, Trish & I sewed up 64 blocks.
It's set 8 across and 8 down - 96" square.
I could hear the squeal all the way from Arizona when she opened it!
I guess she loves it!

Wednesday, December 24

Merry Christmas....

A handmade Christmas card from my sweet friend, Andrea, in Pennsylvania....

Let the goodie giving begin!  Cookies my daughter, Erin, and her little girls made....

Monday, December 22

a last minute gift idea tutorial...

These little fleece blankets are the easiest bunch of softness to make!
I purchased 1 1/2 yards of fleece.
 54" x 60". 
The perfect size for a little one to snuggle up with.

First - cut off all selvages.

I wanted to bind it so I made some bias binding out of 3/4 yards of contrasting fabric.
(it needs to be bias if you want to round the corners like I did)
Here's a link to my tutorial on how to fold/cut bias binding strips.
I used a small plate for my rounded corner pattern.
Just rotary cut around each corner.
Sew the binding on the wrong side of the fleece the first time.
Then flip it over and sew it down on the front.
You're finished!
This cute little blanket is for our 3 year-old granddaughter, Olivia.
She loves pink!
My tree is shushing me - Miss Olivia doesn't know it's coming in the mail to her for Christmas!  

It took me maybe one hour to complete this cute blanket.
Are you ready for Christmas?