Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pillow Party

 Hi Y'all! Sorry I have been MIA. We have been experiencing TV and internet issues for over a week with both going out for 12 hours at a time--very frustrating, especially when they have not been able to figure out why. It has just been my neighborhood that has been effected and has not seemed to be much of a priority...Even though several neighbors have already discontinues their service and we might be next!

I finally received my Spelling Bee by Lori Holt last Monday. As I expected, it is fabulous and well worth the hefty price tag. One of the mini quilts was this Y'all one. I have a sweet friend from Georgia and I needed a birthday gift for her, so I made it into a pillow. I put it on Instagram and had another friend want to buy one...
 She has a niece that just moved to Texas and wanted it as a house warming present.
 Her niece also loves pineapples, so I whipped up a pineapple block and made it into a pillow too.
 I really like making pillows with an envelope back. It looks finished and makes it easy to remove the pillow forms to wash the cover. Amanda Jean has a really fabulous tutorial for them here:
I also recommend buying your pillow forms at Walmart instead of Joann's because they are a fraction of the cost!
I took this sheep embroidery I stitched last summer when I took my daughter to college and turned it into a pillow too. All of the pillows I made this week are 12 x 16 inches.
 Our local quilt show was this past weekend and I helped my local quilt store with their booth. We set it up on Thursday and sold goodies all weekend. The only thing I bought from another vendor was this Kona panel.
It shows all the different Kona fabrics. I order lots of Kona fabrics from Joann's and I have wanted one of their color cards, but they are really expensive. This panel was only $12!

My summer is winding down and I go back to work on August 10th, so I better get busy to get some more projects done before it is over!


Friday, July 14, 2017

Flo & Freddy Flamingo Quilt

 Meet Flo and Freddy Flamingo! I had such a great time quilting them up. I used a wider foot with a guide I bought back in April for my Pfaff--the rows are a little wider than half inch apart. There were no puckers and it stitched up beautifully with the walking foot engaged. This is a sample for one of my local quilt shops.
I used some of the left over pinks for the binding and used this beach themed pink fabric for the backing. Doesn't this just emulate summer?
I have been in stall mode awaiting the arrival of Lori Holt's new Spelling Bee book. According to my tracking info, my copy should arrive tomorrow. I decided to stitch up some of her companion blocks as I impatiently await the book's arrival. This is her schoolhouse block that was featured on her blog. Here is the link: http://beeinmybonnetco.blogspot.com/2017/07/schoolhouse-block-tutorial.html
 This is the Honeybee Block that I bought during the Fat Quarter Shop pattern sale a few weeks ago.
 The Mixer Block done with my favorite aqua and red
and of course the Vintage TV Block. I am not sure what these blocks are for, but they are sure are fun! Hopefully, I will get my book tomorrow and will dive into a new project. Stay tuned!


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Elizabeth Hartman Projects

 Hi! I mentioned in an earlier post that I have been helping out one of my local quilt shops with making samples for the shop and our town's upcoming quilt show. She had several of Elizabeth Hartman patterns in, but no samples. I offered to whip some up.  This is the Florence Flamingo small quilt with smaller borders and made from some pink Bali batik strips.  I just got back from picking up a backing, so I can quilt it up this evening. I am going to quilt it horizontally about every half inch. I think it will be fun and modern. The shop owner was thrilled with how the sample looked and immediately ordered some more patterns in.
This is Dwight the Deer with glasses. It is a 24 inch square pillow cover. Since we live in deer country this is sure to be a hit.
And last but certainly not least, Bjorn the Bear also with glasses and is a 20 inch square pillow cover. Wouldn't this be cute with a bunch of them for a baby quilt? There were several sizes included with the pattern.

I had never used an Elizabeth Hartman pattern before, but I am now a huge fan. Her directions were thorough, all in color, and very detailed. You can find her patterns here:

Friday, July 7, 2017

A Perfect Week

 We had a great week in my neck of the woods! My daughter was able to come home for a quick visit from college--she had not been home since January. It was only five days, but they were wonderful. She got in cuddle time with our dogs, Mexican & Thai food, kayaking with my hubby, driving her convertible, eating some goodies from our garden, and sleeping in her own bed.

 I made a couple of quick projects. First was Moda's free pillow pattern Stripes & Stars. I used left overs from my Grand Old Flag Quilt. The only thing I bought was a pillow form. You can find the pattern here: http://unitednotions.com/fp_stripes-stars-flag-pillow.pdf
 I also made another Grand Old Flag block using Pat Sloan's free pattern and used it as part of a new door banner.
 Here is a picture of my front porch. I want to paint a WELCOME sign on some old barn wood to stick in the right corner---hopefully before summer ends.
Both of these projects, I quilted using my built in "Wave Quilt" stitch on my Pfaff. This is a picture of what it looks like on my screen. This stitch is very forgiving and gives nice texture to my quilts. I do use my walking foot with it.
 After I dropped my daughter at the airport yesterday, I hit the fabric store for some retail therapy--a needed distraction. I bought half yards of the whites for Lori Holt's upcoming Bee Happy Sew Along. My mom gave me the gingham fat quarters. This is an appliqué project--I will not be doing it by hand--Wonder Under and my buttonhole stitch will be my method.
Isn't it amazing? Details should be on her blog at the beginning of August and the sewing starts on August 28th. I hope her new Spelling Bee book comes out soon because I am itching for a new project to start!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Grand Old Flag Finish

There is only one more day of June and I am not going to make my OMG goal--I had wanted to finish my Quilty Fun Sampler. I had finished the top at the beginning of June, but I took it to a long arm quilter and it is not done...Kind of a bummer, but I have plenty of other projects to work on. 

I had a moment of weakness last Friday and succumbed to a new project. Pat Sloan had published her free pattern earlier in the week and when I spotted a perfect turquoise at the fabric store, I had no willpower to stop myself from making my version of Grand Old Flag. Here is the link to Pat's post with the free pattern:

My version has an additional row of flags. The flags are were very quick to make--they were done on Friday evening. I pieced the top together on Sunday--again it went together quickly and easily.
 Monday, I pieced together my backing. My goal was to make do with fabrics from my stash and not buy anything else--that goal was met and it is cute.
I was going to make a smaller flag block for my label, but then realized if I made a regular sized block it would help with my pieced backing. Plus, the information fit perfectly in the white stripes of the flag--I embroidered it.

On Tuesday, I pinned and machine quilted it. I used my go to wavy stitch that is built into my Pfaff along with my walking foot and just followed the spacing on the center of the stripes. 

I spent Wednesday and today hand binding it and washing it. After washing and shrinkage, it measures 50 x 60 inches. Plus, I only spent $12 on the turquoise fabric and everything else came from my stash! This was definitely my Drop Everything and Make It for June. The link is on my righthand sidebar.
Today is my sister's birthday and I sent her this kit to make a pineapple quilt. I am currently binding mine and hope to have another finish soon!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Quilt Shop Projects

 This week I have continued to help out one of my local quilt shops with making samples. I made this Touchdown top in Bronco colors and kid sized. This is a great pattern designed by Cluck Cluck Sew and I am looking forward to making a bigger one for my hubby.
 This one is my own design and I need help coming up with a name for the pattern. Any ideas?
 This is also my design--meet Quilt Berries. The disappearing ink I used for the quilting has not all disappeared, but will in a couple of more days. I finished binding it this morning for Slow Sunday Stitching: https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2017/06/slow-sunday-stitching_25.html
I tried something new--bunting! I made two of these that say "Row By Row." The one pictured is the smaller one. They were quite easy and fun. I am thinking of making some buntings for myself now...

For those of you like me who have a tight budget for quilting, I recommend helping out your local quilt shop with sample sewing. They often need help with making samples and it lets me play with fabrics. They give me a discount for helping out and I get the samples when they are done with them. It is a win win for both parties.
 I helped my dad out and put together a kit for my mom to make a Lori Holt Milk Cow Quilt. This was his anniversary present to her. I can't wait to see how it comes out with her brown and white cows.
 A few weeks ago, I went fabric shopping at a town a half hour north of us. There is a charity shop near the fabric store that benefits hospice. I always pop in there looking for treasures...They had a Singer treadle machine that was in pretty bad shape. It was priced $49--I did not buy it initially. I thought about it and decided to call and see if it was still available and amazingly it was. I was planning on buying it just for the base. My hubby went with me to pick it up and agreed it was a good deal and would be fun to repurpose it. It was manufactured in November 1910.
 Here is the machine itself--someone sewed a lot on it! We will probably sell the machine on eBay and maybe some of the drawers--there were 6. I want to keep them, but either way the project will pretty much be free.
 My hubby painted the base as we decided to use it as a table on our front porch. The top is an old cabinet door left over from my ironing station repurposing project. Doesn't it look great?
Yesterday, I went over to my mom's and used her long arm to quilt my Pineapple Picnic Quilt. I will be binding that today and working on a squirrel project I started on Friday night! Stay tuned...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Strawberries & Pineapples

I am designing some quilts for one of my local fabric shops to feature as quilt kits at our upcoming quilt show. This is my second attempt at a small strawberry quilt and I finally got the dimensions right. My hubby thinks I should call this on "Quilt Berries." 
I just need to stitch the binding down on this Whimsical Pineapples Quilt. The stitching will be my Slow Sunday Stitching this evening:
I went out of town this week for a training in Denver and did not have that much time in my sewing room. I did manage to embroider this label for my pineapple quilt and hope to get it quilted up this week. The yellow fabric will be an amazing backing for it!

Friday, June 9, 2017

B & C Birthday & Pineapples

My birthday was last weekend and it was celebrated with lots of Bonnie and Camille fabric goodness.  My mom knows my love for vintage goodies, so she found this cool vintage lunch box. Don't you love how she used buttons and ribbon to close the latches? 
Inside was a fat quarter bundle of Little Ruby. So adorable!
My sister sent me a fat quarter bundle of Handmade! My hubby also fed my Bonnie and Camille fabric habit--he gave me money to preorder a fat quarter bundle of The Good Life and the tins that will be out in August. Now, I need to work up the courage to actually use all of my B & C bundles--I have seven all untouched!
I finished my Pineapple Top this week. My mom already has hers quilted, bound, and finished!
The pineapple theme continued. I am working on this sample for my friend, Bernice. We also kitted up a bunch for her shop to sell at our local quilt show next month.
This quote will be embroidered in the middle--I am thinking in green. I will be working on that for Slow Sunday Stitching
My daughter (the one in the skirt) returned from Italy this week and started her internship. She will not be home at all this summer--she moved into a campus apartment and started making money to support her travel habit! It was a great week!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Quilty Fun Sampler Top & June OMG

This beautiful top started last week with a few demo blocks left over from the Quilty Fun class I taught last year. Lori Holt and the Fat Quarter Shop hosted this sampler quilt as a quilt along in 2013-14 and all of the assembly patterns can still be found online.

I made a few changes to my version--no mittens on it because I want to hang it during the spring and summer. I used some leftover string blocks instead and made more cocoa mugs because hot drinks are a big part of my quilting process. Somehow my middle row was 2+ inches smaller than the side rows. I added additional 1.5 inch strips to the top and bottom--problem solved. I am trying to embrace my new motto--
Done Is Better Than Perfect
I have pre-ordered Lori Holt's new Spelling Bee book and will make a quilt using her letters for my motto. She also showed the quilt with an additional wide border, but I am leaving mine this size--about 54 inches square.

I will be figuring out a backing and plan on quilting this one myself on my Pfaff. I am thinking maybe cross hatching it. Getting this one finished is my June OMG. Check out other June OMG goals here:

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Summer Begins

 My summer vacation began on Thursday, but my daughter is already on hers in Italy. She sent me these pictures this morning of her inside the Colosseum
 and this one outside. She still has another week in Italy. I am so happy that she was able to participate in this extended study course.
 Meanwhile, I made luggage tags to hold gift cards as grad presents. 
 They are nice little novelties with a nod to the colleges everyone will be heading off to in the fall.
 I had a squirrel moment--I am easily distracted with quilt projects. I was organizing my sewing room and making a mental list of what UFOs I needed to work on. I looked in my random blocks bin and saw several blocks I had made for my Quilty Fun class last year. I also noticed I needed another smaller Lori Holt quilt to hang with my Sunflower Pigs. I decided to take the demo blocks and make some more to make the small sampler from the Quilty Fun Sew Along in 2013-14. I managed to complete 9 of the 20 steps yesterday. Check out other squirrel projects here:
 The flying geese are each 1.5 x 2.5 inches.
 A small row of Twinkly Winter Stars.
The Chubby Chevrons--some set as X blocks and the rest as a row.
 There are three tree blocks.
 I plan on leaving the mittens off and putting more Cocoa Cups on instead.
The two Courthouse Steps blocks were a breeze using my scrap bins.
The Vintage Baskets are a nod to all the baskets I have. You can find information about the Quilty Fun Sew Along Sampler here:
This is one version I found online--mine is going to be more primary colors and less pastels. I hope to sew the bee block and complete the embroidering on it today for Slow Sunday Stitching: