Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tutorial For Newbee quilt bee hive #8 April

The block I've chosen is called "Road to Oklahoma" this one will be done in 4 colours and be a 12" finished block size:

The first step is to gather the fabrics,

please use 1 white or white on white fabric (A) and 3 "rainbow" coloured fabrics (B,C, and D)

Secondly cut your fabrics

From fabric A cut a strip 3.5" x 15"

From Fabric B cut another 3.5" x 15" strip

From fabric B cut (2) 3.5" squares

Also from fabric B cut (2) 4.5" squares

From fabrics C and D cut (1) 4.5" square each

Also from fabrics C and D cut (1) 3.5" square each

You should have these pieces now

Sew the 2 strips together and then sub-cut into (4) 3.5" sections

Sew the sections together into (2)           4-patch units and set 

Next sew your half square triangles
Place one of your larger squares of fabric B on top of the larger square fabric C and mark a diagonal line from corner to corner. Sew 1/4" on either side of the line cut down the center, on the marked line. then press and trim down to 3.5" the HSTs and repeat with the other square and fabric D

Sew these together with the 3.5" squares to form the star points

Join the 4 sections making sure the white chain runs along the block

Admire your work! You did an awesome job!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Time for a bucket list

Quite a few people are posting quilty bucket lists over at the tilted quilt and i thought i'd join in and think about what quilts i'd really love to make.

first is Jen Kingwell's "gypsy wife" quilt

secondly is a McKenna Ryan quilt. I absolutely love "dog park"

third I'd love to make a road to Oklahoma quilt but have it be very colourful almost a rainbow version

Head on over and see what's on other people's lists and maybe plan you own!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Teal triangles

This week I was working on HSTs for my "love is like a butterfly" quilt for the rainbow scrap challenge at the so scrappy blog

Here they are in the middle of being pressed but not yet trimmed. 

I was also working on some teal triangles this week for a center for a round robin quilt. I made mine using a paper piecing pattern.

Happy quilting!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

A pair of blocks and a pair of labs

Thought I'd start out showing the quilt I made for Doll Quilters Monthly for February as it was received by my partner. It's called "All you need is..."

I had a really hard time with the theme which was love letters until my dad came up with using this statue. See it helps to surround yourself with clever people. ;)

This week So Scrapy  unvailed March's colour for the rainbow scrap challenge. Much to my excitement because it's teal/ aqua!   I got started straight away on this one because I've tons of it (no real surprise to me).

I got some charms together for my "charming rainbow" quilt and discovered some charms reading more blue and some more green so I split them up and made 2 blocks

And here they are together as they will be in the quilt

And today my sewing room is filled with lazy dogs… it's a cold and gloomy day here in Omaha


 And Buttermilk

Happy quilting!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

What a long strange trip it's been

This week for the rainbow scrap challange at so scrappy 
I made a pink scrappy trip block

Well I must have liked it cause I made 3 more
All featuring at least a little pink

I also squared up my HSTs for my" love is like a butterfly" quilt

And here they are all packed up with their blue brothers 

Happy quilting!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Yep, more pink

This week for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy I worked on a block for my "charming rainbow" quilt this time with dark pinks

And here it is sewn to the light pink block from last week

And for those who liked my carousel horse  here she is all completed and on her frame

Happy quilting!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Top most spoiled cat ever

Last night I finished up "Jack's Jack" a Union Jack quilt for Jack the Lad, our cat.

And being put to use

Boy does he have me trained :)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Irene part deux

This week I finished up my second set of 5 blocks for the goodnight Irene sew along being hosted by Terry's treasures 

I did another of 16 patches as I haven't gotten my background fabric purchased yet... although I'm thinking a buttery yellow is what I'll go with.

This quilt is going to be called "Custard and Strawberry" because I can't look at 
This fabric line and not think of Strawberry Shortcake

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A horse of a different colour

Well this week I am still working with pink as it is this month's colour for the rainbow scrap challange  over at so scrappy. I've finished up my lighter pink block for the "charming rainbow" quilt

I've also been working this week on a birthday present for my mum. I'm about 2/3rds of the way done I'd guess. 
 She loves carosel horses so what better to aplique on top of a truly terribly pieced top I started about 12 years ago (yep 12!) I used my "light box" to trace the design
I've used heat and bond to adhere the fabric and then machine stitched around all my shapes adding some decorative stitching as I went. I'm pretty much in love with it, here's hoping my mum feels the same. :)

And that's about it for projects this week as I spent much of the time I would have been sewing cleaning and organizing my sewing room 
Fabrics are sorted by colour too!
And to top it all of this week was my 30th birthday and I received a scratch made pie( banana creme) from my mum, who's always been more of a cake from hyvee sort of person, it was awesome!
Happy quilting

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Week in review

This week the new colour came out in the rainbow scrap challenge for February… it's pink (for a brief glorious moment I thought it was purple). So I started on some HSTs for "love is like a butterfly".

I got them all chain pieced and pressed so just the trimming is left.

I used EQ5 to make a layout for my "charming rainbow" quilt so I could get an idea of where I wanted the star to be in each block I came up with this

Using this plan I laid out my pink charms for the lighter pink block; no sewing on that one yet though.

This week I also started on a Goodnight Irene SAL put on by Terry's Treasures I drew up a plan (again on EQ5)

The monthly goal was five blocks and because I'm trying not to by fabric for a while I'm only working on the 16 patches for now 

This fabric line is called scrumptious and reminds me so much of Strawberry Shortcake so the quilt will be called "Custard and Strawberry" if you get this you might be a child of the eighties too ;)

Last but not least I got the quilting done for "Jack's Jack" now it just needs binding. I'm planning on using a red white and blue stripe