Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Dresden Coin Quilt

Thought I'd use today's post to reveal a recent finished project.

I followed the Missouri Star video tutorial to make this Dresden Coin quilt using Layer Cakes (10" precut squares) from the Benartex collection called "Urban Oasis".

This collection is bright, wild and extremely beautiful!!!
To watch the Missouri Star video click HERE.

I decided to make my quilt a little longer than the tutorial directions so I simply added more Dresden pieces to each row.  I had two Layer Cakes from this collection so there was plenty to go around.

In fact, because I had so many Dresden pieces cut.  I followed another Missouri Star video tutorial to make this gorgeous pillow. 

Truthfully, I made two of these pillows and still have Dresden pieces left to make something else.
To watch the Missouri Star video for the "Sprocket Pillow" click HERE.

Oh how I LOVE this fabric collection and I think it's great to make a quilt and matching pillows.

Both projects were super simple and fun to make.  The only issue I had was when attaching the center button on the pillow.  I used an extra long needle but it was still a challenge to get the needle through such a thick pillow and then do it again in order to pull the center of the pillow taut (with the button) to give the "poofy" finished look.

Give either or both of these projects a whirl!  You won't be disappointed!

On a completely different subject....over the past weekend, I realized how huge my plastic bag of tiny scraps was getting....the ones too little for crumbs but perfect to stuff my doggie beds.

Thankfully I'm getting closer to the end of this orange flannel with skateboarders.  It feels like I've been making doggie beds from this fabric for over a year (probably have).  There was enough scraps to stuff two more beds last night and I think there is enough orange flannel to make two more smaller beds or one large one when the scrap bag fills up again.

These home-made beds are always doggie approved. :)  Of course, my little Talia must try out EVERY new bed before the other fur children are allowed to use them.

What's been under your needle lately?

Monday, November 9, 2015

Ribbons In The Sky - Free Pattern - Accuquilt GO Friendly


Where have I been? - Right here at home.

Why have I not blogged in several months?  - Pure LAZINESS, no excuses!!!

As a form of apology for disappearing from the blogging world for a few months, I'd like to share with you a baby quilt I designed just a few weeks ago.  Please accept my apology and enjoy the free pattern!!!

This quilt pattern is Accuquilt GO friendly.  For the construction of the blocks you will use the 4" Finished HST's and the 4 1/2" square dies.  Borders can be cut with the 2 1/2" unfinished strip die and the 4 1/2" unfinished strip die.

RIBBONS IN THE SKY - Designed by Theresa Litz
46" x 46"
I'm challenging myself to use fabric from my stash whenever and as much as possible.  For fun, I sometimes sit and "make" fabric from my scrap pieces, chunks, and strips of fabric.  To reacquaint yourself with this technique, you can read this blog post from the past.  "Making Fabric on a Rainy Day".
I decided that a 4 1/2" square was a nice size to make, collect and adapt into future projects. 
A friend of one of my daughters recently gave birth to twin girls and I decided I'd like to make each one a quilt...similar but different.  This is the first quilt and I will share the directions for a second baby quilt in an upcoming blog post.
Using my EQ7 software, I came up with this design.  

In the center of each of the Ribbon Blocks, I used my "made fabric" 4 1/2" squares.  You can choose to simply use a particular fabric (as shown in the above design), or even fussy cut from a special fabric.  Just remember, if you want to fussy cut, the fussy cut square will be sitting diagonally in the quilt once the blocks are assembled and pieced together.

Fabric Requirements:


Ribbon Block Construction:  You will need to made a total of 5 of these 12 1/2" unfinished Blocks.  This is a very simple block using only Half-Square Triangles and a center 4 1/2" square.  (Disregard the strange purple piece sticking out of the block picture...don't know why my printer went crazy.)
 You will need a total of 4 Setting Triangles (top, bottom, right and left)

You will need a total of 4 Corner Triangles (left top, right top, left bottom and right bottom)

Inner Black Multi-Dot Border is made by cutting 2 1/2" x WOF strips.
Outer Lime Green Border is made by cutting  4 1/2" x WOF strips.
Here is a blank Coloring Sheet so that you can experiment and play around with colors/fabrics you would like to use in your own quilt.

This pattern was super quick and easy to piece together.  If you make one in the future, please send a photo so I can share it with everyone!!!

Until next time.....Keep quilting and sewing!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Zipper Quilt - Baby size

Just finished sewing the binding and label on this cute little baby/toddler quilt.  The pattern is called The Zipper quilt by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I used a charm pack of pre-cut 5" squares from a new Moda collection called 'Aloha Girl'.  Also used was a Cotton Supreme bright white in the blocks and inner sashings.

This is a really fun, fast, and easy quilt to piece together.  You can watch the video tutorial that gives you detailed instructions at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtLL4liuW8o

The border fabric is an Andover Dimples light blue that has been in my stash for a couple of years.

The most precious fabric was found in my stash to use for the backing.  Honestly, I believe this fabric may be close to 20 years old! :) :) :)

The quilting design I decided to use is call 'Peonie' and it can be found at Urban Elementz.

And just in case you are wondering....no, I didn't make this with anyone specific in mind.  :)  I've been wanting to try this pattern and thought the 'Aloha Girl' collection would make a precious version.  This will be another quilt I put away for when I need a baby gift or donation quilt.

What have you been up to lately?

Until next time!!!!!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Bordered Periwinkle and a Tshirt Quilt Finished

Another totally finished project!  I'm on a roll! :)  I shared a photo of the blocks in an earlier post, prior to assembly and adding borders, quilting, binding, etc.

The pattern/design is called Bordered Periwinkle by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company.  The fabrics used was a Moda Layer Cake called Whitewashed Cottage. A silver gray solid was used in the blocks and as an inner border. The yellow outer border is from Moda's Whitewashed Cottage collection as well.

I made this after watching the video tutorial:  HERE

As far as quilting goes, a pantograph from Urban Elementz called Kashmir seemed to be a perfect choice.  I'm not sure that it is still available as it was a retired pattern when I purchased it.

Close up of the front:

The backing fabric is a 108" wide from the same Moda Whitewashed Cottage collection.

Close up of the back:

While the above quilt was on the frame, I was also in the process of making a T-Shirt quilt for a local young woman graduating from college.  As soon as the quilting was finished for the above quilt, I had this quilt ready to put on the frame.

All of this young woman's collection of T-shirts revolved around her years as a competitive diver/swimmer for her school team.  Taking that into consideration, I chose to use a pantograph called Fern Gully from Urban Elementz.  I hoped that the design would give a feeling of water and in my opinion it worked. :)

Close up while on the quilt frame....

Close up of back....

The quilt was finished and delivered just in time to be displayed during her graduation party!

There are quite a few other projects in the works right now and I hope to start sharing them with you in the next few days.

Keep sewing!   Until next time.....

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Ricket's Raffle Quilt

Meet Ricket.....he is a local 4 month old puppy who needs heart surgery.  From what I understand, he was originally going to be "put down" but the office manager for my veterinarian decided to take him and raise the needed funds for his life-saving surgery.  Isn't he adorable? :)

He is the reason I made this quilt to raffle or auction with hopes it raises a good amount of funds for his surgery (which is scheduled for next month). 

I had a lot of fun working on this project....

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I wanted to quilt it using "Paw Prints" from Urban Elementz.
Can you see how cute the quilting turned out?

Here's a photo of the quilt back which shows the quilting even clearer....

I've asked my vet's office to let me know how much the quilt ends up raising....keeping my fingers crossed it does well!

Until next time.....

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Busy, Busy, Busy Work

What have I been up to this last month?  TONS of stuff!!!!

First off, I played around using a Moda Layer Cake from their new collection 'Whitewashed Cottage' and one of Missouri Star Quilt Company's numerous free video/tutorials to put together this quilt top.  This pattern is called The Bordered Periwinkle.
Also on my agenda was getting this quilt top (below) that my mom made on the longarm and quilting it for her.  She made this for her one and only grandson, Brandon, who is graduating in a couple of weeks from The University of Alabama.  She used Alabama colors and a basic "Sawtooth" block to create this HUGE queen size quilt.  Since I'm such an awesome daughter, I also added the binding and completely finished it for her. :) :)
Along came Easter!  On Saturday (the day before), I decided that I wanted something cheery and spring-like hanging in a 'naked' spot on my kitchen wall.  I rummaged through my closet of 'projects waiting on completion' and found a little "Blazing Star" wall hanging needing to be quilted.  I must admit that I impressed myself by how quickly I tossed that project on the longarm, quilted it, applied binding and hung it up by 11:00 pm Saturday night!  I had no clue that my family members would start arriving for Easter dinner with so many gorgeous flower arrangements that just made my new wall d├ęcor pop!
Here's a close up....the wall-hanging is not crooked....the picture itself is crooked. :)
I also quilted this Mesmerize lap quilt for a new friend.  She used batik scraps and I quilted it using a pantograph called 'Fern Gully' by Urban Elementz.
The back....
A 10 day trip to Tennessee was also squeezed into the month.  My Dad had a knee replacement so I surprised them by showing up on their doorstep after he was home and recuperating.  I didn't realize till I got home that there is no pictures of me with my youngest grandson, but I do have this photo from the night I took my two oldest grandchildren out for dinner at Applebee's and dessert at Dairy Queen.
Once I returned home, I had to catch up on a project I'm helping with for Quilters' Haven where I work part-time.  Our customers (as well as employees) are making "Star" blocks in patriotic colors.  Once we have enough, we plan to make a Quilt Of Valor to present to a local veteran.  This is what has been contributed at this point in time.....
This past Friday I learned of a local puppy that needs heart surgery.  My vet is helping to raise the funds needed and I offered to make a quilt to donate and use as a raffle item with all funds going toward the puppy's medical expenses.

I searched through my stash of fabric on Saturday and found these two fabrics.  I just LOVE the doggie faces!!!!!!!!!  I figured this fabric would be perfect to make the quilt I designed and shared in an earlier post called "Bird's Eye View".  Since designing that pattern, this will be the third time I've used it in a two month time span.  It is so quick and easy and the perfect quilt pattern when needed a "themed" quilt.
The center of the quilt was cut and pieced on Sunday, and I added the puppy paw prints border last night as I watch television.  Now I just need to get it loaded on the longarm and quilted. 
Wouldn't you know it....I already have the PERFECT pantograph design to use called "Puppy Paws" by Urbanelementz.
Speaking of doggies.....one of my little ones has the talent of turning ANYTHING soft into a napping spot.  I had only laid this plastic container with some scraps of cotton batting on top down on the ground for a few minutes while I looked for something.  Needless to say....I didn't disturb her and allowed her to use it as a bed for as long as she wanted while I played in my sewing room.
Guess I will close this post by showing the JACKPOT of gifted fabric I received from a friend on Saturday!  Five bags of the most glorious fabrics!  She was cleaning out her sewing room and decided she no longer wanted these pieces....Christmas, Patriotic, Batiks, Panels, Reproduction, Modern....OH MY....I'M IN FABRIC HEAVEN!!!!
April has certainly been a productive month for me!  I hope I can keep it going during May.  So what have YOU been up to lately?  I'd love to hear all about it!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Bird's Eye View Quilt - Free Pattern

Designed by Theresa Litz c2015
Lap Quilt 50" x 62"

20 - 8 1/2" squares of a mixture of focal fabrics (equals approx. 1 yard)
9 - 2 1/2" x WOF strips of solid Black (equals approx. 3/4 yard)
                            (5 strips will be used in the quilt block assemble and 4 strips will be used in the                                       inner border)
5 - 2 1/2" x WOF strips of solid Grey (equals approx. 1/2 yard)
6 - 4 1/2" x WOF strips of Border Fabric (equals approx. 1 yard)

My quilting buddy Marianne gave me a gift for Christmas that contained 20 pre-cut  8 1/2" squares of five different Bird prints (4 of each print).....

Using one of the 2 1/2" x WOF Grey strips and one of the 2 1/2" x WOF Black strips, placed together face to face and using an Easy Angle Ruler, cut 20 sets of triangles....

First cut....  line up your ruler on the 2 1/2" markings.....

Second cut....   flip your ruler for the second cut and line up once again on the 2 1/2" markings.... continue until you have the needed 20 sets

Using four of your BLACK - 2 1/2" x WOF strips and the remaining four GREY - 2 1/2" x WOF strips....cut a total of 20 - 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangles of EACH COLOR.....

Using a 1/4" seam, sew one black triangle and one grey triangle together.  Your finished black & grey HST block should measure 2 1/2" square at this point.  Trim the dog ears.....

To get an idea of how your blocks will go together and keep everything in order, you may want to arrange your work area as I have below.....

Sew one Black 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle to the LEFT side of your 8 1/2" square focal block, right sides together......this is a perfect "chain sewing" project....go ahead and sew all of the black rectangles to the left side of all 20 focal fabric squares....

Press seams toward the black rectangles....

Now sew one Black & Grey 2 1/2" square to the LEFT end of the Grey 2 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle. Once again go ahead and sew all of the Black & Grey 2 1/2" squares to the Grey rectangles.

Make sure the GREY side of the TRIANGLE block is sewn to the left side of the GREY rectangle....see below....

Press seams toward the grey rectangles....

Now, sew the grey section to the bottom edge of your focal fabric black...right sides together.

Nest your seams together where the black/gray HST block meets the black rectangle.....

Lay your blocks out 4 across x 5 down....sew blocks to form the rows....then sew rows together to complete the center section of your quilt top.

Attach black inner border to RIGHT Side ONLY....


Attach black inner border to TOP and BOTTOM

Attach outer border to both the LEFT and RIGHT Sides...

Last but not least, attach outer border to both the TOP and BOTTOM....

I apologize for taking longer than anticipated to share this pattern with you.  If you like this and decide to make one of your own, please share a photo of your project.  I'd love to see what you do with it! Use your imagination, especially concerning the focal fabrics you choose.  The possibilities are endless! 

In fact, I whipped up a new version of this over the weekend using Moda's new collection called 'On The Wing'.  The only thing I did different was to add a second inner border.  How do you like it?

Until next time!