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 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 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!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Serene Garden - Free Pattern - Designed by Theresa Litz

I'm thrilled to share this pattern for a quilt I designed recently.  It does require The Learning Curve Ruler designed by Linda Warren.  If you cannot find it in your local shop, you can purchase it directly from the designer at this LINK.

Serene Garden – 72” x 72”
Designed by Theresa Litz – c2014
3 yds – Focal Fabric (Asian Inspired Floral) – blocks, outer          
1 ¾ yds – Light Blue background – blocks
1 ½ yds – Light Cream background – blocks
1 yd -  Dark Teal – blocks, inner border


Focal Fabric – Asian Inspired Floral
     100 -  3 ¼” x 5 ½” rectangles for blocks
               (cut 9 – 5 ½” wide x WOF strips, then sub-cut into 100     
     25 -  4 ½” squares for center of each block (cut 3 – 4 ½” x WOF strips, sub-cut into 25 squares)
      7  -  4 ½” x WOF strips – for outer border

Light Blue –
     52 – 3 ¼” x 5 ½” rectangles for blocks -  (cut 5 – 5 ½” wide x WOF strips, then sub-cut into 52                    rectangles)
     52 – 4 ½” squares for blocks – (cut 6 – 4 ½” x WOF strips, sub-cut into 52 4 ½” squares)

Light Cream –
     48 – 3 ¼” x 5 ½” rectangles for blocks – (cut 4 – 5 ½” wide x WOF strips, then sub-cut into 48                     rectangles)
     48 – 4 ½” squares for blocks – (cut 6 – 4 ½” x WOF strips, sub-cut into 48 4 ½” squares)

Dark Teal –
     100 – 2 ½” squares for blocks – (cut 7 – 2 ½” x WOF strips, sub-cut into 100 squares)
     6  - 2 ½” x WOF strips – for inner border

(Reference Method 2 on Ruler Instruction Pamphlet)

You will use The Learning Curve Ruler, to trim all 100 - 3 ¼” x 5 ½” FOCAL FABRIC rectangles.

As photo below demonstrates, line up the left edge of the rectangle with the “A” Line of the ruler and carefully trim along the curved edge of the ruler.

 All FOCAL FABRIC rectangles should now look like this. 

 Next, trim the 52 light blue 3 ¼” x 5 ½” rectangles AND the 48 light cream 3 ¼” x 5 ½” rectangles.

As photo demonstrates, line up the left edge of the rectangle with the “C” Line of the ruler and carefully trim along the curved edge of the ruler.

 All light blue AND light cream rectangles should now look like this.

 We are now finished using The Learning Curve Ruler.

Now we just need to sew all the Focal Fabric curved pieces to the Light Blue and Light Cream curved pieces.

LINK to my tutorial showing how to sew these two pieces together.

Use the instruction sheet that came with your ruler for Method 2 to trim your curved square down to 4 1/2" - or use my past blog tutorials to view detailed photos for using the ruler to trim these units.


Draw a diagonal line on the back of all 100 Dark Teal 2 ½” squares.

Place a 2 ½” square, face to face in ONE corner of all 52 – 4 ½” light blue squares and all 48 – 4 ½” light cream squares.

Sew along the center diagonal pencil line. 

Trim approximately a ¼” from seam, flip the Dark Teal triangle face up and press with iron.

****Side note:  You may notice in the photo above that I have drawn two lines rather than just one down the center.  I am very frugal and enjoy getting "bonus triangles" that can be used in a future project rather than to throw away the corners we don't need for this quilt.  I learned how to obtain a usable, 2" unfinished Half-Square Triangle from the well-known Quilt Designer, Instructor (and too many other titles to list), Bonnie K. Hunter of Quiltville.  You can view and learn this method for Bonus Triangles at this LINK. 

 You should now have 52 – 4 ½” light blue squares that look like this:

 And 48 – 4 ½” light cream squares that look like this:

Blocks should measure 12 ½” unfinished

Assemble 13 light blue blocks using photo below as a guide.

 Assemble 12 light cream blocks using photo below as a guide.

Blocks should measure 12 1/2" once sewn together at this point.

Sew blocks into rows using quilt photo as a guide, for a total of five rows of five blocks each.

Sew rows together.  In a perfect world, if all your seams are an accurate 1/4", the center of your quilt top should measure 60 1/2" x 60 1/2" at this point.

Add Dark Teal Inner Border 

Add Focal Fabric Outer Border

If you make your own Serene Garden Lap Quilt, please share a photo!  Not only would I love to see it but I'll add the photo to this post so others can enjoy it as well!   (With your permission of course.) :)

Until next time!  By the way, I hope to be sharing the pattern for another quilt top within the next few days.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Snow, Snow and More Snow

To say I'm tired of snow doesn't even begin to explain just how 'over it' I truly am of this cold, white stuff!  This photo was taken a week ago and we've had more snow every day since.

I've been keeping myself busy with odds and ends.

First, the quilt for my uncle is not only finished but is already in his hands in Tennessee.

The label on back......

Next, one night I decided to pull out four orphan blocks (6 1/2") left over from a past project. It was fun using them to make a couple of chicken pin cushions for my boss and co-worker.

I just followed the instructional video on YouTube made by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company to make them.

Another small project I'm working on......

My friend Maryanne gave me a packet of 20 squares consisting of five different bird themed fabrics.  The fabric is precious and I didn't want to chop up the squares any smaller for fear of losing the pretty birds.  After some playing around, this is what I came up with and will share the directions with you soon.  I need to figure out how best to finish it, then will post a tutorial.

What's been keeping you busy lately?