Wednesday, August 9, 2017

I Wish You A Merry Quilt-A-Long, Block #1

My sister Phyllis and I jumped on the Christmas Sampler Project called "I Wish You A Merry Quilt-A-Long", hosted several Bloggers.    The quilt-a-long started on August 1st, with new blocks introduced every other Tuesday.  With the HUGE collection of Christmas Fabric we have accumulated.  Block #1 was designed by Vanda at Quilt In Piece.  

Neither of us have a lot of experience with applique', so this was a perfect start.  Mine is on the left (low volume) and Phyllis' is on the right.

We started with lining up those little boogers -- we pressed in horizontal, vertical and diagonal reference lines on the background to place the larger rays, double checked with a ruler and then took pictures with our phones to make sure they did not look drunk.  Then we added the smaller rays, pressed and set the Heat-N-Bond.

Last step was to applique with a thin zig zag using my favorite light weight thread, "Glide", which has a perfect sheen.  Glide is also my favorite quilting thread.

Christmas quilt-a-long with free block patterns

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sunday Sample, Block #5

Well, here I am....five blocks done.  Loved making the "Big Bang" block, which is Bonnie Hunter's from Volume #6, in the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Special Edition.

I just can't decide which one I will do next -- may need to toss the numbers in a hat to choose.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Baby Thunderbird

A smaller version of Thunderbirds  for a baby boy due in August -- finishing just in time and will be on the way to Michigan Monday.

Thunderbirds, Finished 60'x60"
Designed by Jamie Janow Elfert

Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict....Whoop Whoop!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sunday Sample, Block 4

With Four of Bonnie Hunter's Blocks, it is starting to look like an invested project!  Block #4 is called "Birthday Girl", published in Volume #2,  Quiltmaker's 100 Block collector's edition.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Charity Finish

First - on the design wall, ready for assembly of the two remaining sections.
Next -- fresh off the long arm (inside shot)

Last shot is outside -- I was almost finished with the binding last night and wanted to take the picture before the sun went down.

The Helping Hands Quilt (our guild's charity program) finished at 64" X 88 -- the center used 4 1/2" Kona solid squares and same fabric used for the border.  The scraps were 2 1/2" X 4 1/2" rectangles. The pattern was inspired by a Shop Hop Pattern from a few years ago (Mama's Quilt Shop in Independence, LA.)  We are just a couple weeks away from the 2017 Shop Hop, so I need to dig out the mad money.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Baby Thunderbirds in Progress

A smaller version of  my "Thunderbirds" Quilt (Black Cat Creations Pattern) commissioned by a newborn's Great Aunt Ginny from Michigan.  Special thanks to Cheryl at The Quilters Garden in Fenton, Michigan who assisted Ginny with the fabric choices.  The top will finish at 60 X 60" and will be large enough for the baby boy to use for many years to come -- especially since high quality batiks are being used.

Just need to sew the blocks together and load it on the long-arm!  Almost done.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sunday Sample

And then there were three!!!  Making the blocks in between several other projects -- I'm sooooo not in a hurry.  My hope is Bonnie will continue to design for the Quiltmaker's 100 Block series until there is enough for a nice size quilt.  

The newest block, top left, is called "Midnight Flight" and was published in Volume 4 of the Quiltaker's 100 Block collector's edition.  (Note:  I am not going in order of publication).