Quilting for pleasure

Quilting for pleasure
Find Joy in the Journey

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Lemon Lime with a Twist

I am still trying to make a dent in my scraps & precut fabric.  I usually take the remains of previous projects & cut them into usable pieces.  This quilt uses 2 1/2" strips and a few 2" strips here and there on the outer edges.

I knew I wanted to make a larger quilt this time so I made 42 of the 9 patch squares.  These are made with pink & purple fabrics.  When you are using fabrics with both colors in it you have to choose which will be the predominant color.  You can see my choices in the quilt.  You may choose differently.  There is no right or wrong when you a scrappy quilter (which I am).

Sew 3 strips together.  Two of one color wave & one of the other color wave.

Start to build your log cabin block around the 9 patch block.  I added 2 pink sides then will add 2 purple to the other sides of the 9 patch block.
This is the block before trimming.  You could just trim it to 13 1/2".  But I thought "what if I cut in on an angle?"
So out came the 12 1/2" square ruler.  I twisted it a bit and then cut.  I did not cut the same angle on the subsequent blocks as I wanted to see what would happen.
This is the 12 1/2" block ready to use.  Notice only the outer strips are actually trimmed to a twisted angle.

This is the result.  I laid the blocks out in the "furrow" setting.  There are many ways to set these log cabin blocks.  Can't wait to see what happens in the next twisted quilt.....

I used a bright yellow cozy flannel fabric for the outer border and the backing.  Quilted with a free form modified clam shell pattern.

Of course the label.  I knew it was going to be called Lemon Lime with a Twist as soon as I put the yellow & green fabrics as my choice of colors.  (All using scrap pieces).

I had enough of the flannel to make a matching pillow case.

Oh yes, I bagged up the left over pink & purple strips & the start of more nine patch blocks to use in another quilt.
The sample block is clearly visable in this 2 gallon storage bag.

I hope you all have a wonderful Easter today.

Matthew - CHAPTER 28
Christ the Lord is risen—He appears to many—He has all power in heaven and earth—He sends the Apostles to teach and baptize all nations.
aIn the end of the bsabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for athe bangel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
aHis bcountenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
aAnd the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
He is not here: for he is arisen, as he said. Come, see the place where the bLord lay.
And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
¶ And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, aJesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
11 ¶ Now when they were going, behold, some of the awatch came into the city, and bshewedunto the chief priests all the things that were done.
12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave alarge money unto the soldiers,
13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
14 And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and asecure you.
15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
16 ¶ Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some adoubted.
18 And aJesus came and spake unto them, saying, All bpower is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 ¶ Go ye therefore, and ateach all bnationscbaptizing them in the name of the dFather, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 aTeaching them to bobserve all things whatsoever I have ccommanded you: and, lo, dI am with you alway, even unto the eend of the world. Amen.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Living the Life

What to do with those left over 10" squares?  Well, they just happened to match some of the Indian Motorcycle fabric that I had purchased a couple of years ago for a special order.  I had bought a little more than I needed for the order and put it away for a future project.  I suppose this was the time to take it out of the stash closet.  The Moda fabric squares that I had were the perfect color to go with the dark brown motorcycle print.  A few days of sewing in between work and other commitments and this is what happened.

Living the Life

The quilt turned out to be approximately 78" x 92".  A nice size to snuggle up in on a cold day.

Label attached

The backing is snuggle flannel in tan/brown wolf & forest print.  I had bought a bolt of the flannel a while ago as it was a print I had not seen before and thought I may use it at some point for a quilt backing.  It worked out well.


I was fortunate enough to have just enough of the red & grey Indian wing print left to make the flange for the pillow case.  I still have just a yard or so left of the other fabrics.

The machine quilting is an overall stipple stitch using the last of the brown variegated thread.

On to the next project!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

In The Wild

Finished a quilt order tonight.  I love it!  I used a panel from Hoffman fabric line called "Call of the Wild", 2 10" square pre-cut packs from Kona Cotton in Gray Area Pallet & Sediment Pallet.  The layout is a brick pattern.  I know this was the right pattern for this quilt because it just went together so well.  I backed it in a Cuddle flannel called Camo Bears.  Made a matching pillowcase as well.  The quilt finished out at 77" x 86".  A nice size for the young man who will receive it.

Machine quilted in variegated thread in a stipple design.  Used gray thread on the backing.

Too  big to get a good photo inside.  Too cold, dark and snowy outside to photograph outdoors.

The colors don't show very well in this photo.  It is really a great looking quilt!

In The Wild.  All over stipple machine quilting with variegated thread.

and of course, the matching pillow case.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

February Sun

I am working on using my 5" precut fabric.  Every time I have a sewing or quilting project that has left over fabric I cut the remaining fabric into 5" squares, 2 1/2" strips, or 2 1/2" squares.  That way I have containers of precut sizes to use whenever the desire strikes me to quilt.  OK, OK, that's most of the time, but you would be amazed at how many quilts you can get from one small container of fabric pieces.

Any way, I bought a couple of bolts of yellow print fabric a few years ago, yellow not being a major color in my color wheel for sewing, and I decided I was going to use some of it in this quilt.

I used the Tossed Nine Patch or Split Nine Patch pattern.  Every center square was a red block so that when the 9 patch block was sub-cut there would be a 2 1/2" red block in each corner of the sub-cut block.  I used the yellow print in the border, backing, and the matching pillowcase.  Still have about a bolt & a half of yellow left (another project on the horizon).

Next up is an order for an over sized twin quilt for a boy.  Just got the fabric for the center of the quilt top.  Cannot wait to start the quilt.

Happy quilting to all!

Split or Tossed 9 Patch pattern.  White sashing is made from 2 1/2" strips.

"February Sun".  Quilted in an edge to edge free motion modified curve pattern.

Of course, a matching pillowcase!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Mini Maxx

I just had to use up the leftover bonus half square triangle units from my PJ Maxx project.  Mini Maxx is 42" x 48".  Just the right size for a child or a puppy (yes I have made doggie quilts in the past).  I machine quilted it with a free form wavy horizontal line.  Gotta love left over units!

Monday, January 7, 2019

PJ Maxx - First Quilt of the New Year!

I wanted to use some of the 5 inch squares that I had in my scrappy stash box.  When I make PJ's for the grandsons I will cut the leftover flannel into 5" squares & 2 1/2" strips.  That way I have some fabric ready to go into a project when I get the "bug".  I threw in a few cotton scraps as well in this project.  I made half square units and put them into an Around the World layout.  I used a strip of the half square units in the backing as well to lengthen the flannel to the right measurement.  Easy, peasy.

The quilt ended up being about 68" x 81".  Backed with a cozy flannel.  Of course the name of the quilt came fairly quickly - PJ Maxx.  A little play on words there.

May your new year bring you much peace, contentment, and joy.  God Bless!

Amazing what a few 5 inch squares can do!

Used a strip of the half square triangles on the backing.

and of course, the label!

A matching pillow case from the remaining fabric.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Fun Times

One of my neighbors had given my granddaughter some clothes that her daughter had outgrown.  In the bag were a few T shirts.  I decided to save the shirts and make a little throw quilt for her daughter.  The result is "Fun Times".  It measures approximately 41" x 66".  Just the right size to snuggle in while watching a game or sharing a movie at home.  I hope she likes it.  I love the bright green flannel that I used for the border and backing.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Reorganizing the Studio! About time!!

I have been reorganizing my studio into a more usable space.  I have tossed hundreds of magazines and will be tossing a few more.  I have gone through my quilt and craft books and will be getting rid of about half of them.  If anyone wants some, let me know.

I will also be passing along at least 3 sewing machines as well.  I have just so much space and I am not going to stock pile anymore.  Well, that's my plan anyway.

I am waiting on two more pieces to arrive in order to finish the room, so no photos yet.
This was somewhat of my mess that I started out with.  I actually had more, as this photo was taken a couple of years ago.  I see a machine and just want to rescue it!  I am going to change my ways....

I will be posting the machines very soon that I am willing to let go.  I just bought another Featherweight, so I may let 4 machines go as I have allowed myself a limited space for my machines.

Enjoy this wet weather.  We have waited long for moisture this year and are thankful for the amount we have received this past week.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Sunshine On a Cloudy Day

Well, finally finished this project!  I love this quilt.  It is always amazing what you can do with a simple log cabin block that is modified with a four patch block.  The pattern is from American Patchwork & Quilting - October issue - Page 19.  The design is by Char Hopeman.

I had a short jelly roll of the brown & green prints & added a couple of other colors to the brown & green family.  The light strips are white to light tan.  I will definitely use this pattern again!  I will try other block settings.  You can find many log cabin block layouts on the internet or quilt magazines.  It is a versatile block.

I backed the quilt with a cuddle soft flannel and machine quilted it with a stipple free motion pattern.  This is what was used on the sample quilt in the magazine and I liked it, so why not use it myself!

I called the quilt "Sunshine On a Cloudy Day" as it reminds me of walking through the trees and sunshine peaking through to light the path.  I hope you enjoy this quilt pattern as much as I do.

Early morning light is not the best for taking photos

This is where the 320 four patch units went!

Sunshine On a Cloudy Day
You can see a close up of the stippling on the quilt in this photos

I hope you all have a wonderful Autumn!  The pumpkins are ready to pick, the leaves are turning color, and you can see Heavenly Father's hand in nature all around us.  Just take a moment to take it all in.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Memory Quilt

One of my co-workers father passed away a month or so ago.  She wanted to have a quilt made from some of his T shirts.  Challenging in it's own right was the size of the images on the shirts.  I had to be a little creative in laying the blocks out and making them work together.  But all in all, I am very happy with the results.  Hubby really likes this quilt as well.  Though, admittedly it is my use of the orange flannel that tipped him over.  Orange lover that he is.

The label will catch a little flack from my English major friends, but I am going with artistic license on this one.  It finished at approximately 69" x 81".

I used a large all over stipple for the machine quilting as the designs on the shirts didn't need anything more complex.  The label is computer generated.  I was able to download a photo of him and used a pencil drawing setting on my Picasa program.  I hope she likes the end results.

Finished quilt is approximately 69" x 81"

Called this quilt Tom's T's

I had a piece of fabric that was perfect for the backing.  Used a bit of the orange flannel to make it wide enough for this quilt.  Simple all over stipple quilting.