Quilting for pleasure

Quilting for pleasure
Find Joy in the Journey

Friday, January 23, 2015

January Clean Up!

The aftermath of sewing during Christmas season.  Fabric stacked on top of my Accucut Die Cutter; jeans stacked ready to cut into 5" squares.

Before:  Fabric stacked on my die cutter in boxes & needing some attention.

Old jeans stacked & ready to cut into 5" squares.

After:  Next project's fabric is waiting to be sewn.

Boxes being filled with 5" squares of denim cut from old jean.
2 1/2" strips of light, medium, & dark fabric in boxes.
Baby receiving blankets ready to crochet around.

Bags of dark & light fabric scraps ready for another scrappy quilt.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Fidget MaGee Quilt

This is my first attempt at making a fidget quilt.  I was given a link to what fidget quilts are by a friend.  Well, you know that I had to give it a try.

First thing was to find out what Pam found of interest.  Luckily, I was able to use some orphan blocks from my "Dublin" quilt.  Which worked out great as she loves anything to do with Ireland.

The quilt ended up being approximately 34" x 45".  A little larger than some I found on the Internet, but I think it will be just fine.

The finished quilt.

Decided to use a couple of the family photographs that Lucy had on her Facebook page.
(Hope she doesn't mind!)
Put some of the Jacob's Ladder blocks to use.  I had made a quilt which I called "Dublin" so these orphan blocks came in quite handy.
Decided to frame the photos with polka dots.  A girl must have a little black & polka dot somewhere in her quilt!
Added a top strip to the Jacob Ladder blocks.  Included the polka dot fabric again.

 Pam likes her cat.  Made a faux chenille block with a leather applique.  Kitty is wearing her bell too.
Beads spell out Ireland,                   
Heart shamrock with 3D stem,        
  Then a 3D flower with button center
Put them together into a row.
Laid out the center components to see how I wanted them to go.
Framed one of the photos & left it as a stand alone embellishment.  Love the bright corner buttons.
and on the back of the photo is another leather cat applique with Velcro to attach it to the quilt.
Beads on the black suede strips spell out the names of the sisters & Family.  The beads can be moved up and down the strips.
The stand alone photo comes off to reveal the cat & can be hugged, used as a cuddle piece, or just pet the cat.
When designing the lap quilt I had in mind a little story about a leprechaun named Fidget MaGee.  Fidget lives in the magical forest of Nodbrier.  He loves to help everyone he meets.  He is small of stature but big in heart.

I hope that Pam will enjoy this little fidget quilt.  It was alot of fun designing it and making it.  It was fun to come up with embellishments that could be fiddled with.   I turned the cat applique around so that one of them is soft leather & the other one is the reverse side which is more textured.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

"Starry" brings in 2015 Quilting

This scrappy quilt was actually started last year but finished today.  I sorted some fabric scraps into two 1 gallon Ziploc plastic bags - one for light & one for dark.  I didn't care what the colors were just that there was a noticeable degree of difference in the shades of the fabric.  Just so you know, this quilt measures approximately 78" x 92" and only used approximately 1/3 of each of the bags of scraps.  I probably have enough scraps left in the bags & other containers to make several more scrappy quilts.

The pattern was from Bonnie Hunter's (of Quiltville.blogspot.com) book Scraps & Shirttails.  The quilt she made was called Virginia Bound.  I really relate to Bonnie's style of scrappy quilts.

My version of the quilt pattern

Leftover block had to become the label.
Backing is soft flannel in a bright blue color

Mater is peaking out of this strip!

Chef Froggy even got a strip in.

Even used some pirate fabric.  Booty Way!
Oh yeah, the doggy fabric is next to it.

Lion from some jungle fabric.  Cute little face.

ATV fabric made it too.

Just a few of the fun fabrics that I used.  Bonnie Hunter has a saying "If the fabric is still ugly, you didn't cut it small enough."

Quilted in a free motion curls & hooks pattern.  Just a fun over all pattern.

So this is the quilt that will begin this year.

Next project - Fidget lap quilt for a friend's sister.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Simple Things

I had some fabric left over from my last Christmas quilt (Believe) so I cut 4" squares & used the tan mottled flannel as the background fabric.  This is the sweet quilt that came out of those squares.  I call it "Simple Things".  I had recently heard a talk that referred to a Quaker hymn that has the words "Tis a gift to be simple, Tis a gift to be free.....".  Anyway, that stuck in my mind & since this quilt is made of simple squares the name had to be "Simple Things".

The quilt is approximately 72" x 85".  The backing is a red mottled flannel with a strip of leftover 4" squares with the small flowers on it.  As you know, I usually have to throw in some leftover blocks or fabric into the backing.

This quilt is for sale - $175.

Love how this turned out!

Machine quilted with a free motion loop pattern.  Reminded me of curling ribbon.

Strip of leftover squares made it into the flannel backing.

Saturday, November 15, 2014


I bought the Christmas panel about a year ago & just got around to doing something with it.  The panel is one of Nancy Halverson's designs.  I really like her style.

Used some other Christmas fabric I had bought a year ago in St. George, threw in some flannel, backed it with fabric I bought at a local fabric store (Marcia's), and there you have it!  My 2014 Christmas quilt.  I enjoy making a Christmas quilt each year.  Some years I give it away in a drawing held at work.  Might do the same thing this year.

Hope all of your are enjoying the wonderful season of Thanksgiving & Christmas.

Cut the panel pieces apart then designed blocks with them.
I am not really good at drawing patterns so I just end up throwing them together as I go.

All over meandering free motion quilting - if you look closely there are words thrown in here and there.

One of the blocks ended up being the label.  The name of the quilt is "Believe".  And I do.  Believe.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

"Enjoy the Ride"

This afternoon I put the finishing touches on the second quilt using the Open Road line of fabric from Quilting Treasures (QT).  This quilt is also 81" x 94" inches.  It is backed with a golden tan mottled flannel fabric (nice & comfy).   The photo shoot didn't go so well as the wind was really blowing & just when I was taking the photos - here come the clouds.  Ah well.

This quilt is for sale.  Price is $325.

Queen size quilt - color is much brighter than in the photo.

Closer to the true colors. 

Backing is wonderful comfy flannel.
Machine quilted in a meandering loop pattern.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Open Road

Finished the "Open Road" quilt this morning.  Used a wonderful soft plaid flannel for the backing.  The quilt is an original pattern that I designed specifically for this quilt.  The fabric is trademarked by Indian Motorcycle.  It was fun to put together.  I have another one in the process of being sewn together but will be using more brown & wine colors in that one.  The finished quilt is 81" x 94" & is priced at $300.

Machine quilted with a stippling stitch (reminded me of winding roads) with variegated thread.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Conference, Quilting & Cookies

I am so thankful to have the opportunity to listen to the inspired talks given in the General Conference today. My soul has been well fed.  (For those who do not know me, I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.)

While enjoying the talks today I worked on one of the quilt tops that are on order.  Finished piecing the top by Noon.  Decided it was time to make cookies.  The Glazed Pumpkin Cookies did not take long as I had put together the dry ingredients a week ago in readiness to throw them together this weekend.  The cookie reminds me of a shortbread texture.  Made a double batch so there may a plate taken to work tomorrow.

I hope all of you are enjoying this day, your families, your blessings, and have peace in your lives.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Two New Quilts In The Making

Special order quilt using the Quilting Treasures line of Indian Motorcycle fabric called "Open Road".  I am designing as I go.  If I am making one I decided I might as well make two.  Can't wait to see how these quilts come together.