Finished the zebra quilt tonight. Had enough scraps left over to make 2 pillowcases. The quilt was an order for Christmas for a girl named Sheena. Hence, the name of the quilt is Sheena. It was a challenge to come up with a simple pattern that would showcase the zebra print fabric. Did I mention it is queen size! Anyway, I hope they like it. Have a great Christmas everyone! I hope you all choose to share your sewing talents this coming year. There is always someone out there who could use a quilt or a pillowcase. Happy Holidays from the Bevilockway Family.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
It's beginning to look alot like Christmas.....I had to use a Christmas panel that I had purchased a couple of years ago. When I looked in my stash I found coordinating fabric. This quilt uses cotton & flannel. It was so much fun to make. A quick quilt for anyone to do. I pieced the backing & used the trimmed strips from the backing to make the binding. I call the quilt "Dear Santa". I hope everyone keeps the true message of Christmas in their hearts this year. A joyous season from my family to yours.
Friday, November 25, 2011
We went to St. George for Thanksgiving & had a wonderful time with the kids. Trista & I got up just after 4 AM to be at Joann's Fabric store by 5 AM to stand in line until they opened at 6 AM. We had a great time finding flannel. We ended up with approximately 300 yards of fabric. I also bought some fat quarters in brown, purple, pink, yellow & green tones for future projects. The fabric filled the back seat of my car. It is great to have this girls day out once a year. I just have to decide what to make first!
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Finished my Christmas quilt for 2011. I adapted the Prarie Patches pattern by Vicki Bellino that was featured in the November/December 2011 McCall's Quilting magazine. I used my Accucut birdhouse die, fussy cut the birds from some Christmas fabric, and used only fabric that I had in my stash. The machine quilting pattern is holly & berries. I drew a pantogram & followed the pattern with the laser attached to my Grace quilting frame. I can't wait to do more pantogram quilting! I pieced the backing too. Bonnie Hunt, a wonderful quilter & teacher, pieces many of her backings. As Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I have been thinking of all my many blessings. I thank my Heavenly Father for our abundance of food, clothing, shelter, gospel, and so much more. I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving day. Keep enjoying the journey.
"NOEL" Pieced the backing
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Finally have my computer back & working great! I finished my layer cake quilt last week. I bought a bundle of 10 inch squares, but them into 3 1/2" by 6 1/2" rectangles. Turned the smaller pile over & sewed the large pieces to the small pieces. Then pressed and cut the block in half (5") lengthwise through the seam. Turned one pile over & sewed the pieces from each pile together. The end result was great. An easy quilt that was fun to do. Did an overall swirl & leaf free motion design. Called the quilt "Sunshine & Lavender" because that was the color of the thread I used for the machine quilting. Sunshine on the back & Lavender on the top. I used leftover scraps to piece the backing together too. I didn't want any leftovers in this project. The holidays are coming so I am working on a scrappy Christmas quilt.
Monday, October 17, 2011
The order came in the form of an email - 10 year old girl wants a new quilt for Christmas. Must be hot pink & black with peace signs, and some white would be OK too. Well, you know me, I had to see what I could come up with. I found a free pattern from WalMart, purchased my fabric from Connecting Threads online, rolled up my sleeves & went to work. I had to add the floral fabric because you can't have peace signs without flower power! Took about 3 1/2 weeks from start to finish (in between work, yard, etc.). Finished machine quilting it yesterday & the label went on last night. The name of the quilt is "Bailee's Choice". I hope I came close to what she wants. It was too dark this morning to photograph the quilt, so I asked Lee Bennet of Sevier Office Supply in Richfield if I could photograph the quilt in their store. I loved the backdrop of books & stuff. A BIG THANK YOU TO SEVIER OFFICE SUPPLY!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Once upon a time there was a little baby who was given a special receiving blanket made of flannel with a wonderful bug print. As this little girl grew, she shared her little blanket with others. There were days when she missed her little blanket, but she was happy that she could share with someone else. One day her fairy godmother heard that the little girl was still missing her little bug blanket. With the waive of her magic wand, the fairy godmother was able to transform some scraps into a special quilt for the little girl. There were even little ladybugs & butterflies appliqued to the quilt so that the little girl would always be surrounded by beautiful little bugs. That is how "Tristen's Garden" came to be. As the little girl snuggles with the quilt, her fairy godmother hopes she feels surrounded by love & prayers. Just a note about the machine quilted pattern - the fairy godmother watched the little bugs in her own flower garden and decided to freemotion stitch a "bug's flight" pattern. The little bugs flit here & there, sometimes quickly turning to go to another flower & sometimes flying in a smooth arc to check out the rest of the flowers.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
|First Quilt on the Grace Frame|
|Second Quilt on the Grace Frame|
I made a small whole fabric quilt to get the feel of my Brother 1500S on the Grace Frame. Just used a straight line zig zag pattern. I was able to adjust the speed & tension to a good number. Now I am doing a meander swirl pattern on my disappearing nine patch quilt. So far, so good. I really enjoy the time I am saving on my machine quilting. Practice - practice - practice. I have the laser hooked up now so that I can follow a pre-design pantograph. I hope you are all using your talents to benefit those around you.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I made a small one piece quilt and machine quilted it as a practice piece on my Grace Frame (GF). I think I have the tension and speed control where it needs to be. Piecing another quilt now to give the GF another practice session. I will try swirls or stippling. It's great when it's raining outside.....the yard work gets set aside for quilting. Hope everyone is enjoying the summer.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Finished sewing the binding on my fair quilt last night. It always feels so good when I finish a project. Probably because there is always another project waiting in the wings. I really enjoyed working on this quilt. From the fabric, to the colors, to the machine quilting which seemed to find it's own way across the quilt. This was a very satisfying project. I will enter this quilt into the Sevier County Fair in a couple of weeks. The theme of the fair of course is "Rock Around the Stock". If anyone is in our area you should come on by and enjoy all the great things that are scheduled at our fair. Enjoy your summer!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
OK. For those of you who have asked......No I do not have a large sewing area. I took over one of the bedrooms after the kids moved out. The closet is stuffed with fabric, yarn, etc. I have books, magazines, scrapbooking stuff, and a computer compacted into the space. I do most of my sewing on one of my machines right there in that little room. Tom, my great hubby, made a thread holder for my larger spools and supports me in my "hobby". I must admit that I did take over one more bedroom for my new Grace Frame and hubby was OK with that too. I truly am a blessed woman! Over the years I have had my machine tucked into a smaller than closet area, set up in dining rooms, kitchens and bedroom nooks. I have dragged the machine to the kitchen table, set it up on folded tables, and even taken it outside when the weather permitted. Where there is a will, there is a way. Don't let what you believe to be a lack of space keep you from enjoying your creative life! By the way, yes, the room is usually in disarray as I seem to always have a project in progress.
|Using Accucut die cutter for current project! Good thing that chair is there to help out!|
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Almost there! All I have left to do is connect the power, put my free motion quilt foot on the machine and get a quilt ready to go. The assembly process was smooth and the how-to-videos on You Tube were very helpful. I was able to view videos from Grace Frame Co. & from a dealer in Logan, Utah named kathyquilts.com. If you decid to take the plunge and buy an economical machine quilting frame I would highly recommend Grace Frame Co. in Salt Lake City, Utah. I will keep you posted as I learn how to use the frame for my quilting projects. With a short time until our County Fair, I will attempt to make a couple of quilts for their donation program. Have a great day!
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Yesterday on my lunch hour I took the plunge and called the Grace Frame Company in Salt Lake City Utah to order my new Start Right quilt frame. I thought I would have a few days before it's arrival to find a spot to set it up for a while. Guess what!!!!!!!!! It arrived this morning. I cannot believe their customer service. So far I would highly recommend their company. It took me an hour to move things around, vacuum, unbox and bring all of the components into the house. I will start to put it together tomorrow night. Thank you Grace Frame Company................YOU ROCK!!! I will keep my blog updated as I get the system set up. I was fortunate enough to already own a Brother 1500S sewing machine. The frame and extras that I purchased came to just under $1,000. I have search high and low for an affordable quilting system and voila, I found one. Stay tuned........
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I had purchased this Liberty Bear panel on a clearance sale last year and recently decided that I didn't have to cut it apart to make a pieced quilt. No, I could actually just add a sashing and border and machine quilt it. I am now very happy that I didn't cut the panel apart. This was a fun, quick and easy little quilt to make. Sometimes it really is OK to take the easy road (at least in quilting!). I took the photo this morning before the sun came up and yes it is cloudy out there again. I hope you find something easy and enjoyable to do today. Enjoy the Memorial weekend and be careful if you are going to be on the road. Give someone a smile or better yet, give them a quilt! Until next time.......
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Just finished pinning a quilt together and will machine quilt it this weekend. Or rather, I will start machine quilting it this weekend. If the weather clears up enough to work in the yard, I will have to split my time between quilting and gardening. If you haven't been to the Missouri Star Quilt Company's web site, try it out. Jenny Doan gives wonderful tutorials. I have picked up quite a few shortcuts and ideas from her and can't wait to try them out. Purchased the Vine & Curves template from Quilt in a Day to make curved edges on quilts. Another tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Keep enjoying each day and do something nice for someone this week for no reason at all.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
I decided to use some of my red, white and blue scraps to see what I could come up with. I chose to use my new Dresden Plate die cutter from Accuquilt and one of my favorite die shapes, the Tumbler. Just by chance I stumbled upon a close out on the red, white and blue striped fabric (dare I say it) for only $1 per yard. After making sure it was good quality cotton fabric, I bought what was left on the bolt. Needless to say, the next couple of red, white and blue quilts will likely have the striped fabric somewhere in it. The Dresden Plate was fun to make. I used the leftover 9 patch blocks in the backing too. Quilters really know how to be "green"!
Saturday, March 12, 2011
It was 4H Super Saturday and it was a busy day. Being the only leader and helper really kept me hopping. The kids were able to sew their quilts together and begin cutting the fringe. They will have to finish the fringe at their own homes. The only downfall is my housekeeping did not get done today. I am now working on another scrappy quilt. Will keep posting on the blog as time allows. Hope you all have a fun St. Patrick's Day this coming week. Keep sewing and enjoying the journey.