Quilting for pleasure

Quilting for pleasure
Find Joy in the Journey

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Another great find

Well, I stopped in our local thrift store today.  What can I say! I found another treasure and it followed me home. Meet Inga, my 1960 Bernina 530 sewing machine. A good thing I like to sew. Though I am running out of room for my lovely machines.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

New project in the works

Found a great pattern in the Winter Vol. 4 issue 1 of The Block magazine published by The Missouri Star Quilt Co.   It is a super eady hourglass pattern.  Can't wait for the final reveal.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Quilt Block Design

I volunteered to design and make a quilt block for the 2017 Quilters Heritage Festival.  The theme for this year is A Season to Quilt.

My husband's favorite color is orange so he suggest doing a Fall themed block.  Well, orange not being my favorite color I decided to compromise.  The design is a hint of fall.  The green spool of thread has been used throughout the year but the orange spool is full and ready to use for fall quilting.

The block is trimmed to 12 1/2 inches and will finished at 12 inches.  The fall flowers are my own design and represent the final blooms of autumn.


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Miss K's Library

After seeing the book case quilt on the internet a year or so ago, I finally decided to try it.  I looked at several quilts and came up with this design.  It all started with one strip of leftover fabric from my last quilt.  The selvage had an interesting name for the fabric so I decided I would use other selvage pieces as book titles.  I had found the dark brown fabric which reminded me of our walnut book shelves.  Then I thought of someone who mentioned that they would like one of these quilts so I threw in a couple of things to personalize it a bit.  She doesn't know about this yet, but she will.....

I had to use the soft cuddle flannel fabric for the backing.  You all know how I love flannel backings.  Of course I had just the perfect bolt of flannel.  Chocolate brown with cream colored paw prints.

The quilt finished at about 69" x 72".  I call this one "Miss K's Library".

It was a fun project and I may have to make another one too!  I made a matching pillowcase 'cause you all know I do not like to wrap gifts!

Used a combination of ideas found on the internet.

Fun to use different techniques too.  See the kittens blue eyes?
Added a personal touch for the future quilt owner.

Love the backing.  Fun all over machine quilting.

Oh yes, a matching pillow case too.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Eclectic Elements

This is the year I have set a goal to use my precuts and buy a limited amount of new yardage.  This is the first quilt finish of 2017.  I used the charm pack (5") squares from the Eclectic Elements by Jim Holtz line. They were fun precuts to use.  I have the fabric for the borders and sashings in my stash.  The quilt finishes at approximately 67" x 76".

The pattern is called Four Patch Lattice from the Missouri Star Quilt's book "BLOCK" (Holiday Volume 3 Issue 4).  I really enjoy watching the You Tube tutorials by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I would advise anyone who would like to make quilts or sewing projects with simple and easy instructions to take a look at MSQ.

You can see the lattice effect.

This is a close up of the fabric in Eclectic Elements.

There were 2 squares left over from the charm packs.  Of course this one became the label.

My cute granddaughter had to try the quilt out during the photo shoot.


I was hoping to have this quilt done last week but headaches were slowing my pace.  I spent all afternoon yesterday pushing through on the machine quilting.  Finished the binding this afternoon.  Could use a massage right about now.

Enjoy your crafting whatever it may be.