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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Halloween Pouch

 Holloween is in a month's time, and those kind of projects are popping up all over Instagram. I have made two Halloween quilts in my early days as a quilter, Number 1Number 2 . Wow, it was actually 10 years ago!



 I figured out it was time to make another Halloween timed project, this time a practical pouch. Noodlehead's Open Wide pouch is my go-to pattern. Focus fabric is from my stash, and the bottom is recycled denim.



 The backside is a huge spiderweb!
I folded a strip of pumpkin fabric and sewed it in between the top and bottom fabric.

 

The lining fabric is black with orange dots, so appropriate! A fast and fun little project.


Sunday, September 18, 2022

Caterpillar Quilt

The starting point for this quilt was a panel of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I read this book by Eric Carle many times for my kids when they were small.

There was no way I could cut up this panel so I used it as a focal point for the quilt.



 A narrow, blue strip border was added around the panel in addition to colorful blocks. Pinwheels with fruits and berries gave an extra dimension to the quilt.



 I also found a paper pieced butterfly block (designed by Lillyella Stitchery) that I had made a few years back. It was perfect to be placed in the upper right corner of this quilt because the caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly in the end!

Final dimensions for this quilt is 36" x 43", a good size for a small child. 

This is my eleventh charity quilt for the year 2022, and number 90 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!

 

Saturday, September 17, 2022

My first Kawandi

 


Here's my first attempt of making a Kawandi quilt. I dove into my bin with small scraps and had a blast! Lots of colorful pieces were hand sewn into the final product, it was a really relaxing process. 

I used Aurifil 12wt thread in white 2024 to create this wonderful, scrappy piece of art that measures 9.5" x 6.5".  Maybe my favorite mug rug. Love the big stitches.

Already planning a bigger piece for next time, probably refining the technique a bit.


Keep on (hand) stitching!

Monday, August 29, 2022

Scrappy Strings

 

 

 Making quilts implies that there will be leftover fabrics. Colorful strings make interesting new scrappy masterpieces.

For this quilt I dug into my bins for novelty prints and bright fabrics. Each string block was 6.5" unfinished.



I added a grey border around the blocks, assembled some frankenbatting and pieced a backing from duvet covers.

I decided it was time for some FMQ practice, this time swirls in silver colored thread. To finish it off I pieced together leftover binding pieces from other projects. Finished size for this baby quilt is 40" squared.



The backing consists of a flannel duvet cover I have used on several projects, plus an added strip to make it big enough. This is a cozy and warm backing.

This is my tenth charity quilt for the year 2022, and number 89 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!

 


 

 

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Bitty Blocks Discovered

 


 When I was tidying my sewing space I discovered a bunch of these tiny blocks that were a part of a free sew along hosted by Quilting Daily. I think it started in 2015. I didn't keep up with the sew along, other projects stole my attention.

If  I had completed the sew along of these Bitty Blocks it would have resulted in a scrappy twin size quilt. Well, I didn't make that. So, what to do with the blocks? Why not make a charity quilt for the hospital? A few new blocks had to be made to get the quilt to a decent size.



 I added white sashing in between the blocks in addition to a white border to even it out. A green print border completed the quilt top. 

Frankenbatting was used in the quilt sandwich. It is quilted with vertical wavy lines. To finish the quilt I used leftover binding pieces from other projects. Finished size of the quilt is 34" x 42".

A truly scrappy project!

This is my ninth charity quilt for the year 2022, and number 88 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!

 

Monday, August 15, 2022

Street Grid

 A few years back I bought a good amount of the fabric line Birchtree Lane by @connectingthreads. I have used the fabric in lots of projects, and love the combination of blues and greens. This time I wanted to make a bigger quilt to showcase the great fabric line.


 I have had this free pattern from Art Gallery Fabrics printed out for a couple of years. It is called Street Grid and is designed by @patbravodesign. It is a bold design and it was fun to make. It looks more complicated than it actually is, it's a relatively quick project.

I had to utilize the nice day to take the quilt out to my trusted quilt holder, the uprooted tree in the forest. Look how the greens in the quilt match the scenery!

 


 The finished quilt is 56"x70". In addition to the Birchtree Lane fabric I used some additional solids. I FMQ quilted it with a stipple in white Aurifil thread #2021.

 

Here's a closeup of the quilt on my porch. My goal for the year is to use fabric from my stash and not buy any new fabric (if I can avoid it). It is great to see some reduction in my stash.

This is my eighth charity quilt for the year 2022, and number 87 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!