Thursday, September 17, 2020

Stripes Galore

This time I got hold of lots of striped fabrics and some other nice, colorful prints. This turned into a very cheerful quilt consisting of 192 blocks of finished size 4".

The backing is a colorful sheet .

This quilt demanded an old fashioned diagonal quilting, see how cuddly it got after the quilting was done!

This is my fifteenth charity quilt for the year, and number 59 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Blue Charity

I had a bunch of matching fabrics that was perfect for a boy's quilt, different blues with browns and neutrals. The fabrics were cut into 5" squares and puzzled into a pleasing design. I even had room for a single pinwheel block and some improvised blocks from leftovers.

The finished size is 45" x 54" and quilting is done in a cross hatch design with two different golden colored threads. The backing is a brown checkered flannel, which makes the quilt nice and cuddly.

I utilized leftover batting pieces and made a "Frankenbatting" piece that fit exactly, a win in my book! The final touch was a blue and white striped binding.

This is my fourteenth charity quilt for the year, and number 58 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Thrive Quilt

 I joined the #thrivequiltsa hosted by Suzy Quilts and made a crib sized Thrive Quilt in cool blue and green tones. The fabric is Birchtree Lane from Connecting Threads, from a few years back. This is going to be gifted to a little boy, and I know he will be thrilled by all the birds and feathers in the fabric. The backing is a whole piece of the bird fabric in aqua, and that will keep him occupied when he is going to learn to count!

Finished size of the quilt is 38" x 55". It is quilted with diagonal lines, and looks good displayed on the white picket fence.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Christmas in July (then and now) Blog Hop + Giveaway CLOSED

EDIT: The giveaway is now closed, congratulations to @lutzcats for winning!

Welcome to the first day of the Christmas in July (then and now) Blog Hop, which also happens to be my day. Thanks to Carol of  Just Let Me Quilt  for organizing this. The whole schedule is listed below. Make sure to visit the others that are on for today, too. And, last but not least, enter my GIVEAWAY (at the end of this post)!

I have not made a lot of Christmas quilts, but I managed to dig out a couple from my piles.

My first entry is a wall hanging with a cute Christmas Tree. This one was made in 2013. I got to use some of my button stash, also, on this one.

My second entry is the result of a free sew-along in 2017 hosted by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts. The 15 different blocks turned into a very nice sampler quit.

This quilt is described in detail in this post: Christmas Came Early .

My favorite quilt holder, the Troll (or the uprooted tree) volunteered to display my quilt in the forest, as always. He is trustworthy!

Make sure to visit the other participants in the blog hop!

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What is a Christmas (in July) Blog Post without a Giveaway?

I am giving away this panel to make a Christmas Countdown Garland. It is from Riley Blake Designs and the selvage dates it to 2017. It is for making a garland of 25 cute mittens, and you will have plenty of time to finish it before Christmas.

To enter the giveaway:

1. Follow my blog and/or follow me on Instagram notqnot  
    Leave a comment that you are following.
2. Comment with telling me best Christmas gift you ever received.

A random winner will be selected August 1.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Pineapple Pincushion

As a little project in-between, I knitted this little pineapple that can be used as a pincushion. Free pattern by Amanda Berry.

It is sew cute!

Monday, July 6, 2020

Six Hundred

My latest quilt is the result of overflowing scrap bins. When making quilts there will always be scraps. I took a deep dive into my bins and cut 2.5" squares to the max. I tried to get as much fun looking squares as possible; novelty prints, animals, bright colors, etc.

Some of the cutting was done with the rotary cutter, but most with my AccuQuilt Go cutter. That one eliminates wrist pains.

This is how a part of the 20 x 30 block layout looked laid out on my floor.

I assembled the squares with strip piecing. The above picture shows the rows being connected.

Here's the final result, a very colorful quilt consisting of 600 squares, dimension is 40" x 60".

After the strip piecing bonanza, I did not feel like piecing the backing, so I went searching in my stash and found the perfect red Gingham from Riley Blake Designs. You can see a glimpse of it in the top picture in this post.

A design like this definitely calls out for old fashioned diagonal quilting. A combination of walking foot and Aurifil 50wt variegated thread in red, white and blue (#3852) creates extra life to the quilt.

Binding strips were cut 2" wide and hand stitched to the back. Multi colored, striped binding with orange as the main color fits the quilt perfectly.

What's the status of my scrap bins after this ordeal? No visible change, actually!

This is my thirteenth charity quilt for the year, and number 57 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.