Saturday, February 17, 2018

More pink and a little blue

This week end I plan to work on this charity quilt for Jackson Quilters.
Pink, pink, pink. Cute pink cats.


The backing wasn't provided so I came up with these pieces from my stash.
It will take both and I'm not sure exactly how I want to place them.


I am going to finish the blue block for the color challenge.
Next week end is packed full with Reading Association meetings.
Must sew this week end.


I took another photo of the flannel butterfly quilt. 
Just wanted to get the color right. The sun has been hiding lately.


Oh yes, and I could work on the simply elegant tee that has been cut out for weeks.
What are your plans for the week end?

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Finished Flutterby Flannel Quilt

Last weekend I made 9 butterfly blocks with scraps of flannel.
Each block was about 15" square. I trimmed them to 14" square with each block tilted to one side or the other. The finished size was just right for the 42" wide flannel back.

Here it is all finished.
The block below is my favorite.


The back is flannel - pink with white dots. 


I quilted in the ditch where the 9 blocks were joined and then around each butterfly.
Just to be sure everything was secure I quilted around the brown rectangular body, too.


A label is ready for names and dates.


This baby quilt is so soft. I know baby Lucy will love snuggling with it.

Traveling to see baby Ava tomorrow. Can't wait to see. her.
Hope your week was full of sewing fun.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Flannel Flutterbyes

Last week I read about an easy butterfly block here.
I was looking for something to use flannel scraps for a baby quilt.
I bought a yard and a half of white flannel and got to work.

Below are 3 butterflies and lots of in progress blocks.

A better look at the butterflies. I bought a quarter yard of brown tweed flannel for the bodies.


With the sashing the blocks measure about 15" square.
I wanted to check them with my backing fabric.


The directions advise turning some blocks at an angle.


Since I am making a baby quilt I only made 9 blocks.


This isn't the end. You will have to come back to see the finish.
Happy sewing!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Sewing Challenges

Having no real plans or ideas for quilts I decided to participate in my quilt guild's challenge. You may have done something similar. The challenge is to make a medallion quilt using specific fabric given out at each monthly meeting. The January fabric was the starry print. The medallion had to measure 18 X 24 finished. 


Above is my center block with the starry fabric.


Trying out another border above.


I made a plan and then changed it, of course.


I remembered this set of templates and thought it might improve my plan.


I used the triangles to make a pointy border on the top and bottom.


I made the final border postage stamp size - 1 1/2 " squares.


When I tried the final border I realized I had to be careful to get them in the right order.


Yea! As you can see below the border alternates dark and light.
It turned out just the way I wanted.


I also participated in the Color Challenge. I joined and posted my red blocks on Thursday.
But ... I put the finish photo on my other blog. OOPS!
If you want to see my red blocks, you can see them here.

More on challenges next time. Have a good week.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Reality Check - the week in review

As I wrote last week, my plans were set in jello. Good thing. We had two snow/ice days, so I had more time to sew and read.

See the progress of my 'Feather & Fan' scarf below.




I am thinking about connecting the ends for an infinity type finish on the scarf.

Here are my two 6" red blocks for the Color Challenge.


Surprise project - finish! 
This giant 9 patch baby quilt is finished for my friend who is about to be a grandmother for the first time. I changed the backing fabric and decided to roll the edge instead of sewing a binding.


I quilted on the diagonal and that went so well I turned the quilting into big diamonds.


The problem with rolling instead of binding - the corners cannot be squared up. Oh, well.


I love the love birds on the front and the double cherries on the back.


I started one more project that has been waiting since the summer. I cut out a blouse from a new pattern. The fabric is knit and has very few seams. Will share next time.
How was your week?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Set in Jello

I don't make new year's resolutions and haven't made a list of goals for sewing for this year. As a friend of mine says, "My plans are set in jello." Flexible and subject to change. Looking back over my first two posts I see that I wrote one thing and did something else. Anyone else work like that?


Sew this long week end? I may do one or all of the projects listed today.
Above. I finally went back for another knitting lesson and learned how to do two new stitches. I started this lavender scarf and plan to work on it while I watch TV.


I may work on this Calendar Girl. 


I finished the red block for the Color Challenge. I want to design and complete a companion block using these scraps. 


If I get really motivated I will work on these cute cats.

Since it is really cold here (for middle Mississippi) I plan to stay inside and sew, knit, or read.
What's happening in your part of the world?

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Ava's Busy Bag

Baby Ava's busy bag is finished and gifted to her.
Everything in/on the bag is from my stash.
I had fun figuring out how to make the house but it turned out much bigger than planned.


She can find things on the back.


Inside I sewed some cute buttons on ribbons and put a cell phone cozy and tissue pack.


The bag is big enough to hold her baby doll and other favorite toys.


The bag is almost as big as Ava but she enjoys carrying it around.


What's next for me to sew? I decided to join the Color Challenge.
I'm going to use only scraps in my stash and do the 6" size.
I have cut out the red block and plan to finish it today.


Happy Sewing!