Friday, March 16, 2018

Help! A Finish with a problem

First I will share these two little squares that I'm making for my medallion challenge. The green fabric is required for this border. I'm still working on the other parts but I love the purple tulips for the corners.

Here is the finish with a problem. I thought I would wash the jar collection before gifting.
I put a color catcher in the wash.

It may not be visible in these photos but the black jar lids bled on the cream background fabric.

Several spots of black. Any suggestions for spot removal?
I'm thinking Dawn dish detergent. But open to other ideas.

The label is ready for the finished info.

Hoping for a remedy...

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Long and winding road....finally a finish!

I think this may be my oldest UFO. I wrote about it here. That was the summer of 2013.
I know that I made it earlier in a Saturday Sampler called Jamestown meets Ramblin' Rose.
I originally thought I would hand quilt it. Inset laughing face here.
When I saw how big it was I packed it up and took it to be machine quilted.
The quilter's receipt is dated January, 2015.
My only excuse is that we had a black cat who loved to sleep and shed on the king size bed
and I didn't feel like finishing the quilt for her to shed all over.

My quilt group is having a challenge to finish UFOs. Sweet black cat has gone to kitty heaven. 
Time to finish this quilt.
Above is the binding - eleven WOF - the longest binding I've ever done.

I do like this log cabin/sampler and the colors are very rich.

It was much easier to bind using the dining table to hold the quilt.

More of the blocks.

Here it is on the bed. It fits!

Another view.

The binding above and below.

Now in the record books. This quilt is FINALLY FINISHED.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

What are little boys made of?

Do you know that nursery rhyme?

What are little boys made of?
Snips and snails and puppy dog tails.
That's what little boys are made of.

That's what came to my mind when I started making this baby quilt.

I like the bug jar idea but didn't have many bug prints.

So I decided to fill the jars with things I think a boy likes.

Cowboys, stamps from different states - our state smack in the middle of the jar,
drums, monkeys, lizards, trains, balls, guitars, construction signs and tools.
You get the idea.

I took several pattern formats for bug jars and made up my own dimensions.

More close ups,

and more,

and a few more,

The dark strip is the shelf...
Hope it looks like a shelf.

One outside shot on this windy day.

It was a productive week. Next week is spring break.
I hope to get the binding on a king size quilt that has been waiting for over a year to be finished.
We'll see if it happens.
See you on Amanda Jean's link up.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Busy Week

Last week end I was busy sewing and cutting out and didn't write my post until late Sunday.
Here are some of my projects.

I made 3 knit tops like the one above. I cut the pattern out several weeks ago but kept delaying the sewing part. Once I made the first one I found the pattern was so easy I became obsessed.

The pattern is one main piece with a bias strip for the neck edge.
I haven't sewn knit fabric very often. I gave away my serger a few years ago
because I didn't like threading it and the cutter freaked me out.
So I made these knit tops using my regular machine and a slight zigzag stitch.

I did finish this Color Challenge blue block and one more that I haven't photographed yet.

Today I hope to cut out the yellow Color Challenge block. I have an idea for a bug jar type quilt top that may get cut out this morning. 

What are you sewing today?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Blue February Block

Here is my blue block for February. I have fabric picked out for another block. 
Hope to make it tomorrow.

Linking up with the Color Challenge.

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.