Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hearts are framed - one step closer

One step closer to finishing this quilt for Baby Girl. This will be short because I want to get back to sewing. I finished the frames around each heart last night. Sewed the rows together and now I'm ready to put the final border on. I'm using the same green for the border as I used for the corners on the frames. 

My plan is to complete this in time to share it at Jackson Quilters on Monday.
What are your plans for the week end?

Monday, June 20, 2016

Monday Fabric Trip

Today was a beautiful, sunny day. Perfect for a drive up the Natchez Trace to a fabric shop.
As I drove I remembered all the times I drove the same section of the Trace up to MSU.
It is such a lovely, quiet alternative to highway travel.

Below is my haul. I went for the love bird fabric but I found a cute ready-to-smock outfit for Baby Girl. Hope I can find all my smocking supplies and patterns. 

I bought two new fabrics for the heart frame quilt. The color is more subdued and I think it will show off the hearts better. I cut out the finishing strips this afternoon.

Here are some of the fabrics I couldn't resist at Saturday's quilt gathering. Future baby gifts.

Just adding some pink to the stash.

Ta Da! I am making progress on my felt applique' piece from my Saturday class.

It was a great Monday!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Scrappy Heart Frames

I have finished 12 scrappy heart frames with fussy cut centers.
All the fabric for the blocks came from my stash!

Pink owl and squirrel

Pink dog and swinging princess

Blue cat and Cat in the Hat

Princess in a castle

Three cute foxes

Flannel lion with bird on his head

I'm trying out the neutral background for frames and cornerstones to make the blocks a little bigger.

The center fabrics are from many baby quilts I have made and a few from blankets and quilts I'm making for Baby Girl. This scrappy quilt is for Baby Girl.

I think I'm going to use the green & pink as a border. I have pink minky for the back.

This week end is our state quilt association gathering. I've signed up to learn felt applique'. Maybe I'll like it better than regular applique'.

Hope you have a productive week end.
Linking up with Amanda Jean.

Friday, June 10, 2016

A walk with Little Red

I finished Little Red's bag yesterday. It was so pretty out that I decided to take her for a walk around our yard to see all the flowers.

Morning glories at the mailbox

Hardy succulents-sorry you can't see the flowers on them.

Caladiums by the front door

Trellis with sweet peas beginning to climb-they are still too small to reach Little Red.

The baby bed is full of zinnias and cosmos.

Here she is resting from her walk.

I used a fusible stabilizer that was extremely stiff. It was double sided so the lining was fused, too. It was very difficult to sew and impossible to pin. I used clips to hold the pieces together and to hold the binding on the top and handle. The binding was salvaged from the Little Red panel. I was pleased with the finish. This will be a present for Baby Girl who is coming later this summer. I have two more projects to finish before she is born. 
Linking with Crazy Mom. Yea for a finish!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Finished Polka dot princess top

As a parting gift after 25+ years at my school, I was given a gift card to a local fabric store. I bought several girly pieces to make a qwillow for baby girl. This is the finished top.

Here is the focus fabric up close. Not sure about the 'happily ever after' sentiment but love the princess in the polka dot castle with little green frogs all around. Next step is to add the batting and back and the pocket for turning the quilt into a pillow. Not sure how I'm going to quilt it since the quilting is done after the three layers are sewn together and turned. Guess we'll wait and see.

Below is a trial layout of some 4 patch squares I made from mostly Good Neighbors layer cake. I picked out all the gray and pink from two sets and quickly sewed them up into 4 patches. I took this photo to check on the arrangement of the squares. One square is missing because mom wanted it to show a young girl she is helping learn how to sew.

The 4 patches are super easy to make from layer cake squares. Two ten inch squares make two nine and a half inch 4 patches. Looking at the layout, I'm thinking of changing the pattern. I'll show you some variations next time.
Linking with Crazy Mom Quilts.