Saturday, December 22, 2012
For several years it hung in the entrance at the church during Advent. I had quite a few compliments on this quilt and also on the quilting. I can say I am very proud of this quilt and glad I invested in the finishing kit and pattern and the time to finish it. Some day one of my children might hang it in there house and enjoy it as much as I do.
Christmas Wishes: Hoping your Christmas brings all your favorite things and a Great 2013, Happy New Year to all.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Carolea is very talented in a lot of areas. Another one of her hobbies is woodcarving. It’s always interesting to visit her because she always has a new project or projects going on. Christmas time is here and now there are Santa s, snowmen, different types of puzzles, wooden thread spools with Santa faces , misc all over her house. Now I want to talk about these puzzles that she carves. She makes different kinds, Nativity, Native Nativity, snowmen, dragons (latest one) and then she has a manger scene with a turtle. She has written a child's book on this turtle visiting the manager scene. It is the cutest story. The puzzle pieces are stored inside this box which looks like a stable, barn or whatever you want it to be. Inside the box are wood burning details. Each are different to go with whatever the puzzle is. All of them are so cute it's hard to pick just one favorite!
I know this isn’t about quilting but once in a while I have to take a break and talk about something else I really enjoy. I hope you enjoyed something different with this post!
|not finished - pieces need painted|
Well Christmas is getting closer. If you're making gifts keep sewing! If you aren't making gifts try something new, a new technique, just learn to sew, take a class, etc.
Till next time............
Monday, November 19, 2012
This pattern is “Heartstrings” designed by Gail Yakos, Manufactured by Black Mountain Quilts. I love the colors blue and teal so this is one of my favorite quilts. To be honest with you any quilt with these colors fall into that category. Ho Hum!!! I’m sure you will find that I like most quilts regardless of colors. This quilt takes a 2-1/2” wide precut jelly roll strips, 1 bundle or at least 36 strips that you can cut from your stash, 12 fabrics cut ¼ yard each, but not fat quarters, 2-5/8 yard of white background fabric, 5/8 yard for binding fabric, 4-1/2 yards of background fabric and batting
Note: do not throw any scraps away because you will use these leftover pieces in the outside border.
These hearts were fun to put together. I was really excited to take it to the quilter and see what she could come up with. I was not disappointed when I got the quilt back. Notice what special quilting she did. On the top of each heart she quilted another heart in blue thread.
This week is Thanksgiving and we have so much to be thankful for. Count your blessings and don't over eat. HA HA
Until next week have a great and safe Holiday.
Monday, October 29, 2012
The wall hanging I just took a piece of the main piece of fabric with lots of color, pumpkins, corn candy, bats, etc. and cut it the size I wanted the center to be. I then added a small sashing of purple around the center piece. I’m really excited about the border of stars, moons and spiders. You ask why I’m excited about a piece of material? Well this material is “glow in the dark”. The starts, moon and spiders really glow in the dark. I remember hanging the wall hanging for the first time and walking in the room and seeing it on the wall and the table runner on the table, it GLOWED! Awesome! There was no pattern for this wall hanging but I think if you’re a beginner your quilt store could help you figure it out. Or get a beginner quilt book with a similar wall hanging and make it using there directions.
The table runner was made from the pattern “Fat Quarter Table Runner.” This is a quilt as you sew pattern from “Out Of The Blue.” Once you’ve made the first one, you’ll be creating table runners so quickly all your gift-giving will be taken care of and fast. This is a perfect way to use fat quarters you might have laying around or from picking up fat quarters and don’t know what to do with. There are many patterns out there for table runners so if you don’t care for this one check out some of the other patterns available. Note: I’ve had this pattern for quite a while so not sure it’s available to buy right now. Did you notice on this table runner that I put two rows of “glow in the dark” material? Just love it!
Now that’s some of my Halloween decorations. Tell me do you have a favorite Halloween decoration? Have you made a Halloween table runner and wall hanging? Let me know what your ideas on Halloween are?
Hope you have a wonderful and safe Halloween,
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The cool evenings, all the different colors, taking the kids to the pumpkin patches and watching there faces glow with delight just picking out the right pumpkin to take home, the bonfires, the roasting of hot dogs, smores, hayrack rides, the decorating of your homes. Don’t you agree that Fall time is a great time of the year? Just love it!!
The quilt I want to share with you today is “Candle In The Window”
by Kansas Troubles Quilters, Lynne Hagmeier, designer. The Jelly Roll called “Snow Bloom” was used for this project. I made this into a full size quilt and this is one quilt I kept for myself. I always made all my quilts for a special occassion or to give to my grandkids. Well this one was special to me. I love the dark colors accenting the cream in the center with the quilting. Now I love my bedroom – it’s my quilt, I made it, I’m proud to let you see it. I had quite a few of these blocks leftover and extra material so I decided to make curtains
to match the bedspread. Couldn't stop there so made some pillow cases with some more of the leftover material. Now I feel like the room is complete. Its simple but that's what I like, a homey, country feel.
I also want to show you the back of my quilt. She did the quilting with cream color thread which really stands out on the brown material. My quilter knows me pretty good and I can just take my quilt to her and tell her to do whatever she thinks will look nice. She's been a friend for numerous years and owns her own shop in Hillsboro, Ks called Kessler Kreations. She does longarm quilting and also sells fabric, etc. in her shop. If you're that way or close to Hillsboro stop in and see her.
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Well on to my next project. October is almost over and really hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner. Leave me a comment, I'd like to hear what you're sewing for gifts this Christmas. You might inspire me to make a few more gifts.
Until next time,
Friday, October 12, 2012
If you're in the area and want some names, addresses and cities they are located in just drop me a note to my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd be glad to help you.
I took a class recently on “Strip Tubing” and the class really got me hooked on this type of quilting. It’s so simple! The only tool you need that you might consider buying is a “Strip Tube Ruler.” You can use a regular ruler but this one is already marked and ready to use. I purchased a book “Strip Tubing“ by Daniela Stout and Georgette Dell’Orco so this ruler comes in very handy.
This is such a fun and easy to make quilt. You can turn the triangles anyway you’d like and make the quilt the way you want it! Try some different colors that maybe you wouldn't have tried before. Make it your quilt.
Keep checking back because I have more "Strip Tubing" quilts to show you.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Have to share with you a bus trip I took for three days visiting quilt shops in Kansas and Oklahoma and just had a blast. If you have a chance to take a quilt bus trip grab a friend and sign up. You'll have so much fun! Don’t get discouraged if you have to go by yourself because with three days you do make new quilting friends. The fun part is you can visit, quilt, show and tell what you bought from each quilt shop and even play a few games. Oh, I also have to mention we even watched the movie “27 Bridesmaid Dresses.” Everybody enjoyed this movie and had some good laughs. You just meet so many other quilters that are just as enthused as you are about quilting.
It seemed every store had a new technique, new tool, demonstrations regarding a new product to show us. Even if they had some of the same materials they seem to show different ways to use that material. Each store was exciting to visit. It was hard not to buy a lot but I did control my spending. Proud of myself for that!
One thing I did fall in love with on this trip was this frog material. I like frogs but I don’t have an obsession with them. When I saw this pattern and all the different frog materials I just had to purchase it. Wouldn’t it be a nice quilt for some little boy or girl especially if a little boy or girl likes to catch little pollywogs. Aren’t all these little frogs happy? Got to love it. My 6 month old grandaughter, Mariah smiles when she looks at it.
For the backing I used a colorful print that had the same bright colors. Flowers are usually found by ponds and so I thought this would go with the frogs sitting on the logs. Now this quilt can be used either side. Does anyone else remember this "5 Speckled Frogs Sat On A Log" being sung to them when they were a child?
Novelty prints are fun to work with. There are so many different prints and so many ways to use them. Put your thinking caps on and come up with your special quilt. Let me know what you like to do with novelty prints?
Here's to Fall, keep smiling
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
This wall hanging is made by my cousin, Carolea. She purchased this wall hanging by joining a Block of the Month Club through Keepsake Quilting which provided the material and pattern each month in 2000. She finished the blocks in 2001. Now I have to tell you that this whole wall hanging is done by hand. She needle turned all of it. Each feather, each raspberry and grape clusters, all the branches, flowers, leaves, eggs all of it. Layers upon layers were added by appliqueing on each chicken feather. Last July she took it out of the closet and decided that she only wanted to finish the wall hanging by hand quilting it. She started hand quilting it the first night of the Olympics and finished it a week ago. Hand quilting was challenging because of the thickness of all the materials. She said she’d probably never do another raspberry or grape cluster again! Appliqueing and/or hand quilting. Can u blame her! She’s happy with it and I would to be if it was mine. Another point this was her first project or attempt at needle turning. Looks awesome cousin!
Carolea will welcome any comments! She’ll be watching my blog to see what you say. Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed posting it.
Off to the sewing room…….
Sunday, September 9, 2012
I am really starting to like using 5” charms. Charm-square packages are produced by the manufacturers using there fabric line and colors that blend together. It’s quick and easy! They come in a variety of different colors or values. The theory is “use what you have” just like quilters have done for so many years. These charm packs come in a variety of quantities within a pack. Just depends on who your manufacturer is.
TIP: A note on charm packs, they usually don’t stick around very long so if you see one that you like you might want to purchase one or two right away.
Cutting a charm square is very important to make sure you don’t miscut. Don’t let this scare you because if you do miscut there’s a good chance you might have a piece of stash that you could cut a 5” square out of and use it for a substitute. It doesn’t have to match perfectly and remember you’ll be the only one that knows you substituted. Some charms have pinked edges and these are usually measured from the outside edge of the pinking. So be sure to measure your square before you cut.
I’m going to tell you how to make a “Disappearing 9 Patch!” If you don’t have any charm packs and you’d like to try it you can cut 5” squares from any of your stash and do the same thing. That’s why charms are so much fun because they are already cut for you and not that expensive and you can go right to sewing them.
Now how does a “Disappearing 9 patch” work? Using 5” Charms, sew together 3 charms x 3 charms, which makes a 9 patch. When figuring out which charms you want on each row remember that the 4 corner blocks will not be cut. So within the pack you find a few squares you don’t really care for then put them in the centers of each row. You are now ready to cut. Cut down the middle of the 9 patch, turn and cut down middle again. Once cut then mix and match the blocks, the way you like them. Don’t forget to take the time to square your blocks up when completed. There is no right or wrong way to set your blocks. It's your quilt!
Now doesn't that sound very quick and easy? Try it and let me know if you like this technique.
Keep that sewing machine humming,
Monday, August 20, 2012
The pattern is called “Clara” by Custom Creations, CC-218. Instead of a black cuddle tail she wanted a yarn one with a ribbon. Otherwise I made it like the pattern.
There’s not been one person that hasn’t liked these quilts after they first touch them. Ryleigh showed her Dad the quilt and her brother laid on it and said Grandma I want one of these quilts but not pink or a cow. I want it with a big “GB” (Green Bay) and colors green and yellow. Hum! Sounds like a great idea for another soft project. Some day!
The weather has changed here in Kansas, finally not 3 digit temperatures. This last week and over the weekend we enjoyed 80’s and 90’s and it feels so much better. Is Fall time here? It’s been fun sewing in the sewing room with the windows open and feeling the cool air. We have welcomed the change. Now if we could only get some rain. Still in drought conditions but as they say “one day closer to the rain!”
Keep creating and sewing, have a great week,
Monday, August 6, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
I just have to share with you something I was so excited about when I was designing my sewing room. I took one section of the cabinets and designed a Murphy’s table not a bed but a large cutting table. Purchased a large cutting mat to go on top so I could cut anywhere on the table I wanted. Don’t let me fool you because you go where there’s space open to cut!!! I just loved it.
Now I’m not a carpenter so if my wording for certain parts are incorrect I hope you still can figure it out. The table would disappear in the cabinet and held up with latches. When I wanted to use it I’d pull the latches and slowly lower the table top and secure the legs with hinges I had mounted. For the top of the table I had taken some Formica that I had left over from a kitchen project. My kids also enjoyed this table top because they could use it for homework, putting puzzles together, craft or school projects, really anything. One problem? It was always full of my projects when they needed it but I would just move my projects over. There is always room for another project or two, ha ha. It just seemed that this table didn’t get put in the closet too often.
Now did I make you jealous?
Well I better confess up! I did have this table in my sewing room but then I moved. I got to use it for about two years. My son is now using the table for multiple projects so it is still being used. I moved to the country where I grew up, the home place. I really like country life but do miss my sewing room and the Murphy’s sewing table.
So if you’re designing your sewing or craft room and have a large space think about a table like this for you! I bet you’ll love it as much as I did.
What sewing room or storage ideas do you have? Maybe you have an idea I could use in my sewing room that I'm designing in my country home!
Until next time,
I finally decided I was going to try making a quilt with this material and not be scared of it. Guess what? I’ve made quite a few cuddle quilts and yes it is different using this material but anyone can do it. Just take the first step by buying the material! Then you get it home and it lays on your table just staring at you – saying when are you going to use me up, I don’t want to just lay here! No really it’s not bad at all. After the first one I said “no more!” Guess what? I’ve made 6 more since then. So never say never.
One of the quilts was for a special couple’s wedding. They both graduated from the same college so I used the college mascot on a white back ground in the middle and had their wedding date machine embroidered underneath. I also used the college colors for the borders to accent. They just loved it. In fact, they used it for the backdrop with the wedding cake. Awesome! I was pretty proud.
This quilt is for my gran daughter, Brooklynn, age 2. This was the first time I tried appliqueing. I found a website using this material www.cuddlesoftkits.com. There are several videos that you can watch. Watch it and see which of these techniques you would like to try. To be honest I tried the spray adhesive and couldn’t tell that it worked for me. So I just pinned and basted really good and seemed to work for me. So try it and see what technique you like the best.
(TIP: If you work with dimple material don’t iron it on either side because you’re dimples will disappear.)
In on a secret! I also did a cuddle Holstein cow which I haven’t got back from the quilter yet. Keep checking back with me to see the hot pink quilt with the black and white Holstein!!
Until next time………….
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I wanted to talk more on panels and borders today. One of my choices for my granddaughter, Mariah’s baby quilt was another panel “Baby’s First Friends” by Pat Yville, #21454, Wilmington Prints Collection. This panel had many matching pieces which I had to buy. Yes, just what I needed was more material but how can I not pick all these wonderful colors to make this adorable quilt. At the time I decided this was my baby quilt I didn’t know if it was a girl or boy. So I chose the greens, yellows and blues. I was really happy with the end result.
Another thing you can do with border prints, especially with this baby material, I chose to make matching bumper guards. I decided to make six individual pads, tying them together with matching material bias strip ties, and matching dimple cuddle material for the backs.
(Tip: If you can’t find a border print that works for you, add a row of 4” pieced blocks along the top and bottom. Don’t forget you can use a theme print for the outer border also.)
I hope that maybe I’ve opened a few more doors now with panel and border prints. Try them you can have so much fun and it’s exciting to see the end project. I would love to hear some of your ideas with border and panel prints.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
You will see in the picture I have posted below is four panels the same print and size.
Glad you could join me – until next time………Connie
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
I have a new granddaughter born March 2, Mariah Rose and decided to make her a very colorful rag quilt. I started looking for baby flannel and was quite surprised to see all the colors in flannel with baby designs. Now she can lay on the floor and play! (photo) I decided to make it 6 blocks wide by 7 blocks long. I cut my flannel into 5 inch squares, batting into 4 ½ squares. Assemble with the right side of 1 flannel piece down, piece of batting, 1 flannel block right side up. Secure all pieces together with pins before sewing because it will shift on you as you’re sewing. Sew blocks together by sewing an X from each corner to corner. See my tip for the day to sew the “X’s.” Sew each of these blocks together with all the seams being on top of the quilt. Then you have one side with all the seams on top, flipping it over and have a quilted look from your blocks on the back. Clip your seams to about ¼ inch from seam line about every ½ inch. This is really up to you how close you want to clip. Clip the entire quilt. I found using a small Fiskars scissors was the easiest because it didn’t hurt your fingers so much. Now the fun parts of making it look like a rag quilt! I go to a laundromat to wash my rag quilts for the 1st time. I do wash it by itself because of all the loose threads it loses. However, a nice gesture would be to clean out the wash machine before leaving so the next person doesn’t have to. I come home and dry it in my dryer which gets more loose threads. You’re finished and now to pass it on or enjoy yourself!
My tip for the day: I use Tiger Tape on all my rag quilts for sewing the X’s. It goes much faster than drawing a line on fabric. These tapes you can reuse over and over until it doesn’t stick on fabric any more. It sure saves a lot of time versus marking each block. There are other ways to use Tiger Tape than marking corner to corners on blocks. Be sure to check this product out.
I’ve also made a puppy dog rag quilt for another granddaughter, Ryleigh at that time she was age of 3. This puppy quilt had big floppy ears and legs. Ryleigh used this quilt so much that I had to sew the ears and legs on it several times.
Another idea is football season is around the corner! Whether its high school, college or NFL wouldn’t it be awesome sitting in the stands watching your favorite team or player with a rag quilt. Make it your own design! Just have fun with it. So you can see that everyone “LOVES” these rag quilts. They’re soft, warm and nothing beats “coziness” under a homemade rag flannel quilt.
More to come... Have a great week sewing. Until next time bye for now
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Glad you stopped to visit with me. I’m so excited about quilting and want to share my ideas with you and also hear about your interests in quilting. I’ve been quilting now for 17 years, but only in my spare time. I still feel like I have a lot to learn. I’m sure most of you can relate to not having enough time to do something you really enjoy.
I would like to share with you some of my ideas for quilting hoping it will spark an interest for you to begin quilting or just inspire you to try something new to add to the knowledge you already have.
My latest projects have been flannel rag quilts. I’ve got 3 grandsons, ranging from ages 6-11 and each of them loves to hunt. For each of their birthdays this year I decided to do a rag quilt with the theme of “deer hunting.” Of course each one of their fabrics were different so no arguing over who’s is who’s! If you’ve never tried a rag quilt they are lots of fun and fast. There’s some awesome flannel besides hunting out there. Just look for it.
I’m grateful to be able to spend time working at something that I really enjoy which also brings joy to others. So I hope you will visit my blog often. Hopefully, it will inspire you to learn to quilt, continue with quilting and try something new, maybe teach your grandchild to quilt whatever inspires you. Then when the project is done there will be a smile on your face because you’ve accomplished a beautiful quilt/project.
As always your comments or questions about rag quilting are always welcome. Check back with me and see what else I’ll have for you. Have a good day to all.