Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WIP Wednesday 7.19.2017

The borders are on Simplicity!


This one will wait for awhile before quilting as I have a few other sewing priorities right now.

(smiley face)

Sorry for the wonky picture--but you get the idea!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Design Wall Monday 7.17.2017

Next month my Helping Hands Bee is demonstrating the Strip Tube ruler.

My goal is to refresh my memory on how to use this ruler, so I found a pattern, Simplicity, I had on inventory and am working on making it.

Here are the block parts.

Here are the blocks sewn together. I have about 2/3 of the inside panel sewn together but, alas, it was dinnertime so it will wait.

Linking up with

Judy at Doll Quilts and Small Quilts

Friday, July 14, 2017

Whoop! Whoop! 7.14.2017

I finished up Graduation Quilt F.

pattern credit:

Blueberry Pie - one source here.

panto credit: Square Spiral - one source here.

I also sashed and bordered Bento Box 2.

pattern credit: Bento Box using charms and jelly roll strips. Then I sliced the big blocked, shuffled the parts and sewed it back together.

I'm sure there is a tutorial out in google land but I just winged it.

(happy face)

panto credit:

continous Baptist Fans - one source here.

Linking up with:

Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WIP Wednesday 7.12.2017

Progress has been made on the Bento Box 2.

I sliced the original blocks and have shuffled and re-sewn.

I'm still not grooving to it...

I'm gong to add sashings and a border.

Hopefully, I like it better.

Monday, July 10, 2017

On My Design Wall 7.10.2017

A Bento Box pattern using charm squares and 2.5 inch strips.

There are many tutorials out in Google land.

Unfortunately, I just launched into the pattern and didn't watch/read any of the tutorials.

(sad face)

I simply cut red/blue squares at 5 inches, cream/tan strips at 2.5 inches and blue/red stripes at 2.5 inches and started sewing. hmmmmm....

Linking up with:

Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Thursday, July 6, 2017

My July 4, 2017

I had a simple goal for the holiday ---- piece two quilts.

The first quilt.

pattern credit:

Bento Box

The second quilt.

pattern credit:

Chinese Coins.

I used the leftovers from the Bento Box to start this coin quilt. I added about 5 x WOF of blues and greens to get the coins to length. I also used 2 yards of the dark gray as sashing and outer border. I probably should have bought another 1/2 yard to use as binding. That would make a cohesive look but will most likely use the cut-offs from the backing fabric. Time will tell what I'm feeling.  LOL

I volunteered to help my friend to cover the children in the Jefferson County (Wisconsin) Foster Care System. My friend and I as well as the Oconomowoc Quilters Guild will be making about 85 quilts for the kids. I'm planning on donating these two quilts.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Design Wall 7.3.2017

Whew! What a week that was!

DD and I went to student/parent orientation at Northern Michigan University Sunday through Wednesday. I think I must have walked about 15 miles over the course of the orientation! It was rainy when we arrived on campus and the rain held off until we were leaving campus!

I then worked Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Let me tell you that our Costco has been crazy busy---couldn't hardly keep the samples flowing!

Yesterday  --before and after work-- I managed to spend some time sewing. yeah!

Here is my flimsy. I used the leftovers from this quilt (quilt E) and added about 5 long strips. Each time I make one, I seem to need to add a different number of strips.

But hey, much better as a flimsy -- soon to be quilt-- than sitting in a pile in the sewing room, right?!

pattern credit: Bonnie Hunter Simply Strippy (I chose to use a solid piece of fabric for border instead of piecing)

Linking up with:

Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Whoop! Whoop! 6.24.2017

Whoop! Whoop!

Five of the Graduation quilts are completed and gifted!

Here they are -- in no particular order --

Quilt A

pattern credit:  Walk About (one source here). Really a great pattern for showcasing a print!

panto credit: plummage (one source here).

Quilt B

pattern credit: 4 Patch Posie

panto credit: plummage

Quilt C

pattern credit: Galleria (one source here)

panto credit: halcyon (one source here)

Quilt D

pattern credit: Mock Trip Around the World by Quilting Assistant (found here)

panto credit: inkblot (one source here)

Quilt E

pattern credit: Bento Boxes

panto credit: happy times (one source here)

Linking up with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Thursday's Tellings...6.22.2017

This week has flown by in a blur! Can hardly believe it is THURSDAY already - how did that happen?!

On Monday, I quilted down this green tumbler. This was pieced by another member of the Oconomowoc Quilt Guild. I provided the backing, binding and batting for this one as it didn't have anything with it when I picked it up.

The size is approximately 53 x 77. A good size lap quilt.

Pattern credit: Tumbler blocks

I quilted it with the Bubbles panto (one source here) as I used fish as the backing. My guild is in need of boyish/manish quilts. My hope is with the fish and would appeal to a male.

On Tuesday, I started another Graduation Quilt. The party is July 1st so I have a few days to complete. DD's choice of colors were blue and purple.

Pattern credit: Blueberry Pie (one source here).

Wednesday I meet up with our Oconomowoc Quilters Guild Charity Quilt leader. We went through our stash of donated quilts and chose about 12 to donate to the Jefferson County Foster Care System. While we were in Jefferson, we stopped for lunch at the local bakery and of course, the quilt shop - Tea and Textiles. Sorry - no pictures and no website!

Which brings us to today!  (grin) Laundry, sewing on the Grad quilt, ice dyeing a back and thinking about loading another donation quilt....

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

What I've Been Sewing...6.13.2017

I quilted down the next grad quilt. Graduation party this upcoming Saturday.

pattern credit: Mock Trip Around The World by Quilting Assistant, found here.

My blocks finish at 9 inches.

panto credit: inkblot, one source here.

I also started on a green/blue Half Log Cabin quilt.

pattern credit: public domain--I used 3.5 inch strips, 2 rounds, finished size 9 inches.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Whoop! Whoop! 6.9.2017

I finished the binding on the 'French Stars' today.

I'm really liking this quilt (happy face)! It used a technique that I named 'Bev Stars' since Bev shared the technique at a Helping Hands Quilting Bee Day.

I quilted it with the Curly Hearts panto, one source here.

Linking up with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict: Whoop! Whoop!


AmandaJean at Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

WIP Wednesday 6.7.2017

I had a busy sewing week here at Bell Creek Quilts!

I accomplished quite a few items and I didn't even have a list-lol!

First up:

I finished piecing the Big Baby Star that I started in Memorial Day. This is a video tutorial from Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company, found here. (you'll need to hit play to watch the video)

Second up:

I quilted down the French Stars.

pattern info: Bev's Stars---shared by Bev at the Oconomowoc Quilt Guild

panto info: Curly Hearts, one source here.

Third up:

I quilted down a Donation Quilt that was pieced by Linda.

pattern info: none given but she is sharing the pattern at the next meeting and will update then. I was asked to quilt the quilt for the show and share part of the demo.  :)

panto info: Trailing Vine, one source here.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

WIP Wednesday 5.31.2017

On Memorial Day, I dug into one of my bags of rwb fabric. I make quilts using 2.5 inch strips and I knew that I have quite a few leftovers.  When I watched the Missouri Star tutorial for 'Make a Baby Block' quilt--I thought the center would be a great place for my *leftovers*. Link here for the you tube tutorial.

I have four centers made and three blocks ready to assemble. The one in the upper left is all together. It finishes at a whopping 32 inches square!

(sorry for the wonky picture-I'm on a new computer and not familiar with the photo editing yet...)

Linking up with:

Alycia at Alycia Quilts: QOV Wednesday

Monday, May 29, 2017

What I'm Working On...

First up:

I sashed and bordered the scrappy stars.

This quilt used quite a few of the little bits of pink and grey from the stash. Each star used one 4.5 inch strip of background and one 5 inch strip of color. What I did on the color was that I cut a 4.5 inch square for the center and then cut the remaining 5 inch strip into 2-2.5 inch strip. I then was able to make the star and only have a little bit of the star color for the scrap pile. I'm really happy with this result. I decided to not add cornerstones this time around (smiley face)

This technique is definitely a great addition to my quilting tool box - Thanks to Bev for sharing.

Maybe I'll start referring to these stars as 'Bev Stars'

Second up:


trying something new.  Larger fabric surrounded by the white. We'll be writing on the white- I'll let you know if its a thumbs up or thumbs down.

Linking up today with:

Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts - Design Wall Monday


Cynthia of Quilting is More Fun Than Housework - Oh Scrap!

credit: google image search...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Three for Happy Chemo

This year as part of the Helping Hands quilt challenge I am donating three quilts to Happy Chemo.

The Bella Wave Quilt in purples.

pattern info:

Belle Wave found here

panto info:

Curly Hearts

This is Donation Quilt I

This quilt is a Chinese Coin done with flower prints.

pattern info: Chinese Coins - public domain

panto info: free motion on long arm

This is Donation Quilt J

This quilt is simply a panel with a partial checkerboard border.

pattern info: found here

panto info: free motion on my Elna

This is Donation Quilt K. This one has been hanging around awhile. Time to let go and let someone love it.  (smily face)

Today is the last day to link up to show your

Hands to Help Quilts


Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Hands to Helps Linky Party found here. (I actually missed this linky since I worked today - sad face - but these three quilts are on their way to Emily at happy Chemo - happy face)

I'm going to link up with:

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict - Whoop! Whoop!


Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WIP Wednesday 5.24.2017

Today I worked on two projects.

First up:

I quilted down the next grad quilt.

pattern info:  Four Patch Posie

panto info: plumage

Second up:

More stars! This time with grey background and pink stars...

I think I will take out the dark grey background one and place dark grey as sashing. I think I want to search for a pink/grey for an outer border...

I'm feeling Eiffel Tower fabric, maybe?!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Design Wall Monday 5.22.2017

Last Thursday at my Helping Hands Sewing Bee, a fellow member schoolhoused how to use templates to make star blocks. This is a new-to-me technique so I was anxious to learn it! Our *cost* to attend the workshop was to donated four Quilt of Valor stars. At the meeting, I made one so I *owe* three at our next meeting. I also checked out some fabric from the charity bin to make stars for a Helping Hands quilt.

Here are my stars.

The top two rows are *Helping Hands* and the bottom row is *Quilt of Valor*.

Linking up with:

Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts


Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun the Housework-Oh Scrap!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Sneak Peek - WIP Wednesday 5.17.2017

DD asked me to make a few graduation quilts for her friend groups.

Here is a sneak peek of the quilts.

Grad quilt A has been pieced and quilted.

It's waiting for the binding to be sewn back and labeled.

panto info: Halcyon, one source here.

Grad quilt B has been pieced and quilted.

It's waiting for binding to be applied, sewn back and labeled.

panto info: Plumage, one source here.