Friday, May 31, 2013

Whoop! Whoop! 5.31.2013

This week I finished the pillowcases and notes to the Service Members.  I then shipped my stash of QOV's to Alycia.  In Blogger order (lol):

Quilt 1

pattern source:  Bonnie Hunter class.

Quilt 2

pattern source:  Alycia's Rectangle tutorial

Quilt 3

pattern source:  this is called a 'potato chip' quilt. I found a few images while surfing the web but really all you do is cut 8.5 inch squares then frame them out with 1.5 inch cut of the opposite fabric.  Takes about 2 yards of each plus binding.

Quilt 4

pattern source:  Snake Charmer   I renamed this one 'Flower Charmer' cuz I just don't groove to snakes, at all!

Quilt 5

pattern source:  modified rail.  again, I saw this design while surfing the web and just winged it!  :)
Rail bars cut at 2.5 inches and white accent cut at 1.5 inches.  Blocks cut at 7.5 inches ~ finished blocks at 7 inches.

Quilt 6

pattern source:  leader and ender using 2.5 inch square alternating blue/red.  This experiment did not turn out as expected but it has a whole lot of memories in it.  Plus a Service Member somewhere will be warmed and comforted by it.

I'm linking up with Sarah.

A QOV Whoop! Whoop! Kind of day!

Many Thanks to DD and her hockey net!  Necessity is indeed the Mother of Invention as no one around here likes to be a quilt holder!   and


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

WIP Wednesday

DD is in love with mustaches!  So much so that when I asked *what* she wanted on the back of her new bed quilt, she had no answer until I found some mustache fabric!  and then, I found a mustache pantograph!

So I have been practicing the mustache panto.

First on this quilt. I cut into my blue fat quarters I have been saving so I cut blocks 8.5 inches square.  I knew that I wanted to use a blue/green tie dye print for the back so I pulled some bright green from the stash as well.  I did buy the dark grey.  :)

pattern inspiration found here and the pattern is found here.

I also made myself a new summer backpack and lanyard.  Mustaches of course to continue the practice.  This backpack is a little smaller than the others so I will have to *see* how I adjust to it!

Happy I was able to sneak in a little sewing for me in May!  after all,  May is for Me!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Whoop! Whoop! 5.24.2013

I finished my two quilts for the H2H Challenge that Sarah is hosting! 

Whoop! Whoop!

'In the Wild' Twin A

'In the Wild' Twin B
Look I even did the label in the binding!  :)

I'm linking up with Sarah today.

pattern source:  Mary's Quick Strippie

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Few More QOV Pillowcases

Made up a few more QOV pillowcases. 

I followed the YouTube video "Nifty Trick for Sewing a Pillowcase"

I cut the pieces following this Quiltmaker pattern. One change is that I sew down the accent strip.  That way ~ it doesn't fly around in the wash.

ummm...just noticed all the cuffs are red.  :)

WIP Wednesday

I quilted down the twins for Sarah's H2H Quilt Drive.

Yesterday I quilted *In the Wild A*.

Today I quilted *In the Wild B*.

pattern source:  Mary's Quick Strippie

Trailing Vine panto on both strippies...keeping it simple. :)

A little too close call on the batting, right?!  I was happy that there was enough and I didn't need to add any!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

What I'm Working On...

...this quilt ~ rather half of this flimsy~ was a mystery from my Day Guild last year.  The name of the pattern is 'One Two Buckle My Shoe' from Vanilla Latte Quilt Designs.  But when I was scoping out Pam's site ~ I didn't see it listed.  :(

Unfortunately, quite a few of my points don't match and the whole thing is on the bias.  I didn't like it at all!  So I hacked it in two, which by the way, felt very good to take the rotary cutter to it!  :)  I added wonky stars as cornerstones.  My friend, Sue had suggested that I include a wonky element in the borders and *hopefully it all pulls together* and looks like it is suppose to be wonky.

All the wrinkles are real and I'm not sure *it will quilt out* but later this week I will give it a go after I quilt the H2H quilts. One is here. The other is the same with the brown being a different fabric.

Now do you understand *why* I stick to squares and rectangles while sewing?!  lol They treat me soo much better.  *grin*

Friday, May 17, 2013

Whoop! Whoop! 5.17.2013

I realized that my Bear quilt was too big for the Quilts Beyond Borders of the H2H quilt drive so I went back to the drawing board to figure out a smaller version. 

I was all set:

math done: check
panel fabric chosen: check
border fabric: check
pieced border fabric: check

The main panel fabric had to be cut across the selvages then re-adjusted and cut with the selvages.
Yep~that's right and I knew it instantly!  I did not re-adjust the fabric and hacked off a rather large portion of the main panel fabric.

My first thought (in panic mode) was just to sew it back together with the border fabric between. 

kinda bleh, wouldn't you say?! 

Out came the seam ripper...frog, frog, frog...

My second thought was Mary's Quick Strippie.  I made a few adjustments for the fabric that I had already cut. 

Much, much better.  Still a little long as it measure 41 x 66 before quilting.

I'm linking up with Sarah today. 

Whoop! Whoop!
It's a flimsy!  only three days in the

Monday, May 13, 2013

Design Wall Monday

I found this Debbie Mumm Noah's Ark print at the local St. Vincent DePaul.  Almost 1/2 yard for 50 cents!  That's right~50 cents!  what a bargain.  :)

I paired it with some of my animal novelty fabrics that I framed out to make 8 1/2 inch blocks.  I'm thinking this is done~ I have a friend and a niece who are expecting.  The friend's baby is due in August and my niece is due in September. 

Now the question has been asked:  is this quilt too religious for someone who I don't know *how* religious they are?

I'm thinking everyone likes Noah's Ark regardless of their religious or non-religious affiliation...

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Whoop! Whoop! May 12, 2013

Sneaking in a Whoop! Whoop!

Linking up with Sarah.

Happy Mother's Day and My Bus Trip

Happy Mother's Day to All!

My Mom is celebrating this Mother's Day with her Mom who passed away 50 years ago~Have FUN Mom and Mary! (I was only 18 months when my Mom's Mom died so I don't have any memories of Mary but my sister's says that every time Grandma Mary visited she had a treat to pass gum!)

Last Thursday my Day Guild took a bus trip to the Sewing Basket in Plymouth Wisconsin as the meeting.  What a fun idea!  Elaine and Carol each gave a one hour lecture.  The first on the *Fun and Done* method.  It was really very interesting.  This link has a link to a video describing the *Fun and Done* method. The second was a trunk show of quilt using panels.  This was also very interesting but then again, don't most quilters love looking at quilts!

Lunch was on our own. Most of the gals (like 20) headed to the pizzeria but about 6 of us decided to try the little coffee shop down the block.  It was so charming!  It was located in the former bank building complete with a seating area in the vault.  We had a few minutes to spare so we cruised through the antique mall.  Only one quilt in the window but lots of fun stuff inside. 

I always like to look and *see* what items are considered antiques that I remember from my own childhood.  :)

I did buy a little.  This batik and black as my night guild is planning a raffle quilt for next year.  paper pieced batik stars with black backgrounds.

The impulse buy was the elephants.  DD has switched from frogs to elephants.  Think I will be able to get an elephant quilt done before she switches again?!  doubtful...

I also was the lucky winner of this panel.  ummm...what WERE some of those ideas again?!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

First Time for Everything

First time: I sewed a safety pin into a quilt...between the backing and the batting.  bummer.

I cut the backing then snipped the safety pin in half because somehow I managed to sew it directly into the panto.

I will need to patch the back but I have plenty of this plaid so I should be able to do an *okay* job.

I guess, never say never~now I've sewn a safety pin into a quilt.

The front of the bargello.

The panto Popcorn by Willow Leaf Studio.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tell It Tuesday...May 7, 2013

I found this wonderful tulip wall hanging at the local Goodwill.  No label though...lesson learned...I ought to label my quilts so if someone buys one at the local Goodwill~the new owner will know a little bit about the quilt and myself as the maker.  :)

only $12.99 and perfect in my kitchen!

Monday, May 6, 2013

What I am Working On... my Day Guild Auction in February, I brought this Bargello UFO.  I don't know *whose* UFO this is...but I liked it because of the beaver fabric!  I had some of this fabric and sadly, my stash is now gone.  *sigh*

I added a few simple borders and ta-da~  49 x 58 before quilting flimsy. and yes, it is hanging a little wonky on my piece of batting I use as a design wall.  Mostly since the batting is not *hung up* straight...

A Bargello quilt has been on my *Bucket List*~does this qualify as *making one*?!  LOL

Friday, May 3, 2013

Whoop! Whoop! May 3, 2013

Whoop! Whoop!

My H2H quilt is complete!  well, except for the label.

It is not a show quilt but I'm hoping someone in the H2H program will fall in love with this bear family quilt.  :)

pattern:  modified Figgy Pudding

panto:  popcorn by Willow Leaf Studio

I'm linking up with Sarah today.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Good News!

My shipment of batting arrived!  Earlier in the week, I went to The Quilting Connection and picked up my two rolls of batting. 
I decided on Hobbs 80/20...120 in x 30 yards~this should last me awhile. :) 

Happy Dancing here at Bell Creek Quilts...

I am terribly behind on all my sewing.  I committed to making a quilt for Sarah's H2H quilt drive and decided to make a modified Figgy Pudding quilt.  That big box store was clearancing out some of their novelty 2 yard folds for $5.00 each!  I brought bear, deer and an assorted bird fabric.

Here is the bear figgy flimsy.

And a close-up of the bears.  DS said that he liked the bear motif~ I love it when the kids talk quilting!  In any event, I was hoping it would appeal to an older child in the H2H program.

Now onto the quilting....