Monday, September 30, 2013

Last Day... is the last day to join the Linky Party over at Katie's Swim, Bike Quilt 100 Quilts for Kids Challenge.

I pieced this quilt over the summer.  Another 2 yard fabric buy from the big box store that I cut down for the middle section. Even simpler borders brings the deer print to size in a hurry.

With this quilt, I reached my personal goal of 4 quilts to donate to Margaret's Hope Chest.  Sometimes, even the simplest quilts will work.  I'm hoping that a young male teen will like this quilt and choose it for his forever home.  I know, my DS ~ who is 22 and doesn't hunt ~ kept commenting that he really liked the deer print and the bear print quilts.


pattern source:  unknown

panto source:  Inkblot (although the thread blends well with the mossy green colors in this quilt)

What I've Been Working On...

...DD asked for a tennis shoe quilt, just squares not the twirly squares.  :) 4 patch posie happening here.  Drats!  as I am seriously addicted to making that block...

In the end, she choose the Tile Tango pattern by Terry Atkinson with blue, green and black as the contrasts.  This is as far as I have gotten as of this morning.  Lucky this is a fast pattern as my niece had her baby ~Evan~ on Thursday and I haven't made him a quilt yet!!  I know, I know!!  5 days old and no quilt from his great-auntie Patti...  :)

pattern credit:  Tile Tango by Terry Atkinson

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Look What I Found!

A panel quilt for Margaret's Hope Chest!

This was pieced and quilted over the summer and folded into a corner of the sewing room!  One never *knows* the treasures to be found.  :)  The big box store was clearancing out their 2 yard cuts of fabric so I brought a few of the larger prints.  A simple set of borders brings the large print focus fabric to size.

pattern source:  unknown
I quilted it with the Popcorn panto.

I'm linking up with Katie's 100 Quilts for Kids Challenge...linky party here.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Whoop! Whoop! 9.28.2013

I took the final stitches in the binding yesterday in my Tile Tango quilt!

The glamour pose.  :)

Up close ~ I quilted it with a modified Daisy Galore panto.  I left out the loops in between the daisies.  I like how they turned out rather whimsical.

I didn't have one continuous piece for the back so I pieced together two random fabrics that have been in the stash for a long time.  I think maybe even before Bell Creek Quilts blog!  :)

pattern source:  Tile Tango by Terry Atkinson

panto source:  Daisy Galore

back piecing tutorial:  Mollie at Making Scrap Quilts from Scraps.

This quilt will also be going to Margaret's Hope Chest as part of Katie's 100 Quilts for Kids Challenge. I'll be adding it to the Linky Party.

I'm also linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

WIP Wednesday 9.24.2013 actually a finish!

Another Four Patch Posie.

I pieced the back to use the last of the focus fabric.

This is the last quilt in the series to use the Puzzle Panto.  I've put it away ~ for now!  :)

I'm linking up with Katie at Swim, Bike Quilt for her  100 Quilts for Kids Drive.   This quilt will be going to Margaret's Hope Chest.

Monday, September 23, 2013

What I've Been Working On...

...another quilt for the 100 Quilts for Kids challenge.

This is the Tile Tango pattern by Terry Atkinson.  I decided to use the pinwheel fabric in place of the pieced blocks. Here is one source...I couldn't find it on Terry's site so maybe it is out of print now?!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Whoop! Whoop! 9.21.2013

Hard to believe that it has been a week since I last posted!

Not too much sewing has been happening here.   :(  

I did manage to sew my current Four Patch Posie to a seems way more pastel-y in the picture than in real life.  I should be able to get this bound in time for the 100 Quilts for Kids deadline of September 30, 2013...barring any extreme happenings here at Bell Creek Quilts!  ;0)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Whoop! Whoop! 9.13.2013

 I like to place a quilt on my half wall leading downstairs for a pop of color. So in between working on donation quilts, I made myself a autumn/fall quilt to drape over the wall.

I found a rather large print for fall and then made Four Patch Posie blocks.

Here is the print.

Here is the quilt.

I *knew* that I wanted to quilt with orange thread and I was happy that I had just enough orange for a pieced backing.  Use it up and move it out of the stash!  yeah!

I'm linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict today.

Whoop! Whoop!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Today was a SEW AND REWARD Day here at Bell Creek Quilts.  Occasionally, I need to bribe myself to sew something I would rather not be sewing.  Today, it was hanging sleeves!  (I googled search 'how to make a hanging sleeve for a quilt', read a few then made and sewed the hanging sleeves onto the quilts. I used a blend of a few different tutorials plus what I remember from my sewing friends from the Bear Creek Quilt Guild.)

The Hanging Sleeves:

the back of the Bowtie Border Quilt  (found here)

the back of the Radio Wave  Quilt (found here)


Sewing a new quilt!  I'm hoping to get this one finished in time to join the Linky Party at Swim Bike Quilt's 100 Quilts for Kids drive.  I'm just a tad late to the party, lol....

This is the original fabric and

these are The Four Patch Posie's blocks.

My friend Linda at Cats-n-Quilts just posted about making Four Patch Posie quilts.  Check out her post here.  Linda is awesome at finding links and helping!  You will need to scroll to the bottom of her post and be sure to click on all the links she has!

I learned the 'ins and outs' of this quilt pattern from her!

Thanks, FAB pal!! :)

pattern source:  Four Patch Posie

Late Tuesday Night Finish...

...well, late for me!  I took the final stitches in the binding about 10:30 pm central time.  I spent a little time searching the web for tutorials on hanging sleeves then went to bed about 11:30 pm.  I tell ya, 5:30 am arrives pretty darn early!  Guess I am not cut out to be a farmer, right?!!

This school bus fabric was the inspiration.  I volunteered to make a quilt using it that would hang in the Children's section of the 

Delafield (Wisconsin) Public Library.

I made the Radio Way quilt by Julie at Jaybird Quilts.  It is the first of Julie's patterns I have purchased and it was excellent.  Even if I deviated from the directions.  :)

I quilted it with the Puzzle panto (see picture in this post).  It gives texture but I wasn't able to get a decent photo of it on this quilt.

Monday, September 9, 2013

What I'm Working on...9.9.2013

I'm working on a Radio Way quilt in school bus colors, another quilt that will hang in the Delafield Library.  It's been a long time since I made a quilt so similiar to one in the pattern!

Here are the blocks.  I was a little worried as I opted to strip piece the blocks ~ thought there might be too much repetition since the quilt will only be 60 x 60 with borders.

Here is the layout of the blocks.  I shifted a few blocks around to spread out the strong yellow.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Whoop! Whoop! 9.6.2013

I'm making progress on the Library Quilt!  Today I was able to sew the binding down.  The next step will be to make and sew down the hanging sleeve.

I quilted it with a puzzle panto. The label on the panto says, 'LEQ 1/99'.  It was a panto my friend gifted to me when I first got my long arm.

I think it is an out of print Linda Taylor panto.

I especially like how the puzzle pieces frame out the children in the panel.


and here.

I had a slight miscalculation on the binding.  The math came out to exactly 7 strips but as you can see ~ 7 was a bit short.  An easy fix though!

I'm linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict today.

Whoop! Whoop!

Monday, September 2, 2013

USA Labor Day 9.2.2013

First up:  The Library quilt is on the Design Wall.  Not exactly my vision, will work, I hope!

Second: I quilted down a QOV from my friend Kathy W.  I'm not sure if Kathy pieced it, another did the piecing or if it was a group effort.  I do recognize the pattern as "Valor" by Cozy Quilt Designs as I have made two from this same pattern.  It is available as a free download on the Quilt of Valor website, found here.  I quilted it with the Halcyon pantograph.