Monday, August 7, 2017

What I'm Working On...

...sewing back the binding on a wedding gift.

Teaser...stay turned for more after the wedding on Saturday....

Linking up with

Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Friday, August 4, 2017

Whoop! Whoop! 8.4.2017

I have a few finishes to share today.

My leader with the Oconomowoc Quilters Guild Comfort Quilts has put out the memo, "Please bind the Jefferson Foster Kids Comfort Quilts by machine." Wow! Does this speed up the finishing of the quilts!

First up is the Green/Blue quilt.

Quilt stats:

pattern: rail fence - public domain

(3.5 inch strips that are strip pieced and submit into 6.5 inch squares)

panto: continous baptist fans

approximate size (before quilting): 55 x 72

destination: Oconomowoc Quilters Guild/ Jefferson County Foster Care Kids

Second up is the Hanging Diamonds Quilt.

Quilt Stats:

pattern: Stripe Tube Ruler by Daniela Stout

(2.5 inch strips red-tan-dark blue strip pieced and 'tubed' with powder blue. Tube cut according to size on strip tube ruler chart, found here)

panto: happy times

approximate quilt size: 58 x 76

destination: Oconomowoc Quilters Guild/ Jefferson County Foster Care Kids

Linking up with

Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WIP Wednesday 8.2.2017

I was able to quilt down the green/blue quilt.

quilt stats:

pattern: rail fence - public domain

panto: continous baptist fans

size: 55 x 72 (before quilting)

destination: Oconomowoc Quilt Guild/Jefferson Foster kids

Monday, July 31, 2017

Design Wall Monday 7.31.2017

Well...I thought I would take my green and blue 3.5 inch strips and make something fun and easy.

Two color rail fence was the first pattern that came to mind

and well--

It didn't really work as I envisioned.

(sad face)

I am continuing on as I am sure someone will fall in love with it and adore it for all it's

un-unified-ness!    (is that a word?!)

Linking up today


Judy at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Friday, July 28, 2017

Whoop! Whoop! 7.28.2017

I have a finish to share with you!

The brown/cream strip tube ruler quilt is done!

Quilt stats:

pattern: Simplicity

panto: popcorn

size (before quilting): 57 x 76

destination: Oconomowoc Quilt Guild/Jefferson County Foster Care kids

Here is the red/tan/blue strip tube ruler quilt in progress.

I really wanted to set it in the off center barn raising, but when I started to sew it together - well, the seams were definitely NOT matching up! bummer, right?!

So I settled on what I have named - Hanging Diamonds. I staggered the rows for added interest. I'm sure this has a proper name but I just sorta put the blocks on the design wall and the quilt formed itself with very little input from me!

(smiley face)

I was also able to quilt it down today.

panto: happy times

Linking up with

Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts


Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WIP Wednesday 7.26.2017

I quilted down the brown/cream strip tube ruler quilt.

pattern info: Simplicity

panto info: popcorn


I started another strip tube ruler quilt. This one with 3 : 2.5 strips sewn together and a 6.5 inch strip of light blue as the back side of the tube.

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.

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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.