Monday, February 1, 2016

Moda Bake Shop : Double Chevron quilt

I am happy to announce my 13th project over at the Moda Bake Shop!  Let me introduce you to ''Double Chevron''

It makes use of only ONE jelly roll (and solid yardage) for a  full size quilt!
I ended up doing chevron ''straight line'' stitching on my sewing machine for the quilting.  WOW, was that a task.  One of the most labor intensive quilting projects I have done yet.  SO much pushing and pulling of the quilt through the machine, but it was worth it in the end!
 One thing I did not share on the tutorial - was that I ended up adding a 3/4'' strip to the top and bottom of the quilt so I wouldn't lose my points when I added binding.  I am glad I ended up doing that :)

I am going to share with you today what I did with the leftovers from cutting the blocks from the Double Chevron quilt.  You will have two triangle-ish shaped strip tube sections leftover.  First, I made sure each end was trimmed off square:

Then, opened up the tubes on the short side:

Then, pressed seams in opposing directions to put together to make another full block!

You can trim them to the same size as your full size quilt and add to it to make a much larger quilt - or trim them and use them for a baby quilt!
You will be able to make 20 more blocks.  I trimmed mine to the same size as the full size quilt blocks (which is just a hair under 9'') to make a baby quilt to 'go' with the full size quilt.

I haven't gotten around to picking a backing/binding for this one yet.  I think I have enough leftovers from the full size quilt for more than half of the backing, but not quite enough.....


Saturday, January 30, 2016

108 tiny scrappy trips blocks

108 tiny scrappy trips around the world blocks.....  not nearly enough for a full size quilt yet, whew!  Much more pinning and sewing to do!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Trips around the world - AKA Tiny Trips

I have been working on my 'Tiny Trips' quilt again - I have a bazillion 6-strip sets (1.5'x10'' strips) ready and have started sewing them into tubes.  I will have lots of pinning to sit and do tonight after dinner :)

The whole quilt will be in Millhouse Inn by Fig Tree.  I started with 3 honey buns and quickly realized (a couple years ago) that it wasn't going to be near enough to make anything larger than a baby quilt.  So, I have been collecting more from that line and I think I finally have enough to make a 90x90 quilt.  Which will be well over 8000 @ 1'' squares......


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Merry Christmas from Cascade Quilts

I hope everybody had a wonderful Christmas!  I know I did!  I finally got the thing I have been asking Santa for (for about 10 years)...... an 'aqua sky' Kitchenaid!  WEEEE!
Sorry about the poor quality pic, it is gloomy weather here in western WA and I have some kitchen bulbs burned out in my vaulted ceiling and haven't gotten around to replacing them :)
My hubby and sons went together and got me this - I never expected I would get this, I am just blown away.  I might have even cried a little opening it :)  And then cried again when I opened the box and realized it wasn't white like the one on the box :)

I wanted to let you know also that I HAVE been doing some quilting, just nothing I can share right yet :)  I am going to be basting tomorrow and hopefully I can share within a couple weeks :)
I will share the stack of fabric I have been working with though :)  Moda happy mail!


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

a non-quilty project

I wish I had a before pic.....  but I just didn't think of it.  When we went on our vacation to our family cabin in BC this summer - on the way home we stopped off at the dump to get rid of the trash from the trip.  Hubby spied an old set of moose antlers (there was a set of deer antlers too, but he didn't get those - and now I wish he had!).  He took home a set of grayed/weathered/slightly mossy moose antlers.  I wasn't too thrilled with them, especially since they sat at the base of my front steps for a few months.

THEN, I had the idea....  to paint and frame them!  YES, they would be fantastic.  And, I wasn't wrong!

First, (after approval from hubby), I let the antlers dry in the shop for a couple days, then brushed them off with a stiff brush.  Then, paint.  Aqua, of course.

This was kind of a pain!  I think it took at least 8 coats of paint - the antlers just kept soaking up the paint!

 The frame took almost a whole can itself - it is a vintage frame I have had for more than 20 years, but it was stripped to bare wood (it was gold when I got it 20 plus years ago, ewww).
The wood is cedar fence boards - I dry brushed them with white and aqua paint, then stained over them with a driftwood stain.
Hubby thought the frame needed a white accent, so he talked me into adding that (which I do like, although it definitely have a 50's vibe to it now, LOL).  The fence boards are attached with a strip of luan stapled at the top and bottom to the fence boards and the frame.

Then, I bolted the skull onto the wood backers! (The skull already had holes in it from the previous owner, so I used those holes).  I ended up having to do a BUNCH of grinding/cutting on the back of the skull to get it to lay flat-ish on the boards.  Not a fun job, but it was necessary as the cut the PO did wasn't very flat.

I hung it in my bedroom on the wall across from the doorway so it can be seen from the living room :)

Isn't it fabulous?!!!  I adore it SO much!

The thing you can see just to the left of the antlers is a shelf above the bed I made 18 years ago (I have sheers hanging from it that are my 'headboard') - I think it's time it come down and get painted (and maybe new sheers).......  It is displaying my hubby's snowboards.....  I am debating about what color to paint it though.  Walls are white.  I don't think I want white, but I think maybe white sheers.  My favorite color scheme is aqua/red/navy/gray/white (basically Bonnie and Camille minus the pink hehe).  Possibly a pale gray, lighter than the driftwood stain.....


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Tiles quilt - take 2

I finally buckled down and finished my quilt top that I started for the Tiles Quilt-along.....

I love the way the alternating solids in the 25-patch blocks make the 100-patch blocks stand out.  They look like pixels :)  Now, to decided HOW to quilt this one!


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Moda Bake Shop - Sunny Trips

I am finished with my latest Moda Bake Shop project!  This one I call ''Sunny Trips''

For the quilting, I followed the diagonals of each block going both directions creating a curvy X in each square. The quilting just adds so much to it I think! :)

When subcutting the strip sets, there was approx 5-6'' of strip set left at the end, so I cut them into equal lengths, opened them up and sewed them end-to-end to make a pieced backing :)  I love using bits of the leftovers from the front in the backing :)

The backing really shows the texture of the quilting!!! :D