Friday, October 29, 2010

Blooming nine patch

My next quilt on my 'to-do' list (after I finish a couple other WIP's) is a blooming nine-patch.  I picked my fabrics yesterday and today I fiddled with EQ6 a bit - I couldn't come up with exactly the color choices in the program as I chose, but this is close to what it should look like I guess!

If the quilt turns out anything like the EQ6 picture, I will be ecstatic!  I think it's just lovely!  Here are the fabrics I chose the other day - I decided to leave out the pinky/red one that just to the left of the gold one.

With 4'' finished blocks, EQ6 says it will finish about 90 1/2 x 102.  Sounds about right!  Now I just need to figure out how to make EQ6 tell me how much fabric of each color I need to make sure I have enough of each fabric before I start cutting..........

a mostly finished flimsy

well, I finished putting the HST's of this quilt top together, and now I think it needs borders, it's just too small..... now I have to go find some material to 'go' with this material.  Hopefully I can find some at my LQS that is closing that has flat folds for $2.52 a yard right now!


So, off to shopping I go!  Oh woe is me, LOL

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Yaaa, another round of the Blogger's Quilt Festival for Fall 2010!

Here is my quilt to enter in the festival!

The material I used it ''Dandelion Girl'' from Moda by Fig Tree.  I used 4 charm packs and then an off-white quilter's cotton.  I also gave my mom some charm packs of Dandelion Girl for her birthday in August, so we worked on our quilts of the same material simultaneously :)  I chose Hunters Star, she chose to do a Twister quilt.  Hers is queen size though, and mine is 63'' square.  I am very happy that I was able to integrate one of my grandmother's linen's into this - I used it for the backing.  It was a linen tablecloth that she bought that had needlepoint designs printed on it, but she had never gotten around to doing the needlepoint.  I washed the needlepoint out of the material and used it for my backing (although I had to add extra charm squares for the back to make it big enough).  I ended up doing some straight line quilting (a first for me!) and then washed it.  I just LOVE this quilt, and I wouldn't hesitate to do another Hunters Star pattern.  I think it is just so attactive!  I think the next one I'll do will be in Christmas colors :)  Wouldn't that be fun?  Ohh, maybe with the Christmas fabrics I bought yesterday (post below).  That would be nice.......

So, stop by at Amy's Bloggers Quilt Festival and join in the fun!!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

design wall Monday

Well, I finally have something to show.  I sewed like crazy this weekend, but not on quilting!  I had a bunch of orders to sew up from my online store and it took me most of the day Sunday (I went fishing with hubby on Saturday).  This is what I worked on the tail end of last week though.  From 3 charm packs of Lumiere de Noel by Moda.

By the name of the fabric line, I thought it was going to be more 'Christmas-y'.  I guess it can still be a Christmas quilt.......

I have to say though, that I am a starch convert now!  I starched these blocks and pressed the seams open, and I am *amazed* at how flat and crisp the blocks are.  It took a lot longer, but the result is so nice!  The piecing is wonderful and it's so much easier to sew starched blocks!  And the quilting should be really easy too since the seams won't have big bumps.  I really don't like to press seams open, but here it really made a difference!  I will definitely be starching most of my projects from now on, and probably pressing seams open on a lot of them......

Monday, October 11, 2010


I have a quilt on my 'to do' list that has a lot of HST's.  So, I have been on the lookout for a way to make more of them in an easy way and not have them on the bias when I'm done.  I have a tutorial here for making 4 HST's from 2 charms, but I was looking for something to be made from yardage and I found this great site where I can print templates!  No marking on the fabric, yaa!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

design 'wall' Monday on Tuesday again! Oops!

A day late and a dollar short, that's me!

I worked on these little cuties over the weekend (amongst helping hubby work on son #1's truck on Sunday and cleaning the barn on Saturday)

I love the look of a fabric snippet pile - like a little haystack.

And what's not to love about HST's?!!!! :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Son #2's money quilt

I think I forgot to share the pics of my son's money quilt that I made for him after it got back from the quilters.  Well, here it is - and it definitely is getting used!  He loves it!  Very simple quilt made really fun with a cool pantograph!