Tuesday, November 30, 2010

the Arrowhead block again

here is another tester Arrowhead block - this one made using 5'' charms.  It finished to 5''.  Not sure I understand why a 10'' charm finishes at 12'' and a 5'' charm finishes at 5'', but oh well!  LOL.  This is a CUTE bock, although I'm not sure I'd make a whole quilt in this small of a block - maybe a baby quilt though :)  I think I'll make this one into a coaster :)

Monday, November 29, 2010

design wall Monday: the block that practically makes itself

The rotary cut Arrowhead block.  It's fun, it's EASY, it's addicting, and it practically makes itself!  You have GOT to try this block!  Two 10'' layer cake pieces make a 12'' block.  These two blocks were leftover from a project I'm working on with a layer cake of ''Dandelion Girl'' (I just LOVE Fig Tree's colors!)  I had insomnia this morning and got up at 4am, LOL.  I wanted to get right to sewing this morning and couldn't because hubby was sleeping still!  He finally got up and left for hunting about 8am, so I whipped this up in less than 10 minutes.    Seriously, less than 10 minutes!  A person could whip up a whole quilt top with this technique easily in one day!
before it was squared up:

after it was trimmed:
 and this is a little peek at the Dandelion Girl project:

and here are some ''mug rugs'' I whipped up yesterday.  The tree I embroidered on my embroidery machine (design is from Embroidery Library).  I'm not thrilled with calling them 'mug rugs' - I think 'cup quilts' better suits them, LOL.

 The black/white damask one I'm keeping for myself, and the green one (I made two like that) is going to go in a gift giveaway with 2 Christmas mugs.  These are a lot of fun to make - a tiny little quilt and you can practice different quilting techniques with them!  The green ones I did a swirly quilt design and I like it a lot!  I went with the old stand-by stipple in mine though.  Gotta love stipple :)

Friday, November 26, 2010


The hexagon is one quilt pattern that I have stayed away from (except for half hexies, which you can strip piece still).  But, this makes me want to try some!  Badskirt hexagon tutorial

and this post on So Happy blog - who could resist those stacks of hexies?   MUST RESIST!

Monday, November 22, 2010

table top cover

I finished a table topper the other day for my cabinet that I keep by my sewing machine.  It's made with 2 1/2'' squares cut from a Moda ''Pampered Pooch'' charm pack (and the border is from ''Happy Camper'').  The backing is from a card table cover that was my grandmothers (probably from the 40's).  I had-sewed the binding with some of grandma's silk thread too - and I am SOLD on sewing bindings with silk thread!  I am happy to have a nice little collection from grandma and I will definitely be using it from now on!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Flimsy finish Friday

I have a finished flimsy to share!  I have the backing ready too, just need to dig out the batting and quilt and bind it!  This is done with 3 charm packs of Moda's  'Lumiere de Noel' by French General.  I really like this fabric a lot, and had fun making a simple quilt of all HST's.  I starched as I went and pressed all seams open, so it took longer to make, but it made up for it with accuracy in the piecing!  That was very nice to have everything line up so well :)  I think I am going to pick up red thread to match the border to do the quilting as the backing is the same red.  I am unsure what to do for the binding though.  I might have to track down enough of one of the Lumiere de Noel prints for a binding, or maybe find a cream/tan solid that matched/coordinates.

  I definitely want to get it finished well in advance of Christmas though, so I'd better get moving on the quilting!  I like quilting smaller quilts like this though, much easier than a queen size quilt!