Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Got To Wear Shades!

My quilt is so bright, you got to wear shades. At least that is what Steve is warning. I have to say I agree. You can't look at this quilt and not be happy.

I used the Glad Creations Dream Maker pattern. I like that the pattern uses simple block but uses them to make a complex overall pattern.

I started the fabric collection with Mark Lipinski's Califon fabric that I got on the way to a quilt retreat in Lanesboro. I finished off what I needed with fabric I found at Glad Creations.

This quilt is at the quilter and I can't wait to get it back.

The best part about painting a bedroom is that you need new quilts to go with the new color. This quilt is going to be part of a collection of quilts with blue to go in the new blue bedroom.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Red, White and Black 2.0

I got this fabric when I went to Utah for my birthday, part of my falling off of the wagon. I think it is very fitting that I ended up making Birthday Presents.

A little present for myself.

It does look like a present with a bow on top. I like the graphic nature of the quilt. The mix of fabric patterns is nice as well, geometric and floral motif.

The quilt was a breeze and went together quickly.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Sister Quilts

I finished the bindings on two quilts made from the same fabric. Doesn't that make them sister quilts? Or is that quilts made from the same pattern?

I think they both turned out well. They are both from the book Happy Hour.

The striped one is made from the scraps of the other quilt.

It is nice to have them done.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Mitered to Perfection

I hadn't done a mitered corner until today. Cheri is my quilting tutor extraordinaire. She gave me a lesson and you can see that the corners turned out well.

The corners are on a sampler quilt. The blocks are from Saturday Sampler 2006-2007 at Glad Creations.

I got the idea for the setting squares looking at the blog Bethany Quilts. Mine are slightly different, with an uneven nine-patch in the center of the block.

I think the quilt turned out really nice.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Fallen off the Wagon

This past month I noticed that my waistline and my stash have been growing.

I love going to Utah and visiting my family, but I always seem to come home with projects. I bought a layer cake and turnovers from the Chez Moi Swanky Moda line. I'm going to be making Cherry Turnover.

I also bought a bunch of Black and White and Red Allover fabric. I'm going to make Birthday Presents from Take Two and Add a Few.

Steve also bought me the kit for Mystery by Mail #42 Soft Breeze for my birthday. I liked all the other kits, so I bought them as well.

I also bought some Jo Morton fabric to make a basket quilt. I'm also making a red and white Ohio star quilt.

Needless to say I need to get back on my fabric diet and start exercising again.

Any one have good ideas for rules for a fabric diet?

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Quilt in Two and a Half Days

I promised my sister Caroline that I would make a quilt top for our family reunion. My mom's family gets together every year and tie a quilt and donate it to Humanitarian Services.

I picked up the fabric for the quilt at Glad Creations on Thursday. Cheri tipped me off to batiks being in the half price and helped me figure out yardage. Thanks!

I used four fabrics for the quilt, with all but one half price. I love the zig zag lines running up and down the length of the quilt.

Making this quilt has been a nice reminder than simple quilts can be beautiful, plus they go together quicker.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

A Real Accomplishment

As a quilter, I've had all sorts of accomplishments. Finishing the quilt blocks for a quilt, sewing a quilt top, and stitching on the bindings.

I think one of the biggest accomplishments I've had is finishing off spools of Aurifil thread.

Each spool has 1422 yards of thread, so it keeps going and going. One spool is a enough for multiple quilts.

The spool is looking a little sad there naked. I'm headed out today to get a replacement.