Friday, May 31, 2013

Checkerboard Quilt

The checkerboard center of this quilt was pieced several years ago.  I ran out of the red fabric which was originally a summer garment.  I recently laid it against several blue fabrics in my stash and though this stripped one worked as a border with more white as a second border.  The quilt is machine pieced and quilted.  It measures 35 in square.


Here is a close up to show the fabrics better.


The back is white.  The quilting is difficult to see, but the center is a simple cross-hatch.  The blue strip has simple rope.  The outer white area has leaves, tulips, and lilies.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Butterfly Quilt--WIP

This quilt has been a WIP off and on for years.  I purchased the butterfly blocks more than 15 yrs ago as a quilt top.  I wish I have taken a photo of the quilt top for documentation purposes, but alas I did not.   The blocks were set together with blocks of yellow fabric like this photo shows which I did not find flattering.  I undid the quilt and set the blocks aside -- 16 of them, though I have only used 12 in this quilt.  I like these fabrics, just not with the butterflies.


Soon after I sketched out a new setting which is close to what I have actually used.  I found the fabrics I wanted to use -- a dark blue with red roses for the sashing which I have since used in other projects and a beige floral with red, blue, and green which I used for other projects saving some for this one.  Unfortunately, I did not save enough and had to "make do" with another fabric for two of the blocks.   I ended up using the bottom left as the substitute fabric.
I have finished piecing the quilt top, made the quilt sandwich of top/batting/backing, and have begun the marking and quilting.   


I will mark more area than I can quilt with one bobbin of thread, do that quilting, then mark more.  I do this when I have to use chalk marking (for the dark areas) as I find it fades too much if I mark too far ahead.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Kite Tails Quilt

This small quilt was made using 2.5 in squares (including seam allowance) of fabric left-over from other projects.  The pattern is kite tails.  It is machine pieced and quilted.  The back is the same white fabric as the front.


The quilt has three shades of blue (a medium, a dark, and a light), three shades of pink/mauves (a medium, a dark, and a light), and two shades of purple (a medium and a dark).

 

 

I haven't decided what I'll do with this quilt yet.  I may put it back as a reserve baby quilt.

Friday, May 10, 2013

iPad Cover

A month or two ago I happened to see  Clover’s Trace ‘n Create templates for E-tablet Keepers and the companion Keeper Shapers on one of my trips to Hobby Lobby to buy thread or batting or whatever else I might have needed.  I don't own an iPad myself, but one of my sisters does.  It was an impulse buy.  

Here’s my result

 

Here’s the inside (sans iPad)

 

Here is a YouTube video by Nancy Zieman showing how to make the E-tablet keeper.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Sunshine and Shadow Medallion Quilt

I mentioned this as a WIP (work in progress) a few weeks ago.  It is simply a pillow print used as a medallion in the center of a sunshine and shadows layout.  It is machine pieced and quilted.  It measures 42 in square.  I donated the finished quilt to the Alzheimer's Quilt Study Group.


Here is a closer view of the center piece


And here you can see the fabrics used in the sunshine and shadows area better


Here is the fabric used for the back