Monday, October 9, 2017

In other crumb quilt news ...

I've recently made some progress on the next crumb quilt: the pink one!


Not long ago, when I was prepping the green crumb quilt, I also mentioned wanting to make a pink one.


I love that baby quilts are smallish, do-able projects. Usually what I have is little bits of time here and there. The other day, I was pleased to be able to completely quilt the green crumb quilt in less than an hour!

One day a couple of weeks ago, I cut some pale pink fabric for this little quilt top. I don't usually have time to cut things out AND sew on the same day ... so I try to do the rotary cutting for a couple projects while I've got the cutting stuff out. And on another day, I'll do some of the sewing for a couple projects, while I've got the sewing stuff out.


With some weekend sewing time, I stitched the pieces together, and now I have a little quilt top.

I still need to press, and trim, and remove the papers from the back of the crumb quilt strips. Then I'll decide if I need a border, and what kind of backing & binding I'll use.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Finished Baby Crumb Quilt


This was a fun little quilt to work on. I mentioned it recently (see this post), and finished it up last week.


I like the color variety, and the cheery green in between the crumb rows.


The backing is made from a cute print that was once a twin-sized sheet (Pottery Barn, maybe?). I love the little cars and trucks, and the perfect assortment of colors to go with the quilt top.


I quilted it with green thread.


Briefly, I considered binding it in bright orange, because that would have been cute. But ultimately, I chose my recent favorite binding: stripes!


This little quilt is a gift for a sweet friend who has a new baby boy.


I'm looking forward to mailing it off this week.



Friday, September 29, 2017

Knitting a little ...

Every now and then, my hands are free, so I knit!

I've recently had the time to knit the heel flaps and finish the heel shaping on this fun pair of socks:


Next up: heel gussets and then the foot. Moving right along. Football season should help. Maybe. :-)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Crumb Quilt Top

So,  I recently posted a picture of this work in progress. (See Weekend Stitching here.)
Here are a few more pics. 


I had lots of these ... "crumbs" stitched onto adding-machine paper rolls ... So, now, those crumb quilt rolls (see previous posts here and here) are becoming something!

 

I was trying to figure out what to make with them. 
Baby quilts are fun to make, and baby quilts happen to be my favorite baby shower gift to give, so, baby quilts it is!



Here I'm auditioning these stripes on green and on pale pink, trying to pick a background color.
Turns out, I like both, so I'm making one of each! 

I've got the pieces cut for the pale pink variation, so, that'll be happening soon!


This green one's a quilt top, anxiously awaiting being quilted! (I've got the perfect backing. Time to buy some batting!)


By the way, the stitching-onto-adding-machine-paper is a new idea for me, but good for using up random scraps. Jo's Country Junction mentioned the idea at the end of her blog post here, referencing a blog post from QuiltedTwins -- see their posts about the idea here and here.

After stitching these stripes into this quilt top, I removed the paper from the back of the crumb strips. This was a sort of tedious process, not surprisingly. But it's easy to do while watching a movie, so that's what I did. 


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A little patriotic quilt


I rediscovered this partially-finished quilt top when I was looking through fabric this week. I've been needing to make some baby quilts for some friends, and this was just the start and inspiration I needed.

I'm putting together border and backing fabric for the kaleidoscope-style quilt top.


So far, just sneak peeks of this one, since it'll probably end up to be a gift. 


I'll try to post finished pictures soon.


It's fun to get some UFOs (UnFinished Objects!) ready to be used and loved! I'll be linking this post to this week's UFO Challenge at Jo's Country Junction, one of my favorite quilt blogs.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Summer Weather is in the Quilt!

The Weather Quilt is still happening!


I recently updated the quilt-in-progress, and it's been a while since I showed any pictures!


Full disclosure: It's been a while since I sewed any weeks-of-weather onto the quilt either ... the little labeled/pinned stacks below each represent a week! 


I try to update a week or two at a time, but somehow, it had been 8 weeks since I did anything! But playing with cute fabrics (closeups below) is always fun!


I've been surprised and amused that I haven't gotten to use any of my bright red fabrics in my quilt. I had them planned for the 100°+ days - of which there are usually several during the summer around here. (Last year, there were 17 days that the weather service recorded temps above 100°. This year: none!)


So, the quilt is coming along. It's getting big. Queen-sized when it's through ... and the quilt top is nearly 75% done!


So, now, I shall have to plan how to do the back of the quilt ... I want to make a little "key" with which colors represent which temperature ranges. And since I've got a variety of fabrics in each color,  (and plenty of leftovers, as always!) I might do some cute "string blocks" to incorporate some of the extra fabric.


And, speaking of leftovers, I've got lots of ideas in my head for using up the scraps that I'd set aside for this project ... I'll have plenty of extras, so those pieces I cut will be a great jumping-off point for whatever quilts I start next year.


I just need to plan some quilting time into my January, so that I actually get this quilted while it's still winter!!!







Sunday, September 10, 2017

Weekend stitching

Every now and then, the weekend provides extra time for creativity!

Here's the latest ...

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sunday sewing ...

This quilt has been my Sunday afternoon project for the past couple of weeks. I'm just finishing up the quilting on this beauty. It's been in progress for a long, long time. I wasn't the one who started this quilt, but I'm pretty happy that I get to be the one that finishes it! More details later!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Another crumb quilt color

I've been working on another color of crumb-quilt piecing on adding machine tape. As it turns out, I've got lots of blue scraps!


I'm thinking about using yellow, blue, and red to make a primary-colors version of Jo and Kelli's Rainbow Connection quilt. It's in their book Country Girl Modern, that I got in a giveaway from their blog, which is, hands down, one of my favorite quilt blogs.


This long strip of crumb-piecing would also be great as a border around almost any sort of quilt ...


There are so many possibilities!




Monday, July 3, 2017

Another week of weather!

I've added another week to the temperature quilt!


Lots of 80° high temps (yellow), and 90° high temps (orange).

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Crumb quilt beginnings

Not long ago, one of my favorite quilt blogs mentioned a scrap-quilting technique that intrigued me: using adding-machine paper tape as foundation paper for long strips of crumb quilting. The middle of the post in the above link talks about it, and references this post from QuiltedTwins which explains the process simply and well.


So I've been trying it! Fun! So far, I've got 155 inches of yellow crumb quilt roll, and it's about two-and-a-quarter inches wide.


In some ways, I'm on a quest to use up more fabric. (In other ways, using fabric seems to convince me that I should definitely buy all fabric that's bargain-priced ... so that's kind of a problem.) :-)


Anyhoo, this is a fun way to use up a bunch of random scraps. While I suppose this sort of "border" is more time-consuming than some, it's also lots of fun.


The paper gives a nice stability to a piece of "made fabric" that would otherwise be impossibly skinny. (Like other blocks that are "foundation-pieced" on paper, the paper will get taken off in the process of completing a quilt, but for now, the paper is great.


In between seams on the paper-piecing, I used my Christmas trees as Leaders and Enders (see Bonnie Hunter's awesome explanation here), and so now, I've got another 50 trees almost done.

 

So, check back in a few days for more on what I'm doing with this crazy adding-machine tape foundation pieced crumb quilting. (Can you tell I don't know what to call it?! Haha!)



Monday, June 26, 2017

Kaleidoscope Roses

I love rose print fabrics turned into kaleidoscopes!
This was a long piece of fabric from my mother-in-laws's attic.


When I was trying to figure out how to use this fabric, I realized how long it's been since I've made kaleidoscopes.


To make hexagonal kaleidoscopes, six layers of fabric are laid with the printed design exactly matching, and then 60° triangles are cut, so that six identical triangles result.


I gave myself permission to be not-quite exact, knowing how hard it is to get exactly identical triangles out of fabric that might have shrunk, or stretched, or printed funny. I've discovered that perfectionism on kaleidoscopes is time-consuming and frustrating, and isn't necessary for a pleasing result. :-)

So, this has been a fun project.

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