Saturday, September 13, 2014

2014 RSC September Orange Week 2, Barn Quilt Finished


After week 2 of September's RSC, I'll add a hot pad/pot holder made with the two 8.5" orange blocks I made last year and three cute 6.5" sampler blocks to my collections. Three crochet spiral scrubbies made it into the picture. They were made using a YouTube video. There are several video clips that show how to crochet them as well as other cool projects.
To see what others made with their orange scraps, go here.


After making my orange 8.5" blocks last week, I counted my completed 8.5" blocks. I needed 48 blocks for a a small quilt. Counting the ten RSC blocks left from last year and 35 RSC blocks I had made this year, I was close. Only needed three more blocks. So I made one block with brown scraps and two blocks with black/white scraps. After randomizing the 48 colorful blocks, I sashed them with 1.5" strips of Kona White fabric because I didn't want to deal with all those seams..I added a 2.5" inner border and started an outer border of 2.5" squares. Hopefully I'll have this top quilt finished and quilted in a few weeks.


My barn quilt is finished. It's quilted with a loose free motion meander. The binding is strips of red fabrics. After a go in the washer and dryer, it finished at 91"x 69". Too large for my mother to hold up for a picture. I was surprised how the yellow outer border and red binding set off this fun quilt.


Here are a couple close ups, one of the upper right corner and one of the upper left corners. The 12 barns have large quilt blocks on them and playful kittens and horses that live in them.
This was a recent Lori Holt online Quilt Along. You can find Lori Holt at her BEE IN MY BONNET blog.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

2014 Wilkes Quilt Show, Won Three Ribbons!


It was a wonderful weekend for me at the Wilkes Quilters 2014 Annual Quilt Show. Two of my three entries won a total of three ribbons. My BEE HAPPY Quilt won "Best Machine Quilting" from the Quilt Judge. I used a loose free motion meander with some loop de loops here and there.
Happy dance here. BEE HAPPY is a pattern by Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet.


Those attending the quilt show were given a ballot to vote for their favorite quilt in each category. The BEE HAPPY quilt won a Third Place ribbon. More happy dancing.


My Bonnie Hunter 2013/2014 Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt won a Blue Ribbon! Wild happy dancing here.


Close up of Blue Ribbon. A lady from the Wilkes County Public Library took it with her to display in the Library for a month. I'm so honored.


A batik wall hanging, Full House made with a Schnibbles Pattern, was my third entry. It didn't win, but several people liked it and asked about the pattern.
It was a most excellent day for me. I was pleased with how well my bright, colorful entries did this year.

Friday, September 5, 2014

2014 RSC September, Orange, Week 1, Wishes Sew Along Progress, Barn Quilt Top


Angela choose orange for September's Rainbow Scrap Challenge color. I love orange and will add the four 8.5" blocks in the picture to my collection. To see what other made with orange this week, go here Saturday morning.


Kimberly at the Fat Quarter Shop Blog has posted instructions for 9 of the 12 blocks in the Wishes Sew Along. Pictured are my 9 blocks sashed. Time flies.


This is my second go at this quilt top of barn blocks made with Lori Holt's blog barn pattern during her barn along. Earlier this year I sewed my blocks together into a quilt top pictured in this post. The top was pretty, but didn't have enough color for me. So this week I cut the quilt apart and had another go at it, this time adding strips of colorful fabric sashing as Lori suggested in her Quilty Barn Quilt top block assembly instructions. I opted to add a yellow border. It's a happy looking quilt now. In this picture I had just sandwiched my reworked quilt top with a backing and White and Natural cotton batting. It's basted with safety pins. I've started quilting it with a loose free motion meander. Maybe I'll have this generous twin sized quilt finished by next weekend.
It's been a busy week getting ready for my quilt guild's annual quilt show this weekend. I entered two quilts and a wall hanging. Hanging Sleeves and labels had to be sewed on by hand, a slow process for me. I'll post quilt show pictures next week.

Friday, August 29, 2014

2014 RSC August Pastel Green Week 5, Happy Scrappy House Quilt and Rainbow Kittens Quilt Finishes


This is the last week of scrappy pastel green scraps and I'll add two 6.5" sampler blocks and three 5.5" coco mugs to my collections. Six crocheted spiral scrubbies made it into the picture. To see what others made with their scraps this week go here Saturday morning.


I quilted my Happy Scrappy House Quilt with a loose free motion meander and bound it with a purple print from my stash. This is a Bonnie Hunter free pattern from her Quiltville blog website found here.


I pulled some purple fabrics from my stash for the backing. After a go in the washer and dryer it finished at 80.5" x 92.5". I've been making house blocks for this quilt for three Rainbow Scrappy Challenge years and I'm happy it's all finished. I love it.


I also finished my Rainbow Kittens Quilt. Yah! The 8.5" rainbow kitten blocks are sashed with 2.5" purple strips. The inner border is a 1.5" yellow vine print and the outer border is a 3.5" purple print.


I pieced some purple prints from my stash for the backing. Used another stash purple print for the binding. It's quilted with a loose free motion meander and after a go in the washer and dryer it finished at 58" x 69.5". My colorful little kittens are sitting in purple windows, living in a purple house quilt.
It was an extremely bright sunny day when these pictures were taken. Sorry about the glare on the quilts.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

2014 RSC August, Pastel Green, Week 3


It's been a busy week. Three nieces are visiting! We made Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouches with some Laura Burch Cat fabrics. Now we're making crochet Spiral Dish Scrubbies. They want to make mug rugs later this week.
I found some time to work with pastel greens and pictured are three 8.5" cat blocks and three 6.5" sampler blocks that I'll add to my collections.
To see what others made with with pastel greens, go here.


Pictured are July and August "Wishes" QAL blocks. They are 14.5" square. Four months/blocks to go.


I've been piecing Bonnie Hunter's free pattern Scrappy Happy House blocks for three years and felt it was time to sew them together into a quilt top with borders.It's a big quilt top. Bonnie likes big quilts. This top is something like 86" x 96". I'll measure after it's quilted, bound and has a go in the washer and dryer. Here it's on the floor sandwiched with some White and Natural batting and a pieced backing ready to be pin based. Will probably do loose free motion meander with a happy loop here and there.


A closeup of the top left corner. Lots of bright colors in this happy, scrappy house quilt top.

Friday, August 8, 2014

2014 RSC August, Pastel Green, Week 2


It's been a busy week. I made three pillowcases, two with Marvel fabrics and one with Star Wars fabric. I filled them with three new pillows and gave them to my son for his birthday. I forgot to take a picture, but my son loved them, called the awesome.
My 42 Scrappy Happy Houses are now a quilt top. The backing is done, too. I would love, love, love to have it quilted and finished by next Saturday.
Pictured are two 8.5" blocks and a hot pad that I'll add to my collections. A yummy orange knitted cotton dishcloth made it into the picture.  While watching tv, I crocheted more scrubbies.. Most will be donated to my guild's annual quilt show boutique.
To see what others made with their pastel greens this week, go here Saturday morning.

Friday, August 1, 2014

2014 RSC August, Pastel Green, Week 1 and a RSC Baby Quilt Finish


Another finish. I used the 7.0" scrappy quarter log cabin blocks I pieced during the first seven months of this RSC year. I added a 2.5" black on white inner border and a 2.5" dark blue outer border. The backing, not shown, is a fun, child friendly blue space themed print from stash. It's quilted with a loose free motion meander. After a go in the washer and dryer it finished at 38.5" x 38.5". This is a charity baby quilt that I'll take to my quilting guild's August meeting. I think it will work for either a girl or boy baby.


Angela chose pastel green for August's RSC color. Pictured are some scrappy red 6.5" sampler blocks and a red scrap hot pad. Red was July's color. One of the red sampler red block was complicated for me and I replaced it with a 16 patch. Also pictured are a couple pastel green Happy Scrappy House blocks and a green 6.5" sampler block. A knitted dishcloth made with scraps of cotton yarn made it into the picture. To see what others made with their scraps, go here Saturday morning.


I wanted to learn to crochet spiral scrubbies. It wasn't difficult because I found an excellent YouTube video tutorial. After a few wonky spiral starts, I was making them like a pro. Because they don't require a lot of yarn, I'm making them using partial balls and scraps of yarn. I've given several away to friends. They say they love them. I prefer to use a "H" crochet hook and cotton Sugar'n Cream or cotton Peaches n Creme yarns. I'm making them for friends, family, and for the boutique at my guild's annual September quilt show.
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