Sunday, February 5, 2017

Free Motion Feathers tablerunner



I started this table runner a couple of years ago and finally got it done for Christmas 2016. I gave this to my daughter-in-law as an early gift to help decorate the house!!

I love doing feathers but was a little nervous doing red on white because every little wobble and mistake show up. I just have to remind myself that most people who are not quilters do not see those mistakes, even though that is all I can see!!!



No worries, she seemed to really like it, so I am pleased!!!

Happy Quilting Friends.

Martha

Here's a few more in progress photos.





This is another table runner in line to be finished



Saturday, January 7, 2017

Christmas 2016 = Harley Davidsons' and One Cute Scooter



Me and my husband, Mr. and Mrs Claus!! My second time riding on my own!!
In a dress!!
Seriously!!
For the Road Maggots annual Toy Run for the children in
our community.
My outfit for the day-December 11th.
I had to make the arms of the dress longer because whoever
they sized it for, had really short arms.
Also made the bag and covered my helmet.
My helmet, before and after. It matched the additional fabric for my arms
and my the belt I made for the dress. PERFECTION!!
The following is the construction of my bag. Candy bag that is. Mrs. Claus must have a candy bag!!



This worked out perfect and I was able to carry it on the bike with no problem.

It was a really fun day and I was very proud of myself for riding in a dress and not falling over!! This was just the second time riding on my scooter.

Sorry for not posting this sooner, 
So many things to do.
So little time.

Martha



Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Dear Jane B row blocks

B-1 Batchelor Buttons
We went to the Oregon Coast in November for three nights!! We rented a little beach house, I brought my sewing machine and worked on some Dear Jane blocks.!! So fun and so relaxing!!!

Dear Jane Quilt: Make by Jane Stickle of Vermont during the Civil War-1863.

Related image

 It was Bailey's first time to the beach and she wasn't afraid!! I was surprised!!! I thought the loudness of the surf would scare her but not at all!! And she wanted to chase the seagulls which were so much bigger than her!!! Silly dog.


Our view from the couch!

B-2 Sweet Tater Pie
B-5 Hot Cross Buns



B-3 Mirror Image

Nice view to sew to!!


Then when we got home, I finished a fifth block.
B-4 Chris's Soccer Field
I have 8 more blocks ready to go. Fabrics chosen and patterns printed.
This is my color guide for all the blocks. All the X's are the
blocks that are done. 34 in total, and 135 to go for the center.

I have the computer program for the Dear Jane blocks. Helps
so much!! It prints out the foundation blocks, paper piecing
and allows me to print out the block in color to help remind
me what fabric goes with what block I am working on.

Here are some of the upcoming blocks.

And my Dear Jane book. I love looking at it!! But the computer
program helps with the construction much more than the book
does.
There is also a CD you can purchase
The CD is from Aunt Reen's Place. She had a blog called 13 Months of Dear Jane, and gave so many wonderful guides to making a Dear Jane quilt. That blog is now closed but she is offering the CD for sale. I may be purchasing one as I really enjoyed her blog as a go to place to help with these blocks. Some are very complicated and some are very simple. I really loved seeing how she constructed them!

That's it for today folks! Have a lovely day and take a gander at all the Dear Jane quilts, You can do a google search and then look at the images. They are amazing!!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Posie Pincushion from an Orphan Block


I Love this new little pincushion I made from a spare block. 

Here is a photo journal of what I did!!!
You can see that I had already used part of this block for a
quilted postcard, Notice that there is still space for a quilted
bookmark and another postcard!
I added a little more quilting before I cut the pincushion out.

Measuring how much space I have for the pincushion and
cutting it out below.

For the back of the pincushion I decided to use a wool
remnant I had. I love it too!!!


For the backing I used some fusible interfacing. This is the
best product!! Once fused, it gives the fabric more durability
but isn't stiff. You don't even know that it has been added.


I used this circle as a guide to round the edges.

All sewn together
and just need to handstitch the opening.

Perfect. Not sure if I will keep or give away or put in my Etsy Shop!!

So, if you have an extra block laying around and you aren't sure what to do with it, practice some free motion quilting first, then make a pincushion, or a quilted bookmark, or a quilted postcard!!! I am sure I could come up with more items to make. An eyeglass holder, a little wallet.!!

Take care, Happy Quilting and I will see you again real soon. Martha