Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Crescent City Charm


Cresent City Charm was a Block of the Month from The Quilted Owl in New Orleans in 2014. I was able to purchase all of the block patterns before we moved from there. I started working on it last year and just finished the last block last week! I could not wait to get this one to the "top" stage. I plan on quilting it right away. I had to show it off on Mardi Gras Day!!

It was very windy outside, so these aren't the best pics. I will take more after it is quilted.

I started on the backing today. I wanted to use up some of the 2" strips I had.

Here they are all sewn together in different color piles!

Now they are cut into strips 5" longer than the quilt top and are ready to be sewn into rows.

Here is what I have so far! I am going to piece larger pieces to the top and bottom. This section will be in the middle of the backing, hopefully!! Oops, just now noticed that it is upside down! The purple will go at the top!!

Thanks for stopping! I am linking to Freemotion by the River. Stop by Connie's to see other quilty goodness.

.........Sew till next time..........



Saturday, February 6, 2016

New Month, New Color

This months color on the RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) at SoScrappy is BROWN. I have quite a bit of brown and it was fun to open the Selvedge container and rummage thru it and get a few blocks madethis past week.

The first block I made was Rainbow Twist. I am only making one this month. It will take 20 (16") blocks to make a nice size quilt so I will decide how many I want to make as the months come up. So far I have a total of 4.

I really like this block. I am using the same background print thru out the quilt and have them all cut out along with the binding!
Next, I made 3 That Thirties' Thing blocks. It's a paper pieced block. These were made in no time at all!

And today I made 12 Scrappy 8" blocks. I actually cut one of them 1/4" too short, but I think I will still be able to use it. I haven't decided how I will use them in a quilt. I'm toying with the idea of cutting them in half diagonally. That will be a decision made much later!

Here are the first six.

And the next six.

Needless to say, it didn't make a dent in my selvedges, but every little bit used just makes me feel good!! I LOVE using my stash.

i want to show you one more thing while I have you here!! I had planned on getting this quilt put together. I finally got all the blocks done, although one is missing in the pic. These blocks were sold as a block of the month from The Quilted Owl in New Orleans. They let me buy all of the patterns at once when I told them I was moving away in 2014. I started on them last year as my "TV watching" project!! I can't wait to get this quilt put together and have a permanent home on the back of my couch! I love it here in Texas, but I do miss New Orleans!

Those purple bars you see are doggie grooming bars that I use to hold up my quilt when quilting on my HQ Sixteen. They really work. And the round orange thing you see hanging on the left is my earbuds case I made! My design wall isn't in the best spot, but it is in the ONLY empty wall I have in my studio!!

I can't wait to see what everyone has made with their BROWNS this week. So hop on over to SoScrappy with me and let's enjoy the show!

..........Sew till next time..........



Saturday, January 30, 2016

The End of the Blues!

Well, this is the last link up for January to the RSC (Rainbow Scrap Challenge) hosted by Angela at soscrappy. I thought I was done last week with all my blocks, BUT I found another one that I added to the list! I made a total of 29 blocks for the month!


This is the new block- Rainbow Twist. It is a 16" finished block. I will be using the same black/white print for the background in all of the blocks.

So here is a review of this months blocks:

12 String blocks

3 That Thirties Thing Blocks

4 Centennial Blocks
6 Pinwheel Blocks

1 Flower Block

Today I spent over 5 hrs hemming hubby's pants!! I hemmed 2 coveralls, 2 sweat pants, 2 cargo pants, and 4 pairs of jeans!!!
Earlier this week I made a card and a pair of earrings for our nieces' birthday.
I still need to practice making loops!

And I finally made some design boards (10) from Lori (beeinmybonnet) Holt's tutorial. I didn't use hot glue nor did I stitch up the 'binding'. I just folding the binding and pressed real well to have a crisp fold and use Aleene's Fast Grab tacky glue. I love Aleene's Quick Designer glue to glue EVERYTHING, but it is no longer available, so I tried this one and it works just as well as the Designer glue. I'm happy with the way they came out and have already put a couple of them to use!!

So that's it for this week. Linking this post to soscrappy. Be sure to check it out.

...........Sew till next time.........



Saturday, January 23, 2016

A very productive week

I hope I can keep this momentum all year!! I have so many things on my to-do list and I feel I'm off to a great start!!

I will be linking to SoScrappy for the RSC today, so be sure to check out all the blogs posted there, as well as Angela's, to see everyone's progress this past week. I am done with my blues for the month. Not to say I DON'T have any more blues, just that after making my 26 blocks, I have to move on to other projects!!

I made the Blue Flower block this week. Connie, at Freemotion by the River, has the free pattern and tutorial. I thought about making 2 per month, but decided one was good!! I hand appliqued the flower and am happy with the way it turned out. I will change the flowers a bit in each block that I make.

Well, I added a couple of other blocks to the challenge! I need to put blinders on because I want to make everything I see!! I started out making 12 8" strings blocks, then 6 9" Pinwheel blocks and Connie's 12 1/2" Flower Block. I added That Thirties Thing from Quilters Cache in order to use up more strings!! I made 3 this week.

Each block is 4 sections and it is paper pieced.



Then I found Centennial at Wombat Quilts. This is the cutest 6 1/2" block!! I stopped at 4!!! This is also paper pieced.

And here they are on point!

Aren't they the cutest!!

I tried to print out the patterns using telephone book pages. Please, don"t try this at home!! What a mess!! I got crumpled paper with ink ALL over!! I had a super large tablet of blank newspaper paper, so I cut those down to use. And I also used some artist tracing paper. Love that stuff. So easy to tear off.

Oh, and I'm not done yet!! I made this for my nephew's truck for his birthday.

It's a bag that holds a plastic trash bag!! I found it here. Sorry, I was in a hurry, so I didn't get the best pics!!

That's it for this now. Thanks for stopping by!

........Sew till next time.......




Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Trying to play catch-up!!

I was a bad blogger last year. I started AND finished so many projects and never wrote a word about them. So now, I will be playing catch-up!!

I'm sure many, or all, of you have heard about the Row By Row Experience that was going on last year, from June to Sept., nationwide and in Canada. I won't go into detail, but but you can check it out here. It was a lot of fun collecting row patterns and some kits. I went to a lot of shops and I wanted to support each and every one that I stopped in to. So if I bought the kit, I TRIED not to purchase anything else, but if I wanted just the pattern, I bought a couple of fat quarters and maybe a notion or 1 yd of fabric. Well, that was my thought process until I got into the shops!! I ended up with way more fabric than I planned!! I just wanted to help do my part in keeping them in business!!

Anyway, my daughter, the teacher (not a quilter) went into shops also and got some rows and kits for me to make for her!! She wanted each row made into a separate quilted wall hanging. I finished the first one in November!! It is a row from Portland, Oregon! You'll be able to read the info I put on the label. I started this while on a 3 week trip to Lancaster, PA. I brought "Peachy" with me and she was a hit with the hotels cleaning ladies!!

My 1950 Featherweight is in there, but I forgot to take a pic!!!
Starting bridge construction. I did hand appliqué.

Almost done! The trees are paper pieced.

It's all quilted and ready for the binding. I always bind my quilts by sewing the binding on the front side and then hand stitch to the back.

It's a finished wall hanging! This was made from a kit.

I made a strip pieced back with a corner label and hanging sleeve.

Here is a closeup of the label.

That's one row down and I didn't count how many to go!!! All the patterns and kits are in a 12"x12"x4" box. And it is full!! I do have 2 more almost finished and will be posting them when done.

Did you catch the Row by row fever last summer? If so, did you make a quilt from them? I would love to see yours!

Linking to Freemotion by the River.

.......Sew till next time....