One of you sent me scraps of sunflower fabrics earlier this year. This is a quilt I made for my cousin who loves sunflowers.
It was a free pattern and the instructions for the setting strips were not very good. Took quite awhile to figure out how to make the "X".
The Sunflower quilt is really pretty! Love those little Xs, gives alot of interest to the sashings. How big are you making your quilts for the kids? In between a baby and twin size or ? The Women's Shelter here accepts kids quilts also, but I wasn't sure how big to finish them off...
The block is called "Frog" or "Jumping Forg" or something. I'ts squares and !/2 sq triangles & does look like a frog.
The Sunflower quilt was a Free pattern on I think the Northcott site. If I can find my pattern, I'll let you know for sure. And it was Free for a reason. The instructions were not very good & I had to "read between the lines" to figure out how to do those "X". If I can locate the pattern, I hope to do a Soldier quilt over the next few weeks.
My cousin had asked for "something small" she could put on display. Of course, I don't do small things. Not into wall hangings and the such. And so many of you donated sunflower fabrics that I only had to purchase the borders & backings.
Having "issues" with my HQ. I threaded & re-threaded and still not getting proper stitches on the underside. Most likely lint or a piece of thread in the tension disks. After work today I'll have to unscrew the disks and clean them out. Hopefully that will do the trick. Always happens when I have a deadline!!!!
Thunder, I don't suppose we should be surprized when you and I are working on a variation of the same thing? LOL Gosh I hope I can get pictures posted some day. Maybe I need to ask one of sons to TEACH me how to do all this for Christmas???
I was watching that video again (for the umpteenth time), and just noticed that big dragonfly behind Angie today! Not sure if that was a design board or a wall quilt that they had done previously, but have not seen it on any of her other videos..
Ok, here is the quilt top with borders, the outer border is a really beautiflu fabric, it doesn't show how pretty in the picture. I wish I had gotten more of it, still might. Benny is pointing out the various shades of grey.
Robyn that is so very prettty. I love working with grey and I'm so glad to see it coming back in the stores again. For the longest time, I couldn't find any...I love it with a bright aqua or a chatreuse or lime or a pop your eyes out purple!!! Cant wait for the how-to!!!
I have something TRULY to be grateful for!! Well I have LOTS to be grateful for and I am, but this is recent event!
Yesterday high winds broke one tree off at the ground, and it toppled into the next, and it pushed over onto the 3rd which leaned over. it broke off one limb of our "Elk Horn tree" (Chinese Sumac). It did NOT hit our house, shed, power lines or even break my cement Angel bench!!!
We've lived here just 2 years and I knew ONE tree was dead and then this year thought all 3 should be taken down but I honestly didn't know how we could afford to do it. Our yard is NOT big, I honestly didn't know how we were going to get these trees down. I thought it would take a big bucket truck. The guy that came took them down VERTICALLY! He would notch and cut with the chain saw and then drop a section to the ground from the bottom up!! Like pulling the bottom block on Jenga. My husband said it was fasinating to watch. He's got the trees down and will finish cutting them up and hauling it away on Monday. $300 total for all 3, what a bargain! I was really concerned how I was going to come up with $300 but I have it figured out. Life is good!
Yes, I'm working on a another rag quilt now. My youngest son's S/O likes peace signs etc. I found a really bargain in Yakima about a month ago. Some batik, some tie dye etc with Peace signs. I cut denim yesterday and I'm going to TRY to over dye some denim turquoise.
I have been wanting to do a flannel rag quilt. I had black/grey/whites in mind, but those colors are hard to find in flannel. So I went to JoAnn's on black friday and loaded up on $1.49 flannel! I have all the 5" squares cut, and will soon start sewing the back to fronts with x's, then I'll figure what to do with them! I don't like to follow patterns, so I just make my own.
Few years ago I purchased an accuquilt main goal was to do the ragging on the rag quilts I was doing for christmas..when I went through the process it came to mind why would you not do it in same manner if you didn't have an accuquilt..
thrilled that I did seeing as my right arm is giving me the whatfor and I cannot turn the handle on the accuquilt.
simply cut your block size, do your sewing of the 'x' and rag
gives you the opportunity of making the slits closer in width, just as easy to sew and when washed, what a fantastic ragging
I have one of the rulers that Karen used for her tree skirt. Mine (Finished size) is 1/2" across the top; 22" in length down the center and 4.25" (2 1/8" on either side of center) across the bottom. You would need to add 1/4" seam allowances and I believe Karen had her husband add length to hers as well. Hope this helps.
Hi Linda, The ruler I have is 10 degrees. It is 1 inch at the top and 5 inches at the bottom. It is
22 1/2 inches long. Walt made me an extension which makes it a total of 5 3/4 " across the bottom and 27 1/2 inches long. The longer size made it possible to make the entire cut without moving the ruler as I wanted 60 " tree skirts. Mine does include seam allowances
I made 9 strip sets, consisting of 9 strips of fabric 2 3/4 x width of fabric. For each strip set move the colors down one row, bringing the bottom color to the top. Cut 4 wedges from each strip set. There will be enough to make 2- 60" tree skirts. The inch lines going across are important as they help to keep the ruler lined up correctly with the fabric.
If you place the ruler bottom next to the previous cut, you will make an equal # of strips going in the opposite direction. They were narrower at the top so I removed the top 2 rows. These strips then made a 24" table top skirt.
The original strip sets seem like a lot of work but since you can end up with 4 tree skirts, 2 large and 2 table top it doesn't seem so bad.
Photo is of the original ruler without the extension. I would make the ruler the larger size to begin with as it is easier to manage.
Here are some of the dragons I am embroidering on to the quilt they take almost an hour and a half each agggh. Oh well My DD had all those silly dragonflies on it I thought I would never finish that quilt but alas I did and it was beautiful.
Barb - I really loke that pattern.
One day I'll do a mystery the "correct" way. Usually, by the time I get started, all the clues and the final pic have been posted & I always have to look at that last page.
Spent yesterday in FL. Went to pull up the carpet & could not find any of my Utility Knives. I know I had packed them but couldn't find a single one. Hung some pics & then needed more hangers - I saved all the ones fron here & can't find those in FL either. So, off to WalMart. Needed trash bags and eye drops also. Did get the carpet & pad out from 1 room. Now to figure out how to remove the tack strip glued to the cement floor. That is next Sat project. That will be the last trp down this year. Starting in Jan, the flights are only every other Tues, so that will make getting down there a bit more "tricky". Luckily as long as I work the hours I can work any hours I want. So will work extra on some days to get days off.
Today I do need to get a quilt quilted. I found the Pano I needed yesterday so brought it back up with me. Also need to cut back the now frozen plants & change the outdoor Nov decorations to Dec.
I just picked up today a magazine from Fons and Porter called 'Sampler Quilts and Blocks' It's got 52 block designs and, from what I can see, all are given to finish in a 6", 9" and 12" block using 1/4" seams when sewn. They also have 6 original Quilt patterns and instructions on how to design your own quilt. I skimmed through. The blocks give the sizes for the pieces, whether you use a full, halved or quatered piece of fabric for the pieces, and a splayed diagram on block assembly. It looks as if this can be my answer to a neat array of blocks for a Civil War sampler quilt.
WOW, sounds like a neat find! I have always made do with whatever magazines the kind quilters of DG have passed on to me!! I have only bought a couple of books over the years. Maybe I'll have to add that to my list of things to do on my day off, look at B&N! I think I even have a gift certificate there!
Yikes! Just started on my last Christmas project and my machine quit. Feed dogs are down and won't work and knee lift quit. Tipped machine back and there was a spring laying under- neath. Packed it up and rushed to repair shop..fortunately one thing we do have in our little town is a Bernina shop. Quick look over and Doc doesn't think it's serious. If that's so I should have it back by Sat. or Mon. However, if it is serious he said it might have to go back to company in Switzerland. I gotta hope it's minor. No way can I send it back to company. It's been a workhorse since 1985 but...
FLStu wrote:I just picked up today a magazine from Fons and Porter called 'Sampler Quilts and Blocks' ... It looks as if this can be my answer to a neat array of blocks for a Civil War sampler quilt.
I'll have to go get that - thanks for the heads up! I've found that I really like sampler quilts and I like that there are options for different sizes written right into the patterns. :)
The Barbara Brackman Civil War Block of the Week is almost done - only 3 weeks left: http://civilwarquilts.blogspot.com/ I'm really glad I did this - I learned a lot about attention to detail and some very interesting history along the way.
YEA!!!! My machine is back home and singing just so pretty. Repair was an easy one so only cost one arm. Actually It was very reasonable and I'm happy to pay for a competent repairman.
Something I did NOT have down state.
The white ones are 9" X 11". The red/green one is 9"square. I really like the smaller one myself. So easy to make and I just quilt around the 4 patch center. Done...
Marion, I'm having way too many of these days lately.
Here is my christmas table runner revised and almost finished more quilting to be done. Stunning with the rushing! It looks too long but meant for the table when 2 leaves are added. I think it'll be just Beu...
Well, here it is, less than 2 weeks till Christmas and I got "none" of my projects even started. Every year I plan to make that tree shirt, table runner, etc and every year all that gets pushed off till the next year. I do need to make something to put under the small tree I'm using this year. Anything will be better then looking at the piece of metal the hunk of wood is nailed to. And it can be rather small. Maybe I can get inspired this afternoon after work.
It dawned on me yesterday that we didn't even do our annual Holiday "swap" this year.
Helene, what can I possibly say that others haven't said already? Absolutely stunning and I love the rushing--never would have occurred to me to do something like that!!!
Well Stu, I look at it this way---we are all in very good company!!
Jean, I am with you on the projects but then life here has been so up and down over the past year. I can say I will have my Mom's afghan finished she asked me to do for her. In all my years of crocheting not once has she ever indicated she wanted something but now it is perfect to cover her in her wheelchair.
YIKES! we did forget our swap! Hummm, maybe we could do a Valentine or Welcome Spring "quilty" swap instead.
Dogs aren't indifferent Marion, they have a conscience. If you scold them they have the good grace to look ashamed. Dogs are all about pleasing you. Cats are the ones who simply do not care, they live at the center of their own little world.
Guess which I prefer???? LOL I think Stu and I are in the minority of quilters who prefer dogs. I've noticed that many quilters are cat lovers.
Actually Karen, I know you are right but it has been a long time since I have had a dog---my late husband loved cats so that seem to be the pet of choice. In short, I just think most, if not all, quilters love animals. It just seems to go together.
I am a dog lover but our schedules were not conducive to having a dog. A friend needed a home for a couple kittens, so 20 years ago, I became a cat person. I keep warning them that after I retire they can expect a dog to come live with us.
I don't think cats are indifferent, just know they are the Boss!!!!! Anymore the Bird is as ornary as the cats.
Love the table runner..what a lovely addition to your christmas decor!
Got a dog and 2 kitties..if you purchase the machine that sweeps and bags after kitties do their business, no need to worry about the liter box.. so out you go LindaKay, get yourself a kittie..I'll tell Santa your are asking for one, providing he brings along the box..
Well Marion, I think Karen beat you to it. But I think both of you would look silly if people called you SEAN!!! It was done as a mystery quilt from my LQS and it came out so good I decided it would be the perfect one for Sean. I've been going back and forth over patterns looking for one for him and then this happened!!! I enjoyed the process and now the quilt is almost done for him!!!
Okay, Karen, you win!! Guess I just didn't read the other post that closely. It is a beautiful quilt Barb and I am sure he will love it. I have had a couple started for my granddaughters but alas not much work with my traveling back and forth. Thought about taking my machine to my sisters but I am afraid I would end up killing one of her cats. They have this really bad habit of making things theirs!!!
Ruching - fold 3" (in this case) fabric cut on the WOF or bias, meeting in the middle. iron down quite well for sharp edges. you now have 1-1/2 +/- tape. Make 1-1/2" box pleats, eyeballing or measuring. Take the tips (opposited of each other) of the center of the box pleat and sew togetther. In this case because I won't wash this so soon I used liquid stitch. Held up very well as I quilted it quite densly after ruching. Not the right thing but... Years ago when I moved to the country I made this black woolen long skirt and put a christmas plaid tafeta ruching on the bottom, many comments. DH and I we did quite a bit of ballroom dancing.
Thanks Barb, Last you saw of the project was when you visited and they were all in a plastic tote..must say that had I known the amount of work in them, so much embellishment after the making of the quilt there might not have been one let alone 3! Lol
Helene your table runner is stunning and so "one of a kind"!! Never thought of putting rushing on either...I would love to have the instruction for it as well.
Barb...Sean will just LOVE that beautiful quilt, so much work and love put into that work...a treasure for years to come.
Oh my Betty...you sure take on BIG projects...lol...3 applique quilts that size would take me years to complete...who are the lucky recipients? Beautiful work for sure!!
Wow that quilt your DM made is awesome...how long does it take her to do all the cross stitch? Beautiful quilt work from the church Ladies...wish we had a group like that here!!
You Ladies and Gent are making all these beautiful full size quilts...maybe one of these days I will tackle another one too. Just wish I had more strength left in my arms/hands...lol...so for now I stick with smaller projects that I can handle.
Beautiful work Thea, I have strength and aching problems with my hands also. I love the fabric in the mug rugs, but then I love birds. A coat of arms applique, what a great idea.
Betty, awesome as always, I envy anyone with the patience to do hand work. I know how to do them all knit, crochet, tatting, embroidery, but couldn't work on any thing big it would never get finished. wonderful quilting on your mom's cross stitch too.
Yesterday was our December gathering for Girls day Out. It was a house party with a project. We all worked on this pattern for a wall hanging. Here's Lois and Dottie. Judy couldn't make it as she was busy finishing up a quilt that needs to be mailed to NH.
Np pattern. We were given the pieces with the iron on backing and just ironed them down to our background fabric. Maddie had used a fabric die cut to cut out all the pieces for us. We bought a kit. I'll try to get the numbers of the dies.