Friday, January 17, 2014

Valentine Love Quilt

Purchased this kit from Connecting Threads a year ago this month. I figured it is small, and I could easily have it done by Valentine's Day. I just didn't mention which Valentine's Day. So started the embroidery in December. Easy to do. Last Monday I came into my studio and had it finished completely, quilted and all (except for hand sewing the binding) by the mid afternoon. Good job, Peggy, even if I must say so myself.

The scallops are fused and then sewn down during quilting process. I don't have enough of the shown fabric to do another one, but I have the pattern. I could do another one for someone else or perhaps use green and embroider a shamrock in the center for St Paddy's Day, or an Easter Egg, or a witch. Wow! The possibilities are endless.

It is small. It measure probably 18" x 18" so it is perfect for a wall hanging or table topper.

Keep on Quilting

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Owl Quilt

A couple of years ago I purchased the cutest patterns at a quilt show. They were each an owl applique quilt pattern. They are done by Tony Whitney Design. You can see all her patterns at These are the ones I purchased:

Whoo's The Cutest?
 13 3/4" x 14 3/4"

Midnight Glide
13 1/2" x 21 1/2"

As I started thinking about Christmas, I was trying to think of something my daughter would like. She is a quilter, so she appreciates the work that goes into doing a small appliqued quilt. She also loves owls. Perfect. I will do one of these. If I have time, I will do both. Well one it was. I did the top one.

She loved it!

So did I. Plus it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. When I was in the process of choosing all the fabric to go in it, I thought I would never do the other one. But after doing the one, perhaps (but don't tell her) maybe she will get the second on next year. We'll see.

Here is my finished quilt:

I name it "OWL"

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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Lil Twister Quilt

I see the Twister quilts and their corresponding cutting ruler everywhere. I love how they turn out. I was given a 20 piece charm pack several years ago and wondered what I was going to do with it. I had no coordinating fabric. I didn't have enough to make into a good sized quilt of any kind. Hmmm. Maybe I will try the Lil Twister tool my daughter bought.

I looked into my stash and found a pink fabric that would go well with it and cut it into 20 5 inch squares, so I had a total of 40 squares.alternating pink and the charm pack, I sewed them all together.Then added a border of 5 inches all around.

Next I took the ruler and started cutting the quilt up.

Wow! you have to cut a lot of fabric off your quilt and just throw away. It is nothing you can keep and do something else with. But you wind up with some cool looking squares. I had watched a Missouri Quilt Company video on how to cut these up, so I knew to keep them organized. Thank goodness for that info. I had a hard enough time putting it back together by just cutting one row at a time and sewing them together. Had I cut the whole quilt up, I would still be working on it. The link to the tutorial is at Worth your time to watch.

When all was said and done, I really like what turned out. It will make a cute table topper or wall hanging come spring.

It is worth trying at least once. I think if I was going to do another one, I would do the bigger size or use more fabric.

Here is my finished project:

Keep on Quilting!