Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Farmer's Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt

Well, hello! I haven't blogged for seven months now, but I have not stopped quilting! Life got busy at the beginning of this year, and I needed to make more time for my kids and taxi them around where they needed to be. Now the kids are back in school, and I can share all that I have worked on in 2016.

I'll start with my finished Farmer's Wife quilt. Whew! This was a challenge. I began by following Gnome Angels' wonderful tutorials, and then I finished at my own pace. Rather, I got tired working on this quilt, and I spent the month of April feverishly getting it done.
I did 63 of the blocks in Laurie Aaron Hird's book. Instead of using the templates in the book, I redrew almost every block in EQ7 so I could have the rotary cutting instructions or the patterns for foundation paper piecing. This worked really well for me.
Over the years of fabric collecting, I have accrued some gorgeous Liberty of London fabric. I saved every piece waiting for just the right project. This quilt was it!
There are 84 pieces in that 6-inch block! After this block, I decided I was not going to do all 99 blocks. I admire those quilters that have done all of them.
The background fabric within the blocks is Moda Fabrics Gardenvale Black Swan Dots by Jen Kingwell. The gray background fabric is Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Cotton in Steel. The outer border is Liberty of London Dynasty Yellow.
Look at that backing! I spent one and a half weeks quilting this thing to death!
Here is an overall view...
Can you tell how in love I am with the quilt backing?! For the quilting, I used Isacord thread in Fog. It blends beautifully with all of the fabrics. Here is the quilt view from on top of the ladder in its full glory.
I'm so glad to share my projects with you again. I have done a lot of quilting for customers too over the past months that I have been missing from my blog. I will be sharing those soon.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Great Granny Twist Blog Hop

Welcome to the Great Granny Twist blog hop by the Fat Quarter Shop and Lori Holt. My "twisted great granny" (Ha!) ornament block uses two patterns from Lori Holt's book, Great Granny Squared. 
I made three great granny blocks (directions on page 4 Lori's book). I followed all of the directions, except I only assembled three (instead of four) Fabric L rectangles to the great granny strip unit. There will be no Fabric L rectangle on the top. Continue to trim the block per Lori's directions. In my version, however, the top is missing. See image below.
Second, to make an ornament block, you will need to add triangles to the corners. Reference the image above. Set the great granny block on point. Cut one 7-7/8" square. Cut this square on the diagonal to make two triangles. Attach each triangle to the top right and left corners of the ornament block. Cut another square, 9-3/8". Cut this square on the diagonal to make two additional triangles. Attach each triangle to the bottom right and left corners of the ornament block. The base of the ornament will measure 16" by 17-1/2".
The ornament base is finished, and next it is time to make the bow. Directions for making the bow are found on page 10 of Lori's book. Cut the pieces as shown in the picture above. You will need to make the following modifications: cut six of Fabric F and cut only six of Fabric H.
On Fabric S, add a piece of ribbon so that the ornament dangles from the bow. I used a thin strip of fusible web to attach the ribbon to the fabric. Some hand-stitching here would also look nice if you prefer that. Follow Lori's bow directions. 
Add a 3-1/2" square to each end of the bow. The bow will measure 3-1/2" by 17-1/2".
Finally, assemble the ornament base to the bow. If you are making one ornament, then add a 2" strip across the top. The finished ornament block will measure 17-1/2" by 20". If you are making a table runner like me, then assemble the ornaments. Add a 2" strip across the top of the three ornaments. The finished table runner will measure 20" by 51".
I used 25th and Pine by Moda jelly roll for this project. You will also need 3/4 yard of background fabric for the table runner. I used Kona Cotton in Snow. 
I love the Christmas spray quilting pattern I found. It matches perfectly. I also used Isacord thread in linen.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog on this awesome blog hop. I hope you enjoyed my "twisted great granny" (Ha!) ornament block.

The Fat Quarter Shop has made a twisted great granny squared video that can be found here.

Check out these other wonderful blogs throughout the week:

Monday, December 12, 2015
Katie of Good Golly Ginger (Hey, that's me!)

Tuesday, December 13, 2015

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Friday, December 18, 2015

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Sundance Dresden Pillow Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sundance Dresden Pillow Blog Hop.  The lovely ladies at the Fat Quarter Shop are always thinking of the cutest quilty things!  
This adorable pillow (or wall hanging) uses the Creative Grids 18 Degree Dresden Plate Ruler, and it’s so much fun to make.  I had no idea dresden blocks were so easy.  I love how this pattern showcases two prints for each dresden blade.
I used Tiger Lily by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics.  A layer cake was all that was needed for the dresden block.  I also picked up some extra yardage for the binding.  I love this fabric line!
Just look at those frolicking and dancing girls and adorable forest creatures.  Perfect for my house!
My favorite dresden petal is the swinging girl.  Reminds me of my little gingers.  I combined ruler work, computerized quilting, and free motion quilting for this wall hanging.  I love how it turned out!
This pillow pattern is a low-cost PDF pattern (link below) from Fat Quarter Shop, and it is so worth it!  You will also need this dresden plate ruler.    Kimberly made a great video (link below) explaining how to use this wonderful ruler.

Sundance Dresden Pillow Kit

Sundance Dresden Pillow PDF Pattern

Sundance Dresden Video

Check out what the other quilters made:
Nettie of A Quilt is Nice
Rachel of PS I Quilt
Melissa of Oh How Sweet

Sherri of A Quilting Life

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Cozy Cottage Calendar Celebration

Are you recovering from your Halloween weekend sugar coma? Well, I have some extra sweetness for you today...
Our dear friend, Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet, has recently launched her first ever calendar, called the 2016 Cozy Cottage Calendar, featuring her beautiful cottage in Utah. This twelve month calendar includes Lori's pattern for a house block in two sizes, plus a mini quilt and pillow.
I dove headfirst into my low volume fabric stash for this cozy little cottage. When I finished the block, I knew I had to bind the pillow with the left-over heart fabric. Too sugary sweet.
This delicious celebration continues all week! Check out more Cozy Cottage Calendar creations at the Fat Quarter Shop blog.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Creative Maker Supply Case For My Budding Artist

This last week I made a Creative Maker Supply Case for my 7 year-old budding artist, Ginger #1. She was head over heals excited for this case, especially since I included a brand-new-set-of-markers! I know that feeling...it happens to me every time I get a brand-new-stack-of-fat-quarters.
I was in a good mood because I included one of my beloved frixion pens. Ginger #1 has no idea that this shows how much I love her!
This case is very sturdy. It uses flex foam interfacing and extra-heavy interfacing. The result is a very sturdy case, perfect for car trips. I have no idea when we are actually going to take a car trip.
I added the ginger's name with my digital cutter. It's a flocked heat-transfer material that works perfectly on fabrics. I've used the digital cutter and this material for labels on the back of quilts.
Let's look at the inside again...
I wanna be a kid again. OK, no I don't, but I will make one of these cases for myself and revert to my childish ways.
Now I gotta make one for Ginger #2 and myself. I'll be busy this next week.

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