Category Archives: Quilting

Quilts made by me

Candy Bar Quilt

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Candy Bar Quilt

Candy Bar Quilt

I am sorry, I dropped off the map for a couple of months!  I need to get back into the hobbies I love and share some of my crafts with my readers.  This Summer we were able to visit our good friends in VA.  Before my trip started, I planned all the sewing I would get finished in the car.  My “Candy Bar Quilt” was just waiting on the binding.  It was the first thing I completed on the trip.  The little girl in this picture, happens to be one of my best friends, Laura. (who we were visiting)   This picture was taken by her father and was in the guest bedroom on our visit.  We had a wonderful visit and Laura admired my quilt, so I left it in the chair, just like this when we left and she loved it!

This was one of the fastest quilts that I have ever finished.  When I went to “sewing days” in May, one of my friends, Janice, provided us with the basis for this quilt.  It was a very simple pattern that anyone can complete in less than a day.  The cream pieces were cut 5″ x 10″ and provided by Janice, then I used a “candy bar” pack that I had won at a local quilt shop.  The original pattern used a charm pack with the 5″ x 10″ blocks.  Janice cut all the cream fabric and we got to choose the ones we wanted to complete our quilt.  I choose all different creams for my quilt.  There were 11 rows in my quilt with 3 cream and 3 pattern pieces in each row.

Candy Bar Quilt

Candy Bar Quilt

In my quilt, I used 33 (5 x 10) and 33 (2.5 x 5) pieces.  I then added a 1.5″ small border and a 7″ border.  I really loved the quilt when it was finished.  I didn’t get a really clear picture of the quilt.

Charm square quilt

Charm square quilt

Candy bar / Charm square quilt

Candy bar/ Charm square quilt

This is a picture of my Candy Bar quilt next to the Charm square version.  You can see that the Charm squares make a much bigger quilt. Irvalee choose to use two creams and alternated the blocks in a brick like pattern.  What you will love about this quilt is there are  really no seams to match. You can use up some of your scraps or one of those Charms packs you had to have, but haven’t yet found a use for!

Oh yes, the yellow strip in the picture is another one of my UFO’s.  If you are looking for a fast and easy quilt…here’s the answer!!

Farmer’s Wife Blocks – Week 8 – Blocks #13 and #14

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Farmer's Wife Quilt #13 Buckwheat

Farmer’s Wife Quilt #13 Buckwheat

I am way behind on my posting!  I am going to try to catch up.  I love the colors in this block.  I used the paper-pieced patterns from the Yahoo “Farmer’s Wife ” group.

Farmer's Wife Block #13

Farmer’s Wife Block #13

This is the layout for the patterned pieces.  The bottom triangle didn’t fit on the first try.

Farmer 's Wife Block Buckwheat

Farmer’s Wife Block – Buckwheat

I had to re-do the triangle!

Farmer's Wife Block Buckwheat

Farmer’s Wife Block Buckwheat

I printed another copy of the pattern and used another triangle.  You can see the one on the left didn’t print and I didn’t draw the bottom line on correctly.

Farmer's Wife Block Butterfly at the crossroads

Farmer’s Wife Block Butterfly at the crossroads

Although I really like this block, I don’t get the name.  I think it looks like tulips.  I like the colors I choose, but I did struggle with the fact that the patterns don’t match up.  I guess in the total look of the quilt, you won’t notice the small pattern in this block.

Farmer's Wife Quilt Butterfly at the crossroads

Farmer’s Wife Block Butterfly at the crossroads

This is the layout for Butterfly at the crossroads.  I hope you are enjoying my journey as I work to complete this quilt in a year….Happy Quilting!!

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Week 7 …. # 11 and #12

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Framer's Wife block #11 Broken Dishes

Farmer’s Wife blocks #11 Broken Dishes

As you can see from this block my main color focus for my quilt is yellow and grey.  I paper pieced this block.

Broked Dished

Broken Dishes

Here is the lay-out for this block.  Remember all the paper pieced block are reversed when you sew them…

Framer's Wife block #12 Broken Sugar Bowl

Farmer’s Wife block #12 Broken Sugar Bowl

Yet another paper pieced block.

#12 Broken Sugar Bowl

#12 Broken Sugar Bowl

I like to color the block before I start to sew.  This makes it much easier to know where to place your fabric.

#12 Broken Sugar Bowl

#12 Broken Sugar Bowl

Here is the lay-out while you are piecing your block.

 

 

 

 

Frosty Bouquet Wall-hanging – UFO #8

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Frosty Bouquet

Frosty Bouquet

In Berlin, Oh there is a shop called “The Country Craft Cupboard” and this is where I purchased the pattern for this wall-hanging.  They have a great selection of wool, fabric and all things crafty!  It is worth the trip if you are ever in the area.  I purchased the pattern in 2009 and when my guild decided on the UFO challenge I knew this was one of the projects I would list to complete. The snowman and the leaves and berries on this wall-hanging are done in wool.

Frosty Bouquet UFO

Frosty Bouquet UFO

This is what Frosty looked like when the UFO challenge began …

We had until today, July 11th 2013 to complete the first project on our list.  You got one ticket for completing your first project, one if your project was over 69″ in size and one if you donated a project to the auction we are having in October.  I finished my project and donated the School House Wall-hanging from my earlier post, so I got two entries for the drawing.  Well, guess what…

prize

prize

I won a gift card to a local quilt shop….Yea!!

School House Wall hanging – UFO #62

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School House Quilt

School House quilt

I am on a steady, but slow pace of completing some of my UFO’s.  This one is from WAY back…let’s say early 90’s.  I have lived in my current house for 21 years and I believe I started this wall-hanging for my finished basement in my old house.  When I pulled it out of a drawer, the center blocks were finished and the fabric to complete it was in the zip-lock bag.  I added the boarder and quilted it.  I think I will donate it to our guild’s auction. (think anyone will bid??)  I am sure I was wearing one of those long jumpers when I worked on this and had a perm…lol!!

Count on It – July Quilt

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Count on it July

Count on it July

Happy 4th of July!  I was hoping to have one of my July wool projects finished for my post today, but that just didn’t seem to be in the cards.  This is my 12 inch banner for July.  It is from “Art To Heart” book “Count On It”,  I loved the peace sign buttons on my pair of flip-flops.  Short, Sweet and I hear the fireworks…. check back on Friday…

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Week 6 – Blocks #9 and #10

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Farmer's Wife Block #9 Box

Farmer’s Wife Block #9 Box

Once again, I find myself behind in my posts.  Week 6 blocks are the Box and Bowtie.  I used Triangles on a roll to make the Box block.

triangles on a roll

triangles on a roll

The instructions for the triangles are printed on the paper. Use the ones that finish to a 2 1/2″ square. Put right sides together and sew on the dotted lines.

triangles on a roll

triangles on a roll

You will need to make 8 triangle units (as shown above) and cut one 2 1/2 inch center square.

sew sub-units

sew sub-units

Sew the sub units together pressing the top and bottom section seams to the outside and the center sections seams toward the solid center square.

Farmer's Wife Block #10 Bowtie

Farmer’s Wife Block #10 Bowtie

I paper pieced my Bowtie block.  I fell in love with this Kiwi color and adore the birds on a wire fabric.  This was an easy block and I forgot to take any pictures while sewing.  The paper-pieced patterns can be found on the Farmer’s Wife Yahoo Group.  You have to requests entry to the group and it takes a while to get approved.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

I was so in love with the Kiwi color that I found this comfy chair at a local furniture store and “hubby” bought it for me for my Birthday!!  Did I mention how much I love the color Kiwi…yea, I thought so…

12 down…99 to go!!