Category Archives: Quilting

Quilts made by me

June Button Up quilt

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June Button Up

June Button Up

 

Good Morning!  Summer is upon us here in Ohio as the temperatures have been in the 90’s the past few days.  Since this is the last week of June, I decided it was time to post my June Button Up wall-hanging.  This is a series of wall-hangings from “Joined at the Hip’.  I have 10 of the months completed. but  July is one of my missing months and I need to get busy if I am to have it completed and ready to hang. (not looking like that is going to happen)

This past week I also got to cross another UFO off my list.  It was the OSU pillow.

OSU pillowl

OSU pillow

 

This is what the UFO looked like going out the door.  I had the center completed and the fabric.  My friend Linda brought a copy of the pattern. I made one for an auction the we had a few years ago and my friend, Diane bought it for her daughter.   She is going to make this one for her and I was happy to be able to send it on ist’s way.  So #68 is now off the UFO list, but I am sorry to say I have added 4 to the never-ending list!  Happy Summer!!!!!!

 

How to paper piece…The Quilted Village

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Quilted Village #7 fixer Upper

Quilted Village #7 fixer upper

I have embarked on finishing another UFO.  This time I am in a little challenge with my good friend Barb.  I started this quilt many, many years ago.  In 2010 at our local quilt show, Barb also purchased this quilt pattern.  As she was showing my the pattern I remembered I had started the quilt maybe 10 or more years ago.  We made big plans and vowed to work on our quilts.   At that time I had the center courtyard completed.  We looked around and purchased the silk ribbon for the embroidery and we worked on some of the blocks.  Once again this quilt got pushed back into the corner.  In May of 2013 we met and decided to really commit to finishing this quilt.  We are going to a get-a-way in Aug, so we made a pack to finish all the blocks and put them together at the get-a-way.

The pattern is part of “The City Stitcher Quilt Collection” by Janet Miller.  Janet included the instructions for applique or paper piecing.  I decided to opt for the paper piecing.  I have been doing quite a few posts on paper piecing, so I thought I would show you my process when I paper piece.

paper piecing

paper piecing

 

 

paper piecing

paper piecing

 

The first step I do is to take colored pencils and color the sections of my pattern.

paper piecing

paper piecing

Next, I use a washable glue stick to glue the #1 piece to the UN-printed side of the pattern.

paper piecing

paper piecing

Now hold your piece up to the light to make sure that is covers all the seam allowances.

paper piecing

paper piecing

 

Fold the paper back at the seam line and finger press a sharp crease in the paper.  This crease will let you know where to place the second fabric.

paper piecing

paper piecing

Lay the second fabric right sides together.

paper piecing

paper piecing 

You will now sew through the paper and both fabrics.  I make my stitch smaller for this step.  (2 on my Viking)

paper piecing

paper piecing

Fold the paper back and the top pieces of the fabric.  Trim ONLY the seams to 1/4 “!

paper piecing

paper piecing

Make sure to take the time at each step to press your seams.

paper piecing

paper piecing

Turn the piece over on the mat.

paper piecing

paper piecing

I have a rotary cutter that I marked just for paper piecing.  Trim your block on the seams allowance lines.

paper piecing

paper piecing

 

After you have completed all your blocks, lay them out in the order you will put them together.

paper piecing

paper piecing

I now press the seams open!  You are done. (except for the embroidery)  Ok Barb…7 blocks out of 12 now stitched…only one with embroidery completed.

 

 

 

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Week 5 – blocks #7 and #8

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Birds in the Air #7

Birds in the Air #7

It’s time for another post of my Farmer’s Wife blocks..  I paper pieced both of these blocks.

Birds in the Air

Birds in the Air

I pieced the sub units first…

Birds in the Air

Birds in the Air

Then put the 4 units together!

Bouquet #8

Bouquet #8

This block was also paper pieced.

I would also like to give a shout out to Miller’s Dry Goods  for helping me pick out my fabric and for the encouragement they always give when you are at their store. 10 down- 101 to go!

Old Glory, flag pillow…UFO #58

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Old Glory

Old Glory

Yea! I have finished another UFO project.  This is a pattern from Need’l Love Company.  I bought the kit that included the wool and the pattern at an estate sale several years ago.  I only paid $2.50 for this kit and it had the original price marked at $10.00.  My friend, Laura will be so proud of me when she reads this post.  (She said it’s only a bargain if you finish it!)  I purchased the fabric for the pillow top on a trip to Amish Co. about 2 or 3 years ago.

Old Glory

Old Glory

UFO

UFO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what my project looked like when I retrieved it from it’s hiding place.  Unlike the Color Wheel, it was not in need of any “un-sewing”.   I just needed to press everything and cut the material for the pillow.  I then used the blanket stitch to attach the wool to what would be the front of the pillow. I didn’t use a pillow form and I think it looks like I used a little too much stuffing.  Silly me…I had some left in a bag and just kept stuffing until I got it all in the pillow.  It made it kinda’ hard to sew the border.  Oh well, another project marked off my list.  Does that only make 3 done and two added?  I guess I have really only gotten my list down by one!

I am leaving on Friday for a four-day trip to Mrs. Miller’s Cabin in Charm, Oh.  I am only taking hand sewing projects and hope I can resist buying any new projects.  Enjoy your weekend!

 

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Week 4 blocks #5 and #6

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Farmer's Wife #5 Bat Wing

Farmer’s Wife #5 Bat Wing

I’m still playing catch-up on my Farmer’s Wife Quilt block posts.  I think I should be on week 5.  I will do one toady and one on Saturday and then I should be back on track.  I used the paper piece pattern available free download on the Yahoo Group…Farmer’s Wife, for the Bat Wing block.  Check out the earlier Farmer’s Wife posts for the link.

Bat Wing #5

Bat Wing #5

This was one of the easy blocks with only nine pieces.  It would be a great one to start with if you are just getting into paper piecing.  You make these three sections and then sew them together.  I went out of my fabrics and pulled in this darker grey dot, since it said “bat wings”.

Bat Wing #5

Bat Wing #5

I have been pressing the seams open to help with removing the paper.

Farmer's Wife Big Dipper #6

Farmer’s Wife Big Dipper #6

To make the Big Dipper block I used Triangles on a roll.

triangles on a roll

triangles on a roll

These are the instructions that are printed on the roll.

triangles on a roll

triangles on a roll

This is what the triangles look like after you sew them on the lines and then cut them.  As you can see by this picture I was looking at four blocks and made four sections.  I only needed two sections to make the four  quarter square triangles.  I will use the extra half-square triangles in a future block.  Silly Me!!

marking the block

Marking the block

Now you need to layer the half-square triangles with the colors reversed.  In this case, yellow on white and white on yellow with the seams butted together in the middle.  Mark a line down the center and thenl  mark the 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Now sew 1/4 from the middle line on both sides.

quarter square triangles

quarter square triangles

This is a little hard to see, but you will cut on the middle line and then open up the sections and you will have two quarter square triangles.

quarter square triangle

quarter square triangle

Before you cut,  press the block open.  To help keep the block square, press back the seams on the sewing lines before you cut the on the middle line.  You can see by the picture that is looks like the top is bigger than the bottom.  That is because I haven’t cut the quarter square triangle apart yet.

quarter square blocks

quarter square blocks

Trim these blocks to 3 1/2 inches and then sew them together…  2 more blocks completed….8 down,,,103 to go!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing Day Project…portable UFO wall

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Portable UFO wall

portable UFO wall

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I spent Thursday and Friday of last week sewing with some great friends.  It was killer on my diet, but we really had some great eats!  This is the project we made.  Irvalee had all the materials for us and she had already cut the vinyl.  The instructions for this project are on Pinterest at this link.  I went to sewing days with the intention of completing some of my UFO’s and I brought home two more unfinished projects.

The shame of my UFO’s started in April of this year, when my quilt guild challenged the members to make a list of all their started and unfinished projects.  Next, we were to pick two projects to finish by Oct of 2013.   Well, I will have to admit that I have known for quite a while that I seem to have a problem completing my quilting projects.  I don’t know if you are  like me, but there seems to be so many cute patterns that I start a project and before I get to complete it, I find another project to start.  I do have a cool system for keeping track of my projects, but this didn’t seem to be as efficient as I thought.  At first I counted 60 projects and then I started opening drawers and looking in closets and I found more.  My final total (including the two new ones from sewing days) was a shameful 81.  If that isn’t bad enough, it doesn’t include the projects that I have fabric or patterns and I haven’t even started yet.  It does include wool and quilting projects, but not my cross-stitch  or scrapbooking projects.

Now I realized why I have been given the Summer off!  My mission is to whittle this list down and have you follow my progress.  I will list the number of the project and a picture of what the project looks like before I start the completion process. Then hopefully the completed project.  So here goes…

UFO portable wall

UFO portable wall

I came home Friday night with this much progress on my portable UFO wall.  I had the binding sewn on.  I must say that this was not an easy task.  I couldn’t get the fusible fleece to adhere to the wrong side of the vinyl, so I had to use spray adhesive.  Then I had trouble with the vinyl feeding through my machine.  Irvalee  was sitting next to me and pointed out that my machine came with a Teflon  foot just for this purpose.

machine foot

machine foot

This seemed to help matters somewhat, but I still struggled. I have completed my first UFO  #80!

I cut everyone’s name out with my Cricut and I used the Opposites Attract cartridge.  This was a good idea, since we all used the same vinyl for our projects.

sewing days gifts

sewing days gifts

Not only did Irvalee provide us with a fun project, she also gave us these gifts upon leaving Friday.  I will show you how to make the candy gift in a future post.  I have already filled my UFO wall with a project that I will work on in a couple of weeks when I travel to Amish Country to sew with my “quilties”.

UFO wall

UFO wall

 

 

 

 

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Week 3 Blocks #3 and #4

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Farmer's Wife block #3 basket

Farmer’s Wife block #3 basket

I know, I know…only 2 weeks into my challenge and I am already a week behind on my post.  I do have an excuse.  I have been in CO visiting my son for a week.  I promise that I will catch-up this weekend.  How?  I am really doing one of the things listed on my wonderful fabric, “take the Summer OFF”.

I can see I need to pay more attention to my blocks when I take my photos.  Each little  thread and wrinkle is showing up in the pictures.

paper pieced basket

paper pieced basket

I did have a little trouble with this block, because when it printed the seam allowance was missing.  Easy fix, just get out your ruler and draw it on!

block #3 basket

block #3 basket

Again, I used my color pencils to shade the block before I began.

handle for block #3

handle for block #3

Trace the handle on freezer paper and iron the waxy side to the wrong side of your handle fabric.

handle for block #3

handle for block #3

Now trim around the block and turn the edges.  I used a water-soluble glue stick.

Farmer's Wife block #3

Farmer’s Wife block #3

Glue the turned handle to the largest triangle.  Now you can start to assemble the block.

Block #3 basket

Block #3 basket

Sew the last two seams and applique the handle down. Now you can mark another block off your list .Woo Hoo!  Five down!!

 

Farmer's Wife block #4 Basket Weave

Farmer’s Wife block #4 Basket Weave

The Basket Weave block was really simple and just a few seams.  First I cut one strip 1  1/2″ x 15″ from each of the three fabrics.

Basket Weave Block #4

Basket Weave Block #4

Sew these three strips together and measure them to make sure they are 3 1/2″ wide.  Now sub-cut the strip into 4- 3 1/2″ blocks.

Basket Weave Block #4

Basket Weave Block #4

Sew these block together and mark another one-off your list.  Six down!!

Hiking in CO

Hiking in CO

Here I am at the Arch in Chautauqua Park in Boulder CO.  No, my leg isn’t broken, I am just trying not to fall!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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