Category Archives: Sewing

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…

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 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!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quilt Retreat … visitors from Spain!

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 New Friends

New Friends

The first weekend of April a group of quilting friends headed to Holmes County in Ohio to quilt for the weekend.  This is a retreat we usually do in August, but there was so much interest in the retreat they decided to have two this year.  We go Zink’s Inn and when we book the rooms, they let us use the basement meeting room for free.  Late Sat nite, or I guess it was early Sunday morning, @1:30 a m  we had the basement door propped open to let in some air and in walked a group of ladies.  There were only about 6 of us still sewing and we were a little taken aback by the entrance of people we didn’t know.  As it turns out the ladies were from Spain and they were lost!  They had arrived in Cincinnati earlier in the day and rented a car to drive to Holmes County.  They were going to attend the International Quilt Show later in the week in Cincinnati and were going to spend a few days in “Amish Country”.

As they were looking for their hotel, they spotted Tammy at her sewing machine through the window.  Anna (pictured above with me) exclaimed, “Oh, stop…they are one of us!”  I guess since she spotted the sewing machine, she knew we were also quilters. After some visiting and exchanging of information,  Tammy offered to lead the way to their hotel.  By this point, they had been up for 26 hours.  We invited them to return on Sunday to visit with the rest of the members and look at the project we were working on.

Helene giving instructions on Farmer's Wife

Helene giving instructions on Farmer’s Wife

Helene had her completed Farmer’s Wife top on the floor and she proceeded to give the ladies some instructions on how to complete the blocks.

Helene's Farmer's Wife travels to Africa

Helene’s Farmer’s Wife travels to Africa

Here is a picture of Helene’s quilt top.

The ladies then enjoyed looking at some of our other projects.

Diane's signature quilt

Diane’s signature quilt

Diane complete her signature quilt top.  Several members exchanged signature block a couple of years ago.  We had a year to complete the blocks.  The blocks were to be a finished 6″ block and you were to add two 6 1/2″ squares of fabric that you had used in your block.  Diane used the extra squares of fabric to complete the colorful border.  She did have to add some of her own fabric.

Barb's block

Barb’s block

All of the blocks were wonderful, but I will have to say that this one is my favorite.  Barb added each person’s last name to the sewing machine and I loved the detail of the thread and button.

Shanon's mini flower garden

Shannon’s mini flower garden

I wish I would have been able to capture the picture of our visitors faces when they looked at this piece by Shannon.

admiratiion from Spain

admiration from Spain

I didn’t snap the photo until the surprised looks on their faces was gone….that is the bad thing about digital photos!!  Time delay!!

A penny says it all

A penny says it all

Now with a penny to see the scale, you can see what all the excitement was about!!  Great job Shannon!!!!

Sherry's mini quilt

Sherry’s mini Quilt

Not to be outdone,  Sherry completed this amazing wall hanging.  Her nine patches were 1/2″.  (I hope I got that right!) Great job!!

Helene's block

Helene’s block

There are 12 or 13 ladies who belong to a Splinter group called the “Twisted Sisters”.  They are working on a block exchange this year and this is the block Helene is doing.

Charlotte's Block

Charlotte’s Block

This is the block Charlotte picked and she had all of them completed before we left on Sunday.

Cheri's block

Cheri’s block

Cheri was working on an original design using a pre-printed panel.  This is one of her completed blocks.  In the background you can see part of my Autumn Long and Lean wall hanging.  I worked several pieces.  Say tuned for my finished projects.

Buckeye sundae

Buckeye sundae

On Saturday we took some time out to shop and  enjoy a delicious sundae.  Can you say “sugar overload!”

fabric for Farmer's Wife

fabric for Farmer’s Wife

This was my big purchase for the weekend.  Fabric to complete the Farmer’s Wife quilt.  Please stay tuned for a weekly feature on my blog.  I have vowed to complete two blocks per week and the 111 blocks will be completed in 13 months.  I will post my completed blocks on a weekly basis.

Diane's Hummel quilt

Diane’s Hummel quilt

Diane and Tammy hold up her Hummel quilt for a photo.  Once again Diane wins the prize for the most projects completed.  She did have the setting blocks made, but she put them together and added the two boarders.  You win!!

Hummel detail

Hummel detail

This is a photo of the detailed machine embroidery on the blocks.  Our friend, Kathi, did the machine embroidery.

Abbe's quilt

Abbe’s quilt

And the prize for the “Most social” goes to Abbe!   This is what she completed in three days….LOL.   To her credit she just completed a one “woman” quilt show in Columbus and is the President of their Modern Quilt Guild!!  Congratulations on your show Abbe!!

New International friends

new International friends