Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Granddaughters Quilts and Halloween 2008

Here are the quilts I made for my three granddaughters in September and October. They were made using a wacky quilt block with the fabric line "Spring Fling" by Me and My Siter for Moda. It took me about a year to figure out what kind of quilt I wanted to make with this fabric, and I was excited when I realized that I could do this fun block. I wanted a lot of white it the quilts. I love white with pinks and yellows, etc. and I just fell in love with these quilts after they were done.

I also made each family a quilt for Halloween. Stephanie and I cut them out, and I sewed the tops and quilted them all in one day--it took one more day to bind them. I used a 1/2" bias binding foot, and found that there are easier ways to machine bind a quilt. It was a good learning experience, and I think the quilts turned out great for a fun holiday lap quilt.

Here's the quilt I made for Steph and Israel for Halloween!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Quilt Camp 2006

This is the first project we ever had for quilt camp. January ordered it for us, and we started in July of 2006. I finished piecing it in August of 2008! Not my fastest effort, but it was hard!(!) and it looked like it was going to be ugly, but it's not! I had fun quilting it on January's new HQ machine when we were in Midway over Labor Day and now it hangs in my bedroom.

Friday, October 3, 2008

My quilting days got off to a slow start. In February of 2007 I made this table runner out of some Valentine material I fell in love with. Because I hadn't done much quilting The pictures showing how I made it were so that I could show my sister, who was making a similar quilt.

Here's the first block that I completed.

Here is the runner on my entry table decorated for Valentine's Day.

Little Quilts, Continued

These two little quilts were a much more successful quilting effort.

This nine patch little quilt was the first project I made from the book Little Quilts, by Alice Berg, Sylvia Johnson, and Mary Ellen Von Holt. I loved these projects, because when I had all seven of my children living at home, there was very little time for quilting, and a small quilt was all that I could manage.

The heart quilt was made with my daughter, Stephanie. She was very motivated to get this done--and we made it in one day. She cut out the hearts and heat appliqued them. We then machine appliqued the edges and made the border! I hand quilted it in a large criss-cross pattern with embroidery floss. Fun, fun.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Christmas Little Quilt

I originally got interested in quilting when I found the book Little Quilts. This Christmas quilt pattern was in a magazine and as you can see I was not a perfect quilter. Sewing has been a part of my life since I was 11 years old so I thought quilting would be easy. How wrong I was. Mastering the 1/4 inch seam has taken me years and I don't think I would still consider entering anything I make into a competition--I'm not sure I'm enough of a perfectionist.

Long before I considered it quilting, I appliqued this wall hanging for my home, when I had two small children. As you can see by the colors it was made in the early 80's!