Friday, March 27, 2015

yamaha keys

This quilt has been on the design wall for months!

After sewing 4 rows, I decided I was NOT a hexi girl . . . have you ever sewed hexi rows together?  not. fun.

Then I discovered this pattern:

believe it or not, adding the white strip in the middle is much easier than sewing hexies together.

Then, I decided to make it look like a piano key board
You have to turn it sideways to see the key board, like this:
Do you see the keys?  (my husband didn't either)  This quit is for my niece who is extremely gifted on a piano.  I wish you could hear her, her fingers fly back and forth along the keyboard.

I think my favorite part is that little tease of a binding.

I got lots of "swirl with a hook" practice.

and match stick practice. 

Quilted on my HQ Sweet Sixteen.  Have I mentioned how much I love it?  It's the perfect option for me since I can't stand for hours at a time on a long-arm.

No scraps were left behind, ha ha.


confessions of a fabric addict
crazy mom quilts - on vacation

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

summer blanket tutorial

When you have a baby in Texas, most of the year they wear onesies, a t-shirt or just a diaper.  A quilt becomes a "decor" item.  So, I've decided to incorporate a "light summer blanket" into my baby gift repertoire.

This blanket is large enough to put on a baby when it is in it's carrier and needs a light covering.  The soft back is perfect as your child moves into the toddler phase and wants something slinky to sleep with.  It's "satin-backed flannel" from the big box sewing store.
This one measures 21 x 26 inches,  the goldfish blanket measures 21 1/2 inches square.  I make them 2 at a time, it's just as easy that way.


You will need 1/2 to 3/4 of a yard of 2 fabrics.  Fabric A needs to be a cute print.  Fabric B is satin-backed flannel.

Fabric A - Cut the width of fabric by 27 inches (or  your preferred length).  Press your fabric.  Then, fold in half, selvage to selvage, creating a fresh fold, cut new squared edges.  Cut in 1/2, along the fold, creating 2 equal pieces.

Fabric B - Lay satin-backed flannel down on your cutting mat, satin side up.  Lay one of your Fabric A's down, right side down.  I like to pin heavily (every 3 to 4 inches) at this point all the way around before cutting, because the slinkiness creates movement (headaches).  

Sew 1/4 of an inch all the way around your front and back pieces, leaving a 5 inch opening.  
Turn right side out, pull out your corners and press edges flat.  Fold opening and press.  

 Press your blanket nice and square like before top stitching edge.

Sew all the way around the edge of blanket just inside the edge.  DONE!  

I broke into my Heather Ross for these projects.

Changing topics . . .

A recent project I need to document is another plus quilt.  You can see the other pink plus quilts here and here.  (notice the contrast between those quilts and this one with the quilting thread color choice)

 This one is different because I quilted it with this yummy variegated orange and pink thread

I'm reporting on an experiment.  I wondered what this pink and orange plus quilt with white negative would look like quilted in the pink/orange varigated thread.

I've always quilted in the thread color of the back ground fabric, so don't tell the "quilt thread police", but here's what it looks like when you use a colored thread against the white.  I think I like it.  


freshly pieced

Friday, February 20, 2015

monte's window

I love a masculine looking quilt.  It's not easy finding quilting fabric that doesn't have flowers or bright girly colors. 

That's why I adore carolyn friedlander's fabrics.  This line is called architextures.  It came out several years ago, and I went on a hunt.  

You will also find some "sphere" by brigitte heitland for Zen Chic.

quilt stats:
55 x 78 (washed)
batting - 80/20% comfort blend by winline
fabric is -  architecture by carolyn friedlander for robert kaufman
                  sphere by brigitte heitland for Zen Chic, moda
negative fabric is kona graphite
binding is - from sphere
quilting is crosshatch
pattern is "open your window" by brigitte heitland for Zen Chic

I've just started using this 80/20 comfort blend batting (see stats).  The 20 poly gives the quilting a nice lift.  Though I never thought I'd use anything polyester, I think I like it.

 backed with flannel for the winter . . . so cozy!!
By the time I had finished the top, I had a nice collection of these triangles left over for the back which I played around with until I came up with this flying geese design.   I try to work on the idea of the back with left overs from the front WHILE I'm sewing the front, otherwise, I'm too lazy to put something together if I've waited till the end to create the back. (wow, I think my English teacher would call that a run-on sentence).

crazy mom quilts
confessions of a fabric addict

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


works in progress you ask?  

. . .  spending a chili day, maybe the last of the season, binding under a new quilt.
I've decided we need some special quilts here at home for those few wintery days, so I've backed a few in flannel.  

Almost done quilting "Milli's piano keys" on the lovely hq sweet sixteen

freshly pieced

Sunday, February 15, 2015

NAM Quilting Bee

The annual Northwest Assistance Ministries Quilting Bee was held today.  11 congregations turned in 337 quilts for families who have gone through a homeless recovery program.

The best part of this annual bee is to see the displays of beautiful quilts, some very old.  Our congregation was in charge of decorating the gym this year:

I'm simply amazed at work that went into the hand made quilts before rulers, rotary cutters,  and sewing machines.  Though the finished products are the same, quilting surely is different from what it was 80 - 100 years ago.  

After the donated quilts were logged in, they were hung over the pews.  

lunch time:

the quilt we tied:

Klein turned in 17 quilts
total turned in 337
aprox. 150 in attendance at the bee