Friday, January 29, 2016

Spare Clothes {Quilted Bag}

For a few years, I have been wanting to make a bag/pouch to hold spare clothes and a package of wipes for Button in our car.  The fact that my mom was coming to watch the kids while we were out of town spurred me to make one really quickly for her to be able to find it, in case of an emergency!

I finally rifled through my scraps and came up with the idea of a clothesline.
 I started the background with green 2.5" squares, moved into aqua, and then blues.
Then I did a simple quilting 1/4" away from each seam.

I added a clothesline on the blue with simple applique'd pieces. 
 The line itself is just a zig zag, and then I did a thicker tighter satin stitch for the clothespins.

For the back panel, I used up more strips intermingled with the squares just to give it some interest.

I used leftover "map" fabric for the lining and a blue zipper at the top.

It certainly isn't a WOW! project, but it sure makes it easy for everyone to identify it under his seat and a change of clothes and bag of wipes fit very well in it!

Hubby kinda rolled his eyes when he saw it, but he was happy that Button's spare clothes weren't stuffed in the seat back pocket and now is neat and tidy, tucked under the seat.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Daysail {Quilt}

It's not really a new quilt, but it is a finished quilt!!

You can find more pictures and details about the quilt top on THIS POST.

I'm not sure why I didn't quilt thus right away, but in some ways I'm glad I didn't rush it. 

I don't think I would have decided on the Feather quilting.


Oopsie block

It's home now is in our basement in what we call the Game room in our house.

The red,whites and blues look amazing on our denim blue sectional!

Now to decide when the next Precut Primer quilt is going on my schedule.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Rodeo Rider {Baby Quilts}

This little quilt brought back all the memories of Texas, the place we called home for 13 years.  Where our youngest, my little cowboy, was born.  The corner of the world where I fell in love with the Houston Rodeo and made a rodeo baby quilt, shirts, and my very own rodeo quilt.

Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating their Top Ten Videos of 2015.  The Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt I shared yesterday was one and now this top is from the popular Bloom and Bliss Receiving Blanket pattern.

I had thought I would step out of my quilting shoes and make a flannel receiving blanket.  

But then I found myself rummaging through my minky stash and couldn't help myself and made a quilt.  This backing is an embossed minky by Shannon Fabrics and is a leftover piece from my oldest son's Marquette University quilt.

I quilted it simply with a meandering pattern.  I loved the rounded look of the flannel blankets and rounded out the corners and made bias binding in a coordinating Riley Blake Rodeo Rider.  

Oh.  And did I mention I still have a girl version too?  The great thing about the pattern is that you can grab a layer cake stack and make more than one!!!  

I'm debating over pink or Aqua minky backing. Meanwhile, I will just sit in my rocker, add some hand embroidery and dream about Texas.......

 If you do make a Bloom and Bliss Receiving Blanket (#fqsreceivingblanket), or any of the quilts featured in the Fat Quarter Shop's Top 10 Videos of 2015, make sure to post it on Instagram before January 31st with the hashtag #FQSTop10 to be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Joyful Jelly Roll {Tree Skirt }

It's never too late to make a holiday project for the next Christmas season NOW!

Actually, I always find this time of year is the best time to make all the things I ran out of time to do during the busy holiday season.  The guests are gone.  Santa's workshop is closed.  The kids are back to school. The decorations are getting packed away.

Stitch one up and find a wonderful surprise in 11 months! 

I realize this tree skirt is FAR from the traditional tree skirt fabric. I LOVE this pattern in the fun collection Jingle by Kate Spain and other holiday fabrics, however for this tree skirt I used Kindred Spirits by Bunny Hill Designs.

We have three Christmas trees in our house.  A large one in the family room decked out in greens, golds, burgundy, and red with a burlap tree skirt.  A kid tree in the basement, decked out in all the adorable kid projects and their favorite characters from Star Wars and the like with a ruffled tree skirt.  

And then there is our Angel Tree.

In 2009, our family started the tradition of collecting Angel Ornaments, each Christmas, in honor of Jamie Lynn, our very own angel.   We also have picked up more than one a few times for other family members that have passed on.  In particular, my beloved aunt who succumbed to breast cancer.  We were excited to finally have enough to get a slim 6 foot tree for our "formal" room.  It's interspersed with the ornament colors you see in the photos. The fabric could not be more perfect.

I can honestly say that this tree skirt did not take me very long at all.  I started it New Year's Day.  I never felt rushed.  I enjoyed the process. I was even bold and decided to cut the shape out with a 3" border instead of squaring it up like the original pattern.  I have to admit, I adore the tiny pink dot background fabric.

I quilted it with a floral free motion pattern on my longarm arm.  Made biased binding with the teal/aqua striped fabric from the line.  The backing is the one of the blue background florals.  Instead of ties, I opted for button and loop closures.   I love covered buttons because you can make them either blend in or pop out.  Can you guess which option I went with?

Have I convinced you yet to get a jelly roll and make a tree skirt right away?

If you do make a Joyful Jelly Roll Tree Skirt (#joyfuljellyrolltreeskirt), or any of the quilts featured in the Fat Quarter Shop's Top 10 Videos of 2015, make sure to post it on Instagram before January 31st with the hashtag #FQSTop10 to be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Blanket of Compassion

This was a commissioned quilt by a friend.  She wanted to give her friend a little comfort during a very trying time healthwise. 

I grabbed my Riley Balke Willow Fat Quarter Bundle I had planned to use on a personal quilt. I figured this was better use for it since it already had sat on my shelves collecting dust.

I settled on a giant pinwheel block plan to use up every bit of the 24 piece FQ bundle.  Each block is about 20" square.  I used the HST method of making four HSTs from one square.

I backed it with a Shannon Fabrics Yellow Minky.

Quilting it with the Daises Galore pantograph on my longarm.  Binding was a gray dot I had in my stash that seemed fitting to frame out the backing and blend in with the top.

Quilt Stats:
Size: 52"x 70"
Fabrics:  Riley Blake Willow, Shannon Fabrics Minky
Quilting: Daisies Galore Panto on Handiquilter Avante 18"

 I was so happy to get it to her quickly before the Christmas.  We started calling it the Blanket of Compassion as we were messaging back and forth, and that is the name I decided to call the quilt.

 I wasn't able to get really fantastic photos because my camera has been acting up as of late.  But it truly is a "soft" quilt, front and back!


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