Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Failed Quilt Pattern

This is the pattern I was using. I've always wanted to make a Storm at Sea quilt, and found this pattern a while back. I couldn't tell from the picture that the corners don't meet and it just ends up looking sloppy to me.

You lay a stack of fabrics, cut and shuffle and then sew the three types of blocks back together again.

These are some of the fabrics I chose and the cut sets. The two on the left are actually different colors, one is blue and the other purple. I thought they would go together OK, and decided to try them.

This is what I actually came up with. I put the 12 inch blocks together after cutting and shuffling, but really didn't like the way I thought they would look as a storm at sea quilt. I decided if I wanted a storm at sea, I'd just have to make one...a real one.

Surprisingly, I like the quilt top I got. I still need to add a few borders. I'm going to use a white inner border, then the blue patterned fabric I have at the intersections. It is about a half-yard piece I had laying around. It's going to be an OK baby blanket.

It's actually more attractive in person!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Design Wall - Easter Monday

I finally finished the banner. It's at church and will be used starting next week. I ended up finishing the edges all by hand. I sewed them down, then sewed the lining down by hand as well. I wasn't happy with the puckers I was getting in the banner when I sewed by machine, so that was the answer. The loops to hang it from were machine done, but the rest was done by hand. YAY, it's done.

The baby blankets are going to Iraq. I am going to make a few more before I send them off. I think I have enough flannel for at least 4 more. The process to make them with self-borders is pretty easy. I found the pattern here.  I think I may make a few of these the next time a baby comes round.

The cozy moder QOV top is done. I think I will back it will fleece. It's a quick way to put the quilt together and really is very cozy.

To see what is on other design walls, check out Judy's blog.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Design Wall

 I've done a bit more work on the QOV. I have to put the last borders on, then quilt it.

The banner needs to be finished. I've been dilly dallying because I'm not sure how to finish it. I have it all quilted, now I need to finish the edges and put the hanging tabs and backing on . It's going to be done for Easter!

To see other design walls, check out Judy's blog.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Design Wall

It's back on the wall. I've finished a couple of the tops I was working on so this one is back. I have modified it a bit. It was going to be too large, so I changed the pattern some. This will have to borders and the it will be done.

It's a simple pattern, but boring to make. I think it will have a white, then a blue border I only have the top row together right now.

Yesterday I worked on QOVs with the ladies at the NCO Association at the AFA. We got one top done, and most of the second, so that's 6 for the year so far. YAY

To see what's on other design walls, check out Judy's blog.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April UFO #4 is Done

This is the fabric I found to use for the binding. I wasn't able to find the batik I used for the border, but I like the way this looks. The grey is the backing. It's fleece and works nicely.

That's #4 for April done, and it's only the 6th. I think I may work on one of the other UFOs that I have. Maybe one of the ones with lots of work left to do.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

UFO #4 Nearly Done-Design Wall

Well, all I have left to do is the binding. I want to thank Judy again for suggesting the UFO challenge. I got it out yesterday and started quilting it. It's very simple with a fleece backing. I'm so glad there is one more out of the closet.

For the binding I think I'll either find the multi-colored batik I used for the small north wind blocks and the colored border, or I'll just drag out some black. Either way, it should be done in another couple of days. YIPPEE!

I walked out of the house to hang this on the line so I could get some true color pictures  and there were 8 deer just hanging out. I think the neighbor is still feeding them, because they didn't take off when I came out. They stopped and looked at me, but then went back to grazing.

I wish he would stop. It's not good that they are so acclimated to humans. We had a buck in the backyard last summer who decided he liked our corner, and didn't want to leave. I am afraid that at some point we'll go out and one will decide we've invaded his territory and decide to take action.

Check out Judy's blog to see what other people have on their design wall.

Friday, April 1, 2011

New UFO for March... oops April!

 Here is my quilt for April. I like it. It just needs quilting, so should be another quick one. How fun to get these done. Now I have to go and find it, and figure out what I am going to do for the quilting.

This was a block exchange/round robin quilt with my guild. We decided what kind of block we wanted, made one, then it went on to the next person to make a some. I don't remember how many the other quilters were supposed to make, but as you can see, I wanted brights and black. One quilter decided she would "mix it up some" and make different blocks, so those didn't make it into the quilt because they didn't work with what I wanted.

I ended up making the smaller blocks at the top and bottom so that the quilt would be more useable. I didn't want a wall hanging. Now, what to quilt?


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