Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Number Five. Another Finished Quilt Top.

   I have to say I love, love, love, love, love the Carpenter's Star Quilt pattern.  This quilt was so much fun to put together and I think the result is very pretty.

   I now have five quilt tops to be sandwiched, quilted, and bound.  I have the batting and I bought the backing fabric for four of them yesterday, so finishing five quilts is next on my sewing list.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Colorful Quilt Top

   I finished this colorful pinwheel quilt top today.  I love these colors.  This was a lot of fun to sew.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Second Blogiversary And Giveaway!! Closed.

I'm celebrating my 2nd blogiversary on October 17th.  I really enjoy blogging about my crafting projects, the good, the bad, and the ugly.  I also love sharing links to free crafting patterns, instructions, and information I find on the internet.

On to the giveaway.  I'm giving away a quilting book.   I bought a second copy of Playful Petals by Corey Yoder to giveaway to a reader on October 17th.  I fell in love with this book back in June.  It's a wonderful quilt pattern book that I want to share with a lucky reader.

In order to be considered for the giveaway, just leave a comment to this post and tell me about a quilt you gave away, but secretly wished you had kept for yourself.  I've given away three quilts that I wished I had kept, the quilt I miss the most was the very first quilt I made in 2012 that I gave away.  I don't think it was really appreciated and I wished I had kept it.

I will draw the winner of the book on October 17th and post the winner here on my blog.  I will also notify the winner by email, so make sure I can reply to your comment.  This giveaway is open to folks living all over the world.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Cutting Fabric and Sewing It Up

I cut all the squares for the next two quilt tops.  The shorter stack of blue, orange and white is for the Carpenter's Star and the taller stack of purple, blue, green and white is for the pinwheel.  I have no more quilt projects planned.  When these two tops are done, I will have 5 quilts tops ready to finish.  

I was playing with some 10" squares and 2" strips the other day and I created these four blocks. This is an idea for a future quilt, not sure if it will be a two color quilt or not.  They were fun to make and super easy.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Quilt Pattern Fail, Moving On

  I bought a Quick Curve Ruler in March of 2015(posted about it here) and I purchased fabric to make the Metro Twist Pattern in August of 2015 (posted about that here).   I tested the pattern yesterday.  I found out that I hate sewing curves and I hate trimming what you make with those curves.  It was all too fussy and it wasn't coming out so great.  So I'm calling it a fail and I'm moving forward.

   I settled on the Carpenter's Star pattern for these fabrics.

  It will be pretty easy and this is what it will look like.

  I'm cutting my squares at 8" and with a white border all around should give me a 75" square quilt.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Tea Stained Crocheted Scarf And The Start Of A New Quilt

   I finished my crocheted scarf made with size 10 thread.  It was very easy to make.   It's 50" long and 5" wide.  I tea stained it this morning and it is almost dry.  It's not a very good picture, but it gives you an idea.

   I started my new quilt project today as well.  I love these colors.  So pretty.   I've had this fabric for a few weeks now and I've been eager to start this colorful project.

   I'm celebrating my two year blogiversary on October 17th.  I planned a fun giveaway which will be opened on October 12th.  I hope lots of readers will submit comments and be eligible for the prize.  The giveaway will be open to everyone in the world.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Time For Crochet

   While I'm waiting for my backing/binding fabric to come for the scrappy string quilt top, I decided I needed a crochet project to work on.  I don't have a lacy accent scarf and I wanted to make one with some of the cotton crochet thread I have hanging around.

   I found a free pattern for an easy headband/necklace, link here.  I doubled the foundation chains to make it a little wider and I will tea stain it when it's finished.  I'm using a size U.S. 00/2.7 mm steel crochet hook with my Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread Classic 10.  I like the fabric that the hook and thread are making, so I'm calling this a winner.

   Here's what I've done today (about 18 inches).

   This is a closer shot of the scarf.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

String Quilt Top Finished

 I spent last evening removing the paper towels from the back of 56 - 10" string quilt blocks while I watched some television.  It took me a few hours and this is what I had left when I finished:

   Today I put the quilt top together.  Here it is:

   This one is just as pretty and colorful as the one I made last month.  I'm so glad I'm keeping this one.  I have lots and lots of strings left and I will probably make another one of these at some time in the future but I have two other quilt projects waiting to be started, so I will be starting those soon.

   I ordered the backing/binding fabric just a few minutes ago from Fabric.com.  I bought 5 yards of Kona Cotton in Honey Dew.  This bright yellow green will be a really nice solid frame for all this color.  The row of string blocks to piece into the back is done, so I'm ready to get this one finished.