Wednesday, August 26, 2015

{Post 1,488} Waiting for Binding Fabric

Here is the baby quilt, quilted!  I like the design.  Next time, I'll be sure to get those pebbles traced exactly right.  But I don't think the baby will be very picky.  The design is from a book called Step-by-Step Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli.  I bought the Kindle version of the book.  I like to many of them.


This design reminds me of several things...an abacus, a string of wooden blocks like ones a baby would string on a rawhide strip, etc.  It quilted up soooo quickly.

I ordered fabric to bind this one and the pastel one today on eBay.  

It measures 40" square.


Here is my guest room.  Still needs a lot of work, but my sister and niece are coming Friday to stay, and I had to get something set up down there.  Here are pictures of the side table and headboard in my process of painting them, then a picture of the room as it.  When we were setting up the box springs, mattress, sheets, etc., I forgot to put the bed skirt on.  I haven't planned anything for the walls or anything yet.  The framed star is something I made for my sister, and that is her reminder to take it with her when she leaves.



What we have so far.  The crib is leaving as soon as it's sold.  


In the corner is a twin bed with another twin mattress beneath it.  So the room could sleep 4 adults and a baby.






Tuesday, August 25, 2015

{Post 1,487} Two New Baby Quilts

A couple weeks ago, I had to drive my children about 90 minutes away for camp.  Before I left, I Googled quilt shops on the route.  There was one less than a minute off the path I'd be taking!!  There I bought a charm pack of Moda's Fresh Aire prints.  They are 30's style.  I didn't realize so many of them were going to be bright!


Once I got it home, I wondered why I bought it.  They didn't all seem to go together. 

We have a soon-to-be-born girl in our church family.  Off and on, I make the new babies a quilt.  So I played around with some of the fabrics and came up with this design with the addition of muslin.  It measures 40" square.  I will quilt it tomorrow, Lord willing.


Then I started playing with the lighter ones in the set.  I came up with this, which is still a work in progress:


Oh, I failed to mention that I bought a second set on eBay or Etsy (can't remember which one now).  I like them both, but the new parents-to-be picked the brighter one.  

Can hardly wait to add some life in these with quilting!


Saturday, August 15, 2015

{Post 1,486} Grandmother's Flower Garden


Here is the most recent picture of my GFG.  One of the blossoms is not sewn on.  After taking the picture, I will not be putting it where it is lying now...too similar in outer colored ring to its neighbor.  I have many more blossoms to make, so no problem there!  I'll just hold on to it.  The unattached one is the very top left.  Navy blue center with dark tan outer circle.  I am going to work more blue into this quilt.  Picked up 3 blue FQs recently.  



Thursday, August 6, 2015

{Post 1,485} Where in the World is Joan?

I have had many folks ask if I stopped writing a blog.  Well, obviously the last 2 months have been too busy to put anything down here.  Many family activities, short trips, life in general!


Here's a few pictures from the last couple of months, in reverse chronological order!

I still quilt as often as I can.  That just has not been much lately.  I have started teaching a friend to quilt.  Here's her first little quilt top, which she promptly quilted and bound.  It turned out beautifully.


Finished this quilt (crumb HSTs--twin bed sized) and gifted it to a friend at church who has faithfully served there before we even arrived over 15 years ago:


Quilted this beauty (also twin bed size to be used as a throw) for a wedding gift in September.  It still needs binding, washing, and labeling:


Finished this quilt for my soon-to-be-born grandson:


Started hand-quilting this beauty...it is 88" square:




Hosted one of my other grandson's first birthday party and made these cupcakes:


Worked many hours on gutting and rebuilding our downstairs bathroom.  I love the wall color.  It is called "rainwashed".  The only thing left to do is put the shower walls up.  Here is an in-progress picture:


A picture from the window of our room at our church's family camp, near the Smoky Mountains:



Had a visit from my favorite (and only) sister, my parents (dad pictured), and my niece:


So, yes, I am still here.  I am doing well.  Busier than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.  Thanks for asking :)

I will try to update more frequently, but there's no telling!













Saturday, June 13, 2015

{Post 1,484} Three Mini Quilts Finished

I have a customer for whom I have made a 12" quilt for every month of the year as well as an everyday one.  The everyday is my favorite.  Truly.  Here it is first:



Here are July and August (obviously):



I like them all.  I don't know what I was thinking, saying I'd make them all for her.  Quilts take so much longer than I think they will.

We had vacation Bible school all last week.  It was draining.  I did very little sleeping or sewing!  Insomnia--the silent killer.

I want to make a few quick baby quilts to have on hand.  Anyone have a favorite quick pattern that finishes about 40" square?



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

{Post 1,483} Top is Webbed

My HST shirt quilt center is webbed.  Now I am embarking on sewing rows to each other.  Here are a couple close-ups for those who wondered what some of the fabrics (aka upcycled shirts) look like.  There are several crumb tutorials online.  This is the 3rd crumb quilt I have made.






Notice that the creams in the top picture are one piece.  I had just cut the sleeves off two new shirts (well, new to me), so I cut 5" squares from what I could.  It wasn't long before I had to piece cream squares like the ones you see in the bottom picture.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

{Post 1,482} HST Shirt Quilt Center Blocks Finished


The title pretty much says it all.  I have 12 x 14 blocks finished for the HST shirt quilt.  Here they are laid out on my design wall.


Last night I could not sleep at all...so I ended up staying up until 5 AM.  Slept until 10:45 this AM, and I feel fine.  I figured sewing was as good of a past time as any.


My next sewing chore will be webbing them.  I think I'm going to laboriously piece a back like I did for this quilt to use up large chunks of shirts that don't do well in blocks.  They might be an odd color that stands out too much, too soft to piece well, or whatever.  I have a strip of crumb blocks that I'll be putting on there, too.  A lot more piecing.

Of course, the above one needs borders.  I'm thinking of treating it like I did this quilt and use a similar color for an inner then an outer border.  Maybe green this time?