Friday, January 30, 2015

Mini-Kaleidoscope Quilt





This month's AYOS project was a Mini Kaleidoscope Quilt from a tutorial found on Julia's blogMy Rainboots Are Red

It has to be one of my favorites!

April Showers by Bonnie and Camille was the primary fabric line I used. There are a few of their other prints in the quilt, along with some low volume fabrics I picked out for the background.








I really love the effects that this quilt gives.  Close up it looks very different than far away.


 There are two different blocks here, but once you get them all sewn together it's difficult to see the blocks individually.









When I start the quilting I'm going to emphasize the pattern the blocks create when they're joined together.








Plenty of seams and points to match up here!








 I was a little concerned about how that was going to go, but it went together so easily!  I was amazed! 








A pin stuck through each point took a little extra time, but it helped get the quilt sewn together with very few redos!








I used the Smart Plate Kaleidoscope Ruler by Sharon Sebrow to cut both sets of blocks rather than the paper piecing method.

The ruler is wonderful!  The directions are so clear and it can be used to cut both sets of blocks. 








 Painters tape on the four inch block lines, as Julia suggested in her tutorial, made the cutting go very quickly.

The larger size ruler is what I ordered, because I can definitely see more of these Kaleidoscope quilts in my future!







Thanks to Sinta and Sherri for hosting the AYOS parade!

Check their blogs in the next few days to see some beautiful versions of Mini Kaleidoscope Quilts that have been made by talented quilters from all over the world!



Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Mini Shine



Hello everyone! I hope you had a great holiday season!


My Mini Shine, the Another Year Of Schnibbles quilt for the month, is finished.








The fabrics are Nine Dots, designed by Carrie Nelson, and the background I used was from the Confetti Basics line by RJR.

I really loved how they went together.










Awhile back, I mentioned my interest in using backgrounds other than white, just to shake it up a bit, and I think this Confetti Basics fabric does just that.










This Mini Shine pattern, designed by Sherri McConnell, was a perfect one to do in the month of December.  










It was quick, fun, and addictive!  Very easy to fit in between holiday wrapping, decorating, and baking.










I'm looking forward to the next month of AYOS.  Be sure to visit Sherri and Sinta to see the AYOS Parade in the next few days.



Have a Happy New Year!!



Friday, December 5, 2014

Dimestore Schnibble quilted



What a month!

It's a busy time of year for everyone, and we are no certainly no exception!

My days have been full of Thanksgiving, and now Christmas preparations.

Turkey cooking, tree trimming, wreath hanging, college student visiting, you know, the whole works!

I did manage to squeeze in some quilting time and I'm here to give you a peek at what I've been doing.








This is the quilting on my Dimestore Schnibble designed by Carrie Nelson.  I pieced it with the AYOS quilt group last year.








The fabric is Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater. 









I have to say I'm pretty pleased with the feathers I did along the border!









That's a surprise to me because I generally don't love my quilting as soon as it's done. 

I guess it takes me a bit to get used to the difference between what the quilting idea looked like in my head, and what the quilting looks like that actually made its way on to my quilt.

Does that happen to anyone else??  Or is it just me??







When I finish up the binding I'll be back with more to tell!

Happy weekend!



Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sweetwater basket




On Halloween eve I finished up this cute little Sweetwater Halloween basket that I made mostly with Boo Crew fabric.

I know Halloween was a few days ago, but I figured it wasn't too late to share it with you. 







I'm thinking that I'll make some more of these for other occasions.

The pattern was easy to follow and quicker than I expected it to be.  I hadn't made a basket before, but it really wasn't much different than making a bag, and there were no zippers involved!

By Annie's Soft and Stable is what the pattern called for and I really think it made the basket have just the right stiffness with some softness too.  I've use it in bags in the past and I have to say it worked well here.

I wrote a post about Soft and Stable last year if you're interested in reading more about it.








These candy corn buttons are a find from last year and I just love how they look on this bag!

I need to find some more uses for them.

They're so cute!








The lining and binding for this basket were not Boo Crew fabric.

Unfortunately, the selvage edge of these fabrics were not long enough to have the name of the fabrics on them.  I really love the one with the crescent moons.

Speaking of crescent moons, did you see the lunar eclipse a few weeks ago?  It was pretty cool.  We were up and outside at that time waiting for the school bus to arrive, so the timing was perfect for us to get a great look at it. 








Here's a picture of the basket without the tag.  I like that the pattern has the tag tying on so you can remove it if you want to.


And for anyone who is as interested in carving pumpkins as we are, here is a before and after of our Jack o'lantern.


Before nightfall...............








And now when it really dark............








It was nice to have Halloween on a Friday, wasn't it?

We did call it a night pretty early anyway.  My son was at school at 4:45 AM, yes you read that correctly AM, Friday morning to go to the district cross country meet that was a little over an hour away.

We were not far behind, even though we didn't leave quite that early to go to the meet.  Trust me, it was still really early.

Well, I hope you had a safe and fun Halloween and a nice weekend too.  Enjoy the week!




Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Clover Schnibble




Because Halloween is tomorrow, I thought it was about time to show you this Clover Schnibble that I finished quilting last month.









I'm working on a really cute Halloween basket right now that I'm hoping to finish up today and blog about real soon. No time like the last minute, right?

Did you see the Halloween mug rug in my post yesterday?

I'm getting these Halloween projects done!








Anyway back to Clover, I used Boo Crew fabric from Sweetwater and I did some spiderweb quilting in the blocks.

Not the easiest thing to do, I'll say.  It was worth it though.








I used a ruler and that disappearing purple marker to draw the lines for the right angles in the webs down and across the quilt first.  Then, I free handed the curvy parts of the web, one block at a time.








When I was finished quilting the webs on each block, there were odd, not exactly even, roundish unquilted spaces where the corners of the webs met.  I hadn't seen that coming.








My DH suggested quilting Jack-O-lantern faces in each of these empty spaces, facing different directions so that there wasn't a "top edge" of the quilt.

I wasn't so sure about this, actually I wasn't even so sure about any of the quilting on this quilt, but I decided to give it a go since it was a Halloween quilt and I didn't know what else to do with these empty spaces.








And you know what?  I love how it turned out!  The unevenness of the outside corners of the webs, really accentuated the natural pumpkin look.









That jack o'lantern quilting is probably my favorite part of this quilt!

Now, I'm off to try to finish up that Halloween basket, before Halloween. I'm almost done!




Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween mug rug




This Halloween mug mat has been on my list to make for quite some time.

Both the pattern and the Boo Crew fabric are from Sweetwater.








As you can see, I've been keeping candy in it and I can't quite bring myself to put a mug on it, because I like it that much.

Maybe I could put a glass of water on it, just maybe.

But definitely not a coffee cup.








By doing some fussy cutting with a piece of hocus pocus fabric from Alexander Henry that I've been saving, I was able to make it reversible.

I wasn't so sure how well I had centered it, but considering the small size of the piece of fabric that I had to work with it, I think it went pretty well!










I put the mug mat with candy in it on the kitchen counter last week and all of that candy has "disappeared".  Kind of spooky!  

How much Halloween candy has "disappeared" from your house even though we have a few more days before the trick-or-treaters arrive?   




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Library book block




My local library will be celebrating it's tenth anniversary this spring!

They'll be commemorating the occasion by hanging a new quilt in the entryway.

When they asked for quilters to contribute book blocks for the quilt, I was quick to sign up. 










Thanks to the wonderful Mini-Bookshelf Quilt Tutorial I found on Elizabeth Dackson's blog Don't Call Me Betsy, it was easy!

Except picking out the fabrics of course, but I won't go there.

Instead of making mine a mini-quilt, I just changed the measurements and made it block sized.  It is a great tutorial that I highly recommend.

I'm definitely going to make one of these mini quilts to keep here at home.

It was kind of addicting!









I added these selvages as book titles. 

There is even one that says, "Wordplay by Michele". 

Spelled the same as my name too!  One L!

It doesn't work out any better than that!

My son suggested that I use the Timeless Treasures selvage too, since some books are timeless treasures.


This spring, when the quilt is complete I'll be sure to take a picture for you!