Sunday, December 14, 2014

Green and Gray Quilt Finished

Hope you had a nice weekend. I was able to get my Green and Gray quilt finished! And I got our tree decorated! That felt like a productive day.  :)

This quilt is a departure from what I normally do, but I woke up one morning with this design in my head so I got out my graph paper, colored pencils and calculator. I considered a few different color schemes before deciding on Kona Chartreuse and Coal.

My husband likes the back better than the front.

The back is pieced from leftovers from the top, and some other things from my stash,  I don't know why, but lately I have been motivated to use what I have on hand whenever possible.  I guess I feel like I need to use what I have already purchased before I buy more.  

Here it is on the old navy leather couch.  I kind of like the green with the navy and maybe it helps the couch?? Can anything help this old couch?

I enjoyed making this quilt, but I really LOVE sewing patchwork and there's not much of that going on here. But I am learning how big I can go on my little Bernina and still quilt it myself. Of course, the vertical lines are pretty simple to do on a home machine. And this is just a throw size.

I did three rows of straight line quilting in each strip - matching the thread to the fabric.  I think I like how that turned out.

And here's the tree all decorated and ready for gifts to go underneath. Looks like gift wrapping is in my immediate future.

What have you been up to this weekend?

Linking up with:
Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story
LinkyTuesday at Freemotion by the River
Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Door Banner Finished

Last night I finished the hand stitching/embellishment on my Christmas Banner. So today after work I was able to get some (breezy) daylight photos of it on the door.

Making this was fun. I like working on a Christmas related project as we are getting ready for Christmas. It adds to the "festive-ness" of the season.  :)

Since we don't have a tree yet, working on this little stitched tree was a nice way to have some Christmas spirit.

 I think I have finished all my gift sewing as well. 

Are you finished with your holiday sewing yet?

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Wonky Star Block Tutorial

One feature of the Christmas banner I  am making for the front door is a wonky star block. These are fun to make so I thought I'd post a little tutorial to share with you. Lord knows I didn't invent this block!  And there are other versions, but this is how I do it.

This block is basically a nine patch block. All the blocks will start as background fabric (in this case - white) except the very center which will be your star color (in the case - yellow).

Cut your squares to the appropriate size. Mine are 2 1/2 inches.  (The entire star block finishes at 6 inches.)

You will need strips of your star fabric. Some people cut half-square triangles of the star fabric, but I just use a strip - less cutting before getting started, but if you love to cut half square triangles cut away!  :)

The star has points in the top center, bottom center and right and left center blocks. The four corner blocks with remain white. Like this.

Place your star fabric face down on top of the background square. Be sure to have the star point exit the background square below the top of the block. At least 1/4 inch below. Otherwise the points will be cut off when you sew the block together.

Be sure that when folded open after sewing the star fabric will cover all the background area to the edge of the block.

Once the first point is done, sew the second one in the same way.

Then flip the block over so it is face down. Use the white square as a guide to trim up the star fabric so it is even with the white square.

Like this:

Here's the front. Cute, right?

Once you have trimmed the star fabric, you can cut away the white fabric underneath if you would like, in order to reduce layers. BUT BE CAREFUL! It is easy to get a little mixed up and cut the wrong thing. Leave the white layers there until you are sure you are ready to cut.

Continue to make all the points, then lay out your blocks like this:

The sew, press and admire your completed wonky star block!

Don't forget to square up the block before sewing it into your quilt.

Here's the Christmas banner as it stands this evening - lounging on the ironing board. It still needs the hand sewing of embellishments for the tree decorations and package bows. You can see how the star block fits in. (Had to do an indoor photo - it's dark outside!  ;)

So there you go! I hope this tutorial is helpful and inspires you to make some wonky stars of your own!  :)

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Banner Plans

Inspired by this Christmas Table Runner I designed and made a few years ago, I decided - just yesterday - to make a banner to hang on our front door.

We usually have a wreath - but a wreath always gets squished by the storm door. So I figured a banner would be a good solution to the squished wreath problem.

So first came some sketching and figuring and math.  There is a star block in the middle of the table runner - so I am planning for one tree and the star at the top. Basically I am just making half of the table runner!

I pulled some fabric . . .

And did some cutting. That's always the least fun part. But by stacking up layers of fabric it goes more quickly.

Now I'm ready for sewing. And that is the most fun part.

Wonder if I can have it all completed by next week?

Linking up with:
Sew Cute Tuesday at Blossom Heart Quilts
Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation

~ Laney

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Back for the Green and Gray Quilt

Still working on the Green and Gray Quilt. I made a trip to the LQS for batting and quilting thread - in green and gray, naturally.  :)

I decided to try piecing the back. Never done that before but thought it might be fun.  I see some pretty pieced backs out there in blogland but I don't think this is one of them! I don't really think the colors jive together all that well, but I am trying to use up fabric that I have.

I had a little of the solids from the front left and I filled in with some FQs and leftovers in my stash. I have some fabrics that I don't really like hanging out in my closet and I figured I may as well use them on the back since they are probably not going to make it into a quilt top or anything else. Some of these are Denise Schmidt. I like the patterns in the fabrics - but not the colors. I tried to stick mostly with greens/grays, but did get that one strip of yellow - a Heather Bailey fabric from my first ever quilt!

Do you ever get tired of looking at fabrics that languish in your stash for a while?

You can see it's not yet sewn together in this photo - just up on the wall - and not even straight!
But this is pretty much the final layout and it IS sewn together now. 

So next up is basting. After we move the coffee table out of the way and vacuum the rug!

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Klatchapalooza Hand Made Art Market - and Door Prizes!

Klatchapalooza Hand Made Art Market opens late tonight. AND . . .

 AND - there will be door prizes! How cool is that?

I have some colorful stitched items for sale and there are twenty other artisans with a variety of great items - jewelry, ornaments, paintings, fiber art. Lots of fun gift ideas! Everything is exclusive to this sale and has not been available for sale anywhere else.

Hope to see you there!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!