Monday, April 20, 2015

Improv Piecing and Quilting for the Off Season Project Quilting Challenge

Spontaneous or Improv Piecing is a way of creating by piecing strips and pieces together in a random method to form a quilt block and/or a quilt. I made a table runner.

I started with a colorful center and rounded it with various strips and pieces of cream fabrics to form rectangular blocks. 

Then I randomly put it together lengthwise to make a table runner.

It is ready to quilt.
A photo "Before the Improv Quilting" and...

... a photo "After the Improv Quilting".

It's almost quilted.

After the quilting was complete I stitched the binding.

Several years ago, I created my Textures Quilt Pattern. It is an organized way to create an artsy quilt. It is available on in My Craftsy Store.

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I used the same construction method to create my Spontaneous or Improv Quilted Table Runner.

A few photos of the backside.

What a fun challenge!  Thanks again Kim for challenging me!

I am linking up my quilted project at Persimmons Dreams for the April Off Season Challenge.  We have the whole month to create during the off season.  Click on the link to see all of the completed projects so far .... and then go back at the end of April to see all of them!  Click HERE.

Remember to take time for you during the May for Me Celebration!

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Click here for the Pre - Giveaway!



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Getting Up Close to My Quilting - Meandering with a Twist

Another beautiful customer's quilt!  I love 30's reproduction fabrics and I love pinwheel quilts.

All information about my quilting and my customer's quilt is at the end of this post.... Enjoy the photos!

This is a customer's quilt.  It was made from fat quarters to get a large variety of the 30's reproduction prints. She used one fat quarter for each pinwheel and used the rest of it for the border strips. My customer said she will be using the rest of the scraps to make a scrappy binding.

She did not use a pattern to make her Pinwheel Quilt. With her help, I figured out some of the measurements and how she made it.  The pinwheel blocks measure 11 1/2" including the skinny white border (1 1/2") around the pinwheels. She used scraps for the colorful lattice strips.  They are in various sizes from 3 3/4" to 4 1/2" and all are 4 1/2" wide.  The quilt is 4 quilt blocks across by 5 quilt blocks down. It has a 3 1/2" border. It measures 65" X 80".

Meandering with a Twist - Medium size. The Twist is the occasional little pinwheels.

Thread Color:
Chambray Blue

Hobbs 80/20 Cream Cotton/Poly Batting

65" X 80"

Other information:
Photos taken on a king size bed in the late afternoon with natural lighting.

Backing fabric - extra wide (108") 100% cotton cream muslin fabric.



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Minutes for Me, May for Me, and a Giveaway!

I started the May for Me Celebration as a way to make it OK to take time for yourself!  

Yes --- It's Minutes for Me and Minutes for You!

This year for the May for Me Celebration, I plan to spend lots of minutes sewing, quilting, crafting, and spending time with family and friends --- Minutes for Me!

I started in January by taking time for me with some friends once a month at a local coffee shop --- Timerlane Coffee Shop in Boscobel, Wisconsin.  We enjoy time together learning a new craft, we have lunch and chat.

One week, we learned how to hand sew Hexies from a circle.

One month, we made greeting cards that look like a quilt.

And this month -- this Friday April 17th we are going to learn how to hand sew this cute little pouch bag.

If you live in Southwestern Wisconsin and you would like to join us at the Timberlane Coffee Shop in Boscobel, Wisconsin? Please send me an email and let me know you will be there.  Friday, April 17th from 10am to 2pm.  Each person buys their own lunch. You can bring one item for show and tell. And then we share a craft.  It is very informal. We chat, we laugh, and we enjoy time together. Come and join in on the fun!

Again this year, I will host Giveaways every week of my PDF Quilt Patterns! You can check all of them out at my Craftsy Store. I have a couple FREE PDF Patterns in my Craftsy Store. Check it out at:
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This year, I am inviting Guest Posters to share their stories. 

I still have dates left. I want you to share?
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Do you want to share your story?  I am looking for people who want to share what they do, what makes them happy and how they do it.  It's simple --- Tell us your story and share a few photos.  It can be short or long! 

The May for Me Celebration started in 2011, so this is my 5th year!  WOW time flies when you are having fun!  Want to read about how it started? Click here.

The Linky Party is Open for the 2015 May for Me Celebration Participants. .....Add your link if you have the Logo Button and you are going to post at least one post on your blog about taking time for you --- May for Me!

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Let's kick off the May for Me Celebration with a GIVEAWAY!

Leave one comment to enter.

Tell me about your Minutes for You!

Giveaway ends on April 29th at Midnight and will be announced on April 30th on the Eve of the May for Me Celebration.

What is the prize?  The Easy to Sew Quilt Pattern (PDF) 

Check out this OLD Post to see how cool the Easy to Sew Quilt Pattern is. Here is an example of three quilts made with the same pattern!

Time to start enjoying Minutes for Me during the May for Me Celebration!

Take time for you, even if it is only 5 minutes!