Thursday, January 19, 2017

A Blue Lily for Project Quilting

I researched images of the Carolina Lily and drew this rough sketch of a Lily.  We are to be inspired by the Carolina Lily. Hop over to Persimmons Dreams for all the information about this weeks challenge. Here is the direct Link to the Challenge.

I selected three hand dyed blues from my small collection of Cherrywood Fabrics to create my Blue Lily and a light blue hand dyed fabric. Blue, of course! Last year, I bought a grab bag of their fabrics, so I would have a little assortment.

This Lite Blue piece of fabric is hand dyed by Dye Candy Fabrics.

Using the sketch, I traced the sections on the lily onto lite heat and bond to create the raw edge applique pieces.

Next, I ironed it onto the fabrics.

Next, I carefully cut out the pieces.

I positioned each piece on the light blue fabric and ironed it in place.

Note:  I could have flipped my flower over before tracing the pieces, but I knew it would be reversed, if I left it right side up. If you want something a certain direction you have to flip it over before tracing with the heat and bond. See photo. I like it on the left side better anyway!

Using the leftover scraps from the blue fabrics, I created a pieced border.

I selected another hand dyed blue fabric for the backing. This piece of fabric was hand dyed by Dye Candy Fabrics.

My quilt top is ready for thread painting and quilting. Hopefully, that will happen on Saturday!

Thanks for following along....


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Eight is Great for Project Quilting!

The first Project Quilting Challenge was this past week. We were to be inspired by the number eight. This is the Link to Project Quilting.

I challenged myself again this year to create using my daughter's Ikea sewing machine. It is a small and basic sewing machine. I was creating with limited sewing supplies, which included a tiny cutting board and ruler and a rotary cutter. No walking foot or feed dogs to drop! It made a wrinkled quilt, but in the long run it did not matter as it made a little boy very happy!

I had an added challenge of a 3 1/2 year old by my side rushing the process. When he went to bed I finished the binding. Plus I have spent most of the time holding my new granddaughter which has been super cool! Even cooler than quilting!

The quilt is a dual purpose quilt - the road fabric on one side and a yoga mat on the other side with an 8 patch design.

Here's how I made it.

This is my daughter's cute little sewing machine!

It is a completely different motion when you quilt on a domestic sewing machine versus a longarm quilting machine. I really struggled with the free motion quilting, but I was determined to quilt an 8 in the center of my "Eight Patch"!  It was a real challenge for me to experience quilting on a domestic sewing machine with no walking foot or the ability to drop the feed dogs. I left the 8 pieces of the "Eight Patch" raw edged, to naturally fray. 

We tuned into Cosmic Kids Yoga on You Tube. He loved it!

My grandson flipped it over to play cars with Baba!

Again don't look at the quilting....

What a fun challenge for me!

I am also sponsoring Project Quilting again this year with 2 prizes for each challenge. Click here to see the Prizes for Season Eight.

Happy New Year!


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Made From Old Denim Shirts and Dresses

If you follow my blog, you have seen this quilt before. I made it from denim shirts and dresses and a pair of old plaid shorts.

I am doing a test posting today from my tablet, instead of my computer.  So far so good. Of course, it takes longer to type. I haven't figured out all the options yet.

I wanted to share about some of my "easy to make and sew" patterns before Christmas, if you are looking for handmade gifts.

And you probably have some old denim clothes you can cut up and turn into a gift.

This pattern is a PDF Downloadable Pattern available for only $1.00 on  Denim Quilt Block

You will find more than 20 PDF Downloadable patterns in my Pattern Store at Most of them are easy to sew patterns.

I used the scraps from my quilt to make this table topper. I use it as a large place mat! 

Enjoy your day!


Just a note:   I had to go to my computer to add the tags and to tweek it a bit! But I think posting from my tablet will work!