Monday, July 28, 2014

My Indepence Challenge for Project Quilting

It is very typical for me to start out making a quilt and then come up with another idea and change it all around!  That is why this quilt, that I created is perfect for the Independence Challenge. 

I will be publishing a PDF Quilt Pattern in August on using charm blocks for the quilt, instead of doing a transformation on the Rainbow Quilt. That is the quilt made from 6 fat quarters. The PDF Quilt Pattern will have all the exact measurements, so you can make the quilt too.  I will post when I share it in my Craftsy Pattern Store.

If you missed the first post about my Rainbow Transformation for the Independence Project Quilting Challenge click here and then come back to here for this post.

Yes, I did make several changes.

First, I made five large 4-patches using the 7 inch squares and a couple of the small 4-patches.

Then I cut some of the 7 inches squares into 6 inch squares.

Spread them out on the guest bed. Time to pause and view.

I liked the white spaces in between the blocks. So, more pausing and viewing and brainstorming.

I stitched a white strip to one side of the large 4-patch blocks and the 6 inch and 7 inch and small 4-patch blocks.

Next, I stitched a white strip to the bottom side of each block.  I stitched the smaller blocks together to form a rectangular block that measured the same width of the larger block.

I spread them out on the guest bed again and stitched them together in 3 vertical rows.

Next, I stitched the 3 rows together and added white borders on one side of the quilt and top side of the quilt.

I found the perfect backing fabric - a blue checked fabric.

I quilted it.

I selected a lite blue and green for the thread for the Two Color Ribbon Quilting.

Here are some up close photos of the quilting and the quilt blocks.

The Ribbon Quilting looks like windy roads!

This quilt will be given as a gift to a new baby! I quilted in his name and birth date and Made with Love by Marcia and Ritch.

I used a Zig Zag Stitching for the all machine stitched binding.

Here's a full view of the quilt.

I folded it up. It is ready to take to the new parents for their new baby.

I will linking up this post over at Persimmons Dreams for the July Project Quilting Challenge.

Here is a sneak peak of the same quilt made with charm squares.

I will be publishing a PDF Quilt Pattern in August on using charm blocks for the quilt. The PDF Quilt Pattern will have all the exact measurements, so you can make the quilt too.  I will post when I share it in my Craftsy Pattern Store.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Quilting with Paper during the Storms

What do you do when it storms?  
I do not run my quilting machine or my sewing machine.  
I do not iron.
I do not blog.

I quilt with paper!

I am not a scrapbooker, but I bought a bunch of cool scrapbook/greeting card stock from a friend who was destashing her supply of cardstock. It looks like fabric to me!  Everything looks like fabric or a quilt to me.

 Some of the pieces, I cut a little smaller than the card and I adhere it with double stick tape.

Some I cut into squares and rectangles.  Three pieces make a nice balance, but four can work too.

I sign my name and the year on the back of the cards with a fine point sharpie marker.

At the end of the storm, I packaged them up and mailed them to my Mom.  She loves when I make greeting cards and share them with her.  She especially loves the ones I stitch fabric pieces unto the card stock.  I recently created a tutorial for making the fabric stitched greeting cards and shared it on  Here is the link to my Craftsy Store.

Also when the storm is over, I am back to quilting.



Monday, July 21, 2014

Getting Up Close with My Quilting - Special Area Quilting

Special Area Quilting adds texture to this Baby Turtle Quilt.

I selected 4 thread colors.

Wiggle Line Quilting for the turtle's shell. I followed the edges of the squares and the design of the shell.

Swirly Quilting for the legs and head of the turtle.

Rock Quilting in the light colored background. The rocks were about quarter and fifty cent piece sizes - some were smaller.

Loops for the borders with double loops in the skinny border with two colors of thread.

I took photos at angle, so you can see the special areas of quilting better.


My customer hired me to do the binding too. I stitched it with an all machine embroidery binding.

Quilted in Debbie's name and a heart and 2014 in the border. Sometimes I quilt the baby's name and birth date, but the baby wasn't born yet. It is for a baby to be!

I flipped it to the backside.

Debbie selected Minkee fabric for the backing.

 A full view of the back of the quilt.

This quilt was made by Debbie for a new baby to be. Debbie sent me a card to include with the baby quilt and I wrapped it up and used the scraps from the binding to make a ribbon and mailed it directly to the new parents to be.

My customer (Debbie) shared the information about the pattern with me, so I could share it with you. The name of the quilt pattern is Pokey Patch.  It was featured in the magazine Quiltmaker - September /October 2011.