Monday, July 24, 2017

Ravens Wing Quilt

Odd name, I know. The pattern is called "On Eagles Wings" by Laundry Basket Quilts. I have used these papers for makes my 4th quilt. And since I'm making all the triangles & center pieces black, I have named it Ravens Wing.

I can't remember if I posted anything about when I started these blocks & I'm too lazy to look & see.

I had a bunch, I mean a BUNCH of fat quarters in my "lights/neutral" bin. They were too dark to use as LIGHTS next to anything medium & some of them are just plain dark neutrals. Like tans & dark cream colors. I had contemplated giving them away, but frankly I had SO MANY of them, I cringed at how much $$$ I had wrapped up in them. So I figured I would cut them up & use them all in one quilt.

And Ravens Wing was born.

I am setting them ON-POINT - with no borders. 

First photo is of the block

Size comparison
 Oops! Sewed the side setting triangle on wrong.

 2 rows.

 3 rows. I'm really liking where this is going! I want it 10 blocks across, so I still need 7 more rows....

This is the side setting triangle. This pattern does not give directions for on-point settings or anything to do for being on point, so I had to figure it out myself. You can't just make a block & cut it in half. It does not work that way. It took me 3 tries to get the block the way I wanted it. Simply could not wrap my head around the parts I wasn't completing. 

I really suck at math. Big time. So with out borders I figure I need an additional 192, counted again & needed 224. That's a 32 block spread. Told 'ya, I suck at math. At any rate, I'm not getting all bothered about how many more that I need to make, because right now I only have THREE more done!!! Ha Ha Ha!!!

As I complete rows, I'll post pictures. I'll have to save my pennies, All this work, I'll want it custome quilted!

See 'Ya!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Old School Quilt Planning

Since I am incredibly rotten at math, I graphed the layout.

I added pictures from my phone, I have no clue how to add them from "this device", I guess I'll have to ask one of my children!

I started some appliqued leaf blocks 2 years ago. But I have only been working on them in the winter. I worked on them while sitting in the basement watching TV. Prince Charming smokes. Either in the basement or outside. So when we are watching TV together or we are having coffee in the (winter) mornings, I worked on my appliqué leaf blocks.

My goal is 80 . I have completed 66 . I have no idea how to set them. So I thought I might try on point with sashing  & cornerstones. Not even sure that the sashing will be green......decisions, decisions! 

Since I am incredibly rotten at math, I graphed the layout.

Friday, June 23, 2017

June & It's Already Past The Middle Of The Month

I started this little lap sized quilt on June 12th. I know I started it that day because I took the whole day off to go to my quilt guild meeting. The meeting isn't until 5:30PM, but they sew all day & that's what I wanted to do. It's "just a simple 9-Patch", but trust me, I can mess that up too when I'm running my mouth!  I sewed the 9-Patches together WRONG. The green is supposed to create the chain effect & while I was talking & sewing, I made over a 1/3 of my blocks with the print the chain. So I had to frog stitch them & re-do them. Well.....that gave me more 9-Patch blocks than I needed for a LAP sized quilt. By the my house we don't call them Lap-Quilts, we call them Potato Quilts. Long story, very funny, I'll save that explanation for another day. Since I messed up & had way more 9-patch blocks than I wanted, I didn't have enough of the print to make borders. Decided to just make a twin sized quilt & come up with something else for the borders. No, I can't get more of this print. It's an older Kaufman print. the Celebrate Seuss Line. I have found very little of this print on-line & I'm sure I didn't pay over $10 per yard when I got it & what I HAVE been able to find is over $13. Not happening. As my friend Diane says....."Running out of enough fabric to make the borders , forces me to be creative. It always turns out unexpectedly GREAT!"

Without borders, it's measuring 54"X78". My intention is to make an 1st inner border of the green & then a 2nd inner border to create a piano key of solids in the colors of the stars. 3rd outer border of the green again. Bind it in solid black. I have less than 1 yard of the stars print & I'd really like to use it between the green borders, but I just don't think I can stretch it that far!

Blocks finish 6". It's FRY YOUR EYES OUT BRIGHT!!!! I'm making it for my favorite grandchild & he LIKES bright, so it's going to be perfect!

Here is my FAVORITE grandchild. He is 7 & 1/2 - be 8 in December. While he has lost bottom teeth, he just lost his first front tooth. I figured he'd be in high school before he lost his front teeth. No kidding. He didn't get all his teeth as a baby for a very long time. He was like 18 months old before he even had like 4 teeth. them taking forever to fall out is not surprising at all. This little tooth was already turning gray & it needed to come out. He is a sensitive & compassionate child & he does NOT like the site of blood. So, I'm pretty sure those are tears! OMGoodness, how I love this little guy!

that's it for now

Stay cool!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

2 Months

Wow. 2 Months. It's been 2 months since I have posted anything on my blog. I feel like a slacker. I HAVE been busy. I have 3 of "Shirt" Quilts completed. Bound too. I even have one hanging in the bedroom. I figured it could sit there until the show in October. So...that was 5 months making 3 quilts. The one I started first, I finished last. It's HUGE. It is definitely King sized. It literally hangs about 5 inches off the floor on a queen size bed.

I finished a project that I started YEARS ago. Irish Stars I think it's called? This was #2. I cut out 2 & only completed 1. still lacks borders. I don't have a photo for this one. So there's that. I made blocks for a quilt from an Atkinson Designs Book - 9-Patch Reunion. Or something like that. It needs borders. (do you see a pattern here????) No picture on this either.

Then as I'm piddling around in my sewing room, sorting things/fabric/notions. I had all these shirting fat quarters. From Civil War Repro collections etc. But they are too DARK to really be LIGHTS. Or the print is too busy to be considered LIGHT. So I was going to take them to my guild meeting & just give them away. But there were SO MANY. Once I started running the $$ in my head....I couldn't bring myself to give them away! So I decided I'd create another "On Eagle's Wings" quilt. Only since I'm doing all the triangles in black, I'm calling it "Raven's Wings".

They are really coming out nice. I'm glad I made the decision to make something from all those dark light fat quarters! LOL

I have been doing a little with vinyl. T-Shirts mainly. I made one for me. Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl. Goodness ! that stuff is a challenge to work with. I put a dinosaur on a t-shirt for my grandson, a catching phrase on one for Ryan. Taking one to Texas with me next week for Sarah. The one in the photo is mine. In retrospect, I should have just used my selfie stick. but oh-well - you get the drift of it!

Did I say Texas? Yep. I'll be in Texas next week visiting with Sarah. Prince Charming will be staying home. Work is always busy this time of year!

Well - that's it for a check in.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Finished Quilts

I have completed the Delectable Mountains / Mountains Majesty Quilt. It ended up something like 88X116. Way too long. So I removed one row off the bottom & put one on the side. It wasn't as simple as just removing the row & flipping the blocks either! I removed the row, separated the blocks & then had to make 7 more blocks as all the blocks on the SIDE row are the SAME block, just rotated differently. Now it's 97X109. I used a king sized flannel sheet set for the backing. I used the flat sheet & both pillowcases to make it.

I don't usually use flannel as a backing because I'm so hot natured. I don't usually piece the backings either - nor do I use sheets. However...I'm trying to keep these "shirt" quilts as close to Re-Duce, Re-Use, Re-Cycle as I can. Oddly enough, the flannel sheet set at Goodwill was $7.99. There is NO WAY I could get backing fabric for that. No way at all.

I only lack getting the piano key border put onto the first Shirt Quilt I started. then all I have to do is hang onto them until the October show! Yay! I'll be ahead of my own game. I hate deadlines & figured if I made them now, I wouldn't have to worry about cramming quilting into the last few weeks before the show in October.

It has been very difficult for me to NOT to put the shirt quilts to the side & go work on something else. I'm tired of working on strips of stripes & plaids! But I'm almost done, in the home stretch now!

No photos. Sorry - saving them for a surprise for the show.


Friday, December 23, 2016

More Contact Paper !

Covered more STUFF with Dollar Tree contact paper.

These buckets are a few years old, from Ikea. Fintorp series I think.

Covered this chicken broth can with it. Added a bow.

 I think this can had green beans in it. It sits on my cutting table - I didn't want anything really too tall. this can is short & squat. I've accidently hit it a few times & have not knocked it over.


I did some machine embroidery on a set of pillowcases for a friend. I gave them to her for Christmas - & she has already opened them - so I'm OK to post them on here!

I had originally tried to put this embroidery on pillowcases made in that magic tube technique - but I could not get the design lined up properly. then I bought pillowcases & unpicked all the stitches on the hems - couldn't use those because I could not get all the needle holes out of the fabric. What to do? What to do?? So I bought a flat sheet, washed it in hot water - dried it in a hot dryer , tore it up, marked my centers & embroidered my little heart out.

I used a borders design from Country Needle (dot net) that is sewing themed. It's a "redwork" design & it seemed a little thin so I embroidered the designs twice. My friend's favorite color is BLUE. So BLUE thread instead of red. I also embroidered BOTH sides of the pillow cases. 2 different designs. That way both sides are usable & pretty. Not just ONE.

These turned out really nice & since I still have SHEET left over? I'm going to make a set for myself. LOL.

I can not figure out how to rotate the photos  - excuse the shadows. I was taking these pictures after 10PM


Monday, November 28, 2016

Ikea Trofast Unit

I bought this Trofast unit from Ikea. I had it delivered to the house. I won't do that again. Only because the bottom corners got a little mangled. It's not noticeable, because I have the munched parts facing the wall. I prefer to GO to Ikea & get my stuff. Better experience!

This Trofast unit is used a lot in children's rooms. The drawers hold a LOT. You can get drawer covers for them, as I did. This is the tallest Trofast unit. If I had this in a playroom, or child's bedroom, I would definitely secure it to the wall. I only have ONE complaint about this unit. No back. It seemed slightly wobbly .... so I had my husband cut a 1/4" piece of plywood & we used a pneumatic brad nail gun to secure the plywood to the unit.

Of course I had to girlly it up some! Here it is sans shelf paper.

I cut the shelf liner paper about 3.25" inches deep & left it the 18 inches wide. At 18 inches, the liner paper does NOT go to the middle of the sides of each drawer. Only just barely around the sides. But it looks better that way then just cutting it to fit the fronts of the drawers.

In this photo you can see that the back (plywood that we installed) is papered as well. I got lucky, the plywood was 18 inches wide!  I really like how this sets off the unit. You sure CAN NOT see it when the drawers are in, but it gives it a little unexpected detail.

Putting a back on this unit also keeps the drawers from sliding all the way against the wall. Now they all only go back the exact same amount of space & line up at the front just perfect. I can not stand stuff not being level, or inconsistent! So putting a back on this Trofast unit solved more than just a few of my little ticks!!

Cardboard Magazine Holders

I have a LOT of patterns. When I get my closet (in my new sewing room) I will have a shelf with just these magazine holders on it. Filled with my patterns. Well , they are pretty boring. So I trolled around on Pinterest & found a few ideas to cover them. With shelf liner paper.

I bought a bunch of these holders at Office Depot on clearance. I think I got like 36? Something like that. $1.99 for 3. They were on clearance because they are being discontinued.

I used a black & white toile shelf liner paper from the Dollar Tree. Each roll? $1.00 ! They are not large. Not for $1.00 !  18 inches X 54 inches per roll.  

I also put a little rectangle of chalk board paper right where the white blank space was. I failed to get a photo. But in the very first picture, where the white label box is? That's where I have the chalk board label.

This toile really ties the black & white theme together. I bought a bunch of rolls!!!

Shirt Quilt #2

9 patches. I'm making them scrappy, so no speed cutting in sets. 9 little 1.5" squares. I only do like 20 at a time because they are pretty boring & my hands start cramping up!

4 rows done, 5 to go! A piano key string border to go too! The angle of the string blocks is RANDOM, so if you're looking for a rhyme or reason of how they are set? Don't waste your time. Because there is not one!

This photo makes the blocks look so washed out. it must have been the lighting. I like this quilt best so far of the "shirts".

Monday, November 14, 2016

Shirt Quilt #3 / Only Half Way

Accountability people. That's what this post is.

Pattern is free from Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville website. I think she calls it Mountains Majesty. It's a Delectable Mountains variation. Whatever. It's an easy pattern. Easy to screw up too. I honestly don't think I have enough contrast between MY lights & darks, but it sure shows up fine in these pictures.

Cool. Works for me!

This is only HALF done. I need 7 more rows of 14 blocks each. Then I don't know if I'll leave it with NO borders, or if I'll put more Mountain blocks on, as the border. We'll see how enthusiastic I am when I get to that point! Here it's seen on a queen sized bed in our spare room. it currently touches the edge of each side of the BOTTOM of the quilt beneath it. Edge to edge on each border.

It's possible, I'll put my Shirt Quilts on hold thru Christmas, as I have SO MUCH to get done! I am trying to get some ornaments sewn for my daughters I am using the patterns from MMMCrafts, the "12 Days Of Christmas" series. She has only published thru 7:

I started last year & did a whole ONE ornament. I want to better than that this year. When I complete any, I'll post those as well.

As Always, Talk To Y'All later!

Shirt Quilt #1

This is the first quilt that I have finished. Made from men's cotton button up shirts. The green was a sheet.

It measures 89" X 104" ( I think. I measured it last night, wrote it on a sticky note & pinned it to the quilt top - but I simply can't remember what it is exactly!) It is, as yet, un-quilted. I am trying to use a flannel sheet as the backing & I need to make that flat sheet larger by adding strips of the fitted sheet to it. Still working on that.

I should have taken the picture with it on the bed. But I didn't. Oh well.

I wanted to knock a few of the "Shirt Quilts" out before I resume my unfinished projects again. That way, I'm not rushing to have something for the show next October.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

November. Already !

Wow. I'm a rotten blogger! It's been awhile since I've even thought about writing a post. Rest assured - I have been busy.

My daytime job has had some major new programs rolled out. Change is difficult. Necessary, but confusing. My EXACT job is changing. Morphing in to other things. Maybe bigger & better. Maybe not. I don't want to dwell on what might be pessimistic or negative. So I'll leave this subject with this end. this post isn't about my daytime job - just musings about why I have been so absent lately. Also - it's weighed heavy on my mind and my heart that a very dear friend of mine, her husband died in October. It's been rough for her. and the whole situation really hits close to home.

I HAVE been sewing. Lot's of sewing actually. In September, at my quilt guild meeting, I had suggested the theme & name of the October 2017 Quilt Show that my guild puts on. Well the theme was well received, but I also , sort of volunteered to chair the show. Yah. I did that. The theme (or name) of the Quilt Show for 2017 ???? "The Shirt Off My Back" You know....quilts made from shirts. Cotton shirts, T-Shirts...etc. Leave it to me to suggest a theme for which I have NO QUILTS!

Making quilts from men's shirts is a LOT of work! I have bought all my shirts from Goodwill. Mostly on the 99 cent days. Or the 50% off color of the day. Some have been incredibly difficult to cut up, such nice quality. But for 99 cents, I didn't have too much heartburn. I bring them home, wash them in hot water. Dry them in a hot dryer. Then remove buttons & cuffs & collars. I have a nice collection of shirt buttons now! then I remove the seams.

I have officially completed ONE  Rail Fence quilt from shirts & I am working on 2 more.  I made a Teddy Bear from a shirt too. He's so cute.

I am not going to post photos of my shirt quilts, as I want what I make to be a SURPRISE next year at the show.

I know one thing is for sure..........I am SO GLAD that I don't have to make all my quilts from repurposed clothing. It's very, very VERY time consuming!

So.........Once I have these 3 quilts completed, I will resume my pile of unfinished projects.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Red White & Blue - Lady Of The Lake #2 (#2 in finish for the month & #2 as in it's the same as another one!)

This quilt is the reverse colors of a quilt I made in March of 2011. This is a traditional Lady Of The Lake pattern - but I used "Belle Meade" by Red Crinoline Quilts for this one. In 2011 I made all the HST's for both quilts, but I only finished the one with red borders in October of 2011 - you can see THAT quilt in THIS post.  Where the 2011 quilt is RED, the 2016 quilt is BLUE. Red White & Blue being my favorite colors never gets old for me!

I finished putting the borders on this blue one over a week ago - I don't remember when I finished putting all the blocks together & setting them. The blocks maybe before I broke my leg (July 2015) and setting them maybe after I broke it...I don't remember zactly - but it's done nothing but rain for nearly 2 weeks (as evidenced by our VERY green grass!) and it's so big, I wanted to lay it out on the lawn. As you see it here, it is unquilted - the lawn is also not flat - our yard slopes.

As does most all Tennessee.

Had to get a shot of my baby Bourbon! I was afraid he'd get on the quilt! I got lucky. He didn't.

I love this pattern. You think? I mean this IS #2 !

This yellow sticky note says 105"x122"

All these finishes! I love it!
(Trying to clear up some of my un-finished projects!)


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Pineapple Sherbert 60"X87"

I bought the fabric probably 10 years ago.

I started the quilt March of 2016. It was supposed to have 12" blocks, cut with a specialty Pineapple Ruler by Possibilities. I chose to use the paper foundations from Edita Sitar's pattern On Eagles Wings. I like the smaller blocks.

Having bought the fabric SO long ago I was so scared that I would end up short. Some of the strips are pieced! I eeked out every bit I could. There is literally only teeny scraps left.

I still have about 22 blocks to tear the paper off the back!

(and the borders MIGHT be a little wonky....But I'm ok with that!)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sewing Room Cutting Table

On Saturday 7/09 we tackled creating my cutting table for my new sewing room. I only had a picture off pinterest as my inspiration & I'm pretty sure that they had used IKEA cube units. As you can see from the packaging, I used Wal-Mart cube units. They were about $10 less than the IKEA brand. These boxes have been sitting in this spot few months.

6 sets of IKEA casters. We only used one wheel off each set. You'll see why later!

In order to bring the cube units up tall enough to be comfortable to cut on, we built a frame from 2x4's. We connected the 2x4's with those Kreg Screws. Time consuming, but ultra strong!

Here is the frame with the metal runners that the casters attach to. The casters are designed to straddle the bottom of the unit & since we're putting the units back to back we didn't need the 2nd caster. so we chopped off the end with a metal grinder & then drilled an additional hole
Here you see the great (ha!) cutting job we did & the additional screw holes.

The table is too wide to fit through the door, we assembled it in my sewing room. I painted the 2x4 frame a high glass white & we screwed the frame into the units. There is actually nothing holding the units to each other!

Table top made from oak plywood, edged in oak. The edging is about 1/16th higher so that my cutting mat doesn't slide off.

We used little "L" brackets to attach the table top to the cube units. I need more Command Hooks so I can hang more rulers on the ends of the cube units where there are no baskets.

View from the hallway door.


This little project took slightly longer to construct than I anticipated, but it came out EXACTLY how I envisioned it! I am really glad that I chose to have the casters. I can push it out of the way or up against the other wall units. Right now, it's perfect where it is.

Have a Great Day!