Saturday, January 19, 2013

Ocean Currents

I finally finished my first batik quilt. It is a gift for my granddaughter, Amanda. I called this one "Ocean Currents" because of the colors in the quilt. I just love the blues, greens and purples. I hope she enjoys it!

Pattern Used

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

From Mom With Love

My mom made this for me. I hung it on the wall next to my sewing machine table. I just love it! Thanks, Mom!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

More Pillowcases

Nasty winter weather kept me tethered to the hotel this past weekend so I made two more sets of pillowcases for the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge.

Nothing special here...I used fabrics that were on sale at the local quilt ship. I did pink for girls and blue for boys. The quilt shop was supposed to take a shipment up to Sanford Children's Hospital in Fargo, North Dakota today.

Flannel Pillowcases

Cotton Pillowcases - Crossroads to Texas by Blue Hill Fabrics

It only takes me about 30 minutes to cut and sew a set of two pillowcases. Free patterns are on the Challenge website. What are you waiting for?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Man's BBQ Apron

For Christmas, I gave my brother-in-law, Jim, his very own BBQ apron. I found a pattern posted on The Purl Bee blog. I liked this pattern because the neck strap is adjustable, plus the pattern was quick and easy to make.

My local quilt shop had some nice western style prints so I chose the dark blue back with bulls and a red bandana print.

BBQ Apron

Jim is a very good cook and I hope he gets some use out of this BBQ apron.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Oh, But You CAN Take It With You

Earlier last fall, my local quilt shop had a tote bag made up that I really liked. It is perfect for retreats. You can take your project (or two or three), your 6x24 ruler (fits in one of the side pockets), your cutting mat, and more! There are four outside pockets and another large pocket inside, plenty of room for STUFF!

I decided I needed to make one for me to carry supplies back and forth to our weekly open sew sessions at the shop. I followed the pattern pretty much to a tee on this one.

My First Tote Bag

I liked my new tote bag so much, I decided my mother and sister each needed one. Back to the quilt shop for fabric for theirs.

For my mom's, I saw this lovely group of cabbage rose type prints in pink. They really reminded me of her. I decided to modify the pattern and use the stripe in the one fabric print as the "border" on the outside pockets. I also decided to add a zippered pocket inside the tote bag to hold smaller items that might get lost in the bag. If you are a woman reading this, you know how things disappear in the bottom of our purses. I wanted to help corral those little thimbles and valuables.

Mom's Tote Bag
I saw a beautiful purple/white/blue flower abstract print at the shop. The colors just screamed "SISTER!". I bought that and the blue coordinates. After I started working on the bag, I wasn't happy with the blue I had bought so I went online and found the purple coordinates instead. I am much happier with the purples than the darker blue. I also found a great quilt label at the Portland Quilt Expo last fall that I sewed inside. Along with a zippered pocket of course!

For her fabric, I also opted for the no-border look. I liked the color progression in the fabric. A border would interrupt the "flow", at least in my opinion. I got really brave on the dark purple pieces and did free-motion quilting using the leaf patterns as guides. I did a random progression across each piece of the bag. I was happy with the results of my first FMQ attempt.

My Sister's Bag

Label and Zippered Pocket Inside
My mom travels frequently so I know she'll get good use out of her bag. And my sister goes on quilting retreats and her bag will come in handy, too. I just know it was fun making and putting my own touches on their bags and giving them as Christmas presents.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Pillowcase Party!

I's been a while since I've posted anything here. I've been busy working out of town plus the things I have been working on were Christmas presents and I didn't want anyone to get a sneak peek!

One of the things I made as gifts this year were pillow cases. They are quick, easy and fun to make. Plus you can do a few extra for the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge.

Just for Me - Main Fabric is Scaredy Cats by Timeless Treasures

Bright & Bold - These went to my niece and her boyfriend to go with a quilt my sister made

Go Camping - Main Fabric from the "Are We There Yet" collection by Maywood Studio

For my sister and her husband - Fabrics from the Fresh Fallen Snow Flannel Collection by Maywood Studio

For my nephew to go with a black & white quilt my mom made for him.

These are the ones I made for the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge.

Flannel Fabric from JoAnn

Fabrics from JoAnn

Fabrics from Moda - Cuff Fabric is Magic Beans