Monday, March 30, 2015

Finish It Up Monday?...Purple Chevron, Baby!

I found myself working with purple again!
A co-worker asked if I could make her a rounded quilt for her soon-to-arrive bundle.
They got a round crib and couldn't find a quilt to go with, so I did my best!
 She gave me free reign, but asked for purple, gray, chevrons and polka dots.
I accidentally made the circle too big so I had leftover chevron pieces.
I decided that I'd just use them on the back.  It really could just be a reversible quilt!
 Yay, for my new labels :)

 I had lots of leftover strips when I finished.  I wasn't actually working from a pattern so I over cut a bit.  I just sewed some of the extras together for another little matching blanket.
Both of her girls will be "K" kids and so I machine-appliqued a "K" in the corner.
 The second blanket doesn't have any batting, just the two layers.  I did a stitch and flip with it to make it go quicker.
Fun stuff!

Alissa

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Grandma's Quilt With a Big Roll Finish!!

Yay, I finished a quilt!
I bought this a charm pack several months ago on a whim.  As I looked at the colors and designs it made me think of my grandma.
I decided it was time to make a throw quilt for her.
 I had fun finding some fabrics of my own to throw in the mix in order to have enough squares for this disappearing nine-patch pattern.  That black and white polka dot really stands out, but it was actually a part of the pack!  The crazy border fabric was actually a square dancing skirt that grandma gave me to use the fabric.  I thought that it would be fitting to use it for her quilt.
 She is always cold and using a blanket.  I decided to back it with a minky fabric since it is heavier and oh, so soft!  It is red, although it looks a bit pink in this picture.
 I embroidered a little message in one corner for her.
 I also added a tag.  I've been meaning to make my own tags for a long time.  Last week I finally did it and managed to get 4 goods ones out of the sheet of 20 :S
 I quilted in the cream sections with just the top and batting so I wouldn't squish a lot of the minky pile.  Then I added the backing and did simple diagonal lines in a red cotton thread.
 I think she liked it :)!
I have used up most of my batting scraps and small pieces in several smaller projects lately.  I also have gotten tired of ordering the pre-cut battings.  I decided it was time to just get a roll!
 This massive box arrived last Friday and I'm excited to get to using it!  I went to order it and discovered it was half off and then I had a 15% off your total order coupon.  Hurray for bargains!
Alissa

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Emily And I...A Finish!

A friend from work has been coming over to do some denim sewing in the last few months.
She's moving soon so we had to hurry and finish up her second jean rag quilt.
It turned out great!!!
Being a blue lover I love the colors she chose from my stash :)
It was a fun project to work on together.
I finished something too, last week!
This is the back of a throw quilt requested by a high school classmate of mine.
She needed a green quilt with a foot pocket for her son.
I was sewing away and looked at the wrong numbers and made it too big first.  So I used the strips and pieces I had to cut off to add to the backing.  I wanted something simple and not to fancy.  I used the simple strip quilt method.
Hurray for finishes AND for visits from friends :)  James and Aubrey were passing through on their way to Missouri.  I didn't think to take a picture until they were leaving at 6am so disregard my sleepy morning appearance :)
Alissa

Friday, February 20, 2015

Finish It Up Friday...Chevron Pillow

I only have one finish to share.  I showed the progress a few posts back.  The half-square triangles were leftover from a baby quilt I made for a co-worker. I used up the scraps and gave her the pillow.
 The back is a crazy print someone gave me.  It is bright pink cabbage heads with orange roses?  I didn't use any of the orange in the pillow front or the quilt, but it works fine for the back.
Alissa

Friday, February 13, 2015

Finish It Up Friday...Purple Herringbone Throw

I was asked recently to make a purple, throw-sized quilt.  I agreed and then looked at the purples in my stash...hahaha I don't have much purple.
I had to do some fabric shopping!  Thanks to Connecting Threads I filled up and didn't break the bank.
Here she is, in all her purple glory!
I've been wanting to try out Maureen Cracknell's Herringbone, Quilt-As-You-Go pattern for awhile and this looked like a great opportunity.
It was a super quick quilt to make! I made a little pillow to go along with it since there were some left over strips.
I'm not the biggest fan of purple, hence the lack of it in my stash, but it turned out beautifully!
I used my favorite of the purple fabrics for the backing.  Isn't that fun!?

She asked for a foot pocket on the back.  I'd never done one, but it was pretty simply addition.  I did it in flannel to add some cuddly factor.
This quilt made it to its new home today!  I know it will be enjoyed :)

Alissa