Friday, April 10, 2015

Finish It Up Friday...From Tied To Quilted Plus Some

Yay, Finish It Up Friday is back :)
I was asked to do some quilting on a quilt that was simply tied.
A young lady made it for her grandmother and the ties were coming undone.
So I just did some simple quilting.
It is a beautiful quilt, in blue and yellow.  I didn't want to do anything to distract from her work so I did simply diagonal lines and then a bit of echo quilting.
Since it was tied I didn't have to do any basting, yahoo!

Since I finished that and another quilt I was mending for someone else I decided to do some just-because sewing.  I made some blocks that I signed up for in a block of the month.
I love the teapot block!
I also finished up the quilt top I put together awhile back out of someone else's applique blocks.
I didn't really trust their hand applique so I quilted over the leaves instead of around them.
I found a simple pale yellow, gardening fabric for the back.
Not sure where this quilt will go yet.  Maybe I will save it for our service quilt donations.

Alissa

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Easter Family Time.

Easter fun!
We brought some games along this year.  They made for great entertainment :)
There was Twister.
 Kenson and Quinn's Twister challenge.
 Worked well until the little guy decided to join in :)
 The adults refrained from that game.


 My beautiful mother!
 We did do a small egg hunt.  Gma brought some eggs filled with coinage for them to find.
 Kai wasn't terribly interested, he was more interested in finding the dogs.

 Who needs a basket?
 See!
 Then the kiddos did some kite flying.  It was pretty windy, but they got them going.

 I watched.

 We played 10 Days Across Africa too.
 We drew Derek in for the last round :)
A great day with family!

Alissa

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