Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Quilt of Valor in Progress

I attend the free club which is held once a month at my LQS.  At our last meeting there was a block drive and sewing activity for Quilts of Valor.  I made these two 12 inch finished friendship star blocks out of scraps and stash to donate.

At the meeting we sewed several wild disappearing nine patch blocks to use as setting blocks.  I volunteered to finish up the quilt, so I brought all the blocks home.

We want to make the quilt 60 by 72 inches, so I needed more blocks to finish it up.

I will share the completed quilt soon. 


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Halloween Race

I pulled out a ziplock bag with my leftover Halloween fabric and scraps and decided to make another quilt.  I ended up deciding on making a race style quilt made from 4 inch cut strips.  The fabrics were so busy that I decided to lay them out on the design wall and sew each row individually. 

Half of the quilt top is pieced in the following picture.  I would sew a row and trim it to 59.5 inches before sewing rows together into sections.  It took longer than my favorite chunky race quilts, but was worth it to control all the fabric placement. 

This style of quilt perfect for using up the leftover fabric and scraps.  I had some odd size pieces from cutting out the hexagons for my Halloween Hex quilt.  Those odd pieces (including triangles and trapezoids) all worked into the quilt.  The scraps are my favorite part and Cheetah's least favorite part.  I only purchased 3/8 yard for the top and the minky for the backing.  I am amazed that one gallon size ziplock bag had almost enough fabric for this quilt top.  I did add a few solid scraps and almost solid scraps as well. 

I quilted it on the Bernina Q24 with wiggles in each row. 

The quilting was very quick and so much fun. 

The binding is the same as on Halloween Hex.  I love that diagonal stripe. 

The scrappy sections are my favorite part.  I felt so thrifty. 

The minky backing is my boys' favorite part, which is no surprise.  Ha!

I have been wanting to quilt a minky quilt with just wiggles for a long time.  I wish you could feel the awesome texture it gives the minky. 

I am so pleased with how the quilt turned out. 

Quilt Stats #213
Name:  Halloween Race
Pattern:  Scrappy Chunky Race Quilt
Fabrics Used:  Halloween leftovers and scraps
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Size:  About 59 by 73 inches
Date Finished: 2017

I now have five Halloween quilts and a (smaller) bag of Halloween string scraps.  I'm not sure if I will use them this year or not. 


P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar.  Check them out for more quilty inspiration. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October Decor

I had so much fun decorating this month with lots of quilts.  I didn't quite realize how much I had for the month of October until I scattered it around the house and took pictures. 

Here is an overall picture of my great room.

Mr. Bones, our glow in the dark skeleton, is by the stairs. 

Halloween Hex is on the sofa. 

The hexagon web is on the kitchen table. 

And the little Pun'kin Boy is in the hallway. 

Upstairs is Happy Haunting, an elephant blanket, and the wild quilting table runner. 

I had to steal the elephant blanket off of one of the boys' beds for this picture, but doesn't it look nice with Happy Haunting?  Needless to say, it got stolen right back by a different boy. 

I even rotated some mini quilts in my studio.  I hand pieced and hand quilted that little sunflower quilt over 22 years ago. 

I am also happy to say that my sweet husband helped me hang up some quilts and racks in the basement.  It is now decorated for fall. 

The Leafy Northern Wind is behind the sofa. 

Autumn Race is in the entertainment center with a reversible fall runner. 

Right now we can see Broomzelda. 

Right next to the entertainment center is a cute scarecrow quilt started by my sister-in-law and finished by me. 

I even have leafy table runners on the quilt cabinet and computer desk. 

My husband started teasing me and singing, "She uses quilts in all of her decorating..." Sung to the tune of "Gaston" from the animated Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  At least quilts are better than antlers! 

Just for fun, this is how empty the basement looked before. 

Yep, a crazy quilt lady lives here.  ;)


Thursday, October 5, 2017

My Mom's Zen Suedle

I mentioned earlier that my mom also took the Sue Patten class with me.  As part of the class she designed her own Zen Doodle/Suedle quilt.  She used stencils and traced rulers for her design.

I offered to quilt it for her and changed a few things along the way.  I quilted this on my Baby Lock Tiara so that I could quilt by color.  First, I quilted all the blue and teal that she wanted.

Then I added in the hot pink.

The background was filled last.  I did some wild quilting with different motifs including hearts, hooked spirals, flowers, and paisleys.  It went a lot faster than I was expecting.

I even added the binding for for my mom. It is a blue Northcott almost solid print.

I was pleased that even though I quilted by color and not from the center out that there were no tucks on the back.

The top fabric really is Kona Black, but I found it hard to photograh.

The back is the same as my Zen Suedle quilt, Fire and Ice.

 Here are some close-ups.

This really was a fun quilt to make for my mom.  If you enjoy free-motion quilting, you might really enjoy making a Zen Doodle/Suedle quilt.  Sue Patten recommends using a solid black or other very dark fabric for the top and adding color with threads.

My mom plans on hanging this quilt (which is about 42 by 54 inches) in her basement sewing room.


P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar.  Check them out for more quilty inspiration.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Heat Wave Table Runner

I was happy to find five red, orange, and yellow fabrics in my stash to make the table runner I wanted this month.  Some of these are Northcott Stonehenge, some are Northcott Toscana, and some were random in my stash.

This is my own design for a table runner.  It was inspired by the Piano Keys Table Runner designed by Connie at Freemotion by the River.  My table runner finishes about 66 by 15 inches.

I quilted it with a medium stipple in orange and white thread.

Both threads blend really well with the Stonehenge fabric on the back.

There aren't any tucks on the back, just wrinkles that didn't come out easily.  ;)

I bound the runner in the darkest red fabric.  I like how it frames the quilt.

The runner currently lives on the quilt cabinet in my great room.

This is my view as I come down the stairs from my studio.  I love it!

I originally thought of these colors as summery, which is why I call it my Heat Wave Table Runner.  However, I think this will also be good for fall.

I might turn the runner over to the pumpkin orange side for October.


P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar.  Check them out to see what other quilters are making.