Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Barn Raising

I made this blue and while quilt in a barn raising pattern for my mother-in-law. It is made up of almost 600 squares.

 I quilted it with white thread and a loose stipple all over.

This picture is a little blurry. I took it in a hurry before I wrapped it and it was too wet outside for a photo shoot. But you get the idea of the pattern here.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Modern Stripes

This quilt was a Christmas present to my mother. I will be featuring all the Christmas presents I made over the next week.

 I used brown, tan, blue, and green. Colors to match her home.

 I pieced the back with leftover fabrics from the front and I love how it turned out. The result is a reversible quilt that looks as good on the back as it does on the front.

 I quilted it with all over stippling in a neutral thread.

Here is a full shot of the back. I had to get creative to piece enough together to make the back as I quickly ran out of fabric from the front but I like how it turned out.

And the reception was pleasing to all. Especially the dog!

(My trusty Brother sewing machine decided to give up the ghost recently. Thankfully after I had finished up my Christmas sewing. I will be purchasing a new one soon and will post about that later. )

Friday, September 30, 2011

iPhone Case!

 With the much anticipated turning on of a cell phone tower near our home we now have great cell phone service in our home! Husband and I decided to get new phones (we were using models that my pre-teen niece wouldn't know anything about!). I found this cute fabric on clearance at Hancock's Fabrics. It is by M'Liss and I just love it!

 Here is a pic of it all closed up and being cute!

Here it is open. I used Velcro to close it. 

Here is a peek at the interior fabric. It's also from the same M'Liss line. Adorable! I just love my new phone and cover!

I got the tutorial here.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pumpkin Pickin'! A Finish!

 May I present to you Pumpkin Pickin':

Edith though she added to the fall look

See the bird nest to the left?  Cute! 

Pieced back from left over pieces

Final resting place
This pattern comes from the 2008 Oct/Nov issue of Quilt Magazine. Free motion quilted. Poly batting. Machine applique.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fall is on its way!

We are having crisp nights and cooler days here in Kentucky! The beginning of September means it is time to decorate for Fall! Fall is my favorite season. All the beautiful colors, the farmers working to harvest their crops and the smoky smell of tobacco barns working overtime. The clean crisp smell of Fall is like no other smell and I'd rather be no where else but here in my Old Kentucky Home experiencing every minute of God's beautiful splendor. I hope you take time to reveal in this season. 

I've been decorating my home to welcome Fall and wanted to share some pictures with you. I made this wreath mostly from things I found at Wal-Mart on clearance last year. 


Here is my staircase with leaves and pumpkins:

 I fixed up a couple of these baskets with some random pumpkins, pine cones, and leaves.

I have never made anything quilty for fall because I never really had any fall fabrics. I changed that problem this year and am working on turning these cute appliqued pumpkins into a throw. I'd also like to make me a table runner and a table topper but we will see how far I get with those plans. Christmas is approaching fast I have to get to work on gifts!

Happy Fall Ya'll!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Triple Blessings!

A friend of mine is expecting triplets soon and I made these three adorable quilts for her much anticipated little ones: Harrison, Leah, and Cara. 

 The boy quilt was made using madras and flannel turtle prints. I loosely quilted it so as not to make it look girly and for extra softness on the flannel.

This one I quilted with my free motion foot and I used various prints. 

This one is also quilted free motion and much of the same prints in the other girl one so they would match, but not be matchy-matchy. 

From the ooohhh's and awww's of those in attendance of the shower and a few tears from the mom-to-be I know these quilts were well received! We all can't wait to meet the new additions!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Vintage Bricks Quilt

 I finally finished the bed size spring summer quilt that I had to put away because I got so mad at it!
 I made a pieced backing with vintage sheets and the bricks are also made from vintage sheets.

 This quilt is huge. It is the largest quilt I have ever done and I can't believe I actually got it shoved under my machine to quilt it. I way overestimated the top. I must have messed up some math somewhere (which wouldn't be beyond me!).
 See how it matches my artwork I had previously made for the wall? Now it is nice and summery!

Friday, July 15, 2011


I have been wanting to make new pillow for the couch for a long time and I finally got around to it yesterday. I used some upolstery fabric scraps that my Dad brought me after picking them up from a craigslist posting from a store who was cleaning them out to make room for new. 

Here is the before picture. These pillows came from a yard sale and I bought them with the intentions to use the pillow forms but they stayed on the couch for way longer than I wanted! 


 Here is the after! How cute are they? I am so pleased with how they turned out. I used this tutorial for the round pillows and I made the one in the middle by just cutting random strips and sewing them together.

 Here is the back of the pillow in the middle. It is reversible! The round ones have the same backing.

Close up of pillow in middle

Round pillow
Other round pillow

 Once I made those pillows, I had to made some new covers for the loveseat pillows! They needed to match! Here is the before...
 And here is the after! These are made with 16 4" squares and a 1 1/2" border. They are removable.

Loveseat pillow close-up
They make you want to just sit on the couch all day with them and tell them how much you love them!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Laying it aside

 Me and the quilt have been having it out discussing the idea of laying it aside and moving on for a while. After I made some mistakes like not making the quilt back big enough, sewing things together wrong, and general frustrations I have decided to put it up and move on to something else. I can't handle it right now! So, here is a photo glimpse of the finished top for you to view. I will return to the quilt after I have regained my sanity.

 I decided to mend some old quilts that have been needing it for quite a while. This one is an applique butterfly quilt pieced by my great-grandmother and (after many years finally) hand quilted by some ladies at my grandmother's church. I loved relaxing under it and sewing on it while thinking about where the fabrics came from and how my stitches intertwined with her's that she put in so many years ago.

I found little quirks in the quilt that I hadn't noticed before. It is hard to see in the photo but she had pieced a very small corner of back to complete the butterfly body. Such a small piece I probably would have cut the whole body smaller. I wondered why she had done that.

Some of the butterflies were in bad shape and some only needed a small stitch to keep it tacked down. This one was the worst. Here it is before:
 Here it is after I stitched it down and cut away the fraying pieces. I had to really alter the shape but at least it won't come off in the wash. This quilt now has its washing orders!

I also wanted to share this wreath I made. The whole thing probably cost me a dollar. I bought the vine wreath at a yard sale and got the flowers for free.