Monday, November 26, 2012

Easy Street Part 1

 I have my strips cut and have begun sewing! 
I think my solid gray is going to work out just fine. I was a little concerned but like the results. 
Bonnie Hunter has a neat way to show you how to have your seam allowances 'twirl' on the back. I tried it and it works great! To find out more about this pattern, click HERE! My color choices are in my  previous post.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Easy Street Mystery Quilt!

 I decided to try doing Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt one more time. So far, I've never seemed to have  gotten past Clue 1 or 2 in other years, or just gathering the fabrics. She suggested using paint chips for the colors IF you wanted to follow her color scheme, which I did. So, searching in my stash, here are the turquoises and aquas that I came across.
 Purples and violets!
 More purples with a touch of periwinkle it seems.
 Lots of limey green which I do like!
 These were my grays before I went by the quilt shop to get a color that worked better. I had some really light gray but nothing that I thought would work.
And now I'm trying a solid gray......I don't do solids much so we'll see. Guess I've been quilting so long that I remember the excitement when we got away from solids - lol!
And some black and white prints. Some others in my small group are doing this also so I think it will be fun. I cut some strips for step 1 so am ready to get started! 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Christmas Tablecloth

 It all began with four blocks that were made close to 20 years ago. Our guild had a Christmas block challenge using 3 fabrics. I entered the challenge and won four blocks. The crazy quilt block by machine is the one I made. For many years I've looked at these blocks but could not decide what to do with them - only 4. But this year..........I made a decision!!
I pulled all my Christmas scraps out, several of them are over 20 years and are even in the block I made. Some are very new that were given to me a year or two ago and very 'modern'. I decided to see if I could combine them and make an interesting quilt.
I used the book Happy Hour by Atkinson Designs and the pattern Triple Treat Petite, except that I made 12" blocks because that was the size of my 4 blocks. I just worked out the sizing in EQ7 as well as I could. Oh, and I ended up putting the 4 blocks on the four corners. I'll post another picture once it's complete but just wanted to share this now.
 Here is a very new fabric in the front and some very old fabrics right behind it.
 I personally like the mixture because of the memories it brings back to me of the different fabrics used in the past or given to me. Now it's quilted and ready for a red binding.
Just one more close up of the quilting design. We have placemats made by my mother-in-law with the candy cane fabric on the green background.........more special memories!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pretty Shades of Fall

 Still enjoying the beautiful colors of fall as the weather is turning right cool down here in the south.

If I had to choose a season, I think it would be fall or autumn! Color just inspires me and after a long hot summer, the cool crisp mornings are rejuvenating! Happy Stitching!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Quilts

 As so often happens when we hear of a storm or disaster, we want to help. Many years ago when Katrina hit New Orleans, my friends and I began quilting up a storm and actually made several quilts in one week to send to those without. Sweet Home Quilt Co. in Conyers, GA sent out a notice last week that they were collecting quilts and blankets from our area to mail to Bumblebeans Basics in New York. I took the above quilts last Friday to their shop and am working on another. See below:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fall Tablecloth & SBOW in Wool

 I recently completed the stitching on my last two wool blocks for the 'summer BOW'. I bought the finishing kit so now I have 6 more blocks and a beautiful border to stitch.
 Here is a close-up view of a tablecloth I put together this winter but just got quilted a few weeks ago. The pattern is Triple Treat Petite by Atkinson Designs in the book Happy Hour. I choose the colors and fabrics (all from my stash) by looking at the quilt on the wall which I made over the years of 1999 - 2004. It is called "The Great Unknown". It was a class given at a quilt shop were I worked and I bought the kit in the 1990s.
 Here are both of them together!
I think the color combinations in the quilt are some of my favorites that I would not have thought to put together on my own. I find if you buy fabrics you really like when you see them then they will just keep going with other quilts you have. Happy Stitching!