Thursday, May 24, 2018

Orphan blocks

We probably all have some orphan blocks lying around that are too nice to throw away, but need a purpose.  This is one of mine.  It's a 14" block that I made when I kept seeing it online. The name of the block is Swoon, I think.  I love star blocks of any kind, so it appealed to me.  But I just never made any more to go with it.

It's been hanging in the corner of my design wall for a couple of years now.  So I decided that it was time to give it a life.  A little simple quilting and this is ready to be a pillow top. Now - if I can just find the leftover fabric to make a back for the pillow. I know there should be plenty of that rusty looking print and of the teal - hiding out somewhere in my sewing room.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Jelly roll block update

I’ve had several questions about the source of this block that I used in the jelly roll Christmas quilt, but it was something I saw on Facebook or Pinterest last fall and unfortunately I can’t find the original source again.  According to my post in November about the block it didn’t have a name, instructions, or even a size indicated on the site, so I just printed the photo and did the math myself because I really wanted to make the block.

My block is finished at 8" (8.5" unfinished).  So the 4-patch section is simply done with 2.5" squares. I had a jelly roll, so that is why I started with that size square in the 4-patch.  The other section is basically a half log cabin done with 1.5" strips.  The white corner is a 1.5" square.  So the colored round is a 1.5" square and a 1.5" x 2.5" rectangle.  The next white round is a 1.5" x 2.5" rectangle and a 1.5" x 3.5" rectangle.  And the final colored round are 1.5" x 3.5" and 1.5" x 4.5" rectangles.

This blue and white version is actually an experiment I did back in November to make it larger.  It used 3.5” squares in the 4-patch, and 2” strips for the half log cabin section.  It is a 12” finished block.  This block really could be made any size you wanted by making some simple calculations.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Design Wall Monday - Jelly Roll Christmas

I've been working on this Christmas quilt for several months.  It just kept evolving, which is what happens when you really don't have a good plan.  But the top is done as of this morning, and it's ready to quilt.  It turned out even better than I had hoped.
Check out some other Monday Design Walls at:
One jelly roll purchased on our guild bus trip to Missouri Star Quilting Company - that was the starting point.  I found this block online and it worked perfectly with a jelly roll.  A white on white background fabric was added.  Then I realized there were a lot of really light strips, so I bought the solid red and solid green to use with those.  It was still too small to be a good sofa throw, so I got online and ordered another jelly roll and a layer cake.  More blocks were made, but it still seemed just a little unfinished.  It needed borders!!
Part of the layer cake became the outer 5" border.  The solid red worked fine for the narrow inner border.  And I had enough of the solid green to use for binding so that is made and ready once I get around to having this quilted.
I now have about 6 quilt tops hanging in the sewing room closet waiting to be quilted.  I think it's time to take a couple more to my favorite quilter.    

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Jelly Roll Race II

The borders are on Jelly Roll Race II and it's ready to quilt.  The fabric I found at The Pin Cushion for the outer border has exactly the same purples and blues that were in the jelly roll, even though they are from different lines (and probably years) of Kaffe.  So it works perfectly. I love it.

The lime green looks yellow in the pictures but in the bottom photo it’s pretty accurate.  I had just enough of the green for binding, and for the cuff on a pillowcase. And there was enough of the border fabric for the main section of the pillowcase.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

My reward is a new project

This isn't a totally new project, but it is my reward for finishing some UFOs.  I've had this Kaffe jelly roll for a while and kept picturing a jelly roll race quilt using it.  Then I saw the variation with the squares in between the strips and knew that is what I wanted to do.  Check out Jelly Roll Race II at Missouri Star Quilt Company for a video tutorial.

So this week I purchased some lime green Grunge, and got started. 
The strips have all been sewn together, separated by lime green squares.  This pile is only part of the approximately 60 yards of strips.

Once the long strip was sewn into a shorter strip of 2, I wasn't sure about how it was turning out. At this point there were some doubts, but I knew I needed to keep going.

And voila - two strips were sewn into a strip of 4, then halved again into a strip of 8, then 16, and finally 32.  Once I had strips of 4 I could actually see the potential, and this turned out even better than I had hoped.  Now to add a narrow green border and a wider purple/blue border that was my purchase on Friday to finish this up.  Stay tuned for the final version! 


Friday, May 18, 2018

2 more UFO finishes

The Pink Pineapples are all done, and hanging by my back door for now. The light isn't very good there, but you can kind of see that the pink has a slight coral tint.  This wall hanging is about 20" square.  I want to hang it in my laundry room eventually, but need to find a slightly larger hanger for it first. 

And I finished the Sew Together bag that was my sample when I taught the classes over a year ago. This one was partially done for the class to use as a demo, and it had stayed in pieces far too long.  I notice that the quilting doesn't show up very well on this print.  I should have used red thread to quilt it.  Thread contrast needs to be kept in mind for future bags.  I'm kind of thinking that I may donate it to the family reunion silent auction at the end of June. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

A soft finish

This 20" pillow is the first actual finish for the month of May.  By Christmas I plan to have one of these made for each grandchild.  One down and 4 more to go.

Olivia's pillow will match her unicorn quilt that she got for her birthday. The unicorn fabric is on the back of the pillow and the front is made from leftovers of the quilt top.  I did have it quilted because I want it to hold up and keep its shape.