Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summer hand piecing

My sewing room is too hot in the summer, so I like to have some hand work to do. I received a whole bag of pre-cut plaid strips at a retreat, but have not done anything with them. 

I chose Bonnie Hunter's Nifty Thrifty from Scraps & Shirttails. I've adjusted the size to what I have on hand. I pre-cut my squares and away I go. One block takes an hour or so, just the time between supper and movie....there is no hurry for this project it takes as long as it takes, I will get it done whenever, and eventually it will be a gift or charity quilt.

It's at the quilter's!

Sunday, June 09, 2013

What is black and white and sleeps on quilts?


With Gwen's final Beaver Island Quilt Retreat coming up, I thought I should finish up a few projects I started at the retreats. I found my t-shirt quilt, all sandwiched and basted, ready to be quilted. I never got around to quilting it as I just didn't know how to quilt it. For 3 years it was in the just to finish it, I went with some simple "organic line quilting". All of wednesday I spent machine quilting, took a break, came back and there is Conan all curled up snoozin'! so cute! working on the binding hoping to finish it tonight!

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Nine-Patch Mystery Quilt

Spoiler Alert if you are participating in the LFQG 9-Patch Mystery Quilt!
Step one: buy 2 light and dark fabrics. I bought these last year in Elk Rapids.

Step 2: make lots of these, squares, rail fence, hour glass, half square triangles

Step 3: make 20x 9-patches in the designated colour for the month and trade with the other participants. We did this at our guild meeting each month.

Step 4: Now start putting them together in this formation:

 and more strips according to the diagram:

Step 5: arrange in a pleasing fashion:

Step 6: sew together...ok not quite there yet! still having fun arranging them in a pleasing fashion!

I think I have kept it sufficiently vague as I do not have the right to publish the instructions for this mystery quilt, but if you think your guild might want to try this mystery quilt contact Cathy at Eagles Wings Quilts.  It was a lot of fun, quite a bit of work as completed it will make a full size quilt!