This quilt has been a WIP off and on for years. I purchased the butterfly blocks more than 15 yrs ago as a quilt top. I wish I have taken a photo of the quilt top for documentation purposes, but alas I did not. The blocks were set together with blocks of yellow fabric like this photo shows which I did not find flattering. I undid the quilt and set the blocks aside — 16 of them, though I have only used 12 in this quilt. I like these fabrics, just not with the butterflies.
Soon after I sketched out a new setting which is close to what I have actually used. I found the fabrics I wanted to use — a dark blue with red roses for the sashing which I have since used in other projects and a beige floral with red, blue, and green which I used for other projects saving some for this one. Unfortunately, I did not save enough and had to “make do” with another fabric for two of the blocks. I ended up using the bottom left as the substitute fabric.
I have finished piecing the quilt top, made the quilt sandwich of top/batting/backing, and have begun the marking and quilting.
I will mark more area than I can quilt with one bobbin of thread, do that quilting, then mark more. I do this when I have to use chalk marking (for the dark areas) as I find it fades too much if I mark too far ahead.
This small quilt was made using 2.5 in squares (including seam allowance) of fabric left-over from other projects. The pattern is kite tails. It is machine pieced and quilted. The back is the same white fabric as the front.
The quilt has three shades of blue (a medium, a dark, and a light), three shades of pink/mauves (a medium, a dark, and a light), and two shades of purple (a medium and a dark).
I haven’t decided what I’ll do with this quilt yet. I may put it back as a reserve baby quilt.
A month or two ago I happened to see Clover’s Trace ‘n Create templates for E-tablet Keepers and the companion Keeper Shapers on one of my trips to Hobby Lobby to buy thread or batting or whatever else I might have needed. I don’t own an iPad myself, but one of my sisters does. It was an impulse buy.
Here’s my result
Here’s the inside (sans iPad)
Here is a YouTube video by Nancy Zieman showing how to make the E-tablet keeper.
I mentioned this as a WIP (work in progress) a few weeks ago. It is simply a pillow print used as a medallion in the center of a sunshine and shadows layout. It is machine pieced and quilted. It measures 42 in square. I donated the finished quilt to the Alzheimer’s Quilt Study Group.
Here is a closer view of the center piece
And here you can see the fabrics used in the sunshine and shadows area better
Here is the fabric used for the back
This dog bed is made using an old towel, an old pillow, and some canvas fabric. I’ll be giving it to the local humane society where they can use it for either a dog or a cat. I measured the pillow (20 in X 24 in), added a seam allowance and an extra quarter inch on each side so I could top-stitch from the each edge to help strengthen the seams. Here is the towel side.
And here is the back
I bought this pre-printed Batik whole cloth quilt top a few years ago (I think 2007 Nashville quilt show) from The Stencil Company. I finally got around to hand quilting it. The quilt pattern is Queen’s crown. Finished, it measures 16 in square. The quilting is difficult to see in my photos of the front. Here is the full quilt.
Here is a photo of one corner which shows the quilting just a bit better.
The quilting is much easier to see from the back
I now need to add a sleeve for hanging and a label.
Christine is a work colleague. She is having her first baby. I some how missed that she was pregnant until the baby shower was announced (well, in fairness to me, we work in different parts of the building and rarely see each other), so I didn’t have time to make a baby quilt for the shower which was earlier this week. I decided to knit this cute jacket in brick red (or Razorback red).
The jacket was knitted using Laura Edwards’ Lillie Baby Cardigan pattern and Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted Tweed. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.