Thankful For Finished Quilts

Before leaving town to visit family for the Thanksgiving holiday, Sparkle Jane and I worked really hard to get several baby quilts ready for binding.  Ten hours in a car is a great time to stitch.

We took six quilts with us and returned with six finished.  YAY!  This brings our 52 in 2015 count up to 43 complete.  There are several more waiting in the wings.  I really think we will make it before the end of the year.

If you look closely many of you will see donated pieces of fabric lovingly shared.  THANK YOU!

You can see all the finished quilts and read more details on the project in the 52 in 2015 tab above.

 

Six Squared Rainbow

Sometime in 2011 I started sewing together rainbow colored 2″ squares.  Over the next years I mentioned the project from time to time.  HERE I had three blocks finished.  HERE it made a Works in Progress List.  HERE is another update.  The top was completed in 2013.

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Well, the whole thing is done now.  Took me long enough.

But it is worth the wait–I LOVE THIS QUILT.

And, look at the backing–totally unnecessary gorgeousness.

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Tara did a great job on the quilting.  I sent her an ugly little sketch, and she sent me back this!

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I have no idea what I am going to do with it, but I am certainly relieved to be a the end of this particular rainbow.

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ps–The quilt finishes at about 80″ square.  I am not doing a tutorial for this one.  It has been too long and I am ready to move on.

CALICO ROSE QUILTALONG: Show And Tell Phase 2

The Calico Rose Quiltalong was a success beyond my wildest dreams.  How do I know?  Because all of you keep telling me so by sharing your pictures of finished work and works in progress.  They are all so beautiful it makes me want to start another one!

Here is some inspiration…

Karlai has a beautiful color scheme and wonderful quilting, too.

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Charlene shared her top.  She had such a good time that she has convinced two friends to give it a try.  They are cutting and collecting 2″ squares.  YES!  Spread the quilting obsession…

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Julie worked her way to a beautiful finish and used some leftover squares to make matching pillow cases.  What a clever idea!  Around here I sometimes say there is no leftover fabric, just fabric that hasn’t been used yet!

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Emma has a finished top (currently seen doubling as window covering).  I like the pops of orange.

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Veronica did the large (7×7) size and says it fits her queen size bed perfectly.

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Thanks to all for sharing their lovely work.  If you have a quilt or an update, send it along!

Christmas For The Grands: Twin L.

The second half of the twin set L. and V. is a 3-1/2-year old boy who loves his cars, tools and other noisy and construction oriented things.  Some of you might remember that last year he got a tool belt.

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This year’s gift is a little different…All rolled up…Guess  it…

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This year he gets a car caddy race track. Don’t you want to play, too?!

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Thanks to this very good tutorial, I was able to whip it up in no time.  I did a number of tweaks, of course.  The main one was changing out the felt track for canvas and iron on tape.  The track is now smooth and fast for those little cars.

Christmas is still a month away!  How is this granny going to wait?

CALICO ROSE QUILTALONG: Show And Tell (So Far)

The Calico Rose Quiltalong has been a terrific success.  While I hope you have all enjoyed yourself, I am certain I have received the most benefit–It was a great push to take the time to write down this design idea.  Good motivation.

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Here is the finish–of this one.  The original LARGE Calico Rose is with the quilter and I’ll share it when it comes home.

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Possibly my favorite part of this quilt is the back:  CHICKENS!  I allowed this to set the colors for the front.  As wild as the colors might appear at first, there is a plan.

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As a finale, we have many versions and variations of Calico Rose to share.  As you may remember, the original quilt was based on 2″ squares and offered in three different sizes–SMALL (3×3 layout), MEDIUM (5×5 layout) and LARGE (7×7 layout).  Many readers were also interested in using 2-1/2″ squares as a foundation and have created MEDIUM (3×3) and LARGE (5×5) versions.

Following are some of the Calico Rose quilts created so far.  If I missed yours, I am sorry.  Please send along a reminder (and pictures) and I will add your creation as soon as possible.

Here we go!

Nora created this 3×3 version using 2-1/2″ squares.  She is working on a large one, too, but the borders aren’t quite finished yet.

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Judy also used 2-1/2″ squares and added an extra dimension with two different backgrounds. I like it!  She also plans a second quilt.

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Jennifer chose controlled scrappy for a dramatic version that is completely finished and, I believe, already with its new owner.

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Jennifer in PA (a DIFFERENT Jennifer) used 3″ squares (’cause that was what was in her stash) to create this 76″ Calico Rose–NICE!  It has been gifted to her friend Eileen, who loves purple.

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Lynn tried several new ideas–she made it MEDIUM wide and LARGE long (5×7) with a different, less lacy but very effective border.  That used a lot of her scraps. Eye catching!

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Lee Etta completed the center of a 5×5 and shared it with her scrap quilting club. Sounds like my kind of club. Sad that it meets in Missouri.

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Patricia just didn’t get quite enough from a LARGE and added additional borders to make it king size. You go girl!

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Rutigt shared her top–borders to go!

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Susan is still in progress–oh, those borders!

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Bonnie, too, is working on borders.  Sorry that there are SO many pieces, but it was all I could see when I looked at it. Plus, think of all those scraps you are using up.  YAY YOU!

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Several others are working away, but I don’t yet have pictures.  This includes Emma, Veronica, Charlene, and, possibly, YOU.  Don’t be discouraged.  It is OK.  This isn’t a race.  Everyone who finishes is a winner.  After all, you will have a finished quilt.  And, that is a pretty good prize.

Thanks to all for your kind words, support and sharing.  This was FUN!  Let’s do it again soon.

How Many Trees Make A Forest?

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I sure hope so, because a forest quilt is what was intended!

This was my happy project this week.  I built nine super scrappy blocks using THIS TUTORIAL.   There are more than 40 different green fabrics and a wide assortment of brown/tan/gold/orange in the trunks.  You might not think of orange when you think of tree trunks, but I think it adds interest and whimsy.

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I added a 1-1/2″ strip of background fabric on alternating columns to give a more organic or natural look to the layout.  I have second-guessed myself several times thinking maybe I should have made it offset a little left and right, too, but it is pretty good as is.

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This counts as one of the 52, but is intended as a gift for Kevin (now known as Max),  our newest grandson.  He is doing better every day.  We trust that continued love and work will help him overcome his rough start on life.  Thank you all for your support and prayers.

Two-And-A-Half Cats

This little quilt (32″ x 32″) is made from more squares leftover from experimental quilt ideas that didn’t go anywhere.

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The size was determined by the backing fabric.  I was given a small piece (34″ x WOF) of this wonderful cat fabric and it felt like exactly the right thing.

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Babies are small…at least in the beginning.

In all there are 256 2-1/2″ squares…and cats.  And they are now a quilt…Ta-dah!

Crosswalk

Another baby quilt: Crosswalk. This was in the pile of completed tops and your encouragement helped me towards a finish.

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It isn’t my favorite, but it is done.  It is somewhat similar to the Growing Up Odd quilt, which I love.  In fact, it is on the bed in my guest room right now. But,  I don’t really love this one.

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I think the issue is either scale or not enough repeats to give it the “cool” look. And, that just has to be OK.  I give myself permission to experiment and try new ideas.  It is unrealistic to expect 100% of them to be wonderful.  But each one has value, even if only in experience.

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Very Cherry

My plead for motivation yielded good advice–think about others.  That helped, and I was able to get myself in gear.

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That brought Very Cherry to a finish.  YAY!

This is #21 for the 52 in 2015 project above.  You can check our progress there anytime.

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Thanks to all for your suggestions.  I know where to go for support and a kind kick in the pants (when needed).

TUTORIAL: Quarter Turn Quilt

While fat quarters are justifiably popular, this baby quilt takes a straight cut quarter yard and creates a quilt around it.

QUARTER TURN BABY QUILT

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37 or 38″ x 40-1/2″

MATERIALS

1/4 yard straight cut Width Of Fabric (WOF)

8 assorted  coordinating 2-1/2″ WOF strips

16 assorted coordinating 5″ squares

1/2 yard background fabric

1 yard backing fabric (or as required for quilting technique)

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1/3 yard binding fabric

CUTTING DIRECTIONS

1.  Take a good look at your 1/4 yard cut.  Mine was probably end of bolt and not square cut.  So I had to trim a little off.  Do what you must but leave it as wide as possible.  Mine ended up 8-1/4″.  That is why I show a variable finished size for the quilt.  Just leave all you can.

2.  From the background fabric cut 16 5″ squares.

3. From the background fabric cut 4 1-1/2″ strips WOF.

4. Cut ALL WOF strips to 40-1/2″ wide.  This includes the quarter yard, 8 2-1/2″ strips, 4 1-1/2″ strips.

CONSTRUCTION

1. Create the pinwheel blocks.  I used a quick technique that I first found HERE.  Lay a background and a colored square face to face and stitch all the way around.

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Then cut them diagonally twice.

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Iron open and lay out in a pinwheel shape and stitch the block together.

WARNING:  This technique is quick and effective but results in all the outer seams being BIAS.  Starch helps.  Very gentle handling also helps.  While there are other ways of creating these pinwheel blocks, you might want to try this one if it is new to you.  She doesn’t trim the “ears” off the edge.  I am not sure why because it adds so much bulk.  Take a minute and do that.

These should be 5-1/2″  square.

2. Arrange the pinwheel blocks (all 16 of them) into two rows of 8 each and assemble.

3. Lay out the entire top following the guide picture below.  You have 2-1/2″ colored strips, 1-1/2″ background strips, two pinwheel rows and the original quarter yard.

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4. Sew it all together.

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5. Quilt and bind as desired.

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6. Ta-dah! A quarter yard has turned into a quilt!

I can see myself making more of these.  It is quick, satisfying and can use a lot of those “good” pieces I have had sitting around waiting for the right idea to come along.  This  quilt  is part of our 52 in 2015 project.  Instead of fabric waiting for an idea, it is now a quilt waiting for a baby.  I call that an improvement!

Quarter Turn Gallery

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We hope these will find a set of twins.

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