Show And Tell Time

Seeing quilts makes me happy…that is why I share tutorials and ideas here in the first place.

And many of my readers very kindly share their creations to add to the quilting happiness in the world.

Patricia made this Twinkle Baby quilt for her grandson.

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Maryann created a Hundred Patch way back in 2014, but I didn’t post the picture correctly.  Here it is at long last for your viewing pleasure.

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Here’s another Hundred Patch, this one created by Karen.  I never get tired of seeing them.

Susan has finished her Desert (Calico) Rose quilt.  Including the binding that never seems to end.  I love it!

Karen made a LARGE (King Size) version of Film at Five.

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Paula has been handing out hugs by the hundreds–TWO Hundred Hugs quilts.  So happy!

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Carol made a K-Quilt.  She said she gets lots of compliments on it and I believe her!

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Tutorials for all of these quilts can be found in the TUTORIALS tab above.  Have fun!  Keep quilting!  Share more pictures!

 

Alternating

Currently I have two projects in progress that have alternating blocks.

First is the Sew Splendid Sampler quilt.  I stitched along, sort of.  Mostly I just did the pieced blocks, but I also added a few ideas of my own.  I knew I wanted a quilt at least throw size and the only way seemed to be to use alternating blocks.  So, the block I shared recently is my alternating idea.  This is how it looks laid out with the pieced blocks.

DSC00385The whole thing is a little  different for me.  I found myself with an abundance of 1930s reproduction fabrics and thought to use them on this quilt since it was all an experiment.  I don’t hate it, but I am not as confident in this range.

Next is the Jolly Christmas Quiltalong.  Again, I have mostly stitched along, but also added some outside blocks.  Again, I want a larger quilt, so I used her Poinsettia Block, slightly modified, as an alternating motif.  I plan to use sashing (color not determined) and gold cornerstones to extend the Irish chain effect.

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I like this one more, but I am concerned that the alternating blocks are taking center stage because of their bold design.

So many of my finishes lately have been quilts I wasn’t quite sure of.  That isn’t a bad thing, though.  Hopefully it means I am still learning and growing as a quilter. If you never try something that makes you at least a little uncomfortable, you aren’t going anywhere new.

 

Only One Partridge, Just Like The Song

The Jolly Little Christmas quiltalong is coming along nicely–but I must admit that I am glad there is only one partridge in this pear tree.  The smallest piece cuts at 3/4″ x 3/4″.  I like small pieces as much as the next person, but that is really small.

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It does make a perfect eye, though.  And my partridge is in that tree. And I am feeling quite successful.  And the alternate blocks are finished–all 13 of them.

Spring Break has afforded a lot more sewing time, and it has been put to good use.  Back to school on Monday…but that is days from now….

 

Batik Hollow Finished

In looking back through my records, it appears I started this quilt sometime in early-to-mid 2011.  I have no pictures of the first iteration.  It was ugly.  The second idea came from Kim Brackett’s Scrap Basket Sensations book.  I really liked the design, but it was still ugly.  Maybe not ugly to other people, but ugly to me.  How could I finish an ugly quilt?

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Well, I couldn’t finish an ugly quilt, but this isn’t an ugly quilt any more.

Bright colors helped.

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The perfect back helped.  The quilting helped.

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It’s all good and it’s all done.

ps–I am sorry to say that I cannot tell you what that perfect backing fabric is.  It came in a hand-me-down box and I loved it when I first saw it, but wondered how I would ever use it.  Then this quilt happened.  Some things are just meant to be, I guess.

Twin Pint Size Finish

The twin Pint Size quilts are finished.

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The “boy” version has scraps of green, yellow, red and brown.

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The “girl” version is green, yellow, pink and purple.

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It was an interesting challenge to use the same backing fabric for both and yet make them distinct.

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They will be delivered by Husband to his work in the near future.

If you are worried, “Will I like scrappy, or will it just be chaotic?” consider starting with a backing fabric you love.  Pick colors that stand out to you and then select pieces that match-but-not-too-closely.  If you look at these quilts you will see a wide range of each color, but they do coordinate.  The variety provides interest and texture only possible with scrappy fabrics.  And it really does work!

Do Two Pints Make A Quart?

In crazy American units of measure two cups make a pint, and two pints make a quart…and four quarts make a gallon.  It makes sense to us, but to persons accustomed to metric measurements it can be quite a mystery.  At any rate, and by any measure, I am pleased with these twin Pint Size tops.  Whether they add up to a quart or not, I do hope they add up to pleased parents who have quilts to match those two cute babies.

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The tops have two shared colors–yellow and green–and two different colors–one with red and brown and the other with pink and purple.

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It always surprises me how different colors work together.  All the colors, though, coordinate to the backing fabric.

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My goal is to get the tops basted and quilted this week. One step closer to a finish and delivery.

Off And Running In 2017

My husband’s manager delivered twins just after Christmas.  So, my first project for 2017 is a same-but-different twin quilt set.

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I am using the Pint Size pattern I recently created and they are coming along nicely.  I hope to have finished tops by the middle of the month.

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If I do two blocks a day, it is possible and that is a pace I believe I can keep.