Monday, September 29, 2014

two tops

The blocks for both of these quilts have been hanging around my sewing space for far too long.  It always feels so good to finally put them together.
I'm pretty happy with how this Glimma quilt turned out.  I think the sashing really helps...although I must say, the linen wasn't my favorite to sew with.  I love the look, but it's heavy and it shifts more than cotton fabric.  But, even knowing that, I'd probably still use it again.  It adds a pretty texture to the quilt.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I heart you!

I finally finished a quilt.  Feels like I haven't finished one in a while.  I think I'll blame the heat...it's just been too hot.  I baste my quilts in the garage, and just cannot bring myself to go out there unless I absolutely have to.  We had one day last week when it was kind of cool, and I got this quilt basted (my least favorite part of making a quilt).  
I've loved the idea of this quilt since I first saw Jolene's here.  It would look really cool on a bed too.
The quilt goes together really quick, once the squares are cut out.  I used 3 inch squares, so my quilt finishes at about 40in x 45 in. 
Quilted diagonally through each square, backed in pink, bound in black and white stripes.



Monday, September 22, 2014

hand binding

Allright, I never thought I would enjoy hand binding, or even choose it over machine binding, but lately I do.  Could be the extra time I spend in my car now that school and other activities are in full swing...the one down side::it makes my neck and shoulders SORE.

Also, I've decided to start a quilting/sewing/crafting specific instagram account.  You can find me @aquiltisnice

Thursday, September 18, 2014

chippewa

okay, I forgot about this quilt, when Allison first showed her chippewa quilt, I LOVED it so much and made one for myself (but I used larger squares, 5 inches).  I started this quilt top and finished it in less than a week.  Then we left town for summer travels and it was put away.  I need to put some borders on it and I'm debating making it bed size.  But not sure I want to hassle with such a large quilt. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

triangles

I'm still digging through projects and found this one.  Not sure why I haven't finished it, I love it so much.  It turned out exactly as it was in my mind.  The sun is washing the colors out, but I love them...yellow, grey, tan, and aqua.

Also, see that puzzle there, it's totally competing with my free-time/sewing time.  The puzzle seems to be winning lately.

Friday, September 12, 2014

glimma

I almost forgot about this quilt, but my cotton and steel quilt (the 16 patches), reminded me of it.  I started this one almost a year ago, finished all the 16 patches and laid them out and did NOT like it.  (It's beginning to sound like I dislike all the quilts I make...not true, just the ones I put away for a long time.) I quickly snatched them up and put them away--out of sight, out of mind.  Which is pretty much what happened.  I forgot about them, which is a good thing because I just wasn't feeling it. 
Then I stumbled on this quilt (I LOVE that quilt), and felt like my glimma quilt could be saved!  SASHING!  So I played around with a few colors, and I think this essex linen (flax) will make it work!  Yay.  I'm actually feeling pretty excited about this quilt now, which is a miracle, because I was not happy with it before.

Monday, September 8, 2014

cotton & steel quilt top

I finished my cotton and steel quilt top.  I made 16 patches, then sewed them together.  I used this method and it works like a charm.  Easier than sewing (and cutting) every individual square together, but still looks random.  It's twin size, so now I have to decide quilting.  Something easy...

**I've had several questions about the size of the squares.  They finish at 2 inches, so I cut them at 2.5inches.
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