Friday, January 28, 2011

Thank you...and a tutorial

to my sister who opened her house to me 
so I have a place to live.
So a thank you gift...a quilt...what else?!

My quilt was inspired by Kari Ramsey and her Moda Bake Shop tutorial.
I followed it through step #12. I made my borders differently.

Here's how I made it...

Select fabrics...

Origins by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics

perfect for her house
 1 layer cake
1 yard Grunge in Brown Sugar
...half yard each for inner border and binding.
2 yards Aromatherapy in Vanilla
from one of my favorite shops, Fresh-Squeezed Fabrics

Pair up squares and stitch 1/4 inch around all four sides.
I did one light and one dark.

cut diagonally twice

and ...voila!  four half-square triangles 

trim to 6 1/2 inches

that's a lot of trimming!


Lay out in a nice pattern and sew together.
I sewed four together with the dark to the center. 
This made a 12 1/2" square.
And sewed them in rows and then sewed the rows together.

Add borders, Brown Grunge was cut into 2 1/2 inch strips 
for inner border,
measure strip length after you have sewn the squares together.
Floral was cut into 6 1/2 inch strips for outer border,
same here, measure after first border is sewn on.

Make your quilt sandwich then quilt. 
I quilted 1/4 inch away on all seams
Add your binding and you're done!
My finished quilt measured 60X72.

Then I  made this...actually two of them.
This is a table my dad made, we both have one, so they're on each side of the couch.
This is Sandi Andersen's  Candle Mat pattern from here.

I added a one inch inner border and a two inch outer border,
there's enough left over from making quilt. 

The table is from Norman Rockwell's Santa at his Desk,
it was on the Saturday Evening post Magazine, 
my dad drafted the plans for the table from the picture.
My dad also made the lamp...he's a crafty guy.
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, January 24, 2011


 if my partner will like it.
Here's what I came up with for DQS so far...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


I also joined a towel swap. 
My month to do towels is May.
Here's what I received in the mail yesterday from Cindy:

Our postcard theme was circles and/or triangles.
Here's the awesome post card from Isabell, she lives in the UK:

And the fabrics I used for the Robin Rowers:

 Can't show the row yet until she receives it.

This is the row I did for myself:

 and a close up:

All for now....Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Busy, busy...

Whew! Finally done with my move from NC to IL. 
Still working on getting all my stuff organized, 
nothing like a move to find out how much junk you have, lol.

Last year or two has been rough,
ready for some smooth sailing now!

This will be a busy year quilt wise.
I belong to the 4X6ers, that's every other month.
The Robin Rowers, that's every other month too.
Joined: Birdie Stitches BOM,  
All of these have Flickr groups.

And ....tada....
I got picked for DQS #10!!!

My goal this year is to tackle my huge(I do mean HUGE)
pile of UFO's.
My other goal is to make sure I photograph everything I make
and blog about it!

Happy New Year!