Thursday, May 5, 2016

Vintage Sheet pull...

These are the vintage sheet winners for my soon to be started Maybellene quilt.  The pattern looks like this...


But I'm going to make a smaller, wall-size quilt.  I needed (18) 10" x 10" layer cake squares and (36) 5" x 5" charm squares.  I recently (and boldly) began cutting up my vintage sheets.  Here are the ones I pulled for the quilt...  I LOVE them!  I don't usually show fabrics like this, but vintage sheet lovers will appreciate the eye-candy, right??


I still have a giant pile leftover... this is ridiculous!  And those of you who collect vintage sheets know how difficult purple ones are to find.  The 70's must not have appreciated purple as much as I do!!

The remains... I'm pretty sure that I see a few more vintage sheet quilts in my future.  ;-)  My family won't use them (they have issues with "used" sheets, so maybe the quilts will end up in my Etsy shop. or hanging on the wall.  Who knows??



Junior is already shocked that I'm planning to take over his mancave when he leaves for college in two years and turn it into a giant longarm room.  He thought I was joking until I fully described the future of what he thought was "his stuff" in "his" room.  Some chalk painted furniture, new flooring and wall paint, my longarm, a seating area, large cutting table, etc....  Wow, I have lots of plans!!  If he wants to go away, do I need to keep his stuff in there as a shrine??  Nope....OK...off to do some school work.  Happy Quilting!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Lots of Vintage Sheet precuts....

If by "precuts" I mean that I cut them myself...they didn't come that way!!  LOL... I took about 50 different vintage sheets and cut them into assorted 10" layer cake squares and 5" charm squares.  This pile of fun is over 8" tall with them. I figure, using some math, that it must be 700+ layer cake and charm squares.  OMG...and this didn't even dent the stash of vintage sheets.


I may end up selling some sets in my Etsy shop.... I have really nice vintage sheets.  I mean r.e.a.l.l.y. nice sheets.  Bright, fun, etc...  I think I may make my Maybellene pattern in some of these this month.  Each block requires 1/2 of a layer cake square and 1 charm square.  We'll see....

...because I got side-tracked on another English Paper Piecing project.  Notice the capital letters--it's because EPP is that cool.  Yep, really old, old school is cool--don't doubt it's addicting properties.  ;-)

So on that note, I recently placed an order with PaperPieces.com for some jewel shapes and some enlongated hexagons (with the acrylic templates to match).  I know that I could cut these out myself, but life if too short for me to do extra cutting.  Who needs the stress??  My son just got his driver's permit and he is going to get my Jeep so letting him drive me around like Miss Daisy is enough anxiety for me each day!!

I'm going to do a jewel star sort of hexagon quilt from the new fabric line Summerfest by April Rosenthal.  Let me show you the fabrics...they are lovely!!


I'm sure you could tell that the soft rainbow-y goodness was a quick draw for me. I bought the charm packs online a few months ago from someone who picked them up at Sample Spree at market (and wanted to part with them??  Foolish...).  Then I ordered the jelly roll from my favorite online shop, Green Fairy Quilts (free shipping and low prices).  Now I really need the FQ stack...maybe for Mother's Day???  Here is what I've started so far...


I'm not cutting from charm squares (I'm using 2.5" strips), but I thought a gratuitous shot of them was necessary.  I'm supplementing with other fabrics from my stash that are in the same color range.  If I can do one hexagon block a day I might have a quilt by the end of summer!

Anyhow, that is what's up around here.  One month until school is over!!  21 school days, to be exact.  The teachers are way more excited to be out than the students ever will be.  I've been trapped in high school for over 30 years now!!  Let me out!!  Also, I think I only have about 402 days left until retirement (one more school year).  Awesome!

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Vintage Sheets again....

I decided that spring deserved to be honored with a nice vintage sheet quilt.  A few years ago I acquired lots and lots of vintage sheets--but they've just been sitting upstairs waiting for some attention.  It seems I get easily distracted by precuts....and vintage sheets are much more work to cut up because of their size.

So today I'm cutting them into more manageable pieces.  I'm using the grid created by the floor tiles to cut off strips.  As you can see, I'm not so accurate...but who cares, right??


Here is a 50 pound pile awaiting more sub-cutting....this will take me a week!


Honestly, I love the look of the vintage sheets, but family doesn't dig it.  The "ick" factor...but what do they know??  I've been cutting and my pile of 10" layer cake squares and 5" charm squares is growing.  Maybe I'll make a few rainbow packs to sell on Etsy...???

Anyhow, I'll let you know how it progresses!  Only 28 more days of school left this year!
Happy Quilting....


Thursday, March 24, 2016

EPP Rainbow Star Quilt....

I hand pieced this quilt top using EPP last year during the winter and never got around to quilting it.  But now I need a new quilt for my classroom so I busted it out and did some light custom quilting.  The first two pics show the accurate colors, but the next two show the quilting....



A little more shadow and the quilting pops out....The money shot!


I really like how it turned out.  And the quilting went pretty quickly....but I did do each of the stars separately--that was a pain!!  The loops in the white hexagons were easy...I started at the left side of the quilt and just went across the tops of a row, then circled back and did the bottoms once I hit the right side.  Easy peasy!!


I'm thinking about longarm quilting again for customers in my retirement....maybe.  ;-)  I've recently discovered SiriusXM radio, specifically the Bridge channel, and time passes rather enjoyably upstairs now.  I think The Bridge and I are soulmates....honestly, best.music.ever. if you are into late 60's to early 80's folk rock, mellow songs, etc.  Rebecca got it for her car but we can listen online as well or via an app for the phone.  I'm also considering listening to books on tape....that might make the time pass quickly.

Anyhow, I'm working on a new pattern.  The second run-through is being made now (can't show pics of the first yet, but it is great!).  And I ordered some awesome Alison Glass fabric, Sun Print 2016, for what I hope will be the cover quilt!!  Yeah....


Anyhow, more updates soon!!  Happy Quilting!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Alabama Fail....LOL....

Though I planned out the pattern for my Sweet Home Alabama quilt with vivid diagonals in mind, my first run through of the quilt was unsuccessful.  I used some pre-cut red, pink and aqua fabrics for the background strips and white/black squares for the cornerstones.  The problem is that the cornerstones didn't "pop" to create the diagonal effect.  The quilt is cute, but not "right"....


And an up-close money shot of the quilting...the panto is called Rhododendron.  I love it!!  But can you see the diagonals with the white fabric???  Nope....neither can I!!


And then I did the binding in a black and white stripe as a nod to Rita at Red Pepper Quilts.  The effect was awesome and made me love this epic fail quilt even more!  LOL.... The background is a cute Valentine sale fabric I found online--that is what tipped me toward the stripe binding.


And a finished shot in the backyard.  Definitely a nice quilt, but without the diagonals being done in a contrasting fabric, the whole Alabama block thing goes out the window.  I'll list it on Etsy and hopefully it will make it's way to a home someday....


Anyhow, I'm enjoying Spring Break right now.  We worked in yard and everything is blooming....we have the smell of Mock Orange permeating the yard and it is wonderful.  Ryan is composing music for an upcoming Great Gatsby party, Rebecca is golfing and I'm sewing.  It is just perfect....

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Sweet Home Alabama Quilt Pattern

I'm excited to show you my latest quilt pattern.  It is based on a block I saw on Pinterest--an Alabama block from back in the day.



My pattern includes the last round of pieces as sashing--this ensures that the quilt has uninterrupted diagonal lines, instead of a four-patch of cornerstones between the blocks.  Well, it makes sense to me....LOL....


The quilt uses jelly roll strips, though instructions are given for cutting from leftover scrap pieces.  Here is the back of the quilt pattern....


The alternate sizes vary from baby to twin size.  This quilt is perfect for beginners as it has no tricky piecing....just straight lines all the way!!  I definitely advise using a strongly contrasting color for the cornerstones.  In another post I'll show you what happens if you don't....LOL.  I learned the hard way!!


I quilted it using a new panto called Shasta.  I love the swirling daisies and whimsical leaves.  It is a lovely quilt and was quite easy to make.  The pattern is available for PDF download on Etsy here, or Craftsy here.

I've got another quilt in the works so keep checking back in with me...soon it will be Spring Break, then summer break then one more year until retirement!!  Yeah....

Happy Quilting!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Denise's quilt....

My "work wife", Denise, made a quilt for a friend's wedding and she wanted it quilted with the panto Dotti Dotti....the loops are 2" in diameter.  The pattern is from Moda Bake Shop--Frame of Mind quilt, jelly roll friendly.  Check it out...


Up close of the panto....



I think I'm going to start back quilting for customers.  Just panto work...no custom.  I just don't need the stress.  I've been updating my LogCabinQuiltery.com website to have a Longarm Quilting page with examples of my quilting.  You know, even though I've blogged and worked under the ZanyQuilter name for over 10 years, I just hate it.  But I don't want to give up all the work I've done on this blog to switch over to a new blog, even though I already claimed the LogCabinQuiltery.blogspot.com blog.  Oh well....change is hard, right??

I'm working on finishing writing a new pattern and making samples of another one...life is busy!!  But I'm loving it....Happy Quilting to you all!!