Thursday, December 31, 2015

Lately... Sweet Home Alabama quilt...

I've had this pattern in my sketchbook for a while now...the block is based on an old Alabama block that I saw on Pinterest.  My quilt is slightly different in that the final group of pieces that go around the outside of the block become the sashings...


For the first test run at the pattern, I used red, pink, aqua with white cornerstones.  But the problem was that the white didn't stand out enough to make the diagonal lines clear.  Darn it!  It is quilted with a panto called Rhododendron....


You can see in the next picture how it all just muddies together....but I'm trying it with a new color combo--maybe I'll find a winner!


It's still a cute quilt and will be for sale in my Etsy shop soon, but crap...bad cornerstone color choice!  Anyhow, that is what is going on at my place this Winter Break.  Four more days until I'm back at school....Happy Quilting!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Twinkle2 Finish....

Yep, I've been busy with school (and some chalk painting) and just got around to quilting my sample quilt for the Twinkle2 quilt-along last summer.  I actually dug into my sacred Denyse Schmidt fabrics for this one....



The panto is called Party Streamers and I really like the texture it added to the quilt--without being gender specific....


I'm doing a quilt gig/thing at Quiltique in January so I'll show this one as an example and then it will go up for sale in my Etsy shop...

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Chalk Paint Renovation--Ryan's Room

Since we were on a roll with chalk painting, we decided to repaint Ryan's furniture and give his room an update.  He is 15 years old now and really into music, band, theatre, etc...His old room was decorated in a cabin theme, complete with a resin moose head!  New room theme is modern teenager, I guess...check it out...



The old quilt on the bed was made from upcycled shirts, the new "quilt" is from Kohls...OMG!
The paint is Annie Sloan Graphite with dark wax over it....same furniture, all new look!




He has been away at DisneyWorld in Orlando all week on a band trip and the "big reveal" on the room will be tonight when he gets home, dead tired, at 10 pm....I hope he likes it!!


Friday, November 27, 2015

Chalk Paint Kitchen FINISHED!

We've been slowly repainting our old oak kitchen cabinets in Annie Sloan Old Ochre.  We did a bit of distressing and applied two coats of clear wax.  Here is a before shot, and some after pics...






We are also repainting the cabinets in the adjacent laundry room.  We figure the total cost of this project, close to 50 drawers and cabinet doors, including paint and new hardware, was around $500.  A win for our family!!  This has been keeping me from sewing the last two months...

Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Fall tablerunners...

I sold one of my fall tablerunners on Etsy last week and decided I should quilt up the others that were waiting for finishing.  I did them all on the same loaded backing...


I did a leaf in the center of each log cabin block with wavy lines leading away and into the next block.  I could do two blocks without stopping...


Anyhow, I'm going to get them bound this week and up in my Etsy shop ASAP.  I also have some Christmas ones that need quilting...don't you think I should get on those as well??  LOL...

Happy Quilting!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

AS Chalk Paint Kitchen Renovation...

I haven't been sewing the last two months because we've been repainting out kitchen cabinets.  They are the old, 1980's orange oak and they really clashed with the granite countertops the prior owners installed.  We're using Annie Sloan Old Ochre, with some distressing, and clear wax.

We are working the kitchen in stages and are almost done.  Next, the adjacent laundry room and eventually the downstairs guest bath...some before and after shots.

The pantry and some uppers...


The island, and fuller kitchen shot...

We are just finishing the bottom cabinets and I'll have a complete kitchen pic by the end of the weekend, hopefully...It has been a damn disaster in our kitchen since early September.  We plan on doing the floor a dark wood-like planking (maybe porcelain tile) to contrast with the cabinets.  The granite looks much better now.  There was no way we could afford to replace that much granite--it continues into the living room around the fireplace, and little bench window, the guest bathroom countertop, etc...

We are happy, but tired of painting!  Our estimate for the whole project, including paint and new hardware (hinges and knobs/handles) is about $500.  And this will include the laundry room as well...well worth it!  Annie Sloan paint rocks!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

I'm a Procrastinator....

Yep, I waited until the last minute to finish piecing this Band auction quilt...I finished piecing on Friday night and got it loaded and quilted it this morning.  I have to turn it in to the head of the auction on Monday...


The saddest part of this story is that I knew I had to do it for a year and I had all summer to get it done.  There is another part (the kitchen painting project) that I'll save for another post--maybe that will be a good excuse for why this is so late.

An up-close shot--quilted with the froggy hand looking panto knows as Classic Stipple...LOL....made entirely from recycled shirts.  I like to call them "vintage plaids" so as not to offend the sensitive people who don't want to wrap up in someone else's old clothing...hahahaha....


I'm off to bind this masterpiece...or delegate the binding to Rebecca ;-)  Yep, that's the plan...and re-watch Whiplash (a great band movie with Schillinger from OZ back to his old tricks)....

Happy Quilting!



Saturday, August 22, 2015

Green Valley HS Quilt...

I have plans to quilt my Twinkle2 QAL quilt this weekend, but I MUST get this charity quilt done for Ryan's Pasta Dinner and Silent Auction fundraiser.  The dinner is the first week of October and I made a quilt and gift basket last year that made a few hundred dollars, so I'm doing the same this year....


I pulled my coveted shirts out of the closet and started cutting squares.  I'm going with a simple layout since it needs to be boy/girl friendly.  Let me show you the school logo with our emerald green/blue color scheme...

There will be 1" strips between the squares so it will look like a GVHS checkerboard!!  LOL...it is our 25th anniversary at GVHS as well, so a green/blue color scheme might appeal to a former Gator student...who knows??  I'll show you more as I progress...

We start school on Monday the 24th, so I'll try to post when I can, but the year is busy again!!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Twinkle2 QAL: Attaching the Borders

It looks like we are to the final instructions in this QAL--attaching the borders!  In order to make the stars appear to "float" on the background, your sashing pieces and borders should be done in the same fabric.  We will be adding 2" (finished) borders to each side of the quilt body.

When looking at your quilt top so far, let's assume the shorter sides are the top and bottom, and the longer sides are the left and right sides.  We will attach the side borders first...


Sew the 2.5" x WOF strips together end to end.  We will cut our border strips from this super long strip.  To determine the length your need for the sides, first measure YOUR quilt sides.  If your blocks turned out 11" (finished) and you add the 1/2" for the seam allowance your sides should measure the following length (depending on how many blocks you have)...

3 side blocks:  33.5"
4 side blocks:  44.5"
5 side blocks:  55.5"
6 side blocks:  66.5"
7 side blocks:  77.5"
etc...

But if your sides aren't quite exact, cut the borders to match YOUR quilt!!  Pin the borders to the sides of your quilt and sew...pressing the seams outward toward the border.




Next, we will attach the top and bottom borders.  Once again, measure YOUR quilt top to get the length, but if the blocks turned out 11" (finished), and you added 2" for each side border, and the 1/2" for the seam allowance, your top and bottom should measure the following length...

3 top/bottom blocks:  37.5"
4 top/bottom blocks:  48.5"
5 top/bottom blocks:  59.5"
6 top/bottom blocks:  70.5"
etc...

But if your top and bottom aren't quite exact, cut the borders to match YOUR quilt!!  Pin the borders to the top and bottom of your quilt and sew...pressing the seams outward toward the border.


Woohooo!  You have another quilt top to quilt!!  Some of you might quilt your own on DSM, or send out to a longarmer, or tie off, or hand quilt--whatever works for you!!  I'd love for you to send me pics of your finished tops so that I can post them on my blog.  I'll get this one quilted and post up a pretty pic in the next week or so...hopefully!

I really hope you enjoyed the QAL (which ended up being more of a tutorial due to the warp speed).  I think I need to do more of these in the future, but at a slower pace...LOL.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Twinkle2 QAL: Sashings and Top Assembly....

Wow, this has been going fast, right??  But I have to start work on the 19th so I've got to get this written!!!  Don't worry if you can't keep up, this might be more of a QA (Quilt After) than a QAL (Quilt ALong)...Here are my star blocks (I'm doing the 12 block quilt).


I love including the sashing in my block.  First, I don't like sewing sashings after I've finished by block (just takes too long) and I like the staggered, sort of drunk, look of the blocks with uneven sashings.  If you haven't tried this method, you might find you like it!!  We will be adding sashings, and the cornerstone, to two adjacent sides of the block (this keeps the block square!)...not the two opposite sides like traditional sashings.


First, sew your cornerstones to the short side of half of your sashing strips.  Press the seams toward the sashings.  At the same time, sew a sashing strip to one side of all of your blocks, pressing the seam toward the sashing.  This should use up all of your sashings.


Now, attach one of your sashing/cornerstone units to the adjacent side of one of your blocks, pressing the seams out toward the sashing.  The block should be square and measure 11.5" x 11.5".


Finally, we will lay out the rows for the quilt body.  Pay close attention to where the cornerstone is located (that determines if your block is set correctly).

Odd Rows (1, 3, 5, 7...):  Cornerstone upper left, lower left, upper left, lower left....

Even Rows (2, 4, 6, 8...):  Cornerstone upper right, lower right, upper right, lower right...


Lay out all of your blocks and sew first into rows, then sew the rows together.   I pressed the seams of my rows towards the sashings, then I pressed the rows together, once again, pressing toward the sashings.  At the block corners, I sort of pressed it open/swirled it to reduce the bulk.

Disclaimer:  Because I longarm my own quilts, I find thick bumps from pressing too many seams together to be hazardous.  It is easy to break a needle, or have the machine seize up, or drift off to the side to avoid the bump, so I've taken to pressing bulky seams open in the last few years.  If you'd prefer to press a different direction, go for it!  No worries, it will all quilt up in the end.

  The stars should look like they are twinkling in the sky!!  Yeah....almost done...


Here is a black and white diagram if that helps....


In the next post we will attach the border strips.  Check back on the 17th for the final installment.

Happy Quilting!!

ps...I did hang my quilt in my classroom today and I LOVE IT!!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Finished Rainbow Twinkle Quilt...

I got it bound and a hanging sleeve applied to the back...yeah!!  This is going to hang in my classroom for a while this year (to remind me of why I work...to quilt!!).



I think this quilt shows that scrappy is super fun and wonderful when it is finished.  During the making, I suspected in was going to be as nasty as a dumpster fire, but it all turned out OK.  Keep plugging along on your own quilt.  Tomorrow I will post up the directions for the sashings and putting the quilt top together.

I'd better get busy...I've been slacking taking naps and doing housework!!  ;-)

Happy Quilting!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Twinkle2 QAL: Outer star tips and block assembly

Wow...hopefully you're ready for the next step--the star tips!!  Grab your "A" pieces (2.5" x 3.5" rectangles) and "D" pieces (2.5" x 4.5" background rectangles) and let's get going...

With right sides together, place the "A" piece (going vertically) on top of the "D" pieces (going horizontally, and draw a line from upper corner of the background piece to the bottom corner of the star tip piece.  See the picture to get an accurate idea of what I'm talking about....Then stitch on the that line, cut 1/4" in from the line to trim the excess fabric, and press the seam open.


Next, we will sew on the left-side star tip.  Once again, with right sides together, with the "A" piece going vertically and the finished unit going horizontally, draw a line from the top left corner of the background piece to the bottom right corner of the star tip piece.  Sew on the line and cut off the corner 1/4" away from the seam.  Finally, press the seam open to reduce the bulk.  Make sure that when you press your piece you keep it rectangular...don't let it curve like a boomerang when you are pressing!!


It is now time to assemble the block.  Grab a center four-patch unit, your star tip units, and four 2.5" x 2.5" background "E" squares.  Lay our your pieces like below... Sew the two "E" pieces to the sides of each star tip unit, and two star tip units to the sides of the four-patch unit.  Press the seams open to reduce the bulk...


Now, attach the top unit and bottom unit to the center, pressing the seams open.  


You are finished with this part of the block...it should measure 10.5" x 10.5".  ;-)  Yeah!!


But what if yours isn't quite 10.5" square??  If it is a bit big, square it up to the correct size.  

If it is a bit too small, square them up to the same size...like 10.25" x 10.25".  This will mean that you will also have trim your sashing pieces down to 10.25" from 10.5", but no biggie!!  Easy peasy!!

Ok, come back on August 13th for the next step--the sashings and the center quilt assembly!!  See ya then....keep sewing!

Happy QAL...


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Twinkle2 QAL: Four-patch units and background

Wow...hopefully you got all of your fabric cut and you're ready for some sewing time!!  Grab your stack of 2.5" x 2.5" squares ("B" pieces) for the center four patch.  First, pair up and sew all of the squares together to get little 2.5" x 4.5" rectangle units.  I pressed the seams open since my color scheme didn't really have a "dark" side to press towards...

Then I paired up two rectangles and sewed them together, carefully matching the seams in the center, to make a four-patch unit.  I also pressed the seams open on this part as well....


They should measure approximately 4.5" x 4.5"...but honestly, will will trim down the whole center part when done so if you're a bit off, it won't be a bother at all....

Next, grab the background pieces for these...the "C" pieces.  If you turn your four-patch unit, it will get a diamond shape and become the center among the background half-square triangles.  Because mine were directional, I separated my pieces into the four different corners so I'd sew the correct one on the correct corner.  If your fabric was non-directional (lucky you!!) this step isn't necessary.

First, we will sew a triangle to each of the opposite sides of our four-patch unit.  With right sides together, center the triangle's longest side (the hypotenuse) on the side of the four patch unit--make sure the tip of the triangle aligns with the seam to ensure it is accurately centered.  Sew on the the first triangle, then do the same thing to the other side of the four-patch unit... Press the seams outward (or open) if you prefer...


Trim the tips from the sides of the background triangle by aligning a ruler along the edge of the four-patch unit and cutting.  Next, we will attach the other two triangles to the the unit.  Remember to align the tip of the triangle to the seam in the four-patch unit to ensure that the triangle is centered correctly.  Press the seams outward....


Now to square this baby up!!  Grab a 6.5" x 6.5" square ruler (if you have one, if not, you can use a bigger one)...Lay the ruler on top of the square, aligning the corners of the four-patch unit with the 3.25" marks on the ruler.  All four corners should be at 3.25" (or as close as you can get).  Trim outside of the ruler to get your 6.5" x 6.5" square.


Voila!!  You have the center part of the block done...there will be (in all likelihood) more than 1/4" of background fabric beyond the tips of the four-patch unit.  That is how it is supposed to be..the four-patch will sort of "float" (though not very noticeably) in the middle of the 6.5" x 6.5" square.  See, there really is room for a bit of error if you aren't very exact ;-)  Yeah!!

On August 9th, we will learn to make the star tips and get the basic block done (without the sashings)...get working!!  I'll see you back soon....

Monday, August 3, 2015

Rainbow Twinkle2 Quilt...

I got it stippled (panto'd) and here are few pics, prior to binding...I really love everything about this quilt and I can't believe how much I procrastinated finishing the blocks.  I didn't mention that before, did I???  LOL...







I'm binding it in the blue Spa fabric that you see in the bottom right corner...sort of a "cool" binding.  I'm usually not a blue person at all, but this quilt might have changed my mind!!

Get on your QAL cutting...assembly starts in two days!  Happy Cutting!