Sunday, July 29, 2007

Fire quilt #2

This is quilt #2 for the victims of the Hot Springs fire a couple weeks ago. If you look close you can see the kids holding it up.

Gift Chat #2

Here I am again...pinch hitting for SarKarNor at #quiltchat. Anyway, this time i'm making recieving blankets.
You will need:

1 1/4 yd each of 2 co-ordinating flannels

approx 6 yards of lace or other trim

Step 1: Place pieces of flannel right sides together and square to same size. Pressing at this stage will make pieces stick together and may help.

Step 2: (optional) using plate or bowl, trim corners to a curve. This helps prevent catching the lace in the seam at the corners.

Step 3: place lace in between layers-be sure to point the lace to the inside so you catch the unfinshed or "ugly" edge in your seam. I dont might want to.

Step 4: begin sewing layers together but leave about 2 inches of lace free at your starting point. At corners you will need to put a little pleat in the lace to give it enough fullness if you did not curve the corners. Leave a gap of at least 6-8 inches when you get back to the starting point.

Step 5: Turn right sides out. Press if desired.

Step 6: Topstitch all the way around making sure to close your turning gap.

Friday, July 20, 2007

quilts for sale

These poor quilts have been homeless for much too long...they are tired of the shelf in the closet and would like to be loved. So i'm taking them out to my shop where they will sell them on consignment. I will probably not get what they are worth but i need the room for the new quilts i keep making. So off they go!

this wizard of oz meets groundhog day

Last fall i was trying to use up my fall prints and colors because i really dont like them much. So i made Yellow Brik Road quilts. 7 of them....i gave 2 tops away to local charities. These are the other 5. I'm taking them to the shop where i work hoping to sell them. The worst part is i still have enough fabrics to do about 3-5 more of these fall quilts! Thats where the ground hog day part comes in..its the same thing over and over and over and over!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Fire quilt #1

Last week we had a nasty wildfire about 30 or 40 miles away. It burned 35 or so homes to the ground. This quilt will go to one of those familes. I'm hoping to get several more done in the next few weeks because i know there will be more fires before the summer is over. I used the BQ2 pattern from maple island designs.

round robin

These are before and after pics of a round robin group i'm in. This was a HUGE color challenge to me cause of the variety of colors already used. It was getting a little wild and i hope i've toned it back down.

birthday gifts from Iraq

My birthday was yesterday, and this is my gift from DH. I thought it really funny cause its black hills gold and silver(and beautiful) but he was in Iraq when he bought it. We live in the black hills so the necklace was UPS'ed just across town from the jewler to me. But my mom siad it was a long trip from one side of town to Iraq to the other side of town. The wonders of the Internet......

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

old time photos

We went out to Hill City and played at the old time photo place where my friend Melissa works....what a couple of outlaws!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Little projects

The First little project is another 8 sided table topper from the pattern i did up for Sarkarnor. I gave it to my aunt and uncle when the came to visit this week. My family seems to like my little quilts.
The other one is from a left over block that I put on point and have on my table now.

For Melissa's baby

This is the quilt i made for my cousin Melissa's #2 baby. She's having a girl and is due at the end of July. Its about 43 inches square.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Gift Chat for SarKarNor

I spend lots of time chatting online with #quiltchat, and one of the ops there has started a "gift chat" to help find quick and easy projects to do for presents. I offered to be a "guest teacher" so here goes!

This is the unquilted and un bound version of what we are making. Finished Size about 25x25 inches. You will need:

1fq focus fabric(my pumpkins)
1/2 yd of color #1(border 1 and binding)

1/4 yd of color #2

Cutting instructions
Cut the fq to a 17x17 square
cut 4 squares of color #1-6x6inches

cut 1 strip 2 1/2 wide of color #1

Cut 3 strips 2 1/2 wide of color #2

save extra color #1 for binding

Using the Color one squares and the Focus fabric make a oversized snowball block by sewing diagonally corner to corner. I also sew a second seam 1/2 in from the first to get a HST for another project.

press these borders out then trim the visible part to 2 1/4.

Most folks will tell you to measure and pin a border. In this case, because they are so short I did not. Add the color one strip to the other 4 sides. Press and trim the angles. IMPORTANT: trimming the angles helps a lot in getting things to go together right. Do not skip this step.

Starting on the sides you added the original triangles to sew the color 2 borders on 4 sides. Press and trim the angles. Lastly add the other 4 sides. Again, press and trim angles. See the first picture. Now it's ready to baste, quilt and bind.

I'm attempting to quilt a big pumpkin in the middle of this topper. I'll let you know if it works.

My Quilt Shop

This is Mistletoe Rnach and the Quilt Corral where i work. Its not a very good pic but its a great place to shop. We boast over 6000 bolts of fabric, but with as much as arrived in the last couple weeks i'm guessing closer to 6500..maybe even 7000! The house part has tons of Christmas items and villages for sale and the quilt shop has been added on to the left side and back of the house. And yes...i do manage to take MOST(but never all) of my paycheck home.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

birthday boy

Guess who's birthday it is? he turned 5 yesterday. no party this year cause there's no one around to attend. So we had cake at home and will go to chuckie cheese or something at some point this week.

photo finish

i finished this today. Its about 20x25 and holds the pictures in with the little black flaps. I've heard people call the flaps "flanges"? the photos glared a little when i took this but you get the idea.