Friday, October 31, 2014

King Arthur's Castle

While quilting may be fun, and blogging may be enjoyable, 
You may have noticed that I have not blogged much
and I can tell you that I have not quilted much.

One project is finished - King Arthur's Castle.

I am entering this in the 
Original Design

You can vote for your favorite quilt in this category at this link.
Vote today!

It's a long story - I refer you to my daughter's blog if you are interested.

My daughter's Mother-in-Law (who happens to be one of my very best friends) suggested that we make a quilt for our grandson-to-be, Arthur.  We quickly thought of making a castle.

I designed the castle on graph paper and pieced it.
We made its door like a draw bridge, and made the whole quilt able to hang on a tension rod over a doorway... so our granddaughter could play in the castle.

 Note the black windows on top: they have pockets to hold princesses, and Winnie the Pooh.
Note the real windows on the bottom portion.

Note the FLOWERS ("shra shra" in 19-month old language)

And the lovely leaves sewn by the other Grandma.

And I am very late- so I will write more later! Cathy H

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Modern Quilts - Blogger's Quilt Festival

I'm a math teacher.  And I love Geometry.  And I love Quilts.

And I direct your attention to the 

You can vote for your favorite quilt in this category at this link.
Vote today!

I had so much fun making this quilt!!

Like the Star Quilt in the previous post, this quilt is made primarily of favorite old shirts.

I started with two smaller quilts comprised of 4 rectangles.
(I got carried away making it - and forgot to take very many pictures along the way)
I sliced the rectangles into 1.5 inch strips and then staggered the strips.
For instance, one of the 'starter quilts' had the burgundy shirt in it, 
the other 'starter quilt' had the dark blue shirt in it.

At the top I have a strip with the dark blue, then the next strip has the burgundy.
Blue, burgundy, blue, burgundy, blue, burgundy .... all the way to the bottom of the quilt.

In addition to the every-other-one concept with each strip, I also SHIFTED the strips left and right to create curvy patterns with the strips of fabric.

Lest you think I am uniquely clever in this - I actually saw this technique used by Lorrie Cranor
and it is described so well in this post:

When I was working so closely with the little strips, it was hard to see what was actually going to happen with the strips.  These pictures just make me smile as I see the curves and the motion made with the strips.

The back is pretty unremarkable, because I used a quilt-as-you-go method that just sewed each strip to the batting and the back even as I was piecing the front.  (Again, these instructions are available with the HOW TO MAKE AN INTERLEAVE QUILT link above)

 You can see other categories in the Blogger's Quilt Festival, also.

It's like going to a quilt show without leaving your home!

And you can be a part of the voting to select the winners in each category!

I might have to make another quilt like this someday...


It's Been a Year - Blogger's Quilt Festival

It's been a year since I last posted.
It's been quite a year.   But I finished a few quilts.

One project I started and finished involved shirts.  A dear friend lost her husband to cancer - - now over two years ago.  Our Quilting Bee (Seams Like Sisters - more about them in the next month or so) gathered his (mostly plaid) shirts, cut them up and and put the pieces back together into the quilt pictured below for his wife.

But this scrap quilt is not what I wanted to write about.
I decided to make a small quilt for each of their grown children from the left-overs.

And this star quilt is maybe my favorite.

I had so much fun designing this quilt!
And I have decided to enter it into the Blogger's Quilt Festival, Spring 2014
Almost one year since my last Blog post!!

You can see the other 
Entered in the Blogger's Quilt Festival here

Since I am a math teacher - - - I LOVE to use graph paper.
I sketched this design 
And added to it as I went.

I had to use the pockets from the shirts in order to get enough fabric for the quilt blocks.  You can see the button from the white shirt's pocket pretty clearly in this picture.

The thing I love the most about this quilt is the spiral quilting.
I just started the spiral in one of the larger white stars near the lower right side of the quilt and 'eye-balled- about 1/2 to 5/8 inches away.  The size (about 36"x 51") made it easy to just spin and spin the quilt as I stitched it with my little Singer Sewing machine.

It was almost remarkable how the spirals went through so many of the stars in a fashion that made them MOVE.  made them FLY.  

My husband had the good idea of having the stitches fly off to the top right corner to create even more motion.  Of course, on the back, then, the stitches fly off to the top left.

I had so much fun making this quilt!!!

Be sure to visit the Blogger's Quilt Festival.
 - and the winners get PRIZES!!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Rainbow Snowballs

To meet the deadline!!!!!
To post a quilt to the Rainbow 
(Red Orange Yellow Green Blue Indigo Violet) 
category of the Blogger's Quilt Fest!!!

I  JUST finished this quilt: Rainbow Snowballs.

Cut out in 2003.
Cut totally from scraps.
Machine Pieced in 2006.
Hand quilted.
Finished May 23, 2013 11:30 pm CST.

The back is a rain-bow tie-dyed fabric.... 

Made for our second daughter - who loves rainbows.
Who just started Physician Assistant's School.
Who probably needs a pretty quilt with her at school.

View all the other ROYGBIV quilts
on the Blogger's Quilt Festival.


Vote for your favorite.

Maybe it will be this one!!!

Thanks for visiting!!
Come back later - I might have time to tell some more about this quilt!
I might, also, have pictures of the quilt in day light.
Remember - I just barely finished this in time to enter the Festival.
And . . . it's  a FINISH!!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Baby Quilt for the Grandma

Come and see all the great quilts!
You can visit the Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival, online, from the comfort of your own home!
Visit Amy's Creative Side Today!

From May 17-24 folks will enter their quilts in contest categories.
From May 24-30 you can select your favorite quilts in all the categories.
And on May 31st the winners will be announced!!

I would like to show you a baby quilt that I recently made.
(And I would like to suggest that you vote for this baby quilt
in the baby quilt category!!)

You can see the other Baby Quilts
and can vote here, too, after May 24.

I made this quilt for one of my Best Friends.
For the Mother of my Granddaughter's Daddy.
My Daughter's Mother-in-Law.

Made, primarily of pink and white flannel, this quilt also contains
twenty I-Spy blocks.

What would a quilt with these two Grandmas be if it did not include chocolate?

Daddy teaches choir and composes music....

And here we are: Two Grandma's a Daughter and a Granddaughter.

 It's so much fun to be a Grandma!
All the plans of things to do, projects to make, books to read - and so I made
road signs for in the nursery. . . to important places that will need to be investigated.

 Machine pieced.
Machine quilted at home on my Kenmore.
Pink minky on the back (It is SO soft!)

Vote today!
This quilt just makes me smile.
I like pink.
I like babies.
I am glad to give this quilt to Grandma, 
my sister
my friend.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

I'm having trouble finding time to write posts for my blog!!

In honor of Valentine's Day - I submit some pictures.

Chocolate, of course.

33rd Traditional Valentine's Meatloaf Dinner

Heart Quilts and Quilt blocks

And some happy people blocks, too!

AND... I am currently working on creating a veil 
from the wedding dress of a Bride's Grandmother.

It is going to be LOVELY.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Work In Progress

This year I want to try to link up with Work In Progress Wednesdays at Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

So, I guess, that is one goal for 2013.

Right now I am working on my Sampler Quilt from the Girls' Club (circa 1999 or so).

I have the blocks on my design wall and I just have to figure out how to put them together into a quilt top.  My initial goal was to use only that pink fabric and the blue-and-flowers striped fabric that you see predominantly in the squares.  I then allowed myself to add white I had in my stash and other pinks and blues from my stash as needed.

I bought the pink fabric when our MJDesigns here in town went out of business.  They were selling the fabric for $2 a yard - which was a great deal.  I figured there was about 10 yards on the bolt.  I told the little girl I wanted it all - and she started measuring it.  Well, she lost count of the yards and she was wrestling with the bolt.  After about 5 yards she let out this big sigh of frustration and said something like: "You can have it all for $10".


And 13+ years later I still have this project going.
Every time I look at it I just smile - because I really like those colors together.. and because I had a handful of Junior High and High School Girls who were sewing along with me at the time.  One of the girls just sent me this picture of HER sampler quilt that she says she uses on her bed.  She did such a great job!!

Just to add a few pictures:
Here is the advent calendar I sent to my youngest at college.  

And here are some tiny Gingerbread houses I made:

They sit on the edge of your mug.

My sister-in-law and I are making more tomorrow.  They were so fun!

If you are visiting from Freshly Pieced (or somewhere else!)  Check out some of my previous posts or tabs to see more fun projects!

Happy New Year!