I made this Churn Dash initially for a relative, but ended up raffling it off at the school fundraiser! Churn dash was one of the first blocks I learned how to make. This one is full of memories, both good and bad. I'm glad it found a new home!
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Thursday, July 18, 2013
It has been the summer of Table Toppers and Baby Quilts!! Here is another topper made from an orphan block. I made a king size quilt using 4 of these blocks, plus some smaller stars, and this was an extra. The king size quilt of these blocks is still just a top and not a quilt yet. I made this pale, almost sad quilt in the last weeks of my mothers life. I guess it reflects my state of mind. It was a really tough time and I was acting as her hospice nurse, it made me very fuzzy. I think the pale colors reflect that. I Love This One!! It will always remind me of my mother.
Monday, July 15, 2013
In my ongoing quest to use up scraps and orphan blocks, I have completed another Table Topper. This on is with 4 orphan blocks from my latest Quilt of Valor quilt. I was able to do some machine applique on two blocks and the other two blocks are just regular star blocks. I put muslin on the back and did just some simple utility stitching. I tried several times to get these 4 blocks squared up. According to my measurements they are all the same size, but the machine quilting makes it very clear that they are not. I just had to go with it. I am not entering any contest here. Sometimes, no matter how hard I try, I just can't get it right. I have accepted that as a Truth in my Life. If you don't look to close, I think the Topper turned out GREAT!
Thursday, July 11, 2013
As usual, I am off...I tend to run behind, but this time I am early. I just completed a Fall Topper!! I used and orphan block from a recent baby quilt and some scraps. I had made free-hand leaves some time ago, and made some quick free-hand letters. I think it is cute!! I love being able to use orphan blocks and scraps to make something, it makes me feel good. I don't know if it is because I was raised poor, or what, but, I can't seem to throw scraps away. I had a friend just ask if I make my own patterns? I had to think about that....I didn't use a pattern, I just used what I have. I decided that, YES, I make my own patterns!
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Every once in a while I like to torcher myself, it seems. The most recent was using 2 1/2 inch squares (2 inch finished size) to make a small table topper. I made a Swoon Block, which is a total of 64 pieces, out of these tiny squares. I love the way it turned out, but it certainly was challenging to use such small pieces. I generally don't like to go any smaller than 3 1/5 inches (3 inch finished size). I was able to use the last of the scraps from my 'home' projects. I made a throw blanket or two and some throw pillows, a sewing machine cover and an ironing mat out of these same fabrics. I did some simple top stitching but no 'quilting' and I love the way it turned out. In fact, I wish I had used something other than muslin for the back because the stitching made such a cool pattern on the back! I think I might have to add a rod pocket on the back and hang it over my fireplace. I think it would be a warm addition, especially in the winter.
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