Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pale Purple Topper

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

Americana Topper

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

Fall Topper

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

2 1/2 in Table Topper

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.

Back.  Cool stitching Pattern, eh?!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Table Toppers

I sure seem to have a lot to share today, or maybe just the time and mental awareness to say it!?!  Here is the latest collection of Table Toppers.  It seems I have one for each day of the week.  I try to keep them on the table until they get dirty (about a week or so), and then I like the change.  I was looking through the collection and I don't have anything Patriotic and it is the 4th of July next week.  I have some orphan blocks from the last Quilt of Valor, so I might have to turn them into a Topper!  I think I need a Fall one too, but I have time to put that off until another day!  Here is the 3fer:

I like making Toppers.  They give me a chance to use up Orphan Blocks or try new things and practice my machine quilting skills.  Don't look too close on the purple one, I was trying very hard to machine quilt...trying and noticing I need lots more trying!  Luckily, my family doesn't care about my fails.  I guess that means I have a Great Family!!

Baby Quilts a Plenty

My brother and Sis-in-Law are finally having a baby.  They have struggled with infertility for 6+ years so we are all really excited they are having a baby!  I think I went a little crazy and ended up making 3 quilts for them.  The first is a scrap quilt where I used my new ruffle foot to make some puffy flowers.  The second pic shows the close-up.

Sam had picked out some fabric for her nursery and I made this one for her!

As you can see, Sam picked Peach for her Nursery!  This last one was made when I found out they were prego.  It is fabric from my Mom (who died 2 years ago), from Rebecca (my dad's new wife) and some that I had.  It may not be the prettiest, but it means the most to me!

Circle Cat

I made this cute little cat bed for my daughters cats.  They love it!  She picked out all the scrap material from Granma Rebecca's scrap bag and I got to use the circle sewer I got for Mothers Day!  All in all a great project.  I moved out of my comfort zone and sewed with some BOLD fabrics and got to make my daughter one happy Cat Kid!  If you look really close you can see cat and dog theme fabrics with some crazy contemporary prints mixed in.

Here are Tyler and Otis.  I think I woke them up taking the picture.  I assure you that they LOVE the bed!