Sunday, December 4, 2016

Hooped Butterflies

Butterflies are in the hoop. 
Actually this block is officially called "Beggar's Block", "Spool Block" or "Butterfly Spool Block" 

I started making these 9 inch blocks a few years ago as a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project after I saw a vintage quilt that showed up in a google search of "vintage butterfly quilt". 

And actually, the little 3 inch butterflies that make up the nine inch blocks are exactly the same block as the spools in the quilt top I showed last week. 

I'm not marking anything but the butterflies for the centers.  
I'm stitching inside each wing and all over the black body. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Twinklers: It's a Top! and an OMG!

60 x 78

I've been making these blocks, a few a month, for a couple of years as a Rainbow Scrap Challenge Project.  I used 2.5 inch scraps.  That's 1170 - 2.5 inch squares of scraps!!! 

These were randomly arranged. There's no design wall here.  (Grandma didn't have one either and she's the one that inspired me to quilt).  

In the process I noticed I was a little heavy on blue and brown blocks. 

I hope to get this completely finished this month. I'll be quilting it on my DSM. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Triangle Stars: It's a Top!

Triangle Stars
56 1/4 x 75

and I made the stars from small scraps cut by hand and the background was cut from scrap chunks. 
And I made blocks in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge colors of the month. 

It's just a top for now and will go into the hand quilting pile.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Kaleidoscopes, Butterflies, Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

These four lonely old blocks have been sitting around in my sewing room since October 2014. Can you believe it? I know because I looked up my blog post about these and other quilts I wanted to make with men's shirts.   I think I made these blocks right after I bought a kaleido ruler.  By the way, I think someone asked last month about what ruler I use. It is a Quilt Sense Kaleidoscope Triangle Ruler by Marti Mitchell. 

So, why did I drag these blocks out again after all these years? 

My daughter brought me a pile of men's shirt pieces (and other things - more about that later) that she picked up free at a church down the street from her. Whenever they have a rummage sale they give her for free the things that didn't sell. A lot of times those are fabric scraps or unfinished embroidery projects that she brings to me since she has no crafty bones in her body. 

Well, I already have my own pile (boxes, bags) of men's shirt pieces so I thought since I'm trying to clean out all the scraps from my sewing room I had better get busy and make some blocks with men's shirt pieces to join those four old lonely kaleido blocks. 

And that's what I did. 

This kaleido quilt is different from the other three (all different) kaleido quilts I've finished.  I'm using gray -  mostly solids -  if I have that much in my stash for four wedges in the block and shirts in the other four wedges. 

I hope when I'm finished with the quilt there will be more emphasis on this pattern...

 ...instead of this pattern.  Time will tell. 

Now, back to that box of stuff my daughter brought me from the rummage sale...included in it were these cute little tea napkins. Well, at least that's what I call them. I have a little collection of them as well as other tea items like pots and tea bag holders.  It appears that these are hand embroidered but I I'm not sure. I don't see all that well. 

And here's the other tea napkins that were in the box. 

And then there was the bag of creepy stuff. 
(Sometimes I fix up things from the creepy piles and give them as fun Dirty Santa gifts). 

So, I'm off the subject. Let's get back to butterflies and kaleidoscopes and kaleidoscopes of butterflies...are you working on any of those things? If so, please share! And inspire!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

For My Flamingo Loving Sister

My sister  💕💕💕💕💕 flamingos.  She even takes a couple  of those plastic ones with her on vacations to stick out at her campsite.  On her birthday last year she received a pink bicycle that her friends had rigged up with a flamingo head at the handle bars and flamingo body on each side of the curve down from the handle bars. (I'm not describing it very well but it's hilarious especially with her on it with a flamingo hat on her head. )   So, I made her a couple of flamingo pillowcases for Christmas.   I'm not so sure my brother-in-law will enjoy laying his head on a flock of flamingos but he usually goes along with my sister's whims without complaint. 


I also embroidered a couple of flamingos on a flour sack dishtowel and crocheted a scrubbie and dishcloth to go with it. 

Now I can cross flamingo-lovin' Deb off my Christmas to-do list. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

QBB FQ Challenge

St. Louis 16 Patch
40 x 60
It's just a top for now.  I need to piece together some batting leftovers and find a backing and then I probably won't get it quilted until after the first of the year (along with the pile of other donation quilts). 

When finished the quilt will go to Quilts Beyond Borders. 
The quilt started with this FQ I received from a QBB Coordinator along with the label to be added.  The challenge was to make a quilt using this FQ and some of my scraps. 

The FQ was used in these blocks.  And the rest was from my scrap chunks. 

I moved a FQ forward into a quilt top so linking up today to 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Feather Bed Finally Finished!

Feather Bed
72 x 90
Hand quilted

Here is a sideways view because lengthwise it dragged on the ground unless the wind was blowing and I couldn't get a very good picture. And here's a sideways view because I like looking at the finished quilt. 

I was looking for some different ways to use my long, bright colored string scraps and decided on this quilt.  (I also made a string star with them). 

I didn't know what to use for background fabric and then I found a this piece of cheddar feather fabric in my stash I had bought at Hancock's (no longer in business here) at one of those "Spot the Bolt" sales where the fabric was $3.97 per yard.  "Perfect", I said. But there wasn't enough of it.  "Darn", I said.   But after work the next day I stopped at Hancock's and they still had some of this feather fabric left on the sale table but it was a little more expensive but not expensive - like $5.00 per yard.  And so I bought all that I needed. "Yipee", I said.  "It was meant to be". 

I quilted all of the feathers with different colors of perle #8.  And that was all I was going to do but noticed there was a lot of room between the feathers that needed a little something. 

And so I hand quilted some....what else?....feathers! I used Coats and Clarks hand quilting thread in a color I had in my tin of threads that closely matches the tips of the feathers in the fabric. I was hesitant to try the feathers because I wasn't sure my hand stitches were small enough to even go around each little part of the feather I had stenciled in in mechanical pencil.  But I gave it a try, persevered (even when my hands were stiff  or shaky and eyes could not see well) and I'm glad I did because they turned out pretty darned good if I say so myself. And I had a good time doing it. I always have a nice, peaceful, relaxing time hand quilting.  (Pack up all my cares and I go...hand quilting, you know...) 

Well, I should name this quilt Feathers Galore because here is the backing...birds and feathers!!!  The places where I used the perle to hand quilt the feathers looks like little trees (well, to me they do) on the back and it looks like some of the birds are perched in the trees.  I have the same sort of story about this backing as I do about the background fabric only substitute JoAnn for Hancock and substitute "red dot clearance" for "spot the bolt".   This, too, was meant to be. 

It took months of Sundays to get this Slow Stitched so I'm linking up to
And I definitely used scraps so I'm linking up to 


Goals rock!!