My WIP for the week

This little baby quilt has quite the history.  Orginally, I had quilted

an edge to edge pattern- stars and loops all over it, in a variegated thread.

The owner didn’t like the finished product and neither did I.  So, that meant

picking out all the stitching- all 5 hours worth of it.  Now, it looks much better.

BAby quilt

BAby quilt


Carol decided that she wanted the blocks outlined so I SID around

all the piecing in a white polyester thread.  The backing has a dark green

backing so that is the color we chose for the back as well.




Here is a close up of the block and I think it  looks much better.

If you look closely, you can still see the stitching from the earlier panto but

I think that the first wash will take care of that.

Did I forget to mention that I have a second one to do too?

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts.

A quick quilt binding tool?

During the summer, I bought this binding gadget believing the line that it was a quick way to make binding.

I was impressed that it had 3 different slots for 3 different sizes of binding – 2 1/4″  up to 2 3/4″ in width.

Binding gadget

Binding gadget

The gadget looked promising but when I tried it out, I was sorely disappointed.

I had to fold the fabric before it went through the slot and then you had to keep

checking that it was folded equally on both sides.  So, what a waste of time and money!!

While I was playing  with my new binding gadget, I made enough binding for 2 quilts:

a cute baby quilt and the Cathedral Stars quilt, pattern by Bonnie Hunter.

This panel came from Fabricland-yes, I can feel the shudders coming from you all!

Baby boy quilt.

Baby boy quilt.

I think it is cute.  What about you?

Fire truck on the baby boy quilt.

Fire truck on the baby boy quilt.

What is a baby boy quilt without a fire truck?

Here is the Cathedral Stars quilt-all done.

Bonnie Hunter's Cathedral Star quilt.

Bonnie Hunter’s Cathedral Star quilt.

Due to time restraints, I did a panto but it wasn’t that quick

due to its immense size.  I think 90″ x 90″. I decided to use a  So Fine golden thread-as it

blends well with all the different shades of brown, cream, red and gold.   On the backing,

I think I used the same thread too.

Close up of quilting.

Close up of quilting.

“Quirky” was the name of the pantograph I used due to its cirucular shape.  So many

points and square shapes within the piecing that I thought it could use something

circular quilted onto it.

Border of the quilt with "Quirky" as the panto.

Border of the quilt with “Quirky” as the panto.

This next quilt was pieced by Helen.  It is even more massive than my own: 120″ x 109″. Whew!

Helen's massive quilt.

Helen’s massive quilt.

That was one BIG quilt!  Helen wanted a  pantograph named “Flirtatous” but didn’t like the

size in relation to how big her quilt was.  So, off to Staples I went  and enlarged it.  It took

me a while to figure out the pattern due to its enlarged size but in the end it turned out well.

Close up of Helen's quilt.

Close up of Helen’s quilt.

I think that the original pattern was maybe 12″ in width and I enlarged it to 22″ in width, so it

is quite bigger. Hoping that she likes it.

I used a variegated thread on top-Sticks and Stones.  For the backing, she chose black to

match the color of the backing but what a nightmare for me.  It is difficult on a good day

to get the tension just right but when you have black thread on the back and a lighter on

the top-well, some issues arise.

So, please consider that when you are thinking of the fabric and  color for your backings.

There is an upcoming quilt show this weekend  and I am trying to finish this wallhanging.

Christmas wallhanging.

Christmas wallhanging.

This has been hanging around my house for several years now and finally it is almost done.

I love the fact that there are different 3D embellishments within this walllhanging.

My snowman.

My snowman.

For instance, I love the buttons on this snowman.  I just realized that he is blind and is

missing his eyes. And the owl is pretty cool too.

My horse and his bells.

My horse and his bells.

And, of course, I love the bells on the horse but don’t ask me what the bells are attached to

on the horse.



And I love snowflakes too.  These are crocheted-by me and have a little bit of silver sparkles

on them.  While they were drying I added some to make them more shiny.  And there are

some crystalson the wallhanging too.  A little bit of bling never hurt anyone.

I will try to get some photos of  the Quilt Show for you too.


A Jeep cover?

HavIt has been quite the interesting week.  One of the Pastors, at my  Church, has an older

Jeep and he couldn’t find a back cover for it.  So, he asked me to make one for him.

Crazy me, said “yes, I would love too.”  Ugh!!!  What is  wrong with me?  Ever since then,

approximately 3-4 months, I have been dreading creating this Jeep cover.  This week,

I took the bull by the horns and made the cover.  We decided to make it out of

trampoline material,  the black stuff that you jump on.  And to make it even more

interesting, I had to make it double thickness.  That stuff is so stiff and scratchy too!

After 7-8 hours, it was completed!!  Yeah!  I hope I never see the thing again.

I am sad to say that I forgot to take a picture of it to show you all.  My word of advice

to anyone out there, skip the Jeep cover-ha!!

This week also saw me complete a special quilt for a friend who is having her 2nd child.

She wanted  a wallhanging that resembled a picture that she had.

Noah's Ark picture.

Noah’s Ark picture.

So, she went to Staples and had it blown up.

Blown up picture.

Blown up picture.

Then, all I had to do was trace, cut and paste.  It all sounds so simple, doesn’t it?

I tried to match the colors in the photo with fabric I had; I also used Steam A Seam.

There were   a few bumps  along the  way (ie. glue stuck to the bottom of my iron)

but all went ok though.

Finished quilt.

Finished quilt.

I think it turned out ok.  She liked it so that is all that matters.

What do you think?

Then, there was a cute baby quilt that I also managed to complete.  Fabricland was

carrying them , the price was right, and I liked it.  So, I bought it and even managed

to get it quilted.

Cute baby quilt.

Cute baby quilt.

Here is a close up of the quilt too.

My favorite part of the quilt.

My favorite part of the quilt.

I also managed to paint some more fabric as well. I really liked the process

this time and the fabric turned out ok as well.

Fabric painting.

Fabric painting.

Blues were the color that I used this time.  I am really surprised by

how much fabric  1 teaspoon of paint can actually paint or cover.

Then, I tried yellows and oranges.  Peobeo Setacolor paints were the

paints that I used this time.

Orange fabric painting.

Orange fabric painting.

What do you think?

Linda also managed to complete her first fusible applique project.



She had alot of problems getting the logo enlarged.  I think that she

did an amazing job!!

What do you think?

Have a great week!