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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Large Tote from My Stash

I went to the Red Barn for a three day retreat at the end of February.  This is one of the projects that I wanted to finish that weekend.  It turned out so cute.  I got the idea from The Missouri Star Quilt Co.  They have a Youtube video posted on their website with full instructions.  It is called, "Three Big Bags from one Jelly Roll". 

 I used fat quarters from my stash, so I had to cut 2 strips (2 1/2 " x 22") for each jelly roll strip that it calls for.

Here is a link:  http://youtu.be/M4-41NHuFe8

Approximately:  19" x19" x 4"

I had such a hard time cutting into these fabrics.  They are so scrumptious.
This Tote was donated to the WHQG to help raise funds for the Guild.

Key to My Heart Quilt

I belong to a Quilt Bee called "The Monday Night Divas".  We are a new Bee, just a few years old and finding our way.   Last year, we exchanged 2 1/2" x WOF strips for 6-7 months.  The suggested pattern was called, "Key to My Heart", by Sweet Jane's Quilting and Design.  Some of us, made the pattern, some made it their own and one made a scrappy Trip Around the World, that turned out just beautiful.

Key to My Heart Quilt
57" x 70"
LAQ'd by Trish Lopes
The quilting is thread spools, needles, rotator cutters, pin cushions and scissors.
Love, love, love it.

Still trying to use up the yards and yards of the Butterfly fabric I purchased in three colors.

Turtles and Seashells Quilt

This quilt makes me smile.  It contains a lot of my favorites, blue, turtles, seashells and the ocean.  I finished the center a few years ago and just added the borders a few months ago.  I love this quilt and have no idea why I procrastinated so long.  UFOs seem to hide and multiply while we sleep.

Take Five Pattern
61" x 73"

LAQ'd  with blue thread in Sea Turtles
By Trish Lopes
The back is brown with blue and white dots.  It reminded me of beach sand.  You have to remember that my beach is Galveston Bay in Texas.  No white sand here.

Quick and Easy Table Runners

Here are a couple of table runners that I wiped up in a jiffy.  You only need two pieces of fabric and about 20 minutes. 

For birthday celebrations, one for boys


and one for girls.

I added a lot of buttons, because they look like chocolates.

Here are some links to the instructions and a Youtube video of the construction.




Below is a Halloween one that I purchased at a craft show. 

Charity Quilt Finish

The Quilt Guild likes each member to turn in a  minimum of two charity quilts each year.  They use our birthday month as a memory trigger.  This is my second one for 2013.  The binding was not quite finished in 2013.  Now to get started on my two for 2014. 

Measures:  37" x 53"
I used blue and brown to make it appealing to the males.  We forget that even though the women out number the men in nursing homes, about 9 to 1, they are there.

This is the back.  My friend, Carol, shared her bolt of fabric with the Bee for QOV or charity quilts. 
I helped pass out quilts at two nursing home and the men sometimes hesitate to pick out a quilt.   When the nurses pointed out the animals or fish or birds, the men became more interested and accepted one of our quilts.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Lap Quilt for Hubby

I made this Lap Quilt for my Sweetie of  37 yrs.  It includes a foot pocket on the back per his request.
It is made from a Layer Cake.  Sliced into 3 1/2" and 6 1/2", sew two different fabrics together and slice down the middle.  This creates two 5"  x  9 1/2" pieces.  Each piece will consist of two different fabrics. Choose two pieces (four different fabrics) and flip one upside down.  Sew together for 9 1/2" blocks.  Below is a link to a tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Co.

My Sweetie likes roses and always has rose bushes growing in the yard.  So I had it quilted in an open rose pattern by Trish Lopes.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Poker Quilt

My plan for these fabrics fell through.  DS says, "I like to play poker", when he saw the fabrics.  So, new plan.

Back of Quilt

David with his new quilt.

2013 Charity Finishes

A nursing home quilt finished for my quilt guild.  This one is geared toward the Ladies.

Christmas Stockings finished.  The quilting bee, that I belong to, turned in over a hundred stockings in 2013.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Texas Wildflower Quilt

The Texas Wildflower Quilt top is finished. The last two borders were sewn on at my weekend retreat, at the Red Barn, in February.  It was the beginning of my" I am in love with ORANGE" phase.

 Finished Quilt 66" x 86"
6" Blocks, 2" orange border and 4" Wildflower border.

While visiting the "Needle Nest Quilt Shop" owned by Joyce Godfrey, I expressed my interest in several quilts being displayed.  Joyce gave me the sheet of drawings that the ladies had used for the pattern.  Joyce passed away in 2011, so I am dedicating this quilt to her memory.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Bonnie Hunter at WHQG

  Bonnie Hunter was the guest speaker at the West Houston Quilters' Guild in February.  It was so exciting to finally see and hear her in person.  She spoke on using up your scraps and explained Leaders and Enders.  She brought lots of awesome, scrappy quilts to show us.  I went home with my head full of scrappy quilts to add to my long "to do list".  The good news is, it is possible to make a scrappy quilt while working on your current project.  Instead of using that scrap of fabric to begin and end sewing on and then tossing it, I can use small squares and strips  and end up with a quilt instead.

Her website is www.quiltville.com.  She explains her scrap system and offers loads of free quilt patterns.  You will never look at your scraps the same.  Remember, those scraps are still $10-$12 a yard fabric.