Saturday, April 7, 2018

"Little John Deere Girl" Quilt Finished!

I've been hand quilting this sweet little quilt for Baby Victoria before and after work for a couple of weeks. It was a perfect day weather-wise to finish the binding. A rainy day outside and quilting on the inside! Heaven...



Rainy weather outside is not so good for taking pictures of a quilt.  But, I gave it my best try.


You know, there is just something about a hand quilted quilt.  This one is soooo soft and cuddly.  It  feels entirely different than a machine quilted quilt.  This make me want to do more hand quilting. 


I would love for Victoria to love this quilt and drag it around and NEED it to go to sleep.  That would make my heart sing!


The measurements are 36 by 40.



Here's a sneak peak at the next quilt I am making for Victoria.  My plan for this one is to tie it with yarn.   A tied quilt is also soft and cuddly, more like a comforter.



A rainy day at home helped me to complete the top!  The measurements are 36 by 48.  That's a pretty big quilt for a newborn, but she'll grow into it.  I used baby quilts with my own babies for lots of things.  They make the perfect "pallet" for them to lay on the floor, etc.

I also continued to work on the Rainbow Scrappy Double Irish Chain Quilt as a "leaders and enders" project while sewing the baby quilt blocks.  I made quite a bit of progress on the purple blocks.

I hope you have enjoyed your rainy Saturday!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Top Twenty Scrap Quilting Blogs Award!

Scrap Quilt Blogs

Angel Scraps Quilting was chosen as one of the top twenty Scrap Quilting Blogs on Feedspot!

You can see all the blogs on this list HERE. Checking out these blogs is a great way to get quilting inspiration and motivation.

I plan to check out some of the other scrap quilting blogs on this list. Some of them I am already familiar with.  I love reading quilting blogs.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching - Little John Deere Girl

This post is linked to "Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts" HERE.

I haven't done any hand quilting in a very long time!  This is one of the baby quilts I am working on for Victoria, my granddaughter who is expected to make her appearance around the Fourth of July.


Its a "whole cloth" quilt, which sounds better than saying its made from "cheater" fabric.  The reason I decided to hand quilt it is that there are already little dotted quilting lines printed on the fabric.  If  I had machine quilted this quilt, I could have probably finished it in a weekend.  But I am hand quilting it anyway and putting some grandma love into each stitch!


I couldn't resist the little tractors and flowers.  Victoria will be living on a farm out in the country with a John Deere tractor in the barn.

It'll be easy to quilt.  I'll just make long continuous straight lines from one side to the other.  I even found some quilting thread to match the color of the lines.



I intend to make a couple of more quilts for Victoria that have pieced tops, but I bet this one will be the favorite.  


In case anyone is interested, this quilting frame is one I've had for many years.  The brand is "The Ulmer Quilter".  We bought this one at a quilt shop in the North Carolina mountains, but they are still available and can be ordered at this website.  http://www.ulmerquilter.com/

Monday, March 12, 2018

Scrappy Rainbow Irish Chain - Green

Yesterday I worked on the "color of the month" quilt that I have had in progress for a while.  Sometimes I have worked on this quilt in leaders and enders fashion.  Yesterday it was the only quilt I worked on, and not as a leaders and enders project.  But soon I'll be working on some baby girl quilts for my expected granddaughter, so it will become a leader and enders project again. 

See the SO SCRAPPY blog HERE.  The color for the month for March is green. 

Here are my stacks of 2 1/2 inch squares of green.  You know you love SCRAP quilting when you are digging through totes, and drawers and when you see the color of fabric you need, you get all excited!  "Oooh, there's a grreen I forgot all about."


I really enjoyed working on my favorite kind of quilts, the kind that use everything you have and each block is different. 


The two blocks needed are simple.  The first one has four 4 patches of the color of fabric you are working on, four 2 patches made up of one white and one colored fabric and one center colored square. The second block is made up of a center rectangle, and two strips on each side made up of a white strip and a colored square on each end.  I will give you the measurements of each piece at the end of this post, in case anyone is interested.


The finished quilt is supposed to look like this quilt found in the book called, "Adventures with Leaders & Enders" by Bonnie Hunter.  The measurements of my quilt are different though, in that I am using my 2 1/2 inch strips and squares and the one in the book is made of 2 inch squares.  I had to figure out the measurements needed to make it work, since I wasn't really following Bonnie's measurements.


Here are some of the blocks I have finished, just laid out on a bed on top of a white blanket.  Its starting to come together, but the pattern hasn't really emerged yet.  Once I add the second block to this layout the chain design will form.


Here are the measurements of the pieces:

Block one:
Finished block is 10 1/2 inches
Four patches and two patches are made up of 2 1/2 inch squares.
If you do strip piecing, the strips should be 2 1/2 inch wide.
You could also just piece the 2 1/2 inch squares into rows, with 5 rows.  Just place the white squares in the center of each outside row.

Block two:
Finished block is 10 1/2 inches
The center white rectangle is 10 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches
The white strips are 2 1/2 inches by 6 1/2 inches.
The squares on each end of the strips are 2 1/2 inches.

Happy quilting!

Monday, January 15, 2018

My First Quilt Finish....... in a long time!

(This post linked to FreeMotion By The River and Crazy Mom Quilts)

I finally finished the Road Trip Quilt, after 5 1/2 years! Of course I went for long periods of time without even touching the quilt, but I was determined to finish it and so here it is:
















Sunday, January 7, 2018

Road Trip Quilt ..... almost finished!

I have almost completed my first finish of 2018! There's no need to brag, however, since Its been 5 1/2 years in the making.  Some rare snow here in N.C. and a day off work, gave me some time to work on it.


I had a few hours of quilting to finish.  You can see the snow through the window.


Then on Saturday I made the binding and sewed it on the quilt.





Now I am in the process of sewing the binding down on the back by hand.  I recently bought these little clips and love them!


The temperature outside has been very cold this whole weekend..... well, its been extremely cold for about 2 weeks.  So it has been nice to be under the quilt while working on it!


My goal is to finish this quilt by this weekend and move on to other projects.  Knowing this quilt was sitting there waiting for me to finish was a mental block for my creativity.  I'm ready to work on some new projects that I am already planning, such as Christmas gifts for next Christmas,  crocheting baby hats for a new grand baby that is on the way, and lots of quilts!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I still love Quilting!


Here sits my main current quilt project, at the bottom of a pile, in the corner of the sewing room.   There's not much left to do until I can call it a finish!  I need to get my focus back on this quilt and finish it and I'm going to get it back out and set it up for the remainder of the machine quilting


Here's the top from a post about 2 and 1/2 years ago. I plan to post some progress on this quilt soon!   I started on it a looooong time ago.  It is the road trip quilt along quilt that I have posted the progress of many times.



Even if I'm not actively quilting, I never get too far away from my love of quilting, even just driving down the road.  Here are a few barn quilts I got a picture of this past weekend while in the mountains of North Carolina.




I really love barn quilts.  I saw lots more, but its hard to get a picture when you are riding down a very curvy road with a steep drop off on the side and you don't know that a barn quilt is coming into your view until its too late.

Have a blessed day!