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!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Saturday In The Sewing Room

Good Saturday morning to you! Today I am working in my sewing room and thought I'd share some pictures.

Over at So Scrappy, the color of scraps for the month is red. I have a lot of red scraps, but I am focusing on the smallest ones first and have put together my dark red and light red 2 1/2 inch squares which will be sewn together for the Rainbow Double Irish Chain Quilt I am working on.

Each fabric has a story and I even remember where most of them came from.  There's always a snippet of the NC State fabric in any scrap quilt that I make which has red in it.  Three of these scraps were given to me by my coworker, who makes some of her own blouses.  The mushroom one was in a fat quarter set I received for my birthday a few years ago.  Some of these reds were also in the Field and Furrows log cabin quilt I made for my grandson, Eli, about a year ago, you can see HERE

My step son-in-law made this quilt hanging shelf for me for Christmas.  I love it!  The items on the shelf are just there for this picture.  I have plans for what I want to put on there, but haven't gotten around to it yet.  I think a 5x7 canvas print in black and white of our six grandchildren would be pretty. The quilt is probably my favorite of the quilts I have made.  Its the cheddar bow ties quilt that was the leaders and enders project at Quiltville, with Bonnie Hunter, a few years ago.  It contains countless different scraps but the cheddar  color ties everything together.  I did some feather quilting in the border, which was my first attempt at doing that.  I hope to do more and am planning some in the Rainbow Irish Chain Quilt.

One has to keep up her strength when doing a marathon sewing session, so here's a strawberry, blueberry, cheese cake smoothie!  It was delicious and works for the Trim Healthy Mama plan.

Do you ever lay awake at night planning quilts?  I have been doing that lately.  The after 50 years old crowd will understand!   Last night I had table runners on my mind.  I want to make some with a watermelon theme.  I found watermelon scraps when I was digging through my scraps looking for reds!

This post in linked to SCRAP HAPPY SATURDAY.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Teal Scrappiness

During the month of February, the color of the scraps over at Scrap Happy Saturday (click here for more teal!) is teal.

So I scrapped up all my teal scraps and started on a Double Irish Chain Quilt.  I don't have very many teal fabrics, but I am happy to make use of them.  

I have made a few more blocks using other colors of the rainbow also, during this past week!

Have a great Saturday!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Splendid Sampler Wall Hanging

I spent some time in my sewing room Saturday.  This wall hanging is made from 12 six inch blocks that I made last year as part of the Splendid Sampler Quilt along.  I only made these 12, so I decided to put them to use.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Have a great Monday!