Thursday, August 30, 2018

Jake's Reversible Dinosaur/Tractor Quilt

I finished a quilt just in time for Jake, my grandson's, 4th birthday. Its a reversible dinosaur/tractor quilt.  He loves dinosaurs the most, but I thought he'd like both.  The center main fabrics are all one piece.  I added the borders so there would be enough width for a twin size bed.

The tractor side:

The dinosaur side:

I was almost afraid the dinosaurs on this fabric would be a too scary for him, but he wasn't afraid one bit.

His daddy has a John Deere tractor, so the tractor side is appreciated too.

The green and blue borders are 5 inches and the yellow border is 2 inches.   All of the border fabrics and the binding fabric were already in my stash.

This picture is blurry, but here is a matching pillowcase that I made.

It was an easy quilt to make, but at least I finished one quilt this summer!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Twelve Inch Double Pin Wheel Block Tutorial

I am posting the measurements and instructions for the 12 inch double pin wheel block that I used in VICTORIA'S QUILT, for my own use in the future, and as a quick reference for anybody who might be interested.

12 inch blocks are great for baby quilts because 3 across and 4 down, makes a 36 by 48 size quilt, or 3 across and 3 down makes a 36 inch square quilt.  Both are good sizes for baby or toddler quilts.

I wanted to make a twelve inch block like this one in my old "Lap Quilting" book by Georgia Bonesteel.  The blocks in this book all use templates and I still have my cardboard templates that I made from instructions in this book in the 80s and 90s.  But, I definitely am only going to use my rotary cutter nowadays!  So what I did was to measure one side of the triangle template in the book, double it and cut squares of that size.

The size of the square needed for the large triangle is 6 7/8 inches.  The size of the square needed for the small triangles is 5 1/8 inches.  Then slice the squares in half like this.  

Then sew the triangles together.  Here I am chain piecing the smaller triangles.

One trick to insure that you are sewing the small triangles together correctly (white and pink dotted ones) is to always sew on the right hand side of the triangle like this:

Here is what they look like after being opened and pressed.

You will then  sew the larger triangles and the pieced triangles together to make 1/4 of the block.    In this picture I am using the leaders and enders system written about by Bonnie at Quiltville.  You can see some purple four patches that will be part of my rainbow double Irish chain quilt.  This saves thread and you are making progress on a second quilt at the same time.

You can see the 4 separate sections of the block here.

 Another hint that helps your blocks to lay flat is to put a stack of books on top of a freshly ironed and still hot block.  There's a block under this stack of books.

I tried different methods of pressing the seams on these blocks to see which one helped the blocks lay the flattest.  I have to say that opening the seams worked the best, but was too time consuming.  I ended up pressing them toward the dark and spinning the seam on the center of the blocks.

I hope this has been helpful!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Victoria's Quilt - Finished!

In my last post I said that I was going to tie this quilt with yarn, but I decided to hand quilt it. I have been quilting it almost every single night for 3 weeks!  I finished the quilting and binding today and  as usual, I took a lot of pictures.  Sorry.... I just can't help myself. haha

This is what was going on behind the quilt photo shoot today. Tobacco is being set out in the field. My least favorite crop. I really love it when the farmers plant cotton, but crop rotation doesn't allow that every year!

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.

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!