Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Finished Little Red School House Quilt

I finished binding this little quilt last night. I think it turned out pretty cute! Look at the bottom picture to see if you see the mistake I had to fix! The hubster caught it when I was showing it off to him. It is hard to fix things after all the rows have been sewn together.... but we can't have doors upside down on houses, can we?

upside down door!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Some Mini Quilts

I've been making some mini quilts for Christmas gifts. The first one is made using the Little Red School House  pattern by Kathy Tracy in Prairie Children and Their Quilts. Blog HERE. Book HERE.

I thought the school theme would be good for the school teacher on my list.  She also likes primitive d├ęcor, so the muted colors work well.  The apple fabric came from the skirt of one of those big, flowing jumpers that were popular several years ago.  I bought it at the thrift store, a long time ago.  I'm pretty sure it was an elementary school teacher's jumper. 

Here is a close up of one of the little red school houses, before quilting.

Completed top before quilting.

I machine quilted it with a small meander design.

Tonight, hopefully (!),  I will make the binding from the fabric laying beside the quilt and get it sewn on.

I made this ASU checker board quilt for the Mountaineer in the family.  I used the same pattern as the game board quilt from my previous post.  This one went together much quicker because the little squares were already printed on the fabric.  I just had to cut out and sew together sets of 4 little squares.  The border is made from the larger squares that were printed on the fabric.

I plan to buy the checkers pieces on Amazon and am leaning toward the wooden ones that come in light wood stain and dark wood stain.

I made this really small mini quilt using a rejected block from the Little Red School House quilt at the top of this post.  The colors in this one were too bright and stuck out like a sore thumb.

It can be used as a mug rug, a small wall hanging, a hot pad, etc.  I think its cute and I may make more in other colors.

Ideas for more mini quilts for gifts include:  Camouflage for my outdoorsman, ECU for my Pirate fan and Summer colors for my Summer Loving girl.