Saturday, May 28, 2011

Just looked at the Hillbilly quiltalong that I've been following and noticed that my windmill is half the size it should have been on the background fabric. Oh well....such is life. I still need to add the sashing strips and border but I really like the way it turned out. I'll be digging in my stash for matching fabric for that since I used a charm pack for the rest. Always fun to quilt along with others and see the difference in everyone's project even tho the same instructions are used.

I got the binding on this quilt also. It was quilted by Dixie who picks up and drops off at the quilt store Just Sew in Highland. She did a great job! I'll for sure take more to her to quilt. I used a blue plaid flannel on the back and the binding also. My husband asked who this one is for....all I could say, was "we'll see". I guess he doesn't realize I just like making quilts....they don't HAVE to be for someone right now.

Happy Quilting! Lynda

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hillbilly Mystery quiltalong

I have been working on the quiltalong with Hillbilly. The blocks have all been very easy and have turned out fun to do. HOWEVER, the first handstitching I did on 3 little tulips turned out fairly well.....not great but ok. When I got to the 2nd stitchery the stitches looked a little bedraggled and by the 3rd one I gave up completely!!! So, not wanting to quit the small quilt and admit defeat I simply bought some fabric pens and made the stitchery blocks that way. I know it's hard to see in the picture, but they do look SO MUCH BETTER than my stitching and I am quite satisfied. Now I am ready to put it together. Bring it on Hillbilly!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Hillbilly sew along

I've been following Hillbilly Handiwork's blog for quite some time now. She has a great blog with lots of fun things. Recently she decided to host a sewalong and I decided to give it a try. I've completed the first 3 posts now. We started with a charm pack taking out 4 sets of 4 matching colors.

Then we handstitched a cute little tulip block. I don't handstitch but this was quite easy so I think it turned out o.k. Then we sewed together some 4-patches. So far so good. This weekend I'll be working on another handstitched Dutch girl block. Participating in a sewalong is quite fun.

Happy Quilting! Lynda

Friday, May 6, 2011

Patriotic Scraps

I made this quilt top several months ago when I decided to cut stash fabrics into strips and make quilts trying to use up my stash (which doesn't consist of large pieces of fabric like many of yours but rather is made up of small pieces that I just can't throw away!) I really used a lot of reds and blues in this quilt, but, of course, the bins don't look any emptier.

The quilter, Linda at Just Sew in Highland, Utah quilted lots of stars and loops and it looks amazing! I am in awe of her ability to take a very lopsided, unsquare, quilt and turn it into a very beautiful work. She even trimmed all the edges and batting for me so it was ready to add binding. The binding was even from my big bag of beautiful leftover bindings.

I'm very fond of using flannel for my backs now and found this blue and white piece at the Fabric Mill in Orem.

I love it that the only thing I had to buy for this quilt was the backing. The reds, whites and blues were all tucked away in my cupboards. I think this counts as a semi-free quilt.

Happy Quilting! Lynda

Monday, May 2, 2011

Tiny Twister

I had so much fun with the large Twister quilt that I bought the tiny Twister too. This one is only about 22 inches by 27 inches so it will make a nice table topper or a doll quilt. I used up some yellow, green and blue from a charm pack from Connecting Threads. After I had it together I remembered I had to have a border before I could start cutting. Found this perfect scrap of border fabric in my cupboard and had to use it.

Happy May Day everyone and keep on quilting! Lynda