March 29, 2014

Quilt block

I was shopping at the quilting connection in Ames and bought 2- 2 1/4 inch charm packs. I have had so much fun playing with them the last week. I got 3 little quilts out of 4 paks. Cost $16 plus the sashings and bindings fabric that I already had.
I saw a tutorial on Missouri Quilt company and of course I can't find it now. Jenny was so excited that a lady had come into the shop and shared how to make a block the easy way. She used 2 charm pack 5 inch blocks. One was laid on top of the other stitched around the edge 1/4 inch seam.Then ONLY the top piece of fabric was cut corner to corner both ways,after the side seams were sewn..

This is how it came out.This is 6- 4 p blocks I had left over from one of the other little quilts.That one still needs the binding.
.In the tutorial Jenny said the points would be lost.That was ok with me for this little doll quilt but I thought about how to do it so not to loose the points.
I am probably reinventing the wheel and ever quilter out there knows to cut one of the fabrics bigger.
I did not know it but after thinking about it while trying to go to sleep it occurred to me to try it. I cut the border piece of fabric 1/2 inch bigger then cut it corner to corner. Sewed it to the sides of my blocks and like magic there were the corners.I made these 2 blocks.One from pieces I had cut off other blocks the other strips from my scraps I hate to throw them away.They are kind of wonky but I plan to make a couple of throw pillows so it really doesn't matter.

Little scrappy quilts are my favorite to do. No pattern just sew.Have a great weekend. Next week sounds like we will get warmer but have rain. Ok by me rainy days are sewing days.

March 18, 2014

Tea party

Two weeks ago Justine made a pin cushion and a
pillow case. We worked on a jacket for her American girl doll.We finished it today.

 Lovin on Ziva

 I have so enjoyed having Justine visit on Tuesdays. She is learning more about sewing.
Today Justine made a pair of tights and a purse to match a dress I made. The tights are made from a pair of size small ladies tights. It is such a fun and fairly easy thing, for a beginner, to make . Last week I made a dress,hat and tights.I needed to refresh my mind on how I used to make the tights.

Her Kit doll looks so dressed up we decided to have a high tea for lunch. Even Mr.T attended.(only because he was hungry and we had sandwiches)

We talk about a lot of things. She loves animals and Ziva loves Justine visits. We found that both our birthdays are in May. She has new chicks,and 2 new puppies on her farm.Today I told her I was the oldest child also. I understand the need for ones own space.
Next week we will finish the sweater we started today. It is made from a sock like the one the other doll(in the picture) is wearing.
The centerpiece was a pot of daffodils from Justine. The bunny I found in Hobby Lobby. Just couldn't pass it up. at 40% off. Hope you all are good.j

March 3, 2014

Winter birds and quilts.

This past week was brutality cold. 20-30 below. I am thankful to have a warm home. I did a lot of bird watching and quilting. Well actually piecing . I found some partially made pin wheel blocks. I decided to sew them together. I am pleased with the way they went together. I have improved with getting straight lines but as you can see I did not do so well separating the same color blocks. I laid it out and pinned together the rows but some how the reds got side by side. Oh well it is not perfect but as I have said before none of my quilts will ever be perfect.The birds are very busy at the feeders. We have about 6 sparrows in this flock that have a lot of white feathers as you can see in the bottom pictures. I have never seen this before this year. Besides several varieties of sparrows we have a pair of downy woodpeckers,2 pair of cardinals,a pair of doves, finches and 5 (dam)squirrels.That come to the feeders. They are all camera shy. Spring will come. Just a few more weeks and we will be able to work outside. I planted my geranium seeds. Stay warm. have a great week.j