Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March Goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes!

A Lovely Year of Finishes
A Lovely Year of Finishes 2015

All too often Bee Blocks get chucked in a drawer and forgotten. Years can go by before they see the light of day... and yes, I'm quite guilty of this!

February was my turn to be Queen Bee for Coast to Coast Quilters.  My bee mates have been busy making Alphabet blocks for me, and oh, my!  Cute cute cuteness!  I don't want these blocks to languish in the dark, so my goal for March is to get my quilt top and back together.  I'm making a reversible quilt!

I am still waiting for the O's to arrive, but there's plenty of sashing and sewing to do while I wait. This is the front of the quilt. 

This giant quilt label will become part of the backing. 

Wish me full bobbins and straight stitches, okay??

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Lovely Lone Star--Februrary Goal Complete!

A Lovely Year of Finishes
A Lovely Year of Finishes!

My Lone Star Quilt top is complete and my February goal has been met!

Pattern: Lone Star from Quilt Smart 
Fabrics: 9 colors of New Aged Muslin by Marcus Brothers
Size: 38 inches square

My Lone Star quilt top was made with a clever product called Quilt Smart Printed Interfacing. I'd never heard of the product until last fall when my Dear Friend told me about it.  It sounded too good to be true, but after putting this little star together I know that everything she said about it was true. 

The foundations are printed on light weight fusible interfacing.  All of the fabrics for the star points are cut into rectangles, there are no diamonds with stretchy bias edges. The rectangles are applied one at a time. You align each piece using marks on the panel, stitch on the lines, flip the fabric over, and fuse with the iron.  It's very easy and goes surprisingly fast.  

For the first half of the Lone Star I used my regular iron.  I recently bought a mini iron and used it for the second half.  The mini was great for this, but certainly not required. 

After all the pieces of the star point are stitched down the interfacing is folded on marked lines between each column and stitched.  This forms the diamond shapes. The sections are trimmed to the final shape. 

Lastly, the outer triangles are attached, trimmed down and the sections are joined together.  I opted to use two colors for my background to give my star some extra sparkle.  I was so excited to get it finished at this point that I never stopped for photos!  I should have used just a little more care getting my center matched,  however, once it's quilted and washed I think the misalignment will not be very noticeable.  all in all, I'm very happy with my first Lone Star.

Quilt Smart is a great way to make a Lone Star Quilt!  This pattern comes in this small size 38 inch size, as well as a 58 inch size.  When I was on the website this morning I noticed a gorgeous broken Lone Star, too.  Quilt Smart, click HERE for the website.  Quilt Smart is available online and in many quilt shops

My Daughter  noted how much I enjoyed making this quilt top, and for my birthday gave me kits for the Mariner's Compass and Mariner's Star.  I'm looking forward to playing with these!  

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bright Squares, my Daughter's Penny Patch

Last month I showed you my Cream Puffs Galore quilt that I had finished in December.  It was from a quilt along that my Daughter and I had done together. The post is HERE, if you'd like to see it.

In that post I mentioned that I'd sent my Daughter's quilt off to the long arm quilter as a surprise and then gave it to her for Christmas.  The quilt still needed binding.  My Daughter found the perfect binding in my stash, some bright pink Sketch fabric.  She cut the binding, but then she came down with the crud and was sick for several weeks, and very busy with work and family things.

Since my beautiful Daughter is a February baby, I decided it was time for another surprise.  I made the binding, attached it, and hand stitched it down.  Then I wrapped up the quilt and gave it to her again.  Yep, you should have seen her very surprised face!!  I'm so glad!

Here it is, Bright Squares, her finished quilt!

Here's a close up of the lovely leaf and flower quilting...

a peek at the background fabric and the binding...

and here is a little confused bee who thought he'd found a beautiful new flower!

Isn't it such a pretty and fun quilt?

Happy Stitching everyone!