Sunday, October 30, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Fall 2011

It is Fall Quilt Festival time!  Amy at Amy's Creative Side is gracious to host such an event with prizes too!  I enjoy them because I often find a new blog to look at.  I always love some good eye candy!

This is my contribution.  In fact, this is what brought me into blogland.  I love traditional quilts and love scrappy-goodness.  I wanted to incorporate crumb blocks into a larger design.  While I love crumb quilts, I like when the busy-ness of the quilt is tamed down into a larger design or pattern.  I think I accomplished this here.

The above quilt ended up about twin sized.  I used warm and white batting and machine quilted it using grey thread.  I have learned that grey thread blends in very well when quilting in a scrappy quilt.  It is my NEUTRAL thread!

Here are closeups of the quilting:

I hope that next year I can come up with another idea of a quilt design using crumbs to share with you!

Below is a second quilt I made with this pattern.  I named this one I-Spy a Crumb Patch.  It uses an I-Spy format and is child sized.  I made prairie point around the outside border.  I hear this was very much enjoyed by the recipient and his older sister.  She was entertained by all of the things she was able to find!

Thank you for allowing me to show this quilt again.  I really love this quilt and it is currently thrown on my bed for extra warmth now that it is getting cold.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Twin Santas

Today I spent the day making two 12" wall hangings.  They are going to be gifts for my two grandmothers.

The snowmen pattern can be found at a great site called The Wooden Bear.  After seeing Stray Stitches make one of their patterns (Junebug), I had it in my to-do list to make one of their patterns myself.  Aren't they fun?!?  The scarf and had has yarn embellishments and the eyes are buttons!  It was really fun to make!  They also sell stands and hangers that are perfect for the mini quilt patterns.  The shipment arrived quickly and I look forward to getting more patterns in the near future!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

30's Quilt top complete

Time to figure out a backing!  This will be a nice throw!

Pillowcase dress

I never have made a dress before, but thought now was a good time to try.  My niece turned 5 a few weeks ago, and she loves dresses.  I saw a great tutorial online for a nice, tiered pillowcase dress.  The Polkadot Chair put together a lovely tutorial!  The instructions were easy and the end product looked great!  I used a Connecting Threads line called Hope Chest and the weight of the cotton fabric was perfect for a dress.

Here she is!  I was nervous that the dress wouldn't fit, but thankfully it does!  She will just have to wear tights and a shirt under it due to the cold weather. 

i am just finishing up a quilt top center and will post a picture soon!

Friday, October 7, 2011


Almost mid-October already!

I was able to finish piecing the blocks for the 1930's quilt.  I wish I would have paid more attention to my blocks as I was piecing them, but I suppose I wanted more work to do so I pieced about 20 of them incorrectly!  Right now, I am thinking about making a throw quilt rather than a twin.  I could find something fun to do with the remaining blocks I think. 

Also, I just received the fabric in the mail I purchased to make my first pillowcase dress!  I can't wait to try something new.  This is from Connecting Threads.  It is the Hope Chest fabric line.