Sunday, February 7, 2016

Another Boxy Stars? How Can I Be So Obsessed With A Quilt Pattern?

My group held our annual retreat last weekend and I worked on another Boxy Stars quilt.  I had all the components cut and ready so when I got there I got busy.  I got all the sections of the 20 blocks I needed done but not put together in the blocks.  So yesterday I finally sat down and put it all together.  I couldn't decide what to use for the border so I put it away last night and thought about it.  My husband suggested I use the green fabric that I had used for a constant in the blocks as a border.  I checked to see if I had enough left and I had just enough and about two inches left over.  I decided that fate had stepped in and chose the green.  I just got the borders on the quilt and thought I would go ahead and put it on the blog.

This time I thought of the stars as flowers and chose fabrics accordingly.  I used the green as leaves around the flowers.  I love the way the quilt turned out.  I think I will quilt if free motion with white thread.  I still need to choose a backing.  I'll post a picture when it is finished.  I love making this pattern!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Got my Allietare Blocks Together

This is my version of Bonnie K. Hunter's Allietare (mystery quilt).  I put my blocks together and just today I finished putting the rows together.  This mystery was started the day after Thanksgiving when Bonnie posted the first clue.  I worked on it diligently and kept up (for the most part) except for Christmas week when I fell a little behind.  The next clue was an easy one so I quickly caught up again.  Bonnie posted the last clue (the reveal!) on New Year's Eve and I got busy finishing it up.  So here it is - my Allietare.  (Allietare means "celebrate" in Italian.)  I still need to decide what to use for the narrow inner border and then the wider outer border.  I am thinking gold for the inner border and the dark, mottled red from the quilt for the outer border, if I can get more.  The red was the only fabric bought for this quilt; everything else came from stash.  I think I would like to also use the red for the back of the quilt.  I bought that fabric at JoAnn Fabrics so I hope I can get more. 

Our annual quilt retreat will be held on January 29, 30 and 31 this year.  Debbie Canterbury and I have decided to make another design by Bonnie Hunter called Boxy Stars.  I have made several from this pattern but I see so many different ways to make it that I just can't stop!  Debbie is doing hers in red, white and blue and I am calling the stars flowers and each flower will be a different fabric.  I am using green for my accent color, green for leaves.  I already have mine kitted up and ready to take to the retreat, which will be at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, WV.  We are very happy to get to go again this year because Viking will not sponser it any more.  Linda Banker has decided to do it on her own and Debbie and I have promised to help her all we can.  Really looking forward to it and hoping the weather cooperates.  We don't mind if it snows but please not until we get there!  In fact, snow a lot then and snow us in so we have to stay a few extra days!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Now I Can List Some Finishes

This blue and green Boxy Stars quilt was made for my son, Adam, for Christmas.  All of these quilt finishes reported today are made on the same pattern - Boxy Stars designed by Bonnie K. Hunter and offered for free on her website  These quilts are all throws, not quite bed size.  The pattern is made using 2 1/2" strips and I have plenty of them already cut and ready to use.
The next quilt was a purple and yellow Boxy Stars made for my daughter, Audrey, for Christmas.  She loves purple so her quilt had to feature purple.
I didn't get a picture of the Boxy Stars quilt I made for my son-in-law, Jason.  His is blue and brown, colors he likes best.
The next finish is a purse I made for Audrey.  It is made from a pattern by Pink Sand Beach Designs called the Barbados Bag.  The first picture shows the front and the next one shows the back.  It is a cross-body bag with a zippered top.  Inside is a purple lining with pockets on one side.  The outside front has two pockets - the zippered one and a larger one behind the purple panel.  The back features two pockets.  This is the fourth purse I have made from this pattern.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.  We had the immediate family together to exchange gifts and Richard and I fixed a nice Christmas dinner featuring turkey and ham both.  I made up several recipes I found on and most of it I will make again.
Another finish that wasn't mine was a Christmas Boxy Stars quilt my friend Debbie made.  I quilted and bound it for her.  She hung it on her wall beside her Christmas tree and it was lovely.  I was so glad to get it finished two weeks before Christmas so she could enjoy it this year.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Finished My Christmas Tree Skirt

Second verse, same as the first.
I finished my tree skirt the other day.  I waited to take a picture when I got my tree decorated.  I used the same block pattern as my daughter's skirt but I used only four blocks for mine and nine blocks for hers.  She has a much larger tree than I have.  If you look really close at the picture you can see needles from the tree laying on the tree skirt.  Don't have much in presents under there yet.
I also quilted and bound my friend Debbie's Christmas quilt (made just like mine).  I am practicing my free motion quilting so I offered to do her quilt too.  I think I am getting better at it with each one I do.  I gave her quilt to her today and she has already hung it on the wall in her living room beside her Christmas tree.  She did an excellent job at the piecing of the quilt.

We had the Christmas luncheon of our pillowcase group today at Mayberry's Restaurant in St. Albans, WV.  Here is a picture of all the girls that attended.
We had a gift exchange and Mary Igo, that's the blonde in the green sweater, got the gift I took.  She seemed to like it a lot.  It was a Christmas tablerunner I made from a pattern I found in a two-year-old quilt magazine.  In the open blocks I quilted a stencil pattern, my first one.  I didn't get a picture of it, never even thought about it.  I am in the process of making another one and I will get a pic of it.

I am still making Christmas gifts and I will post pictures of them after Christmas.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Audrey's Christmas Tree Skirt Finished

I finished Audrey's Christmas Tree Skirt last week but she didn't put her tree up until now and I wanted to get a picture of it under the tree.  I think it looks very nice and is the perfect size for her tree.  I started it for my tree but my tree is only 3 1/2 feet tall and the skirt is just too big.  I made this one with nine blocks, so I made another with only four blocks, and I think it will be just what I need.  I don't have my tree up yet but I will post a picture when I do.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

New Wallhanging for Fall

I made this Pumpkin Wallhanging in two days.  I needed something to hang on my front door (the one that was there was very summery).  I was going thru some old stuff in the sewing room and ran across a pattern for a pumpkin tablerunner.  I can't use a tablerunner because I have cats and cats love to lay on things like that.  So I just made the pumpkin blocks and put a border around them.  I am very pleased with it.  We just drove in to the driveway and the pumpkins were very visible from the street.  I will leave it on the door until Thanksgiving night.  Hopefully, by then I will have made a Christmas wallhanging to take its place.  I found a tutorial on someone's blog to make a snowman wallhanging and I think that is what I'll do.  That way it can hang from Thanksgiving thru Spring, when I will (once again, hopefully) have a new Easter or Spring wallhanging made.

I have been sewing lately.  I know I haven't posted much but I have made four quilted throws (two still need quilting and binding) lately.  I have even started another one.  I will post them when I can.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Christmas Tree Skirt

While I was making the Christmas Boxy Stars Quilt I started thinking what a lovely tree skirt it would make.  So I made it.  I made nine star blocks and set them just like the Christmas quilt.  If you look closely you can see the slit for the tree trunk.  It is in the center on the right side.  When I bind the skirt I will bind the slit too.  I selected a Christmas paisley print in green, red and gold for the backing.  When I get it finished I will post a picture.  I love using up my scraps!