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Monday, October 31, 2011

More Lil Twister


I recently made a table topper with the Lil Twister templates.  I had to wait to show you because it was a gift for my sister's birthday.  I really loved this technique and I'm already planning my next project!

For my sister's runner, I used a charm pack called "Looking Back" by Moda.  Love it!  I actually have a second pack, I may just have to make another one for myself.  :)

In case you've never seen how these templates are used, I took some step by step pictures to share.  First thing, you sew all the squares together and add a border.  It really could be called the "Twice Sewn" quilt, because you really are sewing it twice!  It's all worth it in the end though,,,

Next...and this took a bit of courage....start cutting.  The templates have nice, strong gripping feet on the four corners, so you don't have to worry much about slipping...

Keep cutting at each 4 corner intersection.  There are lines on the template, which makes it super easy to know exactly what angle to place it...

Almost done...cutting the last row...

Look what's left after cutting all the squares.  Never fear...we'll be finding a use for those left over scraps...

I didn't get a close up of a square cut with the template, but here are all the squares cut and lined back up.  Love those pinwheels!!

A great feature...no seams to match!

and Voila!....in no time at all, they are all sewn up!

Add a second border, quilt, bind, and done!  Love it!  I love charm packs and doesn't this seem like a great way to showcase all those pretty fabrics?

Oh and remember that left over fabric?  ...in true Bonnie style, I cut them all up in to 2" squares and added them to my leader/ender box.  They will definitely be put to good use!

Have you made a project with the Lil Twister?  I also bought the Twister ruler for using with layer cakes...hmmm, I think I see one of those in my future.  :)

Happy Quilting!
Sunday, October 30, 2011

Lil' Twister

My friend Peggy ended up with a double set of these templates....if you're interested in buying them or possibly a trade, she'd be happy to make a deal!  :)

Go check it out on her blog:  Stitchin' With Peg


Happy Quilting!
Thursday, October 27, 2011

Some quilting to show you...

I realized I could share a couple pictures of some recent quilting projects I completed. These quilts belong to a couple fellow guild members and friends.

This first one wasn't actually pieced by the owner, she purchased the top already made. If you've ever made a top like this, you know that it can be very hard to keep the quilt "square." There was definitely a learning curve involved for me when quilting it. LOL I think it came out okay in the end though! I did an all-over swirl design.
Isn't this a beauty? It was a mystery quilt...
...it's quilted with a design called Hearts in Bloom.
This is another pretty quilt for Christmas...
....and it's quilted with a design called Holly Berries.

I have some projects of my own to share too...but they are gifts, so I have to wait until the receiver sees them first!

Would you believe there is snow in the forecast for our area? I'll believe it when I see it, but I think it's going to be a dreary, stormy weekend! Sounds like the perfect reason to stay in and quilt. :)

Happy Quilting!
Monday, October 24, 2011

Just had to share...

After quilting for 20 years, I finally entered a quilt in a quilt show! Our local guild joined together with three other area guilds for their biennial quilt show this weekend. One night at guild meeting they said our guild was short on entries, so I thought...why not? I'll give it a shot.

You probably remember my "Busy Little Christmas Elves" quilt. This pattern is by Gail Pan Designs and is right up there in my list of favorite quilts ever!

Guess what? It won a second place ribbon!!
I was just tickled pink! :)

I also entered this lovely quilt, but it didn't win. That's okay though...I love love love this quilt and it's mine all mine! The judges gave me glowing comments, and I admit, it was nice to read what others thought of it too.
The quilt show was interesting and I'm happy I entered for the experience...but honestly, I'm not too concerned what a "judge" thinks of my quilts. I make the quilts that I make because I'm intrigued by a pattern, or more likely because I love the fabrics.... or simply because I.love.quilting. The only opinion that matters is mine and my only hope is the person receiving the quilt will love it too! :)

Happy Quilting!
Monday, October 17, 2011

An old UFO -- finished!

Finally...this quilt is finished and off my UFO list for good! This a "Patchwork Party" quilt from 2007, if I remember correctly. 2007!! I made the blocks in a timely manner, but it then it sat for a few years. Patchwork Party is sort of an online shop hop....you buy one block from 12 different shops. I loved the fabric line from that year...it was called Prairie Paisley and it's one of my all time favorites. 'Course, that's probably because it's red, white, and blue!
This baby is BIG....it's been a while since I've done a big quilt. It's hard to get a nice picture too!
You should be able to click the images for a closer look at the pictures.
I even used up a bit of "scrap" for the backing....
I used a design called "Pretty Paisley" for the quilting....
This one is for me! Actually, I'd love to see it on our guest bed one day.

Happy Quilting!
Monday, October 10, 2011

Maine recap (warning....lotsa pictures!)

We had a wonderful trip to Maine! It was (almost) perfect weather and just beautiful scenery. It was a surprise to us that we were -early- to see fall colors...according to the info we had, we were there during "peak" times, but I guess it's just a late year.

I took LOTS and LOTS of pictures, but I picked just a few to share here, so you wouldn't get bored. :P

The evening we arrived, this was the view from our campsite. Instant relaxation!
Our campsite...
Oops...this is the next day. It rained....and rained....and rained...ALL DAY. It was miserable. The ground was so saturated, your feet just sank in to the mud. Miraculously, it was all dried up the next day....it was still muddy, but no puddles.
A view from Popham State Park...we were on the hunt for lighthouses...
This one is called Doubling Point, if I recall correctly. It felt like we were on private property, but the grounds are open to the public. While we were there, the caretaker showed up and gave us a tour of the inside. He had some great information to share about the history of this lighthouse.
Another pretty view....
This was about all the fall colors we saw...
'Course, we had to stop at L.L. Bean...
One of L.L. original sewing machines. He used this to sew boots. Can you imagine?
Well, maybe not THIS boot....
Of course, I hunted down a quilt shop or two. The folks in this shop were super friendly and they had a nice selection of fabrics and patterns.
Burkholder's Fabrics is actually in Pennsylvania....we stopped here on the trip home. If you are ever in this area, you must stop here. They have TONS of fabric and excellent prices.
My purchases from the two shops. :)
And for those of you wondering if I finished the binding on those three quilts? Yes!! I did!! Woohoo!! This first quilt is for Quilts of Valor....someone in our quilt guild pieced the top and I did the quilting and binding.
This quilt is an oldie, but goodie. Peggy, Robin and I swapped these box blocks a few years back and somewhere along the line, I put the top together. Just recently, I added the border and finally got it quilted. I quilted it with freehand flowers and swirls. I'm not sure who the recipient will be of this quilt....maybe me? :)
Just another view...it's very colorful!
And the third quilt is this tablerunner/wallhanging. I'm not sure what I want it to be! If it's on the wall, I can gaze at it fully.
But it fits my coffeetable nicely too....
Anybody still with me? That was a lot of pictures! LOL Hope you enjoyed them!

I'm doing some quilting this week, so stay tuned for those pictures too!

Happy Quilting!
Thursday, October 06, 2011

Another project??

I'm outta control...I DO NOT need another project. Seriously, I don't. So, why did I buy this? LOL 'Cause I'm weak....and it's so cute! The little pinwheels are dimensional! I found the pattern last weekend while shopping with Peggy and Robin. Then, when I was at a (sort of) local quilt shop here in Delaware, I discovered they had Christmas fabrics on sale. I still need to find a border fabric, but the six on the right are for the trees and pinwheels and on the left you see the background fabric and striped fabric for the binding.
I think it was Pat's quilt that put the idea for a Christmas quilt in my head. That's my story anyway. :P

Happy Quilting!