Thursday, August 6, 2020

Half Log cabin top

This quilt top was made using 8 inches squares of fabric. 
  • For each block you will need 1- 8"  square of white/black fabric, and 1- 8" square of a color batik fabric. So you will actually make 2 blocks at the same time.
  • Cut a 2 inches strips on one side, rotate the squares 90 degrees and cut another 2 inches strip and continue this way until a 4 inches square is left.  
  • note- I did cut several squares at the same time. I carefully stacked 4 fabrics and cut them all at the same time.
  • Alternate the black and white with the color strips and sew the block on a log cabin fashion way. 
  • Trim to size (my blocks are 6 3/4 inches unfinished), and sew the top together.
I chose to sew my blocks on a diagonal setting and added black  and white triangles to complete the top.
I cut the side triangles using a companion angle ruler from  5" strips of fabric.
The corner triangles were cut using an easy angle ruler from 5 1/4" strip.
This quilt top finishes at 54 1/2" by 68"

Friday, July 31, 2020

Quiltmania 2019 Mystery

It is all quilted and washed and now air drying.
Marshall was designed by Jen Kingwell as a Block of the month (BOM) for Quiltmania magazine in 2019.
But I did change the final setting to make it my own.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Bias tape on the go

I saw this somewhere on the web; I can't remember where; but it is one of those moments "why didn't I think of that?!"
Just sewing the bias strip without ironing first. It works really well to make ties for masks. 
Thank you anonymous. 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Solidarity Quilt Block

Quiltmania magazine has a challenge for us. They are requesting 10 inch (finished), quilt blocks in reds. They will make quilts to donate to health care facilities around the world. You can make a block from the blocks they are giving for free, or one of your own. I made my own design using needle turn applique because I love to applique. It is ready to send when they notify us to do so. 
The second photo is my border for a 2012 quilt by Sentimental Stitches. The original quilt is called Benjamin Briggs. 
The quilt blocks were a BOM with 24 blocks plus a border. I have made 16 blocks; and now I think it is enough to make a large wall hang. 
So, I took one of the blocks and I am adapting to make the borders. It will be a pieced border and much easier to handle as I am needle turning this applique.  I am not using the original border for this quilt.
10.5 inches Solidarity block (unfinished)
16.5 inches by 8 inches border blocks ready to be washed and ironed.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Summer knitting

I have completed 2 knitting summer tops this past week. 
The white one is my own design and I made the pattern. That is how I learned to knit at age 12 years old. I get a non stretch top that fits well, measure it, draw a sketch; and after I make a gauge patch for the thread used, I calculate the number of stitches, rows, etc to fit the sketch created. It is not difficult, it is simple math.
The pink top is even easier, the pattern is a free download on Ravelry website.
It is called Bamboo Summer Top by Nancy Ricci. 
I did not use a bamboo thread, mine is actually recycled silk and cotton. It is a very pattern to make; but I am making a few changes on my own.
my own design

Nancy Ricci pattern with some added rows on the shoulder to make the neck opening a little lower

Friday, June 12, 2020

Bee Challenge for June 2020

My wonderful bee, the CPBEE had a challenge for June 2020. 
To make these cute little houses to trade among ourselves. 11 friends are participating and we decided to make 3 houses for each person.
These are my little ones. (I have made more than that). I plan to make a quilt with 53 houses. One for each week of 2020. There will be a couple of trees also, courtesy of some generous friends that made them to trade with the rest of us.
Due to this social isolation thing, I sent mine to the bee; and soon I should get the ones from my friends.
If you want to make your own, the pattern is called "Village" and is from Moda fabrics and Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.
It uses charm packs, or any 5 inch squares you have. the houses are 5 1/2" X 7" unfinished.
They are very fun to make.
Please take care of the ones around you.
"Village"- pattern compliments of Moda Fabrics and Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Work in progress

This quilt top in progress is being made with a layer cake (10 inch squares). The pattern name is: "Algorithm Quilt" by Gudrun Erla from GE designs. It is fast and fun to make. It will be a donation quilt for my guild. 

Half Log cabin top

This quilt top was made using 8 inches squares of fabric.  For each block you will need 1- 8"  square of white/black fabric,  and 1- 8...