Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Granny Squares

I put together my granny squares quilt top yesterday!
This has been such a fun "work in progress."
I could make these blocks all day--
& I have enough scrap fabric to do just that!

When I trim up fabric scraps, I usually try to make them fit into 2 inch squares or 1 1/2 inch squares -- and I have lots of 1 1/2 inch squares!  My Granny Square blocks are made with 2 inch squares, but I wanted to use up some 1 1/2 inch too.  So I set them on point, trimmed them to 2 inches, and then made 2 inch sashing, too.  I'm planning on hand quilting this beauty . . . someday! 
And I have so many squares left over that I'm tempted to take 2 sides of the sashing off and make this quilt a little (or alot?!?!) bigger.

 Linking up to:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Scrap Attack Quilt-Along

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Doll Quilt Swap 12

 My secret partner in the DQS12
was really easy to sew for--
she likes log cabins, Munki Munki, and bright colors.
Easy!  And fun!

This little quilt measures 18 1/2 inches square.
 I quilted in random straight lines --
my favorite type of quilting for 
busy mini quilts. 
I'm also linking up to Fabric Tuesday,
Rachel's Festival of Scrappiness, 
as it was created entirely from fabric scraps!
Scrap Attack Quilt-Along

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Scrap Attack Quilt #1

Have you been following the Scrap Attack Posts at
I have quite a few scrappy projects going at the moment!

Here is my first scrappy quilt top. . . 
made using entirely extra pieces of fabric from my stash.
 It started with leftovers from this quilt.
(more about it here)
I had lots of solids left,
and a little bit of the cities/houses print
that I used on the back (below).
I fussy cut some of these scraps,
and made several log cabin style blocks.

 One of my daughters agreed to hold the quilt for me . . . 
I haven't measured it yet,
but I would say it's just a little shorter than a 6 year old!

Linking up to:
Scrap Attack Quilt-Along

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Works in Progress, Home from Vacation

We spent last week at Disney World,
enjoying warm weather and all things princessy.
It's good to be home!

Lately I've been obsessed with making Granny Squares.
It's just so much fun to trim scraps to size
(I'm doing 2" squares)
and arrange them in different color combinations.
I could do this all day!

 Here are a couple of my favorites.
(the color and focus seems off,
my camera was not behaving well today)

 Yesterday I finished up 8 scrappy blocks for 
This was a really fun block for using up scraps --
great idea, Paula!
Below is the aftermath!

 Right before we left on our trip,
I started this color wheel quilt,
using Rachel's tutorial through her curves class.
I'm still auditioning fabrics for the center circle and edges.
I can't decide if I want to go scrappy
or use all the same fabric.
Any thoughts?
Linking up to Freshly Pieced!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Friday, March 2, 2012

Solid Swoon Mini Quilt

 I finished up my solid Swoon mini quilt this week,
and thought it would look pretty outside in the new snow.
(The blurry white smudges on the photo are snowflakes falling!)
This is my neighbor's clothesline,
my favorite spot to photograph my quilts.
This is the first time it's been quite so snowy this winter!
Close-up of the quilting --
pebble quilting in the background,
and hand-quilting outlining the star points.
I wasn't sure that this
combination of machine FMQ & hand-quilting
would "work" -- but now that it's done,
I love it! 
And the back looks so cool!

This quilt will soon be headed to my secret partner in the
For the Love of Solids Swap.
 I'm also linking up to Ellison Lane Quilts'
Mini Quilt Contest --
be sure to check out all of the amazing entries!

Modern Mini Challenge


 (Pattern/tutorial by Rachel at Stitched in Color,
courtesy of her Curves Class.)

 Here is how I marked the quilt, to echo the scallops.
This was extremely time consuming,
but well worth it!

(one minor episode of frustration here!)
 I just love it!
(Thanks so much to everyone who
encouraged me to "echo the scallops"!!!)
 Flannel houses quilt back,
the fabric is by Erin McMorris for FreeSpirit.
 Close of up the binding . . .
I wanted the binding to blend right into the quilt,
so I pieced the polka dots & orange binding together where the scallops meet.
(The last time I tried this was on this quilt.)

Linking up to Amanda Jean's Finish it up Friday!
and Megan's Sew Modern Monday!
{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations