For Father’s Day, I made and gifted this awesome corn bag to my husband. I kept trying to coax him up to my sewing room to pick fabric for the cover but he wouldn’t venture into my space. When he retired four years ago, he bought himself a Kubota tractor. It has been a godsend in our day to day chores. So I looked for tractor fabric with orange tractors but could only find fabric with red, yellow and green tractors. Thank goodness for the new pattern book, Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt. I created a mini-version of the Tractor Block to make a really cute cover. And the tractor is orange!
This quilt began with picking leftover fabrics from past projects. The center of the quilt started out as a quilt for Quilts of Compassion. After the center was finished, I wanted more from this quilt. The fabrics in the center encompassed several beautiful gifts that I had given to some very special people in my life.
Center fabrics are from:
- My 1st quilt
- Lauren’s placemats
- Jacki’s placemats
- Janice’s iPad case
The original name for this quilt was Pretty in Pink, however it was more purple than pink. As I sat in my sewing room binding this quilt at the end of May, it reminded me of Springtime in Michigan. The sights, sounds and smells brought a warm cozy feel as it lay in my lap. It reminded me of the disappearing or occasional snow, the grey skies, the flowers and birds, the emergence of green grass, the ripples on the lake as the ice began to melt, the color of the Redbud trees and the smell of the blooming lilacs at my Nana’s house in Douglas. So… I have officially renamed this quilt: All Things Spring. It was quilted by Pam Heldt from Warm Memories Quilting who chose a beautiful flower and butterfly design.
As a former analyst/requirements writer/process engineer, I am always looking to improve something. Ever since I started quilting, I have looked for the “rules” or “techniques” to the perfect binding and labeling. I machine bind all my quilts because a quilt would never get finished if I had to hand bind it. I have used the straight stitch up until now. On this quilt, I used stitch #48 from my Brother XR1355 which is the reverse and similar to stitch #12 that I use for appliqué. It creates a much softer finish and works well when the backing fabric and the outer front border are the same color.
One last thing to finish… Add a perfect label but most of all… Gift it to someone special.
This panel wall hanging, “Beauty is You”, was purchased at Alley Kat Quilt Shop in Marquette, MI during my Row by Row journey in 2014. I thought I had purchased the panel set with the pink/orange/yellow girls as displayed in the store and shown on instruction sheet below, however when I opened the packet it revealed a different set of lovely girls.
Our friends had a new grand baby, Molly Sue. I thought this would sew up quickly, which it did, to make a cute baby quilt. It turned out so sweet even with the panel mix-up. The outer border is mitered. This quilt is being quilted by Mavis and hopefully I can finish binding and labeling it before our friend leaves for Colorado on May 29th. I think I will make a pillowcase with the remaining small panels and fabric.
Here is the label for Nana’s Butterfly Trellis Quilt which is actually a finished mini-quilt.
In the future, I am going to design my labels into the quilt backs or develop a method to embroider the information into the binding. I am thinking about having my Mom give this quilt back to me so I can frame the label and embroider the information on the base of the quilt.
These thread catchers were made for my niece and sister. I used batting in the body of the bag this time. Since my niece has a nut allergy and my sister sews with my niece on a frequent basis, I filled these with lentils instead of crushed walnut shells.
With all the unfinished quilts in my sewing room, there I go again and start another quilt. I love everything about this quilt. The design, the colors, the fabrics and the reason for making this quilt. It looks like a Disappearing 9-Patch but it is not built as such. It has the perfect use of fabric. It is made of six blocks and finishes 36″ x 54″ to create a nice lap quilt. Add six more blocks and it will make a perfect twin-size quilt. The hidden design includes seven Illinois roads. It reminds me of beaded bracelets that you might wear in the summer and winter.
The original quilt I saw with this design added a 6 1/2″ strip border of the background fabric with corner squares in the fabric of the small squares with a multi-colored binding of the colors of the large squares. The chevron fabric and whiskey colored fabric were left over from the Crown Royal Quilt finished in December. The backing (not shown) is a beautiful creamy turquoise and Indian motorcycle fabrics. I was hoping to finish this quilt in time for the delivery of quilts to Illinois for Quilts of Compassion, but I really wanted it quilted. Donna will quilt it and I will bind it next month. I will most likely bind with the chevron fabric.
Fabric Requirements: Lap Quilt (double for twin-size)
Large Squares: 6 – 6 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ each from 4 Fat Quarters (Chevron, Purple, Green, Turquoise)
Small Squares: 2 – 3 1/2″ x WOF ** (Whiskey)
Background: 2 – 6 1/2″ x WOF ** and 3 – 3 1/2″ x WOF subcut to 6 1/2″ (Grey)
** Sew together then subcut to 3 1/2″
This bright quilt has been sitting in my sewing room waiting to be quilted, however I struggled to find the right backing fabric. I finally decided to check the Quilt Patch sale room to see if there was enough of either the red or blue fabric left in stock. I purchased the end of bolt of the red fabric for the back and enough blue to bind this quilt. This quilt will be donated to Quilts of Compassion. Donna took it home to quilt it on her long arm and I will bind it next month.
On March 20th, Madeline brought a huge box and bag of donated fabrics to the Heritage Quilters Meeting. As a Thank You, I made two Thread Catchers (only one shown) and two pot holders from some of the scrap fabrics donated. On April 7th, I taught the Thread Catcher class at the Heritage Quilter’s Sew-In Event. The Thread Catcher pattern is from Squirmy Worm Studio, however the size, number of pieces and method of construction is different.
I finished binding the Breast Cancer Shawl and delivered the shawl to my friend Loon’s before heading to Virginia this past weekend. She will launder it before it is delivered to Kathy at the Quilt Patch. This has been a year long process.
Contributions by myself: Fabric, Appliqué tracing, cutting and block prep, Sashing and Binding
Contributions by Loon: Appliqué Stitching, Batting and Quilting