Sunday, 21 April 2013

Sunday Morning update

I love blogging and sharing my quilting adventures with all of you. When I get notified that someone has made a comment or when I check my stats and they've gone through the roof, I am thankful that my voice is not getting lost out there in cyberspace!
Image from http://holliinthewilds.blogspot.com
This morning I woke up to a comment from Holli. She linked up to her blogpost here about making a baby quilt from my tutorial. Her quilt looks awesome! She's a teacher and tells such great stories about her students.
Americanna Doll Quilt
And yesterday, I checked my blog stats (I only check once or twice a week) and they were through the roof! Favequilts.com has featured another one of my tutorials here. Thank you Favequilts!

--Ann

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

WIP Wednesday - April 17

I have this Dresden Star pattern from Laundry Basket Quilts along with the templates that go along with it and I've made the block once before here:
Dresden Star Mini Quilt
And when I first showed it, my cousin said something about it looking like a sunflower and so I thought I would try making it in some bright yellow, sunflowery colors!
Bright yellow and orange
I have a few more yellows and oranges in my fabric stash than I had a few short years ago. The bright colors are growing on me and I'm making more from them all the time.
Adding the star points
The star points are just a folded triangle, set into the seams of the more traditional Dresden plate.
Machine applique with decorative stitching
 The first time I made this pattern, I hand-stitched the Dresden plate onto the background. This time, I turned to my sewing machine, chose a decorative stitch, and stitched it on by machine.
So colorful!
 I love this muted green background - it really makes the yellow and orange pop!
Auditioning brown fabric for the center
I still don't have many browns in my stash of fabric, this was one I had that I like the best, but I think I may need to make a visit to a fabric store to find the exact piece I have in my mind.

Dresden Star Pattern

If you're looking for the pattern & templates, you can find them here at Laundry Basket Quilts.

Piecefully yours,
--Ann 

Linking up with:
Quiltsy WIP and Whatnots
The Needle and Thread Network WIP Wednesday #86

Friday, 12 April 2013

Double Four Patch Table Runner Tutorial

I've been making a few of these little quilted table runners in the last few weeks. They are quick, easy and you can use your scraps if you like!

You will need:
2 contrasting fabrics for the center small four-patches (each 1 strip 2.5" x WOF)
1 main feature fabric for the larger squares (one fat quarter)
and 1 contrasting fabric for the side triangles (one fat eighth)

Cut your fabrics
For your small center four patches, cut 12x light and 12x med-dark 2.5" squares from your 2.5" strips.
From your main feature fabric, cut 10x 4.5" squares.
From your contrasting fabric, cut 2x 7" squares.
7" squares cut twice on the diagonal
 Take your 7" squares and cut twice on the diagonals so you will have 8 triangles with the straight of grain along the long edge.
Arrange your pieces
 Arrange all your pieces and lay them out so you can see how it will look all together. Piece your four patches and press seams toward the darker fabric.
Sew your four patches
Sew blocks into rows
 Sew blocks together into rows (they will be diagonal) and press seams towards the main feature fabric. Put rows back in place as you finish them so you keep the layout the way you planned.

Sew rows together and press
And sew the rows together and press all seams in the same direction.

Layer with a thin, light-weight batting and quilt as desired!

--Ann

Thursday, 11 April 2013

I've been featured here!

The tutorial for the sweet little pink chevron baby quilt has been featured at FaveQuilts!

http://www.favequilts.com/Quilts-For-Baby/Softie-Chevron-Minkee-Baby-Quilt/ct/1#

Pop on over and check them out!

--Ann

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

WIP Wednesday - April 3

It's Wednesday again! And the first one in April - I wonder what happened to March? We were just talking about whether it came in like a lion or a lamb!

So, here's what's been happening in my sewing room this week:

A matched pair of table runners
 It's amazing how different they look even though they are both made of the same pattern and the same fabric line.

Quilted Table Runner - FOR SALE
 The fabrics are all from Moda's Cinnamon Spice collection - beautiful fabrics!
Quilted Table Runner - FOR SALE
I thought I had some in-progress photos, but they're not on my camera! Leave me a comment if you would like a tutorial for this one - and I'll make another just for you!

--Ann

Linking up with:
Quiltsy WIP and Whatnots
The Needle and Thread Network WIP Wednesday #84

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Dr. Seuss themed Quilted Playmat

. . . is off to down under (Australia)!

Here's the finished product:
front (top)
back (bottom)
 I'm pretty sure this will be the last time it sees snow and I hope it's new owners like it as much as I do!

One of the best things about selling quilts online is doing custom quilt orders for people. From picking fabrics to picking a design, the process is in their hands - and I get to make something that maybe I wouldn't even try otherwise!

--Ann