Beginner's Quilt-Along

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Donation Quilt Tops

Hello all!

I finished up a few quilt tops this weekend. Both of these were made from blocks that were gifted to me. The blocks were all finished and just needed to be put together in some way.

I really like how the purple one turned out. I don't know what the block name is but it ended up really cool anyway.

I thought that the red/blue quilt needed a border so I found something that matched the inner red blocks and put that around. I think that this could pass for a Quilt of Valor so I'm going to do some checking around. If its not quite big enough yet I will get another border or two going :)

This week I am working on the backing for my Craftsy BOM top....I am piecing together my scraps and here is what I have put together so far. 

I cut my own 'layer cakes' from my scraps and this is what I came up with. This section is about 39x39 and the backing for my quilt should be about 70x70 so I have a lot of work to do. I think that this is a great start though and can't wait to finally get that quilt to a long-arm quilter!

Have a great week - Angela S.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Beginner’s Quilt-Along Quilt - Tops Finished

Hello all!

I finished up a few quilt tops this weekend and it was great!! I had completed these blocks a long time ago and needed to get something done with them. I could have just put together all 12 blocks and called it a day but I saw this as an opportunity to make two child-sized quilt tops. The blocks and sashing themselves weren't quite big enough for my liking so I added on a 5 inch border around the whole thing. 

So here are the finished tops ready for donation to Project Linus!

I am working on a few other tops from past projects so hopefully those will be done after the upcoming three day weekend. 

Have a great holiday weekend!

Angela S. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Another bright bag

Hello all!!

I spent my time this weekend finishing up another Half Moon Bay 6-pack Bag. I previously posted about this bag pattern here. These bags are going to the same house so I wanted to make them the same but different. 

For the first bag, I used 6 fat quarters with the 2 background fabrics being the same. For this bag, I used 6 fat quarters with 2 of the block fabrics being the same. 

I'm not sure which bag I like better but I do know that the 'blocks' stand out on these background fabrics better. I had initially purchased two 6-packs of fat quarters to use for this project and thought that the solids would work awesome for young girls.

I also must have made a mistake cutting somewhere in the process but I cut this so long ago I have no idea...I just ended up making the middle of each side of the back the same color as the background and that will have to work :)


I don't think that either girl that is getting a bag sews - so hopefully they will appreciate them. At any rate I am going to fill them up with some handy items that new-grads need. 

This is the second time that I have made a bag with this pattern and I don't think it will be the last. If I make the bag for myself I think i will figure out how to add a zipper to the top and to at least one of the inside pockets.

I showed the bag off at Sewtopia last night and many people made comments about the nice bright colors. I think solids are really started to take off in that group :)

All for now -- Angela S.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

A few Quilts of Valor blocks

Hello All!

This week I spent some time on Quilts of Valor blocks. The Sioux Falls Quilt Guilt provides a main color for the block and members provide the rest for as many blocks as they would like to make. Here is the first block. I think it looks boring all by itself....

 but when you put 4 of them get this awesome pinwheel!!

I made 2 of the 'party hat' blocks and I really like how they both turned out. These blocks are 12 inches where the pinwheel blocks are 8.5 inches.

If you would like more information on Quilts of Valor you can visit them here. I love working on these blocks because if each member does just a few blocks we can have a quilt top pieced in no time!!

The guild meeting this month should be interesting since the April meeting was cancelled due to weather. I am expecting that we will have lots of giveaways and news to attend to due to the missed meeting. 

In other news this week, I was able to pin down the dates for the Quilt Minnesota Shop Hop. I had thought about going to a different section this year but I don't want to have to drive just to get on a bus :) It looks like I will be doing the Southwest section again which is just fine with me. I visited the shop in Sherburn a few weeks ago and they already had their quilt ready for their 'cookbook'!! It was so exciting to see it since it had JUST come back from the quilter. 

That's all for now - have a great rest of the week and enjoy the weather!

Angela S.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Day Snow

My May Day began with looking out the window and seeing snow! 

I could not believe it...but it is South Dakota so anything goes :)

This week I have been working on a new 'Have It All' Wallet. The fasteners and I were not agreeing so I made a trip to JoAnn's and got a different type to make it work. While in JoAnn's I got distracted by all of the cool licensed fabrics. I ended up getting some Disney Cars fabric to make up some pillowcases. 

Once I got home I started doing some spring cleaning in the sewing room which was scary....and probably more than a Wednesday night project given the huge mess in there right now. Oh well, there is always tomorrow. 

My goals for the weekend are to make my quilt guild blocks, bind my curvy table runner, bind my small quilt and finish up 3-4 pillowcases. 

Happy May!

Angela S.