Saturday, April 19, 2014

Scrappy Quilt Fabric Charm Swap - Sign up is open!

I'm doing a charm swap! Sign up on Flickr here.

It's going to be a ton o fun!!!


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Twin Secret Santa Quilts

Ok, I'm trying to catch up on some finishes. These were made with a pattern from Moda Bake Shop called Scrappy Avalon Summer. It called for charm packs etc. as usual (that's what they want you to buy) but I went to my local quilt shop (Joann's) and bought several 1/2 yards to make my own scheme :) Each quilt took about 10 hours to make. The HSTs took the longest. I used the draw the line method (my favorite) and my Bloc Loc ruler (love it!) The instructions on the website were just okay. Sometimes it wasn't too clear for me, but I made it work. I would have done the 4 patches differently since I wasn't using charm packs. I would have just cut them to size rather than trim down. It's a great and super easy pattern to do... and it has a great scrappy quilt effect!

Anyway, you are probably wondering why the post title says Secret Santa. I made these for 2 office Secret Santa parties, so they were given away to unsuspecting co-workers: 1 in my office and 1 in my husband's office. I have to say that they ended up with 2 very deserving people!

Here are the photos:


















Until next time,
Mike.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Baby Elephants in the Room ....

I've been trying to catch up on a few finishes from last year that I never blogged about. I recently did the Peacock quilt post and the Squirrelly quilt post. Now I am posting about a baby quilt that I made for my cousin's first born. He was born last year and he has since been snuggling up in it quite often :)

I was fortunate to be given a huge pile of flannel scrap squares all about 3 to 4 inches in size from the Onlinefabricstore.net. I took those squares and just squared them down to about 3.5 inches where possible and sewed them all together (with a good eye for placement).

Here are a few pictures:

 The pile of scraps.
 Sewing the rows together....
 Adding the elephant border :)
 Long arming it.... (stippling)
 I wrote his name in the quilting :)
 The back was all owls with a scrap of elephant (ran low on the owls)...
And... Voila! ... Baby quilt :)
 
Here is a link to the full photo album which is also under My Finishes at the top of my blog.

My next posts will be about the Blue & Orange Scrappy twin quilts and then I will do one about my Oven Mitts that I have been listing in my Etsy store.

Until next time!

Mike.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Blue Peacock (and the one that got away...)

Hi Everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful 2013 and finished lots of quilts. I took a look back while I was updating my "finishes" page: I counted 8 lap size or larger quilts (2 oversized twin/full), 2 baby quilts and several other small projects that I finished in 2013. It seemed like it was a lot more!

Anyway, here is another finish that I have not officially blogged about yet. You may have seen a picture here and there, especially on my instagram account, but here goes.

A friend/neighbor commissioned me to make this quilt. He picked out the fabrics. I designed it on EQ7 then whipped it up :)


It measures about 72 x 84 inches. I spent a total of 33 hours working on it.

 I was planning on doing some fancy quilting on it but after I showed the client some options he insisted on a stippling. I was fine with that as it's the easiest and I think the most quilty looking design :)

 Here it is about halfway quilted on the long arm.

 Some nice outside pictures before all the snow arrived.



 The border had very large printed blue peacocks on it. I could not make them fit without making the border over sized. Sew, we decided that one of them should come off the border and onto the quilt blocks. I got the idea at my Quilting Club meeting from one of the members.

 This was the first time I had ever done any "in depth" applique. I used wonder under, then cut one of the shapes out and appliqued him on top of the one peacock head in the lower right hand corner. I added some extra batting for added texture then stitched around all the feathers and such, not just the edge of the shape. 

 This is the under side of the quilt top.


Overall he and I were very pleased with the outcome.

I have a few more finishes to share, but I will save them for another post. They are already on my finishes page.

I'm going to link up at Link a Finish Friday. They are having their 100th Friday finish post this coming Friday! You should stop by!

Happy 2014!

Until next time,

Mike.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Gettin' Squirrelly

I have had sew many finishes in the last few months, but I have been sew busy making last minute quilts and projects that I have not posted any of them (although you may have seen a post here and there on my instagram, facebook or twitter accounts). Today I am going to show you one and hopefully I will get the others blogged soon!

This quilt was commissioned by some very dear friends for one of their family members that was turning 60 in November (on Thanksgiving!). The only stipulation was that it had to have a squirrel theme :) Sew, we scoured the earth (even Seattle, Alaska and Canada when we were there on a cruise) looking for anything that might work. We bought online from fabric.com and ebay as well. I designed the layout on my EQ7 and then pretty much winged it from there. Here are some pictures:



 As usual I used leftover fabrics for the back of the quilt. They also let me keep any of the leftovers, probably about 3 yards in total.
I quilted it with a leaf motif and viny loops :)
Although it was technically a twin size (72 x 84 in.) it just fit on top of this queen bed. In total I spent 16.5 hours from beginning to end. It was easy and fun, especially working with such crazy prints! And, the pattern was perfect for large, medium and small prints!
 
Anyway, the recipient was just "nuts" about it :) I hear it was a great birthday celebration. And to top it all off, I got paid to do something I love. The money I made will definitely help me support my habit.
 
On a side note, the winner of the Blog Hop Party Giveaway from last month was Tami C. She chose the colors red and green. She has already received her prize in the mail.

 
Hope all is well my friends! Happy holidays to you all!
 
Until next time,
 
Mike.

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