Friday, October 22, 2021

Skyline Divide - A Quick and Easy Quilt

I enjoy testing patterns and making samples, and this quilt was no different. I have been testing patterns and making samples for Myra at Busy Hands Quilts for over a year now and I always enjoy working with her. This quilt is a quick and easy pattern; and as usual, Myra sent the fabrics for me to use and I enjoyed working with them. As a matter of fact, I used the same fabrics for a couple of other quilts that I will be able to share soon, so be on the lookout for those.

Say hello to Skyline Divide. Myra wanted a new look to this pattern, so she sent me some wonderful fabrics to use. I love how it looks! This is Myra's image of the quilt and it is soooo much better than the ones I took. (I'll reluctantly share my pictures at the end of this post.)


I love how she makes these quilts come alive with her quilting! 


The Skyline Divide pattern includes 5 size options - Baby, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King. I made the Throw version and it measures 50" x 70". Besides all these sizes, there are two piecing options to the pattern as well - planned and scrappy. The planned version uses yardage and the scrappy version uses 2 1/2" strips, fat quarters, or yardage. As you can tell, I made the scrappy version; and I used 2 1/2" strips.  

This really was a fast and easy quilt! If you are planning to make quilts for Christmas and feel like you might run out of time, this would be a great pattern option. Just look at how this looks different, based on your fabric choices.



Below are pictures of the quilt I made. The first one is in progress and I took it so I could use it as a guide while assembling the columns. 


Below is the completed top. As I said before, Myra certainly does make these quilts come alive with her quilting.  


I am considering the idea of making this pattern using a more controlled color palette. I saw a quilt that Myra posted on her blog a while back that was made by one of her customers. It was made using five fabrics, ranging from white, to gray, to black. She added a yellow border, which really makes the quilt amazing. Check out the picture HERE

Stay tuned for more of the quilt tops I've recently made for Myra. In the meantime, be sure to visit her website - Busy Hands Quilts. You just might find the pattern for your next quilt! 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

A Few Projects

It's been a while since I've posted, but that does not mean I haven't been busy and sewing. Right now, I'm working on my Cozy Cabin quilt from Modernly Morgan. She is having a Quilt Along and I'm happy with my process.


I am using the leftover fabric from my Homespun quilt, another Modernly Morgan pattern. I hosted a Sew Along for that pattern and made three different variations. All three of these quilts were made using the same initial blocks. It is in the layout of those blocks that you create completely different looks.





One of the original Homespun quilts has already been gifted. Bailey likes her quilt and the crazy ice cream she chose as her birthday treat.




I finished four quilt tops for Myra Barnes of Busy Hands Quilts, but I have to get those pictures together and will share those in another post.  I'm also working on a couple other "secret sewing" projects and can't share those yet, but I am staying busy.

What are you working on today?

Friday, August 20, 2021

Step Right Up Quilt

I had the honor to test a pattern for Terry Atkinson and I can finally share it with you today. 


I am in love with my version of the Step Right Up quilt and the intended recipient is excited to have it on her bed soon!

I used a light green background and bright pink for the accent/steps. The rest of the strips are from a 2.5" pre-cut package that I have had for a very long time. (Yay! I made a fun quilt AND used stash. That's definitely a win/win situation.)
I had hoped to have it quilted so I could share that today, but it's not quite done yet. Like Terry said in her video, yardwork has been calling because I too have been away from it for quite some time.
This is a fun and easy pattern that will look great and just about any fabric choice. :-)

The pdf version of the pattern is available on Terry's site - Atkinson Designs The paper pattern is available as a pre-order, but it should be ready in a couple of weeks.

I love testing patterns and this certainly was a fun quilt to make. :-)

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Christmas in July Blog Hop Conclusion

 Today is the last day of the Christmas in July Blog Hop


Thanks for hosting this Sarah and for all of the participants. 

Here's the full lineup, in case you missed it. 

Wednesday, July 14th

Thursday, July 15th

Friday, July 16th
Jamie of L'Fair Quilts

Saturday, July 17th

Sunday, July 18th

Monday, July 19th

Tuesday, July 20th

Wednesday, July 21st

Thursday, July 22nd
Sandra of MMM Quilts

Friday, July 23rd

Saturday, July 24th
Joanne of Everyone Deserves a Quilt (Part 2)

Sunday, July 25th

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I'm still waiting on my baking fabric. I checked the tracking yesterday and it shows that it in Chicago. That's good new because on Thursday it was Boulder, Co. 
I'll quilt it when it gets here and I'll share pictures later. 
The good news is that I have a new Christmas quilt almost ready.  :-) 

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Christmas in July - Part 2

 I am excited to be sharing a second post for the Christmas in July Blog Hop!

Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is our hostess and besides organizing this Hop, she is facilitating a Sew Along. Sarah has been sharing the steps we need to create our own Peppermint Twist quilt. 


Along with Sarah's instructions each day, various bloggers have been sharing fun holiday ideas and tips. I am always amazed at the talent and creativity of quilters, and this hop has not disappointed. I may not sleep until December because I have found so many projects I want to do. :-)  

In case you missed a few days of the hop, here's the full line up...

Wednesday, July 14th

Thursday, July 15th

Friday, July 16th
Jamie of L'Fair Quilts

Saturday, July 17th

Sunday, July 18th

Monday, July 19th

Tuesday, July 20th

Wednesday, July 21st

Thursday, July 22nd
Sandra of MMM Quilts

Friday, July 23rd

Saturday, July 24th
Joanne of Everyone Deserves a Quilt (Part 2)

Sunday, July 25th

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On Sunday, I shared a very simple table runner that is made with large half square triangles, a few rectangles, and three borders. I used these beautiful fabrics. I just love that Christmas print!


Right after I sketched the table runner in EQ, I knew I wanted to make it into a quilt too so I kept playing with various layouts and fabrics.





I decided to stay with the table runner look and I made this quilt. I have to admit that my decision was made easier by the fact that I had enough of all of these fabrics to make both the table runner and quilt. Plus, I had a little left over so I can make some placemats too. WooHoo!


I'm sure you've noticed that my pictures aren't great and that neither of my projects are quilted. Well, just like Christmas of 2020 when we ran into a snag with many gifts not being delivered in a timely fashion; something similar has happened with this hop. 
I ordered backing fabric for the quilt and table runner on July 5th and it still has not been delivered. I had no other fabric that would work and I didn't have time to go shopping, so nothing is quilted yet. :-(

I decided that, just like last year, we'd go to Plan B which was to stay calm and remain patient. Plan B for Christmas was to open the gifts that had arrived and open the balance of them on January 6th - the Epiphany (also knows as the Day of the Kings). That would have worked if everything had been delivered by then, but there were still some missing gifts. The last of the gifts arrived January 21 and it was really kind of fun to be getting packages for what really seemed like no apparent reason. Oh well... 
I kind of feel the same way about the backing for these quilts. Honestly, if this is the biggest worry and problem that I face, I am pretty darned blessed. The projects will get quilted and I'll share pictures when that happens.

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Back to the quilt... 

I guess I am lucky to have taken a picture (no matter how bad it is). I actually forgot that I hadn't taken a picture and when I remembered, it was too dark to try to take any outside. 
 
Even though there is no picture of the totally finished quilt, I can still share the details on what you'll need to turn your table runner into a quilt that measures 60" x 75".

Background Fabric: 3 yards
cut: 4 strips - 7" x WOF, sub-cut each into 6 - 7" x 7" squares for HST
cut: 8 strips - 2" x WOF, sub-cut each into 6 - 2" x 6.5"
cut: 13 strips - 3" x WOF - set aside for borders 1 and 3

Red Fabric: 3/4 yard
cut: 2* strips - 7" x WOF, sub-cut each into 6 - 7" x 7" squares for HST 
*(you may need a 3rd strip)

Green Fabric: 3/4 yard
cut: 2* strips - 7" x WOF, sub-cut each into 6 - 7" x 7" squares for HST 
*(you may need a 3rd strip)

Gold Fabric: 3/4 yard
cut: 10 strips - 2" x WOF, sub-cut each into 5 - 2" x 8" rectangles

Christmas Print: 2/3 yard *(more if directional)
cut: 6 strips - 3" x WOF - set aside for border 2

Binding: 2/3 yard
cut: 7 strips - 2.5" x WOF

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Following the instructions HERE to make 12 large blocks.


Sew large blocks into four rows of three blocks each. Press seams open to reduce bulk.


It's time to add borders.

Border 1 - Background Fabric Border Strips
 Sew 6 - 3" x WOF strips together. Press seam open

Measure the length of the quilt top and cut 2 strips that measurement.
Find the center of the quilt top by folding it in half lengthwise. Mark with a pin.
Fold the border strip to find the center and mark that with a pin.
Match the pins at the center point and pin the border to the quilt top.
Pin the ends of the border strip to the ends of the quilt top. Pin as needed in between.
Sew with the border on the bottom, near the feed dogs. Press open or to the border.

Follow the same procedure to add the top and bottom borders.


Border 2 - Christmas Print Fabric Border Strips
Sew 6 - 3" x WOF strips together. Press seam open.
Follow the same procedure to measure, cut, and sew the Christmas Print Fabric Border Strips to the quilt top.
Press open or to the border.


Border 3 - Background Fabric Border Strips
Sew 7 - 3" x WOF strips together. Press seam open.
Follow the same procedure to measure, cut, and sew the Background Fabric Border Strips to the quilt top.
Press open or to the border.



The quilt top should now measure approximately 60.5" x 75.5"

Quilt as desired and bind using your favorite technique.

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Stay tuned for pictures of these projects quilted. The good news is that I won't be rushing around in December, trying to get these done. 

Stop back tomorrow for the final day of the hop. We'll be sharing some past Christmas in July projects and I know that you'll love what you see. :-) 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Christmas in July Blog Hop

I am thrilled to be part of this year's Christmas in July Blog Hop.

Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is our hostess and besides organizing this Hop, she is facilitating a Sew Along. Each day, for twelve days, Sarah is sharing steps to help you create your own Peppermint Twist quilt. 


Along with Sarah's instructions each day, various bloggers are sharing lots of fun holiday ideas and tips. 

Today is my day to share, but in case you missed a few days, here's the line up...

Wednesday, July 14th

Thursday, July 15th

Friday, July 16th
Jamie of L'Fair Quilts

Saturday, July 17th

Sunday, July 18th

Monday, July 19th

Tuesday, July 20th

Wednesday, July 21st

Thursday, July 22nd
Sandra of MMM Quilts

Friday, July 23rd

Saturday, July 24th
Joanne of Everyone Deserves a Quilt (Part 2)

Sunday, July 25th

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Today I am sharing a table runner pattern with you that is quick and easy to sew, and makes a quick gift or perfect decoration for any table.

Here's what you need for the 24.5" x 39.5" table runner


Background Fabric: 3/4 yard (white in sample)
from that, cut:
4 - 7" x 7" squares
8 - 2" x 6.5" rectangles
2 - 2" X 30.5" rectangles
2 - 2" X 18.5" rectangles
2 - 2" X 36.5" rectangles
2 - 2" x 24" rectangles
 
Red Fabric: 1/4 yard
from that, cut:
2 - 7" x 7" squares

Green Fabric: 1/4 yard
from that, cut 
2 - 7" x 7" squares

Gold Fabric: 1/4 yard
from that, cut 
8 - 2" x 8" rectangles

Print Border: (red print in sample)
from that, cut
2 - 2" x 33.5" rectangles
2 - 2" x 21.5" rectangles

Binding: 1/3 yards
from that, cut
4 - 2.5" x WOF strips

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Now the fun begins!

On the wrong side of each 7" background square, draw a diagonal line, corner to corner.

Layer these, right sides together with the 2 - 7" Red and 2 - 7" Green squares.


Sew 1/4" on both sides of the drawn lines.


Cut on the drawn lines.


Press open or to the Red or Green fabrics. Trim to 6.5" x 6.5".


Being careful of the orientation of the angle, sew a 2" x 6.5" background rectangles to the bottom of a Red/Background half square triangle. Press open or to the Background rectangle. 


Sew a Gold 2" x 8" rectangle to the left side of the unit above. Press seam open or to the Gold.


The block should now measure 8" x 8". 


Follow the same procedure for the Green/Background half square triangles; only this time, press open or to the Green/Background half square triangles when adding the Background and Gold rectangles. 


Following the image below, lay out four blocks. Sew the four blocks together and press seams open. Make two of these large blocks.


Sew two of the large blocks together and press the seam open. 


Sew the 2 - 2" x 30.5" Background rectangles to the sides of the quilt. Press open or to the borders.
Sew the 2 - 2" x 18.5" Background rectangles to the top and bottom. Press open or to the borders. 


Sew the 2 - 2" x 33.5" Border rectangles to the sides of the quilt. Press open or to the borders.
Sew the 2 - 2" x 21.5" Border rectangles to the top and bottom. Press open or to the borders. 


Sew the 2 - 2" x 36.5" Background rectangles to the sides of the quilt. Press open or to the borders.
Sew the 2 - 2" x 24.5" Border rectangles to the top and bottom. Press open or to the borders. 


Quilt as desired and bind using 4 - 2.5" x WOF strips.

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Wasn't that easy? 

Be sure to check out the other bloggers and get yourself a head start on those Christmas projects!