GREAT idea!

A friend of mine made this primitive little quilt top, she didn’t want it turned into a small quilt–but wanted it to be made into a pillow.

After discussing options, we decided to turn it into a pillow case! See how cute it is?

There wasn’t enough fabric for a whole pillow case, so what to do? We used a coordinating fabric to make the cuff and the back, and what was going to be fabric for the piping turned into the accent strip on the pillow case.

I used the “hot dog” method for making the pillow case, but had to adapt the pattern to use multiple fabrics for the entire case. There was wool in the applique that you wouldn’t want to sleep on, but if you turn the pillow over, it is a completely smooth cotton pillow case!

And you know the best thing?  When you want to change it up for the season or just put it into the decorating rotation? It folds up completely flat!

Think about making some of these wonderful pillow cases that are super simple rather than creating a whole decorator pillow or small quilt. You will become addicted!

Based on this inspiration, I had to make one for myself. MUCH faster than a flanged pillow. The first one took 40 minutes because of all of the figuring and straightening and selecting fabric. The second pillow case for the bed is going to be slightly different.

I am creating a snowman themed bedroom for a home tour in December. This was going to be a flanged pillow before I hit upon the pillow case idea.

And here’s the back side for sleeping on. I see many more of these in my future.

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More Royal Family Kids Camp quilts

My talented friends are also GENEROUS! This quilt is sure to be someone’s favorite. I think the challenge fabric was used well. I especially love the borders on this one.

Remember these fabrics from the last post? This is quilt number 2 from that challenge.

And–check out the back!

This is really a two sided quilt. So bright, so happy, so fun!

This heart quilt was donated by a friend of mine, this was not a challenge quilt, but one from a quilter who doesn’t really care for pink. I know it will be a hit with one of the kids.

And this stunning quilt is made with nothing but half square triangles. This quilter donated this because she is not a fan of blue. Well, I know it will be someone’s favorite color. The kids at camp will be so excited to choose their favorite (if they can) from the stacks of quilts made especially for them!

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My Talented Friends

My dear friend, Ginny, donated a few bags of fabric to me, and I gave each of my Bobbin Buddies Quilting friends a stack to make a quilt top for Royal Family Kids Camp, a camp for children in the Foster Care system. My friends make the tops, then I quilt and bind them.

I love the way this one turned out!

Some kid is going to be really happy! They each get to choose their own.

Here are a couple of tops–also very happy–but they will go to a Prayers and Squares recipient.


How about this handsome one? It is very masculine.

Then there is this one, that looks so sophisticated

It’s a pattern offered by Missouri Star Quilt Company, and I believe there is a You Tube tutorial on it.  Here’s a close up of the quilting. And the last one is made with 2 charm packs! Very soft looking.

I am going to collect a few more, I’ll show those once they come in.

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2018 UFO Challenges

This is the February UFO ( Un Finished Objects) challenge, a quilt top that was donated to me that is well-pieced and pleasant colors, but didn’t feel quite large enough to call finished. So, I auditioned different borders.

I tried this 30s novelty print, and the colors were right, but the scale of the pattern was overwhelming.This one had the right colors, but the scale was also a bit too much.I think this was way too dark.I’m thinking I like this, a nice dark “stopper” border and a delicate dot print in a grayed blue. These colors were a challenge, since it is probably a top from the 80s.Here it is all completed! I am liking the way it turned out. The small dot print border turned out to be a few inches too short, so I took a similar colored fabric that was a windowpane check and finished off one side of the border with it. Can you see it? (Barely?) It is in the upper left hand corner of the quilt. That’s what our Grandma would have done, use what she had.

I think the best part about finishing the quilt is that now I am honoring the work of someone in the past who spent a great deal of time and energy piecing the top together, and now it is a functional and beautiful cozy quilt for someone to enjoy.

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Playing with scraps

It all started with a garbage bag full of scraps. Thousands of scraps. This is a tiny stack of them.I laid them out, processing each of them into the maximum length and width to be the most efficient.I put them into piles to make assembly line sewing faster.I stacked them up next to my sewing machine and went to town.After the addition of each log, I took them to the ironing board and pressed them. The wooden tailor’s claps rested on top of the pressed block to help flatten the seam.Slowly, but surely the stack of 7″ finished log cabin blocks grew.  I have about 80 done here. I thought I was nearly done, but I re-figured what I needed to make a king sized quilt, and I came up with 194 blocks. Whew. I’m not even half way done!I couldn’t wait, so I laid them out on the bed and stood back to admire the quilt in progress.I finally got them all together and put it on the long arm to do the Baptist Fan pattern on the quilt. It is a timeless motif.And here it is done! It’s huge! No borders, just log cabin blocks. It measures 104 x 104.

SO. You think I would have used all the scraps, right? Wrong. They multiplied when I turned my back.I decided to make another quilt with a modified log cabin, where the center is surrounded on 4 sides by another color. Here’s the back side to show that I pieced the logs as much as I needed to to fit the block, and I used colors that were similar if I didn’t have enough of one.I made 2 sizes of blocks, 6″ finished and 12″ finished. Some light centers, some dark centers, anything goes!Then I put them up on my design wall, and I thought it looked pretty good.Here’s the back again to show how I had to patch in 3 pieces of fabric to finish the block. I’m all about using up every thread of fabric!After all blocks were sewn, I had to make a back.  I went right to the stash and pulled out some 15+ year old fabric that worked perfectly for the scrappy look I was after.I quilted it with my favorite Baptist Fan pattern.See how the quilting pulls it all together?  And now it’s done! I don’t have a picture of it with the binding on, but it looks fabulous.  Oh, I used 100% wool batting in both of the quilts, and it is just heavenly.

Do you think I tackled all the scraps? NO. When I wasn’t looking, they multiplied. I have about 1/2 a shopping bag full of scraps. I need to break them down into like units and make another quilt.

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BIG NEWS–This quilt was also accepted at AQS Daytona Beach!!

This is exciting news! The quilt is going to be competing at the AQS Show in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Those girls get around more than I do!! Wish us luck.

 

Paducah, Kentucky, USA –” Slicing Seven”  (Patt Anderson, Clara Gibson, Wendy Held, Pam Kay,  Kay Laboda, Sally Parrish and Diana Price) from San Diego area are semifinalists for the 2017 AQS
QuiltWeek® – Spring Paducah, Kentucky April 26 – 29, 2017, at the Schroeder Expo & Carroll
Convention Center in Paducah, Kentucky.
Slicing Seven have been chosen to display the quilt, BIRTH OF THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE, along with
403 others in the annual contest, now in its 33rd year. Three quilting authorities will judge this elite
group in Paducah, awarding first‐, second‐, and third‐place prizes in 16 categories, along with nine
overall awards. Winners will be announced at the 33rd AQS Awards Presentation, which takes
place at the Carson Four Rivers Center in Paducah at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 25. Cash awards
totaling $125,000 will be granted, including $20,000 for the Janome Best of Show; $12,000 for the
BERNINA Stationary Machine Workmanship; $12,000 for the AQS Hand Workmanship; $12,000 for
the APQS Movable Workmanship; and $5,000 for the Robert Kaufman Best Wall Quilt. Regardless
of how BIRTH OF THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE places in the final judging, all semi‐finalists’ quilts will be
displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 30,000 people.
AQS Founder and President Meredith Schroeder says, “Extraordinary quilts are being made by
today’s quilters, and the contest quilts represent an extensive variety of styles, sizes, and
techniques. Each quilt in the show is an intricate, creative work of art to enjoy.”
Quilts were entered in this international contest from 44 US states and 14 other countries. Come
see a wide range of special exhibit quilts including: SAQA: Made in Europe; Kona Color of the Year
2016: Robert Kaufman Fabrics; Appliqué Quilts from the Collection of Pat and Arlan Christ;
Cherrywood Challenge 2016: The Lion King; Focus & Fiber: Quilts by Melissa Sobotka; Double
Wedding Ring Quilts: Traditions Made Modern by Victoria Findlay Wolfe; and the AQS Authors’
Showcase.
The American Quilter’s Society hosts several shows annually, each with its own quilt contest.
Besides the Paducah, Kentucky show, AQS hosts other prestigious shows in Daytona Beach,
Florida; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Des Moines, Iowa.
For more information, please go to www.QuiltWeek.com

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Get ‘er done!

One of my goals for 2017 is to finish up as many projects as possible. I started out with seventeen Puss in the Corner quilt blocks from my friend Michele. They were part of a block exchange. Although this is nothing fancy, I just used alternate plain muslin blocks and had this quilt together lickety split! Quilting was simple and fast, and the resulting lap quilt is ready to be put into service. Now I’m working with twenty Puss in the Corner quilt blocks that are blue. I’m setting them on point and will soon have another one to add to the pile.

Happy new year!

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Bow tie quilts

I received a garbage bag full of hand pieced blocks. I have machine pieced the blocks together and have made 5 prayer quilts with them. Here is a sample.dsc01127I LOVE bow tie quilts. It was one of the first quilts I ever made, and I had no idea what I was getting into. My first one had “y” seams and was a real challenge to make, so it was only 24″ square. This one is constructed of hand-pieced blocks that were made by the same person who did the bat blocks, the roman bars and the hourglass blocks. The same fabrics are used in all of them. These blocks finish up at 3 1/2″ and are amazingly well pieced. Notice how the points match perfectly?

dsc01108Look at the crazy back I put on this one. It screams 1980, but so do the bow tie fabrics, so I think it’s a perfect fit!

dsc01124This bow tie quilt is made from 4″ finished bow tie blocks given to me by my friend, Michele. The difference between this one and the previous one is that the backgrounds on the bow ties are all different on this one. I think they are both charming and will provide warmth and comfort to the recipients.

That’s my show ‘n’ tell for the day. I have to get busy and finish a quilt for Christmas now.

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Hand pieced bat blocks

I didn’t know the name of these blocks, so I went to my Encyclopedia by Barbara Brackman, and sure enough, there it was!  Then I did a Google search and found many, many variations on them. There were a few settings to choose from, but I settled on this one. dsc00989These little blocks were hand pieced with brightly colored thread. They finish out at 3 1/2″ I grouped them in 4s by color, then joined them together. Here I am auditioning borders, and I felt this one was too busy.dsc00997Then I started auditioning more borders. . .no. . . no. . . no   dsc00996No, too busy    dsc00992dsc00990No. reminds me of Wonder Bread.

dsc00993No. this doesn’t work either.   I finally settled on a solid red corduroy border with corduroy binding on the bias. It is positively charming, but I failed to get a picture. It was donated to Prayers and Squares. I promise to show completed pictures in the next quilts created from hand pieced blocks.

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Last of the orphans

dsc01100The final installment of my orphan blocks included these four corner stars which were in a straight line. I joined them in a square, added four scrappy borders and a final scalloped border. It turned into a fine table topper. My challenge is complete! I finished up four projects in a short amount of time, used up batting scraps that I had on hand, used backing fabric that was donated, and had a fantastic time with various quilting motifs.

Since finishing these quilts, I was given a garbage bag full of hand pieced blocks 4″ or less in size. I got Roman bars, bat blocks, bow ties, spools, and quarter square triangles.  It is quite amazing how fast a quilt can be pulled together as long as the blocks are done.

Stay tuned for more “Use ’em up” block quilts!

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