Sunday, July 26, 2015

Prepping

Last week I decided to spend the rest of this month prepping some of my planned projects. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have 6 rag quilts to make. These are for my 6 great-grandchildren. There are 3 boys and 3 girls (ages 10-1). Even with my Accuquilt GO, that a lot of flannel squares! Here are the ones I've cut for the girls so far.

I bought some of these fabrics specifically for these quilts. Others came from my stash. The pink roses on blue fabric was 3 yards of flannel I won a couple years ago at my guild Chinese auction. I will probably use those and some solid light blue flannel for the backing squares. I bought 12 yards of the solid blue with a 50% of coupon at Joann's recently. Some can also be used in quilts for the boys.
The fabrics pictured below have been around quite a while. I bought these fabrics for my grandsons and they are 25 & 26 years old now. I did make them some pillowcases about a dozen years ago. Wish I could find more flannel fabrics like these. Don't remember where I bought them. Nice grade of fabric, too. The boys will love these.

I am also planning to press the strips I have made for my bargello quilt. I brought them home from Sharon's on Monday and they are still in the plastic bag. Look at this mess!
I need to pull the fabrics for my 16-patch star quilt and cut them into 10" squares. Then, I may have a few other things to prep. I do believe it will help me to get more done in the long run. I have hung my Sister's Choice in the closet. I decided to wait until cooler weather to hand quilt it.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Star Quilts

Ever see a quilt that you just have to make, RIGHT NOW? I feel that way a lot of the time when I watch a Jenny Doan video. I saw Jenny last year when she spoke at the Tennessee Valley Quilter's Assoc. Assembly Day. She is so impressive in person! She came out with a new video recently called Four-patch Star. It is actually a sixteen-patch star made with her unique way of making 4-patches. You can see the video here. I find sewing 4 patches and 9 patches so very relaxing. I just love doing them!

 I usually don't actually get around to making her quilts...until now. She uses 10" squares to make this quilt. But, since she cuts 20 of them into 5" squares to make the four patches, I decided to use fabrics from a couple charm packs I had on hand. When it comes to pre-cut fabrics, have you noticed that all pre-cuts are not created equal? Well, I did not let that deter me. Here are my 20 16-patch star centers. 
I will cut my own 10" squares of prints and Kona white to make the HST star points. I will also need 80- 4 1/2 " white squares. Luckily, I have the 4 1/2" die cutter for my Accuquilt go. I will have this together in no time...the Jenny Doan way.

So, I will have made 2 star quilts this summer. One can never have too many star quilts. Right?

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day to the USA

Here in the USA we celebrate our independence from Great Britain. Here in Nashville there is hard rain alternating with sunshine. Sort of difficult to plan the usual fireworks and cookouts. But, unlike my visit to California everything here is a lush green from frequent, daily showers.

Speaking of green, I have finished my Sister's Choice quilt top. The star points are all a shade of green. I had also cut 2 borders for the quilt, but it is large enough for my full sized bed without them. I decided to use the green border fabric for the binding instead.
The top is spread out on my bed and over the pillows. It is quite large enough as is. The points look gray or black in this photo, but they are definitely green.I have decided to hand quilt this quilt in the Baptist Fan pattern. More on this later.

I have to admit, I did my Friday Night with Friends on Thursday night. Check out what others accomplished for FNWF.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Santa Sack Swap

Last month I joined the Santa Sack Swap sponsored by Cheryll who blogs at Gone Stitchin. This is the first swap I have been a part of since swapping fabric with quilters around the world for a Millennium quilt. So, my guess is that would be 1999 and NO, I have not finished that quilt. LOL. But, I digress. 
This swap requires a 6 month commitment and requires sending 5 homemade gifts plus one sack, stocking, or tote by Nov. 25th. It is not a secret swap. My partner is Terry in CA. She blogs at Quilty-TF. It will be fun to get to know her better and get some homemade goodies for Christmas, too. Doesn't this sound like fun?