Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Christmas Tree

It's Christmas early at my house because I've been working on a Christmas Tree quilt!  Pieced by Christine H.,  I quilted ornaments, a cardinal and a teddy bear under the tree!  Click on the photos for a closer view. 

 I added some stars in the black background.  Christine can add crystals to the stars for some shine.
 The holly and bow were quilted in each corner.
The cardinal was quilted with gold thread.
Some ornaments...
A teddy bear under the tree.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fat Quarters, Charm Packs, Layer Cakes

I've been looking through my fabric and noticed that I have quite a few Fat Quarters.  I've been buying some charm packs too.  They are so cute!  At the time of purchase, I didn't have a pattern in mind.  However, I've now read that I need two charm packs for most patterns.  There are lots of great patterns in this book for 5" charms and 10" layer cakes. 
TWO charm packs make a 36 x 36 quilt (approximate size).  I didn't know that.  Of course I can add from my stash to make it work.

Here is another chart for Fat Quarters that is helpful from Harvest House Quilting.
What can I get from a Fat Quarter?
Approx. 18" X 22"

   99   2 " squares
   50   2 1/2" squares
   42   3" squares
   30   3 1/2" squares
   20   4" squares
   16   4 1/2" squares
   12   5" OR 5 1/2" squares
   9   6" squares
   6   6 1/2" squares

I'm itching to start a project with these charm packs and fat quarters.  I'm ready to make something!   

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I went to a quilt show last weekend and here are the photos.  Congrats to the Prairie Star Quilters of St. Charles, Illinois.  It was a nice show.  Lots of creative, scrappy quilts and good ideas! 
Perfect for fall.  Great scrappy quilt.
I like how she used extra wide rick-rack as binding.

 She used a Christmas Card as her inspiration.  So cute...

 This is a great example of how you make the fabric work for you!
 machine embroidery

 Scrappy - great stash buster!

 Another simple block, uses lots of scraps.


 Great Quilting~

 This was a signature quilt - with medallion center.  Very nice.

 The quilting compliments this quilt.


 Great quilting
 Simple and a stash buster.  Pattern Kansas City Dug Out.
 One of my favorites.  She said it was a great stash buster.  Everything goes together so nicely.

 Snow Days - A CrabApple Hill pattern with hand embroidery.
 She chose a blue-grey variegated thread - and it looked great.  Note the quilting over the embroidery.  It did not take away from the quilt even though you see it more in this photo than you did in person.
 This is a "Friendship" quilt.  Her friends (as they had to be REALLY good friends) each made a tiny quilt to hang on the line.

More next time...