Category Archives: throws

Stars and stripes

This did not start out patriotic at all.   Even thought it DID turn out that way.  Sort of.  I bought the Fat Quarters from Connecting Threads WAY back when, with my Father In Law in mind.   He loves Blue.IMG_7758

That is the unfinished version.   I didn’t get real good pictures of it finished!!   Except this..IMG_7779

I put a pocket in this….Father In Law likes to keep his feet warm when he’s in the recliner!  IMG_7773

The kids personalized it.  IMG_7777

This poor quilt was supposed to be just big stars.   No stripes.   But I stopped sewing with 6 blocks left.  When I got back to it, I FORGOT that I had already hacked of the fat Quarter to make it square.   Oops.   SO I had to add the log cabin-ish piece to get them up to size.   And you know what??   I LOVE IT!!

There is no OOPS in quilting—-simply an opportunity to do something different!!963804_10151519878053884_2001371086_o

BrownEyed Boy loves it too!!

peace and pieces,
amy

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t-shirt quilt.

There was a horrible tragedy in my little community.  IMG_7750

I won’t go into details, but I will show the t-shirt quilt I threw together.  A friend showed up here with a stack of shirts and said HELP.  IMG_7749

She kept my house and kids, and I sewed.  Somehow, God guided my hands.   Not a single mistake was made; no flubs; it was perfect.IMG_7752

And in 6 hours, the grieving family had something to hold.  IMG_7753

Please keep this family in your prayers.  And go hug your babies.  You never know when a freak accident will take your loved ones.

peace and pieces,
amy

a rag throw, and a quilt top

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16 half yards, and squares of batting.  SUPER wonky quilting for extra preteen interest, and there ya go!!IMG_7737

The back is great too, even if I DID get 2 fabrics next to each other.   LOL  oops.  IMG_7738

I will have a free tutorial up later this week to show you how I did it.

I also got some mail today!!   A friend got this at an Amish Auction for $17!IMG_7739

Awesome, isn’t it??   It’s not hand pieced, so I feel great putting it on the Long Arm to finish it off.   It has some interesting scraps in it.  Here I see Halloween and July 4th in the same block!IMG_7740

And the baseball is fairly new, but the rose print on the right looks fairly old.  IMG_7741

This is going to be so fun to quilt up.  The client wants purple.   Think I should go with a dark purple and make sure it pops, keeping motifs in their places, or should I do a lighter lavender?   Or even grey?   It will be purple on the back and the binding.  Let me know what you think!

peace and pieces,
amy

Quilts for Christmas

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Once again, the Moda 4Squared pattern comes to my aid.  The swirl pattern is meant to mimic the border print.100_4504

The flamingos, rose, and other large blocks are from t-shirts.100_4502

Check out this border!   Isn’t it gorgeous??   It’s on the back, too.100_4503

And Brother has one to match.

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Look at the geometric quilting on this!  It came out far better than I imagined it would.

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I wish I had full length pictures, but the rain made everything really gross.   I can’t risk ruining the quilts.   Labels go on today during Art Class, and they will go in the mail this week.  YAY!

Only a few more projects to go!

peace and pieces,
amy

 

All Paths

Here is another original design.  I’m hoping to turn this into a for sale pattern.

The inspiration was a friend who needed a real pick-me-up.   Family issues, health issues, and yet she stays so strong. 

Her faith in God is amazing.  She never seems to question Him like I do.   Total blind.   I can only aspire to be like her.

I used 2 charm packs, 2 fabrics 1 yard each, and some stuff from the stash for the borders.  The geese travel in 2 paths.   One on blue, and one on white.

In the center, I quilted a cross in gold.   The rest was a simple brown meander.  And the label…

I gave it to her, in public.  I’m a chicken!  LOL   The best way to avoid a “scene”!!  hehehehe  I’d have bawled!

I wish I had better full length pictures, but the wind would not cooperate.   This will have to be good enough!

I need to get through the Christmas orders, but then I’ll make sure that I get this pattern redone, tested, and hopefully out in January.

Now, I’m off to bed.   G’night ya’ll!!

peace and pieces,
amy

Jelly Roll Race

Mrs Pat Sloan today challenged her blog readers to a “Low Impact Jelly Roll Race”.  Sooooo, I did!!  What’s a Jelly Roll Race??  Google it.   There are several sets of instructions.   But they are all basically the same.   Take 40 pieces of fabric-each 2.5″ x Width Of Fabric. 

Sew them together on the short edges.  Some do it straight, others miter them.   Then fold the strip in half and sew one long edge. 1 strip is now 2.  When you get to the end, fold it in half and sew again.  Now you have 4. 

Do this until one long strip becomes 32.  And VOILA!  A quilt!!

I think I’ll put a panto on this, and have it for sale at the craft fair.
November 10th!!   Thanks Mrs Pat! I needed a jump start on the craft fair stuff!

peace and pieces,
amy

 

Starting ANOTHER quilt!!

yes, yes, I know.   I have a MILLION projects going on.   But I’m not really DOING this one!!  I stumbled across a Mystery project.  The FB page is here, but I found them on a blog somehow.  And honestly, I can’t find it again!  ******edit*****  FOUND IT HERE  OOH!   And the original blog is My Sister Made Me Do It.  Thanks for writing about this in the first place!

Anyway, cancer has now touched my life several different times in just the past week, as well as in the past.  AND the girls have been begging for a new project.  So this was just about perfect. There is a $15 entry fee.  $5 stays for administration fees, but the other $10 goes directly to a patient.  In this case, he is a boy names Jack.  Thankfully, the large tumor that was taken from his brain turned out to NOT be cancer, but that wasn’t know at the time the group was set up.  And little Jack is still having many issues from brain surgery, so he is still a worthy recipient.

We dug through the stash for the yardage required–I was nervous about using scraps. 

The first clue came yesterday afternoon.   I cut everything—they just can’t quite handle the Blade Of Doom yet!! Wild Child sewed the first half, and then ironed them.  

Then the Apprentice took her turn.

And here is our stack after Step 1!!  Cant WAIT to see what Step 2 brings!!

I’d also like to link up with from blank pages.  There’s a linky party going on, and it’s all about New Beginnings.  She is also in the Whims and Fancies paper piecing halloween blog hop with me.  AND don’t forget to check out the many designers at The Quilting Gallery!!  There is still time to enter the fabric giveaway here on Butterfly Angels, too!!  HURRY!!

peace and pieces,
amy

NEIGHbors

Do you think they approve?

peace and pieces,
amy

All Paths….

I’ve been working on a pattern.  I think I have it ironed out, but will need to make one more to test it out. It will be a PDF pattern for sale.  If you want to start amassing the supplies, I used 2 charm packs, and two 1 yard cuts to make the center.  The borders were from my stash, so I’ll have to work those out.

Notice the “paths” that lead to the center.  I want to quilt in a cross.  “All Paths, good and bad, lead to the Cross”  With some help from a quilty buddy, she led me to the pattern!  Thanks, Steam!  (Shoot LOTS of buddies helped!  My Partner Dot was in on 90% of the design process, and Manders and Squirrel helped as well.)

Yesterday, during naptime, I drew it out.  I have one other quilt that must be done first, but All Paths is calling me!

This is destined for a friend of mine who is having a rather rough spot right now.  She is an amazing woman, and very strong in her Faith.  She will love this.

peace and pieces,
amy

Christmas gifts 2011

This is my last post of 2011!!  I hope to have many many many new posts in 2012!

I made quite a few gifts this year.  I hope I took pictures of them all, but I’m not sure I did!  Let’s see.

Gifts for my nieces in NC–One loves BLUE, so she got this.

Blue Windows for Amber

closeup of the orangepeel quilting

For the other NC niece, I went much more modern.  I’m disgusted with the pictures.  It rained ALL week, so I had to take indoor pictures.

Modern look for Bobbie

LOVED the backing

3 days before Christmas, Mike started saying that HE was getting a quilt for Christmas.  CRAP.  Walmart’s precut batik strips to the rescue!

Mike's Rock Candy Christmas

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Gifts for the inlaws—

for Pop Pop

the yellow smudges are Phillip!

GiGi's placemats. Boys were crawfish..

..and the girls were crabs

waterbottle carrier for Tina

totebag for Tina

I did some goodies for Louetta–beautiful placemats–no pictures.  I did a horsie set for Dinah–notebook, binder, and kleenex cover–no pictures.  MOM didn’t get her stuff yet, so no pictures of that yet.  I THINK that was all that I made for gifts this year.

Here is to many MANY more posts in 2012.  Thank you to my loyal followers!!  Keep posted–I want to get more traffic to my blog this year, so I’ll host a giveaway, have some free patterns, and a few other stuff.  I am ALSO going to start charging taxes.  This will be the first year I actually might be in the black, so I figure I’d better sign up with the state and be legal!  Paperwork–YUCK!  LOL  so lots of changes on the way.

peace and pieces,
amy