Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Class Quilt Finnished :)

I finally finnished the Exploring Fabric Choices class quilt! I took it to the shop and they immediatley hung it in the class room :) I'm so excited to teach this class! I know I learned a lot from it and I'm hoping that I can share it with others :0)

I really need to be working on my butterfly block! I was supposed to be at a fund raiser party tonight but work ran over and, well, it's not going to happen. Maybe I will make it into the studio tonight after all! I really should as the rest of the week is crazy busy as Easter is fast approaching! Choir practice Wed, and signing on Maunday Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday! Oh, yeah. The company arrives on Friday, too :)
Off and running! If I don't post before..... Have a happy Easter!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ode to our Snowman

I meant to post this a week ago or so but we did have snow yesterday. Not enought to build a snowman, thank goodness!!! This is our snowman as he is enjoying his last hours before returning to hibernation until next winter. We were amazed at how skinny his neck had become and still be able to hold up the helmet!!! We thought it quite comical :)

We have a Passion play to attend at church today but after I'll be making up a quick table runner. The tutorial is a couple of posts back, if you would like to see how it's made :)
Off and running.... have a great day :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

New Quilt Block Design!

I can't believe it has been almost two weeks since I posted! Time sure can get away from us! I have been working on a new block design using the light blue butterfly fabric as the challenge. This block started out as just going to be the black butterfly cut out on the challenge fabric. As I worked on it last night it just sort of took wing! LOL I am so pleased with it. I do have to thank my son for the glittery yellow in it as I was auditioning a gold looking bali.

This is a fun little contest that is put on by four quilt shops in my area. All the blocks (after being judged) will be taken and made into quilts for different charities. This will be the fourth Bop Around the Bay. It is sort of like a shop hop. There will be sales and if you vote at each store you are put into a drawing for gift certificates! It's a fun weekend :) Hope to post again soon as I have more stuff to share. Off and running..... to blanket stich on my block!

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Table Runner Tutorial and Another Contest???

Well, I would like to thank everyone who voted for my mom's quilted jacket and purse. I must confess, after seeing the beautiful competition, I just could not vote for myself!!!! I really LOVE the Asian Jacket!! Hey, what can I say, I have a soft spot for blue herons! So, there is another contest this weekend and the subject is applique. I finally have the binding on the Signs of Peace Quilt so I thought I would use it for my entry :)
If you would care to vote, all you need to do is click on the link on the right for the Quilting Gallery and go to Quilter's Fun. That will take you to the page with all the entries. Voting is open Fri. - Sun. Have fun and enjoy!

This is a table runner that I did for my sister-in-law for her B-day. It is from a free pattern that I picked up from my LQS.

Very easy to make and I believe there are a few variations but all you nee is:
1/2 yard for the back and border
1/3 yard for center
about 3/4 yard of fusible interfacing or enough to fuse both pieces of fabric.

Press both pieces, fold in half (for easier evening) and even edges. If you lay the smaller piece on the larger piece you can easily trim your selvages off all at once and both pieces should then be even.

With right side together sew both long edges, making a tube. Turn right side out. Press so that your center fabric is center. Then trim the ends so that they are even. Take one end and fold so that the center fabric is on the outside and stitch all the way across with a 1/4 inch seam. When you unfold this it will make the nice triangle shape on the end.

Repeat with other end.

I tacked down the flaps with buttons but you could get creative, maybe use a decorative stitch all the way across or maybe just use some glue :) Have fun with it.

I made one with less fabric because it was all I had and it turned out cute as a mini :)

Hope my directions make sense :)

Have a great night!!! Off and running.....