Card Trick Quilt

I finally got some pictures of the Card Trick quilt I made for my husband, so I thought I’d share them today. A few months ago he started buying a few really cool looking decks of cards, so I looked for playing card fabrics…..and found ONE.

SERIOUSLY, one! So I got a couple yards to use for the border and binding and made him the Card Trick quilt using the pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Co. I had a grunge star jelly roll to use, and found a neat background fabric that worked with all of it. (it just looks white in the pic, but it’s got some color on it.)

This quilt is HUGE!! And I left two rows OFF!

I use my regular (yet awesome) sewing machine to free motion quilt so a HUGE quilt is very difficult to manage.

I quilted it with bright green thread and included hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades here and there. And as usual, it isn’t perfectly consistent, but it IS finished. And he’s a happy camper.

The pattern and tutorial by MSQC are pretty easy to follow. It was hard not to get all matchy matchy with the four colors in each block. In some blocks I avoided that, others are “just so.” I found the vast amounts of background kind of annoying with this quilt. There’s just SO MUCH OF IT! Every little wobble in the quilting shows. Oh well, what can you do?

I used a nice black and green flannel check on the back, so he can be super cozy. The flannel backed quilt I made him several years ago isn’t quite long enough to cover him to his liking. This one is ridiculously long.

It’s so long.

I used the playing card fabric for the binding too. I like that look since it’s such a busy fabric. Scrap bindings have been my go-to lately but I felt like this was better for this quilt.

I know, it’s not the most original name, but this quilt got delayed more than once while I was working on it. I got sick right after thanksgiving, then the usual Christmas busy-ness kicked in. So really, it’s a miracle there’s even a label ON it.

As much as I’m complaining, I’m glad I made this for him. He uses it every evening and that’s my favorite.

Hope January is kind to you.

LL

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Cat’s Paw

I know, not a very original name but I was so pressed for time, it was cute enough and easy.

I started sewing this quilt together in my mind in August when I got the kit at an estate sale. Not the best way to complete something at all. I actually started on it in October, planning to do a bit every week. Life happened and it did not get sewn “a little bit every week.” I ended up with the flu over thanksgiving then recovering for almost the entire two weeks.

I actually worked like a maniac in the two weeks before Christmas to finish it. Now, it was NOT a Christmas gift. It was more of a “Here, you need a flannel backed quilt with kitties on it because I’m cold” kind of gift. Yes, I backed it with a super soft pretty gray flannel. And it is large. Hopefully the whole family will fit under it!

I pretty much followed the directions in the kit, afraid that if I didn’t, I’d run out of a fabric and then have to freak! It is quilted very simply with loops that are similar to yarn falling off the couch and rolling all over. Or cursive L’s, as I like to call the loopy meander. It’s not perfect, but it is finished and given with love.

I had no issues with the binding which is a new thing for me. I’ve been doing the last few bindings differently these days, and this was the first time I didn’t “miss” any areas. Score!

I also completed a quilt for the husband for Christmas (his WAS an actual gift) and I’ll share it soon. I finished it the Sunday before….so no pics yet.

I hope the holidays were happy for all who read this blog. Our days were very noisy and loads of fun, then very quiet and easy going. Perfect for us as we share the day with our parents.

As this year comes to a close, I’m thankful for so many dear people in my life. Those who share my days, those who pray with me and for me, those who share my love of quilting. I am well and truly blessed.

LL

Raffle Quilts 2018

Last night the husband attended the appreciation dinner and got to raffle off the 2 quilts I made for the amazing people who care for kids at Shults Lewis in Valparaiso.

The first one I started a few years ago, giving the Swoon block a try with fabrics that were pretty, but not necessarily my favorite. I ended up loving them! LOVE! Because all I had were a limited amount of fat quarters, I had to find border fabrics at different places along the way. I love how it turned out. Usually the husband names the quilts, but while I’m sewing and quilting, my brain names it in my mind. This one?

Old Lady Quilt.

He didn’t think that was very nice, so he came up with something else. And from what he told me, the lady who won it, wanted it really bad! I am always thrilled when a quilt goes to a happy home.

The second one is a batik beauty that I just loved making! I watch The Midnight Quilt Show regularly and some time ago discovered an awesome block I wanted to try! On the show it was called Milky Way. It was super easy to do and lots of fun! I’d made a small wall hanging for the MIL and then wanted to try it in some other fabric, so batiks were the winners!

I quilted this with big swirls. The stitches are a little large, but I think it looks nice enough. I absolutely love the border fabric, which I bought without matching everything “just so” like I usually do. We named it Kaleidoscope.

I have a love/hate relationship with batik fabrics. I think they are just gorgeous! The colors are so vibrant and the patterns are always interesting. They iron well and usually don’t wiggle around while I’m sewing them. But the texture of the fabric bugs me. Maybe I’m doing something wrong, but batiks just don’t seem to soften up and get cuddly like a quilt is supposed to. And as much as I love that they stitch up well, the texture, the flatness of the fabric makes my hands very dry.

So there it is.

Quilts given to friends who help kids through tough times with love and precious care. We’re so blessed to be able to support this good work.

Have a great weekend, friends!

LL

Multiples

I’ve completed a few projects lately, and even enjoyed giving a gift to a friend. Last week I gifted A Quilt for Thelma to a good friend. She was terribly surprised and loved it! I got the sweetest thank you note, just gushing appreciation.

The pattern is Keyhole by Missouri Star Quilt Company. I used a very bright jelly roll for the body, second border and binding for the quilt. I think this is the first time I used the entire roll! I had the orange and gray fabrics in the stash, and they worked out pretty well. It was lots of fun to make and to give. The pattern doesn’t require background fabric, so that’s always a plus, IMO. I quilted it with my favorite flower meander. It is so fun and forgiving, love it!

Next I made some HST’s and tried a few different layouts…

None of them worked for me, so those bits are in a basket for another day.

After making my daughter’s Nightmare Before Christmas themed quilt earlier this year, I had a few leftover blocks that I’d sewn into a square. I decided to put a border on and make a pillow cover for her.

I added a spider in the quilting (she hasn’t noticed it yet 🕷) and a spiderweb 🕸. Not perfect but it’s not so easy to see so it’s fine, the rest of it is swirls.

I backed it with the creepy head fabric. She liked it.

Finally, the project I’m working on now, a batik Milky Way quilt. I don’t know if that’s the correct name or not. I saw it on The Midnight Quilt Show. Anyway, my sample blocks turned out pretty cute, see?

I’ll be finishing them up into a wall hanging for my MIL. Pretty cute, with the light and dark points….so I thought the batiks would be a good idea.

I loved this first one. The brown just looks cool. I finished up the rest of them and put them on the wall.

The layout is supposed to be diagonal rows of dark and light halves of the blocks. Not seeing it in all of them. So in the one photo, I turned them so the dark would all be in the same corner. Not sure which way this one will end up just yet. Sometimes a mystery is good.

The last thing I’ve been fiddling with is the tumbler quilt made using 2 1/2″ pieces.

I’ve got another section almost ready to add on, so it could be finished soon! This is the quilt I’d started for the guest room, but I’ve decided to use it on our bed until the double wedding ring is done.

I’m hoping to wrap up a few smaller projects over the next few weeks.

Ha! Aren’t we all?

Have a good weekend, friends.

LL

Little Miss Sassy

This weekend my husband was able to deliver a quilt to one of our dearest friends. We met this amazing couple in college and we’ve been thru lots together, always at a distance.

When we learned a couple weeks ago that Miss Sassy has breast cancer, I knew she needed a quilt ASAP. With some input from her husband, we chose a top (That I already had finished) and I got this quilt done in two days.

After adding the borders, basting and quilting I was thrilled to get the binding on and get ‘er done! (How about that cute little dog?) I quilted it with feather swirls, flowers and leaves, with a few paisleys thrown in here and there.

I used a very adorable fabric for the back. It has foxes and feathers on it! And all the colors that are on the front of the quilt, which was so lucky. I couldn’t have planned it better. The binding obviously matches the border, and I love the clean look of that. The last few quilts have all had scrappy bindings, so this was a treat.

I named the quilt Sassy for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, my friend is one sassy girl. She is as sweet as can be. And she is hilarious. And fun. And she loves Jesus. Secondly, when I got this fabric, the navy didn’t seem to go like everything else. It’s stands out A LOT. I think it’s kinda “sassy ” in there. So there ya go.

So the husband delivered the quilt and said she really liked it, which is what I always hope when I give a quilt to someone dear. I’m hoping it brings her warmth, comfort and the knowledge that we are praying for her every day.

He will be back tomorrow and I’m quilting another gift for a friend. Hoping to have it done before he walks in the door.

Have a good week, friends.

LL

Auction Quilts 2018

For the last several years I have donated quilts to support Shults Lewis Child & Family Services as they have an auction each fall. This year I’ve made five items for the event.

The first is a wall hanging using half square triangles laid out in a light/dark diamond pattern. Most of the fabrics are about the same color value so the illusion is really subtle and cool. This quilt is 30″ x 35″, free motion quilted with Swirl Hooks on my regular sewing machine. It could also be a table topper or be thrown over the back of a chair.

Sun Shine ~ A “bar” layout creating bands of color between bright sunny yellow “rays” shining through. This quilt is 43″ x 45″ and very appropriate for a baby or hanging on a wall. Sun Shine was free motion quilted with Swirls on my sewing machine. The colorful border brings balance to this quilt.

A dolly quilt, perfect for any baby doll who knows winter is coming! This 22″ square quilt is made up of four sashed Irish Chain blocks. It is quilted with a meandering flower design and backed with a girly dress fabric. It could also be a table topper but it really wants to be a dolly quilt….

Pink Posh ~ Fun pink, red and turquoise Paris themed squares make up an Irish Chain design on a very light pink background. At 54″ x 67″, it’s perfect for cozying up with a favorite dolly. (Yes, it does match the dolly quilt above.) It was free motion quilted with the meandering flowers on my sewing machine. It has a fun scrappy binding, which just means not all the same fabrics were used to make the binding. The backing is a red and white sketchy print.

I think it’d be way cool to give Pink Posh AND the dolly quilt as a gift to a sweet little girl!

Elementary ~ Using modern fabrics in one of the oldest quilt blocks is the funnest thing ever! This quilt measures 51″ x 64″ for a nice lap/throw size. I quilted it with large pebbles in the light areas then wiggly lines in the dark half. The binding is also scrappy and lots of fun. The back is a sweet light turquoise floral. This quilt has a distinct math theme, so if you know a teacher….

This Log Cabin quilt is a big favorite of mine. I’ve had the fabrics for a long time and I still actually have a layer cake of it somewhere…. Finding appropriate fabrics for the border was challenging, but our recent Shipshewana trip took care of that.

I’m hoping these quilts go for loads of money to support the children, and that they bless whoever they go to!

LL

Inbetween This ‘n That

I have taken some breaks from the double wedding ring project. I’ve decided not to rush it and try to enjoy the process.

With that said, I’ve got several things going on all at once! First is the quilt I made for my youngest niece. I used a few charm packs that were just fun together, and quilted it with the pretty flower meander that’s my favorite one to do! Looking at the pics again, I threw a few swirls in there too.

The auction at the children’s home is coming up, so I’m adding borders to some things that have been in the works for a while.

The first is a fun half square triangle wall hanging. I love the design in the layout.

I guess it could also be a baby quilt, it’s pretty small. I think the fabrics are Meadowlawn and they’re several years old. Still bright and fun tho!

The second is a baby quilt with a lotta yellow. I made this a few months ago and didn’t like it, so I put it away. Yesterday I discovered the border fabric in my stash, and I think it works! I hope to quilt it with an all over design of some sort.

After dealing with all the precuts I’ve been sewing with, I decided I needed a cover for the sewing machine. So. Much. Dust. I kind of made it up as I went along, and it’s not perfect but it will keep the dust off.

Finally, I quilted and bound the “books” quilt top that has been sitting in a pile for over a year. Each book has a different free motion design, something that kind of goes with the cover fabric. I will put a pic of each individual one.

This was fun to do. The backgrounds are the same, with wavy lines and the book pages just have simple straight-ish lines.

They aren’t perfect, but they’re interesting and that’s almost as good.

I used this awesome Asian cheater fabric on the back, and did the binding different than I usually do. Stitching in the ditch is something I avoid all the time, but getting that binding on without visible stitching on the front…..love it.

I almost forgot, I made this little piggy for my niece too!

As she is just little, I didn’t put eyes on it. It’s made from a super soft cuddle and so stinking soft! And yes, I used that many pins!

Another auction quilt is one I made years ago. I finally put the final border on it today. The daughter helped me choose fabric and I don’t know why it took so long to finish this top!

These were leftover blocks from a quilt I made for a dear friend years ago. Hoping to finish this up soon.

I guess that’s it for now. I’ve got more to do for the auction, and it’s been fun to find goodies to finish up to donate.

Have a good weekend, friends.

LL