Sunday, December 15, 2013

Quilt Guild Christmas Party

Christmas Gifts
Top Left: DIY Snowman Pin
Top Right: Stocking & Cookies
Lower Left: Criss-Cross Stocking Coaster
Lower Right: Ribbon Tree Ornament
The Tri-County Quilt Guild meeting in December was a very festive affair.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Cuppa Tea Mug Rugs - An Exercise in Applique

Two "Cuppa Tea" Mug Rugs

I can't believe these haven't been blogged about before! They were made in July 2012 using a Craftsy Independent Designer's pattern, which I purchased. 


Sunday, September 29, 2013

Red, White And Blue Mug Rug


8" Square Mug Rug
It's been a while, four months to be exact, since I went anywhere near my sewing machine. That may be because even though it's been a rainy summer, there were stretches of really good weather and there's always a lot to do and admire in the garden.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Quilt Assistant - A Free Downloadable Quilt Design Software


At our last Quilt Guild meeting before summer break, the guild needed someone to take on the responsibility for their newsletter which is published once every two months. No one seemed interested in taking on the responsibility and, being one of the newest members and never having seen their newsletter, I was a little unsure of what the post involved.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Reversible Scraps/Thread Catcher - Tutorial

Mouse Pincushion with Matching
Scraps/Thread Catcher
This duo was made last April for a DQ Challenge project. Links were provided in that post for making the pincushion. I've since received a request to share the directions for the thread catcher, so here it is.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Winner of the Title "Mistress of Quilts"


Congratulations, Ranju Gandhi! You have been crowned "The Mistress of Quilts" for submitting the highest number of entries to the 2013 linky parties on this site.  As mentioned in my previous post, there will be no more linky parties, so all the entries for each participant were added together and Ranju won with 20 entries!  She will receive a surprise package in the mail.

This has been so much fun, thanks to all who participated.  Wishing all of you years & years of quilting pleasure.

Cheers!

Winner of May's Giveaway


Congratulations, Nikhat Syeda Arshia, the winner this month of a charm pack of 20 (5") scrappy squares!

All the linky entries for May 2013 (I omitted my entries) were tallied and one lucky winner was picked using Random Integer Generator (http://www.random.org/integers/). 

Here is the comprehensive list of entries for May 2013.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Curve, Circle or Ring Quilts & a Giveaway

Welcome to this week's Linky Party!

The theme this week is Curve, Circle or Ring Quilts. These are quilts made using pieced curves, inlaid circles or rings. Names they go by are Drunkard’s Path, Dresden Plate, Double Wedding Ring, Cathedral Windows, Grandmother’s Fan, Japanese Fan, et al, and includes any quilt with curves or pieced in such a way as to give the impression of curves.

You may share any quilts or blocks you have made or are making yourself, works in progress (WIPs), unfinished objects (UFOs) or finished projects.

Double Wedding Ring Quilt - A UFO

Double Wedding Ring Quilt
A long-time UFO
Considering  a linky party on quilts with curves, circles or rings is long overdue, this unfinished object (UFO) which has been hidden on purpose for decades, is a prime example of one. 

Every one of the seams on this quilt is a curved seam, but that's not the prime deterrent to finishing it. I've completed 16 blocks because that's how many centers have been cut out.  For a king size quilt, which is what this quilt is meant to be, I need 72 centers!

This brings me to a couple of tips I'd like to share from 22+ years of quilting experience.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Fan Quilts & a Giveaway

Welcome to this week's Linky Party!

The theme this week is Fan Quilts. Names they go by are Grandmother’s Fan, Dresden Fan and Japanese Fan, et al.  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

DQ April 2013 Challenge - Mouse Pincushion & Reversible Scraps/Threads Catcher

Mouse Pincushion in
Scraps and Threads Catcher
This challenge organised by Desi Quilters (DQ), a creative group of modern quilters from India, was a really fun project because I love pincushions and other sewing and quilting accessories. Add to this the fact that April 22nd was Earth Day this year and I was able to combine a few of my interests to come up with this entry.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Crazy Quilts & a Giveaway


Welcome to this week's Linky Party!

The theme this week is Crazy Quilts. According to How To Quilt’s Glossary of Quilting Terms, Crazy Quilts are “quilts that are made by covering a foundation piece of fabric with odd-shaped pieces of fabric, and usually include fabrics other than cotton - for example velvet, silk, corduroy. The fabrics are often embellished with fancy embroidery stitches.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Stack and Whack Quilts & a Giveaway


Welcome to this week's Linky Party!

The theme this week is Stack & Whack (S&W) Quilts. According to Quilt Block of the Month Glossary, a “Stack and Whack Quilt is one where blocks of fabric are stacked on top of each other so that the patterns are aligned, then they are cut in such a way that when pieced together properly, the sewn blocks will form a kaleidoscope pattern.” This is one kind of stack & whack quilt. Other S&W quilts are made by stacking, whacking and shuffling any number of fabrics to make unique and diverse blocks.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Half Square Triangle Quilts & a Giveaway


Welcome to this week's Linky Party!

The theme this week is Half Square Triangle Quilts. According to Quilt University’s Quilt Glossary, the half-square triangle is “the most used pieced unit in quilting. It is a square with a diagonal seam line.  Two different fabrics are on each side of the line, usually forming a light/dark configuration.”
                                                                       
Please enter your name and a link to your blog or a picture in Flickr.  If you don't have a blog or a Flickr account, email me (hputi01@gmail.com) a picture of your quilt and a brief write-up and I will post it on my blog page called Members' Quilts. 

Link up your quilts or blocks (you may enter more than once) using Mr Linky below and do visit as many of the other links as you can.  You will get some great ideas and may even find new followers and/or blogs to follow.

At the end of each month, all linky entries for that month will be tallied and one lucky winner will receive a charm pack of 20 (5") scrappy squares!  The monthly giveaway is open to residents within and outside the United States.

Be sure to check back each week to participate in a different quilt theme.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Elvira's Stars Quilt Along

Elvira's Stars QAL
This is a WIP (Work-in-Progress) from a 
Quilt Along (QAL) I followed on 
Desi Quilters. There are four parts to this QAL 
and I've completed three of them.

Flying Geese Star blocks
Ohio Star blocks
Variable Friendship Star blocks
A preview of Flying Geese & Ohio Star blocks
A preview of Flying Geese, Ohio &
Variable Star blocks
This QAL was fun to follow.  
The instructions were clear and concise. 
Each step in the instructions were complemented by photographs.

Star Log Cabin Quilt


A single block from the quilt. 
It's a twin-size quilt. 
A birthday present for son #2.
He picked out the star formation in the layout.
He likes stars.  There are stars in the fabrics too.
We're both happy. 
I because the quilt's finished and
he because it's going to keep him warm this winter.

This was quilted in the ditch on the sewing machine.

Star Baby Quilt


I found the pattern for this baby quilt in a magazine. 
The entire quilt, except the borders, 
was made with half square triangles.
It's a one star block that made a perfect baby quilt.
 
Our adorable grandson used it as a
play-quilt until he began crawling.
In the winter we use it in the car to keep him warm.


The quilt was fun to make 
and even more fun to quilt because of its size.

I quilted this baby quilt by machine, using tear-away stencils that were pinned to the center of the quilt top. The straight lines around the edges of the star block were done using a quilting bar attachment that fits into the back of the needle on the sewing machine. I used a ready-made satin binding to finish this quilt.

To make this 48" x 48" baby quilt, follow instructions for making half square triangles (HSTs), using the following measurements.

Cutting:

Note - to construct a half-square triangle (HST), determine the size of the finished unit and add 7/8th inch.  I will be rounding the 7/8th inch to 1 inch and trimming off the excess after the unit is sewn.  For two 9" finished blocks, I will need two 9-1/2" HST units plus 1 inch = two 10-1/2" squares.

Wash and iron all fabrics.



Using a 12-1/2" square ruler:

   Cut six 10-1/2" squares from the light fabric (white in this quilt)
   Cut six 10-1/2" squares from the medium fabric (pink in this quilt)
   Cut four 10-1/2" squares from the dark fabric (blue in this quilt)

Sewing:

Follow steps 1 to 10 under the Construction heading 
   Make 4 blue & white HSTs  
   Make 4 pink & blue HSTs
   Make 8 pink & white HSTs
   Trim all HSTs to 12-1/2" square

Configure the HSTs as in the picture above and sew the quilt top.
Add a 6" border on all four sides.
Layer, baste and quilt as desired.
Bind the quilt with double-fold binding, mitering the corners to finish the quilt.

Cheers!

Kaleidoscope Star Quilt


This was probably the most interesting quilt I've ever made.
I chose an oriental theme for my focus fabric.
 The repeats in the pattern of the fabric were segmented
and stacked on top of each other six times,
triangles cut from each set of six,
which were then pieced into a hexagon.
The resulting pattern for each
of the 18 hexagons in this quilt is unique.


 I've shown only 6 of them.
 I like the 'movement' in each block.
  The colours are incredible.
 I couldn't stop sewing this quilt because
my expectations kept on building.


It isn't until all the blocks are sewn
that one can appreciate the magic
that is created from one focal fabric.

The quilt was machine quilted by an independent long-arm quilter.

Cheers!


Blog Fodder: Star Quilts & a Giveaway


Welcome to this week's Linky Party!

The theme this week is Star Quilts

Please enter your name and a link to your blog or a picture in Flickr.  If you don't have a blog or a Flickr account, email me (hputi01@gmail.com) a picture of your quilt and a brief write-up and I will post it on my blog page called Members' Quilts. Link up your quilts or blocks (you may enter more than once) using Mr Linky below and do visit as many of the other links as you can.  You will get some great ideas and may even find new followers and/or blogs to follow.

At the end of each month, all linky entries for that month will be tallied and one lucky winner will receive a charm pack of 20 (5") scrappy squares!  The monthly giveaway is open to residents within and outside the United States.

Be sure to check back each week to participate in a different quilt theme.



Sunday, April 7, 2013

Blog Fodder: Winner of March's Giveaway


Congratulations, Tina Katwal, the winner for March 2013 of a charm pack of 20 (5") scrappy squares!

All the linky entries for March 2013 (I omitted my entries) were tallied and one lucky winner was picked using Random Integer Generator (http://www.random.org/integers/). 

Here is the comprehensive list of entries for the month.

Theme
Entry #
Assigned #
Name
Strip or String Quilts
3
1
Shruti

4
2
Shruti

5
3
Marelize
Mug Rugs
1
4
Marelize

2
             5
Tina

3
6
Ruth
Foundation Pieced Quilts
4
7
Chris
English Paper Pieced Quilts
1
8
Kelly









































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Thank you, everyone who entered, for participating in the quilting themes for March.  Please visit again for April’s linky parties, of which the first quilt theme has been announced.

Have a great day!