Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It's Turkey Time!

My Daughter and I got together and cooked up some Turkey last week!  In fact, we made two!

Here's Daughter's Turkey...

and here's mine!

Aren't they cute? We had a great morning making our blocks for Coast to Coast Quilters.  
The blocks are for my friend Pattiann, who plans to turn them into a Thanksgiving table runner.  Don't you think it will be just darling?   
The fabric is from Basic Grey's Persimmon Line.  Love that Grunge for the background! 
The tutorial is from Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet and can be found HERE.  The blocks were easy to assemble and will make you SMILE. If your looking for a fun project for your Thanksgiving decorating, I'd recommend Tom Turkey! 
Best part of this Turkey--No Dishes to Wash!!

Gobble Gobble!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March Goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes!

A Lovely Year of Finishes
A Lovely Year of Finishes 2015

All too often Bee Blocks get chucked in a drawer and forgotten. Years can go by before they see the light of day... and yes, I'm quite guilty of this!

February was my turn to be Queen Bee for Coast to Coast Quilters.  My bee mates have been busy making Alphabet blocks for me, and oh, my!  Cute cute cuteness!  I don't want these blocks to languish in the dark, so my goal for March is to get my quilt top and back together.  I'm making a reversible quilt!

I am still waiting for the O's to arrive, but there's plenty of sashing and sewing to do while I wait. This is the front of the quilt. 

This giant quilt label will become part of the backing. 

Wish me full bobbins and straight stitches, okay??

Saturday, February 28, 2015

A Lovely Lone Star--Februrary Goal Complete!

A Lovely Year of Finishes
A Lovely Year of Finishes!

My Lone Star Quilt top is complete and my February goal has been met!

Pattern: Lone Star from Quilt Smart 
Fabrics: 9 colors of New Aged Muslin by Marcus Brothers
Size: 38 inches square

My Lone Star quilt top was made with a clever product called Quilt Smart Printed Interfacing. I'd never heard of the product until last fall when my Dear Friend told me about it.  It sounded too good to be true, but after putting this little star together I know that everything she said about it was true. 

The foundations are printed on light weight fusible interfacing.  All of the fabrics for the star points are cut into rectangles, there are no diamonds with stretchy bias edges. The rectangles are applied one at a time. You align each piece using marks on the panel, stitch on the lines, flip the fabric over, and fuse with the iron.  It's very easy and goes surprisingly fast.  

For the first half of the Lone Star I used my regular iron.  I recently bought a mini iron and used it for the second half.  The mini was great for this, but certainly not required. 

After all the pieces of the star point are stitched down the interfacing is folded on marked lines between each column and stitched.  This forms the diamond shapes. The sections are trimmed to the final shape. 

Lastly, the outer triangles are attached, trimmed down and the sections are joined together.  I opted to use two colors for my background to give my star some extra sparkle.  I was so excited to get it finished at this point that I never stopped for photos!  I should have used just a little more care getting my center matched,  however, once it's quilted and washed I think the misalignment will not be very noticeable.  all in all, I'm very happy with my first Lone Star.

Quilt Smart is a great way to make a Lone Star Quilt!  This pattern comes in this small size 38 inch size, as well as a 58 inch size.  When I was on the website this morning I noticed a gorgeous broken Lone Star, too.  Quilt Smart, click HERE for the website.  Quilt Smart is available online and in many quilt shops

My Daughter  noted how much I enjoyed making this quilt top, and for my birthday gave me kits for the Mariner's Compass and Mariner's Star.  I'm looking forward to playing with these!  

Happy Stitching!