Monday, April 29, 2013

My finished Hexagon Quilt

A while back, I saw the coolest hexagon quilt.  The hexagons were 8 1/2 inches across!  I had never seen a quilt like that before, but I loved it.  I decided to make one, ‘Y’ seams and all…  But, as I read further along the blog, I found out the hexagons were made from layer cake squares and were cut out using a ‘Half-Hexagon’ ruler.  Each layer cake square is folded in half, then you lay the ruler on top and cut out two half-hexagons.  Once they are all cut out, you lay out the quilt row by row so the top and bottom hexagon pieces match each other.  Then, sew each row together and you get a hexagon quilt! It looked like fun. So, I ordered the layer cake ruler and the charm pack ruler.  (Yes, you can make smaller 4 inch hexagons too!)

I thought I would start with my recently acquired ‘PB & J’ layer cake. 

PB&J Half Hexagon Quilt

I found the smaller prints work much better when using this method because the seam across the center is not as noticeable.  I ran into a bit of a problem when I had to chop the alphabet squares in half…

Half Hexagon Quilt

I thought it would be fun to leave the zig-zag along the edges instead of trimming off the points.  They turned out cute, but it took as long to bind the quilt as it did to sew the entire top together.  More if you include all the videos I watched to learn how to bind odd angles.

PB & J angled binding

I still need a bit of practice.  The corners are definitely not perfect, but I’m happy with my finished product.  And, I learned two more quilting techniques!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My New Table Runner

I have been looking for the right table runner pattern to use on my dining room table for the last 6 months.  I just couldn’t find what I wanted.  Until last month, I saw a table runner a friend of mine had made out of the ‘Marmalade’ fabric line.  It was exactly what I wanted. 

Table Runner

I looked through my stash and found a ‘Fig and Plum’ charm pack, that has been sitting around for a few years.  It was perfect. (I did take out all the purple squares though.)

Curvy quilt border

I’ve never done a curvy border or cut my own bias binding.  Two new firsts for me!  I just traced my friends curvy table runner to get the pattern for mine.  And for the continuous bias binding, I followed the tutorial found here, made by the Missouri Quilt Co. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out.  It makes a great focal point for my dining room.


Friday, April 12, 2013

Daisy Love Finished Stitchery

It took three days of stitching while sick in bed, one day of sewing on pinwheels, and eight hours of hand quilting while listening to General Conference.  Finally, it’s done!  I do love it so…

Daisy Love Stitchery

I had some leftover pinwheels from a quilt I never finished made from “Ruby”, so I cut them down to size and wallah! They are the perfect colors.  It’s now hanging on my sewing room wall where I can sit and admire.

Everyone should fill there homes with things that make them smile.  This is one of my things…

Daisy Love Stitchery closeup


Monday, April 8, 2013

Riley Blake Quilt Along–April

I just happened to have a quiet day the same day the April block came out for the Riley Blake Quilt Along.  Yeah! The Sunshine Block is my favorite so far…

Sunshine Block

Now, I have to wait an entire month for the next one…


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sewing Room Shelves

I have been waiting for shelves in my sewing room ever since we moved into this house four years ago and I got my first sewing room.  I’m so excited I think I might sit and stare at them all day long.  Previously, most of my fabric was stored in totes stacked under the quilting machine, under my sewing table and in the corner.  Whenever I needed to look for fabric, I had to go digging.  But, not anymore!

Sewing Room fabric stash

My wonderful husband spent the last week building me these closet units turned sewing room shelves.  You can’t really tell in the picture, but they are seven feet tall, five and a half feet wide, and over a foot deep.  Think of how much more fabric I can buy! (Kidding honey.)

Now, I need to focus on recovering my chair and organizing the rest of the room. 


Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Skirts

I hope everybody had a wonderful Easter!  We did.  The older girls started out with a treasure hunt around the house and yard to find their hidden Easter baskets, while the younger kids did the traditionally Easter egg hunt.  It was great fun. 

For Easter outfits this year, I decided to go ruffles!  The ruffle fabric is super easy to use (no hemming!) and I got three skirts and one dress finished in two days!

Easter Outfits

They turned out pretty cute.  I even bought some grey ruffles for me, but haven’t made my skirt yet.  But now, I’m just super excited to get back to my projects again!!