Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Chevron patterns


I love this quilt! I started cutting out the pieces for it yesterday. Hopefully I'll finish cutting today.  Since I'm using more of my fabric scraps, I'm not sure how it's going to turn out but the pattern looks like it's a little more challenging than some of the others that I've done. And  I'd also like to find a way to add a monogram spot in the center.
The directions on the website seem to be pretty clear and she's added updates as people have left questions in her comments section. It certainly looks like she's put a lot of effort into the directions and she's more than willing to answer any questions that have been posted.
I'm not sure what I'll do with the quilt when it's finished but I like the idea of a new challenge! 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Anna's quilt

I finished the quilt for my greatniece yesterday...just in time for her birthday party on Saturday. I love the colors and used my Silhouette cutter for the monogram in the center. Hopefully my niece will like it as much as I do.
Although the pattern had LOTS of small pieces, the quilt went together in pretty much no time. (If I had been able to, I think it would be more of a weekend quilt than a 2 week job!) I found the pattern in one of my quilting magazines. I realized that I had all of the fabric on hand along with the thread so it was pretty much just using my stash in the closet.

I love the way this one turned out! Very simple to put together and truly was a beginner level quilt.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sprocket pillows

Yesterday I made a pillow for our guest bed. After I finished the quilt, the room looked not quite "done". I found a tutorial and pattern for a "sprocket pillow" over at Cluck Cluck Sew. (She's asked on the website not to post a link directly to the tutorial so you'll have to search for it yourself!) I didn't follow her pattern exactly...the back of the pillow is made from the same "sprocket" cutouts as the front while she used a solid piece for the backing on her site. I also made a template from heavy cardboard and taped the instructions to the back so it could be used again.  I used the same flannel for the pillow as I did for the comforter and it made a world of difference in the way the pillow looks on the bed! It's a very simple pattern that went together in no time! I think it might have taken me 1-1/2 hours from start to finish and I love the way it looks on the bed! And the room now looks like it's finished!
I think these would look nice as pillows for the family room if I have enough fabric left from the valances that I made a while back! They're incredibly comfy!

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Clock Tower

I love the Instructables website! They have some incredibly creative ideas. I made this mosaic with ceramic tiles and tissue paper with directions I found on the website. It's the clock tower at Clemson of course! It was made as another present for my hubby several years ago. Because it's done in steps, it was really easy to keep hidden from him. There was drying time involved so I used an old cookie sheet lined with wax paper and stored it under our guest room bed. He has it hung in his home office!
I also made one for our neighbors from a picture of their dog. For some reason, that one turned out to look more like a black and white photo. But I love the difference in the two...J's looks more like an architectural drawing and theirs looks more like a photo. (I'm not sure what I did differently other than maybe a different brand of tissue paper.)

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The hubby's birthday quilt

I finished the hubby's quilt just in time for his birthday! I love the way it turned out & he was not only surprised it was finished but was thrilled with the way it turned out.  This is the first time I've attempted one without a pattern and the math was a little difficult to get right but it was worth the effort. He's a huge Clemson fan so the quilt was perfect for him! (The photo looks orange and blue but it's really orange and purple! I can sew but I'm not a photographer. )