Friday, August 27, 2010

Paisley Quilt using Simple Log Cabin Quilt Pattern

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I was recently asked about this quilt.
Measures 50" x 50"

Paisley Quilt using Simple Log Cabin Quilt Pattern

The topic was brought up about colors, styles and patterns. Quilter's color is fun, color does not have to always be matching, Try something new ! ! You will love it.

I don't think, I think outside the box,
I think I do what I like and when I like it, that is all that matters.

Paisley Quilt using Simple Log Cabin Quilt Pattern

I made this to be washed all the time, it's the couch quilt.
It's machine pieced and hand quilted, with pearl cotton thread, so the stitches are a bit bigger, but not huge.

Paisley Quilt using Simple Log Cabin Quilt Pattern

It's a very simple log cabin style pattern.

Paisley Quilt using Simple Log Cabin Quilt Pattern 
The plaid fabric is from a gift I received and the paisley is just what I like.
I cannot say, this enough, Don't over think a Quilt, do it !

Sew Happy,
Beth

Friday, August 20, 2010

Adding Old Wooden Door has Head Board

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Old Wooden Door Head Board

Old Wooden Door has Head Board

I didn't think the hard part of all this would be hanging it.
Finding the stubs, marking, drilling, lifting and finally on the wall. I filled the holes,
re-painted, vacuum and remade the bed.


Old Wooden Door has Head Board

The door was level, but the stain glass wasn't. Had to fix.

Old Wooden Door has Head Board

The new headboard, I LOVE IT !
quilt on guest room bed

Yes the quilt, this quilt is over 20 years old and in the day I tied the quilt with yarn.

Old Wooden Door has Head Board

This quilt has been used, loved, washed and put in the dryer. It has lasted and is in very good shape, by just taking good care of it and purchasing the best fabric I could, I hope to have it for many more years.

Old Wooden Door has Head Board and Old Quilt

The finished project.

Old Wooden Door has Head Board and Old Quilt
NOW, I like it,
Next, 2 nightstands, I'm still looking for them, GW here I come !
Sew Happy,
Beth
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Old Wooden Door has a Head Board

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Old Wooden Door has a Head Board

Old Wooden Door has a Head Board

Looking at the pictures on the blog, I didn't like that there was no headboard.
Husband takes one day off during the week and we headed to a flea market. I mentioned a queen size headboard, but something different. And, look what we found. I liked the full walnut one that said, "Boys Locker Room", he picked this one. I think I'm rubbing off on him?
Old Wooden Door has a Head Board

All the glass is perfect, I cleaned and cleaned.
We had the discussion to paint, I didn't.
Old Wooden Door has a Head Board

He had to move the hinges to the other side so they could be left on,
They look great, old and a bit of rust. Love them.

Old Wooden Door has a Head Board

The door handle, Stop back tomorrow and see the room on Quilt Show Saturday,

Sew Happy,
Beth
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Monday, August 16, 2010

How to Hand Piece a Quilt Block - A Classic, A Tradition

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Let's do some hand piece a quilt block pattern !

Here is my basic hand piecing class

I feel all quilter's should at some time do hand piecing, I know you think I'm nuts, but it brings me back to the tradition of what quilters are all about. I try to do one every year or so. Your piece need not be a huge project, but please, try it.

This is my travel quilt box, would you believe it's an old Ethel M Chocolate box from Las Vegas about 20 years ago. It has everything but scissors,you just can't travel with them anymore. I have gotten into the habit of keeping it all together. This box has been on many vacations, fishing trips and even at baseball/footballgames in many towns.


hand piece a quilt

Cut an assortment of fabric, For one block you will need
8 - 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
and
4 - 2 1/2" x 1 1/2"
I just cut a pile of each and put the colors together as I piece.

marking lines to hand make a quilt

Mark a 1/4" seam line on fabric back, I use a ruler and pencil.

hand stitch a quilt

Knot your thread and do a rocking stitch. After a bit you will not need the line, notice my thumb,
 I use it as my measurement guide.


I use a thread about 18-20 inches long and string piece, knotting at the beginning and end of each block. Finger piece them open.

sewing a quilt by hand
Draw seam line if needed. Place good fabric to good, pin and sew.

how to hand piece a quilt



Open and finger press. Add 2 1/2" x 1 1/2' to side.
how to piece a quilt
Draw sewing line, Pin and sew on line,

hand piece a quilt

Finger press to the outside.




Take 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" and draw sewing line on each end, sew to 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" Do 2 times.
Draw seam line if needed. Place good fabric to good, pin and sew.


This is the back of my hand pieced block.


how to hand piece a quilt

Two finished blocks, each block have a finished size of 4"

Take some time, don't take it all to serious, pick a comfy chair, good light and just have some HAND piecing fun.


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Friday, August 13, 2010

Blue and White Baby Quilt - Hand Quilted

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This is a Baby Quilt
Measures 36" x 36"

Blue and White Baby Quilt - Hand Quilted

It is machine pieced and hand quilted by me.


Blue and White Baby Quilt - Hand Quilted

I quilted with white thread and tried to use a very small stitch.

Blue and White Baby Quilt - Hand Quilted

Remember, to wash all your fabrics before using,
 I wash and iron all fabrics as I purchase them.

Sew Happy,


Friday, August 6, 2010

Pine Tree Quilt Hand Quilting

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 I've started quilting on a lap quilt, a gift and I'm doing it by hand.

Pine Tree Quilt

I love triangles and the look of them as leaves is very nice. They are cut 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" and the quilt is simple and very attractive. All fabric from my scrap closet and the closet fabric is not going down??

Pine Tree Quilt

As a gift, I do the stitches a bit bigger than usual and this time I'm using pearl cotton thread. The stitches are not toe nail size but bigger than 12 stitches per inch.

Pine Tree Quilt

Sew Happy, Beth

Monday, August 2, 2010

August Quilt Pattern Block of the Month for YOU !

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I can't believe it, but we are on the 8th block of the series. There's always time to start, all patterns are listed above.

The 8th block of the month
All blocks Made of Squares and Triangles
August Quilt Pattern Block of the Month


12 inch square

Triangles
Cut 3 Color 4 7/8” x 4 7/8”
Cut 3 BG 4 7/8” x 4 7/8”

Cut 2 Color 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”
1 BG Top Corner 4 1/2” x 4 1/2”


6 inch square

Triangles
Cut 3 Color 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”
Cut 3 BG 2 7/8” x 2 7/8”

Cut 2 Color 2 1/2”x 2 1/2”
1 BG Top Corner 2 1/2”x 2 1/2”



3 inch square

Triangles
Cut 3 Color 1 7/8” x 1 7/8”
Cut 3 BG 1 7/8” x 1 7/8”

Cut 2 Color 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”
1 BG Top Corner 1 1/2” x 1 1/2”


 Here are my blocks for August. They are looking very good. I love color and with these patterns color is so fun to play with.

August Quilt Pattern Block of the Month

This is my 6" Square.

August Quilt Pattern Block of the Month 

Here is my 3" square, pieced wrong !
I didn't even notice until I uploaded the pictures to the computer.
Every time I see this picture I smile. It's only fabric !

August Quilt Pattern Block of the Month 

It was easier to make a whole new block, I'm not a big fan of the seam ripper.
Plus, I enjoyed doing it

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