Friday, January 27, 2012

My First Quilt is Made of all Squares

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This is my first quilt
In the early 80's we moved to Burlington, Iowa, it's in the southeastern corner of the state on the Mississippi River and yes, I learned how to spell Mississippi.

My First Quilt

My First Quilt is all Squares



I had done some blocks, some pillows and then I saw in the paper a class being hosted by the local quilt group. I remember it being expensive and how I agonized over it for days. but, finally signed up.
The teacher was "Liz Porter" at the time she worked for one of the magazines, Better Homes maybe, but is was a wonderful day and I learned so much.

My First Quilt

It was a color class which meant nothing to me at the time, looking at the quilt today I didn't get the whole idea. Liz brought letters to add to each quilt to identify, I used my initials.

First Quilt is all Squares
Hand quilting was so relaxing to me, I had no frame, just a dining room table, pinned it very well and quilted. I checked out library books on how to do everything. The quality of books we have now is crazy different from then.
My First Quil

I was approached to join the quilt group after the class. I think I was a rarity in the group a "new" member. I remember being laughed at when they saw my round corners on the quilt. I love these corners.This is my quilt, I curl up under it daily, it's washed all the time and it's just over 35 years old. It's never looked better to me.

And, if you are in the group in Burlington, IA. I'd love to hear from you ! ! 
My e-mail - thequiltladies@gmail.com

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Fish Taco's Quilt Ladies Kitchen

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When Husband brings home a recipe from work.....
Well, after he talked it up, way too much. I tried it.

Fish Taco's

1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt
1/2 cup light Mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped Fresh cilantro
1 oz package of taco seasoning mix
1 pound Tilapia, or other firm fish cut in chucks
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 Tbs. of lemon juice, bottle or fresh
1 package whole grain taco shells.

Mix together, sour cream, mayonnaise, cilantro and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the seasoning in a small bowl.

Combine tilapia, olive oil, lemon juice and rest of seasoning mix,
Coat fish with seasoning
 Cook, stir over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes per side. or until fish flakes with fork.

Quick and Easy Fish Taco Recipe

Fill taco shells with fish mixture,

Top with, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream mixture
Quick and Easy Fish Taco Recipe

Or as I like it. Salad, chips and fish.

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Beth is the Author of The Quilt Ladies Book Collection
and Little Quilt Ladies Pattern Series 








Friday, January 20, 2012

Valentine's Red Table Topper Quilt Pattern for YOU !

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A Quilter's Valentine
Let's make a little Quilt ! 20" x 22"

quilt pattern for a table topper

You will need 9, 4-Patch blocks

Cut 36 squares - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Sew together to form 4-patch blocks

Lay them out and like color placement.

Cut 6 Dark - 4 1/2" x 1 1/2"  
quilt block pattern for a table topper

Sew into 3 Rows


Cut 4 - 2 1/2"x 1 1/2" 
Cut 6 - 2 1/2"x 4 1/2
Sew into 2 Rows

table topper quilt pattern free

Sew all Rows together to form center of quilt

Red Table Topper Quilt Pattern for YOU !

Cut 2 Dark - 2 1/2" x 16 1/2" 
Cut 2 Red - 2 1/2 x 16 1/2" 
Sew to the sides

4 patch quilt block pattern for a table topper

Cut 2 Red - 2 1/2" x 22 1/2 
Sew to the top and bottom

Cut binding 88" x 2 1/4"
   
I'm going to TRY and do machine quilting on this, it's gong to be my TRY !
I'll share ! 


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and Little Quilt Ladies Quilt Patterns

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Today is My Birthday

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I'm going to indulge myself today !
It's my Birthday and it's all About ME today, my favorite pictures


Husband and I


My favorite walk on the beach

my favorite pictures

Love and Hugs with Grand's 


and their baby blankets  


My Rose Garden


My Quilts

It's my Birthday and it's all About ME today, my favorite pictures

And, my wonderful Quilt Ladies Book Collection !
I'm hoping for a year of happiness, health and more quilts. 



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Beth is the Author of The Quilt Ladies Book Collection and Little Quilt Ladies Pattern Series 

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Friday, January 13, 2012

This Quilt is NOT Finished....BUT

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I hate to say, but, I use this quilt and it's not finished...

Blue and White Flowered Quilt

I even put the binding on it, 

Blue and White Flowered Quilt Top

because it fits a table I have and having it on it makes me happy.
It measures about 40" x 40" 

Blue and White Flowered Quilt

It's machine pieced 

Blue and White Flowered Quilt Top

and Not hand quilted YET ! 
Some day??? Maybe??

I'm showing the back, it's been washed a number of times, use a 1/4" seam allowance always, you never know what your quilts will be doing for you.


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Friday, January 6, 2012

My Mom's Lap Quilt

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This is the Lap quilt I made my Mom a few years ago.


Purple and Green Lap Quilt

It's a square about 50" x 50" 
Machine pieced 


My Mom's Lap Quilt

And Hand Quilted


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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

How to do my Piecing of a Quilt Triangle

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I recently posted a picture of one of my quilt blocks on Facebook and the talk turned to points on triangles. I thought I'd share how I do my triangles with you.  2012 Block of the Month starts next week and there will be triangles !
As I always say, "No one who receives a quilt or sleeps under one, will care, 
if a few points are cut off !" So, relax

 The triangle. Just like the square if you are not ready to purchase a rotary cutter and mat. You will need to make a freezer paper pattern.  How to do Square's HERE

Take the FINISHED size of the square you want and add 7/8 of an inch.
example:
for a finished size 2 inch square you will cut your fabric 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"
for a finished size 3 inch square you will cut your fabric 3 7/8" x 3 7/8"

for a finished size 4 inch square you will cut your fabric 4 7/8" x 4 7/8"

And so on, either make you freezer paper pattern or up with a rotary cutter and ruler.

Piecing of a Quilt Triangle


I've used a 3 inch FINISHED Square cut 3 7/8" x 3 7/8"

A light and a dark.







How to do my Piecing of a Quilt Triangle
On the Wrong side of the light fabric draw a line from corner to corner.




This is the cutting line NOT sewing line






How to do my Piecing of a Quilt Triangle
On your sewing machine sew a straight seam, 1/4" from the line.









How to do my Piecing of a Quilt TriangleTurn and do the same thing on the other side.

(when I have many to sew, I do chain piecing, one right after another, not stopping the machine until all finished and then turn and do the other side)

If NEW do them one at a time.




How to do my Piecing of a Quilt Triangle
Cut on the drawn Cutting line.



You have 2 triangles





How to do my Piecing of a Quilt Triangle



Open them up and 2 triangles









Press your seam to the dark fabric and trim the end tail off.







How to do my Piecing of a Quilt Triangle
This is your finished triangle


GIVE IT A TRY.... IT'S NOT HARD.







How to do my Piecing of a Quilt Triangle

Pieced together a triangle to a block

Piecing of a Quilt Triangle

Added this as a strip to another piece.  Pin as much as you need, check as you pin to make sure
you have the 1/4 seam allowance.   At this time if you like you could draw on your sewing line, lightly with a pencil. 

Press the fabric to one side, usually to the dark fabric

How to do my Piecing of a Quilt Triangle

The point. 

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and Little Quilt Ladies Quilt Patterns

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