Wednesday, February 26, 2014

To use a Quilt or NOT ? PLEASE Use the QUILT !

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Before I start, this is 100% MY OPINION !
To use a Quilt or NOT ?
That’s the question?  At my group the other day one of the ladies was making a pretty quilt as a gift for a grandchild. The new mom had already said she was not going to let the new baby use it so he would have it when he grows up and the maker, Grandma was thrilled.

I held my tongue, but, WHY??? Please tell me WHY???

I don’t make heirloom quilts, I don’t make show quilts, I quilt plain old quilts, you know the kind you crawl up in and cuddle. The one’s you eat popcorn under and sleep on the couch with.

I want my Grand’s quilts to be chewed on, washed daily or weekly, used as a cape running down the driveway and by all means potty on it. That’s what it’s for. 

To curl up in and think its Momma’s arms or Daddy’s hugs, and to feel it and know that Grandma and Grandpa are thinking about them and are only a visit away.

Baby boy's first quilt

I hope my Grand’s quilts are rags when they are big and that their Momma’s hold on to them in that condition. And pulls it out and say, “Remember this?”

I have my Great-Great Grandmothers quilt, which she made for my mother. Mom thinks it was when she was 10, which would make it made in 1938. I asked and mother wanted nothing to do with it. So, I use it, I wash it, I LOVE it. Why not???  It can be 100 degrees out here in Florida, air conditioning on and I still cover myself with it. It just makes me happy !  I think that's what quilts are for.


So, all you Grandma’s out there PLEASE make 2 quilts if one is not to be used, one to love and one to keep???

Just my opinion ! 


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Friday, February 21, 2014

Quilted Pillow Patterns for YOU

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It's fun to see the same pattern made different by using different fabric's, but keeping them all the same by using the same red in each pillow

Cut of each pillow - colors stated are for the first pillow
Cut 3 Red - 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"
Cut 3 Background - 2 7/8" x 2 7/8"
Make Triangles 
How to HERE

Cut 4 Background - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

Cut 2 Background 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" 
cut corner to corner 
How to HERE

Cut 1 Gray - 4 7/8" x 4 7/8"
cut corner to corner

Cut 2 Outside corners - 8 7/8" x 8 7/8"
set block on point and sew to corner


quilt pattern pillow


simple quilt pattern

Changing the Squares to Green and Plaid centers

quilt pattern for a pillow

Light Plaid in Squares and Muslin outside Corners

Simple quilt pattern

Simple Blue and Muslin Corners


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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Pillow Quilt Pattern for YOU !

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I have the pillows hand quilted.
I don't like taking a sewing machine to my quilt group so I'm getting a lot of quilting time and LOVING it. !
how to make a quilted pillow with triangles and squares

Machine pieced and I hand quilted. 

Centers are cut 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Triangles are cut 1 7/8" x 1 7/8"
made into triangles - (How to HERE)


free how to make a quilted pillow with triangles and squares
Finished block is 9" x 9" 


free how to make a quilted pillow with triangles and squares

Machine pieced and I hand quilted

Squares are cut 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"
Center is cut 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Cut strips cut 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Cut side border cut 1 1/2" wide
free how to make a quilted pillow with triangles and squares

Finished size 10" x 10"


free how to make a quilted pillow with triangles and squares

Use the same backing as the foot stool - HERE


free how to make a quilted pillow with triangles and squares

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Quilt Ladies Book Collection

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Here are my
Quilt Ladies Books
The Quilt Ladies Book Collection
In The Quilt Ladies Book Collection five very different ladies come together. The books take you through learning to quilt, starting a business, moving, daily life and death. Each book continues the story and has Complete Quilt Instructions for the quilt the ladies are making in that book.


Purchase the Entire Set NOW on Kindle - HERE




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Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine's Quilted Table Topper - Part 2

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After the 20, 4-patch blocks are finished, 
lay them out as you would like them

Part One if you missed it Here

quilted table topper
5 down and 4 across

quilted four patch quilt block

This is the sashing and border fabric I thought ! 
But, I didn't like it.  I wanted something for our dining room to use all year long.


four patch quilt block


So, I pulled out fabric until I found what I liked, 


quilted four patch quilt block

This is the one ! (for me) do what YOU like 

Cut 49 - 4 1/2" x 1 1/2" sashing 

matching quilt fabric

Cut 30 1 1/2" x 1 1/2"  corner blocks


Stack your rows up and move to sewing table, I don't have a felt wall, so I use my dining
room table to lay things out. 


Sew a 4 1/2" x 1 1/2" strip to each end and in between 
each in the row

four patch quilt block

Sew 6 rows as shown above, 4- 4 1/2" x 1 1/2" strips and 5- 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" squares. 


Sew the rows together 
quilted four patch quilt block




Cut 2 Sashing color - 26 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Sew to the left and right sides

quilted four patch quilt block

Make the corners
Cut 4 Dark Color - 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" 
Cut 4 Dark Color - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
 Cut 4 Red - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
sew together 1 dark and 1 red,
sew dark 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" on

Cut 2 Sashing Color - 21 1/2" x 4 1/2" 
Sew to the top and bottom of the table topper

quilted four patch quilt block
Finished size is
34" x 29"

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Paint, Stencil and No Wallpaper

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I've been working on our Master Bathroom, I've always wanted wallpaper, but after pricing it and figuring out the cost of having it hung, I had to come up with a new idea. So, off to Pinterest - (here's my boards link)

I found a wonderful stencil (their site) ordered it and it arrived in just a few days.  The room had been white, on white, so a bit of color to warm it up.
paisley stencil

The after ! ! 



The white on white before


A soft steel gray, 

white paisley stencil

I didn't measure out the placement of each stencil, just by eye, placed and painted, I purchase the medium and small stencil, used acrylic white paint. 

large paisley stencil

I didn't over think the painting with these, they are not perfect, and that's just the way I wanted them. I wanted it to be like floating lace on the wall. 

paisley stencil white wall

You can see from the first photo, adding pictures and things the stencil become very neutral 

The sink corner before

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paisley stencil

And After ! 
I painted the gray in one day and the next day did the stencils, as the acrylic painted dried the stencil edges just seemed to match into the base gray color.

It's a keeper and the money I saved is crazy ! 

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Quilt Pattern Block of the Month from The Quilt Ladies

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The Quilt Ladies Quilt Block Pattern

When Grand #1 was little and Grand #2 was starting to crawl. It was a bit of a nightmare, but one day as we played, it just came out, "Here comes "Crazy Man", he's going to invade the train tracks," everyone laughed and it's stuck.  Today as an eight year old, Grand 2 LOVES to be called "Crazy Man" so here is the quilt patterns of "Crazy Man" he wears the name as a badge of honor !

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And loves his "Crazy Man" quilt
If you can't wait here is the pattern for you,
HERE




Pattern TWO


quilt block patternCut 1 Blue       2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
Cut 1 Yellow    2 1/2” x 1 1/2”
Cut 1 Yellow    3 1/2” x 1 1/2”

Cut 1 Pink       3 1/2” x 1 1/2”
Cut 1 Pink       4 1/2” x 1 1/2”

Cut 2 Yellow  2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
Cut 2 Red        2 1/2” x 1 1/2”

Cut 2 Red        3 1/2” x 1 1/2”
Cut 6 Red        1 1/2” x 1 1/2”
Cut 8 White     1 1/2” x 1 1/2”

Cut 1 Green    2 1/2” x 2 1/2”

Cut 1 White     2 1/2” x 1 1/2”
Cut 1 White     3 1/2” x 1 1/2”
Cut 1 Green    3 1/2” x 1 1/2”
                                         Cut 1 Green    4 1/2” x 1 1/2”


Sew as Shown


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