Thursday, August 29, 2013

Projects, Projects, Projects

Yup, I have at least a dozen projects I'm working on right now and all are in various stages of completion.  I'm trying to get several done to have on display at my vendor space at the Santiam Scrappers Quilt Show the end of September.  I'm keeping my finger crossed I'll get most of them done in time.  You know though, if I didn't have several projects going at the same time, I just wouldn't be happy.....that's how I flow.

So, here are a couple I worked on today.  I got the applique almost done on the Celtic Summer wall hanging.  I have to finish the machine stitching around the edges of the applique with the monofiliment thread.  Here is a picture of the pieces layed out on the table.

Close-up of the applique center.

These are blocks for a block-of-the-month I've been doing through  I like the bandanna prints I picked out for this one.  I can't wait to get all of the pieces assembled to see what it will look like.

I'll try to keep posting updated pictured of all my projects as I work on them.  Yes, there are lots more than the couple shown here :)

Happy quilting!!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

New Pattern Coming - Lattice Be Happy's been a while since I posted on here. So sorry, but I've been going through a "dry spell" if you know what I mean.  Sometimes the creative juices just don't want to flow.  In the meantime, I've been enjoying the summer and have gotten out for a few nice rides and have seen some beautiful and interesting sights :)

Well.....on to what this post is about ;)  I've been working on a new bed runner pattern. I call it "Lattice Be Happy."  It will have two sizes:  Twin/Full and Queen.  It will have options for the block:  using just two fabrics for the entire quilt to give the "lattice" effect and the option of adding applique flowers

OR adding a dark fabric for the block centers to give a different look.

I've competed a quilt top in Twin/Full size using two fabrics (white and a medium green print).  My next step will be to add applique flowers.  I will post more pictures after I get the flower stitched on.  (I took the picture of the quilt top hanging by an end, so the turned picture may look a little odd to you.)

I'm hoping to get it done by the middle of September.  I have a couple more long motorcycle rides I want to do in the meantime, so that's why it will take so long to get the applique done on this bed runner.  Be patient!!

Happy Trails!

Friday, March 1, 2013

My First Sampler Quilt

Even though I've been quilting for a few years now, I am basically self-taught.  I learned through quilt books, magazines, videos, and on-line tutorials.  I've done many techniques on various quilts, but have never done a sampler quilt.  So......I browsed the classes on and decided to do their FREE Block of the Month 2012 class taught by Amy Gibson.  I've had a lot of fun learning about how to put various blocks together in ways other than how I came up with.

I chose colors different from those shown in the sample.  I used a variety of of same print, different bright colored fabrics with black as my background color.  Here are the blocks I've done:

Asterisk Block
Wonky Pound Sign Block
Greek Cross Block
Octagon Block
Traditional Dresden Plate Block
Modern Dresden Wheel Block

Ohio Star Block
Double Star Block

Chain Block 
Cleopatra's Puzzle Block

Friendship Circle Block
Circle of Geese Block

Balkan Puzzle Block
Chunky Chevron Block

String Block 
Broken Spider Web Block

Hexi Stripe Block
Sunny With A Chance of Hex Block
Modern Log Cabin Block
Wonky 4-Sided Log Cabin Block

Blocks all put together with sashing.  A 2" border comes next, then the top will be done.

I took a couple of other classes on machine quilting.  One is taught by Leah Day and the other by Angela Walters.  I'm anxious to try out my new machine quilting knowledge on this quilt!!  Stay tuned for pictures in a few weeks :)

Monday, February 4, 2013

Finally Getting THAT Quilt Quilted....

Didja ever have that one quilt that never seemed to get quilted?  Oh, many you say??  Well, I have one in particular that I've started quilting several times, only to be put aside to work on more "fun" projects.  After having "started" quilting it many, many times, I'm finally almost done.  I just have the outer border to complete then it's on to the binding.  I'm making a prediction that I will have it all quilted by the end of the day tomorrow.  We'll ;)

I decided to try several different quilting designs on this one so it's been a good learning experience for me.  These are a couple of the blocks in the middle of the quilt.

This shows 1st border and part of the 2nd border:
This shows more of the 2nd border and the 3rd border:

 Once I get it completely finished I'll post a couple more pictures.  Boy, I 'll be glad to get this one done!!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Arrows In My Heart - Block Instructions

Following are instructions on how to make a block I designed several years ago called Arrows In My Heart.  It is perfect for Valentines Day.   If you would like a PDF of these instructions, give me your email address and I will email the PDF to you.  Just click on "Sew Many Roads" at the bottom of this post and it will take you to a page with a link to my email address.

Arrows In My Heart (12 " x 12" Finished Size)

Abbreviations Used:
   HST = half-square triangle
   FG = Flying Geese
   rec(s) = rectangle(s)
   RS = right side
   sq(s) = square(s)
   tog = together
   WS = wrong side

   White    3" sqs               Cut 6
                 3" x 5¼" recs   Cut 8
   Gray       3" sqs              Cut 12
   Red        3" sqs               Cut 4
                 3" x 5¼" recs   Cut 2
                 2½" x 4½" rec  Cut 1
                 2½" x 8½" rec  Cut 1
   Black      2½" sqs            Cut 6
                 3" sqs              Cut 2

Sew all seams at 1/4"

HST Sqs 

Step 1: Draw diagonal line from corner to corner on the WS of fabric on lightest 3" sq.

Step 2: Place sqs RS tog. Stitch a scant ¼" from line on both sides of line. Cut on line. You will have 2 HST sqs.

Step 3: Press seams towards darkest fabric. Trim sqs to 2½" sq, centering diagonal seam.

Make 4 White/Black HST Sqs

Flying Geese Recs 

Step 1: Draw diagonal line from corner to corner on WS of fabric on 3" sqs.

Step 2: Place 3" sq on upper right corner of 3" x 5¼" rec RS tog. Stitch on line. Cut ¼" from line on corner side. Press towards corner.

 Step 3: Repeat Step 2 for upper left corner of 3" x 5¼" rec. Press towards corner.

 Step 4: Trim recs to 2½" x 4½".

 Make 4 White/Gray FG recs.
Make 2 Red/White FG recs.
Make 2 White/Gray/Red FG recs.
Make 2 White/Red/Gray FG recs.

Arrow Sqs 

Stitch tog 4 Black 2½" sqs and 4 White/Black 2½" HST sqs into 2 Arrow 4 ½" sqs, turning the HST sqs as shown.

Assemble sqs and recs into rows, turning FG recs as shown:

Row 1 – Stitch tog Black 2½" sq + White/Gray FG rec + White/Gray FG rec + Black 2½" sq

Row 2 – Stitch 2 Red/White FG recs tog. Stitch to 1 Red 2½" x 8½" rec.

Stitch 2 White/Gray FG recs to each side of that unit.

Row 3 – Stitch tog 1 White/Gray/Red FG rec + 1 Red 2½" x 4½" rec + 1 White/Red/Gray FG rec.

Row 4 – Stitch 1 White/Red/Gray FG rec + 1 White/Gray/Red FG rec.

Stitch 1 Arrow 4½" sq to each side of that unit.

 Stitch all 4 rows tog to form block.

Here is the quilt I made from this block. I made a variation of the block for the center, substituting red for some of the gray in the FG recs. I also added 4 alternate blocks, sashing and a pieced border which included 4 Arrow blocks.