Friday, October 16, 2015

No Diamonds In the Sky - Calico Carriage Quilt Designs

I have finished my No Diamonds In the Sky quilt.  Pattern by Calico Carriage Quilt Designs.  I just love how it resembles an old fashioned broken star quilt.  It makes a large 92" x 92".

Photo of the Center of the quilt.  

I quilted a feather design in the background and crosshatching in the borders.  I didn't want to quilt over the star, so I stitched the diamond shape in the ditch.  

I used a piece of 108" Civil War for the backing.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Migration - Red and Black

 We have several shop samples hanging at the shop.  As many may know I am a big fan of the Calico Carriage Quilt Designs Patterns.  I have made the Migration in the Past in earth tones.

But I found this wonderful Black with Red Roses and it just felt like a Migration fabric.  Here is an overall photo of the quilt.

Close up of the center.  I just love this pattern.  It is one that many people look at and think that it will be difficult, but with the directions it is very simple and everything fits together. 

Photo of the side.

I chose a red and tan plaid backing for the shop sample.  And quilted in a whirlwind pattern.  

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hanover Stars

I have finished my version of the Hanover Stars by Red Crinoline Quilt. 

I used several Civil War fabrics. The pattern calls for 70 different fabrics.  

I used a solid Moda Bella sashing and made my corner stones from a very small scale black print.  

I just love how the solid star points just pop in the scrappy civil war print for backgrounds.

I used a tan Civil War Backing  and Tan thread.  I quilted using a damask pattern.  I used a Bamboo/Cotton Blended Batting for the first time.   It was so soft and nice.  I must say I LIKED IT.  

Just another close up of the star blocks.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Medallion Muse - Big & Bold Pattern

I have been wanting to sew with the Medallion Muse fabrics since we got them in.  I had tried a couple of patterns, but it was just not doing the fabric justice.  So I decided to try simple.  I have made the Big & Bold by Cozy Quilt Designs before.  In the Bold and Beautiful Fabrics.

I just love how this patten is simple and really just lets the fabrics be the focus of the quilt.  It is a nice easy quilt to make.  Great for after some more intense sewing that I have been working on.

I think the black strip really let the bright jewel tones stand out.

I quilted it in black thread with a black swirl backing.  I used a dragonfly quilting pattern.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rippling Star in R & B Tavern

I have finished the Rippling Star by Debbie Maddy of Calico Carriage Quilt Designs.  I chose to make it in the beautiful R & B Tavern Fabrics by Paula Barnes.

I love all of the Calico Carriage Quilt Designs Patterns.  I made the King size for the shop sample.  It is huge 118" x 118".  

It is so big I had a hard time getting a photo of it.  So it had to lay on the floor a little.

I just love Civil War Reproduction Reds and Blues.   I think this will be perfect for my house during the summer months.  

I quilted the quilt with a stars and stripes pattern in tan thread.

The backing is a piece with blue and red small print that I had been wanting to use for a backing.  But couldn't find just the right quilt.  

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Marvel Comics Stained Glass Quilt

I have just finished making a quilt from the new Marvel Comics fabrics.  I used the Turning Twenty - Simply Sashed booklet by Tricia Cribbs.  I have many of her booklets and this one is my favorite.  The pattern I used from the booklet was the Stained Glass Pattern.  Finished Quilt is 75" x 92".  But can be easily made larger with the addition of a border.

When we got the Marvel Comics fabrics in I knew that we would have to make a quilt with them (my husband immediately claimed).  We just seldom get fabrics in that are so versatile and make great quilt kits for boy, teens and men.

The Stained Glass pattern in the booklet worked perfect for a comic quilt since the black sashing really matches the look of comic book pages.

I must admit that I was very inspired as I was sewing this quilt.  I re-watched (or listened) to the Avengers.

Of course I used moda black for the sashing and used a black with red polka dot for the backing.  I quilted in a wide meander.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

The Leader in Me Tree Quilt

Hello Friends,

I have just got back from my Daughter's school where I presented them with a signature quilt the kids helped make.  The school is following a program called The Leader in Me.  I was excited to help create a quilt that will hang in the school entry.

I sent fabric squares for each student to school along with a Fabric Signature Pen.  I used a Tee Juice Pen (I should say, several pens).  Pre-school and Kindergarten signed their names to the pieces for bark.  And 1st - 4th grade were all the leaves.

The kids signed their names to the block and cut out the leaf shape they wanted on the tree.
I collected all the leaves and bark pieces and appliquéd them to the tree.  I thought the tree needed a little color, so I made the ribbon and blue birds.  The school mascot is a red bulldog, so after many attempts of drawing a bulldog, this one was the best version.

Around the border of the quilt, I quilted the Seven Habits that the school uses in The Leader in Me program. 

How many leaves?  I lost count.  But there is about 420 students and I added a few blank leaves and bark pieces, so that if anyone is missing, we can have them sign it and not be left out.  

How many stitches?  A gazillion.  But now I have the appliqué bug again, and have been looking for some more things to stitch down.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

3-6-9 Pattern in M is for Mystery Fabrics.

I have just hung the 3-6-9 Pattern by P3 Designs.  I have used this pattern several times and it is always nice to have a simple pattern that doesn't require much mental energy.

I used the M is for Mystery by Faye Burgos in the quilt.  

I quilted it with a simple cotton seed quilting pattern.  I just fell in love with the blue border fabric.  But blue is my color.  I tend to make everything blue if I am not careful.  

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Carpenters Star by Calico Carriage Quilt Designs

I came across the Carpenters Star by Calico Carriage Quilt Designs, and just had to make it.  I had been holding on to a piece of red and black print from the Tavern Red collections just waiting for the right project. I haven't found a pattern from Debbie Maddy that I didn't love.  I think they are so well written and easy to follow.  Every time I make one of their patterns, I am amazed at how fast it finishes.

My version is in Civil War fabrics.  The border is a Tavern Red paisley print.  And the star points come from many of the Civil War collections in Black and Red.  I used Moda Bella Natural for the Background and Solid Moda Bella for the borders.

You can tell it is a large 90" x 102".  If you have tried a Calico Carriage Quilt Designs patterns, then you know how easy they are to piece.  The star does not use diamonds and there are no Y seams to worry about.  My suggestion when picking one out is make sure the fabrics used are non-directional and  have enough tonal motion that when seamed together, you do not notice the seam.

I quilted with a flower meander.

I used a cream on cream for the back of the quilt and bound it with the same fabric as the Large Border.
So much fun.
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