Couch quilt

IMG_1658Ever since I made a denim cover for our couch, it has been my intention to make a napping quilt just the right size for it.  I was looking at all the thrift shop shirts I have deconstructed for fabric, and thought, “These would look great with denim!”  And I had just the pattern in mind–Scrappy Mountain Majesties, from Bonnie Hunter.

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I made a few sample blocks, just to make sure we were compatible, and then set off.  I had great fun arranging these blocks on my design wall, and trying to make them deliberately random!  My arrangement is different than that of the pattern, but I like it this way too.  Some of the shirts came from Goodwill, but several belonged to my father-in-law, and one stripe was a scrap from a suit I made my son 24 years ago!

Since this is a summer quilt, I used no batting and backed it with some dotted flannel.  A bit of quilting, and it’s done!

Civil War quilt top is finished!

civilwarquiltIt took over a year to get these blocks all done and assembled, but here it is!  This was a block-of-the-month project from Barbara Brackman called Threads of Memory.  I purchased reproduction scraps on Etsy, and had so much fun deciding which fabrics to use for each block.  The construction for some of them was pretty advanced, so it was good practice for me.

If you are ever appalled at the price of quilting fabric, let me assure you that quality fabric really does make it easier!  I’ve worked with everything from cheap to expensive, and the good stuff is wonderful, and rather forgiving about mistakes and do-overs.  And keeping an eye out for sales and coupons helps keep the cost down.

My tentative plan for quilting this is to do it by hand!  It is small–44″ by 58″–so it is a manageable size.  It’s been a good while since I did any hand quilting, so this will be another area of practice for me.  It would be nice to have it done in time for the quilt show next January–we will see!

 

Harvest time is here!

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Apparently this is the year for big tomatoes!  We planted just two varieties–Celebrity and some “boy” kind (Better Boy, Bigger Boy, something like that)–and they have just been huge!  Tasty too, from what my tomato-eating family and friends tell me.  I just like to pick them and share them, and make things for my husband with them.  He’s currently big on tomato juice, so that’s the latest project.

We also have a grape tomato plant, from which I pick about 25 tiny tomatoes from every single day. They’re really cute! Those kind of plants just seem to bear tomatoes forever.

We are already done with the green beans (49 quarts, 28 pints) and currently putting purple hull and cream peas in the freezer.  The squash has turned out to be warty, though, so I may have to try again for the fall.

If you have a garden too, hope your harvest is going well!

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Better hurry–baby quilt!

My niece is expecting her 3rd child any minute now, and I had intended to make him a quilt.  I know, I had at least 7 months notice!  However, I had put it off until just recently, when I realized I was running out of time…

My quilt guild did a workshop for a quilt block called Disappearing Hourglass, which was really cool.  Basically, you make a large hourglass block, and then cut it up.  Rotate the pieces a certain way, and then sew them up again.  It makes an amazing star block!

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I decided to go with shades of blue, so I pulled 12 different ones from my stash and started sewing.  I didn’t have any trouble with the pattern, but the blocks did have bias edges, so I had to be careful to avoid stretching.

I assembled my twelve blocks so that I could show them at the quilt meeting, and then put it aside, not sure what I was going to do with it.  Then when I realized it was past time to be making a baby boy quilt, I saw that this would be perfect!  My daughter has a good eye for balance and color, and she recommended something to give it a little pop of color,  I added a skinny orange border, and then a regular sized navy border.  It was just right.

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I suppose some people are organized and decide on their backing fabric before they even start the quilt–but that’s not me.  I wait til the end, and wonder what I should use!  But I found a piece of turquoise/orange plaid in my stash that was just perfect!  I think it was originally supposed to be a shirt for my husband, but I obviously hadn’t gotten around to it.

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