Sunday, December 30, 2012

Diaper clutch

I made this diaper clutch for my daughter in law following a tutorial by Shannon at Sewing Barefoot.  It was easy to make.  I started with a piece of fabric quilted with batting and muslin (on my long arm) and then cut to the size mentioned in the directions.  Installing the magnetic clasp was a breeze.  I had enough fabric for two clutches so I have one on hand to give away.

Catching up

I can now share some of the things I was working before Christmas since the gifts have been given.  This is a "taggie" I made for my nine month old grandaughter.  I used a very soft minkee like material on the back.  It was pretty easy to make and would be a good baby shower gift.  I am sure I will be making another in the future.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sshhhh!!!!! It's a surprise!

I bought a bundle of Tula Pink Nightshade fat quarters before Christmas but was not sure what I wanted to do with them. My daughters birthday is coming up n early February so I made her this compact and brush case. I like how it turned it...hope she does too!

I am going to make a zip bag to go with it.

Monday, December 24, 2012

First product of home-dyed

My first piece of hand dyed fabric was for a quilt my mom was working on. I haven't dyed any fabric since but this is the result:

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Play Mat

Created this play mat for my grandson for Christmas. It is about three and a half feet square and backed with denim. There are pockets for small cars and the whole thing can be rolled up for portable play.  Snaps secure the rolled up mat and there is a detachable strap for carrying.

The mat sports a residential area with several houses, a school, a church, a gas station and a post office. There is a park and beach and also a farm with a field of growing crops and a little pink pig!  All the details were applied by applique.

We bought some small cars to give to him with the play mat. I sure hope he likes it since it took forever to make!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Quilting is Complete

I love how the orange peel quilting turned out!  This is my first attempt at using a ruler with my quilting machine.  It really wasn't that difficult once I got the hang of it. 

The pebble quilting took forever but I think the results are pretty cool. I would definitely do it again.  I lowered my take up rail until it sat on the machine bed. This helps to stabilize the quilt for more detailed work.  I had previously thought I would need to buy the micro handles for my machine in order to do such detail but turns out I did fine without. They micro handles are expensive!

The continuous curves on the orange border have some errors but I learned a lesson there too.  On one side I tried quilting a bit at a time as i rolled the quilt.  That did not work out so well. For the other side I turned the quilt after finishing all the rest and was able to quilt across instead of front to back.  It made a huge difference in the quality.

I have attached the binding which is the same black material as the skinny borders and now only need to hand sew.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Moons and Star

The quilt top is complete measuring approximately 60" x 70".  I decided to add the circles and I am pleased with the results (although no one in my family is crazy about the idea).

The backing was a breeze since I bought plenty of the gray flannel...4 yds. This is the first time I have not had some patchwork on the back of the quilt.

I am using 80/20 batting for the first time too and I am not liking it as much as the all cotton. You never know whether you will like something until you try it!  A good example of that is Aurifil thread...also a first on this quilt.  I love it! I am using the 50 wt. in my quilting machine. I am do surprised how much father the bobbins go!   That reason alone is enough to sell me.

Hopefully will have the quilting done by the weekend.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

A little bit of progress

Half of the star quilt is now together.  I have been thinking of making some borders with circles.  I would prefer to not have any borders at all but the pieced star will finish at only 48" square which is too small for just about anything.

I bought some very pretty grey flannel for the back.

Should have it ready for borders by the end of this week.

We also canned 39 points of salsa with the last of the tomatoes...yummmmm!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Bee Blocks

I am a little later with my September blocks for the Sunday Morning Quilts bee. Just mailed the blocks this morning!

Over the weekend i was hoping to finish Aunt Marcia's lap quilt but instead canned a bushel of tomatoes and a bushel of apples (applesauce).The produce won't wait!  I did manage to finish the quilting so only the binding is left.  Photos to follow once the project is complete.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Good things in small packages :)

I made this quilted needle keeper today for a woman who is retiring from my office. It only took about an hour to put together. She only crochets with a few sizes of hooks so I made the keeper small and quilted it with my walking foot. I'm "sew" pleased with the finished product.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Summer Star

Who doesn't love charm squares?  The pre-cuts and AccuquiltGo cutter are such time savers - love them both!    Check out the Moda Juggling Summer charms...

And the preliminary layout of HSTs...

I think I will need to make a few block placement adjustments before sewing the top together.  Since it will only measure 48" square, I will probably add borders to make it a more comfortable lap quilt size.   Not sure yet what that will be but I am feeling some flying geese may be heading this way!

Notice the teal solid in the bottom right corner on the first photo above.    I will likely use that for the border and the left over charm squares although there are only a few (12) left.

I am planning to work on this and possibly Aunt M's quilt this weekend. 

Some embroidery needs to be added and then the backing completed.   I have also promised a large pillow sham made from the leftover fabric so I better get going on it!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Zig Zag Complete!

 The Zig Zag quilt is complete!  I finished the quilting on Sunday and after several hours of hand sewing, the binding was finished last night.   I put it in the wash to make it nice and crinkly.
Finished dimensions - approximately 80" x 80".

Here is a shot of the back.

And the label.

Plans now underway for the next projct!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Over the weekend...

I was able to eke out some time to work on the quilting of the zig zag quilt.  I purchased dark gray and light gray spools of Coats and Clark 100% cotton machine quilting thread.  I am using the light gray.  I initially wound about 9 bobbins, used them all and wound 9 more.  Curiously, now I am concerned that there is not enough thread on the spool to finish the top.  How can that be?  I have used this brand of thread several times and have never had an issue with there being enough on a spool to finish at least one quilt.  If I run out, it will mean a trip to Wal-Mart where I purchased the thread and hopefully they will have more of the same color.

The quilting is a curvy pantograph pattern which I think compliments the angles of the piecing.

The back of the quilt is just barely larger than the top so I have been concerned that if the top becomes crooked during the process I will have a problem at the end with the back falling short.  So far, so good.  I check the sides with each roll of the quilt. 

I am more than half way done and should be able to finish up by the end of the week.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Raspberry Lemonade

This quilt is another made almost entirely of batik fabric. The exceptions are the back which is bright magenta flannel and the binding which is satin. This quilt was pieced and machine quilted by Francesca and finished August 2012.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Introducing the Project of Doom

The PoD is a quilt pattern courtesy of  This is block 4 out of 30. The quilt is entirely foundation/paper pieced and I have decided to use batik fabric exclusively for mine. Being a Harry Potter fan since the beginning I am very excited about this project. Updates to come :)

Friday, September 7, 2012

Pixie Forest

This quilt was made primarily of batik fabrics by Kimmie, spring 2012. It was given to her granddaughter as a surprise gift along with 2 coordinating pillowcases made by Francesca.

Current work in progress

Learning how to blog seems to be presenting quite a challenge for me.  It took at least half an hour to post that photo!  Welcome to the technology world :)

Ok - I seem to have the hang of it now.  Here is the quilt front.  It is now loaded on my quilting frame ready for quilting.  I really love how the colors look so different from close up to far away.  I have not decided whether to use a light lavender or light grey quitling thread - I think I am leaning towards the light gray which is almost exactly the color of the gray on the quilt top.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


The purpose of this new blog is to showcase pieces made by myself (Francesca Celeste) and/or my wonderful mother (Kimmie). Please feel free to comment :)