Tuesday, June 29, 2010

World Cup Hexagon Month Hex-along

I decided to join the World Cup Hexagon Month Hex-a-long sponsored by Urban Crunch http://urbancrunch.wordpress.com/2010/06/10/world-cup-hexagon-month-hex-a-long/.

I have just recently started doing hexagons. Something small and portable to take to ball games!

I currently have two hexagon projects in the works. The first is for my local quilt guild. At the last meeting we were given a 12 inch dowel and were told to "dress" it for the next meeting. No rules. I am planning on doing two flowers and then have smaller hexagons for the stems and use templates for Dresdan plates for the petals.

The second is for a charm pack that I have had sitting around for over a year, not sure what to create with it. I am about a third of the way through sewing the hexagons. Not sure how I will finish it - whether they will be made into flowers or have a random design. The final size will probably be a small wall hanging.

I fell in love with hexagons after sewing this quilt.
Anyone else working on hexies?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Pinwheels - Love Them!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this quilt! It is a pattern by Jodi at http://aboutpleasanthome.blogspot.com// (this was a Moda Bakeshop Recipe http://www.modabakeshop.com/2009/03/pinwheel-baby-quilt.html.  After seeing this pattern I am now obsessed with pinwheels.

I started this quilt back in January and was unsure how to quilt it, so it sat in my sewing room until mid-May. I finally decided just to do stipple quilting (I am still learning how to do this, so it is not perfect. Plus this is the largest quilt I have tried to machine quilt on my little Kenmore). Then I couldn't decide on the binding. I didn't have enough of the blue fabric that I had originally wanted to use. So my choices were a stripe or large blue flowered print.

I sewed the stripe on the whole quilt and was a little nervous about how bright the colors were. So I pinned down the sides to get the bound effect. Then I pinned the blue fabric on to get the effect of that one. I decided to go ahead and finished it with the stripe. I thought I would do something outside of my comfort area, plus I didn't want to rip off all of the binding I had already sewn on!

I am glad I stuck with the stripes. Love the finished result! Here it is swinging in the backyard at the end of a long day.

On the back I put 3 extra pinwheels and then ironed out some leftover prairie points and did a stripe across the bottom. This is a very easy and fun pattern to do. I had never tried the pinwheels or prairie points. LOVE IT.

Saturday, June 19, 2010


Hi. Welcome to my blog! A little background on myself - I started quilting 8 years ago, I made a couple of quilts, had two boys and stopped quilting. Then about 2 years ago I started back up again. My very first quilt was a log cabin design.

My second quilt was squares and hour glasses. Both quilts were a turn and sew for the binding.

Not too bad for being self-taught!

In the future I will share other quilts that I have made in the past year, share my triumphs and frustrations. Hopefully you will share yours with me as well!