Category Archives: Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past: Quilting from May 2011

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about projects I finished in May of 2011.

Not a lot of quilting happened in May of 2011.  Karl was a senior in highschool.  The school year was winding down and if you’ve had a senior, you know that last month gets busy.

I did sneak in some quilting but not a lot.

Kelli and I went to Country Threads and bought the Little Twister Ruler.

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Making these was all the rage then.  You sew pieces together like this…

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Then cut it apart a specific way with a specific ruler then sew the pieces back together to get something like this…

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Were you quilting then?  Did you make one?

You can still find the rulers HERE on Amazon.  They come in many different sizes.  I did the mine one to get this. It was a fun project.  It’s especially fun if you’re having a girl’s day and sewing with someone.

I made this baby quilt.  It’s a free pattern on the blog.  You can find it HERE.  It’s video only.  Sorry.

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I was deep in making Kalissa’s crumb quilt.

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I love crumb quilting but it isn’t quick at all.

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Blast from the Past: April 2011

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about projects I finished in April of 2011.

Kelli was home one Saturday and shared her latest quilt top with me.  It was State Fair designed by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company.

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Gracie wasn’t the best model….this photo was about the best of the bunch showing off my quilt finish.

HandMeDownQuilt-gracie  The blocks in this quilt are from Bonnie Hunter’s book Scraps & Shirttails: Reuse, Re-purpose, Recycle! The Art of “Quilting Green”.  I was busy making a blue and red version of the Hand Me Down quilt in the book when I got a baby shower invitation.  I quickly cut out some green and blue men’s shirts and started sewing.  This came together really quickly.  There are 25 blocks and then a 4″ border.

The backing was leftovers from a project Kelli had left here and said I could use if I wanted….

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Simple stars make a great baby quilt.

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Labor Day Madness is the next quilt I was working on. It is from Pat Speth’s book, Nickel Quilts.  This book has some of my favorite quilts in it.  I’ve made several from the book.  You can find the book HERE.

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I was tackling UFO projects and this was UFO #4 at the time.  I’m so glad this eventually got finished.  It’s one of the main quilts that go on my bed.

I was busy making star blocks for my Hand Me Downs quilt from Bonnie Hunter’s Scraps & Shirttails: Reuse, Re-purpose, Recycle! The Art of “Quilting Green”.
StarBlocksI loved making them…This was for the quilt Cactus Patch.

I was tackling my flimsy pile.  I grabbed… Continue reading

Blast from the Past: Quilts from March 2011

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about projects I finished in March of 2011.

We were the feature on Moda Bake Shop with our Chain of Faith quilt.  Of all of the projects we’ve ever done for Moda Bake Shop, this is likely the most popular.

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It was done with a Moda fabric line called Collections for a Cause:  Faith.  The fabric is long gone..but my, it was pretty.  The pattern is still here though.  You can find it HERE.

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We had many blog readers send a picture of their own version and we have shared them here.  If you’ve made one and want to share it, please send an email, we’d love to see it!

I was busy making star blocks for my Hand Me Downs quilt from Bonnie Hunter’s Scraps & Shirttails: Reuse, Re-purpose, Recycle! The Art of “Quilting Green”.
HandmedownsThese blocks were so fun to make.
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You can read more about it HERE.  I did a little video that showed how to place your stripes in the block so they would go the same direction.  You can watch that video HERE, or you can press the play button.

I was working on this quilt…
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Blast from the Past: Quilts and Projects from February 2011

I’m doing a little series of posts that feature old blog posts.  I have been going back and looking at them.  It’s been fun.  I started blogging in June of 2009…WOW.  Over ten years.  I’m so glad I’ve kept the blog as a diary of sorts…today I’m telling you about projects I finished in February of 2011.

I was working on a UFO project list and I was tackling some of the projects.  This is the first one…it’s a bottle cap trivet.  I have made a few of these and love them.

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HERE is a link for how I made mine.

I had just bought this book…  Scraps and Shirttails Book Two.   Bonnie Hunter had just released the book and it was fresh off the presses.  I was THRILLED with the book and honestly, I still am.  It is number one or number two of my favorite all-time, published after 2000, quilt books.  I have, I think, 9 of the quilts from the book made!!  I’d still love to make the rest.

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That of course prompted me to buy shirts.  So, I was busy collecting and deconstructing shirts.  Can you believe I found I got 78 shirts for $16 at the thrift store all one swoop?  In the same month, I got lucky and found 39 shirts for $13  You can read about them HERE.

shirtsI was a busy girl cutting them all up!!

I was also so excited that this fabric came in the mail and we started making our Chain of Faith quilt.

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This became our most popular Moda Bake Shop project.  You can find the pattern HERE.

I finished up the mystery quilt for that year.  It was Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll.

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You can read about the quilt HERE.
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I cussed it at the time but this quilt introduced me to string quilting and I grabbed ahold of that concept and RAN!  I love making string quilts.  When I think about giving away a quilt, this one NEVER comes to mind.  I will keep it forever as it really was my start to string quilting and I have never looked back.

I had just finished up this quilt…

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There are 216 flying geese in the quilt and they finish at 1″ x 2″.  The pattern is from Country Threads called Civil Unrest.  You can find it HERE.  It’s funny that I just recently talked about this project.

I was busy using my Accuquilt Go!  (I don’t have one anymore)  I was using the Dresden Plate die to make this cute candle mat.

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You can read the post on how to make it HERE.  I did a video on how to make them HERE.  It really is a quick and easy project that you can whip up in no time.

I was also using my Accuquilt to make some wool coasters.  You can watch the video to make them HERE.

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If you don’t have an Accuquilt Go you can make these with any Dresden plate pattern.

I was also busy making homemade slippers.  No, I wasn’t knitting.  I took old sweaters, cut them up, and made slippers.  I used these for several years and very much enjoyed them.

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HERE I explained how I made them.

I also finished up this quilt…

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Read more about it HERE.  It was also a UFO project that I tackled.
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…and here is my sweet Gracie sitting on the quilt.  For those of you who are new to the blog, Gracie was my first beagle.  She was a rescue and we really loved her.

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So that’s what I was busy with in February of 2011.  I love doing these Blast from the past posts.  I seriously do not remember making this last quilt at all.  I am sure I must have gifted it to someone.  Writing the posts is really like going back and checking out my diary.  I love it!!