Category Archives: Finished Projects

Quilt Finish and Tutorial: Churn Dash in Plaids

I told you Rosie was tired of the quilting room.  She is.  Here’s proof.

No worries though Rosie…we have another quilt finish and that means we’re one step closer to tackling all of these.  Today Rosie and I are sharing Churn Dash in Plaids….what do you think?

Me, I’m in love!!

I showed this to Kalissa and she said, “Mom, when you make big boy quilts for the boys, please make them like this.”

Yes, yes I will.  I love working with shirts.  Yes, all of this was made with 100% cotton recycled shirts.

If you’re new to shirts and would like to know how I destruct them and make them into fabric, you can read more about that HERE.  The link can always be found in the right-hand column here on the blog in the tutorial section.

I took a ton of pictures of this quilt as I wanted you to get an idea of all of the different quirky ways I made the blocks.  I did somewhat of an anything goes type feel when constructing them.

The pattern alternate between a churn dash block and a regular block.

For the quilting motif, I used my Hook and Point…see??
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Quilt Finish: Bricks in the Barnyard

Yahoo!!  Check this out.  I have another quilt finish.

That pile of my finished quilt tops that weren’t getting quilted is getting smaller and smaller.  A blog reader suggested that I do one every three weeks to get them done and then I’d have them done by the end of the year.  That’s a great idea but totally not me.  I HAVE to strike while the iron is hot.  When I’m in the mood, I have to keep going with whatever it is for a long as it lasts.

Right now I am in the mood to finish getting these quilt tops finished and that is EXACTLY what I’m going to do.  FINISH THEM ASAP.

While my sewing room is not completely set up, it’s a great time do work on these as the quilt machine is set up and easy to use even though everything is still in a bit of a disarray.

It has felt so good to tackle these.

This quilt is Bricks in the Barnyard.  It’s a Bonnie Hunter pattern in the book Scraps and Shirttails Book Two.  You can find it HERE on Amazon.   It’s one of my favorite books.

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Quilt Finish: Charm Square Quilt

Several years ago I went to a garage sale that had fabric.  I bought three projects worth of quilting things.

You can see that I paid, $10, $10, and $8 for the UFOs.

In May when I working so hard on cleaning out the sewing room, I finished this top.  It is the project bag on the bottom left.

You can read about this quilt HERE.

After that one was done I finished the next one…It was the bag for $8 on the right.
Read about the quilt HERE.

Well, now I finished the last one.  It’s been a top for several months.  I sewed it leader and ender fashion during June.   In this round of trying to really clean up the sewing room, I put this on the frame.  I really want to get caught up on all of the finished tops that aren’t quilted yet.

The quilt is an EXPLOSION of color!!

When I bought the pack there were lots of hand-cut 5″ squares.  Some were already sewn together so I decided to just keep sewing them together.  It’s simple but if the colors are good, they spark!

Rosie was tired of being in the quilting room the day I was working on this.  Poor girl, see?? Continue reading

A New Quilt: Tops and Bottoms

I’m so excited!!  This morning we opened the new pattern download store here and already we’ve had a nice amount of sales.  Thanks so much to you all for supporting us.

I’m back this afternoon to showcase the other quilt that is in the store….Tops and Bottoms.  I have long loved this quilt. This was slated to be put in our book Country Girl Modern, but then we had to many projects for the amount of pages we could have in the book so this one got cut.  Now she’s out of storage and ready to inspire you!!

The fabrics in this are so soft and inviting.  The quilt is made from a Fig Tree fabric line for long ago.

This quilt all started after I was at an auction and bought a 1970’s quilt book that featured only quilt blocks.  I took it to bed night after night pouring over it and studying blocks.  Which blocks did I like?  Which blocks were new to me?

I don’t remember the exact name of the block but it was something “winged”.  I really liked it.

I sat down at the computer and started to play with a design.  I put the blocks all together and was sadly disappointed.  They really didn’t create much of an interesting design.  Then I played and played.  I replaced some of the winged blocks with chain blocks.

At first I just replaced the blocks and made the outer chain diamond.  Then I went in and made the inner diamond of chain blocks.  Oh my.  I loved it!

At the time, we were chasing a book deadline.  We thought about making it larger but really didn’t think that was the best idea.

We thought about stopping there and just making the throw sized but that was square and one time someone told me they didn’t like “square quilts”.  Well that got me thinking and came up with the idea to put a top and a bottom on the quilt….thus the red and neutral top and bottom borders…and thus the name, Tops and Bottoms.

In these next pictures, the color looks more red.  It’s not.  It was cloudy when we snapped the pictures and thus…this color shading.

We made this from a fabric line using all of the colors in it..thus the fun background colors.

I love the four blocks in the center all together giving almost the appearance of a star.

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