Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Old quilts revisited #4 "Blue Lines"

This was created using some thrifted cotton on the front, a old sheet on the back and some blue cotton for the binding. I got this one done last summer just before I left for Africa. I like the way it turned out even though its very simple.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Old quilts revisited #3 "Scrappy Blue"

This is one of my favorites. I named it "Scrappy Blue" and its made from cotton button up shirts and some thrifted white cotton. I am not sure where I got the pattern but I think I saw it in a magazine or something and then drafted up my version of it. I labeled it as being finished in May 2011 so its been around for 3 years now. As much as I like it, I am going to sell it. I've got to get some of them out of the house so I can make more!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Old quilts revisited #2 "Velvet Legs"

This is a small lap quilt that I got down in 2011. The front is constructed from some thrifted purple velvet and the legs of some tan velvet slacks. The back is a piece of floral stretch material that I had laying around. I didn't have enough to bind the whole thing so that is a little wonky. I have since learned a lot about binding! :) I added my initials and the year to part of the binding. I have done that to a couple quilts in the past but my embroidery skills need to improve :)


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Its been awhile and old quilts revisited

I have been neglecting this blog as well as the Blue Dragon facebook page for a few months. I really want to get back to a regular schedule of posting and sharing. Maybe I should add a shortcut to my desktop so I don't forget :)

I have still been sewing though. I was working on a lot of small things for a local festival but the place we normally set up was not available this year. So I am thinking about listing some of my quilts, girls clothes and small wallets on Ebay or Etsy. I am not sure yet. Or maybe I should look for a craft fair :) We'll see.

While I was packing up things for this local festival I decided to take some new pictures of the quilts that I am planning to sell. That way I can have a good picture of each one and maybe some day I will put together a photo book with my past work. I think I am going to share each of them here (some for a second time) so that everyone can enjoy them.

Here is an old post where I shared this quilt back in 2012. I didn't give it a name, its just a USMC uniform lap quilt that I threw together. I should have planned it a little better but I think I tried to get it done faster than I should have. Anyway, I think it turned out cute and I learned a few things.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

More from the Milky Way

I made another Milky Way block. I have decided that I am going to make one in each color of the rainbow (give or take) and then put them together in a rainbow sort of order. I know, very technical and thought out :)
I have 99% of my sorting and folding done. And that makes me so happy. I now have space for more (cause I really need more, right?) and I can see everything that I have.


Monday, January 13, 2014

Milky Way blocks...kinda

I am still working on sorting and folding my entire fabric stash and somewhere along the way I have also been working on a couple blocks. I found a copy of the Milky Way quilt pattern and after looking it over I decided I did not like the size of the stars. Mostly because I have an insane number of 6 1/2 inch squares cut and stashed in my closet. So I tried my hand at adjusting the size of the required pieces for this quilt and it turns out that I kinda like it and I kinda want to make a quilt with the Milky Way stars in blocks instead of the traditional way. (cause I am weird like that....)
So here are the first two blocks that I have finished. I am going to put sashing in between them and try to make it a bit of a scrappy rainbow maybe. We'll see....

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Years organization

When I unpacked everything in our new place I set aside all the space on these shelves for my fabrics. Well I never really got around to making them neat other than sort them by color. So I have started folding everything larger than 3/4 yard so that they will fit neatly on each shelf. And so far it looks so much better!
As you can see from the top left corner compared to the rest ;)
Now I just need to get the rest done!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

This year's goals are to get at least 12 new quilts done and to finish up my WIP pile :)

Here's to an awesome 2014!!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Finish it up Friday (a day late)

     I put the top together a few years ago but I wasn't able to get it quilted until this summer. I was going to finish up the binding right after it was quilted but I got busy with packing and the whole going to Africa thing.

     I had it sewn on and pinned in place but I didn't get it done till yesterday. Instead of doing it by hand, I decided to sew it on the machine. I think it turned out really nice. Especially since it started with some clearance fabric from Wal-mart, of all places.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

I am back!!

Back in July I left home for a deployment to Africa. It was a long couple months that were exciting and worth it, but I am back now and ready to share more of my work with the world :) I took one project with me so that I would not totally lose my mind with the lack of a sewing machine. It was a colorful elephant fabric with a handful of matching solid/prints to create an English Paper Pieced baby quilt. I hand cut all the hexagon and diamonds because in my rush to pack I forgot the original template that I had cut. The hand cut templates were not perfect and that shows a little in the way the pieces connect but I am happy with the way it turned out!

I had planned to have it finished before I got home but I over estimated the amount of time that I would be working on it. So the top was finished a few days ago and then I added the yellow boarder. I am going back and forth about the color of the backing because I want it to have the same amount of blue as pink since the baby it is intended for has only been known about for a few weeks and it will be a long time before we know the gender :)