A Valentine’s Quilt

Valentine's quiltI wanted to share a quilt that I made a couple years ago.  I think of it as my “Valentine’s Quilt”.  It’s actually called “Miss Jump’s Broken Hearts Quilt” from the Star Quilt Company and it was designed by Linda Brannock.  My brother gave me the pattern for Christmas a few years ago and I think he got it at Quilter’s Station in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  It was really interesting & different to make.  The pattern calls for you to stack 6 to 8 coordinating fat quarters on top of each other and cut all the pieces out, then you mix them up and sew them together.  This method was fun but I felt like there were a lot of fabric scraps left over so it was a little wasteful.  Of course I have no problem using up those scraps for another project!

Valentine's quilt I  made my quilt a little smaller than the pattern called for but I just wanted a wall hanging or throw size. I had fun quilting it on my sewing machine with swirls and hearts.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Spring Butterflies

I wanted to do a small Spring project and decided maybe some butterfly blocks would be fun.  I looked around the internet and found this one in a couple places.  It’s called Butterfly by Alice Brooks.  I actually got the templates and followed the tutorial on the sewnbyleila.blogspot.  Butterfly 1

It’s challenging with all the curved pieces but it turned out pretty.  It’s supposed to have the antennae embroidered on but I don’t have any thick black thread at the moment.  I actually wanted to use these butterfly blocks for a potholder but this one is 12 inches so it’s a little big for that.

I looked for other patterns and found several on craftsy.com but they cost money.  I decided to make my own using EQ7 and made this one as a paper pieced project.

Butterfly 2

It’s made with little bits of batiks.  Things are a little off but that’s what happens when you have to make your own paper pieced patterns.  It’s 8 inches which would be a good size for a potholder.  I think antennae would look cute embroidered onto this as well.

Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving turkey

I quickly threw together this crazy looking turkey to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!  I used my Easy Dresden tool by Darlene Zimmerman to make his feathers.  The tool comes with block sizes already figured with the math & what size to make your Dresden pieces.  It does not come with the math/sizes to make a turkey so I was wingin’ it. (Excuse my wordplay.)

Anyway, I’m so thankful that I get to share my sewing fun with all of you and I hope your Thanksgiving is full of family, friends and good food.