Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Flirty 30s

Here's the finished product of my work with those Flirty 30s prints.

I used some leftover white for the solid, and used the tumblers for the backing.  I'm so happy how this came out, and I really think my in laws will like it.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtle power!

I did straight line quilting 1/4" apart in all of the turtle blocks, and in the 4 patches I quilted words from the movie - Channel 6; Casey; April; Leonardo; Donatello; Raphael;  Michaelangelo;  Splinter;  Shredder; Cowabunga; Ooze; Pizza; Turtle Power

Overall it took about 10 hours to quilt with a bunch of stops and starts. Burying all the threads was a royal pain in the butt. Overall, I had a ton of fun quilting it and would probably do a similar quilting style again.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Those Flirty 30's

While cleaning out one of my bins of fabric three days ago, I found a huge baggie marked 300+ charm squares.  All of them were 30's prints, mainly Aunt Grace, but there are some that I can't place.

Quilters Confession:
I have *no* idea where I got these charm squares.  I honestly don't remember ever purchasing them.

I'm not one for 30's prints really, but these are kind of cute and are really growing on me.

Fast Forward:
Staring at the bag, I just felt the absolute need to create something.  Since we're going to visit my Father in Law and Stepmother in Law in 2 weeks, I figured I'd make a gift for them.

A Pinterest minute later, I found the pattern.

Two hours later, I had a quilt top.
Another hour and I had the pieced backing. By then it was 4:30 in the morning so I went to bed for 2 hours.

Then, I quilted it up. All that's left is to bind. I'll do that tomorrow night while watching some Netflix.

Oh.. those tumblers are truly addictive.  Used my MSQC charm tumbler template and cut around 108 of them for the backing. Just pieced them together randomly, grabbed two and just stitched them up.

Quilters Confession #2:
I still have a ton of 30's prints left. Barely made a dent in that baggie.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Tumbling Along

Thanks to Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville,  I've been once again bitten by tumblers. They've always been a fun block to make, and one of my favorites. 

As I showed in a previous post, I cut out 1600 small tumblers. I know, I know this is a leader and ender project, but I had a ton of piecing to do on another quilt top.  That top required a lot of pressing, so between each piece I sewed for the other quilt top, I sewed a "leader and ender" of a tumbler.

After 5 hours of working last night on the other quilt top, I kind of managed to sew over 2/3 of the cut tumblers.

And just to see what a row of beautiful scrappy tumblers would look like, I made a row.  Ok. Ok. 4 rows.. of 40 tumblers in each row.

Look who's peeking out to say hi!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

1600 Mini Tumblers

Don't know why this didn't post.. here they are!

Mini Tumbler Explosion

About a week ago, Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville put forth this year's scrappy leader and enders project of Tumblers.  I absolutely love tumblers, and just knew right away that this would be an awesome project for me.

So I got my 2 1/2 inch tumbler template out (I purchased it from MSQC), grabbed a plastic shoebox of 2 1/2 inch strip scraps and went to town cutting.

After a full day of cutting from that ONE box, I have 1600 small tumblers cut out.  Yes, you read that right,  one thousand six hundred tumblers.

The worst part? I barely dented that one box of scraps.  Barely. Dented.  I have 12 more plastic shoe boxes full of scraps, and a big garbage bag of them.

So I just had to order the larger 5 inch template from Missouri Star Quilt Company.   Maybe that will put a dent into more scraps. Maybe. Just maybe.

Without further ado, here's what 1600 miniature tumblers look like sorted into "light" and "darks".  If anyone is interested I got these bins in a 3 pack at Lowe's for about $5.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Big Fun - A M&M Quilt

Been busy working on a new quilt for a special boy. He's autistic and absolutely fell in love with this M&M quilt top I had. I told him that it would be his as soon as I finished it.

So it's taken a while; I promised him this quilt at the end of February and just finished it up today.

The backing fabric has all the M&M characters and the words Big Fun - hence the name of the new quilt "Big Fun".  And it was a lot of fun making it.