Saturday, October 22, 2016

Día de Muertos Calavera

People started bringing their Dia de Muertos art work to my museum yesterday.  Members of the art's council, the high school art teacher, Ashley and I will hang the show on Wednesday and the show will start with a reception Friday evening.  It will be a fun way to kick off the Halloween weekend.

My sugar skull needs a name, any suggestions?

 I found this festive fabric for the back.  I used it for the binding too.  Just a little color around the black background.
Linking to:  Can I Get A Whoop, Whoop, Show Off Saturday,  Off The Wall Friday, Finish it up Friday , Oh Scrap, MCM, Moving It Forward Monday, Linky Tuesday, Sew Cute Tuesday, Midweek Makers, Let's Bee Social.

Friday, October 14, 2016


What is a Calavera?  It is a Mexican word that that describes the representation of the human skull, which is most commonly done with sugar but also with clay.  The sugar skulls are decorated with icing and other materials.  Calavera or sugar skulls are produced for Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) celebrations in Mexico and the Catholic All Souls' Day.  The Day of the Dead is a time when families come together and honor family members who have died.  It is held on November 1st and 2nd.

This year,  our high school's art teacher is putting together a 'Day of the Dead' Art Show at the Clausen Memorial  Museum.  I am the director of the museum and want to join in the fun.  I decided to make a fabric sugar skull for the event.  I found a free, public coloring page on Pinterest and got to work picking out colors and cutting and fusing.  The skull is Michael Miller's Fairy Frost with silver glitter on white.  I like the effect.  I have more to do with quilting and embellishment but this is a start.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

OMG October

For my October OMG, I think I will try to finish this quilt top.  It seems a shame to spend so much time cutting around all of the little templates and attempting to sew all of the points together if I'm just going to stuff this project in a bag and hide it in a pile of unfinished quilt tops. 

Nearly 10 years ago, John Flynn came to our little town and taught a Storm At Sea class.  I made a lot of headway during the class and maybe even a few days after the class, but I guess I must have lost steam, and it looks like I lost interest in the home run stretch.  It's time to finish this!  Wish me luck!

Linking to:  OMGMCM, Monday Making, Moving It Forward Monday, Sew Cute Tuesday, Midweek Makers, Linky Tuesday,  NTT,

Saturday, October 1, 2016

3 Reasons to Finish UFO's

After a few years hiatus, I have returned to quilting in earnest.  I found this incredible link called One Monthly Goal-OMG, which has motivated me to dig into my UFO pile, which is filled with very old projects.  I have just completed my first OMG project and have learned a couple of lessons about UFO's along the way.
My one recommendation is to have a time limit for finishing a UFO-is it possible?  Here are 3 reasons you should consider this challenge.

1.  You may not be able to find the pattern for your project.  When I pulled this quilt out, I found that I didn't have the pattern.  Luckily I had put one of the blocks together so I could figure the pattern out.  It would have been a shame to throw away all of those neatly cut little pieces.

2.  You may not like the quilt or pattern when you decide to finish it.  Styles and colors change.  Something that was trendy and interesting 4 or 5 years ago may seem dated and uninteresting when you dig it out of your UFO pile.

3.  You may not be able to find fabrics you need to finish your quilt.  As we all know, fabrics go out of print and you may find yourself in a pickle when you are just short of the amount needed for the finish.

All three of these things happened with this quilt.  I was able to cobble together a small quilt from the fabrics that were cut out.  The fabrics are old enough to be out of print and the colors are a little dated too.  Luckily I LOVE anything blue so I can live with the colors.  The ideal binding would have been the pansy fabric but I didn't have enough.  I auditioned many different fabrics for the binding and this was the best I could do.  I don't love it but it works.

I am very happy to have this quilt finished.  I love the quilt pattern.  I love the blue.   The main thing is that it's done.  On to my next OMG project!

Linking to: OMG, MCM, Monday Making, Moving it Forward Monday, Linky Tuesday,Midweek Makers, Let's Bee Social, NTT Blog Archives, Finished or Not Friday, Finish it Up Friday, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop,

Monday, September 26, 2016

Cherry Fizz and Termination Dust

Two things happened yesterday....I finished my Cherry Fizz quilt top and we had our first snow of the season, termination dust.  

Last week I wrote a post about a mistake block I made.  I made a quilt top using this block and I put together a little tutorial.   Please note that this pattern has been tested by me only.  I wrote the notes as I was putting this together.  If you find a mistake, please let me know.

A full jelly roll will give you 84 blocks so you could make a quilt that is 12 rows with 7 blocks in each row which would measure 56" wide by 96" long without borders.  If you make two equal sized quilts, you can make a quilt that has 7 rows with 6 blocks in each row, which will measure 48" by 56" without borders.  I decided to make two quilts with this jelly roll because I didn't like the way all of the fabrics in this jelly roll looked in this quilt.  I also really like to make lap quilts.

If you want to make this quilt, this is what you need for one quilt that measures 56" X 96":  1 Jelly Roll and 3 yards of background fabric-for a quilt without borders.  If you want to put borders on the quilt, add the amount you need for the border to your materials.

     Cut each of your jelly roll strips into (4) 6.5" rectangles and (4) 2.5" squares.
     Cut your background fabric into (11) 2.5" strips and (11) 6.5" strips. 

Sew all of your 2.5" jelly roll squares to your 6.5" background strips and all of your 6.5" rectangles to your 2.5" background strips.

Press the seam toward the jelly roll fabrics.

Cut each of your strips into 2.5" X 8.5" strips as shown.

You will have 168 sets of 8.5 inch strips.

Sew all of these strips together to make a 4.5" X 8.5" rectangle as shown. Be sure the background 2.5" square is on the top of the strip and sew on the right side of the strip. 

You will have a  sets that look like this.  

Sew two sets together to make a block.  Here are a couple of ideas for how to sew the sets together.  

Press all of the seams in one direction.  It doesn't matter which direction.

When you sew your blocks together, you can turn your block whichever way the seams from each set of blocks butt together.    

 This is what I have left from this Jelly Roll.  I have another block in mind.  Stay tuned.

You can purchase this quilt flimsy from my ETSY shop.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Jelly Roll Fun

I am working on my first OMG challenge.  It's a challenge for me because I have to get the thing done.  Find the quilt HERE.  After putting together all of the blocks, this is what I had left.  There isn't enough to make another row, so I guess it's time to put a border on the thing.  I don't have a lot to work with, but let's see what I can do.

I played with these fabrics and was able to put together a little border and am ready to start quilting.  

I was digging in the dark corners of my fabric stash, looking for just the right fabric for a backing for the pansy quilt, when I found this sweet little jelly roll.

I haven't made a jelly roll quilt for a long time and I wanted to cut it up right away and start sewing but I wasn't quilt sure what to make.  I was browsing my favorite quilt blogs to get an idea and came across Katy Quilts post, Finish It Up Friday-Twist and thought, "That's what I want to do!"  

I cut some strips and started sewing, because that's how I do things-no pesky paper and pencil for planning.  Sometimes things even turn out.  

When I sewed the block together I realized I hadn't quilt figured out how to make the block, which is usually the case.  I grabbed my seam ripper, but stopped.  I decided that I would just leave the block as it was and move forward.  I'm not sure what the finished quilt will look like but here goes.
Notice the sweet berry print on the white fabric.  It's perfect for this project.

Honestly, I've never seen a bad jelly roll pattern so whatever happens is good, right.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Finish-Pixie Noel

     A few weeks ago I started a sweet little Christmas quilt using fabric from the Pixie Noel collection by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake, which I wrote about HERE.  It's always great to link a finish isn't it!

     Small quilts are wonderful for so many reasons.  They are relatively quick to make; you can try different quilt patterns and quilting patterns; you don't have to piece your backing; there's always a little person somewhere who would love a quilt.  I used a craft-size batting for this quilt.  I trimmed off the excess from the bottom (wheres the bottom on a square-right) and attached it to the side with a zig zag stitch.  
      The easy all-over quilt pattern is meant to give a feeling of a slightly windy day.  

 Aren't these little vignettes adorable!

You can find all of the fabrics I used to make this quilt HERE.  The yummy flannel backing is HERE.