Friday, September 14, 2018

Machine Quilting...Easy Quilt Projects...Quilt Top Sewn...

Was lucky to find these used on Thriftbooks a couple of weeks ago.  Both of these books have some nice tips and good design inspiration in them.  Even though purchased used, the Easy Quilts from Better Homes and Gardens still had the patterns in it! It is former library and the library had attached a nice holder for the pattern sheet to the inner back cover - great library practice that I have done myself a good bit. Some really nice inspiring reading here! The Machine Quilting is really a very thin book - a "how to" and full of good ideas as well - well worth the very small price I paid for these.  I usually buy craft books used and if I decide I can use them I keep them and if not I move them on by donating them or giving them to friends. Used is so much better! Books should circulate!!   Meanwhile I did sew up my newest quilt top.  Here is a little teaser for it. :)  Needs pressing and pinning - later.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fall Top Time...Burda 8291...

Another navy blue top this time because I had left over knit fabric from that last cowl neck top!
This time I am going to use a Burda pattern I have had for some years now. It has a basic tee with various neckline options. I chose B, which is a modified cowl, not too full. This will go quickly once I cut it out. I really like Burda for pants, but for myself this will be the first Burda top! I have made my daughter a blouse and a dress from Burda, and they turned out satisfactorily.  The patterns are drafted perfectly!  If this pattern turns out well, I can use it for so many different styles.  Plus it is an all season pattern. Short sleeves could be done as well as the long ones, and of course three quarter sleeves too.  Since my TNT pants pattern is a simple Burda, this would round out that wardrobe collection of patterns nicely!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Another Quilt in progress and Fall on the way...

Planning the next quilt...fabrics are those above.  I have cut 16" blocks and planned the layout and sewn the rows. Now to sew together the rows, and then to back and bat!  The batting will be Warm and Natural and the backing will be from Connecting Threads - another nice backing from that source!!    As Summer wanes, blogging and sewing come more to mind than doing the Summer when the air is light and the days are more conducive to a lazier pace!   In the end, I did not use the fabric on the right end. It didn't seem needed and was not really blending with the rest of my fabrics. :)  

Friday, June 1, 2018

Summer Quilt 2018 Finished...


Summer Quilt 2018 Finished! Binding is scrappy from the fabrics in the quilt, and quite narrow. All in all I am happy with the quilt. :)

Used the rest of the Seattle fabric I had made boy PJs out if several years ago, and several other fabrics in this quilt were: lady PJs, shirts, dress, and top and various scraps from other projects. This is what quilts used to be - "Use it up, Wear it out, Make it do or do without" being the mantra of the ladies who are our foremothers in quilting and in so much more. 


The backing is Kaleidoscope from Connecting Threads, the thread I used for piecing was mostly Superior Threads So Fine #50, the quilting thread was Connecting Threads Essential Cotton in a deep pink, which although very linty is always so pretty in use!!   The batting is Mountain Mist Cream Rose cotton which is soft and pliable and just lovely to sew on.  

Plans for the next quilt are formulated, and will proceed in another month or so. Summer resting....