Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Fleece Stadium Blanket

I took a break from my scrappy piecing to make this fleece and denim stadium blanket.


Ingredients:
1) 2.5 yards of 60" wide fleece
2) 2.5 yards of 60" wide denim
3) Batting. I like to use Hobbs 80/20.

I have quilted them with the fleece on top.... 

.....or the denim on top.

It just depends on which piece is slightly larger.  I only have an inch or so around the perimeter of the sandwich anyway, so if one is slightly bigger, I put that on the bottom.

These are fast and easy to make and are great quilts to take to hockey games and feel pretty good during spring and fall soccer.  

This one ended up 55 x 88.

Recipe for fleece binding is here.
Panto pattern: Sprung, by Willow Lear Studio

Quilted with mint green thread.

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Progress

I have decided to attach the border as I assemble the quilt.

This way, I can stay-stitch the edges as I go.



Here are the first rows stitched together.


With a seam just waiting to pop open every 2 inches, I feel like I am working on a spider web...trying to keep all this piecing together. 

By sewing this quilt top together 2 rows a time, then sewing those larger rows together, etc., I am not wrangling the larger bulk of the quilt through the machine for every row.  If I can keep it smaller, there will be less chance to unravel a stitched seam.

So far, so good. 😊


H2H Quilt Challenge 2018

 Here are all my finished quilts for this H2H Challenge.

Winter weather kept hanging around here in Ohio, so I just kept quilting and digging through my scraps and leftover yardage from past quilts.  I had to add only 3 yards of new fabric!   


I sent these 3 to Little Lambs








These 2 went to Happy Chemo




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Friday, April 13, 2018

OMG for April-Blocks are Pieced!

A couple months ago, I made a scrappy quilt using the Arkansas Crossroad block.

You might remember it:

The 16 patch blocks were scrappy colors, the X blocks were mostly neutral.



 Well, what if I reversed the color concept and made the blocks like this?  

Scrappy neutrals for the 16 patch and scrappy colored piecing for the X blocks....


I just finished all the blocks last night and this is what I ended up with:


I am in love!

This is my quilt for my




Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Slow, slow...

Here is a design wall update on my "reverse" Arkansas Crossroad quilt.

It's pretty dang slow to piece.

But I really like it.

It's probably the only quilt I have ever pieced that had to basically grow and spread from one corner section outward to the rest of the quilt. The random color design is just happening as I go.







Monday, April 9, 2018

One More H2H Quilt

Since my stash was totally depleted of kids themed fabrics; I found 9 cute fabrics (on sale no less) and bought a yard of each.

I already used 2 fabrics in these quilts...
...amazing what a yard can do by adding your stash fabrics.
Construction Quilt                                              Cowboy Quilt


....and then, yesterday, I finished a quilt with this fun little dinosaur panel and matching yardage.


I love how all the dinosaurs have a goofy smile.
The coordinating yardage has all the dinos labeled--and in smaller print, the meaning of their names.

The blue border around the panel and the outside orange border came from my stash.

38 x 42
I squeezed out just enough backing by adding a strip of the blue. 
I had enough blue for the binding too. 
Quilted it with some random diagonal wavy lines.

This will be donated to the Little Lambs Foundation 

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Looking better....

Last night decided to piece a few of the neutral blocks, which required no thinking, just mindless chain piecing from the pile.
  
The colored X blocks take some time and have to be done one at a time.  But I'm liking where this is going.





Thursday, April 5, 2018

I Have Learned....

Working on my reverse Arkansas Crossroad quilt for my


Some of it I like and some I don't like.



I learned not to put a patch of contrast next to darker greens. I can use it in the HST....i think. It's all I can see when I look at these blocks!



I have learned not to put lighter fabrics in like this, they fade into the neutral area and I lose the "contact points" of the yellow color that needs to flow from one block to another. I don't want my colored X blocks to stop and start, they need to flow all the way across the quilt.

I have learned that I will need sharper contrast in my 4 patch centers to create the flow of the blue through the purple.  This center is too muddy.


Will I pick out the offending colors and redo these blocks?
No way!
I will just these blocks on the quilt back.


I have learned to assemble the blocks like this: sew the rectangle base together for the flying geese, press open and then make them in a conventional way. 

Because of this, I make the 4 patch, attach the 2 geese and then sew these 3 sections together.  This way I get nice sharp points.


I do like how the neutral 16 patch center looks.

I think it will go fast now that I have figured out some guidelines for myself.














One Monthly Goal

I have joined up with One Monthly Goal  

This is my April Goal
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I am making another Arkansas Crossroad quilt.
This is my scrappy one I made about a month ago.

This time I plan to reverse the colored blocks and the background, so the  negative space will become the main color.

Here's my prototype scrappy block.


It is the same block in the last quilt except the "X" is pieced instead of white.

Here it is in front of the 2-way mirror to give you an idea where this is headed.
 So, all the X blocks will be pieced in blues, yellows, reds, greens, purples and oranges. All the 12 patches will be neutral.

I'm using all the fabrics from my scrap bins and my fat quarter stash and my goal is to get the top made.

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