Saturday, December 31, 2016

holiday gifts

For my final post of 2016 I thought I'd share the hostess and holiday gifts I made this year.

These Open Wide pouches were a hit!  I took them to a Christmas party and just dumped them out to let everyone pick their own.  I wish I had a video to share the screeching and excitement of the recipients as they dove to the pile for their favorite.  A sweet memory for the maker!  
The Open Wide pouch tutorial by Anna Graham of Noodlehead is free and available here.  

A hot-pad.  This Broken Arrow block pattern is by Alison Glass and the fabric is from The Highlands collection by Violet Craft.  I quilted it with Insul-Bright.

Since pattern testing the Lake House Quilt by Michelle Curtis last summer I've been wanting to make an oar table runner.  I made these with the same Carolyn Friedlander fabrics as the oars in my quilt.  (And I photographed them on the same boat.)  These were both gifted so I still need to make one for me!

Finally, this is a collage of my top 9 Instagram posts for 2016.  (These got the most "likes" and I couldn't be happier that my granddaughter is number one with all of you, too!

Thank you for all your support and encouragement.  Sharing is fun! 

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

for piper

Another new baby means another new baby quilt!

Bright colors on gray was requested for this one so I used these Modern Solids 2 by Alissa Haight Carlton that I had in my stash.  (A few colors are still available here.)  The three grays are from different Carolyn Friedlander lines.  

I started this quilt by making flying geese in a three different sizes.  For some reason I just couldn't get them to all fly together in a direction that pleased me.  Then the Modern Quilt Guild started their block of the month lessons in October and the littlest geese all sorted themselves out in Double T Blocks.  (I'll use the other geese another time.)  I brought a little more color in with a checkered border - not so modern, but I think it works here.

I used my walking foot to quilt straight lines about 3/8" apart which is, conviently, the width of the foot.  This quilt is 40" wide so that computes to 106 lines of quilting - phew! 

The backing is this beautiful Flock print from Michael Miller Fabrics, also from my stash.
The binding is two sided.  This is the second time I've used my friend Pam's tutorial.  Her measurements work perfectly.

All those quilting lines sure make for a beautiful drape! 

 Wishing everyone a very happy holiday!

UPDATE:  I've posted instructions to make this quilt here.  

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