Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Block of the Month
I have finished my May block of the month from Quilt Doodle designs (see side bar for a link to more information). This block of the month is a challenge for me because because it uses 2 ½ inch squares. This month we are making a fir tree to go beside of our house. We've already made a larger tree for the one side and this cute little tree looks so good on the other side. Here are some pictures.

May's block

The house, tree, and star blocks will placed just like they are and the snowman block will go below the house a little bit.
Jan - May blocks
Below is a picture of my new best friend when making HST blocks. I had seen these Bloc_Loc rulers and knew I just had to have some of them. There is a groove on the back that fits over your seam allowance and allows you to line up and cut your block easily. I bought a set that has 2½, 4½, and 6½ inch squares and I really like them. I did find out the hard way that you need to  make sure to put it on the square the right way. I had to throw out one of my blocks because the seam did not go from corner to corner. I marked the side that needs to go on the seam line with an S to make sure I put it the right way after that.
Can you see the S that I wrote on it?

Table runner
One day I had a few minutes and decided to cut out a table runner that a friend and I were both making. She had struggled a bit with this runner that was labeled "easy" so I wanted to see how difficult it really was. It went together pretty easily and now I'm ready to back it and do a little quilting on it. The colors go with the colors in my house and will look even better when I get the green binding on it.

I don't know what I'll be working on next. I have several projects that need some finishing that I may make a priority. 
Have a good rest of the week!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Finished Projects

I can't believe it's almost the middle of May. I have worked so many days since Spring Break here that I can't believe that I have finished anything at all. I will not be working on Wed for only the 4th day since April 21st. That may not sound like a lot but when you are a substitute teacher and it is 6 weeks or less until school gets out, it's a lot. Oh well, I will have some money to carry me into the summer!

So here are the quilts that I have completed in the last several weeks.

1. Triangle Quilt Along . . .  is finally finished. I did not get it finished by the original deadline but sometimes there are more important things than finishing with everyone else. I am so pleased with the way it turned out - I love the teal and red together! Here are a few pictures that I took today when I got home from school.

The front, blowing in the breeze

I used some leftover triangles to make
the back pop!
I just love the way quilts look
draped over this old rocker.

You can see the quilting and where I signed the quilt.

2. Baby Quilt for a cousin.
Okay, I must confess . . . this is the reason that I did not finish the triangle quilt when it was scheduled. There was a baby shower for my husband's second cousin and when I saw this fabric bundle at my local quilt shop, I just knew I needed to make her a quilt with it. It was a great match for the things that she registered for and I fell in love with the fabric. I did order the elephant fabric to go with the bundle and had to wait for before I could start the quilt. It was a very simple quilt and did not take me very long to do. I was more than happy with the way it finished and she loved it too. Here is Jill's gray and yellow baby quilt (with elephants!).

Finished quilt.

I did stippling block by block - my first
attempt at stippling the whole quilt.
See the cute little elephants?

 3. April's Block of the Month from Quilt Doodle Designs was finished on time by the end of April. I make it a priority to do my block each month so I don't fall behind. The blocks are not usually hard (well, two and a half inch squares do challenge me but I'm getting better) so it's not usually hard to get each one finished in it's month. 
Close up.

For April we did a row of stars.

All stretched out.

The four blocks in their position.
For May, we're making a smaller tree to go on the other side of the house. Look for it soon.

Have a great week! Not much sewing scheduled for me, although I'm sure I'll get some in. I do have May's block of the month to finish!