Sunday, July 29, 2012

My new finishes

As promised, I am posting some finishes.  These first 4 quilts are going to be gifts to people I met in Austria...

This family was very kind to me on my visit there and what better way to say thank you!
This next picture is a mystery quilt pattern created by Silly Goose Quilts and was very enjoyable to make.  This is the third mystery quilt that I have made and quite enjoy the challenge of making pieces without seeing the end result first....
I had a problem with one part as the pieces were to be made either by paper piecing or by using templates and I just couldn't get the templates to print to the right sizes.  I had just invested in the EQ7 program and created the template there but still didn't get it quite right.  I loved how it came out though. 
On a trip to California, I had picked up some panels and as I still needed to have one more gift for the family in Austria, I pulled it out yesterday and started on it.  It is an advent calendar for Xmas and I managed to get all the pockets on it and have some of the quilting sandwich done.  I hope to get it finished today to that I can get them all in the post on Monday. 
What to do next?  I have so many patterns collected through books, internet, goodwill (yes, some nice patterns for a great price), keepsake quilting etc., that it is almost impossible to choose just one.  Talking of Goodwill, I recently found some more fabric pieces all in a bag for 2.50 and just couldn't pass it up.  I have been trying to be such a good girl and not buy any more fabric for the month of July but I failed... These were so pretty in the bag and was a mystery all in itself.  Opening a bag and discovering treasures. 
 Well that is all for now.  I am going to leave you with a picture of the advent calendar at the second to last stage.  I am further that this but didn't get a picture of where I am now...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Another finish

I just finished the binding on this quilt yesterday. It was made from men's shirts and some fabric that I had in my stash.  It really turned out well. 

In our area, we finally had some sunshine and heat.  All of the garden (that which the slugs didn't eat) are showing signs of new growth.  We even had to water! I know that this sounds a little silly, but we really haven't had much sunshine or heat at all up till now.  Hubby and I have been able to get the lawns mowed, gardens weeded, eaves cleaned out, fence finished, house cleaned and lots of siesta time in between. 
I have started two quilts for a mother and daughter using the very first fabric I won on a giveaway.  They won't completely match but close enough I think.  The fabric is Clarabelle, made by Skipping Stones Studio for Clothworks.

I cut the fat quarters into 2 1/2" strips, sewed a 1" strip to one of the matched pair of strips and then sewed on the the other side.  I then cut out 5" blocks.
 This is what the top looks like now...
 I am thinking this for borders.  The green and then finish with the pink.What do you think?
After finishing with these two quilts, I am going to make a little boy quilt with these blocks...
Hopefully shall have some finish pictures in the next little while. That is all for now. Till next time