“Blue Sky” Progress

17 08 2017

“Orange Peel” blocks from “Blue Sky” fabrics is my current take-along hand applique project. Click here to read my original post about the planned quilt. I have completed 19 of the 25 required appliqued blocks for my quilt, and I plan to work on a few more during layovers in airports today as I fly home to NC from TX.

What has been your take-along project this summer?





Ran’s Retirement Quilt Finished!

8 08 2017

Hubby retired from active Army service as a chaplain two years ago. My daughter and I thought the perfect way to mark such a momentous occasion was to make him a quilt. So, we made a deal. She would construct the top, and I would quilt it on my longarm.

Trinity is a fan of the “Carpenter’s Star” patchwork design. She constructed the star around a U.S. flag and used pieces of several types of the camouflage uniforms Ran wore during his 30 years of service to make the star. The patchwork star blocks surrounding the central medallion measure 16″ square and are made with various Americana prints. Completing the quilt is an outer Piano Key border of “cheater” striped fabric. This fabric was a gift from Ran’s mother several years ago meaning three generations had a hand in making this gift.

Trinity artfully placed flags and printed Scripture verses within the pieced back.

I enhanced the star points with quilted feathers. And a simple continuous curve design securely holds all the camouflage triangles in place. I bound the quilt with blue-on-blue polka dot fabric leftover from the backing. Click on either photo to better view the quilting designs.

A belated congratulations to you, Ran! We know this quilt will warm you figuratively as well as literally each time you snooze in its comfort.





Quilting with the Grands – a Summary

6 08 2017

A quick look-back at previous blog posts tells me that I need to bring you up to date on what’s been happening in my sewing room. I have been hosting grandchildren . . . and they have worked on sewing quilts!

Krystine enrolled in a “Prest-O, Change-O” class that I taught at Sew There! quilt shop in Angier, NC. I designed the pattern which uses two packs of 5″ charm squares and some yardage. Krystine sewed the squares together, and then we cut the quilt apart diagonally. Moved the pieces. Sewed it together again. Moved the pieces. Sewed it together again. And Prest-O, Change-O, the squares are on-point. She had fun selecting an inner and outer border, discovering that batiks are a favorite fabric to work with.

Kaleb worked with a Star Wars panel that his mom purchased at a quilt show. We used Electric Quilt software to figure out border widths, designs, and colors. Notice that the stars in the four corners of the second border are actual star colors: red, blue, yellow, and white. The corner blocks in the outer border are stylized X-Wing fighter jets. Kaleb plans to enter this in a 4-H fair next spring.

   

Not to be left out, 4 year old Aidan decided to make a rocket ship quilt for his little brother. I’ll post more about his quilt in the future.

I had a grand time sewing with the grands during the past few weeks!

Have you worked on a quilt project with a child this summer?





Interview by Shannon

1 08 2017

My friend and fellow quilt guild member, Shannon, recently asked me some quilt related questions which she posted on her blog, aquiltingmomma.com. It was fun to reflect on my beginnings as a quilter and to express my thoughts on my favorite art/craft/hobby/occupation. Click here to travel to Shannon’s blog. Feel free to read her previous posts and “follow” along if the content of her blog appeals to you. 





Merry Christmas – in July!

25 07 2017

Welcome to the final day of “12 Days of Christmas in July” blog hop planned and hosted by Sarah Craig who blogs at confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com.  Travel to Sarah’s blog for a list and description of the other bloggers on this 12th Day of Christmas (in July). Remember to comment on each of today’s featured blogs in order to be entered in a give-away.

My contribution to all the wonderful gifts, crafts, and holiday décor projects presented in the blog hop is a quilt, of course. Actually, I’m showing two quilts. One is throw or twin size, the other is baby or wall hanging size. Take advantage of your local quilt shop’s Christmas in July fabric sales and begin making one or the other of these quick and easy Star quilts.

You will find pdf (printer friendly) instructions for the quilts on the Patterns page of this blog. The throw/twin size quilt measures 72″ x 72.” The baby/wall quilt measures 40″ x 40″ and is fat quarter friendly. Both are in one document listed as “Christmas Triple Star Quilt” on the Patterns page.

For a playful finish, I quilted meandering loops in white thread all over the baby/wall quilt. Using aqua thread, I quilted a snowflake pantograph on the larger quilt. I was a little unsure about using aqua thread, but I love the results; the snowflake motifs show up nicely and add interest in the large white background triangles. You can best see this in the close-up photo below.

Yes, it is July 25th, exactly five months until Christmas! Celebrate by making at least one of the blog hop projects as a decoration or gift. I would love to see a picture of your finished project.

To re-cap, here is a list of links to all the blog hop participants.

Friday, July 14th

 Saturday, July 15th
 Sunday, July 16th
 Monday, July 17th
 Tuesday, July 18th
 Wednesday, July 19th
 Thursday, July 20th
 Friday, July 21st
 Saturday, July 22nd

If this is your first time visiting abyquilts.wordpress.com, welcome! I invite you to “follow” for lots of quiltmaking fun and encouragement. I have an on-going pre-cut challenge for 2017. The challenge for the third quarter is using a Layer Cake of 10″ squares to make a quilt. There are frequent drawings for quilt magazines, and occasionally I host a Quilt Along or Mystery Quilt project.





Potpourri

16 07 2017

Blog readers have been busily sewing this summer. I’m sharing pictures of their projects for inspiration. Enjoy!

Linda shares a picture of her Jelly Roll quilt and writes, “After fussing over this for a year, I finished Jenny Doan’s “Flying Geese Log Cabin” from Missouri Star Quilt Company. It was made using Moda Batik “Breezy” jelly roll plus additional bright batiks from my stash. The outer border is Moda Edyta’s Essentials “Cherry Paisley.” I am a penpal with a very nice young lady, age 13, who picked out the fabric for this quilt. After seeing the pattern in Jenny’s quarterly “Block” book, Winter Vol 2, Issue 1, I thought it was a match made in heaven!! It is a beautiful quilt and should be a keepsake that will be treasured for many years.”

Janice writes, “I attended your ‘Get the Point’ workshop in Raleigh and thoroughly enjoyed it.  I get tired of making the same thing over and over, so when I had 30 or so blocks, this is what I came up with using some of the other jelly roll strips as dividers, a black inner border, and another outer border.  I like it and think it looks pretty good.  I wanted to show you how it turned out.  You must indulge me because one of the best picture is with Beamer, my beautiful cat, lying on it.”

   

Lori made a quilt for her daughter, Anna, with two Layer Cakes and some yardage. The pattern is one I designed, “Arcadian Garden.” Aren’t the fabrics so pretty and feminine? She plans to scallop the edges, following the cable quilting design.

Pam made a beautiful quilt to welcome her granddaughter into the world. The lovely fabrics coordinate with the nursery décor. Click the picture to zoom in; you’ll see “Lilly Kay” embroidered on the quilt. Great idea, Pam!

Just a little reminder that our pre-cut challenge for the third quarter (July-September) is Layer Cakes. If you have a Layer Cake beautifying your sewing room, why not turn it into a quilt? There’s no time like the present!

The 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop is on-going. Here are the links to the participating blogs. Remember to comment each day to be eligible for prizes.

Friday, July 14th

 Saturday, July 15th
 Sunday, July 16th
 Monday, July 17th
 Tuesday, July 18th
 Wednesday, July 19th
 Thursday, July 20th
 Friday, July 21st
 Saturday, July 22nd

 





12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop Begins Today!

14 07 2017

I’d like to introduce you to a fellow quilter and blogger, Sarah Craig. For the past few years, she has spear-headed a Christmas in July blog hop, calling it “12 Days of Christmas.” My day on the blog hop is July 25th when I’ll show and give instructions for a baby quilt and a large lap quilt made with holiday fabrics. I believe, however, you will enjoy seeing the 30+ other blogs/projects. In addition, Sarah has garnered fabric prizes for those who visit all the blogs on the respective dates and leave comments.

Sarah writes, “And as if great holiday ideas and a tutorial weren’t enough, this year we’ve got something extra special!  The lovely folks over at Free Spirit Fabrics have donated not just one item for a giveaway, but THIRTEEN!  And it’s pretty drool-worthy stuff, too – it’s Tula Pink’s new holiday line, Holiday Homies!!!”

Click here to link with Sarah’s blog to read the particulars about commenting for prizes.

Here is a list of the blogs on the hop. It will be fun to think about cold weather holidays and Christmas gifts/decorations in the midst of a Carolina heat wave!

 Friday, July 14th
 Saturday, July 15th
 Sunday, July 16th
 Monday, July 17th
 Tuesday, July 18th
 Wednesday, July 19th
 Thursday, July 20th
 Friday, July 21st
 Saturday, July 22nd