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Quilt blocks for my Farm Life quilt, quilt block #2 is one of the blocks I designed to use in the quilt. Quilt block #4 was also used I just flipped it over for every other one.

 

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Quilt Block 2

 

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Quilt Block 4

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I decided it was high time I cleaned up my sewing room! I do like order and cleanliness, I really do. However, it would seem like there is a little devil in my room when I want to create a new design. It must make sure to pull out every scrap of fabric I have and scatter it about so that is not a bare spot in the room. Spools of thread scatter and scissors are buried some where underneath the piles. Sparks of creativity then seem to flow. I manage to get something sewn, not always am I happy with the results. This then goes in the pile of I will do something with it later. There is a pattern here, I can’t bear to throw out fabric!

If I make a quilt or pillow shams and there are scraps left, I know I will do something with it later. Later is here and I decided a good use for some of the scraps would be purses. Quite a few of them that I made lately I don’t have here to take pictures of and share with you. Our youngest daughter was home for the holidays taking a break from college and she felt it her duty to help me out by taking them with her.

 

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The purse pictured above is from scraps left over from making quilted pillow shams a couple of years ago. Yes I knew I wouldn’t let that go to waste! Success!

 

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The lace was left over too. However, I had to buy some grey fabric to line it with. It is a vicious circle huh!  I would like to only buy as much fabric as I need at a time, there is that devil again.

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I added inside pockets and magnetic snaps.

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Spoonflower is having a sale yeah!  Until 10 am EST Nov. 9 th. you can buy 2 fat Quarters for the price of one. Now is the time to stock up. Calendar tea towels from your favorite designer would be great gifts for yourself or to give to someone special. You can also buy fat quarters of other fabric from your favorite designer for a project you have been waiting to do.

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My husband bought a couple of solid wood doors at an auction for $1.00 each. He had some extra time last week and turned one into a headboard for our quest bedroom. I had originally painted it a brighter white but that was too white so I found some off white paint to tone it down. It seem to work better with the off white and sets off the cabinet I had painted several years back. You can see my husband screwed the door to the wall, then trimmed around it.  I don’t think anyone would guess it was a door to begin with.DSC03497DSC03559

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Here Birdie, Birdie Baby Quilt

Here Birdie, Birdie Baby Quilt

Here Birdie, Birdie Baby Quilt

Here Birdie, Birdie Baby Quilt

I wanted to share this quilt pattern with anyone who wants to use it for their personal use. I really enjoyed making this quilt and I think you will also. I think it is a fairly easy quilt to make. You can use up scraps of fabric and make the different blocks. I used my fabric designs on Spoonflower, called Here Birdie, Birdieclick here for pattern

Of course I would love it if you used that also! The solid colors I purchased and were not my fabric designs.

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Mad About Plaid Quilt

Mad About Plaid Quilt

I designed this quilt for my grandson. It happens that blue is his favorite color right now, yellow and red a close second. I of course love plaid, lots and lots of plaid! So I designed some plaids with his favorite colors and came up with the idea of using oversize nine square blocks to keep the quilt simple. Of course he had final approval.

I have come to the conclusion that I love fabric, I love to sew but I am always wanting to get on to the next project. There might be a little ADHD in me! I don’t love to fuss over things. I do so admire quilters that create quilts with all the tiny pieces and intricate patterns. They amaze me and I drool over them. For a long time I thought I had to do it that way and of course with my total lack of patience it did not go well. I spent more time removing stitches then stitching. Or throwing it in a pile of other not so successful projects. Promising myself I would figure it out later.

Now I create my own quilt designs, sometimes changing it in mid way through. I have decided what I enjoy is the color and the fabric designs themselves. If it is a design I especially enjoy I want to see more of the design so I don’t think a traditional pattern on it’s own is what I want for it. Maybe a traditional block but oversize works for what I want. I also have a hard time sticking to the ¼ inch seam, so if I am using bigger pieces I generally use ½ inch seams. I figure I can trim the seams if I need to.

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Block 1

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The quilt is fairly easy to make as I used the strip quilting method. Each block is 19 inches square (remember I am using ½ inch seams). I also have strips of fabric at the top of the quilt, I just like the look. I did use a lot of white fabric in this design. I thought it would show off the plaid more.I found a plain yellow fabric that matched the yellow in my plaid for the round bolster pillow. For his pillow sham I decided to keep it simple. It is basically and bit of an over sized pillow case, before sewing it together I quilted the fabric. After sewing it together I bound the edge in the solid yellow fabric.  To get a copy of the pattern click on this  mad about plaid twin size quilt pattern if you have any questions about the pattern please feel free to ask.

Mad About Plaid fabric can be found at Spoonflower.com. I have quite a few fabric collections on there now.

I am learning to free motion quilt on my home sewing machine. I have a lot to learn and a lot of practice to do. That is pretty obvious in the photo’s. All I want for Christmas is a long arm machine! I have asked for information on the machines from several Linkedin groups I belong to and they have been kind enough to share their experience with me. I have to take some time and try out machines.

The headboard was built by his grandfather. Kind of an all in the family thing. My husband builds wonderful things and I get to paint them and sew.

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Butterwick B5211 bohemian rhapsody -cross from the Bohemian Rhapsody Collection

Butterwick B5211 bohemian rhapsody -cross from the Bohemian Rhapsody Collection

New Look 6000 with Hannah LaChance Houndstooth

New Look 6000 with Hannah LaChance Houndstooth

Simplicity Pattern 1778 LSU colors

Simplicity Pattern 1778 LSU colors

Simplicity  2053 with Bohemian Rhapsody Stripes

Simplicity 2053 with Bohemian Rhapsody Stripes

Butterwick 5211 using two of the designs in the Hannah LaChance Collection

Butterwick 5211 using two of the designs in the Hannah LaChance Collection

It has been quite a while since I have posted anything. All great plans of mice and men huh? During the holidays we got to spend time with all our kids, usually that is not a problem as they live so close to us. Our youngest daughter, after much soul searching decided to go back to school and get her PhD. Her goal is to become a Professor and she chose LSU to get her degree. So we don’t get to see her as much as we would like. While she was home for the holidays we decided to spend some time sewing dresses for her that we had been planning to do for over a year. We had picked fabric designs from some of my fabric collections which then collected dust for a while until we both had time to work on them. I do enjoy sewing and Rebecca enjoys learning to sew. I will say I don’t spend as much time sewing clothing as I use to. Now a days, mostly I only have time to sew home décor or quilts. Together Rebecca and I managed to sew 5 dresses for her to take back to LSU. For one of the dresses I had designed the fabric using LSU colors. I don’t think the photo captured the colors quite as good as I would have liked. However we did not have that much time for photos with her busy schedule here trying to catch up with family and friends. My dress fabric designs were printed on Performance Knit at Spoonflower.com they are of course available to anyone who wishes to purchase them. One dress I had envisioned using two designs from my Hannah LaChance collection, so I used the basic pattern then  changed it to include the two designs. I think it ended up reminding us of Downton Abbey.

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