Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hands 2 Help Quilt

An oh, so quick post to share the picture I have of the quilt I'll be donating for the Hands 2 Help drive this year...I only have a picture of the top because I'm still quilting the sandwich! I'll get it done though!


I used a jelly roll of More Hearty Good Wishes, that line has some great nautical prints! The pattern is the Fat Quarter Shop's Jelly Roll Jam...super-sized! I added a column and row to what the pattern calls for...used all the jelly roll strips instead of just half, easy peasy!

That's it for now!

Meredith


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

My First Quilt-Sized Quilt

After a few months of smaller projects, I was ready to try a "real" quilt...and by that, I mean a quilt-sized quilt! 

I found what I thought would be a great pattern in the Sept/Oct 2014 issue of Quilty magazine, called Jelly Roll Redux. It uses 2 1/2" strips and some additional contrast yardage to make the top. Fair warning, it takes more strips than one jelly roll has...that caught me by surprise! I used an assortment of black and white print strips.

It was such a fun quilt to make - well within my novice capabilities! I changed the pattern up a teeny bit by adding a contrast 2 1/2" square in between each of my strips, I love the pop of color!

I finished the top before Christmas 2014, and gave it to my daughter...she was so excited! 


I managed to finish it up in January (with much encouragement/badgering from my daughter!) I used the walking foot on my regular machine to quilt it, once on each side of the vertical seams, then in the contrast panel I quilted strait horizontal lines...well, mostly strait!


The back is a luscious spa minkee in my daughter's favorite hot pink - so, so soft! I don't remember how large it ended up...large enough to cover a twin bed though! 


It was a tremendously fun quilt to make, and I love how it turned out! 

Each of my projects has taught me something new about quilting...I love that about making! For this quilt, I learned to measure my intended backing fabric...lol...I ended up trimming about a foot off the side and bottom of the quilt top after I had made it, because the backing was smaller than I thought it would be, and I had purchased the minkee years prior, so was unable to get more. Now I know! I do intend to make a coordinating pillow sham out of the pieces though!

Happy Crafting!

Meredith

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Boos are Ready!

Howdy! I managed to eek out some sewing time and put together the two Boo quilt tops for the Boos and Ghouls mini Quilt-a-Long over at Bryan House Quilts.



These went together so quickly...and I'm a novice quilter! So go gather your black, gray and white scraps and make some cute ghosts! (Or, if you're just beginning like me, go raid the 6" square basket at your local quilt store, lol!)

Hopefully, I'll get some time tomorrow to go pick out some backing fabric for these cuties...and have them up on my wall for at least part of October!

Thanks for stopping by,

Meredith

P.S. ~ I'm linking this post to the Scraptastic Tuesday Linky hosted by Mrs Sew and Sow and She Can Quilt. Come join in on the fun!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Boos and Ghouls Quilt-a-long ~ Ghoul quilt top

Oh goodness...this little pattern is so cute! I'm loving how these mini quilts are coming together! 

I've got the ghoul top stitched...and over the next few days hope to have time to put together the boos, I can hardly wait!



If you'd like to make your own, you can find all the information over at Bryan House Quilts...have fun!

Thanks for stopping by,

Meredith

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Boos & Ghouls Quilt-a-long Progress

I'm making progress on the quilt-a-long that is being hosted at Bryan House Quilts...Monday the cutting instructions were posted.

I spent a fun half hour or so at my local quilt shop sorting through their 6" scrap bin, pulling out all the black, gray and white scraps that I could find...at 7 for $1, it's hard to get too much! 

Then last night I started cutting away...and now...



The cutting is done! Two Boos and one Ghoul, in pieces! 

I'm ready for next Monday when the stitching begins!

Meredith


Sunday, September 7, 2014

New Adventures

Well, hello!

I've been keeping busy with lots of things, one of which is a new skill I'm learning, quilting! I just finished a class at my local quilt shop, and have a completed project, yeah!

As I was looking around for my next project, I came across an invitation for a Quilt-a-long with Bryan House Quilts to make these adorable ghost mini-quilts!


How cute are they? I plan to make two boy ghosts and one girl, representing my children. Then, as they move on, they can have a cute decoration for Halloween of their own...if I can give them up, that is!

I look forward to practicing my newfound skills, and ending up with cute decor!

Meredith


Friday, June 6, 2014

Flowers for My Daughter ~ Friends with Flair

Just popping in to share a quick project...my daughter is off for some more Coast Guard training, and requested some goodies from home to personalize her space.

I found some instax picture frames at Michael's (she was given the camera for her birthday) and decided to gussy them up some.




Because you don't always have pictures that you want to frame right away, I used my Unity stamps to decorate one of the frames, and put a quote inside.



I'm linking up to the Unity Friends with Flair party...you should come join in if you aren't already...there is lots of inspiration to see...and prizes!

Thanks for stopping by,

Meredith