Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Let's Play Tic Tac Toe -quilt

For my February DO. good Stitches with Bliss Circle I created a quilt pattern, I wanted it to be simple and easy.  With everyone catching up after the holidays I felt it was best and  kept it in line with the quilt I "dreamed" up.
I asked everyone to make two blocks that would end up 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" using two 1 1/2", 2 1/2" and 3 1/2" strips in 12 1/2" lengths.  They could be sewn together in any order using any print as long as the background was white.  The fabric blocks they sent were perfect!
After I received them all I needed to create an extra five blocks, I wanted the grid to be centered. The full quilt is five blocks x five blocks.  The grid is kona wasabi green in 2 1/2" x 3 blocks.  With the additional blocks and the added grid two of my blocks I made needed to be 16 1/2" tall to accommodate the two grid lines.  I used four 3 1/2" strips, they blended nicely.
I also added a block with a zipper 2 1/2" from the top of the block to store the X's and O's when not in use.  This block was quilted before the blocks were put together. The inside of the block is also quilted by quilting just that square before the three layers were sandwiched.  

Finally the backing is actually tic tac toe themed, when I found it I felt the whole quilt was meant to be.  I macnine embroidered a lable and added the Bee's lable to finish it.

Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts and Freshly Pieced 

Off to sew,

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Envelope Pillows

Finally getting over a bad cold with sore throat and stuffy head.  Its -10 here this morning, but I do love Western New York, now if only those of you with colds would stay home and NOT pass on your bad health!

Now for today post, My gift of pillows for my daughters new home are finally done.  I think they will go quite nicely on her cream couch in the living room with its new gray shaggy rug and freshly painted walls

I enjoyed making them for her knowing it was what she wanted to add color to the room.  Boyfriend wasn't excited about the crazy colorful rugs she loved so pillows are a happy medium, right?

We decided five would be a good number in three sizes, 16" 20" square and a 9 x 16" rectangle. 

I added soft gray piping to the multi, this was tricky 

They all have a 2" overlapping envelope, the 16" & 20" have a velcro tab for added security 

The blue one I added a green border with micro 1/4" piping to break up the color. I love how the corners turned out, could be better... Next time.

Im not sure about the blue one for this room, baby girl said it could also go well in the spare room.  I have one more to make just in case it doesn't work out.  I used JoAnn' for the Home Decor fabric, was not thrilled when it took them a month on backorder to decide one I picked was out of stock.  I do like the quality of the fabric and used a 50% off sale, thats always good.

Back to quilting the king size quilt with woodgrain, half done - it is getting easier.

Time to party with Sew Fresh Quilts and Freshly Pieced linky's use my buttons to connect

Off to sew