Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Charity Quilts

During the month of January I sewed three charity quilts. A friend was given a fabric stash of a quilter who had gone blind. She asked for help in sewing the fabrics into charity quilts. I took home a bag of 6" squares. The individual fabrics were not all that beautiful, but I managed to use them to make three attractive scrappy quilts.
Disappearing Four Patch

Broken Dishes

Disappearing Nine Patch
These pictures were taken while the blocks were hanging on the design wall; I did not get any photos of finished tops. I dropped these off at my friend's house; she long-arm quilts, binds, and donates them to needy organizations. 

Each quilt is lap-sized; I have enough 6" squares to make yet another quilt, but I have put them away for now. I am in the planning stages for graduation quilts at our church.

Friday, December 18, 2015

More Costuming!

I've been busy sewing a few more costumes. I made two more Victorian Christmas costumes for new members of the homeschool ensemble group. (Daughter has graduated, but I was happy to make additional costumes this year.)
They each received matching muffs, but they were not wearing them for this concert.

I also made a costume for daughter's voice teacher. She won the role of Mrs. Banks in the musical "Mary Poppins".
A very elegant banker's wife!
The production was fantastic; it was sold out or I might have gone to see it a second time! I did not realize how different the broadway musical is compared to the popular movie version. (I think I liked it better :) )

Once the costumes were finished, I wanted to work on something Christmasy without having to do any planning.  
So I pulled out these 2 1/2" strips of Christmas fabrics and started making 16 patch blocks.


I won my very first ribbon!
I entered Soli Deo Gloria III in my guild's quilt show; I think it is a well-earned ribbon!

I am linking up with Sarah's "Whoop Whoop" party!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Design Wall Monday: Hexagons

I am English Paper Piecing hexagons!

My quilt guild challenge this year was to make a piece that included shapes and the color blue. I used the book The New Hexagon by Katja Marek as the basis for my incorporation of shapes.
Rhombus, Trapezoid, Triangle, Parallelogram, Hexagon, Rectangle, Square
I used different colors to highlight the geometric shapes I used within each hexagon. The background fabric looks like a starry night. 

Of course, for the back I had to use something else about monkey astronauts?!!!

Another hexie project I have been working on is this:
I hand-pieced most of this while on a cruise this summer. The line of fabric is called Caravan, designed by Jennifer Young for Benartex Fabrics. It is so fun to chose a particular design repeat in the fabrics for a stunning effect. 

So far it measures approximately 26 inches around. I will add more hexagons, but not until after the holidays.

Linking up with Judy at Patchwork Times here: