Friday, November 02, 2018

Finish It Up Friday...Denim And Plaid, The Rest Of the Story!

Finding patterns for quilts that are fitting for men is sometimes a little trickier. When I saw this all denim Giant star quilt online I thought that would be a great man quilt!
I do have quite a stash of denim, however I didn't have quite enough contrasting Shades to pull the quilt off the way I wanted it. So I pulled out some corduroy and plaids to actually make the inner star from.
It is actually one I started last year before Christmas to be a gift. I was unable to get it finished in time and so it sat and waited I guess for this year haha!
I chose a woodland animal flannel for the back. I had to supplement with a few other neutral flannels.
Even though the denim makes for heaviness and the flannel makes for fuzziness I still did do a layer of batting.
 I wasn't sure that I liked it until I got all the quilting done and now I do! I'm excited to give it to someone special!
Can't remember the measurements but it fits just fine on a queen size bed.
For the actual Star quilting on the plaids and corduroys I did a mock plaid quilting pattern. It worked really well except for on that one corduroy that insisted on stretching. But my treadle and I made it through without too many hiccups!
I went pretty simple on the denim part of the quilt. There were a few of the denims that had some spandex in them as well. Made it out with too much overstretching.
Hooray for finished projects a year later that have been sitting on your shelf and hooray for special gifts to give to those you love!
 Linking up with crazy mom quilts!
 Happy Friday!
Alissa

Friday, October 26, 2018

Finish It Up Friday...On Point Batik Baby

How fun it is to actually pick your project and do something simply because you want to and just for fun! I made this batik quilt for a good friend a few years back. I cut up some of the scraps into 2-inch squares...there I go again! Still had some 16 patch blocks I made out of those squares just sitting around in my sewing room.
I decided to square them up and make something out of them! Such pretty fun scraps that came off of them!
I found a fun green linen fabric in my stash and decided to set them all on point and make a baby blanket! No one in mind just a fun baby blanket.


The hard part was done and it came together really quickly! As you can see in the bottom of that last picture I enjoyed some chips and salsa and watched Rawhide while I made this one!
It was still on the small side and just needed a little something! So I went ahead and added a thin white border.
And then I added another green border!
I still haven't mastered the all over quilting patterns! I'm a little chicken... I just went ahead and did a straight crosshatch on the diagonal of the blocks. It turned out really nice. I call it organic because I didn't measure and so my inches are probably off in lots of places! I like to eyeball though.
So hard to get a picture of that color of green with the lighting in my house! Most of these pictures were taken in the evening it's just hard to get it right. I used a leftover pink batik for The Binding.
The backing is a fun flannel I had in my stash, little bugs with a mint green running through it that coordinated pretty well. Nice and fuzzy!
Found a sunny day to take it outside and get a better picture of the color and the quilting really shows up in this one!
 This little baby comes in at almost 40 in square exactly! Not sure if I'll try to sell it or find someone to gift it to! Time will tell!
Happy Friday!

Alissa

Friday, October 19, 2018

Finish It Up Friday...Brenna pack, Wallet and Fall!

I finished my second backpack a few weeks ago! My little sister wanted one for her art supplies that she takes everywhere with her!
On a side note...how can my baby sister be turning 19 next week?!?!


I didn't have any bias tape that went well with the fabric she chose so I did a more traditional flip inside out method for putting it together.
I love these little buckles! So easy to put in!
I added some extra inside pockets to her bag. Planned on doing the same to mine but haven't got around to it!
While working on bags and switching I once again realized how dingy my wallet was getting to be. So I searched through my old blog posts and found once again the tutorial I used to make it and made another one!
 I once again added a zipper pouch on the back for coinage. I did however accidentally put it on kind of upside down but it will still work!


 Hooray for a new wallet and one that won't show the dirt quite as bad!
 This year has flown by! We've been having lovely fall weather but last Sunday we had a spurt of winter! Woke up to about 2 in of snow and it was cold! I was surprised the snow stuck around as long as it did.

 I may have to take down my rain gutter decoration for the winter as you can see it kind of ends up being an icicle trap! Made me giggle!
The sun is back and I think we'll enjoy a few weeks of more fall weather before more snow!

I absolutely love walking through the leaves on the sidewalk as I go to work! I kick them up and giggle every time! Makes me want to take them up and jump right in! Happy fall and happy Friday! 
Alissa


Friday, October 05, 2018

Finish It Up Friday...Wait For It, Denim/Plaid Togetherness!

I have a finish today! I started a large denim quilt last year. It is a large scale single block design and ended up having these huge half square triangles left over!
 I put all of them together and just had the center of this throw...not quite big enough.  Couldn't decide if I should give it borders or perhaps use it as part of the large quilt's backing so I threw them both into the partially finished bin and went on to other projects!
 A friend has two totes full of her aunt's quilt tops and has hinted at having me finish several of them for her. That got me thinking about my own unfinished tops and so I pulled this one out to work on.
 As you can see, borders won out, more denim! The other fabrics are all plaids and corduroys, kind of a manly quilt feel. I like this colorful plaid so I used it for the binding. I have several Wrangler brand jeans in the mix so for the quilting I went with the signature gold thread. Simple diagonal lines did the trick!
 The backing is made up of two of the fabrics from the quilt and some gray flannel.
 These are true western wear, holes were earned by these jeans! I put a bit of the plaid behind the holes.
 Hehe, very authentic...those stains are proof too!
 Happy Friday! Looking forward to a drier, warmer day here! Praise the Lord!
He is so good, so trustworthy!
Trust in him at all times; you people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are all together lighter than vanity. Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them. God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs unto God. Also unto thee, O Lord, along with mercy: for thought renderest to every man according to his work. Psalm 62:8-12

Alissa

Saturday, September 22, 2018

A Pear Finish!

Happy Saturday!
I have had several finishes lately that couldn't be shared right away. Finally one I can let out of the bag!!
You can read here and see my first Pear Wallhanging!
I purchased it from Connecting Threads on a whim. Well, they recently brought it back with different fabrics. 
Such happy little pears!
My little sister's good friend graduated this past spring. She had commented on really liking my pear wallhanging once so I decided it would make a good graduation gift! I like it too, so I bought the fabrics for a second wallhanging!
Hehe, I made one pear go the wrong direction, just for fun!
I  really like both of them and they go perfect in my kitchen where the first one hangs.
Yay! So cute and fresh!
Anyway, after finishing I let my sister pick which one she thought her friend would like best! She still thought the original one was more her type.
So, now I have a new pear wallhanging!!
Instead of using the leftover strips for the binding, this time I put them in the backing.
Here it is in its temporary home!
Her party was this last weekend, I hope she likes it!
Alissa