Happy New Year - First Finish 2017

2016 Start and 2017 Finish

This quilt is a scrap buster. I pieced about 1/2 of it and put it in a box. 

Turned Sideways

It measures 83 x 98. No wonder I had to put it away for awhile. 

Chain Stitched

I chain sewed the 2 1/2 squares to 2 1/2 strips of solid.

When I pulled it out of the box, I did not think I would remember what I was doing or where I was at on this project. It is pretty simple. The layout is the grey to the side, grey up on next block. Alternate on next row. The chevron pattern appears. 

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017!  Thanks for visiting. Best, Mary

Three Scrap Tactics

Days of summer for teachers are among other things, time to get the house in order and get geared up for the next school year. I spent the last two days in my sewing area. I sorted and organized and then came up with three quick quilts that I pieced in an attempt to make a dent in the mounds of scraps that are taking over my space.  I have it all sorted now and the smallest of scraps are bagged and ready for a first days of school project in my 5th grade class. Students use fabric scraps to make a collage of positive character traits. I'll post it when it's complete. The below image shows scraps left over from a baby quilt I made a few years ago.  I had a few squares left so I incorporated them into a selection of layer cakes that I had in my stash. The squares are 5 1/2 and I have 12 going across.

Below is a picture of the original quilt.

Below is a picture of the original quilt.

I loved this fabric and would have bought more but it was discontinued. I'm happy to have a few scraps left over.

I loved this fabric and would have bought more but it was discontinued. I'm happy to have a few scraps left over.

The below top I pieced from a bin of left over jelly rolls. I used a free pattern called Jelly Roll Jam. 

My plan for the Jelly Roll Jam is to use a solid border, a 2 inch patterned border and then the same solid border. I'm undecided on the binding fabric. This will make for a larger sized quilt. This Jelly Roll Jam pictured above only measures 36 1/2 by 36 1/2.  

This is a string quilt and I certainly have a ways to go making more 10 inch blocks. I was inspired by this Pinterest post.

I feel like I accomplished a lot in the last few days. The only problem was that I lost the clear bobbin cover to my machine in the mound of scraps that I had on my table. I scoured the area and I still haven't located it. So, I'm out of commission til I get another one. I plan to use nail polish to make a huge X on the next one to make it  easier to see.  Some of you may have more than one machine so that you never experience down time. I guess this is an omen that means I should stop quilting and enjoy the last of the summer days out in the sun.  Do you sometimes feel that you spend too much time quilting?  I know that I felt that way a little this summer. When I am back to school, I'm way too wiped out to quilt in the evening . I know I have to pack it in sometime now that my space is so organized. I guess once I get my bobbin cover replaced, I'll have to get at it on the weekends. When are you able to get quilting time? Let us hear from you and thanks for visiting. Best, Mary

Summer Breeze Quilt

This quilt pattern is a friendship braid. I saw this quilt on Pinterest and loved it. I wish I can credit this person but there is not a website to reference. I wanted to make it, I  went through my patterns that I had on hand, Internet and Youtube and figured out a way to duplicate it. I used Moda fabric jelly roll strips and other fabric from my stash. 

I viewed the Missouri Star Quilt tutorial on making a friendship braid using a binding tool. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpHAp_pyVXQ

I did not have the "binding tool" referenced in the Misssouri Star Quilt Tutorial, so I winged it.

I did not have the "binding tool" referenced in the Misssouri Star Quilt Tutorial, so I winged it.

I cut 6 inch strips from jelly roll 2 1/2 inch strips and then used 5 inch square template in place of the binding tool.  This cost me a step because the binding tool would measure the angle and the length of the strip in one step. It took me two steps, but I had a work around for not having the binding tool.

I cut 6 inch strips from jelly roll 2 1/2 inch strips and then used 5 inch square template in place of the binding tool.  This cost me a step because the binding tool would measure the angle and the length of the strip in one step. It took me two steps, but I had a work around for not having the binding tool.

The angle is 60 degrees and placed in two piles it looks like a house.

The angle is 60 degrees and placed in two piles it looks like a house.

I attempted to cut the ends off as shown in the Missouri Star Quilt Tutorial but my seams did not match up.  So, I sewed 8 braids together and cut all of them at one time.  Watch the video and you will understand a bit better.  

I attempted to cut the ends off as shown in the Missouri Star Quilt Tutorial but my seams did not match up.  So, I sewed 8 braids together and cut all of them at one time.  Watch the video and you will understand a bit better.  

I used the walking foot to stitch in the ditch on the seams of the 8 braids. I free motioned the borders.  This was how it was shown in the Pinterest picture.

I used the walking foot to stitch in the ditch on the seams of the 8 braids. I free motioned the borders.  This was how it was shown in the Pinterest picture.

The back shows the straight line stitching and the stippling.  I found a vintage sheet at an estate sale and used it as the back. It is silky soft and many might remember this sheet in their grandma's linen closet.  

The back shows the straight line stitching and the stippling.  I found a vintage sheet at an estate sale and used it as the back. It is silky soft and many might remember this sheet in their grandma's linen closet.  

My take away is that I can duplicate quilts at or around my skill level. Have you tried to duplicate  a quilt that you've seen online and had to have as your own? Each quilt looks different depending on the fabric used. Yet, the inspiration that we get from one another is why I blog hop and scourer the net for idea.  Thanks for visiting and contributing  Comments are welcomed and appreciated!  Best, Mary

My take away is that I can duplicate quilts at or around my skill level. Have you tried to duplicate  a quilt that you've seen online and had to have as your own? Each quilt looks different depending on the fabric used. Yet, the inspiration that we get from one another is why I blog hop and scourer the net for idea.  Thanks for visiting and contributing  Comments are welcomed and appreciated!  Best, Mary

Jelly Roll Experiment

Greetings!  I went off the deep edge and experimented with a jelly roll. I usually find a quilt pictured online, copy it, and/or follow the directions for an online tutorial or pattern.  One day I just grabbed a jelly roll from my stash and attacked it. I can't say that I'm ready for prime time. But, I had fun creating this quilt. I just went with it. I  did not stress out on the outcome. 

 I attempted to duplicate a technique that I used when I made a Bargello quilt. I sewed 7 WOF strips together.

 Cut the strips into 2 1/ 2 inch strips.

Rip 2 1/2 squares form the top and sew to the bottom of the strip. This is a technique I learned when making a Bargello quilt. It makes a diagonal pattern. However, I used a jelly roll so it made a scrappy looking diagonal quilt. As pictured, rip seam between the gray and patterned black and add the solid black to the red at the place of the arrow. 

Create blocks. Sew blocks together. I had a piece of batting and measured the borders to fit the batting. I know, usually you cut the batting to fit the quilt. I didn't do that. In fact, the top and bottom borders are larger than the side ones.  This makes for a longer quilt.

 

I love the periwinkle with the burnt red.

 

This is the back. This is a close up but really the comfort of the quilt is not lost on the imperfection of the free motion quilting. 

I hope the take-away is to get out of your comfort zone. There are no rules in quilting. Have you ever made a quilt to fit the batting?  What other rules have you broken?  Let me hear from you. I love your comments. Thanks for visiting!  Best, Mary

Blog Hop 2016

I am happy to join this Blog Hop and want to thank Stephanie Palmer for coordinating this fun.  Also, I received the most detailed blog critique from one of the members.  I left my lap top open and my husband saw it and asked me in all seriousness,  if I paid to have my blog critiqued.  (Thank you Jennifer F. for your valuable and "free" advise).  My husband is good at getting his digs in when he adds up fabric charges for the month.  He spouts that a crack addiction would be cheaper than my fabric one. I counter argue that quilting is less expensive than golf.

I started my blog as a way to archive my work and meet other quilters.  I've achieved these objectives.  When I began quilting, I started with jelly rolls, so hence, the name, StripQuilts. The pass it on, part comes from family who pass on treasured quilts and for those who pass on the love of quilts and share their ideas online.   

I live in Chicago area and have 3 grown children.  I'm a 5th grade teacher and talk to students about how quilts play a part in our American heritage.  My other interest include computers, gardening, and elegantly sipping wine. 

Here are pictures of my most recent finish called Sugar Almond.  I used jelly roll by Moda, "Flow Zen Chic."  I recalculated the tutorial to make a baby sized quilt.  The tutorial is found at Samelias Mum at this link:  http://www.sameliasmum.com/2012/07/sugar-almonds-quilt-pattern-tutorial.html#.V1tJI_krKM-

This quilt measures 28 x 42.

This quilt measures 28 x 42.

22 rows

22 rows

Back side is a panel,

Back side is a panel,

I used the typical meandering free motion pattern.

I used the typical meandering free motion pattern.

I recently traveled to my niece's beautiful Teluride wedding and stayed over in her hometown, Montrose, Colorado.  I had some time to kill while my husband rested from our long drive. I decided to take a walk and walked smack dab into a quilt shop, Ladybugz in Montrose.  Check out my purchase!  

I recently traveled to my niece's beautiful Teluride wedding and stayed over in her hometown, Montrose, Colorado.  I had some time to kill while my husband rested from our long drive. I decided to take a walk and walked smack dab into a quilt shop, Ladybugz in Montrose.  Check out my purchase!

 

These bags contain 1/2 LB of WOF strips from the end of the bolt.  They are at least 2 1/2 inch strips and perfect for more projects like Sugar Almond quilt from Samilia's Mum. I've never seen this product in the Midwest.  Am I missing something?  Are there any other top secret products out there in other areas of the country?  Let me know what you can find in your local quilt shops. Check out a gallery of my other finishes.  Thank you for visiting!!! Best, Mary 

These bags contain 1/2 LB of WOF strips from the end of the bolt.  They are at least 2 1/2 inch strips and perfect for more projects like Sugar Almond quilt from Samilia's Mum. I've never seen this product in the Midwest.  Am I missing something?  Are there any other top secret products out there in other areas of the country?  Let me know what you can find in your local quilt shops.

Check out a gallery of my other finishes.  Thank you for visiting!!! Best, Mary 

Log Cabin

Flannel

Charm packs

Bargello

 

Flannel Quilt Finished in Spring

I can't decide if I'm behind in my projects or ahead of the game as I finished this flannel quilt this weekend.

I love the feel of flannel, it's luxurious.  It's also the easiest fabric to free motion.  

Falling Charms Quilt

Falling Charms Quilt is a Missouri Star quilt tutorial.  I made a baby quilt version of it. They look like different quilts because of the way they are quilted. This one was made without once using my ripper.  No rip quilt is a first for me! 

I added an old fashioned style border to tone it down a bit and give it some vintage flair.

I have another version of the Falling Charms Quilt in the charm pack gallery.