Ruth’s Shibori

This quilt is a Jewel Box quilt pattern. This particular one was featured on Ye Olde Sweatshop. Ruth of Ye Olde Sweatshop shares easy to follow instructions to make this Shibori Style version.

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I used charm packs made up of Nuno by Dabbie Maddy and Snow Bella Solids.

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The pattern is partially made up of half square triangles. I made them using the line down the center method and sewing 1/4 inch on each side of the center line. Cut on the line and press. It is a tedious process but fool proof.

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I free motioned the quilt. I signed up for a ruler class next month and I have high hopes that my skill will improve.

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The quilt was gifted to my nephew as a wedding shower gift.

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Did I mention that my sister and I were in charge of the sweet table for the shower?

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The pattern is traditional although it gives out a hip and cool vibe. I know the couple really liked it and it will go with any decorating style or colors they choose. Thanks for visiting.

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Gypsy Wife

Pictured on the shores of Lake Michigan is a quilt inspired by Jen Kingwell pattern, “Gypsy Wife.”

I did not follow the pattern but used it as a guide. I began by making various sized blocks from scrap fabric and tossing them in a bin. I did not use all of the blocks from the bin.

I cut 1 1/2 inch strips from scraps and tossed them in a bin. I was so tempted to use 2 1/2 inch strips because I had tons of them and that way I did not have to cut them. I am so glad I did not take this short cut. The pattern called for 1 1/2 inches and also 1 inch strips. I found that 1 inch strips were necessary in certain places. Mostly I grabbed strips out of the bin, not paying too much attention to color.

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I worked on adding blocks and strips until I had two large sections.

This picture shows that I added a block when the 1 1/2 inch strips were not long enough to meet the next added block.

I used a stencil on the black border because I wanted to use cream colored thread. Typically, I’d use black thread on a black border but I did not want black thread showing on the back side. I’m not that great at free motion so I welcomed the use of the stencil.

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This was a fun scrap buster quilt to piece. Here are a few recommendations if you want to jump into making a similar quilt.

  • don’t worry about color

  • let the strips dangle until you know for certain what you want to add next.

  • use a background fabric even though there’s not a background. I used the background fabric as a go to when I needed a long strip because I was working from a scrap bin for my strips.

  • make up your own rules and try to stick with them (ie, my strips could not end until they met with a block)

  • don’t make yourself crazy if the quilt looks a bit wonky

  • make it any size that works for you (mine is about the size of my dining room table)

  • enjoy!

I joined Meadow Mist Linky party. Be sure to check out the other great finishes.

Molly's Baby Quilt

I used Kona solids to make this quilt called, Jewel Box Quilt. The directions can be found on Ye Olde Sweatshop. Ruth of Ye Olde Sweatshop shares tons of quilts and instruction with great photos that help us visual learners. I also plan to make the Shibori Style version that Ruth showcases on her site but first I wanted to try it out on a baby sized quilt. It turned out great!

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I’m a fan of Angela Walters so I attempt her free motion techniques. After watching No-Waste Flying Geese Quilt Episode on YouTube. I gave it a whirl. I’ll probably use the same free motion pattern on the larger quilt.

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I used Minky for the back and binding. It is so soft. I thought about making a wider. What are your favorite binding styles?

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Stay tuned for pictures of my next version of this quilt, a copy cat of Ruth’s Shibori.

The Dark Side. . . or Not - Moda Bake Shop Layer Cake Quilt

This quilt is definitely on the dark side because the directions link is no longer operational so I can’t share it with you. I first saw this quilt on Pinterest and was able to get directions by clicking on the visit tab. That click brought me to Moda Bake Shop but no more. I spent time searching for it on the Moda Bake Shop site with no luck. But. . . I did find a ton of easy, quick quilts patterns that Moda offers for free. Check it out.

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When I saw the Pinterest post, I remembered that I had a layer cake in my stash similar to the one posted. I buy those deal of the day on Missouri Star. They end up in a bin for a long time because I can’t decide what I want to make. Does this sound familiar?

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I used an all over swirl hook pattern and as much as it got tedious, it is finished. The backing fabric was some other stash fabric. I feel pretty good that I pulled this one out of hat. How do you use your stash stuff when it is overtaking your space?

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I’d love to hear your comments so please let me know ways that you use your precious stash fabric..

Tis the Season for T-shirt Quilts

I cut the fronts off and measured 16 inch squares to make this sports t-shirt quilt for my nephew. He plans to play sports in college so I hope I don’t have to do an update. The fabric took a toll on my sewing machine and my ironing board and iron got the residue of the iron on facing that I used on the back of the t-shirt squares. Any suggestions for getting this gunk off the iron is appreciated.

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Bargello by Number

My local quilt store was closing its doors so I took advantage of a close out sale to purchase this Bargello pattern and fabric.

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This pattern was fun and easy.

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Naturally, I purchased several yards of excess fabric.

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The pattern calls for 2 1/2 x 42 strips and two 14 inch width of fabric background fabric. I laid them out darkkest to lightest.

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The 2 1/2 strips were sewn together and sandwiched between the 14 inch background fabrics. The number strips then get sewn on using a zig zag stitch. Cut using the paper strips as a guide.

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The pattern directs the number and orientation for each panel.

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I have enough fabric to make this same quilt, or use the fabric in another quilt. In the meantime, I miss my LQS. It sure was fun selecting all this fabric in one shopping spree.

Three Baby Quilts with Same Fabrics

I bought fabric, I think it was a fat quarter, and it lasted forever. I made at least three quilts using the same fabric. Take a look at three that I was able to retrieve from my photo library.

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I braved record low temperatures in the Midwest to snap an outdoor picture of this Crosshatch baby quilt.

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I tried to strategically place the colors. I had no way to lay it out because I had a confined space. I made sure to have a yellow, dark blue and white in most rows. Sometimes I’d rip and add a square where needed.

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Here is a shot of the back.

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Here is a different quilt with the same fabric.

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This quilt is the reason why I bought the fabric.

Three baby quilts made from same fabric. This video shows the crosshatch baby quilt and two other ones.

Flower Baby Quilt - Try and See

This scrappy baby quilt was a try and see how it works quilt. I pieced a bunch of scraps together and came up with this mix. It looks like I used 2 1/2 inch squares but actually I used pieced strips. The picture is deceiving. It looks like 2 1/2 inch squares but they’re not so that is why the corners don’t line up. I wanted to try out the pounce and stencil method so I incorporated solid white squares. I also had a ruler that I wanted to test out. The back was a 1 yard piece that I had on hand and it matched perfectly.

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I used Pounce with a flower stencil on the solid white 5 inch squares just so I could test out the method. I could not remove the blue chalk so I washed the quilt and the chalk came out in the wash.

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The colors in the animal print went great with the colors on the front.

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I used a ruler to make the arches in the blue border. I filled it because I wasn’t happy with the plain arches. It is going to take a lot of practice for me to master the rulers.

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Quilt with trial run on using Pounce chalk for flower motif and ruler for border edge.

Free Motion in a Defined Space

After watching an Angela Walters YouTube video about using various designs inside a defined spaces, I gave it a whirl. I used the same pattern in the 2 1/2 inch squares but tried out different patterns in the rectangular ones.

Notice the different designs in each unit.

Notice the different designs in each unit.

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The back side looks ok. . . Here is the link for the Angela Walters Video https://youtu.be/vRzlqfUAKfA

The name of the video is A Stash-Buster Quilt Pattern. Angela sure is an inspiration to all of us. My quilt doesn’t compare to her finished product. But I agree with Angela’s motto, “Finished is better than perfect.”

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. 

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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.