Thursday, April 25, 2024

April Showers Blog Hop

 I made a quilt for the April Showers blog hop. A list of all of the participants are in my last blog hop. Be sure to look at them after you are done admiring my quilt.

After making a few bigger quilts, I am back yet again making a smaller quilt. It is a fun applique pattern that adds to my collection of elephant quilts. Doesn't everyone have one?

I ran out of time making this quilt so I didn't finish it, but it wasn't from lack of effort. I even made it during my lunch and breaks from my job. But it is a great quilt and all I have left to do is to bind it. I want to take the time to make it right, so I added all the spokes on the umbrella, the eye and head piece of the elephant as well as the blanket.

I echo quilted around the shapes with some big stitch free motion quilting.

These pictures were taken at night so they may be dark, but I will take better photos when it is bound.

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Sunday, April 14, 2024

I broke my 100% 15 Minutes to Quilt Streak


This is a pajamas doll quilt I already showed you. When Project Quilting announced the challenge to make a quilt out of clothing, I decided to make one out of my old pajamas.  I also decided to make a YouTube tutorial about how to make an on point quilt while I was making this quilt, and it was difficult to move pieces around easily on a design wall. I started with big pieces so I could make it quickly but I decided that a big lap quilt is not something I could make in a week on my work schedule.

So I finished this doll quilt for the challenge. Then I started putting the video together, but my microphone did not work on so many of the videos. I recorded the video clips again after replacing the battery but again they didn't have sound.  I could do voice-overs on a lot of the videos, but not all of them worked with that, and I hadn't finished all of the questions I wanted to answer, so I cut up more scraps to be able to experiment and show something.

Instead of using pajama scraps, which I wanted to save in case I needed it for the big pajamas quilt, I used bright colors from the last two quilt tops I made.

The end result of all this is that I got through the video even though I had to spend a lot of time editing this video and that took away from sewing time. Since this is a tutorial, I wanted it to be the best it could be since it is a search based video.

I also created a chart for this video. It tells you the measurements to cut the square for more measurements than I have seen in other charts online. It goes up in quarter inch increments from 1 to 30 inches finished size of blocks.  Here's the direct link to the free Triangle Measurements for On Point Quilts Chart by Quilt and Color:

And finally, it means that I started three quilts and finished one. I can argue that the scrap squares I cut up would be for the video and not a quilt I was actually starting, but I really like the way they look and have decided I am going to go ahead and sew it up.

15 Minutes to Stitch 2024

This week, I broke my streak of quilting every day this year.

15 minute days this week --1 out of 7 days
15 minute days this year -- 99 out of 105 days
Success rate  = 94%