Friday, January 30, 2015

... A Lot Like Christmas

Here's another Christmas quilt.  I'm working on the borders, so it's still on the frame. This piecing pattern is the Missouri Star Company's Double Slice Layer Cake.  It's a quick pattern and works well for busy prints.

The backing is a cream colored minkee.  I really love how the quilting shows up so well on the minkee side, but blends in on the top.  Ooooh!  That soft, cushy feel of minkee!  It makes a lovely quilt back.

I borrowed some of Lori Kennedy's inspiration for this quilting with the poinsettias and ribbons.  You can find her blog and tutorials at theinboxjaunt.  I like her designs and her tutorials are well organized.

After quilting the swags and holly in the wide border, I needed more to fill in the open spaces.  These bows and long ribbons are a little strange in that they remind me of an octopus.  My hopes are that they won't mess up the overall effect and before I'm finished, I might like them a little more.

I'll share the back side of this quilt soon after it comes off the frame.  So, although the tree is gone and the lights are put away, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in this household.  A few items on my gift list for next season will be checked off early.  Woohoo!

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like ....

... I didn't finish all the Christmas projects I'd hoped to make this past fall.  So this is a good time to get them ready early.

This panel wall hanging stayed on the frame through the season and was quilted in early January.  The binding is attached, but needs the hand-stitching.  I love to bring a quilt in this stage with me  anywhere I need to sit still and behave.  It's relaxing and helps me to be patient instead of squirmy.

I think I'll enjoy displaying it when December rolls around. As a wall hanging, I didn't go overboard with the quilting.  Just enough to trace an accent or two in each rectangle.  I used red, green and gold threads to keep the quilting more subtle.

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunshine Quilters - January

These are blocks I made and sent to be used in a quilt for a child.  It's for an online sewing group called the Sunshine Quilters.  Each month, a hostess accepts the donation blocks and makes a quilt to bring a little sunshine into someone's life.
The hostess picks the theme, block size and/or colors.  They also select a recipient organization such as Project Linus or Quilts of Valor. Some requests are very open ended and others are more specific.

I need to get started on some patriotic blocks for next month.

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars

Saturday, January 17, 2015

On the Frame - Modern

Here's a modern baby quilt in progress.  The top was pieced last fall, but has waited patiently for the holiday activities to subside.

I think these fabrics are cheerful and fun, just right for a friend's baby.

Here's another view.  I'm still on the last row this morning.

I'm using Glide white thread with Warm & Natural cotton batting.

Enjoy your day!
- SeeingStars