Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Blogger BOM #6

Block Number 6... love those little owls :0)
Amy Smart over at " Diary of a quilter" has done a nice tutorial  for this months Blogger block of the month presented by Jackie. ( over at at Canton Village Quilt Works)

 I'm all up to date again!
Happy sewing, Kim

Oh and don't  forget to enter my giveaway here :0)
The first six blocks

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Farmer's Wife

The beginning of two the Farmer's Wife quilts
Two big baskets of scraps, one blue, one red, will be made into the quilts     " The Farmer's Wife" .  Here are the 1st six blocks in each colorway up on my design wall......go see what everyone else has to show over at Design Wall Monday on Judy Laquidara's blog.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Giveaway........Quilts from 100 blocks

Collector's Edition
" Quilts from Quiltmaker's 100 blocks" will be out on newsstands soon.
 I have an extra copy to giveaway :0).  Just leave a comment about quilting and you are in for the drawing :0)
on St. Patrick's Day.

My fellow Scrap Squad members and I made a quilt for our editor, Diane Harris, and it is in this issue so they generously sent me two to share :0).

Happy Sewing, Kim

And another giveaway of a magazine called " On track",
for machine quilters,
is happening over at Bonnie Hunter  blog, she has a feature
in the giveaway issue :0).
Quilt made by 2011 Scrap Squad

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Does art inspire your quilts?

" Tiger Rug"
 Living in the Hudson Valley gives me plenty of opportunities to visit college art shows.  Recently I attended  one  at the Marist college art center.
This piece really talked to me, it is done on Tyvek of all things.

Happy sewing, Kim
Christy Syminton's "chop" or signature
Marist College Art Center

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Farmer's Wife

Large basket of blue scraps left over from "Orca Bay" by Bonnie Hunter

The Farmer's Wife by Laurie Aaron Hird
 I've learned that I am much more likely to get through a project if I sew with a group.  I can't decide if it is because I enjoy the company or if I am competitive.  Either way, I was delighted when Bonnie Hunter pointed out that Randy D. was having a "sow along" ( farmers wife... get it?), using Laurie Aaron Hird's book " The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt".
As wonderful as this book is there are no measurements to follow only the templates that get printed from the CD included in the book.  Randy has taken the templates and gives all the measurements :0)!  I also love using my Marti Michell templates, so now that I know the size of the pieces I can easily make the blocks.  Could I have figured this out myself?  Of course, but now I have a group to sew with!

Want to join in?  Randy is making it real easy with just 3 blocks twice a month.

Happy Sewing, Kim
I write in my quilting books adding notes I want to remember like the starting date

the first 6 blocks

all blocks finish at 6 inches

Two templates from set B

Monday, February 20, 2012

Design Wall Monday

scraps made into  zigzag

Zigzag mixed with squares
These are left over fabrics from making this little alphabet quilt quite some time ago.  I kept most of the pairings of colors together from the original little quilt I made.  I used to receive a fabric collection from Keepsake quilting every month with 9" by 42" cuts....or a 1/4 yard cut.
I still have tons of these fabric yet uncut but I am trying to use them up.

So here is what is on my design wall today, go and see what everyone else has on their design wall over at Judy's.

Happy Sewing, Kim

Friday, February 17, 2012

Shakespeare in the Park by Judy Martin

"Shakespeare in the Park"

Added label to finish it this week
I finally got the label on this quilt and will mail it to my niece as a surprise.

You can see the whole quilt here.

I'm linking to Crazy Mom Quilts for another week of finish it up Friday. and fabric tuesday too.

Happy sewing,
Close up of some of the quilting by Debby Brown

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!

I hope you are surrounded by Love this Valentines Day!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Japanese X

curved sewing lines

Cute little boy fabric for the backing

 I finished up this  little  44" X 52" scrappy madness, putting cute baby fabric on the back  helps soften it a bit.

close up of scraps
Happy Sewing, Kim

Have you seen all the scrappy quilts over at "Stitched in color "?  I 'm entering  my Japanese X quilt over at the "Festival of  Scrappiness"
now going on at Stitched in color.
blue binding machine applied :0)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Too Scrappy

Japanese X block
Sometimes I wonder if scrappy is just too much. Does it come off  as a better quilt if it has a unifying color
instead of just randomly picking scraps and sewing them together?  What do you think?
   I started these awhile ago then jumped into Scrap  attack  but when I put this little quilt up on my design board to have a look........ well it might just be too much going on!  I think it is hard to see what the block started off to be. So I think I am going to stop here and quilt it for a baby quilt.  Time to move onto the next project.

Happy Sewing, Kim

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Peppermint candies quilt

I hope you can see what a difference beautiful quilting makes
quilted by Debby Brown

A nice swirl
more quilting detail
I finished binding this quilt recently even though it was pieced back in Nov. for my Quiltmaker "Scrap Squad" assignment.   Debby Brown did a beautiful job quilting it for me.

Happy Sewing,

I've linked up with Crazy Mom Quilts on finish it up Friday, go have a look at some more finishes :0)
machine binding ( back)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Doll quilts

Two doll quilts made the AmandaJean ticker tape way
I am a fan of "Crazy Mom quilts" AmandaJean, these ideas are taken from her blog, both the direct links are under each picture.  thanks AmandaJean for the inspiration.
Now jump over to her blog and see the other finishes this week :0)

Happy sewing, Kim
The back side of the quilts after washing with their matching pillows

I just have to show these off at the Festival of Scrappiness!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Ho Ho Ho

pin basting

This little table topper is completely inspired by other peoples blogs, I'm  sorry I can't find the url of this Ho Ho Ho quilt but I started it a year ago.

(Kathie found the url for me to share from "fun with Barb and Mary" )

  The H's and O's are nine patch blocks.  The quilting is inspired but not as well done as the quilting I saw at
" Life under quilts" but it is my first try :0).  Also, this is my first attempt to machine apply binding from
"Crazy Mom Quilts"  tutorial too.
Go see what every one else has finished over at Finish it up Fridays with "Crazy Mom Quilts" .

Happy Sewing,
machine quilting

just gently curving lines as inspired by "Lifeunderquilts"

machine applied binding front and back, with help from CrazyMomQuilts tutorial.

It's all done and ready to give for next Christmas!

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Look at the adorable apron patterns you can win over at Beth's blog :0).
Beth is always cooking up something new!
Good luck and Happy sewing,

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Birthday wallet

Debby had some leftover fabric

So she made a bunch of cute things

This little wallet is for my birthday
 I love a homemade gift :0)

Happy Sewing, Kim

Isn't it so cute?

Thank you Debby :0)