Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Critter Care Quilt

Don't forget to comment with the word Birthday included to get an entry in my Birthday giveaway. Three lucky folks get to celebrate with me on the 21st.  Not sure what I'm giving away yet but it will be nice and fun!
I spent the afternoon sewing.  Wonderful time and a finish!!!! I had promised a small quilt to Critter Care for when they do a Blessing of the Animals in October and told Jean I would have it by the middle of September.  Wahoo!!! I am early for a change.  This one was fun. I think you can click on the picture to get a better look

 Lots of memories of Beany Baby Days when I was sewing for a little company who made Beany accesories. We sewed day and night for monthes.  When Beany craze ended my friend gave me all the left over fabric as my last paycheck. I came out way ahead on that deal. Boxes and boxes of special die cut pieces. This particular bunch were die cut in the shape of footballs to sew together as Beany Bean Bag chairs.  I had cut the ends off the foot balls and cut 4" quilt squares and sold those on eBay for several monthes. but had these odd shaped triangles left.  Last week I sewed them together and then used my 4 1/2" ruler that has a 45 degree angle on it to make 2 1/2" HST.  I was going to just put the yellow blocks in between the HST windmill blocks but it was way too much yellow so I did the X's in a correlating green, using the first few steps of making an asterick block.  It was also a good chance to practise my free motion machine quilting...just doing a continuous circle in each block.  I'll get braver with joining the stitching between blocks but for this one I just stopped and started for each.  You know these colors really match better than these pics show.  Maybe when I post it will look better.
 I did free stitch the label along one side on the narrow border.  Now that was fun!!! The rest of the border, I just did loopie-lous. I think I am going to make a bunch of small quilts and practise writing free hand. I really enjoyed that. My quilting is improving but I do need to get a quilting foot.  I just took the foot off and am quilting with dog feeds down and no foot at all so it gets a little jumpy sometimes.  I'm envious of those who have such nice even quilting from the get go.

The back of this was fleece and the circles showed really well.  It's a cozy little comforter...just sandwiched right sides facing and turned. No binding.  Soon I'll tackle that but I will put it off as long as possible. Certainly no pro but I am having a ball.


At September 2, 2010 at 3:23 AM , Blogger Helen in the UK said...

Keep up the good work on the quilting front - only practice will help you improve! You DEFINATELY need the proper foot for the machine, though as it can be dangerous without. Happy birthday month :)

At September 2, 2010 at 8:14 PM , Blogger Mary K said...

I agree. The right foot is important, then pratice, pratice, pratice. Small quilts are good for that.
Happy Birthday. My Dad's was on the 24. He would have been 86 this year. Thanks for the happy thought of my Dad.

At September 3, 2010 at 8:43 PM , Blogger judith lockhart said...

I like the circles on your quilt! Very nice design. Working on charity quilts is a great way to improve your quilting.
And, happy birthday, September was my mother's birthday month!

At September 9, 2010 at 3:07 PM , Blogger Rubyd said...

I have let the idea of fmq intimidate me to the point that I have at least 10 tops(with backs) ready to quilt, but I just can't get started...maybe this month (which includes your birthday) I will start.


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