Thursday, March 18, 2010

Weekly Finish #9 Road to Spring

I started this quilt in February when I joined the Road to Spring quilt-along with Randi at i have to say.  And, I FINALLY finished it this week!

I just love these fabric collections from Maywood Studio and from South Sea Imports designed by Robyn Pandolph.  The prints really do say SPRING!


The quilt top was fast and easy, especially since I used my handy-dandy Shape Cut from June Tailor.  I machine quilted it with an all-over swirl design and tacked down the binding by hand.

I still need to put a label on it as I forgot to put one on before I quilted it.  But I’m so glad this quilt is finished, and I am really lovin’ it!

I will be linking up again to Amy's Sew and Tell Fridays.  Don’t forget to check out what everyone else has been up to!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick's Day Toast
Here’s to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one
A pretty girl and an honest one
A cold beer – and another one!
Irish Toast
It is better to spend money like there's no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there's no money!
Irish Toast
May you die in bed at ninety-five years, shot by a jealous husband (or wife).
Irish Blessing
May the Good Lord take a liking to you ... but not too soon!

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Potholder Pass Swap #2


A few weeks ago I signed up for the second round of the Potholder Swap over at Amy’s During Quiet Time.

These are the potholders I made to send to my swap partner.  I made them using an instruction book I received from my swap partner Jeannie.  It is "101 Fun-to-Quilt Potholders" by Trice Boerens and has ideas for all sorts of occasions.

I also included this set of 4 coasters, using the same fabric as the potholders.  I created a tutorial that shows you how to make these fun, easy coasters.  Just click here to make your own!

I also used some of the leftover fabric to trim a dish towel.  So, these are being sent off today, and I hope my swap partner likes them. 

If you’d like to see what everyone else is making, you can take a look here at Flickr.

Happy quilting!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Tutorial: Fold and Turn Coasters

These fold-and-turn coasters are SO easy and fun to make!  I first saw this pattern in 2002 at a guild meeting, and the instructions were handwritten.  There were no pictures … only hand drawings.  Well, we’ve come a long way in 8 years!

I made this set of 4 coasters to include with the potholders I made for Amy’s Potholder Pass #2.

These coasters were made with five 5-inch cotton squares and one 5-inch flannel square.  These can also be made in other sizes so long as the squares are equal-size.  Suggested square sizes range from 4-1/2” to 6” … your choice.  You may also use one 5-inch batting square, but I found batting was a tad too thick.  But, again, your choice.


(1) You will choose three different fabrics.  Two fabrics will be used for the top of the coaster and one will be used for the bottom (backing).  I chose the light blue for the bottom:

(2) Cut fabric to the desired square size.  I used 5” squares.

(3) Lay flannel (or batting) square on table:
(4) On top of the flannel square, place your bottom (backing) fabric square, RIGHT SIDE UP.  This will be the bottom of your coaster:


(5) Now take each of the four squares of your two top fabrics and fold in half.  Press.

(6) You will arrange the folded halves around the bottom (backing) square with the folds to the center.  Place the 1st folded square on top as follows:

(7) Place the 2nd folded square on top of the 1st, like this:

(8) Place the 3rd folded square on top of the previous, like this:


(9) Here’s where it gets a little tricky … just a little!  You will be tucking the end of the last (4th) folded half under the end of the 1st folded half, like this:


(10) Now place the end of the 1st fold half on top of the last (4th) folded half.  The folded squares should all be tucked in and all folds should be in the center.  Raw edges should be even. Your coaster should look like this:

(11) You may wish to use a couple of pins to hold it together.  Now sew a 1/4” seam around all raw edges, like so:

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(12) Once you’re finished sewing, trim the corners:


(13) Here’s the fun part!  Pulling from the center, turn the folded squares inside out.  The bottom (backing) fabric will be pulled from the inside to the outside:

(14) Once completely turned inside out, gently push out the corners with a pointer:


(15) All finished! 

Use your imagination for fabric combinations: florals, animals, geometrics, etc.  Make a set for each season or holiday.  These make great gifts! 


Great Thrifty Quilty Finds

I love to read … and I have a ton of books and magazines!  When I’m finished reading, I usually donate them to our library’s used-book store.  Of course, whenever I make a donation, I head on over to the sbookstore and buy more books!

I think I scored pretty good this past Saturday!  I found some great quilting and sewing books, like the newer “Strip Crazy” book above for $2.50 (SRP $19.00) and this 2002 Leisure Arts book for $3.00 (SRP $24.95):


I also picked up this April/May 09 Quilter’s Home  magazine (below) for a quarter.  This is the first time I’ve read this magazine, and it has some great articles.  BTW, my car license plate says QLTPCR!


How about some vintage crafting?  I picked up the cross-stitch pamphlet (above) from 1990 with the Ninja Turtles.  My DS#1 who is 23 used to LOVE the Turtles.  Aren’t they making a comeback?

And, here is my favorite find … this 1958 booklet “How to Make Sock Toys” , also for a quarter!


I know the Sock Monkey made a recent comeback.  Not sure if it’s still a popular toy but look at the elephant sock toy … too cute!

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Most libraries have a “Friends of the Library” organization that helps provide financial support by selling donated books either through a bookstore or monthly sales.  If you’ve overlooked this great resource for quilting books and instructions, be sure to check with your local library.  You may find some great buys that won’t break the bank!

I always look forward to my JoAnn’s flyer … and the recent flyer had some GREAT coupons!  It had several 40%-off coupons and a 50%-off on any regular item, and they were good until yesterday.

Several bloggers have made some beautiful quilts from the book Scrap-Basket Surprises and highly recommend it.  I used my 50% off coupon to get my copy … yippee!


I also bought some KONA fabric using my 40% off coupons … score!  And I bought bobbins for my Viking Mega Quilter … two packs of 5 … for only $0.97 each … no coupon necessary!


I’ve been working with only 3 bobbins and they run out pretty quickly.  Now when I’m quilting I don’t have to take time out to refill a bobbin.  I’m a happy thrifty quilter!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Weekly Finish #8 Camp Sloanie Quilt


I FINALLY finished my yellow and black Camp Sloanie quilt from February!  I machine quilted it with an all-over swirl design and tacked down the binding by hand.

This yellow and black color combo is out of my comfort zone, as I’m not particularly partial to yellow.  My favorite colors are fall colors … warm browns, gold tones, reds, dark greens, etc.   Even so, I really like my yellow-black quilt!

I found this really cute fabric that has a black background with yellow and white birdies, and I also found the yellow fabric with little black flowers to match:


I had a few leftover blocks, and there’s no better way to use them than to include them in the backing: 


A quilt is not really finished until it has its label:


I am really bad about putting labels on my quilts.  My BQFFs are always getting on me for this!   So I made the label on my computer, using instructions from The Crafty Gemini:

I then attached my label to the backing BEFORE I quilted the top.   It’s machine sewn on all four sides and then securely quilted.  I don’t think this label is going anywhere!  I just hope it withstands washing.

I’m linking up to Amy's fun Sew and Tell Fridays.  Don’t forget to check out what everyone else has been up to!

Happy quilting!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pinwheel Sampler Quilt-Along: Block 3


Week 3 pinwheel blocks for Rachel's quilt-along


Week 2 pinwheel blocks (above)


Week 1 pinwheel blocks (above).  That’s six done and 10 to go!

Some of the fat quarters I’ll be using are from California Dreamin' by Jenean Morrison for Westminster Fibers.  I love this line, and I can’t wait to see how this pinwheel quilt turns out!

Happy quilting!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Friendship Quilting Group: Quilts of Valor


This past Tuesday I visited with my friend Mary and her quilting group, The Atherton Quilters.  I had so much fun that day and everyone was so friendly that I decided to officially join the group! Here they are (above) with the Quilts of Valor they made at their January retreat.


This is the QOV top Mary helped make with her group.  She’ll be taking it to the Sew Vac in Long Beach where it will be quilted by a volunteer longarm quilter and finished into a beautiful quilt for a veteran or service member. 

Every Thursday afternoon, volunteers meet at the store to cut, sew and press QOVs. Volunteers receive one free admission ticket to Disneyland (!) as part of Disney’s “Give A Day, Get A Disney Day” program.  How awesome is that!  Especially since it’s over $70 for one admission ticket … how many folks can afford that in today’s economy?   So I’ll be joining Mary this week.  It should be fun!



I previously blogged about Mary and her quillow here, and I finally gave it to her this past week.  Here she is with a smile on her face and her long-awaited quillow:

So I’m off to meet up with my BFF Vivian to see George Clooney’s Oscar-nominated movie, Up In The Air

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ANYTHING with George Clooney in it is a winner with me! And you all know I’ll be watching the Oscars tonight …