These last four days have been great.
I got to spend an evening and a day with a very special boy, my grandson.
The dinosaur pillow was a big hit with my grandson.
It served many purposes, including: jumping, playing game boards, reading, doing puzzles on the iPad, and a “not taking a nap but just resting” pillow.
I also got to spend a day with my friend, Nancy.
I wish I had taken pictures of the Christmas stockings she made for some friends.
We visited Poppy Quilt n’ Sew in Georgetown, Texas.
We both found great fabric for future projects.
Today, I started working on a floor pillow for my granddaughter.
One of the games we play when we are together is “I SPY”.
I found some fabric in my bins that I used to start this pillow.
While I was looking for more fabric for the “I SPY” pillow, I found a fabric panel that had school images and the map of the United States. It was used on my bulletin boards when I was teaching.
My granddaughter is interested in maps, so I started making a pillow top.
I am not happy with my attempt at quilting, stitch in the ditch, so this may end up in the UFO box.
I might just put both of these projects in the UFO box and ask my granddaughter to design a pillow top for me to quilt.
It was good to get back to my sewing machine, but I guess I just was not into anything I made today.
Do you ever have days like this?
In March, I downloaded a pixel Autobot photo to make a Transformer quilt for a special young man.
It was easy to transfer this pixel photo to a 2.5 inch square and strip pattern.
The fabric was purchased in Georgetown, Texas, at the Poppy Quilt ‘N Sew.
I was able to piece the quilt top in two days.
My friend, Jeana, used the Broken Glass pattern for quilting on the longarm.
Today, I finished binding the quilt.
I cannot wait to surprise him with his quilt.
I also made an Autobot pillowcase.
The Autobot fabric was purchased from Spoonflower.
Today was spent working on a Transformer quilt.
Months ago, I found an autobot pattern that was designed by Susan Guinto.
The site offered a free download.
The pattern is suited to 2.5 inch strips and squares.
A few weeks ago, I purchased the fabric from Poppy Quilt ‘Sew Shop in Georgetown.
I painstakingly measured, counted, and recorded the number of black, gray, and white squares and strips that were needed.
Then…I misplaced my notebook!
So, today, I cut the three different fabrics in 2.5 inch strips, WOF.
The white fabric was cut LOF, since I needed a long enough top and bottom strip.
I decided to cut what is needed in small sections, and piece-as- I go.
This P-A-I-G method is so much easier than when I made a Darth Vadar quilt for my son.
On the Darth Vadar quilt, I cut all the pieces. It was difficult for me to keep track of what I needed, when I needed it.
The Darth Vadar quilt was also out of 2.5 strips and blocks.
To make this quilt, I used a pattern from WSKanePatterns.
My goal today was to finish half of the autobot.
I reached that goal, except I found a mistake as I posted the picture.
It will be an easy fix to remove the out of sequence black block from the second to the last row.
I used the Stripology ruler grid to cut the strips.
I am still doing something wrong at the onset, since I end up having to recut the bottom.
The strips are more accurate than when I cut with a 2.5 inch ruler.
I just have to study what I am doing incorrectly. It doesn’t happen all the time, just enough to be a nuisance.
I also purchased a magnetic quarter-inch guide.
It has improved the accuracy of the seams, but sometimes, before I get to remove the pins, the pins knock it out of line.
Still, I like using this rather than the painter’s tape I was using.
Oh, I found my notebook!
The Gift Bag pattern by Cut Loose Press, designed by Chris Foreman,
was a learning curve for me…literally!
The curve on the front pocket is a first for me.
I tried using a plate and a hoop, but that didn’t work.
So, I just eye-balled it, and tried my best.
I need to look up a tutorial on how best to make a curve.
This was a two- day project.
I find it easier to cut and prepare on one day,
and assemble the next.
The fabric is bright, cheery, and all things quilt…love the fabric!
I had fun making this tote, and I’m keeping this one for me.
Thank you, Nancy, for going to Poppy Quilt N Sew with me.
I need more fabric…so let’s go back to Georgetown!
Recently, I had a 4 day retreat in Round Rock, Texas.
I got to spend some time with my friend, Nancy.
She is so creative and so inspirational…I learn a lot from her.
I enjoy our visits and hope to have many more.
We went to visit Poppy Quilt ‘N Sew, a quilt shop in Georgetown, Texas.
I managed to walk out of this store under my fabric budget, but it sure wasn’t easy.
There were so many beautiful fabrics, and great ideas for totes and quilts.
I will go back!
There was a sample of this cute gift bag designed by Chris Foreman, and I just had to get the fabric and pattern.
The brightly colored fabric has buildings with names such as: Needles and Pins Cafe, Timeless Treasure Fabric Mill, and Quilter’s Inn.
I got sidetracked and made three colored pencil rolls, and I have a bird tote to finish.
So, I will start on this tote soon.
I’m keeping this one!