Friday, October 14, 2022

Free Spirit Quilts

Free Spirit Quilt #1

This brightly colored quilt is made from 4 charm packs.
The fabric line is Free Spirit by Kaffe Fassett.

I added a solid of “Apple” Cotton Shot by Amanda Murphy for Benartex.

The charms are 5”.  I cut 3.25” squares from the Apple fabric.  I sewed from corner to corner chain piecing all the charm squares.  

I then stitched again 1/2” away so that I’d have 2.5” half square triangles already made from the cut off corners.



I arranged the blocks for the design and stitched them all together.
Poor color in this photo but it shows the layout design.  I don’t know a name for the pattern.  I don’t buy patterns.  I just figure out how to create the design from looking at it.  No, I can’t do that with every quilt design I see.  

It’s been awhile since I made a quilt bright and colorful.
It’s not a large quilt.  Measures 49.5” X 64”.  A nice size throw quilt.

It has a fun backing fabric for a fun whimsical look.

So with the left overs, came
Free Spirit Quilt #2

Baby sized at 34” X 48”
I stitched all those cut off half square triangles into pairs and set them in all directions.

With a 5th charm pack I added a border.
And finished it with a really fun backing fabric.

Still there are left overs!!!
A pair of placemats were sewn.  They will be donated for charity to brighten someone’s meal time.


There were still some fun scrap pieces that looked perfect for a set of fun Halloween postcards.

I stitched the bird first after seeing greeting cards on Pinterest made by Beret Nelson, On The Trail Creations Blog.  I decided the other designs didn’t need the buttons.

Those five charm packs were finally exhausted!  But what fun they were to play with!

Monday, October 3, 2022

Scrap Bag Challenge Quilt

I am new to quilt guilding.  And I am thoroughly enjoying it.  Mostly because my guild does not make any demands...everything is voluntary.  At our last meeting we drew numbers for a small bag of scraps from donated fabric.  Our challenge was to make a quilt of minimum size (36” X 48”) but no maximum size.  We could add fabric of our own.  And there are a variety of prizes to be had!

I was between projects when we got these scraps, so I got started on a quilt.

I only added the cream fabric that I had left over from a quilt back.  I love playing with designs with half square triangles.

Quite the array of prints and colors so not matchy matchy.  But with an anchoring background fabric, they kind of work don’t they???  Definitely scrappy.

A few adjustments and I went with it.  One week later......

I think that blue stripe binding brings everything together.
The quilt is a little bit larger than the minimum.  39” X 52”

I won the nice prize for first done!  YAY!
I’m donating this quilt for charity through the guild.

September 2022 Calendar Journal