Quilt #5 :: Scrappy 16-Patch Snowball

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Laurel, Glenn & Barbies, 1970-ish

My two sisters are similar, yet different. Naturally, the quilts I’ll make for each should be just so. My fifth quilt, a scrappy 16-patch snowball is for Laurel, the middle sista. 🙂  The blocks, binding and some of the backing are from scraps left from previous projects. I also used Kona Solid White and Michael Miller Kiss Dot Fog for the front border and back. I purchased the batting using a 50% off coupon.  Love saving $

16-Patch Snowball

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Nine-Patch Quilt & Dad’s Day

I hope Fathers everywhere were able to spend time with their families this past weekend.  Our family traveled to one daughter and son-in-law’s rural home to spend a lovely day outdoors. 

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A patchwork quilt is on our bedroom makeover wish list. An antique quilt was out of my range and I couldn’t find a store-bought one I liked.

So . . . I decided to learn how to make one. Definitely a labor of love/hate.

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So how does one who has never made a quilt start?

A lot of Internet searching, quilt books and trips to guild stores for advice. I found an excellent video that explains how to create a quick and easy nine-patchwork quilt.

 

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The quick nine patch quilt method comprises sewing several fabric strips together vertically lengthwise, then cutting horizontally across the sewn strips which saves time and makes piecing so much easier.

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My quilt is rather large, so I was looking at approximately $250 USD to have it professionally machine quilted by the guild. Hmm. Hey, I might as well go all the way and learn how to machine quilt, right? I purchased a walking foot for my sewing machine and quilted straight lines and “stitch in the ditch.”

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I found The Little Red Hen Blog’s binding tutorial simple and easy to understand.

 

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It has taken me three months to make, I know it’s not a work of art, there are many mistakes . . .

. . . But, “somebody” likes it and I am stoked that I actually made a quilt!

 

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Have a good week! – – Joanne

Sewing Machine Cozy


I’m enjoying a ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ day off today. *happy sigh* A perfect day to catch up on small incomplete projects. In March, I posted about our Bedroom Revamp Plans.

I love the clean look of a white cotton matelassé paired with a patchwork quilt. Well, I found the matelassé . All that was missing was the quilt. I didn’t want a mass-produced quilt; yet I didn’t want to break the bank on an antique quilt, either. What’s a girl to do? Why, sew her own quilt, of course. While it is taking a little longer than I thought, I am so determined to complete this project. It will get done. I promise. LOL.

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clockwise: Coastal Living; I Didn’t Say Banana; The Sometimes Crafter; BHG.com


Because of my on-going quilt project, I now have quite a collection of fabric scraps. Hmm.
 My sewing machine needed a cover (cozy). What better way to practice learning how to piece and quilt? Now remember . . .  I’m learning. You’ll see my mistakes right away (hint: spools). 😕 But, I learned a good deal doing this little project:

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