Thursday, July 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday

This is a first for me, two post in one day.  It's not something I like to do but  since I just learned of a new link up...why not write two posts.  The new link up is called Throwback Thursdays.  Yep its just that easy, share some of your first quilts.  Unfortunately I don't have pictures of the first quilt made in high school or the small wall hangings made in my 20's.  But I do have this, my first bed sized quilt.  There was no pattern.  Just sewing together scraps until I had a piece big enough to cut into a square.

The fabrics were leftovers from halloween costumes, curtains, and various home decor sewing projects.  As you can see there was very little quilting.  Boy have I come a long way, now they get quilted to death!   This quilt was the beginning of my obsession.  My kids fought over who could sleep with it, and they wore it out quick.   There's a lot of memories in this old quilt for my kids.  I wanted the memories to last and not be torn apart by over usage.  So offered to make each of the kids any quilt they wanted so this  one could be put away.  Over the next few weeks I'll share with you on Thursdays the quilts they chose.  In the meantime how about hopping over to Krista Quilts to link up your first quilts!  It'll be fun to the changes over the years.

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Twinkle 2 Quilt Along by Zany Quilter

Just wanted to pop in this morning and tell you about a new quilt along that  started this week.  So there's plenty of time to join in the fun for the

Vic will be pushing this one along pretty quick(I love quick quilts) you can find the schedule for the quilt along here.   The picture below is the one that caught my eye.  How cute is that!  Love the different shades of gray with the bright colors.

   Vic has the fabric requirements for several different sizes of quilts.  She is also going to show how to cut some of  the pieces from various pre-cuts.  Here's a snippet from her 

"For the star tips and four patch units you will need one jelly roll strip (2.5" x WOF), OR one layer cake square (10" x 10"), OR two strips cut from a fat quarter, OR a bunch of scraps.  This is the perfect time to dig around for pre-cut leftovers!!  During the cutting post I will show how to cut your pieces from each of these different types of scraps..."

Sounds like fun right?!  I've a new grandchild coming in October, this will make the perfect quilt for our new little bundle of joy.  I'm picking out my fabrics today, and will share my progress starting next week.
Oh I almost forgot to mention the best part
So hop on over and join in the fun. 

~ Lea Anne ~ 
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Is it finished?

Well... I'm not quite sure if this one is a completed top.  The  quilt "experts" back in the day would say a quilt needs a border to make it stop.  Funny how these rules get ingrained in our brains.  Now my sensible side is telling me that a colorful binding would stop the quilt and give it the border I feel it needs. 

I'd really like to get this one done so I'm leaning towards quilting as is and slapping on a binding. 

Unfortunately I  made some cutting errors on the quilt top above so I decided to use up the miscut pieces.  I cut to many of the prints and cut the white squares to small.  Yeah it was one of those days where you think your head is in the game, so you multi-task only to realize your just making a mess of everything you touch.  Luckily the mistakes made a cute little quilt top.

The scallop borders is just too cute.  I might need to use this idea on a larger quilt someday.

There were a few more miscuts left over, so I started playing around with another idea for a what do I want in the center?

Linking up with these inspirational blogs today!

 ~ Lea Anne ~
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

What a Week

This week has been full of canning and freezing produce from the garden.  I've not been able to get in quilting time for two days.  Well I did manage to do some cutting of fabric, only to realize that I had cut them all the wrong size.  140 squares that were a half inch too small.  DRATS!  What kick in the quilty mojo.  So when this unexpected package arrived in the mail it was just what I needed to recharge my mojo.  Thanks again to Kris for the sweetest fabrics.

With all the cooking and canning caught up, now I can do some catching up in the Studio.   Last night I cut right amount of squares at just the right size.  It's time to put the pedal to the metal and do some speed piecing!  YIPPEE!    These little vintage cuties will stitch up quite nice with a little vintage 50's and 60's malt shop oldies playing in the Studio.  Right now Earth Angel is playing.  How many of you are fans of the Oldies?  Do you have a favorite blast from the past?  I'd  love to hear what gets you up and doing the Mash Potato or Peppermint Twist!

~ Lea Anne ~
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