Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pieced Batting - October Quilt Preview

Anyone who quilts knows that batting can sometimes be one of the most expensive parts of putting a quilt together. This summer I collected as much batting as I could from yard sales. Some of my stash has big pieces. Many pieces are small.

After doing some research online, I found that piecing together quilt batting isn't hard, it's just tedious and time consuming.

Here's my latest pieced quilt batting:

Yes, that is a piece of red felt. No, you will not see it in the final product. The batting is different thicknesses. I've done this before and the finished quilt always comes out nice.

I try to save money where I can, so the thread was also from a yard sale.

During the fall and winter, when there are no more yard sales to go to, I use up my supplies a little at a time. Then in the summer I restock.

I have fun doing this. A lot of this batting, would've gone to a landfill. Get out your scraps and get creative. I'll post a picture of the October donation quilt when it's all done :-)

Monday, September 26, 2016

September Quilt for Project Gabriel

I'm a little behind on my quilting and posting. I believe I donated my August quilt without posting it on here. Woops!

Here's a cute September quilt to make up for that.

You'll have to tilt your head to the side to view the quilt as it is meant to be.

This beauty measures 40 inches by 60 inches.

It is getting donated to Project Gabriel, a Catholic charity which helps young women. 

The quilting method is Quilt As You Go. 

I had a lot of fun with this one. I was able to use up scraps from my stash.

The batting was pieced together from pieces I had bought at a yard sale. The flannel backing was donated to me by employees of Schrader's Fabrics




Binding is machine sewn so that it can put up with the abuse of a washing machine and dryer.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Keep on quilting and using up those scraps for a good cause!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

July Donation Quilt



For July I decided to do mini sensory quilts.

They are 12 inches by 12 inches. I used different types of fabric to construct them.  I used corduroy, faux leather, fleece, minky, quilting fabric and felt. 


July Donation Quilt

For July I decided to do mini sensory quilts. I thought I had taken pictures before donating them, but I didn't. Woops!!

They were 12 inches by 12 inches. I used different types of fabric to construct them.  I used corduroy, faux leather, fleece and felt. 

For August, I'll try to remember to take pictures :-)

Friday, June 10, 2016

June donation quilt



This is the quilt that I am donating to Project Gabriel for June. I used the colorful hummingbird, butterfly, dragonfly print as a source to choose my colors from. It turned out cute.














Part of the front of the quilt

The back of the quilt

A close up of the back

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Chevron stripe knit blanket

Every once in a while I get bit by the chevron baby blanket bug. I bust out my bin o scraps and set to work designing a blanket that will be truly one of a kind.



To make color selection easier on me, I first select a variegated yarn. I do a few rows in the my pattern with the variegated. Then I keep pulling colors from my stash that match the variations in color.

To finish this quilt off, I crocheted a simple border around it. This is also a good way of hiding your ends.

This blanket measured 34" x 40".  It will be donated to Project Gabriel.

Thank you to my friend Patti for donating some of this yarn to me. Other parts of the blanket were leftovers from previous projects and products of my thrift store / yard sale scavenging.

I hope this inspires you to do some scavenging of your own and come up with a fun one of a kind project.

The pattern for this project can be found for free HERE
It is called Catch the Wave.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Dolls for my local PTO

Being a mommy means you can join your local PTO if you so desire. Belonging to your local PTO means you now have a place to make cute stuff for. This year I have been on a quest to clean out my craft room before I buy any more craft supplies. Yeah, yeah, yeah, laugh if you want to!!!






I found this super cute pattern online one day for making a one piece doll. I made a few and then decided to make some in my son's school colors. I took 5 of the dolls to my local PTO and asked them if they would like me to make more. The answer was an enthusiastic, "Yes!!!"






Here are 10 of the little dolls. They measure about 9 inches tall and are made entirely of my scrap yarns that were just sitting in tubs in my basement.


The school colors, red and blue, are in the sweater and hair of the doll. The rest of the doll, my 4 year old helped me pick out the colors for.


They work up quick and kids love them :-)