Monday

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.
Absolutely beautiful.
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?

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Transformer Quilt

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.


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I also made an Autobot pillowcase.
The Autobot fabric was purchased from Spoonflower.

 

Transformers

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.

Tools:
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!

Quilt Shop Tote

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!
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4 Day Retreat

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!

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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!