Today I played on my OLD Standard Treadle for some fun. It is amazing how nicely it works after all these years !
I have decided to do an entire quilt top on this machine and will be updating this site with my progress on it.
Today I put together 12 square in a square fussy cut owls- they are so cute peaking out aren’t they?
I’ll even try chain piecing some squares with no electricity required…
What a HOOT
As I reflected on 2013, and those finished and unfinished projects- I found a good number of finished projects. The First finally finished project below was in a box in my basement just waiting to be finished one day……..
This was a project started MANY years ago- it withstood a small disaster with water, and a trip to the dry cleaners before I finally sent it out for quilting. The pattern was an old mystery quilt pattern I found online- just love those clues. All of the fabric was purchased on super sale- this is one I will be happy to use outside for picnics.
The second finally finished project is a great mariner’s compass quilt. I had been wanting to make a Mariner’s compass forever, but wasn’t sure how to construct it so that the points were perfect. I happened to find a paper piecing pattern at a quilt shop and found these great patriotic colors for a nice square quilt that I use either on the back of a chair as a quick cover up on a chilly day or on top of a comforter for an added layer on a cold night. The paper piecing made it easy to get those perfect points on the star. After finishing the center compass square, I added large triangles and set the compass on point. I decided to keep going and make it larger, so I dug into my fabric stash and found enough to add a flying geese border……still not big enough so , I added 5 different borders of varying widths to finish it. I’m pretty pleased with the final look.
This last finally finished project is for fun. I could not resist the bright colors set in a dark background in this quilt. I found the pattern at my local quilt shop and had one of those- I just have to make that! – moments. The background fabric is like fireworks on a night sky- fun! This was really just a weekend project- and is a play quilt size or something that can be used as a throw across the shoulders or lap on chilly days. It is now waiting for someone who needs a smile and a bright blanket- maybe even take along to a fireworks display for July 4th.
I still have a couple of UFO’s but hope for time to finish those in 2014 – my current inspiration is a blank space on my wall for a winter wall hanging.
My favorite time of the year is here and it’s time to make a great quilt to help keep someone warm when it’s cold outside.
I have some bright holiday fabric and a fun square I designed, Two Bears in a Square.
This pattern has two red bear paws on either end of the green and white swirled fabric center square. The “two bears” center square has great darker red bandanna style holiday fabric triangles placed along the four edges that sends focus toward the center and adds some variation in print size – since the other prints I’m using are small.
I’m not sure yet if I will set the finished squares on point or if I’ll use sashing strips, but either way it will look great.
The challenge will be getting it done in time for Santa to make his deliveries.
I have some great quilts from Christmas past
Holly & berries checker board table topper
Christmas star table topper – I just love stars!
Cabin in the woods twin sized quilt
– the only thing missing is snow on the cabin roof –
This elf has got to get back to work on Two Bears in a Square!