Welcome to Treadlestitches!
It's been a busy week here at Treadlestitches. It's spring break for the grand kids I babysit, so we had lots of fun but the quilting just didn't get done. I did find time to piece two little tops for Hands2Help, and they'll be quilted soon. I hope. The first one is the I Spy quilt above.
I'm trying to use more of my 5 in. strips and squares this year. Many of them are novelty prints (which I love!) and I Spy is perfect for them. I chose 48 squares, 6 each of 8 colors, and set them with a colorful dot fabric left over from another quilt. It was tough finding even six novelty fabrics in orange (do I need to go shopping?) so it was on my mind when I chose the orange solid cornerstones.
The border is this banana print, from 1992! I found it at a flea market last summer.
I hope this will be a fun quilt for a child. It was a blast to make!
So was this one, that I'm calling Hourglass Four Patch. I tried something new with it. The hourglass units are made from charm squares. I wrote up a tutorial for it, click HERE to see it.
The border is this fabric that I call "Big Kitties". I was so happy I had enough left of it, after using it in other quilts. How can you go wrong with purple, orange, red, and green cats?
The grand kids posed with this one, too, but they were getting tired of being models and ready to go back to playing.
I'm so lucky to have such good helpers. I did get my Buddy to pose one more time. The thing he's hugging is a giant roll of poly batting. Wonder how long it will take me to use this up? Especially since it's one of TWO giant rolls!
I'm experimenting with different ways to use the batting for charity quilts. It's lightweight, soft, and warm.
Sorry about all the dark photos, it's been raining here lately and today we've got a little snow, which must be annoying for all the robins that are back.
Have a great week and thanks for reading!
Linking up with:
Alycia at Finished or Not Finished Friday
Angela at So Scrappy The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for April is purple!!! Hurray!!!
Cynthia at Oh Scrap
Such fun quilt designs, Sylvia, and your bright prints make very happy quilts, too! That's a great to make an hourglass - thanks for the tutorial. Hope you've had a fun Spring Break week with the buddies!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Diann! Spring break was hectic but great. We went to a science museum and to the library.Delete
Super cute quilt tops (and kids!!) Two giant rolls? Have fun using up that batting!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Joyful! It might take a long time, but it will be fun!Delete
You have two great fun quilts. So love the cheerfulness of your quilts. And those cats; so cute! And the grandkids, just adorable! With so much batting, I guess it's okay to say that you won't stop sewing anytime soon? Enjoy! ;^)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Chantal! I hope to keep sewing forever!Delete
You always made the happiest quilts with your novelty fabric, Sylvia. The hour glass looks like short crayons to me. Surely both quilts will give confort and joy to the kids.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Ivani! Oh, I didn't think of crayons, that would work!Delete
What great tops! I'm impressed with the hour glass four patch design! Batting is an expensive part of the process. I piece even the smallest pieces together to cobble a big enough piece to use in the next project. Those rolls ought to keep you in business for a good long time!!!--TerryK@OnGoingProjectsReplyDelete
Thanks, Terry! I think it will take at least a year to use up the batting, maybe more!Delete
Two more great tops, both so colourful and fun!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Jenny!Delete
Your quilts are adorable! May I ask where you got your big rolls of batting from? And what weight is it? I am getting low on my batting for donation quilts and might have to stock up.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Vicki! My friend and I got the batting at Marshall Dry Goods online. We got the 48 inch poly.Delete
I love those quilts and am putting your hourglass quilt on my want to make list. I'd like to know where you got so much batting too.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Marti! Check out Marshall dry goods online, they have several kinds of batting.Delete
Cute tops!! and that banana fabric !! its perfect... especially with photos of those two little monkeys!! they are such cute kids!!!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Alycia! You're so right about those cheeky monkeys!Delete