Friday, October 3, 2014

My version of a Bow Tie quilt

I know it has been  a long time since I have been on my blog.  I have discovered Instagram and have been having so much fun!  If you use Instagram please come visit me at rivergirlquilts.  I will try to keep my blog active as well.  It is just that Instagram is so dang quick......

Today I am sharing my version of a Bow Tie quilt.  This one was so easy and quick.  I used charm packs of shot cottons (several, as I had to go back and purchase more to make the quilt a decent size)  and some of my oh-so-precious scraps of Marcia Derse fabrics.  With the thinner texture of the shot cotton the quilt is so soft and cuddly.  I am in LOVE with it.  And the colors are so beautiful!!!  On with the pictures.....

 

And here is a close up so you can hopefully see some of the amazing quilting:



For the little bow tie corners I did the sew and flip method - if you are not familiar with this and would like to know how it is done, please let me know and I will share more with you.  It is very easy and the results are impressive! 

As always, thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you are having fun with your sewing projects.  Have a great weekend!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish up Friday

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Aquarium Quilt

I am calling this my Aquarium Quilt.  It has little gold fish swimming around and it is for some friends who want an aquarium but cannot find a suitable place for it in their home.  I am hoping this quilt will be the next best thing for them. 

I used the "Kitchen Window" pattern from Elizabeth Hartman's first book The Practical Guide to Patchwork.  If you are not familiar with this book, I do recommend it.  You can check out Elizabeth by looking at her blog oh! fransson

Here is the full photo of my Aquarium Quilt:



And here is a single block - showing the little gold fish swimming around - for some reason I just love those little gold fish!  This also shows the fantastic quilting (both large and small swirls) that are somewhat similar to water swirls.


I will be gifting this quilt to my friends this weekend.  I really hope they like it.  It may even inspire them to find a place in their home for the aquarium they want.

What have you been working on lately?
Have you had any quilty gifts that have been special?
I would love to hear about them.

Happy sewing!
Thanks for stopping by......

Linking up with Finish up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A quilt for Mike

Today I am sharing with you a quilt I made for a good friend.  Mike takes excellent care of my dog Fergie.  Fergie is an English Springer Spaniel and has HIGH ENERGY - did I say she likes to run and play - a lot?  Fergie also loves to have her picture taken:


 
 
Back to the quilt.....
I wanted to give Mike a proper "Thank You" for all that he has done to keep Ms. Ferguson balanced (one of her favorite pet-names) so I made him a quilt.  This quilt is the Checkerboard Dots pattern from the Skip the Borders book by Jaybird Quilts.  I love the pattern and I really love the book. 
 
The big circles on the quilt are to represent the balls and Frisbees that they both play with.  Mike loves the muted colors - so that is what I used.  I selected batik's for this quilt.  It turned out lovely and when gifted he was surprised and very happy.  I was so pleased!
 
  

 
Unfortunately, I only have one picture of this quilt.  I am hoping you can see enough of it to understand the pattern and the fabrics - how well they are playing together (just like Mike and Fergie).  The muted colors with the occasional pops of navy and dark green were the perfect fit.  It was really appreciated for a friend that is also greatly appreciated!
 
Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope your hand made gifts are also a joy to give as this one was.  I would love to hear about the times you have given handmade gifts away and the story behind them.
 
Have a great week everyone!
Thanks for stopping by.
 
Linking up with Finish up Friday at  Crazy Mom Quilts


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Scrappy Pinwheels

I have a recent quilt finish to share with you today.  I made this quilt with left over "points" from another quilt I am making (you will see this one soon) and decided to pair them up and make some pinwheels. 

I wanted a quilt to travel with - you know - to use on the plane instead of those terrible awful blankets they distribute and to use while at my destination.  So this quilt is small in size - about 40" x 50" - just perfect for my carry on!


I have already taken it on one trip - to Phoenix to visit my family.  I even used it (the morning A/C was a bit too much for me). 

It is a very colorful quilt that I am enjoying very much.  A useful size for early morning or late evening relaxing when you need a little extra warmth.  And on top of that - it used up some extra fabric I had from another quilt.  Win Win

Thanks for stopping by.

Linking up with Finish Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Two new quilts to share

I have been busy sewing.  I recently completed 2 baby quilts for a cousin that had a new baby girl.  I wanted to make the new baby a quilt and could not leave out the big brother (I know you understand that feeling).  So I ended up making two quilts. 

I used the "Breezy" pattern from Growing up Modern by Allison Harris.  The pattern is wonderful and it comes together so quickly.  I will keep this in my list of favorites for baby quilts.  Thank you Allison!

First up, the pink one for the baby girl.  I have named this one "Pink Explosion"
 
I selected fabrics from my stash - mostly pinks but a hint of blue, orange, and of course the sashing in white.  The centers of the scattered square blocks are the strawberry print from Briar Rose (love that!).  It turned out so cute without being overly baby.  The mother loved it.
 
Next up is the one I made for the big brother.  I am calling this one "Basketball Orange".
 
 
Again, I used Breezy.  As I said, it is a great pattern.
The little boy loved this quilt.  The story goes that when it came out of the box he took his truck and used the fabric strips as roads and began "driving" his truck on the "roads".  I was thrilled he started using it right away. 
 
It is so nice to have quilts that you enjoy making that come together quickly that can use your stash.  This pattern meets all that for me.  I enjoyed making them and they were received very well when gifted.  How about you?  Do you have quilts that are quick and easy and fun to make?  Sometime we just need something that is (relatively) easy.  At least I do!
 
Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you are able to enjoy your sewing time.
 
Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts at Finish Up Friday 


Friday, April 4, 2014

Rainbow Slabs

Today I have a finished quilt to share - using 6 slabs (from Crazy Mom Quilts book Sunday Morning Quilts) and tons of negative space.  It was an experiment for me in use of negative space and I just love how it turned out. 

Slabs are just plain fun to put together - anything goes!  In these I started with a small square of my background fabric (Kona Snow - so yummy!) and kept filling in round-and-round - with a single color choice.  I was so pleased with how they turned out.  Indeed a terrific scrap buster.

The quilting (long arm style) is that of a fan - or a rainbow - using variegated thread in the most bright colors found.  It turned out so lovely - just the way I was hoping it would. 

Now for the pictures.....
First one is on a bed - in the spare bedroom





And now a close up of the quilting



 I hope you enjoy this quilt.  Making slabs are a great option if you have scraps (we all do it seems) and arranging them in this style was certainly successful for me!

Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great weekend.
Happy sewing.
Linking up with Finish up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Courthouse Steps in progress

Inspired by Blue is Bleu  I decided to make a quilt with the modern design she shared for the Courthouse steps (see her pillow design).





I am using my Clover Sunshine collection for the colorful steps (by Allison Glass for Andover Fabrics).  For the low volume steps I am using Botanics and Architextures (both by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman), more Alison Glass, and some various other items from my stash.

Another picture to enjoy.


 
Thanks so much for stopping by today.