Thursday, October 6, 2016

Granny Square Blocks - the beginning of a new quilt

Do you love (crocheted) Granny Squares
I do! I even have a GS UFO! Take a look here. Looking at the shelf next to where I'm sitting; they are still there, in a plastic bag! 

To make a granny square quilt has been on my bucket list for quite some time, but other items were given priority. While I was working on other items, the granny square quilt didn't slip my mind. After I made my first batik quilt, there were no questions; it had to be a batik granny square quilt! 

I've chosen a combination of green and brown batiks, to make a man cave quilt. These are all from my stash. I don't have many greens, as you can see, but it has to work with what I have! :) The light one is a very light mint green, it looks almost white. 

One of the blocks I've made. I cut 3 inch squares and trim the blocks to 11 inch square. 

After I took this photo last night, I've made 3 more. I still haven't decided on size, sashing or not, or how to place the blocks, it all depends on the fabric I have. I'm NOT going to buy more (she says! lol) except backing, don't have anything that is big enough whatever size it will be. 

Happy quilting! 

Friday, September 30, 2016

Jelly Roll Race Quilt - Quiltsy Team Challenge

I'm back in blog land! 
My previous post was 6 months ago. I think I needed a break from blogging, it took me days to finish a blog post and I felt I didn't have anything to write about...
A break from blogging, but not from sewing. I have been busy with this, that and everything and now prepping Red Needle Quilts for the upcoming Holiday Season

This August, the Quiltsy Team on Etsy had a fun challenge for members to make a 'Jelly Roll Race' quilt. I must confess I had never heard of it, yep, had to google it! :) If you don't know what a JRR quilt is, click here .

I didn't have any 'jelly roll' so decided to cut 40  2-1/2 inch strips from some of the  batiks I have 'saved' - because they were too beautiful to be cut! (I know it's not only me! lol) I don't really like those precuts; jelly roll, charm packs etc, they are too 'linty'.


It was a fun quilt to make and I was rather surprised how fast it was done. So if you have a 'jelly roll' just sitting there and you don't know what to do with it, why not turn it into a 'JRR' quilt? It is said it can be done in one hour (or so). I didn't look at the clock when I started or finished, but I know it took me more than one hour! Important coffee breaks in between! :) 

Love how it turned out, bright and colorful.

I quilted it in an allover loopy swirls pattern.
Quilt size: 56-3/4 x 71 inches / 144 x 180 cm

This quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop

Want to see more? Take a look over at Quiltsy Team to see some of the other 'Jelly Roll Race' quilts .


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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

My latest scrappy craze and Dear Nina

While waiting for 'Dear Nina' to return home, I came up with a zillion ideas for new projects. 
I know, of course, that only a few will be put into action! :) 
In this post I talked about the 1.5 inch wide strips I have cut from scraps, cutting some of them into 1.5 inch squares for a Postage Stamp Quilt. Looking for something else the other day, I discovered another small box with strips! Yep, I had totally forgotten about that one! More strips to play with, can't be better, can it?! 

Well, while 'Dear Nina' was 'ill', I came up with the idea to turn the 1.5 inch strips into a scrappy log cabin quilt! 

Here's the test block I did today. 
For the center, I have used a charm from the swaps I have participated in earlier and the strips are from projects I have made over the last years. The block measures 8 inch square sewn into quilt. Love the scrappy look! 

A few of the strips. I figured out I have to sort it all into light and dark fabric and cut the strips into the lengths I need for each block. A tedious job, but it will make life easier when I piece the strips together. 

'Dear Nina' returned home yesterday! Yippee!

... and here's the culprit (most probably); the L-board / power supply.
'Nina' has a new power supply now and I hope she won't do more jamming (I've learnt a new tech word!) now! If she acts up again, the next to be done is to change the S-board (motherboard). HOPE NOT! (That's an expensive thing!)

Now that 'Dear Nina' is up running again, I have a custom order to work on and several UFO's. Got the backing fabric for a baby quilt and some table toppers. 
What do you do when it's more fun to work on scrappy projects than any other things?! 
Well, I have to do that custom order! That is going to be fun too! 

Happy Quilting!