Monday, February 24, 2020

Easy and Quick Quilt

Making quilts for men and boys take some thought.  They are not as impressed with lovely designs and colors as are we girls.  They seem to enjoy more simple creations, and if it depicts their favorite things (like sports), then all the better!

This quilt was made for a young man who is into every sport imaginable at his school.  He is a star football and basketball player and has the trophies to prove it.

I found a half-yard bundle online of sport-related fabric and knew this would be perfect for him.  There were 6 prints in all, 18" x 44".  I made the strips 13" wide, which made the overall length approximately 78".  The leftover fabric I sewed together and used to make the binding. 

He is a tall young man, so I used all 6 fabrics.  I simply sewed the strips of fabric together, then did some quick quilting using the stitch in the ditch method.  Very quick and easy quilt to make. 

He loved it!  Perfect for snuggling under while watching his favorite sport shows on tv.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Color It Red Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my day to share with you my project for the Color It Red Blog Hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.  Thank you, Carol, for hosting this hop and letting me join in the fun.  

When Carol told us the theme of this hop would be Color It Red, I thought that sounds easy enough -- make something with red in it.  So I thought and thought and thought some more.  I was getting pretty nervous about what I was going to do for my project, when I thought of Redwork.  

Years ago I bought an embroidery pattern with a Mrs. Kitty doing housework accompanied by her Mousey friend.  This pattern was originally McCall 9524 Comical Kittens for Days of the Week.   I meant to embroider the design on tea towels, but that never happened.  

Removing the days of the week from the pattern, I embroidered Kitty doing her chores on white cotton using 2 strands of red embroidery floss #666.  I made quick and easy 9-patch accompanying blocks from some red fabric I had on hand.  

I am not very good at embroidering but I like to make a stab at it while watching hubby's programs (car repairs, fishing, poker, sports, etc.).  I wish I was better at it because I really like the look of embroidery on quilts.  Some of my favorite quilt patterns are by Anni Downs of Hatched & Patched, Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse, and Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly.  

My husband laughed when I showed him my quilt.  Whether or not it was the comical cat or the sentiment, I'm not sure.  Hmmmm 

I hope you're having a great time seeing all the lovely creations by everyone.  Continue on your way and prepare to be inspired:

February 19th
Just Because Quilts (you are here)

Sunday, January 19, 2020

The Winter Blues Blog Hop

Brrrr -- Baby, it's cold outside!

It's time for the Winter Blues Blog Hop!  What a great way to chase away the winter blues!  A big THANK YOU to Carla at Creatin' in the Sticks ( for putting together and hosting yet another wonderful blog hop for all of us.  I don't know about you, but the days after Christmas are always a let down to me because all that is left to be done is clear out the mess from making all those holiday projects and gifts.  Thank you, Carla, for hosting this fun hop for all of us get back to sewing room and share cozy inspiration during this chilly January.  

So what did I make?  It doesn't snow where I live, but it can get pretty cold!  For my project I made a lap quilt to snuggle under while watching television in the evenings.  After dinner, nothing is more relaxing than to sit by a cozy fire and watch a tv program or movie.  

For this project, I raided my scrap stash and chose all blue fabrics.  This quilt is approximately 52" x 68" and is made up of 6" snowballs and 9-patches.  Super easy to make but it makes a stunning design when finished.  

Jack thinks this is the perfect size quilt for him.   

That's it for me!  I'm going to sit here and sip my hot cocoa and check out what everyone else has been doing this month.  You should, too.  Sit back, relax, grab yourself a cuppa, and visit the rest of the quilters who have contributed their talents for this fun hop.

Monday, January 20th

Tuesday, January 21st

Wednesday, January 22nd

Thursday, January 23rd

Friday, January 24th