Made By Gina's Custom Creations

Made By Gina's Custom Creations
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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Vacation Time: Block 1 update

like this block so much that I decided to make more than one.  So as I participate in Pat Sloan's 2015 Mystery QAL: Vacation Time, I will be making 4 quilts total instead of just one.
Here are my blocks for the first step... (There are 2 skull blocks, but I wasn't sure if I'd like dark or light color ways better until after making them... I like the light color way better).
Note: I am strictly using all stash fabric for these quilt projects and won't be buying any fabric for them... It's part of my goal to use up stash fabric that's been sitting around for way too long.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Another Pat Sloan Mystery QAL!

Last year I participated in Pat Sloan's Globetrotting Mystery QAL, and my quilt top is off at the long-armers waiting to be quilted.
Here's a couple pictures of my Globetrotting mystery quilt (quilt top only... Completed quilt photos will be published in a few months when it's completely done)...

Now I'm participating in Pat Sloan's 2015 mystery quilt project called "Vacation Time."  I plan to make 3 or 4 versions of this new mystery quilt... I've started with a skull theme to use up some skull fabric from my stash... Here's a picture of the first step...January's block:

I have some Harley Davidson fabric I plan to use for another version, and then I want to find some cute or pretty fabric from my stash to put into another version.  I love this block and how fantastic it works for fussy cutting focal fabrics!

My Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Progress

had to set this project aside for a few days due to the holidays and being so busy, but last night I had some time to work on it a little bit.
Here's pictures of my progress thus far (steps 4, 5 and 6)...

Monday, December 15, 2014

Step 3: Quiltville's Grand Illusion Mystery

Here's a peek at the start of my step 3... However, I realized after someone on Facebook pointed out, I put my black squares on the wrong side... They should be on the top right, not the top left.  Fortunately, it'll be an easy fix!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Grand Illusion Mystery - Step 2

Just made a couple of these, which are step 2 in the Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt, so I could at least make sure I knew how to make them.  Now I've gotta go back to finishing step 1 so I can work on step 2... but for now, it's bedtime!  Good night all!

Quiltville's Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt Project...

I decided to join another mystery quilt QAL...this time around I'm doing the Grand Illusion Mystery by Bonnie over at Quiltville.  I started out on the wrong foot though with the first step...I was making my HST the way I am used to making them, so they all ended up 1/4 inch smaller than they were supposed to be... Needless to say, I had to start them all over and make them the way Bonnie instructed to do so in the first place!  The first step calls for 280 HST's...I had 180 of them done in the wrong size!  SO I'm behind because of my big OOPS!  I will save all the smaller ones to use in a different quilt, so at least they won't go to waste.

Anyways... here's a photo of what Step 1 is supposed to look like when finished...

Now I just have to finish Step 1 so I can start Step 2 before Step 3 comes out on Friday!  :)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Bloggers Quilt Festival: Voting Has Opened!

VOTING HAS OPENED up on the Bloggers Quilt Festival!

The 2 quilts that I have entered into the Bloggers Quilt Festival are awaiting your votes!   ... My "Candy Store" quilt is entered in the Scrappy Quilt category, and my "Night and Day...with a touch of red" quilt is entered in the Appliqué Quilt category. 

Please help me out and vote for my quilts if you like them!  Voting is open until November 7th. Winners announced November 8th.

FYI: you can vote for 3 quilts per category, and there are a number of categories!

Thank you in advance for any votes!

Friday, October 24, 2014

"Night & Day"...with a touch of red ~ & the 2014 Bloggers Quilt Festival

I'm linking this quilt up in the 2014 Blogger's Quilt Festival
and entering it in the Applique Quilts category.

This is (obviously) an appliqued lap quilt that I made a few months ago
and gave it as a gift to my swap partner in a Valentine's Day Swap.
All the designs in the black and white center part of the quilt are applique...
the hearts, vines, 5-petal flowers and rose cameos.

The pattern I used for making this can be found here: 

A huge thank you and shout out to Amy at Amy's Creative Side
for hosting the coordinating this fantastic festival!
And a thank you as well to all of the prize donors!

"Candy Store" - A Scrappy Quilt and Bloggers Quilt Festival

I'm so excited!  Today starts the 2014 Bloggers Quilt Festival...

...and I'm entering my recently finished "Candy Store" quilt in the Scrappy Quilt category.

 The picture below shows the back of the quilt.
It's hard to see in the picture,
but both the gold and the aqua fabrics are brick patterns.

I used all sorts of scraps and leftover fabrics from my stash to make this quilt.
I saw the pattern for this quilt in my Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting, May/June 2012 magazine and knew I had to make it.  I LOVE this pattern!  Plus it was a fun quilt to make.
My son and I like this quilt so much that we are keeping it for ourselves.  (I say this because I never keep any of the quilts I make...I always sell, donate or give them as gifts).

I'd like to thank Amy Ellis over at for coordinating the Bloggers Quilt Festival!  And I'd like to thank the the prize donors for all the wonderful prizes each of us has a chance at winning!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Paper Piecing ending in a "Galaxy Explosion"

I VERY recently learned how to paper-piece, thanks to a friend of mine in the Tuesday Quilters group that I belong to.  I am hooked!  I love paper-piecing, and have already started going nuts making blocks I had saved patterns for, in the hopes that someday I'd be able to make them.  The end result... a lap quilt I'm calling "Galaxy Explosion" (name for the quilt was suggested by a church friend).

I made the following blocks...

 Above: "Solaris"
 Above: "Sweet Tweets"
 Above: "Mariner's Compass"
Above: "Zeppelin"

And then the quilt...

 Above: Top of quilt, obviously
Below: Back of quilt

 The gorgeous long-arm quilting was done by:
Chantel Mundschau
Weyauwega, WI

Pooh's Birthday Bouquet

This was such a fun quilt to make!  Tedious, but fun.  I had a request to make a girly Winnie the Pooh quilt in pinks and purples.  I had a really tough time finding girly Pooh fabric...everything in local stores was geared towards babies or boyish colors.  So I got some flowery Pooh fabric from a seller on eBay, but the amount was limited, so I picked out the pattern for the quilt AFTER I got the Pooh fabric.  I had to pick a pattern that only needed as much Pooh fabric as I was able to get.  Once I got the Pooh fabric, I sat and leafed through all my quilt magazines until I came across this pattern.  I thought it was perfect...there were flowers in the Pooh fabric, and flower shapes on the quilt!  Once the pattern was picked out, I was then able to go shopping for the rest of the coordinating fabrics that I needed, and here's the end result...

Note: The pattern I used for this quilt is actually called "Little Girl's Garden"
and can be found in Fons & Porter's Scrap Quilts, Summer 2012 magazine.

*This quilt was long-arm quilted by Chantel Mundschau, Weyauwega, WI.

Hexagon Garden Quilt

Well, I finally had incentive to finish this quilt, which was on my UFO pile for quite some time.  I needed a wedding gift, so I got it done on time to give to the bride and groom.

The quilt is called: Hexagon Garden.
Pattern for this quilt is in the book: More Layer Cake, Jelly Roll & Charm Quilts, pg 82.

I used Moda's Seasonal Little Gatherings: Primitive Gatherings Jelly Roll for this quilt.  (Outer borders of black and brown fabrics were just coordinating fabrics from my stash).

Note:  This quilt sat folded for awhile on my UFO pile before I finally put the binding on.  As you can see, the fold lines/wrinkles don't come out.  I've recently found out that fold lines stay in a quilt permanently and that there's a certain way to fold quilts in order to prevent those lines.  Here's a quilt folding tutorial I found on another quilter's blog:  How to Fold and Store Quilts

This third photo shows an up-close view of the beautiful long-arm quilting.
I cut and pieced this quilt, but the long-arm quilting was done by
Meandering Mary, New London, WI.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Having Fun With Spoonflower!

Have you ever heard of Spoonflower?  It's a company that allows you to create and design your own fabrics, wallpapers, decals and gift wrap!  I recently began playing around with photos I've taken... one example is a photo I took last year of a bucket of sour cherries... did some editing... and created a few unique kaleidoscope designs for fabric!  I've taken photos of a wine bottle for example, and removed the background images, then edited the photo using to create a cool wine bottle image on a blue brick wall design for making fabric!

Here are some of my fabric designs on Kona Cotton...
 I realize it's hard to see the designs in the above pictures, but you can see them better if you go to my Spoonflower shop and see them there.
Not all the designs I'm showing here will be in my Spoonflower shop, because some of them will never be for sale.  But I just wanted to share with you the cool stuff you can do on fabric!
I have many other designs on Spoonflower that aren't for sale, simply for the fact that I haven't yet ordered a sampler of them.  Before Spoonflower will allow me (or anyone wanting to do this) to make my fabric designs for sale to the general public, I have to make the first purchase to see it in person...they require that I either order a swatch, a fat quarter, or BTY before it can be for sale to the public.

Below is an old auction poster I had printed onto a yard of Kona Cotton.
The poster was from when my boyfriend's parents sold their farm back in 1969.
I plan to make a memory quilt from this, along with some old photos.
This will be a fantastic way to preserve a piece of his family's history!

After getting written permission from the poster company to replicate one of their posters onto a quilt,
I had a Lake Mills Town & Country Days poster printed onto a yard of Kona Cotton as well.
With all the colors in the poster, it's going to be a fun quilt to make!

So...this is just a taste of what you and your imagination, with Spoonflower's help, can accomplish!
Now get out there and start creating some of your own fabric!  :)