Wednesday, September 23, 2015

WIP Wed ...the undoing

So I tried to do a Baptist Fan.....and I considered it a fail!! That was last week. It took me over 20 hours to rip out the approx. 28" x 60" of quilting that I had done.   My arcs were just too shaky. I had too many spots when I had to go backwards with my darning foot and I was blind to my marking line. ugh

It is all out now. I have not picked it up to work on again because I have had lots of other quilty things going on. 

Here are a few of the designs from the one of my guilds. I put together and quilted most of the quilts but I used the designs the members submitted. All the quilts will go to a local charity called Lincoln Quilts for Kids.  They send all the quilts to local hospitals for sick children.  I had a chance to take these pictures when we hung the quilts on the rails of the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.

Today I was off to the county fair where one of my quilt guilds meet. It needs some major help in revitalizing their exhibit programs and maybe next year the quilt entries will be up.  Helping with the judging today.

Linking up with WIP Wed @ Freshly Pieced 
Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts

Friday, September 11, 2015

Finish it up Friday! One block

How fun is this? I go to the park and what do a find but a nice little park bench yarn bombed.  Just right for my quilt photo!!!  Love this little find. Thank you yarn bombers!! :)

This is my one block quilt. I made this design up based on a block that I used in another quilt (still a quilt top) last year...I think.   I loved how fun it was to sew up the squares and then cut them apart and make this aztec looking block.  This quilt was part of my design challenge for our guild to make a quilt for Lincoln Quilts for Kids Charity.  

It was pretty windy so I am surprised that I was able to get a full on pic.  Fabrics were all from my stash.  Quilt measures 45 x 60. 

Scrappy backing.  I think some tween or teen will love it. I really want to write up a tutorial on this block someday because it is so fun and easy to do. 

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday

Just added a tutorial on how to make the smaller block version of this: Aztec Block Tutorial 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

WIP d9p flimsy

A finished flimsy! Somehow, someway I pieced this together even though I have not been feeling the greatest. Something about the whites and snow and grays with the pops of color just make me happy.

Linking up with WIP with Lee@ Freshly Pieced

Let's Bee Social with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WIP wed d9p

Up on the wall today I have been working on some 9 patch blocks to make a d9p. I am trying to follow the 4-5 layout that Kristy Daum describes in her 'modernized' version of this quilt.  You can see her layout idea HERE.

I really like how the 9 patches look so it will be hard to cut them up but it will be fun to see what I end up with.  I am trying to mix up some of the neutral and low volume pieces I have for the 5 patch and stick to the MQG colors they picked for their charity quilt for 2016 in the 4 patch bright spots. I think this will be fun!  

At one of my local quilt guilds, I was involved in a design a 'modern' quilt that would be appropriate for children. We have a local organization here called Lincoln Quilts for Kids that give you all the parts and pieces of the quilt but for the thread and batting. You make the kit up and then give it back so it can go to the local hospitals for sick children.  Our guild did a great job with the designs. Many of the members made the quilts up for us to see and others drew up a design.  I decided they should all be made so I worked the last couple of weeks making up all the designs.  These were my stash fabrics and not necessarily what the designers envisioned.  The top geometric shapes quilt won the challenge. It will be made into kits for others to sew.

I made two quilts that I will be donating also. One I already blogged about HERE. The other one I have not taken a picture of yet apparently?  It has been a busy couple of weeks what can I say?  :)
Linking up with Let's Bee Social with Lorna Sew Fresh Quilts and
WIP Wed with Lee @ Freshlyl Pieced

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dapple - a Floating Square Score

Dapple - a Floating Square Score
43" x 43"
Spiral quilting with Aurifil thread.
Recently we had a sew day at the museum working on improv. We were lucky enough to have Sherri Lynn Wood stop by on her cross country book tour and give a talk. We were really inspired by her book and wanted to try one of the scores.  You can read more about her visit HERE.  It was exciting to be a little part in having her visit us.
My piece took on a life of it's own when the flower print kept falling off the shelf. Have you ever been chosen by a fabric?  I think this one wanted to be in this one for sure. :)
This is a sample of all the floating square scores from several that came to the Improv Sewing day.  What a great mix of color and design.
Literally ....floating squares!!! Someone had to say it
Linking up with Finish it up Friday @ crazy mom quilts
Kelly NTT @My Quilt Infatuation
Can I get a Whoop @Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WIP post finally!

Exhibit by Eye Candy Quilts
I have been away for some time but I have been sewing.  I jumped into doing this adorable block swap at LQS Crafthouse.  The pattern is super fun to do and the fabric bundles to choose from were too irresistible!  So here are a couple of the blocks from one bundle. (I have another to make up yet)
I started the month helping at the county fair. That is a fun but tiring endeavor. Hot and muggy most of the fair week.   Placed a blue on my Hillside houses and it won a cash award and certificate, and I placed a  blue on my Off-Kilter Sunrise Sunset quilt.

 And....My friend Jennifer, entered our SuperNova Friendship swap quilt and won the choice of the local Modern Quilt Group.  I made the ribbon which is a mini of the guilds logo.

While at the fair, a couple charity quilting groups came in to spend their days quilting. I agreed to help quilt on my home machine several of the quilt sandwiches they had put together. I started on Wed and by Friday was on my 7th one. :)
After the fair, I was knee deep in working on this design challenge I set up for another Modern guild I am in. The members were given graph paper and measurements and were told to design a "modern" Quilts for Kids" design. If they wanted to they could sew them up themselves but many submitted just designs.  The way Quilts for kids works is you sign out a quilt kit from the charity. They give you the fabric already cut into blocks etc and they give you the backing and binding and a pattern to make. You take the kit home and add your own batting and sew it and quilt it up. Then return it and do some more. I thought it would be fun to have a 'modern' design out there that could be cut and made into the kits for other 'modern' sewers.  Thus the challenge. 
I have sewn up 6 of the designs and am in the process of quilting up the last two. I want to have the finalists see who they are in the next couple of weeks.
My poor sewing machine doesn't know what is happening. It is all good and for good causes.  Hope to share some of those quilts soon.
So that is me for the whole month of Aug. so far. Very productive but not so hot on blogging. Slow and steady........

Linking up with Let's Bee Social HERE


WIP Wed. Freshly Pieced

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Little pink houses..,

So....that is not going to get changed! Can't believe I didn't see that I had two similar houses together.   Well this has been fun putting these together but now the pieces all over the place are driving me crazy so I must get this put is!! :)

This is from the Hillside Houses QAL @ Pretty Little Quilts. I just grabbed a bunch of Kona and went for it without using the coloring sheet. Yep, there ya go!

Needle and Thread Thursday Linking up with Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation