Thursday, July 31, 2014

ALYoFinishes for July - I almost didn't do it

But I did do it!!!! :) I finished my DIY Sampler from earlier this spring. It is one of the biggest I have tried to free-motion quilt on my home machine. I even used my moms old machine with a darning foot. I did an all over mum design because of all the busy blocks and color. I won't lie, I had some teary moments when the thread would suddenly go off tension and eyelash and then I would stop and start and it would be fine again. I still have a couple spots I didn't fix. It is okay, this one is mine.

Kind of hard to see the floral quilting as I used orange thread with the mostly orange back.

I also used the walking foot with the guide on it to stitch the binding back. It is not my favorite looking method but it worked pretty slick. Most of my scraps went into the back plus one orphan block. 

Looks like a picnic quilt to me. :) 

54" x 70"
All stash scraps used in this were from previous quilts or orphan blocks left over from the 2012 Craftsy bom class. The bear paw and the school house were blocks I saved from when I was learning to piece, my mom helped me with those.  I left them as is. When my sisters were here a few weeks ago I showed them the back of the bear paw block and it has some seams almost 3/4" wide. and the fabric might be broadcloth?

I am linking up my old post goal from here
A Lovely Year of Finishes to the finish party here

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Doing the Purge

the Purge Rachel over at Stitched in Color here  has gotten me motivated to do some much needed "purging" of my sewing stash. I have scraps that keep multiplying no matter what I do it seems.

I have completed two rows of QAYG strips. 6 more to go to make the scrap herringbone quilt.  See tutorial here by Maureen Cracknell.

Bonus...I have scraps of batting to use up too.

So project #1 is well underway. I hope to get this done in time to donate it to the Quilts of Compassion drive. They are gathering quilts along with my Omaha Modern Quilt group to supply quilts to Pilger and Beaver Crossing towns which were hit by tornados this year.

Here are the first two I made in this style before I knew that scraps multiply on their own and that these were not even a blip on the radar of my scrap stash! :)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WIP Wed = Boat Party

Pretty much cuteness right there! This is the Classic Block: Fresh Fabric bom over at SewCanShe HERE for July. You have until Monday 7-21 to link up your block on FB. Over on the website the block is sized for 12" or 24". Well I picked the 24" and it goes together so fast and easy. I made 4 blocks to make a quick quilt.

I think I might put some sashing in...what do you think? The chevron water seems to make it pretty bold but I think a tiny bit of red or something? between and maybe around the outside.   Still thinking on that.  So fun AND all from my stash!!!!! bonus!

Linking up with WIP Wed over at Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced here
Let's Bee Social with Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts here

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SuperNova Friendship Swap block 2

Jen's is the orange and mine is the green.

This is round two of the Late Night Quilter hosted by Stephanie of Late night quilter and Sandy from One million stitches.  I am swapping with Jennifer Under the Juniper tree (check out her blog here) on this swap and I am so glad. We are having a good time getting to know each other.

Our swap question this round: Without any physical or mental limitations, or personal obligations such as children or money, if you could hold any occupation or talent what would you choose and why? Would you be a great artist, an Olympic athlete, a neurosurgeon – the possibilities are limitless – share with your partner what it is about that talent or profession that inspires you.

I think it very curious that we both feel we are sort of doing something in our talent areas and without limitations we both would just do more along the same lines.  I already knew that Jen is musically talented as well as a talented quilt maker.  So if she could she would expand on that musical dream and travel in a rock band and play and sing and hang with her other musical family members and friends. So cool. (I hope to get to hear her play and sing one of these days):)
I just want to do more of what I am doing but it would be nice to be able to design fabric and quilts and be able to travel and maybe teach or do more in the quilting community. My 'without' limitations would be  travel and live abroad part of the time being surrounded by art and beauty and different cultures.

I know those are not totally outside our wheelhouses for this lifetime and I wonder what that says about us that we are sort of working on the things we dream about right now. I think it is actually pretty great.

Here is a pic of our blocks together so far.

I think they look Fab!!!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

3rd Qtr Goals - coming late to the party

I am getting to this link up late. My local quilt guild had their bi-annual quilt show this year. There was pre- quilt show work to be done as well as during and finishing up.  Then I had a bonus - three of my sisters showed up to surprise me for the weekend! They came to the show so I am sharing a bit of that. Only one sister new about my "So Blue" quilt - a portrait of my Mother as a young girl. You can read about the making of this quilt HERE 

So now I must finish deciding what my 3rd quarter goals are:

1. My DYO Sampler needs a back and to be quilted. It is my goal for July for ALYoF so I really want to get this done.

2. I am working on a pattern test and can't reveal the quilt yet. I will say the top is done and I hope to just get it backed and quilted also. These are the scraps for the 'Flowering Lonestar" quilt coming soon.
3. Is a long shot for me because I already know I will stick others in front of it but I am putting it on here just to keep it on my mind.  My Mod Olive QAL quilt top is done just needs pressing really well and then back and quilting also.
3 relatively easy goals but sort of where I get stuck sometimes. I hope I can pull it off this quarter.
Leaving you with more eye candy from my quilt show. My Giant starburst is in this and my coral circles both from previous QALs.

Linking up with :
Finish Along 2014HERE

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Always on my mind ~ So Blue

You know how sometimes you get an idea in your head and you can't shake it? You might analyze the situation and say it is just not rational but then you really want to do it anyway?  This is "So Blue" a portrait of my mother when she was 16. The back building is the Joslyn art museum which I thought was fitting for my work of art!

So you start and you see this is going to be a big messy project. You can almost see pieces of your hair turning gray but you keep going.

Your iron is not trustworthy, you math skills are questionable but you stick to it and hope no one else in the house needs any clear space for the foreseeable you keep at it.  Almost all the blocks are made up of 100 1.5" squares. The bottom row has one less row. 1960 cut 1.5" squares..yesserieeee!
Then, things start to happen. (I can tell you up close you have no idea what you are doing. Even stepping back I had to use my camera lens to look at it at such close quarters)

.....lots more pics in this post so Sorry ahead of time!

You are no longer in control.
This is taking over. I was dreaming in blue at this point and so worried that my calculating was wrong and that the 20 shades of blue I was using were going to run out.  I actually did run out of one. I only needed  5 more squares so I shaded it with another. That was scary. I had collected the fabrics over a years worth of time and had not done all the math when I was buying.
.....On a wing and a prayer maybe? I don't know.

My test block to sew and see how hard it was going to be to sew all those squares.

Starting to shape up and be a little more manageable.

The rows were pretty easy but the whole thing started being pretty heavy and stiff. Lots of seams to match!!!
I am already changing my mind on how to quilt this as it is very stiff and heavy yet fragile.  I think simple is best. Straight-line quilting in a simple grid for me!

I finished the morning I was heading to meet up with my sister and niece. So I brought it to reveal. It was very sunny.  It was very windy.  I hope I can get a few more pics posted that might or might not be a little better. This shot was in Memorial gardens where there are 1200 varieties of roses. Some of my sisters came here last year to remember the passing of our mother.  Even though this shot is not great it has a lot of meaning to me.

Me and my bad hair, sis in the shades. You can see the grid quilting in this pic. I realized when writing this post I have no other pics showing the quilting. It will have to wait because I am taking it to our guild quilt show and it will be hanging there till the weekend.  It is not a juried show which is good but no matter I love this piece so much.  I hope you all do to.

   Linking up with I have to say for Show and tell Tuesday
and Fresh Poppy Design Fabric Tuesday
and with Lorna
andWIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedFreshly PIeced
and Crazy mom quilts Finish it up friday

Saturday, July 5, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finished - July = just do it!

I think my goal should be to bite the bullet and get this quilted. Since it is a scrap quilt there should be nothing to be afraid of and I should try some fun freemotion quilting on it! Okay I will give it a go. The month is already flying by so I better get on the stick!  Suggestions welcome....

A Lovely Year of Finishes Linking up  HERE