Thursday, January 19, 2017

PQ. 2" Lily" Stitch and Slash

This weeks challenge was a Carolina Lily. I researched the flower, the quilt block and set out on EQ7 to make my own design.   

Not sure what I think of it. If I would finish coloring it in, I think I might like it. I have been wanting to play with my EQ7 program for a long time and I am trying to find ways to do it.  My lqg has group starting the end of the month and I want to play a bit before the class.  

So I decided against this quilt as you see from the pic above.  Next on my mental list of things to do this year ...finish watching some of my Craftsy classes that I signed up for.  Is it just me?  I get a class and get all excited about it and then never get around watching it.  Well.......... I now have one under my belt. Carol Ann Waugh's "Slash and stitch" class.  I watched, I found 4 fabrics, ironed, layered, and stitched.  Found a seam ripper and .....let it rip. So much fun!

I am already down to the 3rd layer where you see the red/orange dots.  Backing up a bit. I picked the colors of these layers by using my color wheel. (another thing I want to try to do more this year) I chose analogous colors orange, red, purple and a light blue purple that is in just the outline pieces. 

I added couching to my outline pieces. (I am so glad I found that foot in my sewing room organizational challenge)  The focus on the center is beads and quilting and layered threads. Freemotion stitching on double batting (scraps) to make the petals really stand out.  

I am not sure. I think I sort of like it. It has interest and you can sort of tell what it is. :)

Linking up to Persimmon Dreams for Project Quilting. 2 2017

and Quilt Infatuation for NTT

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Playing with the QCR mini

Our weather has been pretty crazy with the ice and cold and warmth the last few days. I decided to work at playing with the Quick Curve Ruler mini that I have. I wanted to make some plain drunkards path blocks and then play with layout.  I decided a pillow was a great way to accomplish something. I chose colors that would work in my living room and set out to play. 
I came up with many layouts but our guild is going to focus on circles and curves as we start our new year so I went with this layout. 
I was not able to achieve a perfect circle with the mini ruler but I like the sort of organic feel this layout has. I added uneven logs around the edges to keep that feel. 

I am going to try something similar with the regular size ruler to help with a demo I will be giving soon. The Quick Curve Ruler by SewKindofWonderful is a really easy tool to use if you want to try your hand at curve sewing. The slope of the curve make it an easy sew with no pins required.  Normally I don't buy many specialty rulers but I love these as I was able to build up my confidence in curve sewing. This has helped me tremendously when I do improv curve piecing.   This is not a paid ad...I just love the rulers.   If you have one sitting around and have yet to try it...please give it a go. Let me know if you do. 

Here are some of my other pieces using the rulers: 

Linking up with Let's Bee Social today over at Sew Fresh Quilts 
also Kelly at My Quilt Infatuaion

Friday, January 13, 2017

Finish it up Friday - Random Logs

"Random Logs" finished UFO woohoo
I made a quilt with some of this fabric for a charity a few years ago. (below) In keeping with my organizational challenge to not just move things from place to place but to finish things, I decided to just sew. I had 6 small 8" blocks and a bunch of scrap strips cut in a bag with backing fabric tucked in there too. I literally just started sewing strips on to the blocks and made 3 more just from scraps. The most fun was that I didn't once measure the blocks just squared them up after adding each log. I marked on my design wall the desired size I wanted for this crib size quilt and just kept sewing until I got within range. Totally mindless and very enjoyable sewing. Yay!!!  ....another one bites the dust and another one is gone!!  

This was on my 2017 UFO challenge on a secondary list, still, it is a goner!!

I made more log cabin blocks but didn't fit them in because I wanted to hurry up and finish this off before the charity sew day. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

"On the farm" memories

After I took the pic at the top I was out at my recycle center and there was this little bobcat parked. I am sure if anyone saw me they thought I was nuts. I looked all over it for a place to clip my little mini. Luckily I had some clothespins in my car. 
The fabric colors are not my usual favs. I had this cute FQ with slogans and text on that a friend gave me. I grew up on a farm and milking cows and caring for the chickens and garden were a big part of early years. This has cute little chicks, a jug of milk and a farm fresh strawberry. Ah the memories......
I used only fabrics that were near by because I am in the process of trying to organize my sewing. I think these fabrics worked out okay.  I used up another scrap piece of batting not to mention some swirl practice freemotion quilting. All in all a fun little piece. 
Linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday  My quilt infatuation

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WIP experiment with something new

I have a thing about the art of Amedeo Clemente Modigliani. I have been wanting to practice thread sketching some more so decided to try my hand at this little lady.  

Proportion is off but I don't even care. This was so fun to do. This is Madame Raynouard 1916.  
I am doing an organizational challenge right now too and I found a couching foot that I have never used before so I couched some yarn to the edge. Needs fuller yarn or rattail but for this practice piece it was fine.  She is approx. 8" x 10" and already stuck to my wall. 

I also made up a few drool bibs this week to send to my great nephew. I hope they work. They are the bandana style made with flannel and or terry cloth. 

Turned out sweet!!!

LInking up with Lorna @ Let's Bee Social HERE

Friday, January 6, 2017

Make do and do it! PQ 8.1

approx 29" x 29"
In my quest to clean and organize a bit in my sewing room(s) I plan to see what I can come up with for challenges that I already have.  This 8 sided spider web is for the Project Quilting season 8 first challenge - "8 is great". I was working on cleaning up the floor in my sewing room and I came across 2 bags of mostly useless selvages. I didn't know what I was doing when I saved them and they were mostly too skinny to even use or there was no wording or color bubbles. Crazy! So I found enough to do this spider web. Drafted a triangle template with newspaper and started laying them out. The inspiration for this piece really came from my friend Jennifer. Right before the holidays she started a string quilt spiderweb that is so awesome so I knew I wanted to put it on my bucket list. Well, no time like the present. 

I took this when it was 2 degrees F out. My hands were a little shaky to say the least. I am so pleased with this piece. Not only did I use up a lot of these odd selvages but I also tried my hand at drafting a different size pattern. Help on this I found at Bonnie Hunter's blog.  In my cleaning I found some fusible tape to butt scraps of batting together so I did that and used up some odd sized poly batting. I don't often use poly much and I quilted this in a spiral. If anyone has any tips of how to keep the quilt sandwich from spinning on it's back I would appreciate it? My backing (I am not showing) is so crooked and I specially lined it up straight when I pin basted it.  I covered part of it over with the quilt sleeve but it is still crooked at the bottom. Something more to learn in this new year I guess.

Linking up with Project Quilting Here and 
Finish it up Friday with Amanda Jean HERE 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

More like 15 hours of play......

 Happy New Year!   There is always so much planning and resolution making going on this time of year. I decided to join a couple challenges that split up some of the things I want to accomplish into monthly installments.  I think with that kind of a set up there will be less  "More" accomplishments and that will keep the good vibes going. 

First up is a friend of mine doing an organizational challenge. Steph Jacobson is heading up the  #organizedsewingspace2017.  I was sure I did not need to do this challenge and then...........I realized that what I have on my shelves and stashed in corners has been around for a while and not getting much use. Just before Christmas I opened a bag and found that receipt from 1997 for these two pieces of fleece (which are now a warm fuzzy blanket) HERE and soon realized I have a lot more issues than I thought.  My intention still was to do this on my own and I started to look at the scrap bags on the floor before you get to my scrap bins. 12 bags later of sorting, throwing, donating AND sewing I came up with a few things. Below is an all scrap string quilt. The pieces I used just as they were when I found them. I cut 8 pieces from my scrap batting pile and whoop...there it is! 
Strings O'plenty 36x46
I actually finished this on Christmas Eve but I am counting it today. 

8 new potholders!!! I really need these and they were all scraps or some orphan blocks. I am notorious for saving every bit I cut off when I am squaring a quilt or excess that I cut off when doing improv or well just about everything! (3 of the bags of scraps on the floor were so small that I have no idea how I would even sew them...they would have made confetti but that is about it) Oh well, moving forward. 
These are the backsides and I had fun using up some improv bits and more orphans and more leftover bits from other quilts.   Also more batting strips that were too small for anything else. I had plenty of the heat insulate (found some in 3 places) so I used up some of that too. They are pretty rough in a few places but the binding were also strings or pieces that were close to fitting. They are only potholders for me after all.

I made a couple of mini quilt tops that I will finish up and share soon.  But first, the other challenge I was talking about.  It is the All people quilt 2017 UFO challenge. If you go to the link you can download a sheet to get you going. I started listing and found I have so many tops that need quilting and that is my weakest area. So I made another list of things I can do to keep the momentum going. A few days ago they already drew the number for which UFO we are to tackle.  Luckily mine was a mini and easy but ........where was it??? So more cleaning and I found not only the parts but the remaining fabric to finish it (in a totally different place I might add). :)

This UFO was from my local modern guilds sew day back in Oct I think. We were doing wonky house blocks with the hopes of hooking up with Habitat for Humanity. So happy to see my little house finished.  Cross one off my list!

Back to more cleaning today as the goal from Steph's challenge was to just work on our sewing table to start. Mine looked so innocent and sweet. It was a lie! 

I hope you join or follow a challenge that motivates you in the new year. There is so much to make and learn and get better at.  

Let me know if you decide to join one of these challenges and maybe we can encourage each other through out the year. 

Have a Happy and Productive New Year!!

Linking up with Gosia of Quilts My Way for Quilter's Monday and
Let's Bee Social with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts