Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WIP and Let's Bee (more) Social!



I am getting way ahead of myself these days. I signed up for two classes in one week, I belong to 3 guilds now, and I am helping to host some improvisational sewing days at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.  The Saturday class I am taking there is with Victoria Findlay Wolfe and I can't wait!!
All of this leads to little getting done and lots of things started and little getting done...did I say that already???? :)

So my class yesterday was with Tony Jacobson, designer for Fons and Porter Magazine.  He designed the 3 Tours star quilt and so I signed up. It is a beautiful quilt design and very fun. However I am pretty much on a budget and wanted to do more from my stash.  Mine is not going to be the traditional look of red, white and blue but I think it will be pretty just the same.

 
I did manage to finish all of the star blocks and started to work on my striped section when suddenly our time was up.  So fun to sew with others so if you have never done it you should give it a try.
 
 
Last Saturday was our first "Afternoon at the Improv" sewing day at the Museum.   It is an open discussion, with sharing of books and topics of Improvisational piecing and then you can work on the demo pieces or just sew what you want.   We had a great turnout for our first gathering.  We had a demon on slash and insert and 1/4 curve circle piecing.
 



Linking up with WIP Wed @ Freshly Pieced with Lee  and
Let's Bee Social @ SewFreshQuilts with Lorna
 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ALYoF April goal - baby boy quilt

Well it is already 7 days into the month and I think I will need an easy finish for my goal. I have most of the front together on this one and waiting for some backing to come from Massdrop. I am not sure how I am going to quilt it at all so if you have any ideas???? pass them on to me. Keep in mind straight lines are really more my thing but that is because of a few limitations (I choose to believe that anyway) at the moment. The slide on tray for my Bernina is cracked so I am waiting for a replacement table with a big flat space to do some fmqing practice on. Not sure I want to risk anything too hard on this quilt though. This is going to be for a very special little great nephew! The pattern is Kite Flight by Robert Kaufmann.

Linking up with A Lovely Year of Finishes @Bittersweet Designs and Fiber of all Sorts
A Lovely Year of Finishes

Monday, March 30, 2015

ALYoF March ~ Something from nothing, a scrap quilt

"Something from Nothing", a scrap quilt
51 x 52 1/2"
Leader and ender method started early 2014
650 2 1/2 squares with bits and snips of binding ends
 
A Lovely Year of Finishes
My goal was set HERE
 
I love all the bright snips of fabrics and I especially love that this was all throw away scraps. I should have made it bigger but with the mess of the stacks of 650 of these little blocks was enough AND this little guys is plenty heavy!! I spent all yesterday blocking it so it can hang on the wall. We will see if I get that done.
 
All stash scraps and scrappy stash backing too.  My stash is getting a work out this year and I am so happy!
 
My trouble on this one came with the straight line quilting. I knew I had to only quilt straight lines where the scrap corners were not. This is pretty bulky even though some of the seams are ironed open.   I started out with the idea of stitching down and then turning and stitching back up. I quickly saw that the top, no matter how many pins or spray starch wanted to pull both ways. Of course the worst row was in the middle but I quickly changed to just going one direction.
 
If anyone has any tips on how to now have the shift happen please leave me a note??????
 
Linking up with Fiber of all Sorts and Bittersweet Designs HERE
and
Let's bee social HERE and
WIP Wed HERE
 



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WIP Wed - finish

I finished this little "Streak of Sunshine" quilt for our local chapter of Lincoln Quilts for Kids charity that gives quilts to kids in local hospitals.  I usually do bright but I had these soft cute peace sign prints in pink and green so went for it.

Not great photos but I had to snap these before I gave it away. Hopefully it is on its way to help comfort a sick child. 

Linking up to WIP Wed with Lee @Freshly Pieced and Let's Bee social with Lorna @ SewFreshQuilts

Friday, March 20, 2015

PQ #6 and a WhoopWhoop!


 


The Final Challenge for Project Quilting @ Persimon Dreams is "Isn't it Charming".  The entire front of the quilt has to be made of 5" charms.  I happened to have two Bobbins and Bits Charm packs and 1 coordinating FQ and some I had to make some Kona snow 5" squares because all I had was white white. 

I felt a bit silly cutting 5" squares then sewing them back together then cutting them in half for my border but I felt to use up the last of the charms in the border (cut these into 4ths) because it was so scrappy I needed that solid break.  I did not have a pattern for this just made wonky stars with the 5" size block an went from there. This was fun and relaxing which was great because I had limited time this week and just wanted to make it work.  All the fabric is from my stash as well as the charm packs.

"Charm Stars" measures approx. 48" x 48"
Made in Ne.  Straight line quilting with Aurifil off white.

Backing from my stash with a bit of my FQ selvage piece to make a label. That one FQ saved this quilt. I needed 3 more 5" charms so I was so glad I had it. :)

Pubic voting will open HERE Sunday afternoon March 22 until Friday the 27th so check back and vote by going to the link and clicking on the gray hearts in the upper Right corner. Thanks!

Linking up with HERE            
 

Friday, March 13, 2015

This Week=Too many irons in the fire

One of the things on this weeks to-do list is this cute little Economy block for the SewCanShe Classic Blocks-Fresh Fabrics group HERE. I love this fabric and thought it might be fun.  See the scrap of the owl...well both ends of my fabric cut has half cut blocks. Why? Not useful but I still might use them somehow because they are too cute to throw away.

Next up...
A whole bunch of strips were made for this Robert Kaufman Kite Flight pattern. I don't really like how it is put together but I have started so must continue.

And a recap with our winning quilts from the LateNight quilters SuperNova Friendship Block Swap. Jennifer Under the Juniper tree and I got together with our two quilts and too some fun photos.


 
 
Yep, there we are ...just two sewing sisters. So happy to have met Jen and that we live close enough to hang out! Whoop Whoop!!

So many things to work on and so little time. It is National Quilting day at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum on Saturday. Lots of fun things to do, see and hear. I will be off soon to see where I can help for setting up for tomorrow. If you ever are near Lincoln Ne. you should stop in an see the Museum. 

Linking up with over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict with Sarah

Saturday, March 7, 2015

PQ season 6 #5 = Favorite Fabric: Little Black Dress

I have to say this was another dream quilt for me. I love ogee/gula shaped quilt patterns. I found this one a while back and filed it away as a someday project.  When Kim announced the PQ challenge this week was our favorite fabric I floundered because I love so many many different fabrics. I just happened to see ogee quilt pattern by Rebecca Johnson called "French Connection" and bells and whistles went off in my head. I have/had a bag of Little Black Dress II and some other fabrics  (like grunge...mmmmm) collected that are sort of frenchy flavored bits of yum and I knew I had to put this together.  note: the sun going down made it a little washed out here.

You can see the lovely gray greege colors, cream and black and beige. All of these worked really well together.
This was a bit hectic this week to figure this out and do all those curves in one week but I kept at it.  I probably have a little bit less hair on my head but I love love love this quilt.

All of the fabric for the front and back were in my stash. I love that roman numeral fabric and I even used some in the binding.

I am calling this one "Little Black Dress at the French Quarter"
She measures 50" x 73" all stash fabrics!
She took 1 1/2 days to cut out using a cardboard cut out for the concave and convex shapes. I was able to sew this pretty quickly but did make a few mistakes on a couple of the directional fabrics and had to recut. I did straight line quilting at a diagonal which forms a secondary diamond in the ogee shapes. It took about 3 hours to mark this so my lines are pretty darn straight (not perfect but pretty good) :)  I love her no matter!!!

Linking up with Project Quilting week 5 over at Persimon Dreams
The deadline is March 8th at noon and then voting will open until March 12th so stay tuned and you will be able to vote for your favorite! Vote HERE and I am #26