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Project Quilting Season 12.2 Kaleidoscope style

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38" x 48" Serpentine quilting with walking foot.  All stash fabrics (should win for use of oldest pieces of fabric...guessing over 20 years on easter eggs and backing fabric) Yep that is indeed Easter Eggs! I can not tell you how old this piece of fabric is but it has been in my stash a very long time. I remember I bought it specifically for making a kaleidoscope quilt.  When I started looking at it closer I remembered why I did not end up making it all those years ago. The problem? The print is very close. By that I mean the shapes are very similar and the colors are pretty similar and it really doesn't make for a dynamic kaleidoscope. However, it does make a very soft babyish one and so I finished this up to give to my pet project Quilts for Kids again! I played around with several solids to sort of modernize the piece but really it was never really going to go modern.  I do like the solid colors I ended up with though.  Honeydew, melon, blue and gold.  You can see some

Doubles anyone?

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I decided to keep the momentum going after last weeks P.Q. season 12 one week challenge. If you don't know about Project Quilting you can see my entry  HERE I make outreach quilts for a group I have mentioned many times over the years...Quilts for Kids. I try to make at least one a month if I can. Last year I was sidelined but luckily had many to give before I had to take a break from quilting.    These two heart quilts are from a pattern by Caroline at SewCanShe and the pattern is free  HERE I get her newsletters and it came up the other day in my mail and the size was right for QFKs.  I started cutting up my stash and realized it might be just as easy and fast to make 2 at one time.  Quickly and I mean quickly I had to tops done.   They measure approximately 42" x 42"  I have not quilted anything that big in quite a while and sort of forgot how to use my domestic machine and even how to sandwich a quilt. The first one I used a serpentine diagonal and it looks great on t

Project Quilting Season 12.1-I am rising...

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"Like a phoenix" 30" x 32" Accuquilt die cut triangles Diamond straight line quilting My own design Project Quilting has started again. New year, new one week challenge. The first challenge is based off the Patone color(s) of the year Illuminating (yellow) and Ultimate Gray. Those colors felt sort of opposite to me for some reason. I felt the doom of the gray and the light of the yellow and the first thing I thought of was rising from the ashes ...like a phoenix.  Got out pater and pencils and decided equilateral triangles were the answer.  With my limitations physically I decided to use the Accuquilt machine to pump out some triangles. This then determined the size the finished quilt would be also.  Almost 500 triangles later I began. This was a confusing part as the triangles had to be going one way and one way only for the design. I used an old vinyl tablecloth back to stick the rows down to take to sewing machine and it worked great. Actually hard to get some of

Best of 2020 ...is that even possible?

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I was not even sure I wanted to look at my blog posts from this year. I was certain that most of the year was me spent not quilting. I was wrong and grateful for this look back.  First up, this is the Modern Quilt Guild #modernclassic makeover. Taking a previously made QOM and make in their new colors. More info on this pattern  Courthouse steps remake  that I called Strength and Beauty. I deviated ever so slightly from the pattern so did not submit to Quiltcon exhibit but I love this quilt.  Next up is another favorite...the improv Triangle QAL by Nicholas Ball on IG. It was so fun and rewarding.  I love this piece!!! It was so fun puzzling it together.  More on this quilt can be found here   Mountain High Valley Low   This one I was so surprised with. Our lqg had a challenge called Modern Flip. Take more traditional blocks and try to make them modern. Here were the blocks on my ufo pile.  Then I made this....  Modern Flip from ufo I think it turned out pretty great! This was a test

Every little thing equals progress

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I made 5 mini quilts! Yes I did...slow and steady like. These came about because my BEE mate Jen asked for quilted cards. I loved this idea though thought it would be daunting to make something so small.  I am only supposed to tackle sewing projects in little bits of time, mainly because the posture (as you all know) in sewing can be very muscle fatiguing.  I would guess about 5 minutes at a time I worked my way through the minis. They are all about 4.25" x 5ish"  Of course I had a black and white theme! I wanted tiny frames in black and found a piece of black fleece. Next time I would go for black felt or even black batting.  I can't wait to see what everyone does for theirs.  I have received a couple of them so far. In one of the packages was this.... so funny and just what I needed that day. Hmmm wonder where I will use that? So I started a project a few months ago. I was trying to think how I could do some of what my lqg was challenging which was to do some surface de

Hard Times...

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abound right now so I am looking at today as a small win. I have not been sewing hardly at all in the last few months. My eyes and other issues have not been great. I am to the point right now where I feel I either do what I can while I can or quit. I don't want to quit. I have been able to read on my tablet with the lighting on it set to a mild bright.  Yay! That is progress. I decided since that was going pretty well I wondered what I could do in the quilting department?  Above is a photo of hot pad. I had made the top in the style of QAYG on batting so it was perfect to add some insul-bright and a scrappy binding. It took most of the morning because I had to wind a bobbin and clean the machine. You know what happens when you are away from your machine for months or longer and suddenly you have to remember how to do everything all over again.  Well I did it! And when that one was finished I made two more..... Again.... I had forgotten how much of a mess it is to get out all suppl

Something about working on Group Quilts

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  My local quilt guild took on a group project last year. We wanted to show a T.O.M. = technique of the month, to members and then have them try it. Most of the techniques were improv based giving some the opportunity to try them with no fear. We chose a color and size scheme.  We used coral and cream and we were pretty free about the corals including shades of reds and violets. Same with the creams including some whites. Block options were 12.5, 6.5 squares or 12.5 x 6.5. The result of the blocks turned in at each monthly meeting was wonderful.   We were able to make this Medallion style quilt 84". 84", a row by row style quilt 84" x 90", a lap sized throw 48" x 60" and a wall hanging 24" x 24".  Fabric of said colors were donated to piece together the backing and use any leftover blocks that may be left.  This one was quilted by a former member Sonya Nelsen on her longarm. I love the texture it created in this busy quilt.  The row by row style