Wednesday, August 06, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Star Sampler

Other than working on the Block of the Month pile, I have been making good progress on my August UFO Challenge quilt, a Star Sampler.  This project has consisted of two magazines and two yards of a border print fabric sitting in a shoe box for a long time!  The magazines are dated from 1986 and 1991!  I started quilting in 1986 so I think I can say it's my first UFO ever :)
Both magazines give the book Sampler Supreme by Catherine Anthony as the inspiration for their projects.  Neither provided templates for the block, but that was easily accomplished using EQ7.  I decided on a 12 inch block and cut my diamond template out of heavy plastic.  I cut the corner squares and side triangles with my rotary cutter - I was just able to get enough for 9 blocks out of the fabric I chose, so that determined the number of blocks to make.  9 squares will make a nice wall hanging.  I have enough of my striped fabric to use for a border, so that will be a nice finish.

So far I have finished four blocks:

I'm really loving how differently each block comes out!  The fabric is a bit out of date, but that's what you get for letting your project sit for so long.  I'll be on the lookout for more great striped fabrics because this really is a lot of fun to do.  Lot's of y seams in these blocks, but I've done enough of those that they go pretty fast!  Hopefully by next week I'll have the rest of the blocks ready to show!  I'll have to take a good picture of the fabric so you can see what they are cut out of. 

Hope everyone else is having a good week and making progress on projects!  

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Another Block of the Month done!

This one is called Beacon Lights and is from 2003, only 11 years ago!  It was pretty easy to make, the instructions were very good.  I do wish I had enough fabric to cut the center square on point so it could be a straight set block, but since I want my ship to sail level I'll have to keep the block on point in whatever I do with it.

My design wall is filling up with all these great blocks I am making!  (Sorry for the bad picture....)

Tomorrow I'll show you the stars I've been working on for my August UFO challenge - they are beautiful!

Friday, August 01, 2014

New Hand Quilting Project

I had a nicely productive week - it feels good to have gotten so many things accomplished!  I hope I can keep it up for the next couple of's usually pretty hard for me to stay on task for an extended period of time.  I started hand quilting the hexagon quilt I basted on Wednesday.  I definitely need to keep up work on this because it has a definite due date, so no slacking off!  I need to finish one flower every other day - a pretty do-able amount of stitching in an evening.

I finished up a few small projects that I've been shuffling around the sewing room for a while now.  Do you have those piles?  I didn't want to put them away in a drawer because I knew they would never get done, but wasn't really inspired to finish them up, so they would travel from the top of one surface to another.  Today they got finished!  Don't have any pictures to show you, so I'll have to remember to do that later.

Tomorrow I'm taking the day off to have some fun with the college girl - she has missed seeing her mom and dad, so we are going to go up and spend a day with her.  She'll be super busy once she starts cheer, so we need to take advantage and treat her to a nice day.  It should be fun!  Hope your weekend is fun as well, make sure to spend some time with people you love!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Overall Sam

I finished up this cute block today.  I had a comment on my facebook page that his arm was not placed correctly, but honestly, that's how it is in the pattern.  I may be brave in my piecing, but when it comes to applique I follow the pattern every time!  I think he is holding his hands behind his back...
I used the freezer paper method of applique on this and it came out nicely.  My design wall is getting full with all of these blocks!  I'm liking it...not sure what I will do with all of them when finished, but I might get a quilt or two out of them.  I don't even know how many blocks I have to work on, but I am having a good time working my way through them without any plans.

I got the hexagon quilt all basted, so I'll be starting on hand quilting that tomorrow.  I've got several dresses in to work on, so not too much quilting going on for the next few days, but I'm gearing up for my August UFO Challenge.  It is an 8 point star quilt using a stripe fabric.  I'll probably make a dozen blocks, then put them together with sashing.  If I put myself on a block a day schedule it should be no problem to have a finished quilt by the end of the month, that makes me happy!  It's been nice pushing myself to finish up these older projects...I'm a little nervous about a couple of them, but I'll keep pushing on, I'm doing to well to give up!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Quilting like it's 1995

How old are your UFO's?  I've been digging through that box of unfinished Quilt Block of the Month kits from guild meetings and found a nice oldie today!  This one is dated February 1995 - I'm hoping this is the oldest one because I'm feeling a bit embarrassed by the amount of slacking off it appears I've been doing.

I know exactly why I didn't get this one done, too.  I generally wait until the afternoon of quilt guild before I work on my BOM and I know I didn't have time to get this one done in an afternoon.  Plus that, this is a block that you have to applieque!  Yes, the dreaded A-word.  I do nice applique, but I don't particularly like doing it, so I'm sure that helped me decide that I was just going to skip this one.  At any rate, it's getting done now, and will make a nice addition to my collection of blocks!

I'm also working on finishing up this Butterfly quilt.  I have spent a long time hand quilting all the alternate blocks with a pretty design, then machine stitched around all the butterflies.  I'm debating on whether I want to add more machine stitching or call it good.  I'm ready to finish this one up and get to the next one - a Grandmother's Flower Garden in green shamrock prints!  Actually quite pretty.  That is on my list to be basted this evening so I guess I'd better get busy...where did I put that spool of basting thread?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Queen's Garden

Today I was excited to see the quilt I made for Henry Glass Fabric's Desire to Inspire Challenge published!  I really loved making this quilt - there was a lovely border stripe that I very much wanted to use as a focal point.  It made it very challenging as that piece was only about a yard long, limiting the size of my quilt.  I did a lot of creative measuring and plotting as I tried to make the most of what I had to use!

 It was super helpful to be able to use EQ7 to figure out my design.  I was able to import all the fabrics I had to work with and see how they would work together in the blocks.  I used the program to create many different combinations of color arrangements before finally coming up with my chosen plan.  I also used the program to figure out what size to cut all my pieces and to double check to see if I had enough yardage of the various fabrics.  It worked perfectly.  And, as you can see by the finished quilt, it's actually a pretty good approximation of what the quilt will look like!
It was a fun challenge to come up with a quilt that would show the fabrics in a pleasing way, and be enjoyable for me to create.  This type of challenge is one of my favorite things to is so much fun to take fabric and make something unique out of it!  As you can see, I love star designs, piecing and on-point designs.  This was actually one of the quilts I entered in the fair, and it was the one that got a red ribbon.  

If you would like to see my interview, see the Desire to Inspire blog post.  

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ribbons, Binding and another Block of the Month

Today was a productive day - despite a couple of unusual events that had things a little off-kilter.  Woke up to several piles of kitty poor Scamper kitty was definitely not feeling well.  He has pretty much just laid around all day looking pathetic.  He seems to be a bit more perky tonight, so hopefully we won't have to make a trip to the vet tomorrow.  It seems weird to have our little one cat entertainment system down.  He definitely keeps us busy with his crazy antics!

The second unusual event was a fan blowing up on us!  My husband turned the fan on in our spare bedroom this morning and it went bang and even had flames coming out of it!  The smell was horrific, we've had the windows open upstairs all day to get rid of the stench.  Thank goodness it happened when he was right there to unplug it and get it outdoors right away!

So...after all of that I did manage to finish the binding on the Wall hanging I made out of the Block of the Month Blocks!  Whoopee - another one down!  And this evening I finished hand sewing the binding on the Butterfly quilt.  Tomorrow I'll finish machine quilting stitch in the ditch around the butterflies and it will be ready to get back to the owner - double whoopee!

I made up another quilt block, this one was from 1996.  Double T is the name of the block.  I had all the prints cut out, so just needed to cut out the white blocks and sew it together.  Easy as pie!  Cute block - hard to believe it's been waiting almost 20 years to be finished.  Guess I'm a little slow!

I also finished re-sewing all the pickups on a wedding gown.  It came out really well, I think the bride will be very happy with her shortened dress!

Last, but not least I picked up my quilts that I entered in the fair.  I got four blue ribbons and two red ribbons!  I'll share some pictures of those later this week.  For now, I need to go to bed and get some sleep - I have a lot I want to get done tomorrow, too!