Friday, July 21, 2017

MODERN QUILT SMALL GROUP

I attended my first Modern Quilt small group meeting on Wednesday evening.  The group has been formed under my guild to meet the needs of a modern quilt group of quilters within our guild.  We have lots of traditional and art group quilters, but the guild is seeing a big interest in Modern Quilting, many of us belonging to the Modern Quilt Guild.
Our first assignment was to produce a modern quilt piece done with triangles.  Maximum size is 18 by 22 inches.  The piece is due in September, pieced, quilted and bound.  
I spent sometime playing around with my triangles and trying to obtain some sort of a pattern with them.  I think finally after a couple misses got it figured out.
I like the elongated star effect.  I used a light grey rather than white as I thought it worked better with my prints.  No idea how I will quilt it yet, but know it will be straight lines going one way or another, at least that is the plan now.   Its a finish thus far for the week.  
So I'm linking up with at least somewhat of a finish:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

STASH USING

I have a ridiculous amount of fabric.  I am in the habit of buying fat quarters and half yards of many different fabric lines.  I don't usually have a particular use at the moment for them, but I fall in love with them and they end up in the closet waiting for me to think up a project for them.
This is just half of two shelves in this closet and there are six shelves in that closet.  Lets not count the six foot closet with wire basket racks full.  
One of my daughters the other day asked if I had a spare runner sitting around that she could give as a gift.  Actually normally I would have one, but not this time.  We went through my runners and found one I had yet to ever use in my home and she had her gift.  This tells me I need to get busy and stock up on some runners that these daughters of mine are bound to ask for later, and probably sooner as gifts for their friends.  In fact that tells me that my third daughter in Colorado may want a couple new runners too.  I'll have to ask her that when on the phone with her next week.  So what better way than to do some fabric shopping in this stash.


So this week I plowed through my patterns and books and came up with this runner pattern and put together this runner.  Fast, easy, and done!  I still have another runner cut out and sewn together ready to spray baste to finish up over the next week.  I think I will make up a couple more too.  That should keep these girls supplied for a while.
So I'll link up with a finish and a couple starts with:

Friday, July 14, 2017

WHALES, OTTERS, AND RUNNERS

Earlier this week I posted fabric I had purchased a couple years ago in Alaska.  I had no idea what to do with it.  Many of you suggested placemats or table runners.  I really did consider placemats, but finally decided to do some small runners.
Actually my decision was based mostly on the fabric in the border. I only had enough to do a runner not 4 placemats.  It was sitting on my counter next to my sewing machine never put away after a previous project who knows when.  It just sort of jumped out at me and said use me.  
I am trying a different quilting idea with this one.  I have never used invisible thread to quilt with.  I've only use it for appliqu├ęs in the past.  It works really well for this project with so much color differences and not wanting an all over quilting pattern on the panels squares.  I am just quilting on the various lines and outlines.
Now I only seem to have one issue.  I usually pull threads to the back of the piece, tie a knot, and bury they threads in the batting.  That is a rather tedious chore, especially with invisible thread as the top thread.  It is hard to see the invisible thread when threading a needle to bury it along with the regular thread used on the bottom.  I guess I will try using a few really, really short stitches to start and finish and see if that isn't an easier way to handle that. 
Since I still had several more squares of the panel, why not just toss another short runner together.
 I managed to find another nice matching blue.  But I am still left with two more squares.  However, I have a perfect place for a little mini centerpiece.
I am going to separate these two and add small borders.  I have an area on our kitchen bar that we use for a candle, and letter opener, and candle lighter, plus we toss keys and other stuff on it.  I usually use a runner there, but usually have to fold it in half to fit the area well.  These two made up will be perfect for that.  Isn't it nice to figure out a perfect solution for fabric that has been sitting in ones stash for a couple years?  This is a finish, well not the runners and center pieces, but a finish for this fabric panel at last.  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

FABRIC CHALLENGES

I just returned on Friday from a cruise to Alaska.  I did a bit of shopping in Skagway at their awesome quilt store.  However, a couple of years ago I actually did a shopping trip in the same store. I purchased several fabrics, then promptly put them into my fabric stash and forgot about them.  So yesterday I pulled them out.  What am I to do with these guys.  
Three color ways of otters.  Love the colors.
Wolves or sled dogs, not sure which?  They look sort of friendly so lets just say sled dogs.  
For sure sled dogs.  
Ducks or birds who knows.  The colors are pretty.  
Awe, whales we got some pictures of these guys.
And this fabric which is a panel, more whales.  We also got some pictures of these guys too.  
And last these little otters.  So what to do with all these fabrics.  Do you have any ideas, I'm fresh out of them?  A quilt, wall hanging, table runner, maybe placemats? 
So I'll link up and see if I can get some help.


Friday, July 7, 2017

HOME FROM ALASKA

Home Sweet Home, traveling is fun but coming home is always a nice treat too.  We left for Alaska on a cruise the 27th of June.  
The transportation was nice.  Sailed right under the Golden Gate in San Fransisco.
Saw a bit of wild life in Juneau.
And didn't see any of these, at least not on this trip.  This guy is better seen like this.
In Skagway they have the neatest quilt shop.  Odd as the winter population of Skagway is 800, but summer travelers sure knew where to find this place.  They had the most extensive Batiks selection I have ever seen.  So of course, one has to do a little shopping.
So nice to be home and back to doing a bit of quilt studio time.  Its a finish for our trip and now a start on finishing my October challenge project.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

JUNE QUILT ALONG

I have a good start on my June Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along blocks.  
Four done and only two more to go.  Well then another six months, but whose counting.  
Number 5 and 6 are almost ready to go. 
Here is July's block fabric ready to start .

I will be sailing away on a cruise to Alaska this week.  Dogs and house sitters all arranged for these two muts.  They already look a bit concerned.  Don't worry they get spoiled rotten while we are gone.  Plus one of the sitters brings the little Yorkie's boyfriend with her, he is a Yorkie/Maltese mix.  They have a grand time.
However, there are a couple of quilt shops in some of our stops and maybe a bit of scenic shots along the way that I might be able to slip in over the next 10 or 12 days. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

A BABY QUILT FINISH

It is finished!  Just the label to sew on the back.  I'm so pleased with the end results.  
And here it is.  The finished size is 40 by 60 inches.  The quilting is serpentine rows of stitching on the borders and between the blocks. I used a larger serpentine on the borders and a smaller one between the blocks.  The blocks have a heart quilting on each one.  
And here is the label ready to border and sew on to the back.  I held it together with its backing with a heart quilted on it.  
This truly is a wonderful finish for a new mom to welcome her baby next month so I'm linking up with: