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 appliqués 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:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BABY QUILT CONTINUES

A week or two ago I posted the beginnings of a baby quilt I was ask to make for a friend to give as a gift for her bestie's first baby.
You can see that post in the Featured Post.  Well we have come quite a way along with it.
The top got finished and the first border with lace sewn on.  I tacked the corner lace under and hand stitched it down in just the corner to make sure it did not ravel.  All the stitching will be covered by the batting and back.  It will never show, but reinforces those corners to make sure they stay put.  
A view of the lace along the borders, which goes all around the quilt top. 
Just as a side in the pink color way of the theme fabric I made a child's pillowcase with the lace insert.  
I have finished the top and I am now quilting it.  I should be able to have it ready to post on Friday.  For now it is still a work in progress so I am linking up with:

Friday, June 16, 2017

GONZO

Several times a year my guild has speakers that come with trunk shows of their quilts and often pattens and books they sell as well after the lecture.  This week Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayes Stack was our speaker.  
For at least a couple of years I have had a stack of Alison Glass Handcrafted fabric sitting in my stash that I had no idea what to do with.  Tiffany had a pattern called Gonzo; the minute I saw it I knew it would be perfect for these fabrics.  Once home and fabric pulled out I realized that of course.  The pattern photo showed the piece in these exact fabrics.  I have a few different prints from the picture, but they all work anyway.
So I began to pull out and select fabrics.  The pattern has nine different rows of blocks.  Plus the pattern is only 28 by 36 so should not be a long drawn out process to finish.  A perfect wall handing, as I switch mine out about every month or so. 
 I did some cutting.  Some of these little 4 inch finished blocks required me to dig around for my set of EZ Recs and Tri Rulers.  Tools can make a big difference. 
 So we have three rows done and one on its way.  Almost half done, so I'm calling it a finish for this week so I am linking up with:
  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

BUBBLE BATH TWO

A couple weeks ago I started this quilt called Bubble Bath.  I had cut out another one in different fabrics as well.  However, I decided to simplify it a bit and leave off the white corners on each block.  I had these stash of fabrics I thought would look nice in a simpler pattern.
I like it just as well without the corners on the blocks.  
Another view.  We have so much wind outside today that it just did not work with outside photos.
It still needs to go to the quilter and a search through my stash for a back before that happens.  But, I'll link it up this morning with:

Friday, June 9, 2017

TWO TOPS FINISHED AND OFF TO CHARITY PROJECTS

My guild has a charity workshop on the first Wednesday every month from 10 until 2 pm.  We usually have between 25 and 30 ladies who come in and sew tops together.  A number of the ladies also take some home to quilt, sew on bindings, and hand stitch the bindings down.  The guild provides fabric kits for those that want them and many of us make up projects out of our own stashes.  I am overwhelmed with stash fabrics so I have been working out of my own stash for this past year.  I finished up two tops this past week.  


This top pretty much finished off my Cotton and Steel collection.  What I did not use I ended up sending to my bestie Brooke.  There is more than one way to rid ones self of scraps.  This was a flip and sew project so it is ready for a back and a minimum amount of quilting.
My second finish was this baby quilt top.  I have four children, three of them girls.  We are way beyond them have babies or any of their many friends.  My baby fabric stash is ridiculous.  So I have been spending some time cutting up and sewing baby quilts together for the guild.  
In October the guild will give all these finished quilts away to a number of worthy organizations.  Last October we distributed 220 quilts to 5 different agencies.  This coming October it looks like there will be a considerable more for give away.  
I have a Friday finish so I am linking up with:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

JOY STUDIO PROJECT

Last month I did some appliqué work for Janet Frisch of Joy Studio.  Her pattern Seamstress from the Handmaids Series was quite the project I must admit.  Lots of tiny pieces and a three day rush job.  

The stand had lots of highlighted appliqué.
Her dress so much easier.
Her face and hair.  I ran into a bit of a problem with the backing fabric showing through the face and a little bit through the hair as well, Never the less I thought the eyes, nose, and other facial features came out really well.  
And done.  Not a finish for me, as it was mailed off to Janet for quilting and framing. 

Friday, June 2, 2017

FALL WALL HANGING DONE

I finally finished this piece.  I quilted, quilted, and quilted for what seemed like forever.  The results is so wonderful if I do say so myself.  Plus with all that quilting it still laid flat!


I am linking up with a Friday completely finished at last. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

BABY QUILT PROJECT

A friend a couple months ago asked if I would make a quilt for a very special friend of hers that is expecting her first baby.  Sure, sounds like fun.  She ordered some really special fabric.
The new mom to be is a veterinarian and raises these Yellow Labrador pups. So my friend and I made a trip to a local quilt store and picked up these coordinating fabrics.  
 And now we are off to get this quilt done.  I took a brief break over the weekend to make up one block .  I just had to see how they would look. 
 And I'm off to get this quilt pieced and quilted before baby arrives in July.  

Friday, May 26, 2017

STARTS INSTEAD OF FINISHES

I know by Friday we should have some finishes.  I have lots of in-betweens and now another start.  Yes some are almost done, but today I only have a start.  
When I scaled my job work schedule from first 5 days a week, then 4, then 3 and now finally 1 and well sometimes 2 I promised myself I would do two things.  One take more workshops.  My guild offers wonderful workshops at very low cost with a variety of really well know quilt teachers and lecturers.  Two I would join challenges that take place a couple times a year within my guild.  So a color challenge was thrown out on Tuesday night.  I drew February and the challenge is to do a color piece 22 inches wide by 18 inches long.  Yes, it is a landscape size.  I knew exactly what I  planned to do.  
 My idea, this from Carolyn Friedlander's book Savor Each Stitch.  The size has to be tweaked a bit, but it is perfect for my plan.  
So now to do some research on the gem and flower colors of February.  Then to dig in my stash, and a shopping trip. 
 I managed a couple pieces from my stash and then off to the store. The clerk graciously cut lots and lots of 1/8th yard strips.  Hmmmm, wonder if I will be welcomed there again, actually she was really nice about the stack of fabrics on the table.  

Violets and Amethyst, February's flower and gem come in a variety of lavender and purples.  The plan to have four rows of each color tone.  I am still in need of a couple more fabrics to complete the 6 pieces of each of the 4 rows.  I have until October to have it done.  So lots of time to appliqué all those tiny little blocks.  It may be a start rather than a finish but such a nice finish for me this week making the decision to go for it.