Monday, March 12, 2018

Design Wall Monday

I'm late posting this, but it's still Monday, so I'm calling it good. 😊

Here's what's on my design wall and a few other things that I've completed recently.

This OSU Champions Quilt is ready for binding. This is the fourth or fifth one of these that I've made because they are very popular with Ohio State Buckeye fans. There are four size options on the pattern from which to choose and it is made using squares and half square triangles. I like to make them scrappy, and I made this one as a leader/ender project. This is the small lap size and it measures 50" x 66".

This is a king size Breezy Quilt, minus the borders. I tested this pattern for Rachel Rossi and am very pleased with the results. I had a border sewn on to this but didn't like it, so out came the seam ripper. I've come up with alternate border options and in conversations with the other testers, we all like the new border idea. I hope to get those sewn on later this week and get this ready to quilt. Stay tuned for updates. 

Here are some close ups of the blocks and fabrics. Jack chose these fabrics because he wanted something a little more masculine than what I had picked. It took me a while, but they've grown on me and I now like them. Oh why do I doubt him when he picks fabric? He's right most of the time!

Rachel has some wonderful tips and hints on making these pinwheels, and I know you'll love them. I'll keep you updated on the pattern release date.

I finished this Jelly Roll Rug, made from Quill by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics. I think it's pretty and love the colors.

There are definitely some rough spots in this (mostly around the center when you have to make some sharp turns), but it's really not too challenging to make this. It's time consuming, but not challenging. Using one Jelly Roll yielded a rug that measures 30" x 44". Love it!

Here's a picture taken outside, to try to give you a better idea of the fabric colors.

And finally, here's a 12" Hoop Quilt that I made, just because I wanted to do so.  😄  I love the colors in this and have enough fabric to make at least one more; but I'll use a different outside ring fabric. I have an idea of who I want to receive it and know she'd love these colors.  

What are you working on today?


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Secret Sewing Reveal

I'm finally able to show some of the secret sewing that I've done recently. Here are a few pictures of Through the Woods, a pattern test that I did for Rachel Rossi.

They have become this quilt...

I struggled getting good pictures of this quilt. It was windy and the lighting was not great. Here are a couple of close up views. I quilted this on my domestic machine and am pleased with the results.

See what I mean about the wind?

The wind stopped, but the lighting was not good.

I like how the quilting looks on the back.

The backing fabric is perfect!

I decided to try to get some pictures by the ravine.

You can't see it well, but I had a visitor when I started to hang the quilt. The deer started running away before I could snap a good picture. It would have been sweet to have been able to see it in a picture with the quilt. Maybe next time. 

I'm thrilled with how the quilt looks and am pleased to have been part of the testing group. I'm working on another test pattern for Rachel and should have more to show later this week. FYI - The pattern has a bunch of half square triangles and a really quilt way to make them. Stay tuned for more. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Not So Wordy Wednesday

It's been a while since I posted and I don't have much time to write a long post today; so I decided to simply post some pictures of Hoop Quilts that I've made recently. I'll also add a few made by students in a class this past weekend.


I made these for samples to hang at the Lake Farmpark Quilt Show to drum up students for the class. The show continues through March 11th, with the Vendor Days March 2, 3, and 4.  

I took some pictures at before sending them to Lake Farmpark, but I just could not get good pictures. It was rainy and I had to take them indoors.  

I tried taking the pictures with a piece of black fabric as the backdrop, but that didn't work great either. 

I have to admit that I enjoy seeing my projects hanging up for everyone to see. 

Here they are hanging outside the classroom. The purples in these first two projects just did not photograph well. Darn it!

I like this, even though I've been told that the center looks like a super hero logo. 

One of the best things about teaching classes is to see the variety of fabrics students choose. Here are a few from Sunday's class. 

I love these fabrics and know this is going to be spectacular when it's done. 

This is super bright and cheery and just makes me smile.

Once again, the purple background fabric did not photograph well, but this is just plain fun to me. I really like her HST layout choice.

This dark outer ring frames these HST perfectly. I really like this layout also. 

This directional outer ring fabric was a bit tricky to align properly, but it is going to look awesome when it's done. It'll have been so worth the extra time and effort it took to line up everything. 

I've got one more complete, but haven't gotten a picture yet. Because I used just two fabrics for the HST, it looks quite different and I like it!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wayward Transparency Quilt Link Up

I enjoyed making both of my Wayward Transparency quilts and I've also really enjoyed the link up that Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl set up for all the participants in the Quilt Along.

If you enjoyed seeing my quilts, you really should take the time to check out the others. I think there are 90+ people who have linked up pictures of their quilts, so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the eye candy. Some of these are absolutely spectacular, especially when it comes the quilting. 

I really like both quilts and am very happy I joined the group. I'm impressed the with finished projects and am quite inspired by them.

One final posting of these two quilts - you know, because I like them so much.  😊

Monday, January 29, 2018

Design Wall Monday

I have another wall with various projects layered on it.
Do you remember this post when I showed a variety of projects that I wanted to complete by the end of January?

All of the projects are done (quilted and bound!) with the exception of the blocks on the left side. But,  they are put together into a quilt top and I've started the quilting. Unless something comes up that means I can't sew, that should be done in a couple of days.

Here's the wall today.

You can see that quilt I mentioned earlier is the bottom layer. I can't show the entire quilt yet because it was being done to test a pattern, but I love it. I was thrilled to find what I consider to be the perfect backing too.

I don't think I could have found any better fabric for this! I'm making a table runner out of the "oops" blocks and these two tree blocks will be included. I'm a happy girl right now.  :-)

The quilt that is on the right side is made from 2 1/2" strips. It's actually not mine, but that of one of my students. I was going to quilt it for her, but she had some issues with it laying flat and I really wanted to see what happened so I offered to fix it. I found the problem and am now reassembling the quilt top. Yes, I know that is a lot of work and that I didn't have to do this, but I really was stumped as to what happened. Her 1/4" seam allowance was perfect and her pressing was good. I found the problem and it had to do with cutting the ends when it was time to add the next strip. The cuts were not always straight and when the next piece was added, the seam was not straight, even though it appeared to be because the ends lined up properly. 

This did not happen every time a new strip was added, but it was enough that it caused problems. I'm thrilled that it was a pretty easy fix. It was just a bit time consuming to rip apart all the seams, but even that was educational. I tried a couple of new methods of ripping and I like that. 

Working on this has helped me figure out a better way to teach this quilt and many others that use strips. It's also helped me determine the best way to fix the problem so it can be finished and not tossed in a bin and forgotten. So, I'm glad I offered and that my student let me do this. I only have ten more strips to add (nine, after I sew on the one that is pinned to the top), so this should not take long. Yippie!

The purple mini quilt on the left is the insides of what will be a 12" Hoop Quilt. The fabric below the quilt will be the binding on the outside of the hoop. 

I decided I wanted to make a Hoop Quilt that reminds me of Mardi Gras. This one will be 18", and here's the center of that. I could not get a good picture, but the blue fabric is actually purple. I'm going to love this!

These fabrics are all left over from making a bunch of new Stacking Pop Ups that I made this weekend. 

Aren't these fun? They make great gifts and are easy to make. The second one from the left  and the smallest one on the right provide a better picture of the purple fabric. You notice that I've collapsed the yellow pop up in the picture below. I did that so you can see how they work. 

These will eventually make their way upstairs into the guest rooms, which will be fun, because the black dot fabric is glow in the dark.  :-)  In the mean time, they will go to Chestnut Ridge Sewing Center for class samples.

What are you working on today?

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Wayward Transparency Quilts Completed

I loved making these two very different versions of Wayward Transparency. I participated in a quilt along (QAL) with the designer, Yvonne Fuchs, the Quilting Jetgirl and found the pattern to be very well-written and easy to follow. Along with the other QAL participants, I learned a lot about fabric choices, transparency, and some tips for cutting fabrics and piecing units. 

There are two size options (68" square and 48" square) and of course I had to make both.  :-) When I first saw Yvonne's quilt, I knew that I wanted to make the larger, on-point version; and I knew exactly which fabrics I wanted to use. I posted about those fabrics HERE.

I had seen one of Yvonne's samples made with prints and then she wrote a blog post about choosing fabrics and I was all set. No questions. I knew I would like the combination. 

Yvonne also wrote a very helpful blog post about evaluating fabric contrast.  Actually, it was a photo tutorial that was wonderful and very well-written. I was pleased to see that she used my fabric choices in her post. I have to admit that it did make me feel even better about my decision. 

These fabrics...

turned into this...

Because the fabrics have fairly busy designs, I decided to use an all-over design to quilt this.  

Here's the back of the quilt. It's light brown in color and reads almost solid. It's Stonehenge - A Stitch in Time by Deborah Edwards for Northcott.

Here's a close up. It's quilting rulers!

Here's a better picture from the web, since mine isn't that good. 

As I said, I made two of these quilts. The second one was made using solid fabrics and not set on point. One of the coolest things about this quilt, is that there are four blocks that measure 24" each, and only difference between the two quilts is that the larger one is set on point and you add setting triangles. 

Well, there is also the fact that you have options on not only your light and dark fabric placement, but the layout of the four blocks as well. It was really fun to see the variations of the QAL group. 

Here's my smaller version, set in a rotating - almost flying geese - layout. I REALLY like this layout!

I quilted this one in a continuous spiral and I blogged about it HERE

Here's a link that Yvonne has set up to show the many variations created by the QAL participants. It truly is eye candy and I know you will enjoy it!  

I've had some correspondence with Yvonne about making other versions of this quilt and changing the sizes so I can offer classes.  I learned a lot during this QAL and know that many of my students would benefit from this as well. I've not only made what I consider to be really nice quilts, I gained a lot of confidence and knowledge in the process. I want to pay that forward. I'm really looking forward to next month when the pattern will be available commercially. 

And speaking about paying it forward, did you see my post yesterday about Scott Fortunoff and The Sewing Revolution? Scott has already given away 72 sewing machines and there are more available. Check out my posts HERE for more details. This isn't a scam. This is for real and you too can be a part of paying it forward.