Monday, September 7, 2020

Design Wall Monday

I've been able to get a bit of sewing done and that always makes me feel good. Besides some secret sewing, I actually took something from the "To Be Quilted" tub (AKA - Tub of Shame) and made the time to quilt it.

This is To The Point, a Tamarinis pattern. 

I pieced this quite some time ago (back in Dec. or January) but wasn't sure how I wanted to quilt it. Actually, about half way through piecing the diamonds, I realized that I didn't give any thought to the shadowing that would happen with the darker print fabrics. I decided that it was too late to turn back, so I just went ahead and finished the top. The quilting dilemma was really a question of whether or not I could do anything to help hide the shadowing. I couldn't decide what to do, so this top got set aside for another day. 

That day happened last week when I finally decided that I was just going to quilt the heck out of it with smallish meandering in the background (it's not plain white, but rather a white multi-color confetti) and an outline stitch close to the diamonds. This did not solve the shadowing issue, but the quilt is quilted and I'm happy.

I have no yardage of any of the print fabrics, so the next question is what to do about binding. I posed that questions to a group of people and was kind of surprised that many suggested using the background fabric. Their logic is that by using that, it would not distract from the diamonds. I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of light binding, but I get what they are saying. There were a variety of other ideas - bright red, black, or anything dark. My husband suggested a fabric close to one of the light diamond fabrics. I'm still mulling this over and will check my stash. That will most likely be what makes the decision for me. :-) I'll post pictures when I've made my choice. I want to get this bound before Thursday, as I'll be meeting Tammy Silvers and would like to show her this quilt.

I recently shared my fabric choices and the beginnings of my Perpetual quilt. I will not have it completed by this weekend as I had hoped, but I do like what I have so far. All of the block quadrants are made and I just have to sew those together to complete the blocks, and then sew the blocks together. 

The pattern includes instructions for a bed runner, lap quilt, and bed quilt. I'm making the bed quilt, but I played around with some of the blocks so I could see what the runner would look like. I love this! This is made from just one of the two blocks. I REALLY like this and think I may have to see if I have enough extra fabric to make one.


Here is a very small version of the bed quilt. I know that I am going to love this quilt so it will not be put aside. That secondary design is pretty cool. 


I have some finishes to share - personal and secret sewing, but I'll wait until later this week. 

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Tuesday, September 1, 2020

September Color Challenge

 It's the first, and that means that it's time for the new 

Monthly Color Challenge Block


It's Color Challenge Time again!

This month's color is Cinnamon,

and the bird is the Cinnamon Teal

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Male (left) and Female (right) Cinnamon Teal

The Cinnamon Teal is a species of duck found in western North and South America. It is a small dabbling duck, with bright reddish plumage on the male and duller brown plumage on the female. It lives in marshes and ponds, and feeds mostly on plants. Both the male and female have a pretty sizeable head and a long bill.

As you can see in the picture above, the adult male has a cinnamon-red head and body and a brown back. His bill is long and black, and he has striking red eyes.  

The adult female has a mottled brown body, pale brown head, brown eyes, and a grey bill. Interestingly, young and non-breeding males have similar coloring as the female, but their eyes are red. All adults have a sky-blue patch visible when their wing is open.
 
Cinnamon Teal dabble on aquatic plants in shallow water areas, especially rush seeds, pondweed seeds and leaves and salt grass seeds. They also feed on animal food, especially aquatic insects and mollusks. So basically, they are vegetarian with an occasional insect or two eaten.

Much like I'd like to do, nearly all Cinnamon Teal winter in Mexico and Central America.

Click HERE to listen the the Cinnamon Teal
Be sure to listen to both the male and female sounds. They are quite different.

What symbolism is associated with the color Cinnamon
That is quite interesting because throughout much of history there has been a bit of a contradiction regarding the color. Because the color is associated with the spice of the same name (a spice that was highly prized in ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome and often given as a gift for monarchs), the color cinnamon was looked upon with high regard. But if the color was separated from the spice, it was often associated with poverty and humility because of the brown clothing worn by the lower class in ancient Rome and Catholic monks during the Middle Ages. 

In recent years, the various shades of brown have been associated with nature and thus represent strength, stability, sincerity, loyalty, and honesty.  While brown and most of its shades are often listed as a "least favorite color" by many people, it is often considered to be a neutral in the art and decorating work. Cinnamon can be paired with most shades of brown, and looks fresh next to cream or crisp white. It looks amazing when paired with other earthy shades like burnt orange, deep red, maroon, soft blue, and olive green. 



Searching the internet for these colors has made me want to do some redecorating/repainting. I know myself enough to realize that will most likely not happen anytime soon, so I'll do what I do best. I'll use them in a quilt or two. If nothing else, this color challenge has made me become smitten with some new color ideas! :-) 

Speaking of quilts, I have used various shades of brown over the years, including cinnamon.

Prism, pattern my Tammy Silvers made by Joanne Hubbard

Bethlehem, pattern by Doug Leko, made by Joanne Hubbard

Uptown Girl, pattern by Creative Sewlutions, made by Joanne Hubbard


Zen Table Runner, pattern by Jean Ann Wright, made by Joanne Hubbard

Back of Zen Table Runner

The cinnamon that I used this month was purchased at Once Upon a Quilt in Ft. Lauderdale. To be honest, this was the color with which I had the most challenging time picking. I'm sure the staff thought I was crazy when I kept asking their opinions of fabrics based on the names of a bird,and then I threw in a spice! If they did think I was crazy, they certainly didn't show it. For that, I am thankful.. 😘

I liked this fabric, so I bought much more than what I needed for this project. Imagine that! 


The pieces are cut and ready to sew.


These simple blocks look great!


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Monday, August 24, 2020

School Colors - Secret Sewing Reveal

 This isn't on my design wall right now, but it was recently one of my secret sewing projects that is now complete. The timing of the reveal is perfect, as it's that time of year that kids are headed back to the classroom.

Introducing...

School Colors


This pattern is now available in both 
print and pdf version at 
Busy Hands Quilts.



Just like every other quilt I've made using one of Myra's pattern, this was so easy to follow and her illustrations are wonderful. The pattern includes two sizes (throw and twin); and they both perfect for kids going off to college or when you want to show your school spirit and stay warm at the same time. Unlike many patterns that require more blocks to be made to increase the size, the twin size is made using the same number of blocks, just a larger size. How cool is that? 

Here are a few pictures of Myra's completed quilt. 
 
School Colors - Image from Busy Hands Quilts


School Colors - Image from Busy Hands Quilts

Check out that quilting! 

School Colors - Image from Busy Hands Quilts

As you know, I always like to take pictures of the quilts I make from side angles. 


And a look from the other side...


One of the coolest things about this quilt is that the blue stars are not pieced as star blocks. They are created with some awesome pieced sashing. WooHoo!

You all know that I am a sucker for a good red, white, and blue quilt, so I'll be making my own version of this soon because it will make a great Quilt of Valor. But, I am also thinking that this would be a great quilt to make for a school fundraiser. All you need are the two school colors and a background/accent, and you are good to go. If you are having a difficult time visualizing this, Myra has provided some samples in a variety of colors. Check it out HERE.

School Colors - Image from Busy Hands Quilts

You can get your own copy of School Colors at Busy Hands Quilts.
While you're there, sign up for her newsletter. 

Check out Myra's Facebook page for more pictures of this beautiful quilt. 
You won't be sorry you did! 

So, what IS on my design wall today?

I finished Peyton's elephant quilt top. I'm got the back ready to sew and then it's time to quilt this puppy elephant. :-)


I've been playing around with a small project that I can use for teaching a very basic paper piecing class, and this is what I've come up with. After I took this picture, I layered it, quilted it, and have the binding sewn on. I'll hand stitch that down later today. 

 
I did finish the Picket Fence quilt top that I showed last week. Since I was using up leftover pieces of a layer cake (10" squares), my quilt is smaller than the pattern size. I was toying with the idea of adding a border, but I opted against that and am happy with my choice. Without thinking, I took it off the wall before I remembered to get a picture.  I hope to get this quilted and bound by mid-week, so I'll get some pictures then.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

I Joined a Quilt Along

I really do have a lot to do, but when I saw samples of the Dear Darling quilt and heard that there was going to be a quilt along, I just had to join the fun. 

There are some really awesome samples on Kaitie's Instagram page that you'll want to check out. They are so cute and there are so many ideas to consider.

I'm going with the pieced center option and decided that I really am just going to with the flow for this project. I am NOT going to stress, which means that I will NOT overthink my fabric choices. With that in mind, I went to my container that holds Cotton+Steel fat quarters and pulled what I needed/wanted. I then looked at my background choices and am happy to say that I found something I like. Yay! 

I think I’ll use the same fabric for my sashing and border, and then use my leftover fat quarter pieces for a scrappy binding. Of course that may change after the blocks are pieced, but that's the plan for right now. I also decided to make this a bit smaller - 59” x 76”, which means that I’ll be making 12 blocks instead of 16. 

My pieces are cut, organized, and ready to sew. (Yep, I should still be cleaning, but I'm doing this as a diversion. Go to this post to see what what I did yesterday instead of clean.) 

I even put everything into a separate project bag to keep it together and organized. That counts as cleaning, right? 😁 This is going to be FUN! 

Check out Kaitie's Instagram page - Modern Folk Studio for more information or to join the quilt along.  

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

On the Wall Today

I missed posting yesterday, hence the title of this post is "On the Wall Today." I kind of like that and will have to remember to use it more often. It makes it sound like I didn't miss a deadline.  lol

I've got a handful of things on which I'm working that I can't show, but I'm happy to say that I am also working on a few things that can be shared. 

While attempting to clean up the mess in my sewing area, I came across some loose 10" squares that were left over from another project. Rather then put them away, I decided to use them. Yep, I'll do just about anything to put off cleaning. 😅 I pulled one of my "go to" Layer Cake projects, Picket Fence by Busy Hands Quilts and started doing some math. (See, even doing quilting math is better than cleaning!) 

I have an older copy of the pattern, which includes six size options. (The new one has seven!) I had enough to make the baby size (I'd have some squares left over), but not enough to make the lap. Since I want to use all of the squares I have, I decided to make my own size.   

I pulled out my favorite prints because those would not be cut and then found a coordinating fabric that I liked. Of course I had to decide the order that those squares would be used. I'm kind of a control freak like that. 


I started sewing this project as a leader/ender while working on a secret sewing quilt and it's coming together very quickly. 


Here is a perfect example why it is important to take a picture before I start sewing everything together! Do you see my mistake? My bottom two rows are wrong. I laid out the pieced blocks in the wrong orientation. 

This is much better!


When finished, this quilt should measure approximately 48" x 66". I may add a border or two, if I can find something in my stash. If not, it's no big deal. I like it like this.

I need to get back to working, so I'll share pictures of another project tomorrow.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Design Wall Monday

 I've been working on a couple of secret sewing projects that I can't show, but I can show you this...

This package of goodies arrived last week and I was excited to get sewing. Can you tell that the pieces were already cut for me? WooHoo!


The first thing I did was sew a bunch of half square triangles. It was easy and fast because the triangles were already cut.


I can't show you anything else, but the top is done and I love it! It will be heading back to the designer later today and I can't wait for the pattern to be released. 

I had to put Layne's quilt aside because I decided to make a change in the design and I need to make a fabric change. I think I have what I need in my stash, but I haven't looked yet. 

Instead, I started working on Peyton's elephant quilt. The final quilt will be a combination of three different patterns, mixed in with a little of my own design. The solid yellow will be a frame around what you see here and then I'll add at least one border after that. I'll have to see it and make decisions as I go. 


While I have gotten a chance to do some sewing lately, it's not as much as I'd hoped. Two weeks ago, Jack picked a fight with a wasp, and lost big time. Not only did he get stung, but swatting at it, he lost his balance, fell, and broke his left ankle. He is home with a pretty titanium plate in his ankle, along with seven shiny screws. He is "enjoying" life using a walker and wheelchair and the frequent visits from a nurse and physical therapist. He will continue to be non-weight bearing for at least two more weeks, so life has been interesting. The good news is that he's been able to catch up on his Spanish novel reading. He's on his third book already and his reading skills and vocabulary have really improved.  


While getting the house ready for his return, I swapped out a wall hanging and put up the LOVE quilt I made a year or so ago. I've pinned a couple of love notes and pictures from the grandkids to the quilt. This is hanging next to the bed that was moved downstairs for Jack. I smile every time I look at this!

Lynn and family stopped over the other day so I could run a couple of errands. Ty mowed the lawn and the three older kids spent some time in the back yard playing, but came in the house to do some crafts when Ty was ready to mow there. I snapped this picture right before I left. 


Avery made this "little piece of art" (that's what she called it) out of an old embroidery hoop, some rubber bands, yarn, and scraps of paper. It looks great hanging in the kitchen window. 


What are you working on this week?

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Sunday, August 2, 2020

August Color Challenge


It's the first, and that means that it's time for the new 
Monthly Color Challenge Block


It's Color Challenge Time again!

This month's color is Pink,

and the bird is the Flamingo

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Flamingos symbolize beauty, balance, and grace. Since many Flamingos are pink, they are often associated with femininity and innocence. Presumably because of the stature, Flamingos also tend to represent confidence. 

The Flamingo spirit animal is beautiful in its stature and grace, able to stand on one foot effortlessly while keeping the other one tucked in to keep its body heat. Flamingo symbolism calls for you to be vibrant and outgoing, and to be well-balanced and resourceful in life. 

It is believed that Flamingos are monogamous. Once they mate, they tend to stay with that mate. A group of Flamingos will all mate at the same time so that all of the chicks will hatch at the same time. ... Flamingos live 20 to 30 years in the wild or up to 50 years in a zoo.


Flamingos are beautiful birds with an even more beautiful sound. Click HERE to see more pictures and to listen to them. 

I've made a variety of pink quilts over the years. 

This is my all-time favorite pink quilt and you can read about it HERE.


I just had to show the quilting on this. I love it and it was perfect for my friend Kare. 


I made two more special pink quilts. You can read about them HERE.

Heart Quilt - 2.5"  squares - Signature Quilt

Heart Quilt - 2.5"  strips - Signature Quilt

Sometimes, when you are making a donation quilt, you just have to use what you have on hand and when I was making these quilts, it was one of those times. The quilt in the middle (Sorry, I don't have a better picture) is a lot of pink, but I liked it when it was done. I hope the recipient did too. :-) 


To tone down the pink a little, I used teal for the little flange binding and blue for the backing. I was love how the teal just pops against all that pink.


A couple of years ago, I made some mini quilts that I framed. This was one of them and the recipient was happy with the results. Me too!


The pink that I used this month was purchased at Once Upon a Quilt in Ft. Lauderdale. I'm sure you are sick of reading about the fabric I bought there for this color challenge, but I just have to give them a shout out. It really was easy to choose the fabrics because they had just what I needed and the staff was awesome. 

The texture of this fabric is perfect to reflect the feathers of a Flamingo


Here are the strip sets, ready to sew together. 


And the blocks look great!


Check out this month's featured bloggers. 
They have all done such a nice job with their fabric choices and blocks. 


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