Monday, January 21, 2019

Design Wall and a Blog Hop

Gee, it really helps to schedule a blog post instead of simply save it as a draft. DUHHHHH! This should have posted early this morning, but when I wrote it, I hit save instead of schedule. Oh well....

I've been away from blogging for a couple of weeks so I can get caught up on a few things around home and get ready for upcoming classes. I've also been doing a little secret sewing and when that is happening, I can only give sneak peeks. 

This is on the wall today.

I fell in love with the I Heart You Quilt by Then Came June, and jumped at the change to join her Instagram quilt along.

I have all the blocks constructed and need to add the sashing and borders.

Knowing I wanted to use stash fabric for this quilt, I spent some quality time going through my tubs and stumbled upon a handful of Autumn Elegance by Jennifer Brinley for Studio e fabrics. Here's the entire collection, but I only had four of them. 

Packed nicely along these four fabrics was some Peppered Cottons that I thought would work nicely (saffron, begonia leaf, and paprika). I had no idea how I was going to use these fabrics when I bought them, but I knew that it had to be something special or fun.   

Like everyone else in the quilting world, I've been trying to cut back on my hoarding buying and use my stash; but I just had to have this fabric. I have no idea how long ago I bought this, but I'm thrilled to be using it now. 

I think I have enough fabric to add some extra borders, but I'll have to play with that later. 

I mentioned a Blog Hop earlier. Today starts the Black and White Blog Hop and I'm thrilled to be participating. 

I'll post my project Wednesday, so stay tuned for that. I'll be having a give away too. Yay!!  Here are today's bloggers. Be sure to check them out and their awesome projects.

  What are you working on today?

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Secret Sewing Sneak Peek

I really enjoy pattern testing! I find it thrilling to be a part of a new design and quilt pattern; and I learn to be a better pattern writer myself with each pattern I test. I am thrilled to be working with Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis  She has some really fun, bold, and unique projects. Take a gander at her shop. I think you'll like what you see.  :-) 

I can't show you the project just yet, but I can show you my fabrics. Actually, my husband picked these fabrics and as usual, I like what he picked. 

The yellow is the feature fabric and the others are the backgrounds, which are supposed to graduate in value. As usual, he had a plan and it didn't take him long to make his choices. Just to make the cutting easier, I quickly labelled each piece so I didn't mess up the order. That would not be good!

This quilt works up pretty quickly. The cutting is done and so is all the block construction. I'm very happy with the results so far, and so is Jack. 

I'm looking forward to when I can share the whole quilt with you!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

January - 2019 Color Challenge

It's the first month of the 2019 Color Challenge

To play along, go to Jen's blog for the block pattern and instructions. 
You won't be disappointed!

January - Belles of Ireland - Green

We usually don't have much green here in Ohio during January, so it's nice to play with green fabric and dream about the beautiful grass and trees that are buried under snow and ice.

Here are my fabrics - a solid light green from my stash and a fat quarter of green Starlet from Blank Quilting. (I plan to use fat quarters from the Starlet line for each month.) 

I love to see all the units of a block sewn together and ready to be laid out and sewn together to create a finished block. It motivates me to sew. :-) 

The completed block! I love how the Starlet fabric sparkles. 

I decided that since this is a challenge, I'd create another challenge for myself. Each month, I'll sew the original block, but I'll use the same fabrics and create a second block that has the opposite or different fabric placement. 

It never ceases to amaze me how different a block or quilt looks when you change the fabric. 

Check out these other bloggers who made blocks this month and be sure to come back to see what we create next month! 

Monday, December 31, 2018

Design Wall Monday

It's the last Design Wall Monday of the year and of course I'm late posting it. :-)

This is my version of Girl's Best Friend by Swirly Girls.

My picture is not great, but I'm using a blue background and a variety of bright batiks for the diamonds. I'm happy with the fabrics and am looking forward to completing this. 

I did finish my second Star Patch Quilt earlier this week; but between the Holidays and a death in the family, I have not had time to post a picture. 

Just so I always which side is the top, I strategically placed a fussy cut square.

In case you missed it, here's my first version of the quilt.

I think that I'd like to make one more version of this quilt - rectangular like my first one, but in red, white, and blue. It will be great for a Quilt of Valor!

What are you working on this week?
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Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Star Patch QAL Backing

My backing is done for my Star Patch quilt! 

Amber Johnson of Gigi's Thimble pieced her backing with more nine patches and I love that. 

I decided to do something a little different. The wind made getting a picture quite difficult, but I think you get it.  :-)

First of all, my quilt top is rectangular instead of square and Amber placed her nine patch blocks through the center of the backing. Knowing that I would never be able to keep the pieced section centered on this quilt, I chose to place it near the top of the backing. 

I know that these blocks do not quite go along with the front of the quilt, but I had eight big half square triangle pieces left over after making the star points. I decided that I wanted to use them instead of setting them aside or throwing them away. 

I was able to cut three 3.75" half square triangles from each of the left over pieces.

There is still quite a bit of fabric left over, so I've cut that into squares and rectangles and put those pieces into their respective scrap containers. 

So you can see the pieced unit a bit better, here's a picture of the backing, folded in half. 

I'm happy with this and look forward to quilting it. 

By the way, I've been working on my square version of this quilt and it's close to being done. I've used up all of the extra nine patch blocks that I made and that makes me happy. I'll post a picture soon.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

2019 Color Challenge

2019 is going to be full of fun, 
color and challenges!

I've joined Pattern by Jen's
2019 Color Challenge 

When I decided to join this challenge, I jumped right in and signed up for the January and March blocks. I figured that if I was going to play the game, I should commit early and just do it. (Actually, I worried that if I waited for later months I would get behind or worse, forget about them until the last minute.)

I may be crazy but I also decided that since I plan to make all the blocks, I'd sign up to have a completed quilt top by Jan. 15, 2020 to show. It's also good to have a plan and goals, right?

So what does this all mean? 

You can read all about the challenge at Jen's Blog - Patterns by Jen (pbj for short), but here it is in a nutshell.

Each month, Jen will pick a color and provide instructions on how to make a particular block. The goal is to use stash to create the blocks, but if you have to buy, you will most likely only need a fat quarter. (Using stash is ALWAYS a good thing!)

Plus, a handful of bloggers (myself included), have agreed to write up blog posts about the block and color for the month. This will allow you to see the block made up in all the same color, but different fabrics. (Not every blogger will post each month, but I plan to do so.)

Jen was is so clever that when she picked the color each month, she assigned a flower to it. What a great way to help figure out what the color actually looks like. Just do a search for each flower and you'll see a picture, which will help you choose fabrics. Gee, I get to make a colorful quilt AND look at beautiful flowers!?! What fun is that?   

2019 Monthly Colors

January - Bells of Ireland (green)
February - Carnation (pink)
March - Love in a Mist (Navy Blue)
April - Glory of the Snow (Blue)
May - Spider Mum (Lime)
June - Sundaze Blaze Starflower (Orange)
July - Jade Vine (Aqua)
August - Marigold (Red orange)
September - Lilac (Lavender)
October - Rose (Red)
November - Black Eyed Susan (Yellow)
December - Crocus (Purple)

So, are you going to join the fun and put lots of color into 2019? 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

A Special Quilt

As quilters, we all know that there are times when we just have to put aside the project on which we are working and take on a special one. It may mess with our schedule, but we don't care. The new project is so important that it can't wait. This quilt is one of those projects.

Log Cabin Quilt

Sheryll made this quilt top quite a long time ago. I think she was considering borders or making it larger, but I'm not sure. For some reason, it got put in a box and set aside. There were extra strips already cut and some extra fabric in the box. 

Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago when Sheryll called and asked if I could quilt the top for her because she wanted it finished to give to Jim. Of course I said yes; but then we had to figure out how to get the quilt to me, as we live about 1 3/4 hours apart. 

I finally got the quilt, picked a backing (a dark brown paisley) and promptly quilted it in a swirly design (Spring Thing by Jodi Beamish). She let me decide on the binding and I chose a red to bring out the red in the quilt. The picture does not do these fabrics or this quilt justice. They are gorgeous and there really is bits and pieces of red in the blocks. Sheryll is very new to quilting and she did a really good job of piecing this! 

Since I really do like to bind quilt, this was done very quickly and I was thrilled to give the quilt to Sheryll last week. She is happy with it, which makes me very happy.

Now I can move back to my regularly scheduled projects. :-)