Friday, February 16, 2018

Rainbow Blocks and FMQ Challenge


      These Rainbow Challenge blocks from 2017 still need a border but I am happy with the progress.


I also spent time cutting up scraps into leader/ender kits for Carolina Chain blocks.  If I counted correctly, I have enough for a lap quilt.  


     If you are interested in learning or improving your free-motion quilting, I hope you have heard about Angela Walters’ Free-Motion Quilting Challenge that was introduced Monday, Feb. 12th.  Instead of using the free pattern that she offers, I had already started Jean Boyd’s “All Squared Up- A modern quilt design” lap quilt pattern.    I plan to use it to practice my quilting along with Angela. I enjoy Angela’s videos and look forward to quilting along with her. 


Hope you will consider joining the fun and enjoy time sewing or quilting.

I am linking up with Scrap Happy Saturday.  Check out what others are doing.


Friday, February 9, 2018

A Pieced Top and a Comfort Quilt Finish

      I feel a lot has been accomplished this week.  I added a 6” border of  3 ½” by 6 ½” strips to the Scrap Dance Waltz blocks.  The blocks are from a mystery with From My Carolina Home blog.  (She is starting a new free mystery if you are interested.) Right now the top is 60 by 75” which would be a great adult throw size quilt. I considered whether to add more borders to make it full bed size.  However, I think I need to quilt it and get this UFO finished. 


     I never shared the finished quilting on my hexagon table topper quilt.  I finished it pillowcase style so no binding. 
Here is a view of the quilting on the back.


     I added the binding to the Four Patch Change Up quilt so it is totally finished and ready to donate. Most of the small 4 patches started leader/ender from scraps and this quilt just developed. 


    I pulled out Rainbow Wonky Stars UFO to work on and have a layout.  One problem is the pink blocks on the bottom. To rotate them like I want the same fabrics are too close. I may have rip some and replace a piece or two.  The very light red corner may also need some work.



    One afternoon I made a Valentine mug rug to send to a friend.


Hope you are enjoying some time for sewing or quilting.

I linked up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Check out what others are doing.  

Friday, February 2, 2018

Making a Little Progress

       This has been a week of afternoons with granddaughters.  I made a few new Barbie doll outfits for their dolls. The older one made a start on Free-motion quilting. She might find it easier if we could find some quilting gloves to fit her small hands.
Here is a close up of her first practice sandwich. Not bad for the first time. We also have the option of trying out the BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) for this machine. 
I tried to interest her in using a walking foot but she has the lofty goal of doing FMQ on her first quilt.

    I made time for quilting this 4 patch comfort quilt. 
It was a little strange FMQ using a different machine but it got done. 
Just needs trimming and binding. 



Hope you enjoy some time for sewing or quilting.

Friday, January 19, 2018

UFO Progress and a Finish

     Inspired by Sarah at Confessionsof a Fabric Addict , I pulled 8 project bags, a few more UFOs and 1 new project to focus on this year.  So far I am making good progress.
I have finished 14 of 18 Morning Star blocks for my nephew’s graduation quilt.


The Scrappy anvil blocks with alternate quarter square blocks is a top waiting to be sandwiched with the backing for quilting.


     I did not include many comfort/charity quilts on my list; however, I have finished quilting the Giant Swoon comfort quilt.  I tried out a few new motifs inspired by Angela Walters
Here are some close ups of quilting  
 


I did have one little problem.  Some of the extra backing got tuned under and caught in the quilting.  I was able to carefully cut it away.

There are also certain areas that may need more quilting.

The recent cold weather has been great for enjoying some time sewing or quilting.  Hope you enjoy some also.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Progress on UFOs

     To begin the year I took a quick inventory of UFOs and pulled 8 ZipLock project bags to focus work on. 

I have decided on the following 12 projects:

1.    Score 1 from The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters - from 2015
2.    Four Patch Swirl ( stack ‘n whack blocks) - from 2007
3.    Gypsy Wife type quilt from orphan blocks – from 2015
4.    Rainbow Wonky Star quilt - from 2017
5.    Rainbow star and brick quilt - from 2017
6.    Scrappy anvil quilt with alternate quarter square blocks - from about 2014
7.    Scrappy anvils with string centers inspired by Bonnie Hunter’s Wild Child quilt - from about 2014
8.    Scrap Dance Waltz seen on From My Carolina Home  - from 2017
9.    Cat child’s quilt - from 2013
10. Graduation gift using nickel squares - to begin now –due in May
11. Finish quilting red, white and blue LeMoyne star improv – from 2012
12. Quilt Day Bee Mystery quilt - from 2015

  Project progress in 2018 is off to a good start.   I have pieced 4 blocks for the graduation gift and have 2 more blocks that are in progress. The pattern is called "Morning Star" from Nickel Quilts: Great Designs from 5-Inch Scraps by P Speth and C Thode.


The Scrappy anvil blocks with alternate quarter square blocks is almost a top.  The center is together and just needs a border of the dark blue.

     I also took some time to piece Perkiomen Valley blocks to help make Thomas Fire Relief quilts. Here is a photo of 4 blocks in 2 layouts.  You can find out more at www.venturamodernquiltguild.com .



 During the year c
omfort quilts will interrupt the work on my own projects but I feel encouraged that the list to focus on will help me finish more UFOs. 


Hope you enjoy some time sewing or quilting!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Finishing out 2017

     During holiday sewing time I made some more microwave bowl holders in 2 sizes ( 10" and 15") This is the first time I have made the larger size.  There have been times when I could have used one so now I have one.  A couple will be gifted.


     I worked on finishing up this hexagon table topper.  I started English paper piecing with the New Hexagon quilt along and decided a lot of handwork is not for me.  I machine pieced 2 hexagons to finish the number needed.  Next I pulled out paper and ironed flat seam allowances (trimmed a little) to then machine piece the hexagons all together.  I layered batting and backing and sewed together pillowcase style so I would not need binding to finish the edge of all the hexagons.  Now it still needs quilting.


        As 2017 comes to an end, I finished another lap quilt for church.

Here are closer photos of the quilting. 
  

      Even though I only finished a couple of quilts from my listed goals, I am satisfied.   I finished and donated 1 Quilt of Valor,  2 kid quilts to my guild for the children’s hospital, 1 wall-hanging to my sister’s guild for silent auction,  and 10 lap quilts to my church (which includes 2 JoAnn class samples). I made 5 quilts of various sizes which were gifted to family and friends and 1 full size quilt I kept for myself for a total of 20 which does not include a couple sets of placemats and many mug rugs along with many other sewing projects.  I’m counting 2017 as a productive year for quilting and sewing projects even though I still have numerous UFOs and WIP.

     As I look toward 2018 I hope to continue to make progress on finishing up UFOs.  The AQS blog recently shared hints for prioritizing UFOs.  I usually store projects in 2.5 gallon ZipLock bags. Here are 8 projects I pulled to take a new account and make a plan for finishing in 2018. ( This is not all my UFOs.)


My red, white and blue LeMoyne star improv quilt is partially quilted.  I would really like to quilt a mystery quilt top that has been waiting many years.  A graduation gift quilt has not been started. That is plenty to work on in the new year. 

Be Safe for your New Year celebration.

Enjoy some time sewing or quilting!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Holiday Projects

       On Nov. 6th I posted quilting project goals for the end of the year, hoping that would help give me focus to get them done.  I’m not sure how much it helped.  In this holiday season certain projects have taken precedence over those planned. The Circle Back lap quilt was finished and given.  The appliqued Double Wedding Ring lap quilt was finished and taken to church for a comfort quilt.  I have done the stitch-in-the-ditch quilting to stabilize the RWB Lonestar (Lemoyne star) improv quilt, but I have not given any thought as to how I want to do the rest of the quilting. There has been no progress on the scrappy rainbow anvil blocks or any Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilts.
  
The green, blue and yellow string blocks were partnered with hour glass blocks and are pieced into a charity top.  

 I also pieced 2 charity lap quilt tops NOT on the plan – Giant Swoon and 4 Patch Change Up – which tells you why progress was not made on others ON the list.

        Some holiday gift projects interrupted other work.  I made a scrappy small purse as a gift for one granddaughter. I found the directions here.  I did lengthen the strap and I used D rings to attach it.


I made an 18” doll chair from PVC for another granddaughter.  You can find the tutorial here. I may make more.


A few holiday mug rugs also were quick projects.

I enjoyed time with granddaughters.  I baked and put together 2 small gingerbread houses for them to decorate. 

Hope you are getting your holiday projects done.  Enjoy this holiday season and maybe find some time for sewing or quilting.