Monday, February 17, 2014

More Show and Tell

This is Lydia's version of Sparkle Punch that I just quilted for her.  I love her sense of color.  It's such a fun quilt front AND back!  She used up most of her leftovers by piecing them for the backing.  Isn't it wonderful?!  The quilting pattern is called Blackberry.  It has lots of movement and the spiky pattern looks good with the star points, doesn't it.  

This is a sample I did for a new gadget I have for my machine called a Groovy Board. It lets you make perfect baptist fans even though my machine does not have a computer program hooked up to it.  I think it came out very nicely for a first try and I can't wait to use it on a real project very soon.  If you want me to quilt this for you let me know!

My sister-in-law made this quilt top and I quilted it for her using a Robison-Anton thread that's called a super bright polyester.  It's finer than what I usually use but I thought it would be just right for this quilt since the blue ginkgo fabric has a metallic line running through it.  I love the way it turned out.  She hasn't seen it yet, I've got to put it in the mail tomorrow.  

Up close it's easier to see the pattern.  It's called Mandarin Lace.  
Well, the weather has gotten quite nasty again this afternoon and I was glad to be able to get my errands done in the morning so I could stay home the rest of the day.  Hope you are staying safe and warm...and that maybe you have time to sew today!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A new project

March is rapidly approaching and there is a new baby coming! My nephew and his wife are expecting their first child, a boy.  I finally have a plan and have started cutting and sewing the baby's quilt.  On Tuesday, as I was catching up on blog reading I hit on Rachel Griffith's blog ps i quilt.  She is doing a review of the quilts in her book quilts made with love.  Check out the one called look to the stars.  That looks like a perfect baby quilt to me!  So, as the snow began to fall, I drove to the quilt shop and picked up a copy of her book and a couple yards of Kona Snow ( no pun intended) and a couple 1/4 yards of blues.  I made one change so far and that is to use 2" finished half-square triangles instead of 3" finished.  It will make a smaller quilt if I leave the rest "as is" but I think the smaller size block will be better for a baby quilt.  So, I am cutting 2 1/2" strips and using my easy angle ruler to cut already matched pairs of strips.  Having put dinner in the slow cooker is giving me a little more time to work on this today!
I hope to share pictures of my version of this quilt very soon!  But in the meantime, if you need to make a quick quilt gift for someone check out her book for some wonderful projects.  

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Quilt Cash - January report

One of my goals for this year was to spend less on quilt stuff and use more of what I have.  I know some people are keeping track of how much fabric has been used vs. purchased but I have decided to make my challenge based on $$.  So, how did I do in January?  The envelope please....I started the month with $100 in my envelope and I have $5 left.  I spent $13.86 on some cotton yarn and a case to store it, which I intend to use to knit some dishcloths for gifts.  I spent $26.09 on some new Kaffe dots which will go into Dottie Frames quilt in his new book Quilt Grandeur.  I spent $11.52 on a magazine and another piece of fabric and $43.34 on 2 nice zippered pouches in which to keep projects,  some sale fabric, a half yard of reg price fabric and thread.  I'm sure I could have done without the sale fabric, and probably the other piece as well so I'm a little disappointed with that.  I like magazines but don't get them very often.  Seeing it in black and white like this should really help me tighten up.  On a positive note, I sewed up 103 blocks so, surely, I used some yardage, it's just so hard to tell how much (and it doesn't look like there's ANY gone!).  I also started knitting a scarf with yarn I already had and that I'm glad to get out and into something.
One of my other goals was to exercise more and eat better.  With as cold as it's been I've done more hibernating than anything else but I did get on the treadmill a little-very little.  I will keep trying to improve on that this month.   How is everyone else doing with their (quilting) goals?
I just realized there were no pictures for you! So, here are the Kaffe's I bought.
Aren't they the perfect antidote for a cold winter?!  I thought so, too!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Productive Snow Day

With the shop closed today I have some extra time to sew and share!  So here is a tale which is probably very familiar to many of you!  When I was re-organizing my space the other day out jumped some Second Saturday Sampler block kits dated 2005!  Jeesh, of course I knew they were lurking somewhere but did they have to jump out at me like that and stare at me and demand attention?!  So, what's a hoarder, umm, quilter, supposed to do? I decided they needed to be made asap and stop taking up precious space.
Yay me! Here are the blocks from Month 2 & 3.  This year the choices were batik, red & green, blue & cream.  I collected all I could of the red & green and the blue & cream.  I have at least one of each month except January of which I have none.  No matter since I didn't have a plan at the time. (Obviously, right?).  There was another choice as well.  Instructions were given for a 9" finished block and a 6" finished.  I'm partial to smaller blocks so I have decided to make the 6" finished size.  Next, follow me here as we go further down the rabbit hole, when I began cutting for the 6" blocks there was so much fabric left that I could -almost- cut out a second one.  Hmmmm.  Now that stash is starting to pay off.  The blocks in the right hand column are Month 2 blue.  The kit fabrics are in the top block.  The only one I didn't have enough of was the center square (a 2 1/2" square- I've got that covered!). Month 3 blue I added the light blue to make the tiny pinwheel stand out. And, I found a scrap of the same dark blue in my stash to make the large pinwheel!  Amazing!  Month 3 red/green I again added the fabric for the tiny pinwheel and I added another fabric for the large pinwheel.  That's 3 little baggies out of the drawer! 21 baggies to go.   I even know what I'll do with them all when I have them made but that's a tale for another day.  Happy sewing!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A couple more pictures to share

This morning I got a couple of small errands done before our next big snow arrives tonight so I'm ready for it.  I could use a little extra sewing time if we get snowed in....but then again who wouldn't?!
Anyway, here is a little more show and share of my activity the past couple of weeks.
A test block for string-piecing a spider web quilt.  I've got bags of small pieces I'd like to use up and this might be a good project for them. These are paper pieced according to directions on Bonnie Hunter's website.  There is one difference though as I choose to piece the kite shapes as well.

I've re-arranged the basement (again)! I love having a sitting area next to the fireplace and we've been using it a lot more since we moved the couch here.  

This is the side of the basement you see first as you're coming down the stairs.  Much more open than before and I like having a work area next to my long arm.

Darn! I forgot to get a picture of this one when it was finished.  It's a vintage, probably 40's quilt top, simple nine patch, but oh so cute once it was quilted and bound in a little black and white stripey 30's print. 

How cool is this?! I didn't do this one; it's from Exuberant Color.  I think I have an "old" block or two that I'd like to try cutting up like this.

This is a test block from a YouTube video by Missouri Star quilt company called the disappearing pinwheel.  I think I would make mine from all different background fabrics instead of just one and that would make a nice quilt to donate. 

I have 16 blocks made so far for my Scrap Vomit quilt.  I think I'll make 35 to make it queen size...but then again maybe I'll just make it twin size for one of the extra beds.  Hmmmm, I'll know when I get there that it's big enough.

I've been working on Celtic Solstice too, little by little.  I have a small pile of blocks and several piles of bits and pieces.  It will probably take me all this year to get it done but that's ok.

I'm making lots of 4.5" Ohio Stars, just because I think they're so cute.  Maybe they'll go into a medallion style quilt to, maybe they will be in a quilt by themselves.  I don't know if Julie has started hers yet.  She just finished a project so maybe she'll get a chance to start making hers.  

I didn't take a picture of some of the others I'm working on....maybe next time.  I'm up to 50+ Split Nine-Patch blocks as my Leader/Ender Challenge, so that's about 25% I'm guessing.  No matter, they're fun and quick.  And, I'm still making 3" bow ties and 2" bow ties.  And, I "found" some Second Saturday kits from several years ago that I had collected and not made yet...those will be my February challenge, to get those made up and out of storage!
I hope you stay safe and warm throughout the has just started snowing here....