Monday, April 7, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Here are some blocks I finished on Sunday.  I started this project the day after Thanksgiving while visiting my grandmother in Alabama; during that weekend I made seven blocks (stacked in the upper right corner).  I forgot about them when I got back home.  I took them out yesterday and finished  the remaining five.  I now have twelves blocks ready to be pieced into a quilt top.


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

SQC March 2014 Show-n-Tell

March is national crafting month and included in that is national quilt day.  I was contacted by a lady who is moving to Alabama in June and is looking for an activity to utilize her time.  Her mom used to quilt a very long time ago and she wants to make a photo memory quilt.  I had her meet me at SQC and decided to start with the basics.  She was able to make 4-patches and HSTs and I showed various setting options with just those two shapes.  She is excited about quilting!  That's my big accomplishment this month, gaining another quilting enthusiast.

The completed project prize was won by Jennifer.  She won a Hoffman Fabrics batik charm squares.

The project show at the meeting are as follows:

Part of the problem of being the organizer is that I forget to have someone take photos of my projects.  Here is my January project, Zigzag.

I also made another one from a slightly different technique.  I love when each fabric row is a different fabric as opposed to the one that uses a background fabric for the alternating rows. Both techniques are stunning.

This is my February's project results.  I'll put it aside until I know who I'm giving it to; may need to make it larger.
 Deb's painted fabric panel; technique she learned in a recent class
Joan showed her batik project she made in another class.
 LeeEtta has been busy again.  These are antique blocks that belonged to her mother.
 Wow!  LeeEtta's squares quilt grew larger this month.

 Connie has her January project quilted and bound.  She's a good role model.
 In addition, Connie also has February's project completed.
 She still had some "free time" so she made this tumbler stain glass table runner.  It's so cute.
 Judy made a bird quilt inspired from a fat quarter.
Laura was quilting this charity fund raiser quilter for she children's school.
 Judi has her zigzag top completed.


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

SQC February 2014 Show-n-Tell

We had a great meeting in February.  Norma won the prize for the completing the project which is a jelly roll kit that will make another zigzag quilt top using a different piecing method.

Here are the projects shown at our February scrap quilting club.  These ladies definitely know how to use some scraps.

Deb's January project - Zigzag is a very quick quilt to make.
 Deb's project from SQC in 2012
 Cynthia show a charm quilt
 LeeEtta inherited these basket blocks and came up with great fabrics for the setting.
 LeeEtta also uses up a lot of her scraps!
Here is another of her scrap busters!
Yeah!  Sue finished the January project in record time.
 Sue showing some hand work she made into a pillow.
Vintage Propellers Sue made which was a project last year.
 She's showing her retreat quilt results

 LeeEtta showed her hearts quilt she uses as a table topper.
Jennifer finished the January project too!
 Sarah also has her top completed, adding two borders; very pretty.
 Sarah showing her Stacks quilt from last year.


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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

From Another Country?

I feel like a foreigner on blogspot as so much has changed.  During my last post in November I noticed some of the changes but didn't get a chance to look around.  I found I do not like the new way we have to read our news feed from blogs that we follow.

My life has been busy as usual with teaching quiltmaking, line dancing, and computer programs.  My schedule always seems to get jammed packed without a lot of prior notice and I find myself doing the next thing that has to be done.  I'm so glad it's spring as I really need to do a major spring cleaning. I really don't see how that will happen either as I have a few trips planned in the coming months.

I recognize that my blog will be incomplete with finishes as I made a few Christmas gifts and those were on my cell phone which was stolen.  I also noticed that I wasn't keeping up with my Excel spreadsheet of my projects either.  Today I clean that up as best as I could. Time permitting, I will try to add some of the projects I didn't get to share during 2013.

I have been squeezing a little quilting time in my schedule and I have a few finishes to report. This quilt is one I made and donated as a charity quilt.  I used my Studio die cutter to cut the pieces so it was quick and easy to put together. I named this one Jewels.

Tropical Paisleys is my round robin quilt.  I decided to get this one quilted so it wouldn't sit in the pile of quilt tops that need to be completed.  I made the center paisley block; Debra added the paisley embroidery border; Sarah added the drunkards path units; Norma added the sticks border; Cynthia added the final border.  I am very happy with my quilt and it will be hanging in my home in a few days when I switch out my winter quilts.

JSS: Twisting Triangles is a favorite as I got to use some batik scraps.  For some reason I didn't want to mix my batik scraps with my other ones.  Silly, I know.

Butterfly Glow is another favorite!  It's a machine embroidered quilt as you go technique by Eileen Roche of Designs in Machine Embroidery.  While I love the finished project, I didn't enjoy the stitching due to various design issues with the files.  I persevered and change things as needed.  I might do a product review of this product.

Here is a close up of all that pretty stitching!

Tonight I decided to make a collage of the projects I would like to finish next.  I'm hoping that by posting the list, I will get them completed.

I have lots of photos to upload of some WIPs and show-n-tell from scrap quilting club.  Keep your fingers crossed that I come back a few more times this week to post some more! :0)
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Design Wall Monday Trapezoid Tote

Hello!  I'm a little burned out on making quilts right now so I started working on the Trapezoid Tote by Indygo Junction.  The pattern has two options: use one-piece for front and back or use strips and piece them.  I elected to make the totes using both methods.  There are a lot of pieces and 8 pages of detailed instructions.  This is a pattern I recommend you try.  What grabbed my attention was the shape.  What you may not be able to see is that the sides have gussets that expands as needed.  I have all of my pieces prepped to sew together. Bad news/good news.  No sewing on them today as I have a lecture I need  to prepare for later this evening.  I'm giving a lecture on machine embroidery in quiltmaking.

Also, I wanted to show you how I organize my patterns that has a lot or rather large templates.  After opening the pattern and making the templates to cut the pieces, I knew if would be a chore to get the pattern back into the original packet.  I made a copy of the pattern front and supplies page and tape that to the front of a large envelope.  That way I can see what's inside and know what supplies I need to make the project.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Round Robin/Design Wall

Yeah!!!! I finished my last round robin.  This beautiful quilt belongs to Debra.  I added the churn dash/arrow border.  I think her quilt is a modern take on traditional quilt-making because of all of the white background.  The center is machine embroidery flower blocks so in my border I decided to use floral fabrics in the churn dash blocks (all different fabrics in each block) and added the arrows as spacers.  This quilt was fun but tedious to make because of all the pieces.  Debra received her quilt today.  Sadly, my quilt top wasn't finished on time so I can't show it in this post.

The other project I'm working on is my batik circles.  I used my bullseye nested dies from Accuquilt to cut all the circles.  It took me longer to prep and iron the fabrics.  They have stabilizer on the back.  I'm working on stitching them approximately 1/8 of an ince around the raw edges.  I didn't want to use the button hole stitch on these.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Design Wall Monday

I haven't done much sewing until today.  I'm actually working on churn dash blocks for a round robin quilt.  However, I got a little bored because it wasn't what I really want to work on.  I would have love to make a new Halloween quilt but I didn't get started earlier.  I definitely didn't want to add stress by trying to get it completed by next Thursday.

So, I decided that since my mother loved the spiral table runner I made her last year for Christmas that I'd make her another one. Here is the one I made last year using a 9 degree wedge ruler.

Yesterday I pulled a few Christmas theme prints from my stash. I even got to use an old JoAnn's fabric (last green fabric on right) from a block of the month so long ago that I can remember the year. I'd decided years ago that I wasn't going to use the border fabric as intended.

I took those fabrics and cut strips and sewed them into stratas.  I then cut the stratas with a 10 degree wedge ruler.  I love the colors in this one!  Also, instead of organizing the fabrics from light to dark like I did in the first runner, I organized them from one color family to another color family.  That made the light areas float in the center.

\Here is a comparison of the two sizes.  Also note that I have two extra strips in the Christmas runner that I wasn't able to cut the first time I made the quilt.

I still had a little time left before bed and I also got to play with another project using Christmas fabrics.  Now I need to figure out what to do with the center; pieced or plain.

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