Friday, August 26, 2016

Sending them off!


A finish!  It's been done for a while, but since it was finally sent off to its home with my sister, I managed to get a couple of pictures of it.  It's king-sized, so not actually easy to photograph.  Luckily it was a sunny day, so over mom's porch worked well. 


The design is my own.  It was inspired by a Pinterest quilt, but heavily modified to suit the size and shape she wanted.  I had originally planned to make this as a duvet cover, so the size was dictated by that.  In retrospect I wish I'd widened those two side columns, but overall I do like it!

The quilting is an all-over spiral design; I'm really pleased with how it turned out. 


One more to check off the list!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

WIP Wednesday

Progress here and there!  We had a sew-in for my quilt guild this week, and I pulled out a couple of things that have been languishing, and a new project.  I turned Stars into a simple patchwork, and finished that.  The guild is doing charity quilts for foster kids, and this should work nicely for that - simple and colorful, and should be more good FMQ practice.

I also started a bag.  I've had the pattern forever, and had the leftover charm squares of Wordsmith, which I just love, so it seemed like a good retreat project.

Recent Completions:
Kelley's Quilt (still need pictures)
Control Panel (still need pictures)

WIPS

Aviatrix
Farmer's Wife
Final Frontier (fall dinner quilt)
Mondo Bag

Needs Binding


Top Completed, Waiting for Quilting

Breezeway
Landscape
Secret Garden
KerBloom
Stars

Planning 

Secret Project #3
Secret Project #4
Gravity
Sparklers
Abacus
Moda Building Blocks?
Triple Barn Star

UFO's

Craftsy QAYG
Vintage Modern Scrappy
Fabulous Flowers
Blossoms


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

WIP Wednesday

Some pretty big changes this week!  I feel like I've had no time whatsoever to sew this summer.  Even though I took all of last week off, very little of it was I able to spend in the sewing room, and what time I did spend there, after finishing up some binding, was cutting out apparel projects.  I have another secret project in the works; I just got the fabric yesterday, so that will obviously jump to the top of the queue.  I also changed my plans for the fall dinner quilt - it had been sticks and stones, but I decided to use the same fabric but for something completely different.  I hope it turns out!  I have the backs pieced for all of the quilts that are waiting for quilting, so I'm hoping to maybe get those basted soon.  I think I'm going to try and tackle the quilting on all of them.  

Recent Completions!!

Control Panel
Starry Field (aka Secret Project #2)
Kelley's Quilt 


WIPS


Aviatrix (I've at least made the templates, so I'm counting that as a start!)
Farmer's Wife 
Fall Dinner Quilt

Needs Binding
 
 


At the quilter:



   

Top Completed, waiting for quilting:

Breezeway
Landscape
Secret Garden

KerBloom

Planning: 

Secret Project #3

Snowbird BOM
Gravity
Abacus
Moda Building Blocks??
Triple Barn Star (w/ Morris layer cake)

UFO's:

Craftsy QAYG quilt (three of twelve completed)
Vintage Modern Scrappy
Fabulous Flowers - stalled until I figure out how to fix it... 

Stars - another stalled until I figure out what to do with it...
Blossoms (ender and leader set-up) - ditto on needing a new plan 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Starry Field

Another Moda Bakeshop  finish!  I love how this one turned out.  It definitely too a while, and is by far the most complex pattern I've done, but I think there are so many possibilities with this one, and I hope that some people make this one and let me know what they've done.


So many stars!  My flying geese ruler definitely came in handy for cutting things out, and proper trimming was absolutely key to this one coming out properly.  All those flying geese - the extra time in trimming was definitely made up in having the squares all come together easily for the final assembly.


Mary, of Round the Bend quilting, fit me in on short notice, and did a great job of it.  A simple all over pattern, based on a small star shape and stippling, worked just perfectly.


I went with a poly batting, since I wanted something very white to keep the color for the background bright, and I love the loft it gave it too.


I had two people handy to do the quilt holding, and grabbed this shot just as the sun was going down. I ended up getting it on my iPhone, as I ended up taking my DSLR out there with no battery.  Even so, I think it might be one of my favorite quilt photos.   I'm not sure where this quilt will end up.  If I don't finish the one I have planned, I may donate it to be auctioned off for the fall dinner at church this fall.  A good finish, overall!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Happy Dance





I'm doing the happy dance here, because after what seems like a VERY long time (but probably really isn't), I have completed 20 of these squares, and sewn them together into a top!  What's more, my amazing quilter turned the top around in a day, and I can get it tonight, and get this one DONE.  It's a Bakeshop Project, so I've been feeling the pressure to get it turned around in a timely manner, and I feel like I'm way behind.

So between finishing this, and the quilt for Kelley, I've cleared the decks to work on new things, and I'm super excited!  I'm really not sure what I'm going to tackle next.  I do have some clothing projects I want to get done, so I'm hoping I can get some cut out.  My daughter is in 4-H, and the season is in full swing, so my time has been limited.  I have, however, decided that I'm taking next week off to accommodate the fair.  But between the various family members, I shouldn't have to spend a ton of time there, so it's a bit of a staycation for me, and I fully intend to sew as much as humanly possible!

I also have my beloved new Elna back, and hopefully working, so it's all around good news. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

WIP Wednesday

Recent Completions!!

Mosaic


WIPS


Aviatrix (I've at least made the templates, so I'm counting that as a start!)
Farmer's Wife 


Needs Binding
 
Control Panel
Secret project #2 
Kelley's Quilt 

At the quilter:



   

Top Completed, waiting for quilting:

Breezeway
Landscape
Secret Garden

KerBloom

Planning: 

Snowbird BOM
Gravity
Abacus
Sticks and Stones (fall dinner 2016)
Moda Building Blocks??
Triple Barn Star (w/ Morris layer cake)

UFO's:

Craftsy QAYG quilt (three of twelve completed)
Vintage Modern Scrappy
Fabulous Flowers - stalled until I figure out how to fix it... 

Stars - another stalled until I figure out what to do with it...
Blossoms (ender and leader set-up) - ditto on needing a new plan 

Monday, June 13, 2016

I'm seeing Stars...

I have a new secret project in the works, and it involves stars.  Lots and lots of stars.  I realize that I completely brought this upon myself with the design and frankly, I'm not sure what I was thinking.  Many flying geese are being produced, and I have MANY more to go.  And I broke my new sewing machine.  I got it back from the shop this weekend, but it's still skipping stitches, so it has to go back.  And where the shop is isn't where I generally go, so it's a long trip out of the way.  Ugh.