Thursday, November 10, 2016

WIP Thursday

Does anyone else feel like they can spend just as much time organizing and planning projects as they actually do DOING projects?  Maybe it's just the effort that's going into planning my new sewing room, but I am itching to do more hands-on sewing.

I did break out the scrappy Vintage Modern blocks, and realized I'd made a lot more of them than I'd thought.  So I may start working on that in spurts again.  The QAYG blocks may find themselves turned into minis for my new sewing space, as well.  

I'm enjoying working on the Moda Building Blocks quilt.  I love the Downtown Abbey fabrics, so it's nice to finally be using them! 

Recent Completions:

Final Frontier
Geometric sewing machine mini (swap project)

WIPS


Secret Project #4
Aviatrix
Farmer's Wife
Moda Building Blocks
PB&J Four Square (Leader/Ender project)

Needs Binding


Top Completed, Waiting for Quilting

Breezeway
Landscape
Secret Garden
KerBloom
Stars

Planning 

Black and White swap mini  
Gravity
Sparklers
Abacus
Triple Barn Star

UFO's

Craftsy QAYG
Vintage Modern Scrappy
Fabulous Flowers
Blossoms

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

WIP Wednesday

Time for a much, much overdue WIP Wednesday...

This week I had to entirely empty out my huge fabric cabinets.  We are building a shop on our acreage, and we designed a loft room to go into the top of one end.  It's going to be 12x30, so a good sized space. The idea is that someday I will own a long-arm quilting machine, and that will be its home.  In the meantime, it will still be my primary sewing room.  The current sewing room will covert to the guest room, and the current smaller guest room will be my 'satellite' sewing room.  So I get a ton of room, but that does mean a LOT of thinking and organizing about what will go where. 

The loft room is open right now, and I put the cabinets on pallets so the construction company can lift them up with forklifts and get them put into place.  The things are well over six feet tall, and weigh a TON, so this is by far the best way to move them!  It involved 5 adults just to move them the 15 feet to the pallets (although that did include putting them through a window!)

It also made me think about future projects, since I'm not entirely sure when I'll get to open the four large boxes of fabric again.  So I pulled out a couple that have been on this planning list for a while.  I'm sure that will keep me busy!  

Recent Completions:
Thicket of Stars, aka Secret Project #3
Control Panel (still need pictures)
Mondo Bag

WIPS

Aviatrix
Farmer's Wife
Moda Building Blocks
PB&J Four Square (Leader/Ender project)

Needs Binding



Final Frontier (fall dinner quilt)

Top Completed, Waiting for Quilting

Breezeway
Landscape
Secret Garden
KerBloom
Stars

Planning 

Secret Project #4
Gravity
Sparklers
Abacus
Triple Barn Star

UFO's

Craftsy QAYG
Vintage Modern Scrappy
Fabulous Flowers
Blossoms

Friday, September 23, 2016

A Thicket of Stars

This was a fun one!  I'd sketched out the design a while ago, and when picking fabric options for the Moda Bakeshop, the center of my 'octagons' seemed to call out for the animals in this line, rather than the pinwheel shapes I'd originally planned.  I love how it turned out!

Key to the success of actually constructing the quilt top was to find away to make the half rectangle triangle with the right dimensions, so that it was 2 inches wide and 4 inches tall.  The provided template will work, as well as several rulers. 


 This one goes together very quickly.  I did simple straight-line quilting, which was both easy to do and emphasizes the outlines of the stretched stars.

 Windy day!  I finished this up and had to get the pictures taken. Unfortunately, the wind wasn't really cooperating, but I did like this location. 


I'd have a hard time saying which little animal is my favorite, but this guy probably wins. :)


Another fun project finished!  This one will be auctioned off to benefit Feed the Kids, a local charity that gives food to school kids every Friday, to make sure they have something to eat over the weekend.  I have enough left-over HRTs to make at a matching pillow case or two, hopefully I'll manage to get them finished before the auction. 


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!