Monday, July 27, 2015

Design Wall Monday 07/27/15

I had a busy week last week, and only got one block finished for the Farm Girl Vintage sew along.  That keeps me up to date, but I have two blocks to make before next Friday.  Below is the block I made, Kitchen Window.

To get a sense of the scale of the blocks, I took a picture next to my rotary cutter.  They are all 6 1/2" at this point (6" finished).  I think we're about half way done now.  I did also cut out some pieces for another quilt that I'm starting for class.  Gotta get busy!!

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Design Wall Monday 07/20/15

Two more blocks added to the Design Wall today!  These are from the Farm Girl Vintage sew along.  I'm having a great time with these little 6" blocks, and they have reinvigorated my desire to sew.  I am determined to keep up with this sew along. A lot of times in the past I would get hung up on choosing colors or finishing a difficult block, and I would stall on sew alongs - never finishing the projects.  But my desire to keep up with this one has pushed me to make decisions more quickly and I'm loving it!  I haven't been disappointed with any color or construction decisions I've made for this quilt.  Hopefully this will carry over to future projects.

Below is the Haystack block.  I was able to fussy cut the center to match two other blocks.  They are all the same motif, but different color ways.

Next was the Kettle's On! block.  The print for the teapot did not come from the charm packs I've been using because the piece is slightly larger than what I could cut from a 5" square.  I do love the print, though, and have used it in the Baking Day block also.

One more block to make to be caught up until the next blocks are presented on Friday.  It's a pretty simple block, so I should have no problem getting that one finished in time.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Design Wall Monday 07/13/15

I have a few new additions to the Farm Girl Vintage sew along quilt.  So far, so good on keeping up with the sew along!  The three I've added are the Furrows Block (below), which consisted of 8 flying geese units.  I'm trying to sneak in some of the larger scale prints from my charm packs.  With all of the tiny pieces, it is a challenge to use the charms with large prints.

Next up is the Gingham Block.  I searched around in my fabric stash for two shades of the same color that would bring out the gingham look.  I think I did okay.  I've been using a lot of orange in the blocks, so I think I'll try to stay away from that color for a while.  I don't want the quilt to be too dominantly orange.

And finally I made the Grandma's Quilt Block.  I have been keeping all of the smallest scraps from cutting the previous blocks, and I was able to use some in this block.

I have the next block cut out and just need to sew it together.  It is a quick one, so I should have that one done in no time.  What a fun summer sewing project!!

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Monday, July 06, 2015

Design Wall Monday 07/06/15

I'm still hanging in there on the Farm Girl Vintage sew along!  I got the Feed and Seed block (above) finished on Friday.  I had the entire block made earlier in the week except for sewing on one of the outer rows.  I could tell it wasn't going to fit, so I put off sewing it on.  I was off on Friday for the holiday and decided to tackle it.  I made a minor adjustment in on of the seams and then it went together no problem.  Lots of pieces in that one!

Then I got down to business on the Fresh Pears block. I thought I'd breeze through this one, but there are a lot of pieces in this one too!  It looks a little funky right now due to the seam allowances around the outside, but it will look great when sewn into the quilt.

Next up are flying geese and the gingham block.  I have the fabrics chosen for the gingham block already.  I just need to cut out and sew.  I'll use scraps I've been saving from the other blocks to make the flying geese block.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Design Wall Monday 06/29/15

I'm still keeping up with the Farm Girl Vintage sew along!  I finished the Farmhouse block on Friday, just as the next two blocks were being announced. I was concerned that it would be difficult - especially in the 6" size that I'm making, but once I figured out what fabrics I wanted to use and got them cut, it went together pretty easily.  I really like this one!!  Below are all of the blocks together.  I have the next block ("Feed and Seed") all finished except for one seam.  Lots of pieces in that one too.  Then I'll move on to the pears block.

Other than that, I haven't done any sewing.  My quilting class is over for the summer.  I need to start working on the projects for the fall class.  I ordered a jelly roll for one of the projects, but I haven't received it yet, so I'll keep working on these blocks in the meantime.  They are really fun to make and I feel like I'm getting my sewing mojo back!

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Design Wall Monday 06/22/15

I'm plugging away on the Farm Girl Vintage blocks.  Above are all of the blocks I have completed.  The only one not finished to keep up with the sew along is the house block.  There are a lot of pieces in that block and I need to concentrate on it.  My weekend ended up being busier than I had anticipated, so I'll work on it this week.  The blocks I added since last week are below, starting with the basket block.  I love the way Lori Holt writes her instructions.  This block went together so easily!

Next up is Farm Fresh Flower.  I fussy cut the center with the same motif as the Churn Dash block from a couple of weeks ago.  The flower fits in the middle square perfectly.  Which is nice because it is a large-ish print for the small blocks I'm making.  Because I'm using a charm pack, I'm having trouble using some of the larger scale prints.  The ones that I can't use in the blocks will be cut up for the cornerstones in the sashing at the end.

And finally the Crops block.   I really like this one, but I'm a little bummed that i turned the yellow leaf around.  I had wanted the darker of the two yellows to be toward the bottom.  I won't fix it though.  It doesn't bother me that much!

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Design Wall Monday 06/15/15

I made two more blocks for the Farm Girl Vintage sew along (above).  I have three more blocks cut out to work on tonight.  That should bring me up to date with the rest of the sew along.  Below is how they all look together.  It's a lot of fun.  For me, I spend more time choosing fabrics and cutting than I do sewing.

I've had a few comments from people who like the colors I've chosen. It's a little bit of a departure for me.  I tend to work in darker or more muted tones.  But I really seem to be more into bright colors these days, so I thought I'd use them for this project.  At the end of last year, I had bought four charm packs of "Fancy" by Lily Ashbury for Moda (below) for a project that didn't end up happening.  This is primarily what I'm using for this project.  I do need some bigger pieces that I can't get from a charm pack, so I've been adding from my own stash as needed.  There is no purple in the pack, so I'm also adding some of that in the blocks I'm making tonight.  I needed a little bit more variety than what was in the pack, but I'm sticking with those colors for the most part.  I love how it's turning out!!

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Monday, June 08, 2015

Design Wall Monday 06/08/15

I was busy working on my Farm Girl Vintage blocks this weekend.  I sewed for hours, which is something I haven't done in a long time.  I re-made the first block with the correct color palette.  Originally I made it before I had decided on my color scheme.  Now that I have scraps from the other blocks, it was easier to re-make it (above).  It is a little busy, but I think it will be fine once it's in the quilt.

I also made the Chicken Foot block.  I really like it, but it was a little challenging putting the four quadrants together.  It's not perfect, but I'm okay with that.  I'm trying to shake some of my perfectionist tendencies.  

Here are all of the blocks together.  I'm still a little bit behind schedule, but I also cut two more blocks out so that I can sew them together in class tonight.  If all goes well, I will have two more blocks on my wall by the end of the night.  The 6" size is proving to be a challenge, but I just adore how they look.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Design Wall Monday 05/18/15

My design wall is a little sparse today.  I finished the March block for Pat Sloan's Block of the Month project (yes, I'm a little behind).  It is the lowest block on the right-hand side.  The circle of geese on the left was made over a year ago - before we moved.  I'm not sure what I will do with this one, but I love looking at it, and I recently found it in a pile of things that hadn't been sorted after the move (which, by the way, was a year ago now!).  Then in the center is a pinwheel block that I machine quilted and is just waiting for binding.  I made it to put under a houseplant because right now there is just a magazine there to protect the table it is on.  Below that block is the first block of the Farm Girl Vintage sew along.  It's looking a little lonely, but I have three more blocks all cut out and ready to sew together tonight.  I've chosen to make the 6" version of these blocks and boy is that small.  It's bigger than my Dear Jane blocks, but still pretty small in the scheme of things.  I hope to have four of those blocks on my wall by the end of the night.  We'll see how that pans out!

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Design Wall Monday 05/11/15

Just one small block on my Design Wall today.  If you can believe it, I've been sick yet again this past week.  I guess my body is catching up from not being sick for well over a year.  I had just gotten back from an out-of-town funeral, so I'm assuming I picked something up on our trip.  However, I was able to get to a couple of quilt shops while we were gone (I needed something to brighten my spirits!) and acquired a bit more fabric than I intended.  But before I get to that, I made my first Farm Girl Vintage block (above).  I chose to make the 6 inch version.  I hadn't quite decided on a color scheme for the quilt yet, and I'm not sure that I will make the whole quilt in the colors of this block.  I may still reconsider and re-make this block in different colors.  But I needed to sit down and sew something over the weekend.  It is a very easy block to put together.  The hardest part was choosing the fabrics.  I think I spend way too much time deciding on fabrics.  It's a small block and looks lonely on my design wall, but hopefully, when I'm feeling better, I will have many more to keep it company.

So back to the fabric enhancement.  Whoo boy!  First, I'm collecting grey fabrics for a future project, so that was kind of the focus of my shopping.  The blues in the center were all in the sale bin, so I couldn't resist those!  The other fat quarters just struck me and whenever I hesitate, I am sorry later, so I went for it.  The charm packs are ones I have seen before and again, did not want to pass them up this time.  Now the bigger piece was actually something I had ordered that came in this week.  It was on sale at Hancock's of Paducah for $4.00 a yard.  I think it is just beautiful and so I bought 2 yards.  I can pull the colors for a future project and use this as the border.

I'm on the mend, but still tired from being sick.  Hopefully I can get down to business and have some good sewing time soon.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Design Wall Monday 04/27/15

I have a couple of new things on my Design Wall today.  Above I have my latest obsession, which is this flower block.  It is so easy to make and is great for using up scraps.  It can easily be made in multiple sizes because it goes together like a four-patch block.  I'm using it for the Block Lottery pattern for my quilt class, but I think I may go beyond that and make an entire quilt for a future class project.  We'll see.  I might have a new obsession next week and this one will never get made!

I also have some stash to report.  I needed to get a backing and batting for the quilt below, and decided to go over to Hancock Fabrics.  I haven't been there before - we moved here a year ago and I haven't really been buying much fabric, so I thought I'd check it out.  I walked in and thought I was going to faint!  There was so much quilting fabric there and almost all of it was on sale.  I exercised a LOT of restraint, but I did end up buying for multiple projects.  The large white piece above will be the background for the Farm Girl Vintage sew along. It is white on off-white print.  I've been using a lot of pure white fabric lately and decided an off-white would be a nice change.  I also got a beautiful gold print and the orange print above.  Not shown is the batting and backing, and a few smaller pieces that are going to be given away.

Lastly I wanted to show another quilt that I have been working on.  This was to be for my husband's grandmother, who was in a care facility.  It was a perfect size for her wheelchair, and a little bit of comfort, as she used to be a quilter.  Unfortunately, she passed away before I could finish the quilt.  I stopped working on it for a while, but then decided that I would go ahead and finish it, and donate it to the facility that took such good care of her.  They can give it to someone in her memory, and so it can still give comfort to someone who needs it.  It is the same pattern that I made recently in patriotic colors.  I bought a nice cozy pink flannel for the back.  I will layer it and do some utility quilting in the ditch on my home machine.  Hopefully I can get this finished up soon.  It really is the proper shape in person - this picture was taken on my design wall which folds up accordion-style.  It the wall is not fully flattened out here, so the quilt is a little distorted in the picture.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Design Wall Monday 04/13/15

I did some power sewing this weekend!  The blocks on the design wall above are all separate in the picture, but are one complete quilt top right now.  I moved around a couple of blocks after the picture was taken.  I did manage to turn one block in the bottom row on Saturday night, which got sewn into the quilt top.  I had to un-sew three sides to get it turned the right way again.  Urgh!  This quilt it a departure for me.  I usually work on a much smaller scale and prefer to work on smaller pieces.  The colors are not my norm either.  I thought I'd try something new and not be so predictable.  I will be teaching this one in my quilting class that starts tonight!

Above is what I had to pull off my design wall in order to work on the quilt at the top of the blog.  I got the last of the blocks of the runner sewn together and the border sewn on.  Eventually there will be brown binding on the runner to frame it.  I may also trim down the border a little bit before I bind it.  I'll see how it looks on the table after quilting and make my decision then.  I will also be teaching this project in tonight's class.

Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone has on their design walls today!

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter 2015

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!  I'm off for Easter dinner with family.  I'll try to get something up on my Design Wall tomorrow.  Still scrambling to get my March block finished for Pat Sloan's mystery block of the month.  We'll see tomorrow how I did!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Design Wall Monday 03/30/15

I did some sewing last week and got a great start on the table runner shown above.  We had house guests this weekend, so I did not get to do any sewing, but the runner is still on my design wall.  Other than that, just a few old (but not forgotten) projects so the wall doesn't look too neglected!  Tonight is the final quilt class of the winter session, which is always a fun night!  We have a pot luck, door prizes, and block lottery drawing.  The class is small this session, but still a lot of fun.  I get a break next Monday, then the class starts up again in April with the spring session.  That will take us into June.  I just need to finish up a couple of projects and write the patterns and I'll be set until fall.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Design Wall Monday 03/16/15 and Stash Report

Above is my Design Wall for this week.  The three blocks on the right belong to my sister.  She is also doing Pat Sloan's mystery quilt along, and she is ahead of me!  I still need to make March's block (the one in the middle above).  I love her fabrics and can't wait to see how it turns out.  The blocks on the left are still where I left them a few weeks ago!  These are from the Mystery Monday project.  I'm a bit behind on everything, but at least I have my sister's project to show -- it's on my design wall so I can show it! :)

I also need to report a stash enhancement.  I was out of town and was lucky enough to have time to stop by one of my favorite quilt shops, Quilter's Paradise in Clovis, CA.  I only had a few minutes to stop in to buy a background fabric for a table runner I am making, but I got mesmerized by the display right at the front door.  I couldn't stop looking at the leafy print on top.  It has a wonderful peach background color (it is a little washed out in this picture).  I love it!  Had to buy a piece.  Then I couldn't decide on the shade of the actual piece I went in for, so I bought two that I thought would work.  I ended up using the lighter one.  I'll probably use the darker one on the back of the runner.  So hopefully those two will be out of the stash soon!
Fabric added this week:  3.00 yards
Fabric added this year:  7.50 yards

Fabric used this week:  0.00 yards
Fabric used this year:  2.75 yards

Total net usage:  4.75 yards added

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