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.

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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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Monday, March 09, 2015

Design Wall Monday 03/09/15

Life has put a serious crunch on my sewing time lately!  Lots of things going on that are taking up all my spare time.  I did get a few things sewn recently.  The brown/green/gold stars are for the Mystery Mondays project.  I'm woefully behind on those.  My friend Lori has hers all up to date and sewn together.  I'll get there eventually.  The giant half-square triangles are for a new project I'm working on.  I'm kind of designing as I go, and right now I think those blocks are way too big and chunky for what I have in mind.  I may trim those down to a smaller size later, but for now I'm just getting them made.  I need a lot for  what I want to make.  The colors are off in that picture.  The blues are a little darker and not so neon looking in real life.  I'm using a Moda layer cake that I got for Christmas.

I didn't get around to posting my latest purchases.  Last week my sister and I checked out a new fabric shop in Tracy, CA, near her home.  It's very small, but had some nice fabrics.  I managed to add 2 yards of fabric to my stash!  The fabric at the top is actually shades of grey, even though it looks tan in the picture.  I have some pink projects in the pipeline, so I picked up a pink I thought would work nicely.  And a wonderful teal print that I can definitely use.  We have a couple of teal walls in our home and I've been trying to design around them.

Fabric added this week:  2.00 yards
Fabric added this year:  4.50 yards

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

Total net usage:  1.75 yards added

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

Monday, February 09, 2015

Design Wall Monday 02/09/15

I finished February's block for Pat Sloan's mystery BOM project.  It is a very unusual block.  I struggled with the colors, but I think I like how it turned out.  I really need to pull some other colors into these blocks.  My inspiration fabric also has two shades of blue, and some dark brown accents in it.  I just couldn't figure out how to get those colors in this block and have it still look good.  And speaking of struggling - Saturday was just not my day to sew.  I cut the pieces wrong, I marked the pieces wrong, and then I sewed the wrong pieces together.  It was all salvageable, but by the time I sewed the wrong colors together, I just had to call it a day and fix and sew the block on Sunday.  I hate days like that.  Below are the January and February blocks together.

Today I'll work on the Mystery Mondays project from This & That.  I'm behind because I couldn't decide on a color palette.  I pulled some fabrics out of my stash and I'll give it a go tonight in class.  Of course I've already changed my mind again, but I didn't pack up any other fabrics, so I'll move ahead with what I have.

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Monday, February 02, 2015

Design Wall Monday 02/02/15

I'm back!  I've been down with another cold.  This is the second one since Christmas.  I don't know if it is a particularly bad strain, or if I'm just getting old, but I am having a heck of a time recovering.  As they say, I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired!  But I seem to be mostly mended now.  I did have to take a nap yesterday, which I never do.  I'm looking forward to a more productive week this week.  The last two weeks have been mostly a loss.

On a "brighter" note, my husband replaced the lights in my sewing room with "true light" LED bulbs.  Oh man what a difference!  It is like noon on a summer day in there no matter what time it is.  My picture above isn't yellow like the previous pics.  I couldn't be happier.

The top block above is the one I showed in my last post.  It is the January mystery block from Pat Sloan.  February's pattern should be released today.  The lower block is the Block Lottery block for my class tonight.  I hand out the pattern and each student can make one or more if they wish.  For every block they make, their name will be thrown in a hat and I will draw on the last class.  The winner gets all of the blocks.  I flipped through some books and found the one above, called Amish Square.  I like it!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Design Wall Monday 01/19/15

I chose some more fabrics to go with my Mystery Block of the Month project over at Pat Sloan's blog.  I love all of the colors in the inspiration print, but I'm not sure if I like the colors together away from the print.  I will press on and see what becomes of it.  All fabric has come from my stash so far.  I thought I might have to buy some background fabric, but I finally found a piece of white-on-white in my stash bins that was big enough for the entire project.

Above is the finished block for January.  I took the picture at night again, and it looks very yellow.  I'll try to grab another picture when there is daylight outside.  I may also look into getting true-light light bulbs for my sewing room.  I had a heck of a time trying to see if my white fabrics were all the same white when pulling fabric for this project.  I had to keep stepping outside the front door into natural light to see that some fabric was actually off white.  Oh well - that's a minor problem!  Also, I had to take the picture on my (scorched) ironing board.  My design wall is white and the design would have appeared to be floating on the board!

I  simplified some of the piecing in the block.  The unit that makes the star points can be made as one unit, rather than four half-square triangles or two flying geese units.  I like to have as little bulk as possible, and the result really worked out for me.

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