Monday, February 08, 2016
Not much happening on my Design Wall today. My sister and I are taking the Amanda Jean Nyberg (Crazy Mom Quilts) Craftsy class called Colorful Scrap Quilting. It is a scrappy row quilt. I struggled with choosing colors, and then I decided to make it all green. Green is my favorite color and I gave away the only all-green quilt that I made. I hope it has enough interest and is not too bland. Most of my stash is medium to dark colors. I might throw in some other colors here and there to make it more interesting. On Saturday I cut out the entire first row of the quilt, which is made up of two sizes of nine-patch blocks. On Sunday I managed to sew two blocks together. Then I decided to watch the Super Bowl. I just couldn't get motivated to sew. I am bringing all of the pieces to my quilting class tonight, so hopefully I'll get some momentum going and sew the rest of the blocks. Not a very exciting design wall, but at least it is not empty. Once I get a few rows done, I'm sure I'll be more motivated to finish the project.
Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what is on everyone's design walls today. Also linking up with Quilt Story on Tuesday and Let's Bee Social on Wednesday.
Monday, February 01, 2016
I can't believe it is February already! Where did January go?? At least I have started sewing again. I had some things I had to get out of the way, and now I can do some fun sewing again. Above is the latest block for the Farm Girl Vintage quilt. This was an additional pattern that Lori Holt put out that works with the patterns in the book. It's sure a cute little 6" block! I still need to embroider the tail. I'm going to do all the embroidery at the same time. I only have a few blocks left before I can start sewing the quilt together.
The other thing I worked on this week was a Pixelated Heart quilt. I've been wanting to make one of these for several years now. I was originally going to make it all in pinks and reds, but I liked the multi-colored ones that I've seen online. I had a jelly roll of rainbow solids sitting on my shelf for a long time, and when my husband pointed to it as a possible color scheme, I knew I had to do it. I did use more pink/red squares than the other colors, and I pulled out the really bright colors that were distracting. I also decided to put in just a few prints to make it interesting. A couple of them read as solid, so you probably can't see them from this picture. What is most noticeable is a hand dyed homespun plaid that I've had in my stash forever. I put about six squares of that fabric in there and it adds a lot of interest. I also opted not to piece the background out of all squares. I really like how that looks when the background is scrappy, but for this one I knew i was going to use all solid white for the background. It went a lot faster this way. Once it is layered with a white batting, the seams will hardly be noticeable. I may trim the white back a bit, but I'll decide for sure later. It was getting dark when I took this picture - it is lighter and more vibrant in daylight.
Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today. Also linking up with Let's Bee Social on Wednesday and Quilt Story on Tuesday.
Monday, January 25, 2016
I saw this block recently and really liked it. It is really easy to make, so I am using it for the Block Lottery for my class. Other than that, no sewing again for me. One day after work I did get the itch to work on something, so I cut out a block for my Farm Girl Vintage quilt. I got all of the pieces cut and planned to sew them together the next day, but that didn't happen. I'm hoping to get it sewn together tonight. I'm bummed that I have not had much to show on my blog lately. I think about sewing all day during work, but by the time I get home I'm usually too tired. Hopefully when it starts warming up and stays light later, I'll be able to sew after work. I did really well last year and got a lot accomplished, so I hope to get back in that groove.
I did make a really good soup yesterday. It was butternut squash soup made in the crock pot. It has a green apple in it that made it a little sweet. I will definitely make it again, but I will probably use chicken stock instead of vegetable stock. Good stuff!
Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today. Also linking up with Let's Bee Social on the Sew Fresh Quilts blog on Wednesday, and Quilt Story on Tuesday.
Monday, January 18, 2016
I didn't get any sewing done this past week. Still not feeling great from being sick the week before. I took the leftover blocks from the top I finished last week and put them up on the design wall. I had 15 blocks, so I need to piece one more to have the four by four setting. The pieces in the lower left hand side are not sewn together - I just put them up there to fill out the setting. I may or may not use those prints. I will sew these together and finish it up as a baby quilt for donation. I like how I could use the same blocks as last week and turn them a different way to get a different design.
That's all from me on the quilting front. Please be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what is on everyone's design walls today. Also linking up with Let's Bee Social on Wednesday and Quilt Story on Tuesday.
Monday, January 11, 2016
I finished a quilt top yesterday. It almost didn't come together, though. I ended up catching whatever bug has been going around and it thoroughly kicked my butt for a while. I am thankful that it wasn't worse - this time last year I was getting over my second cold of the season and those both lasted a couple of weeks. This time I was knocked out for about three days, but was still weak and out of it for several more. I do have my class preview night tonight, so I had to push through and get this project done. It's a design that's been floating around the Internet for a while now in various forms. Most recently it was featured on the Fat Quarter Shop's blog. Their version was bigger. I did make enough blocks to make their version, but it was just too big. Now I have enough leftover blocks to make a baby quilt, so no worries there. It was so fast and easy - it uses charm squares, so most of the cutting was already done. I pulled the white-on-white print out of my stash. Hooray for stash busting!! That piece is completely gone now - I used every bit with no scraps leftover.
That was all I managed to accomplish this week. Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on this week. Also linking up with Let's Bee Social and Quilt Story later this week.
Monday, January 04, 2016
Well I've been sewing away but I guess I only grabbed a picture of one small project. Oh well. This is a block from the Farm Girl Vintage book that I made a few months ago in the 6" size (finishes at 8" square with borders). My husband has a few minis hanging in his cubicle at work, and apparently they seem to follow the seasons. Over the summer (!) he asked for a summer mini quilt to hang up. I was working on the FGV quilt very regularly then, and so I handed him the book and asked him to pick a block. He chose this one and said he really wanted it to look like a sunflower (the one I made for the quilt has very different coloring). I put it off and then eventually made the block, which sat for a couple of months. Over this past holiday weekend I decided to take it off the UFO pile and get it finished. I had even cut a backing fabric already! I layered it, did some light quilting in the ditch, and put the binding on in no time. He gave me a little grief about the fact that it is not summer anymore, but I could tell he was happy to have it. Sometimes I have such a problem finishing things that don't have a deadline - especially when they are really close to being done. I guess in my mind I've already moved on to the next thing. I'm going to try to dig out a few UFOs and finish them soon. I've also been putting off getting my sewing machine serviced. My class preview is a week from today and I need to get going on those projects. One is almost finished - just need to sew the rows together. And another needs to move from my head into fabric. I've got a lot of work cut out for me!!
Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today. Also linking up with Let's Bee Social on Wednesday and Quilt Story on Tuesday.
Monday, December 28, 2015
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and holiday weekend! I fully intended to have a Christmas blog post, but the day came and went in a flurry of activity and it didn't happen. Part of the flurry was finishing this little quilt that I gave to my Mom for Christmas. On Thursday I still had to put the outer border on and then layer and quilt. The only thing I had left to do was put the binding on when this picture was taken. The binding was the same dark brown fabric as the border, so it looks pretty much the same here as when it was finished. The final size was roughly 12" square. I have to admit that once it was finished I had a hard time giving it up!
This was made from a sew along on the Temecula Quilt Company blog. I added four extra blocks to make it square.
Now I need to get moving on a couple of projects for my quilt class. I have some pieces sewn, but I haven't gotten very far. Fortunately I have another four day weekend coming up, so I can really dedicate some time to those.
Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today. I'll also link up with Let's Be Social on Wednesday and Quilt Story on Tuesday.
Monday, December 21, 2015
Call me crazy, but I can't stop making tiny patchwork! I recently came across a short sew along on the Temecula Quilt Company blog, for the 12 days of Christmas. The blocks are TINY. They finish at 2 1/4". Above I put them next to one of my Farm Girl Vintage blocks, which is a 6" finished block. I thought I could use up some random charm squares that I had lying around, but now I have scraps from those 5" squares! That's how little fabric is needed for these blocks. Of course I have 100 other things that I should be working on, but it was a fun little diversion.
I'm having a heck of a time taking pictures lately. It's been so dark out that all of the pictures are turning out terrible. I grabbed another picture of one of the wreath ornaments I made that I showed last week. There are a lot of shadows, but now you can see it all finished. I really enjoyed making these and I think they look really neat. The back looks exactly the same as the front, but without the bow. The pattern is by Betz White and is sold on Etsy as a downloadable pattern. I wanted to use the same silvery ribbon that she used, but I bought 1/8" wide ribbon instead of 1/4". It came out way too small, so I had to use what I had on hand, which was white.
Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what is on everyone's design walls today. I'll also link up with Let's Bee Social on Wednesday and Quilt Story on Tuesday.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Ever so slowly I'm finishing my Farm Girl Vintage quilt. One more block completed this week (above). I switched gears and started working on some Christmas projects. My husband asked me if I could make something small, like an ornament, for his supervisor at work. Well I had just seen some patterns for really neat felt ornaments by Betz White on Etsy. A couple of clicks later I had purchased and downloaded a pattern (gotta love PDF patterns!). A quick stop at Beverly's and I had everything I needed. It went together beautifully!! It finishes at approximately 4 inches across. I still need to add a bow and a hanging cord. I love it! She's got some great patterns - I want one of each!
I was actually pretty busy sewing this weekend but I can't show most of it yet. :)
Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what is on everyone's design walls today. Also linking up with Quilt Story on Tuesday and Sew Fresh Quilts on Wednesday.
Monday, December 07, 2015
Another block down! I did this one late yesterday -- I had the pieces already cut out. I'm not crazy about how the points lined up - or rather didn't line up - but you can't see it's off from afar. I'm leaving it as is.
I thought I'd show another shot of my Farm Girl Vintage quilt as it is right now on my design wall. Just a few more blocks to go. I really should focus on the strawberry block so there isn't a hole in the middle of the quilt! I have these up on the wall in the order in which they appear in the book. I'll move them around for the final placement. At this rate I'm not sure if I'll get them all done by the end of the year, but that is still my goal. There is a lot of piecing in the border, so I'm sure that part won't be finished. I'll be happy if the blocks are done, sashing sewn and the quilt top without borders is complete. We'll see. I have some other things that take priority, but I'll give it a shot. I'm considering purchasing some of Lori's additional patterns to fill out the set instead of putting the same star in each corner. She's got some cute ones that are hard to resist!
Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what is on everyone's design walls today! Also linking up with Quilt Story on Tuesday and Sew Fresh Quilts on Wednesday.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Well I did finish in time! I got this quilt machine quilted in the ditch and the binding on before we traveled for Thanksgiving on Thursday. I wasn't 100% happy with the binding. I did the entire binding by machine, and it wasn't the prettiest binding I've made. I've only done that type of binding on small projects and they turned out fine, but this was a little tougher to wrangle through the machine. But it's done now and I never would have had time to stitch it on by hand. The last stitches were stitched on Wednesday night while the Thanksgiving deserts were baking. So late that I didn't have time to take a picture. However, I do have one of the top after I had put the last borders on earlier this year. This was a free pattern on Craftsy when I found it a while back, but it appears that it is now for sale. You can find it here. This quilt is being donated to a convalescent home and will make someone very happy this Christmas.
Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what is on everyone's design walls today. Also linking up with Let's Bee Social on Wednesday and Quilt Story on Tuesday.
Monday, November 23, 2015
I'm determined to get my Farm Girl Vintage quilt top finished by the end of the year! It is really nice having the blocks cut out - I was able to sit down and sew these three blocks in no time at all on Saturday. I had even marked the backs of the triangle squares already. I still haven't made the Strawberry block, but I have most of it cut out. I decided to make it in reds rather than pinks.
I did make a change the the block below on the fly. I had cut out the yellow out of a gold print, but it was too much the same value as the pink in the center. So I opted for a lighter yellow.
Sunday was all about finishing a quilt before Thanksgiving. I just did some ditch quilting and then put a binding on fully by machine. I am not great at these two things and I'm a little disappointed with how it turned out. But I know I am being too hard on myself - I don't think anyone will notice the flaws that I see. It's just frustrating to spend so many hours on something and not be happy with the result. This is a quilt I was making for my husband's grandmother, but she passed away while I was still making it. I decided to finish the quilt and donate it to the home where she was staying. I felt that the machine binding would hold up better to washing, but it is not as pretty. I'm sure it will be loved just the same.
If I am not able to post again before Thanksgiving, I hope everyone has a happy and safe day!
Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what everyone is working on today.
Also linking up later this week with Let's Be Social and Quilt Story!
Monday, November 16, 2015
Just one more Farm Girl Friday block finished this week. Life's been busy, but I'm trying to get at least one block done a week. I do have another one all cut out and ready to sew. I think I only have 8 blocks left to make and then I can start assembling the top. I have other projects in line waiting for this one to be finished, but I think I'll be sad when it's done. It's been really fun making this one. Never a dull moment because all of the blocks are different, and I've really tried to push the envelope with the colors. Not that they are necessarily unusual, but they are out of the norm for me. And I love it!!
I spent Saturday having a sewing day with my Mom and sister. We do this every year to celebrate our birthdays. It's always a good time. We all worked on the same project in different colors, and they are all going to be so different! Can't wait to see how they all turn out.
Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what is on everyone's design walls today.
Also check out Let's Be Social over on Sew Fresh Quilts blog. She has a link up on Wednesdays. I found this blog recently and I'm hooked.
Linking up with Quilt Story as well!
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Monday, November 09, 2015
I didn't get any Farm Girl Vintage blocks finished this week, but I did put together a quick Christmas table runner using some charm pack squares. Nothing fancy. I'm not sure if I'll have time to get it quilted before the holiday, but I'll give it a shot. After working on the 6" FGV blocks, these blocks seemed monstrous in size. The three blocks each measured 14" unfinished. You can see some of the small blocks above it on my Design Wall.
Be sure to check out Judy L's blog to see what is on everyone's Design Walls today. I'll also link up to Let's Bee Social later this week.