Sunday, February 4, 2018

PQ 9.3 Bold and Brave

Hello friends

I think this is the fastest finish I've ever done. This week's challenge for project quilting is bold and brave.  I actually thought I would sit this one out because I'm trying to finish up some UFOs and then my idea came to me and I went with it. I'm not usually one for political quilts I like them I just never picture myself making them. You will see in this quilt I used the bold and brave to make a statement.

I am proud of the men and women who stood up and spoke out. It's about time.  This little quilt measures 6 1/2 by 12 and was made in Verona Wisconsin.
Blessings
Amy

Monday, January 29, 2018

Word for the year

Hello Friends

I need to change my side picture to say that I have made 2 quilts in one week.  Last year I had an idea to make a word quilt.  I did not want to make a big quilt but something small with just one word that I could relate to.  Last year I chose the word- Pause.  I found myself making some pretty big decisions and I needed to take a moment and think about it.  That is were pause came from.  I did refer back to that word quite a bit last year and hope to continue to use it this year.

With my father under the care of Hospice and other issues going on, I needed a word for this year.  I need to take better care of myself like all of us do.  Being a caregiver is very stressful and hard on the body and soul.  In order to help release some of the tension in my soul I chose the word- Mindful.  Here is my quilt:
 
I used the pattern from Quilt Talk
 
 
 A book by Sam Hunter of Hunter Design Studio.  She has created some wonderful quilts using these paper pieced templates.  I shrunk mine down to a smaller size since the word is much longer.  This mini quilt measures in at 11 1/2x 31 1/2.  This will make it's home on my wall in my sewing area.
 
Now to finish something else while I can.  My list of UFO's are going down!
 
Thanks for stopping by.
 
Blessings
Amy


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Project Quilting 9.2

Hello Friends

Thank you for stopping by.  This weeks Project Quilting challenge was Triangulation.  I was motivated and drew up a pattern and was excited to get started.  As I fell asleep on Monday night it came to me that I should use my new Tomte pattern.  I just love little gnomes.  Probably because I am half Norwegian. I just love their pointy hats.  And bonus, they are triangular.  I decided to make a couple of the patterns.  If you love paper piecing as much as I do, you will love this pattern.  I was very intimidated by the very small pieces, but I am glad I stuck it out and kept going.  A little tip, have multiple pages printed in case you need to start over.  And here it is-my little Tomte village.


I only had a fat quarter of the snowflake fabric so I was concerned I would not have enough.  What is great about paper piecing these is that you can use up the smallest of scraps.  I even have a little of that fat quarter left.  This quilt measures 9 1/2 x 18.  Voting opens this weekend and I would appreciate your vote.

Blessings
Amy

Monday, January 22, 2018

Mystery Quilt 2017-2018

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I took another picture of my Hometown Proud quilt at the actual monument this weekend.  It's hard to see my quilt but you can check out the detail in my last post.  Thank you to all who voted.  I did not win anything this time.  The challenge this week is Triangulation.  I have a few ideas and hope to start on Wednesday.
 
On Black Friday, Bonnie K Hunter-Quiltville sends out a Mystery Quilt Challenge.  She tells you the color pallet and how much of each color you will need about a month before the mystery.  Then every Friday for about 6 weeks she gives you another part of the quilt to make.  The colors this time were brown, cream, coral and teal.  I love these colors and decided to try it out.  Here are some pictures of the different steps.  You can find all of the steps on her blog under the tab On Ringo Lake.   






 
Then right after Christmas she released hints every day.  I have probably 30+ hours into this quilt.  Lots of pieces.  Over 3000.  Here is the finished top:


 
This quilt is 75x90.  I will keep this one for myself.  I may even put borders on to give it drop on my bed.  Now to find the perfect backing.
 
Thanks for stopping by.  I have a couple quilt challenges I am working on so stay tuned.
 
Blessings
Amy
 

 

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Project Quilting 9.1

Hello Friends

Project Quilting started Sunday.  The theme this week is Hometown Proud.  I am from a small town in Wisconsin called Monticello.  We have a monument at our in town lake.  This is my inspiration:




I went right to my local quilt store and purchased some batiks.  I thought that would give my quilt some depth and texture.  Here is the finished quilt:

It measures about 12x19.
I used different techniques to make this quilt. There is applique and free motion quilting.  And the whole quilt is patchwork.  I cut all of my squares at 2 1/2.  The hardest part was cutting out the name.  I secured them with clear thread.
Here is another picture of the detail on the monument:

I am linking up to PQ 9.1.  Voting starts after 12 noon on Sunday.  Wish me luck!

Blessings 
Amy




Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy New Year!

Hello Friends!

It's been a while.  I can't wait to dig into this new year and start some new projects.  Of course I still have a pile of unfinished to do, but that is not going to stop me.  I have been feverishly working on the Bonnie Hunter-Quiltville-Mystery Quilt-On Ringo Lake. I am almost done with part 5.  I tried to count and there are over 3200 pieces in this quilt.  I will show you pictures as soon as I take some.  It's going to be so pretty.  I think I will keep this one for me.

The reason I am working so hard to finish that quilt is because Project Quilting Season 9 has started.  The theme for this week is Hometown Proud.  I am going to start mine by Wednesday if not sooner.  Pics to come.

Other than that, we had a really nice Christmas and New Year's with the family.  My father was ill again before Christmas and we have since entered him into the Hospice program at the nursing home.  He is currently doing well but prayers are always appreciated.

My son will turn 21 a month from tomorrow.  I am not sure how that happened but I am so proud of the young man he has become.  My sister and her husband are taking him and his girlfriend to a comedy club on his birthday.  They will have a blast.  He only has 3 semesters of college left.  He will then go into the Master's and PhD program for Film Studies.  Again, so proud.

I will leave you today with a picture of the zipper bag I made for the swap at my local guild meeting.

 
 
More to come, thanks for sticking with me!
 
Blessings
Amy

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Happy Fall!

Hello Friends

Sorry for the delay.  Blogging has not been a priority this summer.  My son was home and working a lot and I was running for family.  I did manage to sew a few things though.

First I have to introduce you to my puppy niece.  Her name is Ruby and my sister and brother-in-law got her in April.  She is the sweetest puppy ever!  She just turned 1 in July.  She loves her Auntie too!

 
I like to make gifts for my coworkers for their birthdays.  We have a big Badger fan in our group so I thought this mug rug would be appropriate.  I added vinyl to the front because I was afraid the red would bleed if it got wet.
 
 
I also made this fox mug rug for a friend.  I usually don't make commission pieces but this was fun to figure out.  I did not use a pattern but I have since bought the pattern Fancy Fox by Elizabeth Hartman.  I will be posting more foxes soon.  I just think they are so cute!
 


The first Thursday-Saturday in September is the Wisconsin Quilt Expo.  I tried to enter a quilt this year but was rejected.  And, I am ok with that.  I will try again if I have another quilt to enter next year.  This year I wore a t-shirt and was free advertising for my friends shop, Blue Bar Quilts.  I ran errands for them and brought people to the booth who stopped me when they saw my shirt.  I only went on Friday because I discovered that Tula Pink was coming to give a talk.  I usually don't buy fabric based solely on the designer, but during one of the big Quilt Markets, I heart Tula had a sale on her fabric.  They had a kit for hexies and you received a sampling of her new line Spirit Animal.  I like to make hexies so I ordered the kit.  Then it sat for a few months.  When I found out she was coming to Madison I had to do something with that fabric. 
Many years ago when my son was very young, he bought me a white denim jacket.  I wore it a few times but hanging in the closet caused it to get dingy.  I decided to make a bunch of the hexies and add them to my jacket.  But first I thought I needed to dye it.  I have never done that before and I usually don't work with clothing at all.  This was actually fun.  Changing the color to the right shade made me a little nervous.  But I think it came out great!
When the doors opened to the event, Tula was front and center and graciously signed autographs and took pictures.  She talked for the whole 2 hours and then took more pictures.  She is very funny and I suggest you all go and see her if you get the chance.


 
September is also Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.  My friend Trish is a survivor and talks about the Teal Mini Swap each year at our guild meetings.  This year I decided to join.  It was $15.  $10 of that was donated and the other $5 went to admin costs.  This wonderful woman Beth is in charge of it all.  You are given a swap partner from somewhere in the country and you either make a mug rug or mini quilt.  My partner was Jeanne and she was from Virginia.  We agreed on a mini no larger than 20x20.  This is what I sent her.
 
We are sent a swatch of teal fabric and need to include at least a small piece of it in the quilt.  I tried to do a lighthouse paper pieced pattern but it was in Dutch and I could not figure it out.  Then I found my No Scrap Left Behind book from Amanda Jean Nyberg and knew I had found my pattern.
I had loaned my Pfaff machine to a friend who was trying to finish a birthday gift so I had to bring out my old Singer.  She did an okay job.  I did discover that she needs a good cleaning and oiling.  But the tension was easier to fix on her than on the Pfaff.
 
This is the quilt I was sent.  She did such an amazing job.  I just love it!!
 
Very modern and just the perfect addition to my collection.
 
Not much else going on right now in my sewing world.  I am going to Denver this month to see my Bestie who moved there in March.  I can't wait to see her.  I haven't flown in over 10 years or had a vacation either.  Looking forward to seeing some family and old friends while I am there too.
 
My current goal is trying to finish things before I start anything new.  I am doing pretty good so far.  Just sent two quilts to the longarmer and should have them back this week.  Trying to get tops quilted so I have bindings to do this winter.  Stay tuned for pictures of the finished quilts. :)
 
Blessings
Amy