Friday, April 28, 2017

Hello Friends


Hope you all have been well.  Sewing has been slow around here but I do have some finishes to share.
First off, I would like to thank everyone who voted and or left a comment on my Project Quilting posts.  I am truly blessed by your kindness.  It was a lot of fun but also a lot of work.  I am glad it's only 6 projects.  But I can't wait for the next round already.  Because I was able to finish all 6 projects I felt I deserved a gift.  Check out my new sweatshirt!

Check out Kim's site for other great clothing options.
I am a member of the Madison Modern Quilt Guild.  We meet once a month and I just love everyone in the group.  They are so encouraging and supportive.  One of the members and my friend, Natalie
is amazing!  She is so talented and makes the most wonderful things.  She made a zipper bag pattern with vinyl and glitter.  When I saw that at the meeting, I just knew I had to try it. This is one of the half dozen I have made.

I then decided I would try making a few other designs.  I am hopeful I will get the anchor bag done soon.  But that is for me so it always takes the back seat to other projects.
One idea I had was to make a bag for boys.  Glitter for boys?? Heck yes!  I thought it would be fun to do a road with grass on the back and a car on the front.  Then they can keep their cars inside the bag.  This is what I came up with.  Sewing on vinyl is not as hard as it looks.
I have 3 special little boys in my life and I filled these with cars for Easter.  They were a hit!  Thank you again Natalie for such a fun and easy tutorial!

I am still working on my Missing U quilt and my Moda Be My Neighbor quilt.  The blocks are done for the Missing U and I have 3 more to make for Be My Neighbor.  These are on the short list to get done.  I was also able to get all 72 blocks made from my phone book foundation paper strip quilt.
All of the paper has been torn off, I just need to lay them out and decide on a design and sew them together.
Stay tuned for an update on my word of the year and my new favorite quilt shop.
What are you working on?


Friday, March 17, 2017

PQ 8.6

Hello Friends

Today I am sharing my final quilt for Project Quilting Season 8.  The theme this week was 'Time is Up'.  I have always wanted to try the Dresden Plate Quilt Block.  I was able to find a pattern with 12 blades.  I bought a burlap frame and got to work.  The burlap was too flimsy and the clock mount would not stay on.

And it didn't look like a quilt.  So I grabbed another color from Amanda Jean's fabric line called Good Neighbors and came up with this.
This is actually hanging on my wall in my sewing room. :)  And the clock works! I am linking up to Project Quilting.  Voting opens at Noon CT on Sunday.
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Project Quilting 8.5

Hello friends,

Hope everyone is well. This week the theme is Well-dressed Man.  I have been addicted to Mad Men on Netflix.  So, I chose Don Draper (Jon Hamm).  Last year at the WI Quilt Expo, Kristy Daum had her quilt, Sherlock there. It was a pixel quilt. She took a photo and uploaded it to pic2pat and it created a pattern for cross stitch but she turned it into a quilt.  I have wanted to try this but never had a subject until now.

I took this picture and did the pic2pat
Then I had to find fabric. I actually had to buy fabric for this one.  Not once but twice.  The first time I made this I measured wrong . Each square was to measure 1.5 by 1.5.  So my thinking was 1.5+1.5 equals three, it doesn't it equals 2.5 when you take away the seam allowance.  Nothing was matching up so I decided to start over . So off to the quilt store again to buy more fabric.  
 Did I do it right the second time? Of course not. The brown I had chosen was way too dark and he look like a scary skeleton.

 He still does look a little scary up close but if you squint you can see his figure better.

He measures about 27x27.
Linking up to project quilting.  Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Project Quilting 8.4

This week's challenge is 'Brighter the better'.  I decided I wasn't going to stress about this and just make something bright. I found This herringbone quilt pattern from Maureen Cracknell.   I love her work and her fabric.  I used all scraps and stash for this. It measures about 61x61.
This will be linked up to the project quilting site. Voting will open on Sunday afternoon. 
This quilt is going to a special place. More on that next month.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Project Quilting 8.3

Hello Friends!

This weeks Project Quilting 8.3 is Tuned in to Texture.  I really struggled with this one.  And then I cut my finger with my rotary cutter and thought for sure I wouldn't be able to participate.  But my finger is healing and I found inspiration.  The first thing I did was google 'tune in to texture'.  This is one of the images that came up:
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 Bingo! A fingerprint!  Now how do I make this happen.  I really don't care too much for applique but I sure have been using it a lot lately.  So I found this image online:
Image result for fingerprint 
 Perfect!  I printed it out as big as I could with the paper I had.  Then I put the Heat and Bond over the picture and copied the lines with a marker.  Then I ironed it to the black fabric and cut out each black line.  Then I took the printed copy and laid the white fabric over it.  I lined up the black pieces and ironed them on.  When that was done, I sewed on each piece.  Then it was time for the quilting.  I really struggled with this.  Free motion was not working and I didn't care for the straight lines either.  It was getting late and I needed to decide.  I just made a continuous circle all around it.  Here is a close up of the texture:

And here is the finished project: measuring 20x17
Thank you to Kim and Trisha for a wonderful challenge.  Voting will open on Sunday, you can check it out here-Project Quilting 8.3
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Happy Monday!

Hello Friends!

Hope you are all doing well.  I have a lot of quilts going right now.  I need to buckle down and finish something.

I started the Moda Be My Neighbor quilt.  Here are a few of the blocks that I have finished. 
I am using only scraps for this quilt.  Bear Creek Quilts wanted everyone to post their finished quilt by tomorrow.  Not going to make that deadline. 
I am also working on a pinwheel quilt for my neighbors and I just started this quilt late last week:
This quilt has 2000 pieces.  Yep, I am crazy.  But what a good way to use up scraps.  I love the process she uses with 3 inch squares.  However, you must be very careful when you are cutting out the triangles.  Yep,  I sliced the corner of my finger and took off part of my nail while cutting these out yesterday.  Going to take a break from quilting for a couple days while it heals.  I did not go to the doctor for stitches because there was nothing to stitch.  I think I need to invest in some metal gloves.
This week's challenge for Project Quilting 8.3 is Tune in to Texture.  I am stumped but I will do some looking around this week to see if anything appeals to me.  Depending on how my finger is healing we will see if I am able to do a quilt this week.
I am really going to work on finishing a project or two next month.  Since I am out of commission with my finger injury, I think I will organize my sewing space and see exactly how many UFOs I have.
What are you working on?

Monday, January 23, 2017

A sewing weekend

Hello Friends

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  First I want thank everyone for your comments about my Lily quilt.  You all are so wonderful! Thank you for taking the time to read my little blog.
The weather has been warmer than usual and it's been foggy and drizzly here.  Perfect weekend to sew!  I met a couple of my besties out for coffee Saturday morning, then it was time to sew.  I have been working on my The Missing U blocks.  You can check out the book here-Sunday Morning Quilts.  I can't believe I made 11 blocks.  I did other things like dishes and laundry but for the most part it was sewing time.
Here are the 11 blocks I made:

I have 16 blocks done and I may stop there.  I am going to size them up and lay them out to see if I need other colors or more of one color.  It's been a great way to use up scraps.
I also just received the labels I had made from The Dutch Label Shop.  This was a place that Kim from Persimon Dreams mentioned.  It only took a week for them to come and it was so easy to create.
Now, everything I make will have a label.  I love them!
Also, Project Quilting 8.2 is now open for voting.  My quilt is #21 if you choose to vote for mine.  Here is the link,  thank you!
I have a busy week of running and doing things around the house.  Hopefully I will have another sewing weekend soon.  What are you working on?