Friday, May 22, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2015 #2

Wow, this is the first time that I have had two quilts ready to enter into the Spring 2015 Blogger's Quilt Festival.  My second entry is my Happy Go Lucky hexagon quilt.

This quilt began as a car project during a long car ride in Christmas 2013 and was just finished.  It really did help me not be such a horrible back seat driver.  If there is ever another long car ride in my future, I will definitely have a hexy project.  Because it was pieced in a car, the hexy placement is totally random.

Since it was all hand pieced, I decided that the quilting should done by hand as well.  Each hexy is echo quilted and the white hexy's have an extra echo.

I am glad that I am entering this into the Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival since it reminds me of a spring picnic.

Please check out the other entries as there are loads of quilty inspiration,  There are also some great prizes for sharing (Hello Babylock, how I would love to take thee home!).

Blogger’s Quilt Festival :: Spring 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2015

It is time for the Spring 2015 Blogger's Quilt Festival and I have decided to share my "Burning Love" quilt.  It is 58" x 56" and was quilted using straight line quilting.

This quilt was made as part of the test quilts for the Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters and was chosen to be included in the book.

When Sherri asked for test quilters, I immediately knew that I wanted to sign up.  I had been following her blog, daintytime, for a while and was waiting for Sherri's book on improv quilting.  I really like the look of improv quilts, but never achieved the results I wanted.  

Once I received the email assigning me to a test group, I thought I would start by restricting myself to using a defined color palette.  Since I mostly had red and gray solids in my stash, that became my color choice.  I don't think the photo shows this, but the main background gray has very slight variations.  The fabric must have come from different dye lots and I like the effect it has on the quilt.

I'll admit to being stuck at first.  I think that the hardest part for me was getting started and making the first cut.  I then remembered a saying that I heard that "improv always means saying yes, and ...."

So I took a strip of red fabric, made an angled cut, and said "yes".  And, then I made the next cut and the quilt construction started to take off.  I wanted to take process photos, but once I got started I just got into the flow of making "blocks".

The quilt top took about three nights to complete and the layout is the first one that I laid out on my design floor.  I did try out some other layouts and stepped back from it for a day to really think about it, but I came back to the original layout.  

I learned while working on this quilt to not limit myself.  When I first read the directions regarding working with a Flying Geese block, I had a moment of panic and immediately thought "I can't do this, I don't do triangles".  But that was nonsense of course, I just had to throw that thought into the garbage and get to work.

Also, this is the first time that I have ever made a hanging sleeve or used invisible thread.  I was a bit worried about using invisible thread, but there were no problems at all during the quilting.

I'm not in the habit of naming my quilts.  I knew that I had to choose a name, but couldn't really think of anything.  It was the anniversary of my aunt's death from cancer and I was playing Elvis music all day because she was such a super huge fan.  When I heard the song "Burning Love", the name stuck with me.


"Burning Love" is the second quilt that I have made using one of Sherri's techniques.  "Busting Out" was my entry into the 2012 Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival.   It was made as part of the Mod Mood Quilt Along which is the "Get Your Curve On" score in the book.  Even today, I cannot believe that I made this quilt.  Maybe because it was so different from anything else I had ever created or maybe because I was totally lost in the flow during the construction.  


I am looking forward to working through all of the scores in the book.  Yes, I can't believe that I want to try every technique in a book.  Maybe I will have another improv quilt to share during the Fall Blogger's Quilt Festival.

Blogger’s Quilt Festival :: Spring 2015

I hope that you will check out all of the entries into the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  There is so much quilty inspiration and I enjoy visiting the blogs and reading about the quilts.  A big thanks to Amy for sponsoring this event.

Linking to Finish it Friday and Whoop, Whoop Friday.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Pink Scrappy Crosses

I am happy that I have been getting older WIP's finished in 2015.  So for May, I think my goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes will be to get these scrappy pink cross blocks completed, just because I am getting tired of seeing them on the design wall.

This will probably be the last quilt that I get done for the Hands 2 Help Challenge, but you never know.  I may just find more sewing time and keep going (well I can dream big cant I).

A Lovely Year of Finishes

Linking today to WIP Wednesday.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Finish It Friday - Sew Together Bags

So I had to do it.  I have been seeing all these great sew together bags and I knew that I had to jump in and try it.  And guess what - I have made 2 bags and thought they both turned out great.

Bag #1 was made for my sister's birthday.  It took me seven hours to make and I sewed through the night.  Lesson learned - don't wait until the last minute for craft projects.

I guess you can tell she is a Star Wars fan.

Bag #2 was made for my mom's birthday.  Her requirements were - something pink & yellow, bold, and add in some green.  It took a while for me to choose fabrics, but I ended up using some Amy Butler from stash.

The hardest part of making these bags is definitely choosing all the fabrics and zipper colors.

Now the next bag will be for me and I know I will have a hard time making the fabric decisions.

Linking today to Finish it Friday and to Whoop, Whoop Friday.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes - April

I am happy to say that I have met my April goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.  Its my second scrappy house quilt of 2015.

My goal was to take a pile of Scrappy Houses and make another quilt for the Hands 2 Help Challenge.  I still have enough houses to make about half a quilt so I may need to start digging in my scraps again.

I haven't yet figured out which WIP I will be working on in May,  I have been on a roll completing old projects, but find its not as fun as working on new projects.

Linking to A Lovely Year of Finishes - April Party.  I was #48 in the April sign-ups.

A Lovely Year of Finishes.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Design Wall Monday - Hands 2 Help Challenge

Oy! April may go down as the month where allergies knocked me out.  Not much sewing going on here, so I have a lot of catching up to do!

On my design wall today are these Greek Cross blocks that I had cut out along time ago using pink scraps.  I think this will be a 4X4 layout, so I have a few more to make.

This quilt will be a part of the Hands 2 Help Challenge.  Its not to late to join in.  

Also, last time I missed out on the #mypreciousQAL so I wanted to make sure I joined in this time. The goal is to be encouraged to use some of your precious or hoarded fabric.  I was just thinking lately that I needed to use my Cotton & Steel fabric before it became precious stash.

I couldn't quite figure out what to use, Tula stash or my precious Architextures (current fave!), but decided that it was time that Echo came out to play.  Echo may be the first fabric line that I saw as a preview and thought, I need to have that!

Yup, now that I said it, I've got to use it - right.  I guess I'll have to finally unwrap that jelly roll.  Not sure of a pattern yet, thinking something improv.

This week's goals:
  • My second Sew Together Bag as a gift.  My instructions were pink & yellow, bold, and throw some green in it.  Um, OK?  (Does this person not realize I have been destashing all my pinks!)
  • Little Island Quilting has run out of blocks for the Soy Amado project.  I guess I have to mail my box of blocks thats been sitting here.
  • My April goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes was another scrappy house quilt for the Hands 2 Help Challenge.  Just needs the binding to be finished.

This should keep me busy for a bit.  Goals are always good, but I can get sidetracked easily with all the quilty goodness in blogland and Instagram.

Linking today to Design Wall Monday.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

2015 Finish Along - Quarter 2 Intentions

With 2014 being my year of scrap and stash busting, my goal for 2015 has been to complete my WIPs (unfinished projects).  I joined the 2015 Finish Along and I think I did a good job with Quarter 1, finishing 5 projects from my to-do list.

I have learned though, that it is much more fun to start new projects than to finish old projects!

Quarter 2 Goals - 
New Projects

(1) Hazel - 1 block down, 3 more to go.  

(2) Just playing with scraps. Not sure what this project will be, maybe a rainbow mini.

(3)  Cotton & Steel Sawtooth Star blocks that I realize need greater fabric contrast.

(4) I found this orphan star block.  Not sure what this will be, maybe a pouch or a mini, maybe I'll add some Star Trek fabric.

(5)  The class project from the Gee's Bend class at Quiltcon.


(6)  Miss Kate Hexy quilt.  All of the hexies have been cut and I have started to put them together in rows.

(7)  Tula Pink Hexy project.  I found in my stash, one of my first attempts at making hexies using a charm pack of Parisville.  I think I may attempt to salvage the project.

Projects returning from Quarter 1.

(8)  Tilt.  Completed in 2012 and with the quilting about 75% complete, I think it really is time to finish this quilt.

(9) Lime Spider Web.  Boy, was I doing the happy dance several weeks ago thinking I had enough blocks for the top.  After counting, counting, and recounting, I was 6 blocks (24 wedges) short.  How did that happen?! 

(10)  Even after completing one house quilt in the first quarter, I still have enough blocks for about 2 more quilts.  My goal is to have at least one house quilt finished.

(11)  Pink Greek Cross quilt top needs quilting.
(12)  Lolly quilt blocks are completed using a tropical/floral themed jelly roll. 
(13)  Lolly scrap quilt.  All the strips have been cut from yardage since I am not using a jelly roll.
(14)  Hip To Be Square Challenge top completed, just needs quilting 

Well, I think that is enough projects for now.  I have a few long term projects that I work on occasionally, but I think I will leave those for another time.

Linking to the 2015 Finish Along.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side