Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hands2Help Challenge - Check In

Today is the day where we show our progress in the Hands 2 Help Challenge.  I think that so far I am right on schedule and have not felt like time is creeping up on me.  I have finished several quilts and have a few left to be quilted.


Top #1 is based on one that Tula Pink showed at last quilt market.  It is very easy to make and instead of choosing many colors, I opted to use different light grays as the secondary color in each block.  The plan is straight line quilting, which I hope to start soon.


Top #2 is simple patches using some very pastel, floral charms.  Instead of solid charms, I chose to use some polka dots which I think makes the top a bit more fun.

It's not too late to join the challenge.  I am choosing to make multiple quilts, but you can just make one if you like. 
 
I can't wait to see what projects everyone else is working on.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Finish It Friday - Totes For Breast Cancer Warriors

It's Finish It Friday, and I have something non-quilty to share today.  MJ (a fierce cancer survivor) is collecting handmade tote bags to hold items given to those newly diagnosed with cancer. 
 
I haven't made many tote bags before.  But after reading this simple tutorial for a lined tote bag, I knew that I was going to try.


This took abount an hour to make and I can't believe how well it turned out.  I think I will be making more of these in my future.
 
I hope that you can help MJ reach her Mother's Day goal by making a bag.  More info is on her blog, MJ's Lost Cause.
 
Linking today to Finish it Friday and to Whoop Whoop Fridays

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Le Challenge - Bright

The theme at Le Challenge this month is "bright".  I knew that I had a charm pack full of bright yellows and pinks that would be perfect for the challenge.

  


I had wanted to tone down the charms by placing white squares between them, but then I got the wild idea to embrace the brightness and use pink squares with the charms.  I quilted this with loops and am getting better, but I still need to work on gripping my project when FMQ (free-motion quilting).
 
I think this little quilt will be sent to Hands2Help.
 
The next month's Le Challenge theme is "nature".  I cant wait to see how this theme is interpreted. 

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hands 2 Help Challenge - Tips

I have been working on my quilts for the Hands2Help Challenge hosted by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

 
This Sunday is a link-up for your favorite tips, patterns, tutorials, or snacks.  I think that my favorite tutorial is not really a tutorial.  But, I mean that the easy pattern that I am using comes from a quilt that Tula Pink shared during her schoolhouse video at Fall Market.  At around minute 10, Tula has a quilt that is made from jelly roll strips.  I thought that I would try to make it with a small bright jelly roll that I had.


This may be the easiest quilt top that I have ever made.  I am currently making another quilt top in  solids for the challenge.
 
Also from the schoolhouse video, at around minute 8 there is a quilt titled "Moxie" that was recently uploaded on her website.  I already have the templates cut out and am cutting into my Tula stash for this quilt.
 
Hoping to see what others are working on for the Hands2Help Challenge this week.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Le Challenge - Order

The theme for this month's Le Challenge is "order".  I think this has got to be my favorite theme yet.  It certainly gave me plenty of project ideas.
 
With my sewing time rather restricted lately, I knew that I would have to make a small project for the challenge.  I decided that getting my work area in "order" meant finding a storage solution.



I decided to cut into my Field Study stash and try noodlehead's Open Wide Zippered Pouch.  I thought it went together quite fast and easy.  I am still new to zippers, but the tutorial had plenty of pictures to walk you through the process.  I can see myself making more of these as gifts. 
 
I wonder what next month's theme will be.
 
Linking today to Le Challenge and to Whoop Whoop Fridays.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Le Challenge - The Rising Sun

The Le Challenge theme this month is "the rising sun".  I love this challenge because it can be any craft project just so long as its finished and well.......it is just so challenging!
 
This month I had a few goals.  I wanted to do something non-quilty, make something functional, and use a sample fat eighth of orange ombre fabric. 


I decided to make a small, simple bag for my recharger cords.  I hate to just throw the loose cords into my bag for the iPad, cell phone, camera, and iPod.  So now, I can put all the cords into this little bag and know where they are at.
 
I thought it needed something extra and had planned to embroider a sun on the front panel.  But since the theme is the rising sun, I decided to do some sashiko-inspired lines of sewing on both sides.

 



This simple bag took about an hour to make, which included time to watch the Olympics and to eat a pop tart.
 
Next month's theme will be announced tomorrow and I hope that you are able to join us.  It is always so interesting to see how others interpret the monthly theme. 
 
Lately, I have been enjoying my project from the last challenge theme - precious.
 
Happy Valentine's Day
 
Linking today to Le Challenge and to Whoop Whoop Fridays.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

WIP Wednesday - February 5th

A couple people told me that I hadn't updated my blog lately.  I promise I have been sewing my little fingers off working as a pattern tester.  You know its bad when late the other night, I kept tapping the end of my chair with my foot and wondering why that dang needle wasn't moving!
 
So my January finishes were a big zero as in nada, nix, none.  But I do have a few projects that I am hoping to get done while I am waiting for the backing fabric to arrive.
 
1.  Classic Meets Modern QAL.  This month's traditional block is the Amethyst Block.  I decided to make it modern by making the angles all wonky.  It kinda looks like a wonky star block to me.

 

2.  Le Challenge.  These monthly challenges have been.......well....challenging! 
This month's theme is "the rising sun" and the linkup party is the 15th.  I haven't missed a party yet, so I need to get moving.  Not sure just yet what I am going to do, but I did find a sample of some orange ombre fabric in the Quiltcon goodie bag that I may work with.
 
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3.  Pantone Color Challenge - Radiant Orchid.  This purple/pink color is something that I do not have much of in my stash, but I really want to participate in this year's challenge.  I remember all of the great emerald entries from last year that looked really fun.
 
2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge: Radiant Orchid

Linking up today to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.