Friday, July 18, 2014

Finish It Friday - the Purge

I have another finish this week as part of the Scrap Basket QAL

I searched through my scrap box and found plenty of small scraps that I used to create pixelated hearts out of 2.5 inch squares.

This is NOT how I intended for this quilt to look.  I had planned to enter this project into this month's Le Challenge where the theme was "small".  I completed the top heart and then left it for a few days while I worked on another project.  Somehow during this time, I switched machine feet and then made the bottom heart.

I knew instantly when I finished the 2nd heart that it was much bigger - over 1 inch. The top heart was made using a standard foot and the bottom heart was made with the quarter inch foot.  
I wondered if I could somehow make these 2 hearts work together.  I decided to border them and offset them on the quilt.  They are now surrounded with some pink paisley fabric that has been in the stash too long - it really must be purged!

So I am joining in with "the Purge".

Purge button

This is where you can address the unloved fabrics that found a way into your stash.

My goal this week is to put a dent in this pile.  There are mostly girls in my family and they have grown up before I could use all of my pink fabrics!
I saw a new tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co for the Disappearing Hourglass block and had to make one.
This may be my new favorite fast and easy block that looks super complicated.  I think this design will be perfect for busting that big pink fabric pile.
Linking this week to Finish It Fridays, The Purge, and Whoop Whoop Fridays.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Le Challenge - Small

This month's theme at Le Challenge is "small".  I chose to make a small project made of small pieces.

This small pillow measures 12 x 16 and was made using 2 inch hexies from my Denyse Schmidt fabric scraps.  I wondered how smart I was to make something with such small pieces since I seemed to under-estimate the number of hexies I needed and found myself always adding more rows to the pillow.
It kept feeling like the project would never end.

The hexies went together rather fast, but then I made the decision to hand quilt the piece with echo quilting inside each hexie.  Now the project really felt like it would never end.

Once I had the pillow cover together, I realized that it was way too big for my pillow form.  I had to cut an inch off all sides of the hexies. Yikes!
But, I soon had a pillow cover and I think it turned out kinda cute.
I haven't decided yet if its going to be a Christmas present, or maybe I will keep it since it matches my Texas quilt (currently a WIP).
Linking up with the other "small" themed entries for this month's Le Challenge.
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Friday, July 4, 2014

Finish It Friday - Scrap Basket QAL

Happy Independence Day everyone!
Earlier this year, when doing spring cleaning of my craft room,  I came to the horrible realization that I will never live long enough to quilt my fabric stash!  Oh, yes its true.  I am out of control with my fabric, scraps, and WIPs.

At first I was quite depressed thinking that I may never need to buy fabric again.  WHAT?!  So, I have been quite the busy quilting girl, quilting up projects and actually cutting into the stash.

My finish this week is for the scrap basket quilt along benefiting Margaret's Hope Chest. The QAL project is a scrappy rail fence, but quilts in any pattern are accepted, and especially boy's quilts are needed.
When I dumped over my scrap box, I had a huge amount of pink strings in all sorts of widths.  Wanting to make the best use of the scraps, I chose a scrappy half log cabin block using the pink strings and a some leftover yellow charms.
OMG, is this a bright quilt!  Is it possible to have too much pink?  I think I need my sunglasses to look at this quilt. 
Now, I am off to make a boy's quilt, maybe something I can look at without needing sunglasses.
Linking today to Finish It Friday and to Whoop Whoop Friday.

Friday, June 27, 2014

A New Favorite Quilt Book - Quilt-opedia

I found my new favorite quilt book at the library last week.  I picked it up, put it back, then took it home where it sat on a table for a few days. 
I am glad that I decided to crack it open and look inside.  Its Quilt-opedia and its full of projects that I cant wait to try out.
This week, I even have a finished top to share. 
The pattern is titled "Obsession", but I have been calling it the triangle quilt.  Somehow, I think that I'll always remember it as the quilt I made while watching a WKRP marathon.

It is a large quilt that is made entirely from stash fabric.

It is the first time I have ever made a ROYGBIV (rainbow) quilt.  The hardest part was selecting and cutting the fabric squares because I wanted to use up scraps.  I found that doing this type of quilt will also show you holes in your stash. I'm thinking a shopping trip for orange fabrics is needed.
I am not sure what project from the book I may make next, but I'm thinking I may need a new iPad cover for Quiltcon.  Hey, February 2015 will be here before you know it.
Linking my finished top to Finish It Friday and to Whoop Whoop Friday..

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Le Challenge - Charity

This month's Le Challenge  theme is "charity" and I knew right way the project I wanted to share. 
I recently made this quilt for the Hands 2 Help Challenge and was very pleased with how it captured my goal of making a masculine quilt.

I am also working on some other projects, that you may want to check out.
  • I had a few tops left that I couldn't finish in time for the Hands 2 Help Challenge deadline, but Sarah accepts tops and other items for use in their quilt ministry. 
  • If you have orphan squares, check out the Soy Amado project at Little Island Quilting.  I am amazed at how good all the squares look together in these quilts. 
  • The For Pinks Sake Blog Hop is currently collecting any pink blocks over 4 inches.  I made some pink house blocks using my favorite house tutorial.

  • Crazy Mom Quilts is having a Scrap Basket QAL benefiting Margaret's Hope Chest.  The feature quilt uses a rail fence pattern, but they will accept quilts in any pattern.  They really have a need for boys quilts, so I have been searching the stash to see what I can create.
 I hope that this month's Le Challenge theme has gotten you thinking about ways to share.
Please check out all the other "charity" themed entries this month, and check back in a few days to find out the next month's theme.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WIP Wednesday - Texas Road Trip QAL

With me being from Texas, there was no way I could pass up the Deep in the Heart of Texas QAL at My Fabric Relish.

I totally got into this quilt pattern and finished Quadrant 1 (northeast Texas)!  It is very easy to sew together since the pattern is broken into sections.  It is so easy, that I actually got ahead a bit.
This quilt was made using scraps from my stash of Denyse Schmidt fabrics.  A few of the pieces did get turned around.  But since this is meant to be scrappy, I decided to keep the pieces as is and did not get out the seam ripper.

I can see myself making several of these as gifts!

Linking today to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hands 2 Help Challenge - Final

Today is the day to link up our projects for the Hands to Help Challenge. This is my second year and I know that I will be back again next year for a 3rd time.

I am very happy to say that I have met my goals for this year - improve my machine quilting from last year, make one quilt for each of the 3 organizations, and to make a masculine quilt. 
I had a difficult time trying to design a masculine quilt, but I think this simple striped quilt works out well and was sent to Happy Chemo.
This quilt was made as part of the Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone QAL and was sent to Happy Chemo.
The lovebug quilt was sent to Quilts of Compassion.
This quilt was made for the Le Challenge theme of "Bright" and was sent to the Hurricane Sandy Survivors.
This quilt was made for the Le Challenge theme of "Nature" and was also sent to the Hurricane Sandy Survivors.
Thank you so much to Sarah for all the work that goes into organizing and hosting this event.
Please check out all the other quilts created for this years challenge, and I hope that you consider joining in the fun for next year's challenge.