Monday, June 15, 2015

Flood Texas With Love - Block Drive

It's Design Wall Monday and the only thing that I have been working on this past week are the scrappy blocks for Flood Texas With Love.

This scrappy block pattern was designed by Cheryl Arkison and is great for someone like me who saves every scrap.

Basically, you pick a color and sew your scraps together.  Honestly, I wondered how this was going to look, because I have all types of fabric thrown together.  But once I got the blocks on the design wall, they looked really cheery together.

Next up, will be my blue scraps and I am really scared to start working with this color as I seem to have a lot!  How did that happen!

They are fun to make and I love that I can use all my scraps (even the gifted fabric scraps that are really not my style of fabric).

Can you make a block?  All blocks should be in the mail be June 30th.  

Linking today to Design Wall Monday and to Oh Scrap!.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Le Challenge - Single

This month's Le Challenge theme is "single" and I found it to be quite fun.  There were so many projects that I have that would fit this theme, such as single color, single designer, single block, or single orphan block.

In the end, I chose to work on a scrappy WIP that used a single shape.  This rainbow mini is 12x14 and was pieced by hand.  Since I like using these monthly challenges to try new techniques, I thought I would try big stitch quilting.  The results are nice, but I wonder if I need to make the stitches larger next time.

The single shape that I used was not a triangle, but a shape that Sarah Fielke used to create the Jazz Hands pattern.  I used a cardboard template last year when I created my Jazz Hands which was pieced and quilted by hand.

It was so much fun to make this quilt, that I knew I wanted to make another one someday.  I'm not much of a template gal, but I got this template at Quiltcon 2015 and used it to make the mini.  No more cardboard templates now.

Please check out all of the other "single" themed projects this month at Le Challenge.

 photo LeChalleng

Finishing this project is #2 on my 2nd Quarter 2015 Finish-Along list.

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Sunday, June 7, 2015

A Lovely Year of Finishes - June Goal

Its already the month of June!  It seems that the older I get, the faster time flies.  This month's goal was a bit tricky for me.  I have a lot of old WIPs and I couldn't decide on my next project.

I finally chose to work with this stack of hand pieced scrappy triangles.  Maybe make a mini and hopefully it will be finished for this month's Le Challenge.  The theme this month is "single" and I actually have several projects that could work for this "single" theme - single color, single block, single designer, or single shape.

Linking today to A Lovely Year of Finishes.

A Lovely Year of Finishes

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.