Friday, May 6, 2016

Finish It Friday - Lime Spider Web

Woo hoo, I finally have a finish!  Finishing my lime spider web quilt was on all my to-do lists in 2015 and now its completed.

This is my second spider web quilt.  If you have a scrap problem, try this quilt pattern as my scrap boxes were emptied several times.  

Every time I had enough scraps, I would make up wedges.

But then it took awhile for me to find the time to hand quilt it.

I think that the red quilt is still my favorite.

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

Monday, May 2, 2016

Design Wall Monday - Crossed Block

I joined my first bee last year, and May is my month for the Quilter's Bee Mod.  My goal was to choose a block that was modern, easy, and scrappy.  I chose the Crossed Block by Ellen Baker.  This block has been on my to-do list for some time.

These sample blocks were made using low volume backgrounds and I added my favorite color, dark blue, somewhere in the block.

I can't wait to see what all my bee mates create.  I think this block meets my criteria of modern, easy, and scrappy, but it's also fun!

Linking today to Design Wall Monday.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Back in the Game

2016 so far has been the year of the missing sewing mojo.  But, I think I may have found one reason why I dont want to sew lately.  My Janome 8900 has been skipping stitches, which is so frustrating!  This problem has been on-going and I have tried using all sorts of new needles, different brands of threads, cleaning the machine, and switching out feet.

This weekend I was determined to quilt up the tops for this year's Hands 2 Help Challenge.  It was a frustrating mess of skipped stitches everywhere.  It got so bad that I started looking at new machines. I googled the problem and found that the Janome purple tip needles may be the answer.

I spent all day Saturday searching for these needles in different shops and bought the last pack in the 4th shop I searched.  Could this new needle really be the answer to all the frustrations?

YES!  I started tested the needles first by sewing together a stack of scrappy house blocks with no problems.

Next it was time to quilt.  Just simple straight line quilting.  So far, so good.  Everything was working great, but then came the big test,  Could I attach binding without skipped stitches?  It seems that this is where there is always a problem with the machine.  There are always skipped stitches sewing through multiple layers of fabric no matter what type of needle, thread, or foot that I used.

The binding was sewed on great without any skipped stitches, and I have one finished quilt for the H2H Challenge.

The quilt pattern is Lolly from Tula Pink which I have made many times.  It was made with scraps I received last December, when I wished on Instagram for scraps.  This will be my first entry into this year's Scrap Quilt Challenge.

Linking today to Oh Scrap.

Quilting is more fun than Housework

Monday, March 14, 2016

Le Challenge - Reading

My sew-jo has been seriously missing in 2016, but there have been a few projects completed.

This month's theme at Le Challenge is "reading" and I was able to complete a birthday present just in time to join the challenge.

My sister is a huge Star Wars fan and requested a pouch to carry her reader or a book on the upcoming Star Wars cruise.  This is the Double Zipper Device Sleeve from Sew 4 Home.  It was an easy to follow tutorial and it took me one evening to make.  I think this gift will be well received.

Linking today to Le Challenge.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Design Wall Monday - Leap Year

So, I have lost some serious sewing mojo since the holidays.  It could be that my focus has drifted to working out more or that my camera finally died, but honestly I sit looking at my fabric and nothing is happening.  

Maybe it is time to work on some WIP's.  My design wall has not changed.  These are 2 projects from 2015 that I need to work on again.

Or, maybe I will make some progress on a Miss Kate hexy quilt.  It will look just like the Happy Go Lucky hexy quilt that I finished last year.

Hoping that I find my sewing mojo soon!

Linking today to Design Wall Monday.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Hello 2016!

This year I wasn't planning to look back, but somehow starting a new year makes me think about where I want to go and where I have been.

2015 was the year where I finally was able to attack my stack of old projects and complete them with the help of monthly and quarterly goals.

So, goodbye 2015.  I finished some projects for me.

I finished some projects for good causes.

And, I was quite surprised at the number of bags that I made and how much fun I had with them.

So, where to next in 2016?  2014 was the year to bust stash and scraps. 2015 was the year to focus on finishing old projects.  I think 2016 will be the year of no more excuses.  It's time to make the quilts that I want to make and use the "good" stuff that I have been saving for "someday".  

2016 Goals
  • Explore more improv.  I keep finding myself drawn to this technique and design.
  • Work and experiment more with color, especially use color combinations that are not my "go-to" colors.
  • Make myself some quilts and projects with my sacred, hoarded fabric. 
  • Continue making bags, especially more Sew Together bags.  These make great gifts!
  • Continue making charity quilts and focus on making more masculine quilts.
  • Its also time to tackle making some clothes.

My word this year is "productive". I want to make everything!

Linking today to Whoop Whoop Friday.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Scraps

Just when I think that I have my scraps under control, I find this.

These scraps were left over from my Burning Love quilt and were found stuffed inside a shoe box. 

I decided to challenge myself to make something useful out of these scraps and thought that a quilt-as-you-go pillow would work.

I still have a ways to go, but I am hoping to have this completed before Christmas.  I even have the pillow form ready.

Also, I am so happy to be making progress on my long term scrap project - the lime spider web quilt. I finally got this basted over Thanksgiving and am now working on the hand quilting. 

Linking today to WIP Wednesday.