Monday, May 27, 2013

City Sampler Quilt Along - Tula Pink

Being a huge Tula Pink fan, there is just no way I was going to miss the City Sampler Quilt Along at Sew Sweetness.

Sew Sweetness
I picked up my book this weekend and was all set to cut into my stash.  You see, recently I joined a Flickr swap of Tula Pink Layer Cake 10 inch squares and have received over 100 squares!  Its about a 1 and 1/2 inch tall stack of Tula goodness.
But when I started looking at the blocks, I realized that they finish at 6 1/2 square.  Most of the block pieces are sized 1 1/2 and 2 1/2.  So being the type of person who saves every scrap,  I knew that I would be able to use many scraps for these blocks.
I started going through the book and making blocks that matched up with the Tula and solid scraps that I had in my scrap box (uh....I mean boxes).

Finally, I started cutting into a few charm pack and layer cake pieces.  I have made 20 blocks so far, and I haven't dented the stash.

This is block #1 from the book (that still needs to be squared).  Right now, I am just putting the blocks together in a random color way.  Block #2 somehow got turned around and I decided to leave it.  Hey, it looks good to me.
I have thought some on the layout, but nothing definite yet.  Here is a picture of the completed sampler quilt that I took at Quiltcon.  I had no idea that someday I would be making it.
Linking today to the Lets Get Acquainted link-up and to Design Wall Monday.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2013

Woo Hoo! Its festival time - Blogger's Quilt Festival!  This festival is definitely a favorite for me as there is so much quilty inspiration.  The difficult choice is deciding on which quilt to enter. 

I chose to enter my Wonky Circles into the Art Quilt category.

Wonky Circles
Size:  27 x 27 inches square
Quilted:  Hand quilted by myself

This mini was made recently as part of the monthly Le Challenge.  It is made with Kona solids and is hand quilted using red thread in concentric circles about 1/2 inch apart.  This quilt was not marked, just quilted kinda free form.
The quilt was finished with a facing binding method.  The binding is on the back side of the quilt and there are no visible binding stitches on the front side.
Here is a close up of the corner.

Please check out all the other entries at Blogger's Quilt Festival.
Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival -
And, just for fun, my previous entries:
Fall 2012: Stretch
Spring 2012: Busting Out
Fall 2011: Civil War quilt

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Le Challenge - Wings

It's time for this month's Le Challenge.  The theme is "wings" and I have to admit that when I heard this, I was really stumped.  I knew that I wanted something graphic and kinda a continuation of last month's "geometric" theme.
This mini is inspired by airplane wings and finished at 17 x 15. 

I started by googling "wing shape" and was amazed at how much stuff is out there.  Everything that I saw, I kept thinking - how can I break this down further and make it more basic.  In the end, I tried to mimic the angle of an airplane wing.

Putting the top together was the easy part, but settling on a quilting design took days.  I decided to quilt wavy-ish lines while stitching at high speed.  I wanted a feel of air movement over the wings.
Please check out the other "wings" inspired creation at Le Challenge. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Fresh Sewing Day - May

It's the beginning of a new month and its time to review my makes for April.

  • Worked on projects from Craftsy classes
  • Wonky circles mini finished for the monthly Le Challenge.  This month's challenge is wings.
  • Marcelle medallion block started
  • More triangles galore blocks made
  • Blocks made for Quilts for Boston

 Linking to the Fresh Sewing Day at Lily's Quilts.
Lily's Quilts