Monday, June 24, 2013

City Sampler Quilt Along - Tula Pink

Last week, I decided to hunker down and concentrate on finishing some projects since I have a huge stack of WIPs.
It really started when I saw my bright spider web quilt top looking kinda sad.  I had been wanting to make this for my bed and hope that this will be a great way to start the day by waking up to something so cheery looking.
My plan was to hand quilt it and I finally got started.  I was sitting on the floor just sewing away when my dog decided to sneak across it.  I told him to "STOP", but it was too late.  He froze and plopped over trying to play dead.

I took a quick pic and then told him to move.  He just froze and acted like he didn't understand me.  Nice try, but no - he had to move off the quilt.  I am really hoping to have this finished and ready to show soon!
Today is the day to show off our blocks 13-15 in the City Sampler Quilt Along.
For block 13, I changed the color placement and it makes for a different look.  Its kinda like a giant hashtag.

Block 14 was made with Tula's Prince Charming.  I cant wait for her new Acacia fabric to come out.

Also linking today with the Monday Lets Get Acquainted party at Heart of Charnwood.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Moving to Bloglovin

Claiming my blog since Google reader goes down in July.
Alyce, at Blossom Heart Quilts, wrote an excellent post that I used to transfer my info to Bloglovin.  If you need help, check it out and the tips that are written in the comments.

City Sampler QAL - Blocks 10-12

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A short blog post today, as we are showing off our blocks 10, 11, and 12 for the City Sampler Quilt Along.  I cannot believe how fast these are made and use such small pieces.  If you are like me and love to save scraps, I think these blocks would be a great way to showcase your precious scraps.
Block 10
Block 11

Block 12

The prizes for those linking up this month include some Tula Pink Aurifil thread that I have been wanting to try (insert squeal of giddiness here!). 
More blocks can be found at Sew Sweetness.   I am getting excited to see everyone's finished projects since such a variety of fabric is being used on these blocks.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Le Challenge - Maritime

There's nothing like waiting until the last minute!  I thought that this month's maritime theme would be easy.  I went through my stash repeatedly and didn't find anything, except a bit of Saltwater in my Tula stash.  I also had no ideas.
I decided to make a project inspired by a Craftsy class, Pattern Free Quiltmaking.  I am going to call this mini "Waves" and it finishes at 12 x 12.

I started with 4 1/2 inch squares and a package of navy bias tape.  Then, I started sewing the bias tape in squiggles or waves on each of the squares.  I sewed the squares together and planned to use white thread to FMQ.  But I thought this may look kinda boring.  So I pulled different color blue embroidery threads and echo quilted the lines rather free-formed creating a ripple effect.
(Hoping to get a better photo with more light because the mini does not look so dull. )

Do you have a maritime project to link up this month?  Check out all the entries at Le Challenge.  I cant wait to see what the next month's theme will be. 

Also linking today to Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Modern Mini Quilt Challenge - Wings

It is time for the Modern Mini Quilt Challenge at Ellison Lane Quilts.
I decided to enter my mini quilt "Wings".

This finished at 17 x 15 was made for May's challenge at Le Challenge with the theme - wings.  I tried to capture the angle of an airplane wings in each of the squares.  I then quilted it a super fast speed making wavy lines to mimic the air blowing over an airplane's wings in flight. 
Please check out all the other entries for this Modern Mini challenge.  There are a lot of great minis and plenty of quilty inspiration.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

City Sampler Quilt Along - Blocks 7-9

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I have jumped ahead quite a bit making these blocks, but they are quite fun to make and finish at 6 1/2 inches square.  This week is the link-up for blocks 7-9.
Block #7 was made with Parisville fabric.
Block #8 was made with my favorite Tula Pink fabric line - the Birds and the Bees.

Block #9 was made using Parisville fabric.  I really, really love using this "eye drop" fabric.  I think it works so well in any block where I have used it.

To see more of this week's blocks, check out Sew Sweetness.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Design Wall Monday - Maritime Challenge

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I have finished my Tula blocks and thought I would have some time this weekend for sewing the top together, but I had to stop and make a quilt for my mom to give to her sick friend.  Maybe, having a project break was good because I am still waffling on the final layout.  Not sure if I will stick to a grid layout, or attempt something more complicated.
So, I think its on to a different project.  The Le Challenge theme this month is "maritime" and the linkups are on the 15th.  I can't believe it, but I have been through my stash twice and still do not have a plan or any inspiration.  Nothing like waiting till the last minute on this project.
But, I am happy to get a package today.

Terri at From Here To Quilternity is taking here shop in a new direction and is having a blow out sale.  I love to shop from this site as I always get my order right away.  Some of the fabrics I saw were as low as $1.95/yard.  I bought some Amy Butler and Tina Givens.  Unfortunately, no fabric will help me with the "maritime" challenge.
Also, the 2013 Lets Get Acquainted blog hop has started at Plum and June.  I had a great time last year and can't wait to visit the stops in 2013.

Linking up today to Design Wall Monday and the Monday Lets Get Acquainted meet up. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

City Sampler Quilt Along - Tula Pink

I am still continuing with the City Sampler blocks for the Tula Pink QAL

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So far, I have 47 of these little blocks finished.  But, today is the day to link up blocks 4-6.
Block #4 is modified slightly from the original.  Since I am using solid scraps, I found that these scraps fit perfect for this block.  The Tula Pink fabric is from Parisville.
Block #5.  Not sure which Tula Pink collection these fabrics are from since they came through a swap.

Block #6 using fabric from my favorite collection - the Birds and the Bees.

It may by time to start figuring out how I am going to put them all together.  I am leaning toward using the 100 blocks and making the cover quilt.

Linking today to the Lets Get Acquainted link-up and to Design Wall Monday.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Hands 2 Help Challenge - Finals

Today, starts the link-up party to show off the Hands 2 Help Challenge quilts. 

Last year, I had just found the challenge when it was over and was inspired by all the charity quilts.  I told myself that if they had a challenge in 2013, that I was going to join in. 
There are 2 charities benefiting from the challenge this year: Happy Chemo and Quilts Beyond Boarders.  I set a goal of 2 quilts for each and I am happy to say that I ended up with a total of 5 quilts that are going to new homes.
The first quilts made are 2 children's quilts going to Quilts Beyond Boarders.  I created the quilt top using various widths of polka dots fabrics from stash and backing it with a bright red cat print that is also used on the front.
The next quilt was made using the Long Division tutorial at Crazy Mom Quilts.  This is the largest of these quilts that I made and it is going to Happy Chemo.
The last 2 quilts started out in my mind as a jelly roll strip quilt.  I soon discovered that not all jelly rolls are created equal.  I must have purchased a small jelly roll because I soon ended up with a large rectangle of strips that was no where big enough for a quilt. 
It sat for a few days while I wondered how to solve this issue.  I decided to cut the rectangle in half, making 2 squares.  The squares were then surrounded with a large strip of orange fabric creating 2 throw size quilts.  These 2 quilts will be headed to Happy Chemo.
A super big thanks to Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for all her work organizing this challenge.  I look forward to seeing all the 2013 quilts and hope to join in once again in 2014.