Monday, November 18, 2013

Design Wall Monday - Fifty Shades of Groovy

On my design wall today is my quilt from a class that I took at the recent Houston International Quilt Festival.  There were not many modern quilting classes at all, but I register for "Fifty Shades of Groovy" taught by Leslie Tucker Jenison.
I really had a good time in class.  I learned a lot from the instructor about design, color, and planning your quilts.  Often, I love to get started on a new project and just jump in.  I don't think I plan too much, maybe I need to think things out more.

The class materials called for a layer cake of material in bold, graphic prints.  I thought that my stash of Echo worked well.

I just put these blocks on the wall.  They're in no final order just yet.  Not sure how big this will be and I have some extra blocks.

I thought the instructor's quilts were very bold and the quilting was fabulous.

During lunch and after class, I was able to go to through the quilt show and shop.  I can say that at the end of the day, I was worn out.

This picture was taken at the end of the day.  There was no way the aisles looked this way during lunch!  The place was packed.
Linking today to Design Wall Monday.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Le Challenge - Stripes

The theme this month for Le Challenge is "Stripes".  I thought that this would be easy, but then I discovered that my rather large fabric stash had about 4 striped fabrics.  Ooops.

I found a plain pink stripe that seemed to be awkwardly hanging out in the stash.  Its been there so long,  I think it was gifted to me many, many years ago.  I challenged myself to find a way to use it.  After looking at it a bit, I thought that I would make a tree skirt for my mini-feather tree.
I used my Dresden ruler to make the simple skirt.  It seemed liked it needed something extra, so I added some pom-pom trim left over from another project.
Super simple, and finished in one evening (and no, it was not finished last evening).  This month I have had a bunch of non-quilty obligations, so I wanted a quick project that was not a quilt.  Just for fun I thought I would show you my other possible stripe project.

The pink striped fabric was in the same storage box as these blocks that I totally forgot I had.  They were created in an Improv class that I had taken at Quiltcon.  We were to start working with a traditional block and then apply some improve techniques.  The bottom left is the "Roman Stripe" traditional block that I started with.  I decided not to use them for this challenge because I felt I needed more time to come up with a plan.
I hope that you check out the other "Stripes" inspired challenge projects at Le Challenge.  I love this challenge because you can interpret the theme in any way you wish, and you can use any medium that you want.  The only requirement is that you show a completed project.
I wonder what next month's theme will be?
Le Challenge

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Penny Patch QAL Progress

I have enjoyed working on the simple Penny Patch block in the QAL at Stitched in Color.  My color choices are orange and teal with a pop color of mustard.

I am ahead a bit on this QAL, as I am trying to stay focused with the holidays coming soon.  This quilt will be made entirely from stash scraps. 

I was getting a bit nervous because everything was looking so "messed up".  The more I moved and rearranged the squares, the more crazy I got.  So, I just decided to stop rearranging and started to put the top together.  Once the squares were sewn together, I started to like it more.

Today is the link up to review our progress.  Its always so interesting to look at other's color combinations.  I hope you join along.
Penny Patch button

Sunday, November 3, 2013

MSBHQAL - Its Ready!

I have loved being involved with all of the sparkly goodness at the Molli Sparkles Broken Herringbone Quilt-A-Long. 

I cut into my Denyse Schmidt fabric stash and learned the Broken Herringbone block.  The top is finished and ready to be quilted.  I am still trying to figure the quilting out, but I am sure that I will come up with something soon.  I just love the fabrics working so well together and I think this will make a really nice Christmas present for someone. 
Christmas!  Did I just say that!  Yikes, it will be here before you know it.
Please check out the other entries in the MSBHQAL.  I just love seeing how everyone can take the same block and make it into their own project.