Friday, April 21, 2017

INTRIGUING INTERLEAVES

A couple of weeks ago I took a workshop through my guild with Mel Beach.  We had such a great time, and within another afternoon I had finished my piece.  I promised myself when I reduced my work schedule from three days a week down to one I would take every opportunity to take the classes that my guild offers.  I have another schedule in May.  They are not alway something I will do again, but you learn something new in every class you have the opportunity to take.  
Its a finish and up on the wall in the entry so I'm linking up with:

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

FAT QUARTER QUILT ALONG #4

I down loaded April's Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along this week.  It is the bottom right block.  I make six blocks of each month.  Thus far block number 4 has only this one.  Its all those little 1 inch finished squares and half square triangles, YUCK!!!!! They are a real pain.  Well I have five more to go, and at least they are cut out.  
WIP Oh yes, so I am linking up with 

Friday, April 14, 2017

BLUE DAHLIA COMPLETE

My Blue Dahlia top is done.  Off to the quilter.  I had originally planned on quilting it myself, but frankly it is bigger than I am comfortable doing.  I hope to have a talk with my quilter and I am sure she can do what I had planned in my own mind, and much better than I would have succeeded in doing.  So nice to get this done. 
So I am linking up with:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

DOUBLE WEDDING RING PART 3

Well the project is coming along.  I fear I am running out of fabric choices, so I may have to get on line and see what I can do.  Plus my bestie Brooke has offered to go through her stash and see what she can de-shrash for me.   These templates are Victoria Findley Wolfe's, which I borrow from a friend.  I love them, as they are 20 inches across a completed ring.  The nice thing is you have to cut out all your pieces and construct them in rows.  Then you just sew the rows together.  Tips: Starch does wonders for  piecing these, and Fons and Porter Fabric glue instead of pinning.  Never thought I would actually do one of these and this has been so much fun.  
No it is not done, but it is on its way so I am linking up:

Friday, April 7, 2017

FLYING GEESE

My quilt guild does a Hot August Night Challenge each year. Often times they have a theme, but this year they gave us a specific pattern we had to use instead.  It was to cut seven fabrics at 2.5 inches by 18 inches together, and one had to be a white or light colored.  The remain six could be anything you wanted even scrappy. The strips were then cut at 2.5 inches and the light square moved down to make a pattern of your choice.  I decided to do a V pattern.  I also cut my strips three inches to give my other six fabrics a better showcase.  I ended up using the scraps left over from my Blue Dahlia quilt top, which is still in progress.  
I quilted this piece with straight stitching using 28 and 12wt threads diagonally in the V pattern.  We are required to give our pieces a name.  Mine Flying Geese.  I know I am a bit early, but this idea sprang into my head and I had to run with it.  I think I just might have a winner.
This is almost a finish, just a bit more binding to sew down.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

DOUBLE WEDDING RING AT LARGE


A couple weeks ago I finally decided to try my hand at a project I have considered for several years.  The problem that came about was that these blocks are really quite small and were not giving me the featured fabrics a big enough area. 
I talked to a friend at my guild, that offered to lend me her Double Wedding Ring templates by Victoria Finley Wolfe.
Wow what a difference.  Now this is exactly what I had in mind.  Plus with these bigger pieces they go together much easier and lets face it I do not have to make so many of them to boot.  I do have to say that two of the things I learned in the Craftsy class that I purchased on Double Wedding Rings quilts was the use of Fons and Porter fabric glue.  That curved piecing works great with only a pin or two.  There are no wrinkles or gathering.  Plus the advice on making sure you starch the fabric really well helps too.  
Yes it is still a work in progress, but I am way happier with it.
  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

FINISH A LONG 2017 Q2 GOALS

Three projects I should really finish in the second quarter of 2017


My Blue Dahlia quilt.  I have it three quarters done.  It is number one on my priority list.  


My fall appliqué wall hanging.  Lots more leaves and a ton of quilting to accomplish. Fall is a bit of the time away for now, but I really should get busy as time flies.  


Now this is a real goal.  I have thought about making a Double Wedding Ring quilt for years.  I actually made one ring years ago and tossed that idea out the window.  I'm back at it again with more success.  I really love this idea so far, so I am putting a pretty high priority on this one.  

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