Friday, April 28, 2017

FALL RUNNER MISHAP

I consider myself at least a intermediate quilter.  I hope I am not the only one that makes these silly mistakes.  I was completely down to the last row of quilting on my fall runner.  I discover that my back is slightly short on one of the sides.  Good grief now what does one do!  I could shorten it, I was not crazy about doing that.  I took a bit more time and discovered that once my binding was on and turned over the back to hand sew down I could cover up the mishap.
Well here it is done, and no one will ever know that that back was slightly short.  I was able to completely cover it up with the folded over binding.  Its a finish so I am linking up with:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

PAINTED QUILTING

I have finally after a good deal of experimentation started to figure out this painting on fabric.  These two blocks are done.  Well maybe done, I think they might need a bit of work blending the colors.  
I am still working on this one.  It has a way to go.  I am not sure how I will quilt these.  I have toyed with doing some stitch outlining of the stems and blooms and not sure how to quilt the backgrounds as of yet.  I think there is still a bit of work to blend the colors a bit more, but they are more or less on their way to a good finish.  
They are still a work in progress so I am linking up with:


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.  

http://shecanquilt.ca

Friday, March 31, 2017

THIS, THAT, AND SOME OTHER THING

I am happy to say that I finally worked out most of the kinks in my fabric painting ordeal.  This 12 1/2 inch block is done, and I have two more ready to paint.  I am still on a huge learning curve, but it is getting better.
While trying to recover from several failed painting blocks, I decided to try to heal my wounds with something I do know how to do.  This needs way more leaves, then lots of quilting.
Well one thing finished and another getting there so I am linking up with:



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

BLUE DALIA THREE QUARTERS

I have been working a bit more on my Blue Dahlia quilt top this past week.  I promised I would have a surprise to some of you that commented on my first post about it.  Well here it is.  Not all BLUE.  The pattern called for three blocks done in a pinkish red.  No, not my favorite color or idea.  I found this perfect golden yellow to add the pop in there instead.  
As you can see it is now 3/4 of the way complete.  Guess I had better get busy and finish it off.  I plan to quilt it myself, which might be a bit of a chore.  I'm not so sure I am up to that task.  
It is still a work in progress so I am linking up this mid week with:

Friday, March 24, 2017

PAINTING FABRIC & MISSING APPLIQUES

I made an attempt to paint my design this week with new fabric paints and pencils.  Things didn't go well.  There is definitely a learning curve on this type of fabric treatment.  I tried again with a new project, but it really didn't go well.  
While digging around in a couple appliqué  books for new paint designs I discovered this small center piece in one of the pages all finished.  Hmmmm, maybe a small diversion would make me feel better.
 It helped to accomplish something, it is hanging on the wall, I feel better.  On to the painting projects again now.  As I actually finished something this week I'll link up with:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

YES I'VE COMPLETELY LOST MY MIND

     In October I fell victim to a demo at a quilt show and purchased a Tsukineko ink set.  In January I saw several quilts using paints and decided to purchase a set of Jacquard Dye-na-Flow paints as well.  They have sat in a box in my studio ever since.  In this past couple of weeks I decided to enroll in a Craftsy class that deals with painting on fabric.  That involved purchasing Pebeo transparent paints.  Yes insane, but I am on this mission now and refuse to give up.
     I spent Saturday afternoon, watching U-Tube classes and experimenting with this new crazy idea of mine.
Try number one with the Jacquard paints.  I'm was not impressed, so read more and watched more U-Tube.
   Try number two, a bit better.  Plus I can add more color once these dry.  Also I am using Pellon 830 interfacing.  Great for raw edge appliqué as it will not fray.  However, one must color it.
Try number three, using the Tsukineko ink.  I think I like this better and will have to try a couple more color combos.
Just for fun, I painted over this batik with a light tan color to reduce the brightness of the fabric.  A suggestion from one of the U-Tube classes.  At least one doesn't have to make their own colors, but can change the color a bit on printed fabrics.  
This is what I am trying to achieve.  I took this picture at a quilt show to give me a visual image.  This gal does a fantastic job.  These leaves were done with Pellon 830 interfacing painted with I believe Pebeo transparent paints.  After watching the Craftsy class I am taking this seems to be where I want to go.  
Well it may be I really have completely lost my mind, but  I am linking up with this WIP and hopefully to really be able to figure this out.

Friday, March 17, 2017

MARCH QUILT ALONG BLOCK FINISH

On the 15th of each month Fat Quarter Shop adds a Quilt Along Block.  This is March.  I have decided to do mine all in red prints.
So here we are with January, February, and March.  And this is a finish at least until next month, so I am linking up with.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

DOUBLE WEDDING RING ATTEMPT

     For several months now I have had it in my mind to attempt a Double Wedding Ring Quilt, well at least a table runner or wall hanging, lets not get too overly confident.  I order a paper pieced pattern by Timeless Treasures.  Well 28 pages of direction later, you have to be kidding, I was stumped. 
     So I ordered Victoria Findlay Wolfe's book Double Wedding Ring Quilts.  It is a wonderful book, full of inspiration, but few real directions for a beginner.  
     At last I decided to go on Craftsy, and purchase a class.  I have taken a number of classes in the past from Craftsy and they are great.   Contemporary Curves Double Wedding Ring Quilts by Jackie Kinkel is no exception.  She not only gives great directions, but also material with paper piecing templates too.  
    It took me several times watching her direction.  The beauty of Crafts.  You can watch it over, and over, and over again until ones gets it firmly ingrained in ones brain.  
    Above, my first block.  It is perfect, no wrinkles, pleats and it is the right size too.  
      Block number two, just the two outside white newsprint to sew on, but that is not going to be an issue; I've got this now.  
     This is a WIP, but I can see a table runner, wall hanging, and oh who knows maybe a quilt in the near future.
So I am linking up with:
Young Texan Mama

Friday, March 10, 2017

AMY BUTLER MIXED BAG

This project has been hanging around for several months.  I decided to try to finish it off and get it off to the quilter.  It has a couple of Amy Butler fabric lines that I made some sampler blocks with along with some Oval Elements in different co-ordinating colors.  
I did not have enough of Amy's fabric, but found this border that I figured didn't look too terribly off base.  This is a finish and will go to my guild's charity project.  Last year we gave away 220 quilts to various needy agencies.  
It should find a good home so it is a finish:
  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

PURE

A week or two ago I made some pillow cases for children that are hospital cancer patients.  I have lots of children's fabric.  With three daughters that grew up in our neighborhood with lots of other playmates there came a time when they and all their friends began their own families.  I made lots of baby quilts.  Well that era has passed on and all the babies are grown up and few baby quilts are needed any longer.  
   I made a rather tangled mess of my children's fabric stash. However, I discovered some real treasurers.  As is my usual operational style, at least a couple were cut out with patterns or at least a photo of the idea and set aside when I moved on to other projects. 
This picture of American Jane fabric right above has a wonderful baby quilt idea, and it is started too.  I'll post that one next week.  This project below was all cut out and ready to go.  No pattern just a picture of an idea.  The idea seemed doable with what was ready to put together so I took the afternoon and decided to finish it up.
Well here it is, the fabric is Pure by Sweet Water.  It is ready to get quilted too.  I think I will quilt this one myself and who knows maybe someone will need a baby quilt in the near future.  
So it is still a work in progress so I am linking up with:

Friday, March 3, 2017

THINKING AHEAD

While digging around in my studio I dislodged this runner started sometime ago.   International Quilt Festival 2014/2015 magazine along with the fabric was tucked away in a bag, and several of the appliqués were complete as well.  I hope I am not the only one that starts things like this and then stashes them away.  Maybe I'm related to a squirrel.  Never the less, here it is asking to be finished.  
My youngest daughter is a real fan of my runners.  She has a large dining table so likes large runners.  This one is 24 by 48 inches.  I'll finish it off with some quilting and stash it away as a Mothers Day gift along with a purple candle to go with it.  
It is nearly a finish so I'm linking up with:

  

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

BLUE DAHLIA

One of my very favorite quilt magazines is Quilts & Crafts Simply Moderne.  The most recent issue #8 arrived this past week.  I fell in love with their pattern Blue Dahlia.
The applique pieces have a somewhat different process of doing them, but I am always game in learning something new.  First you draw you appliqué pattern on the non fusible side of Pellon Fusible 911FF then with the fusible side on top of the right side of the fabric you sew all around the appliqué pattern line.  You then slit the Pellon and turn your appliqué piece right sides out.  
Now my appliqué pieces are ready to fuse to my background.  It is important to follow the directions on the Pellon Fusible to get them to adhere properly to your background.  
And the start of my quilt top.  I did sew my appliqués down with Sulky Polyester invisible thread using a hemming stitch.  You can hardly see the stitches they blend in so well.  I did figure out that a 65 size sewing machine needle works best with that thread.
On Saturday afternoon I got the first quarter done on the quilt top and have started on the second.  Such a fun project and I learned a new technique as well.  It is a start so I am linking up with:

Friday, February 24, 2017

LOW VOLUME STARS

My friend Brooke at Silly Mama Quilts occasionally asks me to assist with some quilt top construction.  She sent this one along with another a couple weeks ago.  The pattern was in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine April 2017's issue.  I must admit the pattern construction for the stars is somewhat odd.  However, when in doubt follow the instructions.  It worked, and joining the stars at their 45 degree angle actually worked perfectly.  

Brooke had some very specific fabrics, so once I got to the small border I ended up having to piece them, but I really like the border results.  The final larger border was also pieced with a different low volume fabric on each side.  The end result I think was a cute little quilt top.
Since this top is done I am linking up with:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

PATCHWORK QUILT ALONG 1 AND 2

In January I posted my first six blocks of the Fat Quarter Shop's Make A Wish Patchwork Quilt Along.  On the 15th of this month  block #2 came so it was get busy and get it done. 
So here is block #2.  I am making them all in red fabrics and so far I have used a different white fabric.  They are fun and not very difficult at all.  It is a work in progress so I am linking up with:

Friday, February 17, 2017

HELPING HANDS

I volunteered to help my friend Brooke finish up a couple of items while she worked on other more pressing projects.  The floral fabric is a heavy weight designer fabric.  It really is a beautiful print.  
I continued adding additional blocks to the pattern which was featured in Quilts and More's Spring 2017 issue.  
 And here we are with the finished top.  It measures 60 by 60 inches.  So I'm linking up with:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PILLOW CASES FOR CHILDREN CANCER PATIENTS

My quilt guild does a National Quilt Day event in March.  Your entry to the event is to either bring a pillow case or make one before you can get involved in making charity quilts.  I usually come with one, or two, or three.  OK so I am an over achiever!
I have tons of children's fabrics, having supplied myself well with three daughters and all their friends having babies over the last 25 years.  So it is time to pass some of them on for a worthy cause.  
So I am linking up with 

Friday, February 10, 2017

ANOTHER WIP PROJECTS UNEARTHED

I have mentioned in several posts that I have been working on organizing, actually digging, in my quilt studio and have unearthed a number of very old projects.  This happens to be one of them.  Twelve blocks all finished, but in fabrics that I long ago fell out of love with.  
Well I finished it up.  The blocks were in a bag with fabrics all together to finish it and even binding and a back.  It is making its way to my quilt guild Warm Wrappings group.  It will find its way once quilted to a charity group.  Last October the guild gave away 220 quilts to several charities.  
This is a finish so I am linking up with