Sunday, March 19, 2017

National Quilting Day - 2017

Yesterday was National Quilting Day and I celebrated by spending most of the day in my sewing room.  Cleaning and errands be damned--I wanted to sew!!

I'm happy to share that I finished the improv back I've been working on for my Charity Chop Quilt,  I thought I had enough put together, but it needed 2 separate extensions.  I'm happy to report that this is now big enough and is 'done'!  

After finishing that up, I needed to focus on some tidying.  My sewing room was pretty much a disaster and thankfully, is in better shape now.  Along the way, I knocked over the boards that were holding the parts to my Goodnight Irene leader/ender quilt.  What better time to revisit this project than when it is spilled all over the floor?!? I have 36 16 patch blocks and 31 blue x blocks done.  I lined up the remaining blue squares with bright squares and have them next to my machine, ready to sew.  I would love nothing more than to have a finished top by the end of the year!  

A big goal of mine for the past few weeks was to assemble the top of the XO Pink/Purple quilt.  Last weekend, I finished sewing the blocks together and this weekend planned to border the quilt with a thin bit of grey and then a wider bit of pink.  But now that I'm at the point to put another border on, I'm not sure if it needs it.  Or should it be purple?  Borders are not fun, so I'm tempted to call this good and use either of these fabrics as the binding?  I'm open to hearing your opinions!

Lastly-- I can't make this much progress on UFO's without starting something new!  I loved the Green/Grey Thousand Pyramid quilt I did in January.  It was so quick and turned out super cute.  There are more babies being born all around me, so I decided to make another of the same pattern, but use pink instead of green.  Most of my triangles are cut and I'm itching to get this up on the design wall and start stitching!


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Sunday, March 5, 2017

XO Progress-- getting there!

I've made great progress on my XO quilt since my last check in! All of the blocks are done and the blocks are sewn into pairs.  Before long, I'll have a top!  My plans for borders (subject to change), are to do a narrow grey followed by a 3" pink.

I snapped this picture as I was working.  I thought it was so cute-- my in progress blocks, my Featherweight, Finn stealing my sewing chair (it's basically his now), Fannie on the ground on her new fleece bed, 2 blocks on the design wall and the Sasquatch lurking to the side. Life is good on Saturdays!


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Sunday, February 19, 2017

XO Rekindle

I'm a firm believer that quilts are like fine wines and cheeses.  They need to age!  I made 4 X-O blocks 3 years ago to enter in the Madison Modern Quilt Guild's monthly Block Lottery.  For some reason, I couldn't make it to the meeting, so my blocks never got entered.  I tucked them away in a tote with the thought that I would turn them into a quilt someday.

This year, I brought the blocks and fabric I had set aside with me to retreat, where they safely stayed tucked away in their tote!! =O  I was hoping to find a way to arrange the blocks with the 2 yards of grey fabric that I had into a modern design with a lot of negative space.

Last week I was motivated to move this project along.  I hung the blocks up on my design wall and squinted at them a while.  More blocks!!  I need to make more blocks!  So I started to assemble what I could with the grey that was separate from my 2 yard cut.  That made almost 6 blocks. Now that I have momentum, I've decided that I need to do 20 blocks total and arrange them in a 4 x 5 layout.

Here is what I have so far:

Ironically, Timehop shared with me that it was 3 years ago this week that I made the original block!!
I can't wait to assemble this top!


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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Retreat Wrap Up

It's been a few weeks since I've been home from retreat and it's been hard to find the time to write a summary.  Instead, I've been using any spare time to keep on sewing!

I'm fuzzy on which year was my first at Lutherdale-- it was either 2010 or 2011.  Either way, I've been going there in January for quite a while and it is a highlight of my winter.  This year was just as enjoyable as all of the others. My focus this year was on starting new quilts.  Often times I use this week as an opportunity to finish what I've started, so this is slightly different for me.

The first quilt I worked on was 'Legendary' by Elizabeth Hartman. She blogs at Oh Fransson! and I absolutely love her graphic style.  I was warned in advance to be very, very careful with the organization of the cut pieces and how I sew them together and that was good advice!  The size differences of the pieces from branch to branch is very subtle!  My little forest of trees took 2 full days to cut and piece.  Unfortunately, I didn't get to make the sasquatch block at retreat,  I was ready to move on to something else!

And that something else was to make a baby quilt for my co-worker!  This was so much fun!  In about 1 day, I cut and pieced this entire top!  They don't know the gender of the baby and are decorating the baby's room in grey and mint.  I've been hoarding stashing black/white and grey fabric for a while and found a great inspiration on Pinterest.  This is the first 60 degree triangle quilt I've made and I love this so much, I think I might do another version in Pink!  My quilt guild is doing a challenge this year with a black and white fat quarter.  It fits PERFECTLY with this quilt!

All throughout the weekend, I demo-ed how to make wonky stars to the other retreaters.  I had already made several of these blocks and the plan is to assemble all the blocks in an improv setting and donate to Lutherdale's auction in August.  As a group we made a ton of blocks and now I have my work cut out for me!

Speaking of donations for the auction-- I brought my finished Strawberry Quilt with me and after showing it off to everyone, I left it there.  I had a good chunk of fabric left from the backing and Janet graciously turned it into a pillowcase! (forgot to get a picture)

Here's Janet in the Elvis apron she made!

That about sums up my 2017 retreat.  As usual, I didn't want to leave and as soon as I did, I started counting down the days until next year!


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Monday, January 16, 2017

Ready for retreat!

Just a few days left before I leave for my yearly Lutherdale retreat and I totally cannot wait!  As usual, I have a long list of projects to work on.  A little too late to submit this list for the 2017 Finish Along that is being hosted on several websites-- maybe next quarter I can be organized for participating in that?  Here are my main goals:

Quilt #1
Legendary by Elizabeth Hartman
Wow-  this quilt looks like fun!  I found yardage in my stash for the trees and Sasquatch.  I bought a super cool textural fabric for the background and I can't wait make this!  It's one of my top priorities.  How far can I sew on this at retreat?

Quilt #2
Triangles in Mint-B/W-Grey
As this is the year of the baby quilt, I want to make some gifts that aren't overly complicated, but still stunning and not too simple looking.  Making an all triangle quilt is something I've wanted to try for a while and it let's me use the special ruler I bought a while ago.

Quilt #3
Pink Baby Quilt
See above about year of the baby!  This pattern is pretty simple and I think I can put together a top in short order.  I have a large supply of pinks and I would make it scrappy.  The sashing is TBD-- grey? Black?  Not sure and need to audition the fabrics.

In other sewing news, on Saturday I hoped to finish the scrappy, use it up, get it out back for my charity quilt.  It's not complete, but it is getting there!  I'm at the stage where I feel like I need a few different fabrics to freshen up what I've been sewing with...  It would be super nice to have this wrapped up prior to leaving for retreat!


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Monday, January 9, 2017

What's under my needle and on my design wall?

I've been a busy quilter lately and have all kinds of things to report on!

My lion quilt top is complete!!!!  I absolutely love how it turned out and can't wait for it to be quilted! This went together quickly.  Probably because I was rather obsessed and was working on it in most every spare moment. What is hard to convey in the photo is the size-- 60" x 60".  It's practically as tall as me! I'm hoping to enter this at Quilt Expo this year! ☺

Over Christmas, I added the borders and quilted my Strawberry Quilt. I'm making this as a donation to Lutherdale's annual quilt auction.  It seems perfect for a little girl to take naps under, play picnic on top of and just to decorate a room! Hopefully it gets a high bid!  Just a little bit of binding left before this is complete.  I'll see if I can get better pictures at that point.

Now that the lion is off the design wall, I can use it for other things. I have another charity quilt I would like to finish up and send on it's way.  I assembled the top 2 years ago? And it has been hibernating in my closet.  Instead of purchasing yardage for the backing, I've decided to purge my stash of fabrics I am not in love with anymore.  That is how the top started!! I had some fabrics that were taking up precious space, so I started making large nine-patched for a 'disappearing' quilt.  

The back is all improv with 2 orphan blocks.  It is about 75% complete. This quilt will be part of Mad City Quilt Guild's donations to Project Linus.

Lastly, I've started pulling fabric for a baby quilt.  I'm quite excited to get this started!


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Sunday, January 8, 2017

2016 - Year in review

Another year has passed and it seems to have gone faster than ever.  How is that?!?!  I always have ambitous goals, whether it is chores on a Saturday, things to do on a vacation or quilts to make in a year.  Looking back on 2016, I might think that I wasn't very prolific in finishes, but I had a lot of wonderful experiences.

I quilted my longest UFO (my bed quilt) and completed the binding in less than a week! (2006-2016).

I entered a quilt at Quilt Expo for the first time! And-- my Aunt Nancy happened to be visiting from Seattle at the same time as Expo and was able to spend a few hours there with me (so much fun!!).  

I sent my second quilt ever home with Nancy to give to my cousin who is expecting her first child! This quilt was waiting patiently for a special home.

I added another vintage machine to my collection.

I had a fantastic weekend in Eau Claire making bags and meeting new people.

I participated in the Lutherdale gala quilt again and feel honored to help with such a fantastic cause.

I've started what I think is my most stunning quilt ever!

I'm settling into my new sewing room at my new home and feel very blessed.

All in all, it was an amazing year!!  And I can't wait to see what 2017 brings.  The way things are looking, this might be the year of the baby quilt.  I have plans to make quite a few.