Friday, May 29, 2020

TGIFF - Diamond Run Pattern Testing

Another quilt crossed off the list!!  Although this quilt was on my PHD in 2020 list, the photo was blurred because the pattern had not yet been released.  Diamond Run is a pattern I tested for Jen @ Patterns by Jen.  Diamond Run was released in February.

This will be my third quilt for the Hands2Help quilt drive hosted by Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I made the smallest size, which finishes around 40 inches square.


In my effort to finish up quilt tops, I did a quick all-over stipple in yellow thread.


My list of unfinished quilt tops may (or may not) total 20 quilts.  😲  But I'm slowly making progress as I quilted another one today.


The photos above were taken on my deck because my lawn was so overgrown...didn't realize it would be so difficult to find someone to mow the lawn.  But then someone came this afternoon, and my lawn now looks beautiful (minus the brown bits and weeds LOL).


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I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Kathleen McMusing
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Alycia Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Brag About Your Beauties @ From Bolt to Beauty
Friday Foto Fun @ Powered by Quilting 
UFO Busting @ Tish's Adventure in Wonderland


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

WIP Wednesday - Push-Pull Quilt Along

The first block for the Push-Pull Quilt Along was a lot of work...but then blocks two and three were much easier.  You can see the beginnings of this quilt and the many tiny HSTs here.

This is a great pattern by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl.  I love my combination of Kona Red, Morning Glory, and Surf.



I started to realize there was going to be a lot of negative space in this quilt that would need quilting.  😲


And here's the finished (wrinkly) quilt top.


Now to figure out a quilting plan.  Until then, this quilt top will join the many others waiting to be quilted.


Linking up with:

Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Book Club QAL

I've been sewing along with  Patty @ Elm Street Quilts and Kristin @ Simple Handmade Everyday 
for the Book Club QAL.

This is the final block.  I thought hand piecing curves would be difficult, but it easy.


Here are all nine blocks in the order they were pieced.  Adding the sashing is up next.


Now I need to start thinking about how I'm going to quilt this.  But who am I kidding...this poor quilt top will be added to the ever-growing pile of UFOs.  I don't need a plan any time soon.  😂


Friday, May 15, 2020

Hands2Help Comfort Quilt No. 2

This is my second quilt for the Hands2Help quilt drive hosted by Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


This quilt was made from the blocks for the 2019 Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Jen @ Patterns by Jen.  If you want to sew along this year, here's the link for the 2020 Monthly Color Challenge.

I quilted an all-over stipple in white thread, which blended in with most of the fabrics.


Now to start making progress on some other UFOs.  😉  This is one of the projects on my PHD in 2020 list.



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I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Madame Tailor
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Alycia Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Brag About Your Beauties @ From Bolt to Beauty
Friday Foto Fun @ Powered by Quilting 
UFO Busting @ Tish's Adventure in Wonderland

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

WIP Wednesday - Centred QAL

Have you been sewing along with Sandra @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon for her Centred QAL?  The blocks are easy to piece, so there's still lots of of time to join in.

I choose Island Batik fabrics, and I love how the blocks are coming together.


These are Block A (four) and Block B (four).


Here are Block A2 (two) and Block A3 (two).  Blocks B2 and B3 will be released this Friday.


We'll have a month to piece our blocks before the final link up on June 15.  I need to start thinking about a backing and a quilting plan.


Linking up with:

Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter


Saturday, May 9, 2020

Hands2Help Comfort Quilt

Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict hosts an annual quilt drive for various charities -- Hands2Help.
You can read more about it here.

I rescued a quilt top from a friend.  She received the blocks as part of an online bee, but she was not happy with the top.  I've now quilted it, and it will be donated in the name of Hands2Help.



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I quilted two quilts at the same time.  I had a piece of wide-back that would not have not been wide enough if I had cut it into two pieces.  So I thought I'd try two at a time.  I think this might be my new solution to get some UFOs finished.



I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Pretty Piney
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Alycia Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Brag About Your Beauties @ From Bolt to Beauty
Friday Foto Fun @ Powered by Quilting 
UFO Busting @ Tish's Adventure in Wonderland


Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Pattern Testing - Criss Cross

Sherry @ Powered by Quilting released a new pattern today -- Criss Cross.  I was one of the pattern testers.  I thought I'd make a Christmas version with my snowflake background.  Luckily I was able to use my Bloc Loc rulers to trim the HSTs.


The pattern consists of two different blocks.


Make sure to place your colours in the right order when constructing the blocks.  😉


I made the baby size, which is 48 inches square.



Make sure to visit Sherry's blog this week -- the pattern is currently on sale.


Linking up with:

Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Common Ground Pattern Release

I am a regular pattern tester for Andrea @ 3rd Story Workshop.  She has great patterns, and I'm not just saying that because we're friends.  😊  Her Common Ground pattern was released today.  Make sure to head over this weekend as the pattern is on sale until Monday.

Earlier this week, Andrea picked up my quilt for a photo shoot.  Now my other quilts are going to be jealous.  LOL  My version includes Essex yarn-dyed cotton/line blends and Kona cotton solids.


I took some time to think about a quilting plan.  Then the pandemic was upon us.  And then in the blink of an eye, two months had passed, and I only had a few days to get it quilted.  So a quick all-over stipple in a cream thread that matched the background fabric.


There are a lot of HRTs in this pattern, but Andrea gives great guidance.  I did a blog post on whether to glue baste or pin the triangles to make the HRTs.


I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Slice of Pi Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Alycia Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Brag About Your Beauties @ From Bolt to Beauty
Friday Foto Fun @ Powered by Quilting

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Half Hexagons for a Quick Finish

I was attempting to catch up on blog reading and discovered a cute baby quilt made by Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun than Housework.  I was too tired to sew when I got home from work on Friday, so I pulled out my Accuquilt Go and starting cutting half hexagons.


I cut into a piece of Island Batik Mermaid Cove.  And before too long, there was a baby quilt.


An all-over stipple for a quick finish.  I even quilted my name.


I also used the Mermaid Cove for the binding.


I have a lot of WIPs that need to be finished, but this pieced together so quickly and was a mindless project, so I kept going until it was finished.


I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Chris Knits Sews
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Alycia Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Brag About Your Beauties @ From Bolt to Beauty
Friday Foto Fun @ Powered by Quilting


Friday, April 10, 2020

TGIFF - Tiny Quilt Quilt Along

I have a finish!  It's only 14 inches, but it's a finish. 🙌

Last year, I participated in a QAL hosted by Teresa @ Sewn Up -- Tiny Quilt QAL.  Although I finished the 4-inch paper piecing blocks, the quilt top had a time-out in my ever-growing pile of quilt tops needing to be quilted.  I enjoyed the high contrast hand quilting class I took at QuiltCon.


I played with various thread types and colours.


I found some of the blocks/sections too small, so my stitch length was not consistent.  I thought I had basted my sandwich quilt well, but clearly I did not because I had some fabric puckering.  This was a good practice piece, and I look forward to another project.


This was one of my projects for PHD in 2020 hosted by Gail @ Quilting Gail.  I'm a little (okay a lot) behind, but I have high hopes of catching up.

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I am hoping to get a lot of sewing done this long four-day weekend.  Happy Easter.

I'm linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Lisa in Port Hope
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Alycia Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Brag About Your Beauties @ From Bolt to Beauty
Friday Foto Fun @ Powered by Quilting


Monday, April 6, 2020

2020 Temperature Quilt

2020 started out productively...and then it went downhill.  February was busy as I prepared to go to QuiltCon.  There was class preparation and packing to do and a lot of work so I could be away for a week.  And when I got back, there was even more work.

Here is my 2019 Temperature Quilt...still unfinished.  Each hexie represents the temperature at 12:00 noon each day.  The hexies are all made, but I still need to piece October, November, and December and then piece all the months together.


And then March happened...unprecedented and chaotic.  I worked 26 days in a row, so sewing took a backseat.  Things have slowed down.  I didn't work this past weekend, so I squeezed in some sewing.

I'm now caught up with my 2020 Temperature Quilt.  This year, I'm making 2.5-inch HSTs -- the top represents the highest temperature of the day, with the bottom representing the lowest.  I used my Accuquilt Go to cut the triangles so there is no trimming of the HSTs.


I'm using the same Kona colours that I used in 2019.  It will be interesting to compare the two years.

I have high hopes for more sewing and blog reading this week.



Sunday, April 5, 2020

Push-Pull Quilt Along

Are you sewing along with Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl for the Push-Pull Quilt Along?  I started out strong, but then got behind.  I'm using Kona Red, Morning Glory, and Surf.


Trimming the 2.5-inch HSTs were easier with Bloc Loc rulers.


And then there were more 2.5-inch blocks.  😲


It took me 30 minutes to lay out the blocks in the right order.  After that, I didn't have the brain power to sew them together.


But it's now all sewn together!  That was a lot of work for a 22-inch block.


Back on track...just in time for the next step of instructions to be released tomorrow.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

2020 Monthly Color Challenge - April

It's time for the April block for the 2020 Monthly Color Challenge hosted by Jen @ Patterns by Jen.  There's still lots of time to join in -- get all the details over at Jen's blog.




This month's colour is purple.  I've been making my blocks from my scrap bag, so my fabric decisions are based on which ones I have sufficient fabric.  😊


Make sure you head over to Jen's blog to download this month's pattern.

Here are my blocks for January, February, and March:





Make sure to check out the blocks made by the April bloggers:





Roseanne - Home Sewn By Us



Don't forget to watch for the April link up at the end of the month for finished blocks.