Wednesday, April 25, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Sewcial Bee Sampler

Things are moving slowly, but progress continues on blocks for the Sewcial Bee Sampler.  I'm sewing along with Sandra @ Musings of Menopausal Melon, Tish @ Tish's Adventure in Wonderland, and Dave @ The Quilt Engineer.

Block #8 - Clay's Choice




Block #9 - Wedding Ring



Block #10 Butterfly Crossing



Block #11 Four Square



The blocks are all 12.5 inches.  There were quite a lot of HSTs.  It was nice to have a break with Block #11. 


Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter


Friday, April 20, 2018

TGIFF - Fancy Fox

My LQS asked if I would teach a class on Elizabeth Hartman's Fancy Fox pattern.  I choose Fancy Fox II because the blocks are larger.  I'm not exactly sure when the class will be, but I had to get some samples ready now.

Here is the Gigantic block to make a 30 x 36 baby quilt.


Loopy free motion quilting in variegated thread.


And the 20-inch pillow.  I put in a hidden zipper using this tutorial.


Winter won't let go -- the grass looks horrible.


And indoor photo as the green background didn't photograph well outside.




I'm linking up with the following:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Dizzy Quilts
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Classic Meets Modern BOM

I've made it to the fourth month of the Classic Meets Modern BOM hosted by Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation.  With just two blocks each month, it's easy to stay on track.


I'm using these Kona colours;  White, Steel, Turquoise, Berry, Pool, Parrot, and Royal.

This is Susannah, a 10.5-inch block.


Rolling Stone is a whopping 18.5 inches.  I'm loving the large blocks in this project.



You can follow my progress:

Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @ The Inquiring Quilter


Monday, April 16, 2018

Stash Statement Book Blog Hop

Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation has a new book, Stash Statement.  I was honoured that Kelly asked me to be part of the blog hop to celebrate the release of her book.


There are a lot of great projects in Stash Statement, and each project will be featured over the next few months.  I hope you'll join in each week.

I'm still collecting fabric for my project, but luckily, I have until June to finish.  😊

Head over to My Quilt Infatuation for the kickoff and the chance to win a copy of Stash Statement.


Stash Statement Blog Tour Schedule:

4/16- Grand Bazaar    Shelley @ Cora's Quilts
                                    Connie @ Freemotion by the River

                           Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

4/30- Precarious  Jess @ Quilty Habit                       
                             Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
                                                            
5/7- Beach Retreat  Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts                               
                                 Liz @ Savor Every Stitch 
                                                           
5/14- Fire Pit   Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts                                          
                         Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
                                                            
5/21- Detour    Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts                         
                         Shelley @ The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts
                                                            
5/28- Murrina    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl             
                            Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
                                                            
6/4- Scattered    Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal                      
                           Christine @ Triangles and Squares 
                                                            
6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom   Chris @ made by ChrissieD            
                                               Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
                                                            
6/18- Regatta   Susan @ Quilt Fabrication                             
                          Debbie @ A Quilter's Table    
                          Christa @ Christa Quilts
                                                            
6/25- Catch a Falling Star  Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework        
                                              Anja @ Anja Quilts
                                                            
7/2- College Prep   Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan                 
                                Lori @ Crossquilt
                                                            
7/9- Take Flight (bonus digital pattern)  Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches 
                                                                 Paula @ The Sassy Quilter


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Finish Along 2018 Q2 Goals

I successfully finished all my Q1 goals for Finish Along 2018, and now it's time to declare my goals for Q2.

1.  Banner Year - I tested this pattern for Andrea @ 3rd Story Workshop.  Time to decide on a quilting motif and get this finished.



2.  Becca Bags - I've decided to use my New Zealand fabric to make some Becca Bags.



3.  Maritime Modern Quilt Guild Executive Challenge - A bunch of traditional blocks were put in a bag.  I ended up with Churn Dash.  The challenge is to make it modern.  It has to be a minimum of 200 inches in circumference.  I have a plan all drawn out, and I think I have the fabrics chosen.

4.  Wonton by Jaybird Quilts - I have a long list of WIPs that need to be finished, but yet yesterday, I decided I wanted to start yet another new project, so went shopping for fabric.  In my own defence, my LQS was having 34% off quilting cotton and wide backing.  I had to support them in their birthday month.  I may have supported them twice yesterday.  😂


It was this print that caught my eye -- I think I prefer the darker version.  The collection is Urbanista by Belinda for Studio e Fabrics.



Linking up with Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts.



Friday, April 13, 2018

TGIFF - Fletcher Baby Quilt

My boss has a new grandson, so a quilt needed to be made.  I had a great fat quarter bundle, but I couldn't find a pattern that was interesting and that showcased the great prints.  I came across an online pattern called Fletcher.  Bingo...the baby's name is Fletcher.


I modified the pattern to allow the use of fat quarters.  It ended up 37 x 46 inches.


A quick loop quilting motif in matching green thread.  The bear prints are so adorable.


I had a little trouble with that pattern, mostly due to operator error because I didn't fully read the pattern and made some assumptions based on the diagrams. 😊  But luckily, it worked out in the end.



I'm linking up with the following:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Pretty Piney
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 


Friday, April 6, 2018

TGIFF - QCR Table Runner

I finished the last project of my FAL 2018 Q1 goals!  This was a kit that included the Quick Curve Ruler Mini by Sew Kind of Wonderful.  Procrastination at its best, as I was dreading sewing curves.  As it turned it, it wasn't that bad.  Although, there was a lot of steam involved. 😊


I had no clue how to quilt this, so I did loops in white thread just to give the piece some texture.


I've discovered I can get decent photos in the living/dining room first thing in the morning.  Time to clean up my Singer treadle as it will now be making more appearances in photos.


The table runner is 14.5 x 35 inches.  The next two photos were taken in one of the offices at my work.  Good to know the lighting is decent for photos.


Patting myself on the back -- these curves look pretty darn good.



I'm linking up with the following:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Celtic Thistle Stitches
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

OMG - Becca Bags

Time to get back on track with One Monthly Goal hosted by Patty @ Elm Street Quilts.

A friend in New Zealand sent me some fabulous fat quarters.  I've been hoarding them as I didn't want to cut up the great prints.  I think they would work well with the Becca Bag pattern by Lazy Girl Designs.  I'm pleased with this one I made last month.



Look at those kiwis.









Time to search the stash for some coordinating Kona solids.





Sunday, April 1, 2018

Triangle Mini Quilt Challenge

Curated Quilts put out a call for Triangle mini quilts for an upcoming issue.  It totally slipped my mind until first thing this morning.  My plans for a quiet weekend, with sleeping in, were foiled by my nephew working 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. for two days in a row.  So when one is up at the crack of dawn, might as well sew.

My brain wasn't working and I couldn't figure out the math, so I had to simplify my design.  It finishes 10.25-inches square.


The requirements were:  a square 10 x 10 inches (up to 16 x 16 inches) using pool blue, lime green, orange, light pink, berry pink, and/or plum purple.

I used Kona School Bus, Limelight, and Geranium.  I matched the thread in the orange triangles and and reversed the colours in the four corners.


I have no expectation of my project being selected, but I wanted to play along with the challenge.  It's nothing fancy, but I'm happy with what I accomplished in a couple of hours.


I am not a fan of hand sewing, but I have to say that I really like a faced binding on small projects.  This is the tutorial that I use.







Friday, March 30, 2018

TGIFF - Digital Wave

I finally decided on a quilting motif for my Digital Wave quilt top -- a pattern by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl.

This is one of my FAL 2018 Q1 goals.


A boxy stipple in cream thread.


I struggle with finding different ways to take photos of my quilts.  I was home during the day and was able to catch the daylight, so I tried posing the quilt on my Singer treadle.


I really like this pattern and may try to downsize it next time.



If you have a finish this week, here's your chance to share it with everyone:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Cheeky Cognoscenti
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 




Sunday, March 25, 2018

Project Quilting 9.6 - Scraptastic

The sixth and final theme of Project Quilting hosted by Kim @ Persimon Dreams was:  Scraptastic.


This was my first year participating in Project Quilting.  Thanks to Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts for encouraging me to play along.  I thought it would be extremely difficult to both come up with an idea for a project and make that project within one week.  I wouldn't say it was easy, but it definitely was do-able, and I would participate again.

I've been collecting selvedges for years but never did anything with them.  But what to make??  The quickest and easiest was a simple 9-patch of rainbow colours.  I used 55 different selvedges to create this 14-inch wall hanging.


Of course, my favourite orange had to be at the top.


The quilting is organic wavy lines in both directions.


There are a lot of great selvedges...some from my own fabric and some collected from friends.


I did a faced binding, using this tutorial.  I ended up doing the binding twice, because I sewed the strips to the back of the quilt rather than to the front.  Thank goodness it was a small project.



Thanks to Kim and Trish for organizing and hosting Project Quilting.  I'm happy to say that I tried something new and survived.

You can vote for your favourite project here.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Modern Plus Sign Quilts Blog Hop - Celestial

It's my turn on the Modern Plus Sign Quilts blog hop hosted by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs and Paige @ Quilted Blooms.  Both Cheryl and Paige have signed copies of their book available on their Etsy shops, and Amazon has the physical and digital versions of the book.



I made the Celestial pattern.  It's made with 24-inch blocks, for a total size of 96 x 96 inches.  I decided to make a smaller version, with just four blocks, and it measures 48 x 48 inches.



The fabrics are a turquoise polka dot and Kona Cactus.  Both fabrics were chosen after I chose the binding fabric, an awesome plus print.  I've never planned a quilt around the binding fabric.  It was quite fun.


I decided to try a new quilting motif.  I should have stayed with tried and true.  I definitely need practice with curves.  The curves got a little better once I drew lines as a guide.


I wanted to make a plus on the back, but I ran out of fabric, so it ended up being a 9-patch.


Since the background was a bit busy, I quilted it with all-over loops in a matching turquoise thread.  It blends with the background, but it gives the quilt some texture.


If you don't look close up, my curves don't look too bad.  😉  I used the same turquoise thread.


A few more photos just for fun.





I hope you find time to stop by all the blogs participating to see all the quilts that are in the book.  If you're visiting Anja Quilts for the first time, I hope you take some time to look around and perhaps follow me if you like what you see.


Blog Hop Schedule:

Tuesday, March 13th
Signature Plus
Kitty @ Night Quilter

Tribal Plus
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod

Wednesday, March 14th
Plus Surround
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
Abigail @ Cut & Alter

Kaleidoscope Plus
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th
Postage Plus
Bernie @ Needle and Foot

Rick Rack Runner
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

Friday, March 16th
Row Addition
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts

Transparency Chains
Christa @ Christa Quilts

Monday, March 19th
Jessica @ Quilty Habit

Tuesday, March 20th
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st
Anja @ Anja Quilts

Thursday, March 22nd
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

Friday, March 23rd