Friday, July 31, 2015

TGIFF - July Goal Achieved

My July ALYOF goal was to finish a commissioned quilt.  Goal achieved!

I am very happy with the finished project, and so is the customer.

It was a birthday gift for her son, but she decided to give it to him early.  I understand the quilt has already been well loved this week.  I'd rather a quilt be so well loved that it falls apart than to sit in a closet for that "special" day.

So glad I solved the mystery of my long arm -- free-motion quilting works so much better now that the thread doesn't break every row of quilting.

My FMQ skills are improving.

Linking up with ALYOF:

Linking up with:

TGIFF hosted by Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

Finish it up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts

I encourage you to stop by to see all the fabulous finishes from this week.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Gravity Madness Continues

As if I didn't already have my hands full using 108 Kona colours (plus 6 background colours) to complete the Gravity quilt...I decided to make two matching pillows.  The instructions for the pillow are included with the pattern, and the triangles are cut from the scraps from cutting the blocks.

Myra over at Busy Hands Quilts has been doing an awesome job hosting the Gravity QAL.  I'm so glad that I joined the fun.

108 Kona triangles

I thought it would be easy and quick to cut the triangles...ha ha took several nights to cut all those little triangles.  Hoping that it doesn't take as long to piece together.

If you have a WIP to show off, you should also link up with:

Sew Fresh Quilts         

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Gravity Block 8 - Eclipse

The end is in sight!!  Block 8 in the Gravity quilt along is finished.  Myra at Busy Hands Quilts is hosting the QAL, and it has been so much fun.

Kona:  Deep Blue, Grapemist, Hyacinth, Lapis, Regatta, and Marine

Two colour ways for the Eclipse block.

Kona:  Cedar, Sunny, School Bus, Cheddar, Amber, and Goldfish

The next step is Block 9 and then on to the background blocks.

You can read about Blocks 1 to 7:

Block 1 - Horizon
Block 2 - Constellation
Block 3 - Orbit
Block 4 - Intergalactic
Block 5 - Celestial
Block 6 - Ultraviolet
Block 7 - Cosmic

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Baby Quilt

It's not like there aren't enough WIP's in my sewing room that need some attention, but I didn't feel like working on any of them, so I decided to start working on a commissioned baby quilt that needs to be finished by the end of August.

A previous customer asked for another chevron baby quilt.  Kona Sprout is the focus of this quilt.

Some Anne Kelle birds:

And giraffes:

Linking up with:

Sew Fresh Quilts         

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Val's Kona Quilt

Val @ Purple Boots and Pigtails is creating a Kona quilt for the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild quilt show at the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival.

The instructions were to create a block using the Kona colour of your choice, spelling out the name of that colour.  I decided to use Torch, with Deep Blue as the background.

The original plan was to create the word using improv piecing, but I was having difficulty picturing how to make an R.  Then I found a link for making letters -- Temecula Quilt Company.

It was fun to make the letters.

I made the background a bit big in case Val has to trim it down to fit in the quilt.

This was a welcome and fun distraction from all the quilt tops waiting to be quilted.  It's back to the WIP list tomorrow.  One is already on the frame.  Two are waiting in line.  I need to get backings organized for two more.  Oh my...I have a lot of quilting to do.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Gravity Block 7

Two more Gravity quilt blocks are pieced.  These blocks are so fun to make.  I can't wait to start piecing the blocks together to make the top.

This is Cosmic - Block 7 in the Gravity quilt.

Kona:  Forest, Pesto, Kelly, Holly, Willow, and Clover

The blocks appear difficult to piece, but once you start cutting with the Hex n More and Sidekick rulers and see how the blocks are pieced, they sew up so easily and quickly.

Kona:  Rich Red, Ruby, Chinese Red, Tomato, Poppy, and Lipstick

Blocks 1 through 7 are now done.  Just Blocks 8 and 9 left to do.  And then work begins on the background blocks.

You can read about Blocks 1 to 6:

Block 1 - Horizon
Block 2 - Constellation
Block 3 - Orbit
Block 4 - Intergalactic
Block 5 - Celestial
Block 6 - Ultraviolet

Linking up with the Gravity Quilt Along hosted by Myra at Busy Hands Quilts:

If you have a WIP this week, you should link up with:

Sew Fresh Quilts         

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sew Day with the Squares

It was a sunny beautiful Saturday, and it was Sew Day with my bee, Q-Squared.  Q-Squared stands for Quest (a Girl Guide event we were all involved with) and Quilting.

Q-D was working on a paper-pieced word.  Val at Purple Boots and Pigtails is looking for Kona word blocks.

Q-J was working on some Polaroid blocks.

A rabbit, elephant, and cute.

Q-B was working on some HST's.

I was working on my ALYOF July goal.

Today is the start of week 3 on the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers blog hop.  I'm part of the Sew Fabulous Hive.

New Blogger Series

Take a tour of my fellow hive mates to learn more about them and to show some blog love:

The 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop is being hosted by Stephanie @Late Night Quilter, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl, and Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination.  Stop by to meet the other participants.

2015 New Quilt Bloggers Group

Friday, July 10, 2015

Finish Friday - Free Patterns for the Win

Although there are many, many WIP's in my sewing room, none are near completion.  So I was looking for a quick project this week.  With only one evening this week to sew, I had to choose a project wisely.

Here are my basket and tote bag -- both completed in one evening.  I  took advantage of a photo shoot last night at Patch Halifax during the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild monthly meeting.

I have been seeing this basket all over the internet but didn't realize it was a free pattern.  Thanks to my friend Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge for the tip.  The pattern can be found over at Kelby Sews.

The lining is Kona Cyan.

Thanks to Linda @ Scrapmaster for the tip on this free tote bag pattern.  I added a pocket to the front.  You can't see it, but the lining is....wait for  I couldn't resist using my favourite colour.

The one-hour basket really only takes an hour -- although I spent a considerable amount of time choosing the lining fabric.  I didn't track how long it took to make the tote bag, but I'd guess about an hour and one-half.

Looking forward to Saturday.  Getting together with the Squares for a sew day.  I love when our little bee gets together.  Sewing, going out for lunch, and fabric shopping -- what a great way to spend a Saturday.  I hope there is sewing in your weekend plans.

Linking up with:

TGIFF @ Quilts Matters

Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Mystery Madness

As if I didn't have enough WIP's and wish-list quilts I want to make, I jumped on the mystery quilt bandwagon.  Cheryl over at Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a mystery QAL -- the Midnight Mystery Quilt.

Fabric selection started in June.  I managed to pull three prints from my stash and only had to purchase one fabric -- the green print.

 July is cutting month.  All cut and ready to start sewing in August.

It's not too late to join in on the fun.

Cheryl provided some advice after I sent her a panicked e-mail.  There is an option to see the finished pattern if you don't do mystery very well.  Do I deal with the stress of the mystery and hope I made good fabric choices?  Or do I "cheat" and see the finished pattern?  I decided to move outside of my comfort zone and go for the mystery.

Cheryl said Fabrics A and B need to play well together, as well as Fabrics B and C, and Fabrics C and D.  I'm intrigued that Fabrics A and D won't be touching.

Fabric A is Kona Snow, B is orange, C is green, and D is blue.

Fabric B

Fabric C

Fabric D

If you have a WIP this week, you should also link up with:

Sew Fresh Quilts