Monday, November 30, 2015

ALYOF Goal Achieved!

My November ALYOF goal was to piece my Night Sky quilt top.  Goal achieved!!!  I finished up late last night but had to wait until today to get a photo.

Night Sky was easy to piece, but it took some time.  Half triangles were sewn together and then sewn to the diamonds.  This created a triangle, and three triangles were pieced to make a half hexagon.

Although the pieces become full hexagons in the quilt top, they are pieced together as half hexagons for easy piecing.

It was a tad windy trying to take a photo.

Now the difficult to quilt this (and thread colour).  Your suggestions are appreciated.

Linking up with the ALYOF November finishes link up.  Stop by to see all the goals that were achieved this month.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday Finish - BQ3

You may recall this WIP from last month.  I had no ideas on how to quilt it.  My MMQG mates provided some suggestions.  It's hard to tell from the photo, but I did swirl FMQ in white.  I thought the white would stand it, but it didn't.

And with the change of season, it's difficult to get good photos.  It's dark in the morning before work, and it's dark when I get home from work.  Oh spring...where are you??

Here's a closeup of the quilting.  I've decided swirl FMQ is not a favourite of mine.

This quilt may not have turned out as I had envisioned, but it's going to charity, so it will be loved by someone.

Linking up my finish over at:

TGIFF hosted by Jan @ Quilting Among the Groves

Finish it up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts

Whoomp There It Is! hosted by A Quilted Passion

A Quilted Passion

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Delight

And so the fascination with patterns by Jaybird Quilts is Delight.  No Kona solids today, but rather two fat quarter collections from the Bargain Lover's Club by Sew Sisters Quilt Shop.

The patterns often look difficult, until you look inside and see how the pieces are sewn together.  The Hex N More ruler is an awesome tool, and I also use it for non-Jaybird patterns.  You'll see that the low volume hexagon is actually six triangles made from two different fabrics.  But the triangles are sewn to the print hexagons.  The top is then pieced in columns -- no Y seams!

I'm unsure how to quilt this, but I think maybe I'll try loop FMQ.

I encourage you to visit the following link ups so you can see what others have been creating this week:

Sew Fresh Quilts         

Thursday, November 19, 2015

TGIFF - Whoomp There It Is!!!

"There's a party over here, a party over there.  Wave your hands in the air."  I'm waving my hands and doing a happy dance.  Gravity is finished!!!

I had some doubt that I would be able to quilt this 97-inch square quilt.  There were a few frantic late nights of sewing earlier this week.  I had to fold the edges over to fit it on the longarm, and then I did the background sections on my little Singer.

I present Gravity:

Gravity will be taking up permanent residence on my bed.

114 Kona colours were used in the making of this quilt -- 108 colours for the blocks and 6 colours for the background.  Woo hoo...lots of colours to cross off my list.

A closeup of the quilting.  I need to practice my skills in quilting curves.  It's not perfect, but I'm happy with it...because she's finished!!

I followed the quilting plan for the background sections from Tamarack Shack.

Thanks to Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts for hosting this QAL.  It was fun to sew along with others, and the timelines were very manageable.  Stop by to say hello and to see the other Gravity finishes.

The backing is wide back Prisms by Studio E Fabrics.

You can read about my adventures making Gravity here:

Block 1 - Horizon
Block 2 - Constellation
Block 3 - Orbit
Block 4 - Intergalactic
Block 5 - Celestial
Block 6 - Ultraviolet
Block 7 - Cosmic
Block 8 - Eclipse
Block 9 - Voyage

Now it's time for your finishes.  Post your finished project using the linkup below.  Don't forget to visit some of the other finishes and share some love and encouragement.  Please include a link and/or the TGIFF button in your blog post so your readers can also view all the great finishes.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Glimmer

Life has been busy the last several weeks, but there has been some sewing happening.  This is my version of Glimmer by Jaybird Quilts.

Continuing on with my Kona adventure:
  • Wisteria and Tulip
  • Pomegranate and Carnation
  • Chartreuse and Citrus
  • Meringue for the background

I clearly need to do a better job with ironing.

My plan is to quilt an overall motif of FMQ stars.

You should head over to the following to see what others have been creating this week:

Sew Fresh Quilts         

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Sewing with the Squares

Sew day with the Squares!!  My quilt bee Q-Squared managed to find a day that we were all available.  It's been a busy two weeks at work that I haven't done any sewing, and it will continue to be busy for the next few weeks.  It was so good to get together with friends today.  Even though I had a million things to do at home and at work, it was necessary for my sanity.

I started the day working on the November instructions for the Mystery Quilt hosted by Meadow Mist Designs.

The flying geese were sewn to the square-in-square blocks.

I managed to finish all of November's instructions.  Looking forward to December's instructions.  There are no loose pieces left, so I guess we begin piecing the top in December.

These are the Court House step blocks from October.

I also started piecing my Night Sky quilt which is my November ALYOF goal.

I pieced the six orange blocks.  Only 30 more blocks to go......

And then I discovered that I wasn't suppose to piece the blocks together -- they were meant to be left in halves for easy piecing of the top.  Sigh......  I couldn't bear to unstitch them tonight -- I'll save that for another day.

Linking up with:

Sew Fresh Quilts         

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday - November Edition

It's time for another Throwback Thursday hosted by Jenn @ A Quarter Inch From the Edge.  Today's quilt is another one from the nephew collection.  Didn't realize just how many quilts I made for him.

The pattern, Jack's Delight, was found over at Delaware Quilts.  Unfortunately, the block is no longer showing in list of blocks.  I choose this pattern as my nephew's nickname is Jack.

Here's a close up showing my first attempt at star FMQ.  Not bad if I do say so myself.

I wish had bought more of this green/black print.

The label says this was a gift for Christmas 2009.

Head over to showcase your Throwback Thursday quilt and to see some other quilts from the past.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

WIP Wednesday - ALYOF November Goal

Today's WIP is another A Lovely Year of Finishes goal.  November's goal is to piece the top for my Night Sky.  Originally, I thought I'd be ambitious and have the entire quilt finished by the end of the month, but upon reflection, I realize that is not likely possible.

I started cutting the pieces some time ago, but stopped when I realized that I needed space to lay everything out.  There are 24 Kona colours in this quilt.

So I set up a folding table in my sewing room this week.  It's a tight squeeze with very little room to move around, but hopefully that will give me the motivation to get this done quickly.

I'll be able to cross off the following Kona colours:

  • Lipstick, Flame, Orange, Kumquat
  • Sprout, Peapod, Kiwi, Leprechaun
  • Peacock, Water, Surf, Riviera
  • Tulip, Crocus, Wisteria, Lilac
  • Pomegranate, Bright Pink, Candy Pink, Carnation
  • Canary, Lemon, Sunny, Papaya

Linking up my WIP with:

Sew Fresh Quilts