Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May (Is) Was For Makers

Lindsey @ LR Stitched started a wonderful campaign for the month of May to support independent designers.  I committed to purchasing five patterns, one per week, for the month of May.  Unfortunately, I couldn't make up my mind which patterns to purchase, so I'm just now getting around to my blog post.
May Is For Makers | LRstitched.com

Jeni Baker @ In Color Order has a great tutorial for a lined drawstring bag.  I have made a few of these bags, so decided to purchase the pattern which has eight different sizes.

And then over to Anna @ Noodlehead.  I've already made Anna's Road Trip Case pattern, so I decided to give her Maker's Tote a try.

I've been eyeing the patterns of Libs Elliott for some time but was not brave enough to purchase them.  She has a combo for The Rebel Quilt and Just Like Heaven, so I decided to go for it.


I've tried a few of the tutorials created by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl.  Since I know her style, I felt comfortable that I would like her patterns and purchased Red Herring.  I'm looking forward to selecting fabric for this.

I enjoyed the mystery quilt along hosted by Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs, so decided to purchase her Arrows All Around pattern.

Time to search my stash for some fabrics for all of the projects.  It's going to be a busy summer.  Stay tuned for updates on my progress.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Finish - Floating Triangles

My May OMG goal was to finish my Floating Triangles, which is also one of my Q2 Finish Along goals.

I finally found some time to watch some of Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot by Jacquie Gering.  I learned a few things because I ended up with this.

I am a @Brave Quilter!!

The first several rounds were difficult and are a bit wonky.

Things got better once I started moving outward.

It took several nights to quilt because I used the width of my walking foot.  Next time...much larger spacing between the rounds.

I am very happy with the result.

Linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Crazy Dutch Bird Quilts 
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict 

#BraveQuilter @ Pink Doxies

Monday, May 23, 2016

Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge

Back in March, I signed up for the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge.  Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict has been hosting the challenge for five years.

Here is the quilt I made from some HST's inherited from a bee mate.

Due to the cost of postage to ship this quilt to the charity of choice, my quilt will be delivered to our local children's hospital.  They are in need of quilts for newborns right up to teenagers.

Some quick FMQ loops.

Kona Purple for the binding.

Visit  Confessions of a Fabric Addict to see all the wonderful quilts made for charity.

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Scraptastic Tuesday - Klenck Junk

Remember the scrap project I showcased here?  My part is now finished.  Whew...what a relief.

Thanks to Val @ Purple Boots and Pigtails for including me in her One Mans Junk.  This is what the project looked like when I received it.

And now after my addition.

I added the year to the top border.

And initials in the bottom border.

All my creativity was used in the creation of the numbers and letters.  So the side borders are simple -- various lobsters, crabs, fish, and owls.  The animals were too cute not to include.

Now Klenck Junk heads to Dominique @ The Running Thimble.  Good luck!

Linking up with:

Scraptastic Tuesday @ She Can Quilt
WIP Wednesday @ Needle and Thread Network

** Alert **
I'll be taking a social media vacation for the next week.  I've been feeling overwhelmed with creating blog posts and reading all the wonderful blogs I follow -- I can't believe the amount of time spent on the computer.  I've decided to spend some time focusing on sewing and getting my WIP's under control.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

OMG...I'm a #BraveQuilter

It's time to set May's One Monthly Goal.  The Floating Triangles quilt has been a WIP for a few months, so time to get it quilted.  It's also one of my Finish Along 2016 Q2 goals.

I received a lot of feedback on quilting back in March when I unveiled this WIP.  I love the quilting community -- there's never a shortage of advice and support when you need it.

Based on several recommendations, I purchased the Craftsy class Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot by Jacquie Gering.  My goal is to quilt radiating circles starting at the intersection in the top left-hand corner where the four oranges make a square.  I'm a bit nervous, but I'm going to do it!

I'm looking forward to watching Jacquie's class and getting started on the quilting.  I can't wait to load the orange thread into my machine!

Friday, May 6, 2016

TGIFF - Déjà Vu Night Sky

Two weeks ago, I shared my yellow Night Sky wall hanging.  I liked it so much, I made another one...this one in purple.

Same quilting as the first one -- I wanted more practice with dot-to-dot quilting.  This projects features the following Kona colours:  Purple, Heliotrope, Lilac, Wisteria, and Black.

This is a Year of the Stash project -- all fabrics were in my stash, except a little bit of Kona Heliotrope that I "borrowed" from Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge.

This wall hanging is en route to its forever home.  A little gift to say thank you to a friend.

And another photo just because.

Linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Quilt Matters 
Needle and Thread Thursday @  My Quilt Infatuation 
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Whoomp There It Is A Quilted Passion
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Double Wedding Ring

Time to showcase quilts from our quilty past.  Head over to visit Jenn @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge for Throwback Thursday.

I don't know the exact year for this double wedding ring, but it's from my early years of quilting, so mid 2000's.  This was a class at my LQS.  My first attempt at curved piecing, which taught me that I don't like curved piecing.

This quilt is one of several that I sent to Mira Stitch 'N Post for quilting.  When asked what quilting motif to use, my answer was:  whichever one could make the quilt lie flat.  My skills at curved piecing were not great, and there may have been a few wonky places.

I almost cut off all the points around the edge, but my bee mates encouraged me to keep them.  It made for an interesting and long process of attaching the binding.  This was my first attempt at cutting bias binding.

This poor quilt sat in the closet for many years before being quilted and having the binding attached.  And now it sits again waiting for its forever home.

Do you have a quilt from your past to share?  Link up @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

WIP Wednesday - Playing with Fabric

More pattern testing has been happening in my sewing room.  Ruth @ Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner has been adding a modern twist to some traditional blocks for a class she'll be teaching -- Traditional Blocks Made Modern.

Here are my versions of Ruth's blocks -- 12.5 inches unfinished.

Modern Economy Block - This is a great block for showcasing an awesome print.

Star Block - This was a fun block to make.  I added some Kona Petal to the prints.

Wonky Star - This one was fun as well, but I did have trouble making sure I didn't cut off the points when making it wonky.  A little bit of Kona Honey Dew for the win.

Inverted Star - Lots of flying geese for this block.  I love how the Kona Petal goes with the bright pink.

Offset Log Cabin - I would like to try this block with solids, like Ruth did.

8-Pointed Star - Ruth's block was rainbow, but I decided to make a bright yellow star.

Nested Churn Dash - Some small pieces in the middle, but easy piecing so it wasn't too difficult.

Wonky Bento - Ruth's block has different colours in each of the four quadrants.  I decided to make mine all the same.

There are four others blocks that I didn't make:  Bear Paws, different sizes of the 8-pointed Star, Double Nested Churn Dash, and Apartment block.  I'll need to make some more blocks if I decide to put these all together into a sampler quilt.

I had fun making these blocks.  Head over to Charly & Ben's Crafty Corner to see what Ruth has been up there, especially an awesome Darth Vader glow-in-the-dark mini.

Linking up with:

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

Monday, May 2, 2016

One Block Wonder Fun

You may recall from my Sunday Procrastination post earlier this month that Sandy @ Upstairs Hobby Room has been hosting a One Block Wonders BOM.

April's block is called Diamond Path.  Here's my version.

I forgot to take photos during the sewing process.  Here is what one block looks like.

I wasn't sure about the orange with the teal, but now that's it's finished....I love it!!!  It's a small finish around 25 inches -- a very small baby quilt for the stroller or laying on the floor.  I think I'm going to bind it with orange.

And since I had so much fun with this one, I cut fabric to make a purple one.  It's a great project for 2.5-inch strips.

This is a Year of the Stash 2016 project -- everything came from my stash.

Linking up with:

April One Block Wonders @ Upstairs Hobby Room
Sew Cute Tuesday @ Blossom Heart Quilts