Monday, July 21, 2014

Photo Shoot

This past weekend, my daughter and I did a photo shoot at our local park of both finished and unfinished quilts I have been working on.

quilt photo shoot
Photo Shoot at the Park

Let's start with the finished quilts:

orange peel, scrappy
Scrappy Orange Peel  60" x  84"

I've been working on this quilt for some time.  I quilted using a serpentine stitch on the diagonal.  After quilting it, it took me a while to decide on binding. I used leftover fabric that I had used on my Ladybug Pinwheel quilt.

scrappy, orange peel

scrappy, orange peel, curves

scrappy, orange peel

The Ladybug Pinwheel was made using leftover blocks from a quilt I made for a friend.  I quilted using loops (still practicing FMQ) and used binding to match the backing.  This quilt will be donated.

scrappy pinwheel, ladybugs
Ladybug Pinwheel  39" x 53

binding, scrappy
I love this backing!
Another quilt I am donating is this baby quilt.  In the first two pictures you can see it is not bound yet.  After a few days, binding made from the leftover blocks.  

34" x 39"

And now the unfinished:

I have two new quilt tops that are completed.  I started these back in March when Paula of The Sassy Quilter held her Triangle Quilt Challenge.  I hopped on board immediately but my train got stuck at the station.  I did love using the triangles.  I had no idea what I would make from them, of course, I started cutting without a plan, and cut two different sizes. 

Then I challenged myself to actually sew the pieces together.  I'm loving both tops and just bought the fabric for the backs.

One last thing - new tags!
sew in tags

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bee Block Catch Up

Once school ended, I finally had the time to catch up on bee blocks.  It's been non-stop measuring, cutting, re-measuring, sewing, seam-ripping and re-sewing for many days.  Just so you know, I wasn't really as behind as it appears.   I offered to make missing blocks for everyone in Stash Bee 4.  I enjoyed making the blocks the first time around and knew once the school year ended that I would have extra sewing time. 

For Sara - Stash Bee 4 - January

Celine - Stash Bee 4 - February

Samantha - Stash Bee 4 - March

Sally - Stash Bee 4 - April

Chelsea - Stash Bee 4 - May

Ruth - Global Scrap Bee - May

Stephanie H - Scrap-bee-licous - May

Barb - Global Scrap Bee - June

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Let's Bee Social!

Whatever Happened to ....

Yes, I've been missing for longer than I realized.  Time sure flies when you aren't paying attention.  May was a blur.  Closing out my work year and getting ready for summer.  Did I sew in that time?  Of course!

I spent of my sewing time making gifts for all my fabulous classroom volunteers and grade level co-workers.  I used the Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial found on Noodlehead.  Once I got started, it was easy to keep going.
I made 27 pouches in several sizes: 9", 12" and 14".  
I used different fabric combinations for all the bags, no two are alike.  This is a great way to use leftover fabric or even fabric that you thought was great or fun when you bought it and now can't figure out what to do with it.
I tried several different interfacings.  I used Pellon 809 Decor Bond, Pellon 808 Craft Fuse and when I ran out of those I used Pellon 911FF.  I found the first two really helped give shape to the bags.

I rushed to get these photos, I was packaging the gifts - oops, forgot to pick off the stray thread!

 Inside, I sewed my label.
custom label
And now......... I need to make one for me!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Black, White & Yellow

Here's the story:  My husband wants a quilt.  Okay.  A quilt he shall get.  It took forever for him to choose colors.  Finally, he chose - black, white and yellow.  So I started shopping.

My first attempt at choosing fabrics for him.  Fairly successful but not in love with this group.  No matter what, I was using the taxi fabric!  Then I shopped some more and purchased other black, white and yellow fabrics.  Did I have a plan?  Of course not!

Looking for inspiration, I browsed several magazines and saw this block by Amy Smart, All Roads Lead Home, in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks,  Vol 8.

Not sure how this would look, I took out the graph paper & colored it in.  Hubby said he liked it.

I started cutting and making a plan.....

48 blocks later......and lots of trimming

Start the layout on the design wall....

And keep going.....

Here's half the quilt on the wall. I have a bit more trimming and then I'll begin sewing the blocks.  With any luck, I'll get the top pieced by Sunday.  

Check back in a few weeks (it'll take me at least that) an see the finished quilt!

Linking up with Let's Bee Social and WIP Wednesday!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It's Been A Busy Week

Spring Break has come and gone and not a finish in sight. I started last week with a long list, which never shrank and only grew.  So what did I cross off the list?

1.  With the help of my sister, installed an 8' x 7' design wall. (Yahoo!)

2.  I pieced all 48 blocks for my husband's quilt (More details to follow).

3.  I quilted a pinwheel quilt for a friend's daughter, hand sewing the binding on the back (photos to come).

4.  I pieced a charity quilt from leftover blocks - ready to back & quilt.
pinwheels, leftover blocks, pink and green

5.  Started quilting my scrappy peel quilt.

6.  Started a triangle quilt (Thanks to Paula of The Sassy Quilter).

7.  Practiced paper piecing.

8.  Backed and basted a baby quilt (perhaps for charity)

9.  Cut & organized pieces for a Stash Bee Block

Check back for more details!

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