Friday, April 17, 2015

MILLEFIORE UPDATE

April is month number 4 in the New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt Along, but I'm only on number three.  I had every intention of keeping up, but other things seem to creep onto my sewing table.

I decided this one will be turquoise and orange.  What a fun combination!


My plan is to have the turquoise/aqua in each block, unify all the blocks


One, two and part of three


 This is them placed into the graph. Not perfectly placed, but you get the idea  : )


I'm thinking this will be one of those quilts that when all is said and done I will think "I can't believe I pieced all that by hand!"

Have a great week end!

linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday

Monday, April 13, 2015

QUARTER 2 FINISH ALONG LIST 2015

In the first quarter of this year, I only finished 1 thing on my list. It was however, the wedding quilt, so I guess that's a win!  For this quarter I am focusing on the many charity quilts that i am collecting blocks for. It will be nice to have these together and sent off to the recipients.

This quilt was on my list last time. It has grown some, but I really want to see it finished


These churndash blocks will be another to be sent off. Just a few more to make


And then my giant hexies.  Not sure who this will be for.  Likely me : )


I somehow managed to start a new project. What can I say?  I get distracted easily .........


Oh look!  New fabric!

linking up with On The Windy Side 

Monday, April 6, 2015

NOW SHOWING

Every once in a while a fun little quilt comes along and I just have to stop, drop, and quilt!  This was one of those times.  The pattern is called Charm Box and is by the Fat Quarter Shop.  Just 2 charm packs and some background is all you need to whip up this quilt.  I used charm packs by Zen Chic for Moda called 'Reel Time'.


While I was piecing this, I was thinking about how I might quilt it and I thought of mimicking the circles on one of the prints. Then I remembered my daughter had this movie reel on the wall of her bedroom.  Bingo!

I traced around the circle with a frixion pen and got to work


How fun is that!  Super easy to quilt too using my walking foot



I  LOVE  it !



These fabrics are coming soon to Katja's Quilt Shoppe.  I think I may be making another one. What a perfect size quilt for a baby gift.

roll the credits.......

36 1/2" x 45 1'2"
fabrics are Reel Time by Zen Chic
pieced and quilted by me

linking up with
Quilt Story
Let's Bee Social
Finish It Up Friday

Thursday, April 2, 2015

BANGLES

Bangles is the name of a quilt in Sarah Fielke's book 'Hand Quilted With Love'.  I saw some pictures of it on Instagram and fell hard for it of course, because it's Hexies!  I knew I had the book, so I flipped through it and realized that I could make it using the english paper piecing method rather than sew Y seams.  I don't do Y seams.  The next day, Nicole and I each started our own version of it. I just happened to have a pack of 3" hexies so I went with that size.



When my hubby saw me drawing lines on the hexies for cutting, he offered to draw me up a template on the computer             : )
Much faster


They work up fairly quickly and it's fun to feature a big print in the middle.  I'm using mostly grey/black/white to surround the feature


the blocks are about 10 1/2" tip to tip


Like any new hexie project, it's hard to put this down, because they are just so fun!   I am hoping to show you a different little finish on my next post.  I'm quilting it now  : )

May you have:
The gladness of Easter which is hope
The promise of Easter which is Peace
The spirit of Easter which is Love.

Monday, March 30, 2015

MARCH MADNESS

What a busy month!  After the wedding, I got right to work making all the bee blocks for this month.

I made these blocks for Vickey and then proceeded to mail them to the wrong address

Yes. I. Did.


so I re-made them and will send them again. Ahem.


this Dresden plate is for Cindy



then there are the St. Lois 16 patch blocks for the Heal group of do.good stitches


and this churn dash for Sheila


and finally, these wonky cross blocks for Shena. These were fun to do.


I have a couple of new works in progress now too, but that will have to wait for next time : )

Thanks for all the nice comments about the wedding. We really had a fun day. The happy couple will be home soon and settling into married life.  Feeling very blessed to have them close by.

Have a lovely week

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LESS TALK MORE PICTURES

They're married!  We had a lovely time this past week-end watching our boy get married to his beautiful bride.  The weather was a bit 'iffy' but the rain held off until we were all tucked inside for the reception  : )

These are a few pictures one of my daughter in laws snapped with her phone


I walked my boy in


followed by all these lovely bridesmaids (remember the paint cards I had for choosing fabrics?)


bang on!


Then my two granddaughters dropping petals  (the bride is hiding behind the truck)


The " I do's "


They are off to start their lives together.

I've been left with all of this.............


: )

Friday, March 20, 2015

A NEW PROJECT BAG

Do you ever go to your local bookstore to relax and flip through magazines?  Every now and then I like to do that.  Last week I happened upon a Canadian Quilting magazine called Quilters Connection.  There was a little knitting project bag inside and I was smitten.  In the next few days I made up my own version of it using the new Cotton and Steel fabrics 'black and white'


I used two fabrics and a solid for the lining. I had a scrap of fusible fleece so I used that to give it some stiffness. The quilting is simple wavy lines



this twill tape was perfect for the loops with some black ribbon for the tie





If (when) I make another one, I will add a couple more loops. This does make a rather cute star pattern however when pulled closed


My project bag ended up 10" tall and about 5" across.  Simple, fun, and very useful  : )

linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday
Quilt Story

p.s. the wedding is tomorrow -- TOMORROW !