Sunday, January 21, 2018

Tied Up In Strings

Yet another week has passed when I have been lured by the call of scraps to play and not work on the baby quilt for my One Monthly Goal project.  Kat and Cat Quilts is having her annual String Fling block challenge for Covered In Love.  This is a wonderful way to donate blocks or quilts to a special cause run by Kat.  She's a nurse who distributes quilts to grieving families in the East Texas hospital where she works with patients near the end of their lives.  I'm always on the lookout for ways to use up scraps and this is a "win/win" situation.  I lower my giant scrap pile and quilts go to people who are experiencing sorrow in their lives and can use a warm hug.  Do stop by her blog and read about her work and donate some blocks.  The drive runs through January and February and she is offering 2 jelly rolls as ways to tempt you to help.

I have finished 20 blocks so far and they are definitely addictive.

I'll be whooping it up with Sarah and lots of other great quilters at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework for Oh Scrap.  Go over and take a look at what everybody else is working on.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Just A Little Bit Off Track

This week, I was determined to work on the low volume baby quilt for my January project for One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.  It didn't happen.  As I tried to put the blocks together, I saw that I ironed all of them the same way so they wouldn't nest properly.  I will have to do some serious unstitching before I can assemble the quilt top.  I am currently in the throes of a sinus infection and it hurts to use my brain.  Instead, I chose to play with a scrappy "nobrainer" project.  The siren call of scraps often pulls me down the rabbit hole.

During the month of June, I was inspired by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict to Attack My Scraps.  I spent weeks cutting ugly fabrics and bits of leftovers into 1.5 x 2.5 inch pieces.   I was able to cut some of the larger fabric into 1.5 inch strips which made it a bit easier.  I was smitten by a quilt in my LQS Christie's Quilting Boutique.

Christie sews samples for Kate Spain and made the quilt with scraps from a sample quilt she made for Kate's batik line, Paradise.  I LOVED the quilt (now sold) and had to make one.  Unfortunately, all of that cutting caused Trigger Finger in the middle finger of my right hand.  The project lay abandoned until November and was put on further hiatus during the Christmas holidays.

This week, it came out again.  My version is composed of years of scraps with no rhyme or reason.  It may seem bizarre to start from two opposite corners, but I wasn't sure how large I wanted to make it,  I decided I would see how much I liked it before I committed to a size.  I love it and have decided to make it large enough to fit my queen size bed.  This is truly a labor of love and will be an ongoing project.  I'm sleeping in wrist braces to avoid any further damage to my hands, but it is worth it.

I am linking up with Sarah at  Confessions of a Fabric Addict so I can get a Whoop, Whoop for my itty bitty scraps and at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework for Oh Scrap!  There are lots of great projects on both of their blogs.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

One Monthly Finish

When I wrote my last blog post on January 2, 2017, I sincerely believed that I would be creating lots of great quilts.  I thought I would be posting regularly and featuring lots of pictures of my work.  I was wrong!  I did not complete one thing in 2017.

I did start a few new projects, but I found it difficult to track my progress, or lack there of, as easily as using the blog and a record of what I was doing.  I'm not sure how many online quilt alongs, BOMs, or group activities I will take part in, but the first thing I am committing to is One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.

I'm not going to beat myself up about the amounts of UFOs  that lurk in my sewing room.  I am hoping to finish one project a month, whether it is new or old.  This month, I will be working on a quilt for the new baby daughter of my husband's godchild.  The pattern is Baby Go Fly A Kite by Dragonfly Fibers.  I've wanted to try making a low volume quilt so I chose the butterfly print from Tanya Whelan's, Zoey's Garden in the pink tone and the white.  I  found that  I needed something to break it up a bit, so I chose a green and white polka dot. 

The blocks are finished.  There will be a 1.5 inch border of the green dot and a four inch border primarily made of the pink print with some of the white print squares pieced in.  You'll have to trust me that the quilt looks a lot better in person.  The lighting in my dining room does nothing to flatter it.  The quilt finishes at 44 inches square.  I'm linking up my baby quilt at One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts.

Monday, January 2, 2017

A New Year is Time for a New Outlook

After over a year and a half away from my blog, I realized I missed it.  Not because I provide exciting content for the quilting community, but  because it helps me to stay focused on my quilting goals.  Last January, I decided to hunt down all of my UFOs and catalog them in hopes of finishing them all.  That was a major mistake, after listing 48 separate projects in various stages of progress, I was exhausted, discouraged, and a little embarrassed that I had accumulated so much.  I don't think I finished one project, but I did start a few more that are still lying undone.

This year, I decided not to be so tough on myself.  I plan on joining Patty over at Elm Street Quilts to ease myself back into quilting with her One Monthly Goal project.  In previous years, I enjoyed participating in Angela's  Rainbow Scrap Challenge at So Scrappy.  Unfortunately, I did not plan very well and ended up with lots of blocks that were fun to make, but that I never used.  This year,  I will be using the Chimney Sweep Block made with 2.5 inch strips that  Alycia shared at her blog Alycia Quilts.

The quilt I will be working on this month for One Monthly Goal is the Kissy Fishy Quilt from Sew Fresh Quilts.   I made five blocks during the summer, but my daughter has requested that I finish the quilt so she can give it away as a baby gift.  The blocks are fun to make.  The Director of Catholic Services at the University where she works had a baby boy in December. The pattern is for 2 different colored fish. My daughter has requested that I use multiple colors so that it will be more of a Rainbow Fish Quilt.   Hopefully, I will finish the quilt quickly so the baby will have it before he starts walking.
I am linking my January project for One Monthly Goal at Elm Street Quilts

Monday, April 6, 2015

April Goals

Last month, I finished the blocks for two quilt tops.  My first goal for the month of April, is to sew the blocks together and add borders to get them ready to quilt in May.  I also hope to quilt the three "Eye Spy" baby quilts I started earlier this year.  One of the quilts is basted and ready to go,  but backings need to be prepared for the other two.    I am also going to start a new quilt from Pat Speth's, The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.
Sharon V of Vrooman's Quilts sponsors the Let's Book It Challenge to make a project from books and patterns quilters already own.  I tried a quilt from Pat's book last month and really loved it, so I am going to use it again.  The quilt I have chosen for April is, "Stretched Autumn Star."  I plan on digging through all of my novelty prints to make it in an "Eye Spy" style.

So many projects, but so little time.  Hopefully, some of my lofty goals will be accomplished.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Let's Book It and 350 Block Project

Even though we had two light snowfalls in our area this week and still have piles of snow left from the winter, spring is finally breaking through.

In March, I finished all of the blocks for the quilt top I am making for Sharon's Let's Book It Challenge.  The pattern is from Pat Speth's, The Big Book of Nickel Quilts.   The original quilt in Pat's book is very scrappy.  My version uses monotone scraps and looks very different.   I  really love it.   My April goal will be to cut the borders and finish the quilt.
 Sarah, of Confessions of a Fabric Addict hosted a Sweet Sixteen quilt along earlier this year.  In March, I was able to complete the blocks for a top from her Sixteens and Pinwheels tutorial.  It's essentially the same quilt.  The only difference is the half square triangles are sewn as pinwheels instead of diamonds.  It's amazing how one small detail creates an entirely different look.  I love the look of the pinwheels, but the seams in the diamond shape block are much easier to deal with.
I have four blocks left over that I'm sure can be put to good use.

Even though the quilt is not completed, I'm linking up at Sharon's Let's Book It Challenge just because I love the way the top is turning out.  
Shelly at Prairie Moon Quilts is hosting the 350 Blocks Project.  The goal for March was 30 blocks, so the fifty I completed keeps me on course.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Catching Up

Thank you to everyone who inquired about my beautiful daughter-in-law and sent prayers and kind thoughts.  She was released from the hospital last Monday night, but returned today to have a plate and screws inserted into her foot to hold it together.  They had to delay the surgery until the swelling went down.  She has been in a lot of pain, but the surgery today went well and the doctor thinks she should be able to put weight on her foot in six to eight weeks.

Last Saturday was an exciting day for me.  After a week of hospital sitting, I attended an all day quilting retreat sponsored by Christie's Quilting Boutique and the Modern Quilt Guild of Connecticut.  There were unfilled spaces so the guild opened the event to non-members like myself.  It was held at a Church in Darien, CT and the special guest was Kate Spain.  I love Kate Spain's fabrics.  As hard as it is to believe, she is even lovelier than her fabrics.  Her friendly and gracious manner had the crowd eating out of her hand.  I wanted to have a photo taken with her, but no matter how hard I tried, some old lady in a grey sweater kept getting in the way.

Kate brought lots of beautiful quilts to show, visited with all of the quilters and asked about their projects.

The back is just as interesting. 

I was using a reversible pattern from the 2013 issue of Better Homes and Gardens 2013 issue of Make It Modern magazine.
The back uses cool colors.

The front features warm colors.

My version uses tone on tone fabrics and will have the cool colors on the front.  I will use purple for the border. I didn't realize the pattern was designed by Kate Spain until I started cutting the fabric.  When Kate saw what I was making, she told me she asked her husband whether he liked the pattern in cool or warm colors and he suggested she use both and make it reversible.  He certainly gave her good advice.