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March is Bunny Trail Month

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

I’m at it again. Off on another bunny trail or two! This time with some turtles and hexagons.

Here’s the story.  The LQS has a great little shopping incentive. During the last week of January, you can buy a certificate for $25. Then mid-February through July you can use that certificate for $50.00 worth of fabric. Each patron can purchase up to 5 certificates. Spent $125 for $250 worth of fabric.

There is a catch. Your purchase has to be $50.00 or over. You can’t use it as you would a gift card. So, I make a list of what I plan to buy and try to get it close to $50 or $100.  This past week, I went with my list, but was $15 short of $100. That meant finding more fabric to buy. Not a problem, right? After all, this is a quilt store with lots of goodies to tempt any quilter!

A turtle fabric had caught my eye as I was walking around. And there were several fabrics that coordinated nicely with it. I opted to buy 1/2 yard of three prints, with the plan to make a table runner for my sister.

At my Thursday Curvy Quilters sewing day, a friend and I came up with this asymmetrical design that showcases the turtles.

Close up of quilting, which I hope looks like wavy water and bubbles, back side of quilt.

Close up of quilting on front of table runner. It only took part of 2 days to complete this table runner with piecing, quilting, and flange binding. That was Bunny Trail #1.

The next bunny trail involved a pattern I bought a while ago. It is Color Hex by Jeni Baker of Incolororder.com.  I love hexes, and liked the color wheel design.

Last summer, I bought several FQ packs while on a shop hop with my Curvy Quilters group. The FQ packs would work up well in this color wheel pattern.

I follow Jeni’s blog, she had a sale going on this past week to celebrate her birthday. How fitting, I thought, to pull out the pattern and finally make it – a celebration of Jeni’s birthday, and mine since I’m also born in March. I think the Hexies will be great spaces for practicing FMQ!

Last week’s To-Do Tuesday List, how did I do?

  1. Get back to Dropcloth Sampler. ✗ This is something I do while watching TV. But I’m not doing much of that lately.
  2. Continue Fusion Blanket. ✔️ I continued with the blanket stitching and have a lot more to go! Plus had my first crochet lesson!
  3. Continue t-shirt quilt. ✔️ Shirts are all fused with interfacing.
  4. Next step of Sew All Around BOM. ✔️ Blocks pieced.
  5. Enjoy Curvy Quilters sewing Thursday. ✔️ I worked on my two Bunny Trails.

This week’s To-Do Tuesday List

  1. Concentrate on t-shirt quilt.
  2. Next step of Sew All Around BOM.
  3. Continue Fusion Blanket.

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday hosted at Stitch All the Things and Linky Tuesday hosted at Freemotion by the River.

 

Bargello – Off She Goes!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

Oh My Goodness! I’m sending the Bargello quilt to one of my favorite longarm quilters this week! I am just so totally happy with how the appliqué has turned out on this quilt.

I used a monofilament thread on most of the appliqué pieces, and Aurifil all match-y match-y on the seaweed, turtles, canoe and paddle.

(Oops! I forgot to stitch the black of the eye!) On the close-up of the turtle, you can see the monofilament thread used for the blanket stitch. And on the turtle shell – can you see the spiral stitching in a brown matching thread?

Seaweed stitched in place.

And here is the completed Bargello quilt top! It is 108″ square, so it was hard to hold up for a good picture! My daughter and I are standing on our raised fireplace hearth, we are touching the ceiling with the top borders folded down and it is puddling on the floor.

This quilt is the brain storm of my sister. She lived in Hawaii, and when her husband was being transferred to the Mainland east coast, she wanted a King size quilt that spoke of her love for Hawaii. She saw a small Bargello wall hanging at a quilt shop, and wanted to know if I could make a King size Bargello. Then she found two wall hanging patterns, one with the outrigger canoe & paddle, and one with the turtle (Honu) scene. Her idea was to enlarge them to appliqué on the bargello quilt. My sister was a member of an outrigger canoe racing club. She loves the ocean, and the sea turtles that you could see feeding along the beaches.

Now the quilt goes to the longarm quilter for her to work magic in those bargello waves! I am so looking forward to getting it back and bound and delivered to my sister!

How did I do on last week’s To-Do List?

  1. Bargello –  appliqué stitched in place! ✓
  2. Bargello –  back sewn together.  ✓
  3. Bargello – Hopefully, deliver to the long arm quilter! I’m so excited about completing this quilt! I’m waiting for the date from the longarm quilter!
  4. Bargello – binding ready and waiting! ✓
  5. Down load September pattern on the 1st for the Machine Block Party.  ✓

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Binding t-shirt quilt (picking up from quilter this week)
  2. Piece September’s block for the Machine Quilting Block Party.
  3. Download last One Block Wonders BOM pattern. Can’t believe we are already on the 12 month!

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday

I am Stuck on Misty Fuse! Honu Scene on Bargello Quilt

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

I am so super pleased with how all the appliqué is coming together for the Bargello quilt! It is taking longer than I’d like, but all the pieces are constructed – outrigger canoe & paddle, and the turtle scene which is fused to the Bargello quilt.

This is the lower right corner, inside the borders, of the king size bargello quilt. The pattern for the Honu (turtle) scene is Someone to Watch Over You by Barbara Bieraugel Designs. I enlarged the pattern by 150%.

Now I need to decided if I am going to be match-y match-y with the thread with each motif, or use monofilament thread all over. Monofilament sure would make it easier, but would the sheen ruin the look of the quilt?

I love Misty Fuse! It is my go-to fusible. I like the feel of the finished product. And I find it very easy to work with when fusing appliqué pieces. Do you have a favorite fusible product?

I didn’t have the One block Wonders August block on my To-Do List last week, but I did finish piecing a table topper using the pattern! The block is called X Box.

I also finished the August Machine Quilting Block Party. I needed some time away from cutting out all the little pieces of appliqué for the Bargello quilt!

How did I do on last week’s To-Do List?

  1. Bargello – finish constructing appliqués! ✔︎ All constructed and I’m so pleased with them!
  2. Bargello – fuse and blanket stitch appliqués to quilt!  - Fuse! ✔︎ The Turtle Scene is fused in place and starting to stitch around them today!
  3. Bargello – sew back of quilt together! ✗

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Bargello – Top stitch all the appliqué in place!
  2. Bargello – sew the back of the quilt together.
  3. Bargello – Hopefully, deliver to the long arm quilter! I’m so excited about completing this quilt!
  4. Bargello – construct binding for the quilt.
  5. Down load September pattern on the 1st for the Machine Block Party.

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday. Hope your Tuesday is going well!

Procrastination! or When Applique is the Finishing Step to a Bargello Top

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

I’ve been procrastinating. I reserved a spot in early September with my favorite longarm quilter for the Bargello quilt. Problem is, I still have to get the appliqué constructed and attached! Today, I finally made it to the local Staples store to enlarge the patterns 150%. After lunch out with my hubby, I got to work labeling & cutting out pieces and cutting fabric.

I’m working on the outrigger canoe & paddle from Paddler’s Heritage pattern.

Next up will be the turtle scene from Someone to Watch Over You pattern.

I raided my very small stash of Batiks looking for the right fabrics for the coral. I might be taking a trip to the local quilt shop tomorrow for more Batiks! Such a shame, right!?

Do you have a particular step in the quilting process that you procrastinate on?

Here is a photo of the completed baby quilt I shared last post, and gifts to go with it for little Olivia.

I used the green Moda Grunge with a white solid for the flange and binding. I’m very pleased with how this quilt turned out – the bright fabrics, quilting design, name, binding. My son and daughter in law visited last weekend (with my grand baby!) and my DIL commented on how she really liked this quilt. It is nice to get an unsolicited compliment! She particularly liked how I quilted the baby’s name. Guess I’ll keep that idea filed away for future quilts!

How did I do on last week’s To-Do List?

  1. Bind baby quilt ✔︎ – completed! But not gifted yet.
  2. Enlarge and cut out appliqué pieces for Bargello quilt. enlarged ✔︎ and have a long way to go to finish the cutting, fusing, & stitching.

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Bargello – finish constructing appliqués!
  2. Bargello – fuse and blanket stitch appliqués to quilt!
  3. Bargello – sew back of quilt together!

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

 

 

Quilting a Baby Quilt

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

I pieced this baby quilt a while ago. I only had a small amount of The Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric left from a previous gift, and wanted to figure out a way to make good use of it for another baby quilt. So I pulled out my brights and cut 6.5″ strips and sewed them together with a narrow band of a white print in between.

Next up, I wanted to add the baby’s name, but had not decided on just how to do that. What I ended up doing was printing the name out in a large font, cutting the letters out, and tracing around them. Then I stitched around each letter.  I didn’t think of taking a picture of the first couple of steps, oops!

Next, I used the walking foot and added straight lines for the over all quilting.

When my straight line quilting approached the appliquéd butterfly, I stitched around it until reaching the spot on the opposite side of the butterfly to continue the straight line quilting.

After stitching straight lines in four quadrants, I went back and did a FMQ ribbon in-between some of the straight lines. The straight lines are stitched  1.5″ apart.

I wish I had taken a picture of the name before deciding to fill it in. When filling in each letter, I tried to keep the FMQ lines perpendicular to the over all straight stitched lines.

Below is a close up of the three types of quilting used in the quilt.

  1. Back ground straight line quilting set at a diagonal, and off set, so they are not meeting in the center of the quilt.
  2. FMQ ribbon quilting
  3. Filling in letters with (somewhat) perpendicular lines to background quilting

The back of the quilt is The Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric that I found at a LQS. I was so happy to find yardage to coordinate with the little bit I had on the front! But it took running to 2 stores before I found it!

I plan to bind with the above green Moda Grunge.

This was a fun creative project. Starting with a scrap of The Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric, and then playing with ideas for the quilting. I have The Very Hungry Caterpillar board book to also give with this quilt, and my daughter has ordered TVHC stuffed caterpillar to add to the gift. The stuffed caterpillar should arrive this week, with that and the binding complete we will be ready to visit and gift the new mother and baby Olivia!

How has your creative process been this week? I’m happy with how this quilt is turning out!

How did I do on last week’s To-Do List?

  1. Bargello quilt – finish borders & start appliqué  ✔︎ Borders on, and getting appliqué in order
  2. quilt baby quilt ✔︎ quilted!

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Bind baby quilt
  2. Enlarge and cut out appliqué pieces for Bargello quilt

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

UFO List

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

It’s been a good sewing week! Thursday I hosted my Curvy Quilters Club & even made brownies to share with the ladies! We meet for a day once or twice a month, sewing on our own projects and chit chat all day long. It is very relaxing & low key. I usually use our time together to work on UFOs. Thursday, I pulled out the Featherweight and sewed up another set of blocks from the Timeless Traditions BOM which I started last year.

I also pulled out the seam ripper and altered a quilt I made, the end of last year, I think. I volunteered to proof a pattern for an online friend. I do love her designs, but the light center was just not speaking to me, so I ripped it out.

The pattern is Punk Love Quilt by Amy of 13 Spools

I bought more fabric and planned on sewing a new center. Once I got it ripped out, I just didn’t want to sew up another center. What I ended up doing was using the purchased fabrics to add borders.

Above photo – my altered Punk Love minus the center strip measuring ~65 1/2″ square instead of a rectangle. I like it!

And here is the back with the pieced portion sewn in the center. I like the back too. So, yippie! I have a UFO checked off the list! The thing is though, it is going in the ‘to be quilted’ pile for a while. Not done yet, but top is pieced and off the UFO piecing list!

Yesterday and today, I’ve been recalculating borders for the Bargello quilt. I’m making it for my sister, and she wants a 14″ drop on all sides. We only bought 2 fabrics for the borders. But over bought for the back. I have enough of the back fabric to use it for a border. Here is what it will look like:

Photoed is showing less an 1/4 of the quilt. Borders will be: purple 2  1/2″ wide, turtles “Honu”  4  1/2″ wide (all the fabrics came from Hawaii after all, and turtles are called Honu there), and green fern 7″ wide. It’s a huge quilt at 108″ square.

My eldest son is buying a house! That means moving out of his apartment. He asked yesterday if I would help him clean the apartment tonight. I did, it was not as bad as the last time he moved. ;-) I think his room mate was a messy. Phew, that was a hot job, no AC!

My question for the week: do you ever alter patterns and like the results?

How did I do on last week’s To-Do List?

  1. Host Curvy Quilters on Thursday – that means some house cleaning and baking to prepare for my guests! ✔︎
  2. Sew the next set of Timeless Tradition BOM blocks. ✔︎
  3. Add borders to the Bargello. ✔︎- 1st border on, next 2 cut.
  4. Friday the One Block Wonders August BOM will be available – download! ✔︎

To-Do List for this week:

  1. Bargello quilt – finish borders & start appliqué
  2. quilt baby quilt

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

Block of the Month, Old and New

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

This Thursday, I host my quilting group, Curvy Quilters. I usually work on an UFO during that time. It’s a good way to get myself to work on the unfinished projects. And I have enjoyed seeing some progress, and even checking a few off my list this year. Today I pulled out the Timeless Tradition BOM.  I started it last year, while attending a Featherweight Sewing Club. I have the fabric cut for three blocks and all ready for piecing this Thursday.

As July came to a close, I did squeeze in finishing up the BOM for Leah Day’s Machine Quilting Block Party. I had the block pieced, marked, & sandwiched, so just had to quilt it. This BOM is using the quilt-as-you-go method. Each month we piece, sandwich, and quilt a block.

Yesterday, as the first of the month, the new block was available. I got it downloaded and fabric cut. Today I pieced the block.

For all the BOMs (I’m doing 3) I have challenged myself to use fabric from my stash. For the Machine Quilting Block Party BOM, I’m using scrappy prints in yellows, oranges, & reds, with the same white background for all the blocks.

Next up is pulling out the Bargello I started earlier this year. It’s time to add borders & appliqué. I had to set it aside for a while, as I had t-shirt quilts to create for customers. The latest went to the longarm quilter last week. I’ll take photos went it returns for binding.

After the Bargello, I have Christmas tree skirts I want to get started! I was hoping to get to those in July!

Do you have any projects that you are just waiting and wanting to get to sewing?

Back to the To-Do Tuesday list!

  1. Host Curvy Quilters on Thursday – that means some house cleaning and baking to prepare for my guests!
  2. Sew the next set of Timeless Tradition BOM blocks.
  3. Add borders to the Bargello.
  4. Friday the One Block Wonders August BOM will be available – download!
I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.

 

 

Making Progress!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

I’ve made some progress on May’s One Block Wonders BOM. I decided to make a table runner using 6 blocks from May’s design.

I altered the 12″ May Blooms blocks to 6″ to create a 14″ x 43″ table runner. The appliqué pieces are fused in place using Misty Fuse, but still need to be stitched down. I really do like how this is looking!

I just finished machine quilting, literally – just minutes ago – May’s Machine Quilting Block Party BOM.

Night time photo color is way off! That is a white background. And I still need to remove the marking for the quilting guide lines. Ugh. Horrible photo. Sorry. But hey! I’m now ready for the June block that will be posted tomorrow!

I also made progress on the t-shirt Hobo bag. The red is a t-shirt and the black batik is forming a pocket. The Batik is also the lining. The flip side is a made from a black t-shirt. More photos next time. Straps will be solid black and the batik.

All it needs is the shoulder straps. I could have finished it last night, but decided to make the straps adjustable. Daughter and I ran errands today, and my plan was to stop at Joann’s and see what kind of hardware they have. I forgot to stop! I was just down the road by a few blocks, and totally forgot. And later I was even across the street from Hancock’s (going out of business) and mentioned to my daughter that I want to stop in Hancock’s after we finished in the store she wanted to stop in at. We both forgot! Let’s hope I can remember tomorrow!

I really am a list person and should have had a list today to remind me to stop at Joann’s! How about you, are you a list person?

To-Do List for this week.

  1. Start June’s Machine Quilting Block Party BOM
  2. June’s One Block Wonders pattern should be available Friday!
  3. Helping son pack and move.

 

How did I do on last’s week To-Do List?

  1. Hobo bag – making progress!
  2. Curvy Quilters meet Thursday, I’ll work on the BOMs. ✔︎
  3. I’m adopting a WIP from a local lady. It is a Trip Around the World. I pick it up today to finish the top for her. I’ll share more next week. ✔︎ This project turned out to be an Amish Diamond in a Square out of prints that I am guessing are from the 70′s. I didn’t take pictures, but the top is complete and returned for quilting.

I’m linking to To-Do Tuesday and Connie’s Linky Tuesday.

Slow She Goes

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Are you sensing a theme here on my blog? Slow it is! Since not much quilting is happening here, I’ll share a few beauties from our garden.

This is a tiny little Iris that I believe is named Bumble Bee.

Hubs is the gardener around here. As a college professor, he is teaching part time during the summer meaning he is home a lot more. He enjoys his time out in the garden.

I’m not sure of the name for this Iris, but I love those speckles on the falls.

Both Hubs and I have to find a new balance with the end of the school year, and it takes a few weeks. Not complaining! I enjoy having Hubs around!

Lilly of the Valley. My favorite Spring flower. Sweet scent! We have a large patch on the north side of our house that I can pick and keep in the kitchen. I love walking in the kitchen and smelling that sweet scent. Of course I love their scent out in the yard too!

How has your week gone? Does your sewing/quilting time change with the seasons?

How did I do on last’s week To-Do List?

  1. Hobo bag – I bought and washed accent fabric for the bag this week. But no sewing.
  2. Work on BOMs: Machine Quilting Block Party and One Block Wonders May block – I made a little progress on the OBW.

To-Do List for this week. Oh my! My list is not changing from last week!

  1. Hobo bag.
  2. Curvy Quilters meet Thursday, I’ll work on the BOMs.
  3. I’m adopting a WIP from a local lady. It is a Trip Around the World. I pick it up today to finish the top for her. I’ll share more next week.

Linking to To-Do Tuesday at Stitch All the Things and Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River.

Progressing … Slowly

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

The slow theme continues.

I have two projects that I’m making up as I go along. No patterns. The going has been slow.

Project One:  is a 24″ pillow. The front is made of HSTs on point. The white triangles will be used for signatures at a graduation party.

I used fusible webbing Pellon P44F to add stability to the pieced HSTs. It will keep the fabric from shifting and will make it easier for guests to sign the piece. The HSTs are quilted in-the-ditch in 50 weight white Auriful thread #2021, sandwiched with a thin batting and a piece of muslin.

Black piping to frame the pillow.

A red t-shirt was used to create an envelope closure on the back of the pillow.

I asked last week if it would work to stuff a 24″ pillow form in a slightly smaller pillow case. The answer is yes! The pillow case is 23″ square.

Top photo – Don’t you think it worked too?

Project Two: is an over the should bag, kind of ‘Hobo bag’ of my own design, to showcase two t-shirts. T-shirts are fused for stability. I need to shop for fabric for handles, lining, and inner & outer pockets. (sorry, no pictures yet)

I won another drawing! Julie of The Crafty Quilter is holding a monthly drawing this year as incentive to complete UFO projects. These cute gifties arrived in my mailbox: A fabric & bead necklace made by Julie, Scraps ‘n Fats pattern, and Vintage Picnic Charm Pack. Thank you, Julie!

How did I do on last’s week To-Do List?

  1. Finish Signature pillow.  ✔︎ Completed today!
  2. Bind t-shirt quilt. ✔︎ Bound, delivered, and paid!
  3. Construct Hobo bag. ✗ Started, not completed yet.
  4. Work on BOMs, Timeless Traditions, Machine Quilting Block Party, One Block Wonders if time allows. ✔︎- Kind of. On my sewing day with friends, I cut out 6 OBW blocks and got 3 of them pieced.
To-Do List for this week:
  1. Hobo bag.
  2. Work on BOMs: Machine Quilting Block Party and One Block Wonders May block.
I’m keeping my list very short this week, as I don’t seem to be very productive lately. And, I really need to clean my house!
Linking to To-Do Tuesday and Linky Tuesday.