Sunday, June 24, 2018

Adventures with FMQ & a Scrappy Quilt

I've been watching all the FMQ videos I can get my hands on and this is the motif that I've been practicing on lately.  I learned this one from Lori Kennedy's video entitled Divide & Conquer on Craftsy.  Isn't this cute?  I just love it!  It's all done by drawing grid lines one inch apart.  The bows, placed at every other intersection, are just a small figure 8 and a larger figure 8, and the wavy lines just go diagonally from corner to corner.   I'm still a little bit shaky, but in spite of that, I really like how it looks!

The next motif I quilted on Ashley's quilt is a simple orange peel design.  I'm getting so close to being done!  I just need to decide what I'm going to quilt in the white squares between all the lattice work.  
What would you quilt there if you were doing this?

Last time I showed you the string project I was making inspired by Amanda Jean's book No Scrap Left Behind.  I've been having so much fun making these black background slabs.

I showed you a bunch of different solid fabrics I had auditioned for the cornerstones and decided to use a Kaffe Fasset print.   What do you think?

After I sewed a few blocks together I started second guessing myself about the cheddar color as the main squares.  There was a little bit of blue in the Kaffe Fasset fabrics so I auditioned a blue square in place of the cheddar . . .

I do like it with the blue but THEN I remembered why I had chosen the cheddar color in the first place.   This quilt is going to be one that we use on our couch over which is hanging a painting I bought.  Remember this?

I love the way the light is reflected on the wet sidewalk in this painting and that's where the inspiration for this quilt came from.

 Here's the most recent pictures of my progress.  To you ladies who so graciously sent me your black scraps, do you recogize any of your fabrics in here? I'm really having fun with this! 

Can't wait to actually have a quilt that I made to cuddle with on our couch!  But I gotta finish Ashley's quilt first and then get started on Morgan's!

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Monday, June 11, 2018

What is This Pattern Called?

I had a friend today asking what the name of this pattern is called.   It is definitely a hexagon shaped design, but is there a specific name for this particular design?  Anybody know?

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Update!   Thank you to Vireya for identifying this pattern for us!  She shared:

Jinny Beyer's "Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns" calls it "Endless Chain", Alice Brooks, Detroit Free Press, Jun 5 1940. Also known as "Economical Chain", Laura Wheeler, Americana Designs Quilts, ca 1940.

Ashley's Next Quilt Design

I've been playing hooky from quilting for a little bit but finally got going again.  Here is the next design  motif I've been working on for Ashley's quilt.  I've always liked the look of scallops so I decided to try it freehand.  Not as perfect as using a drawn design, but not too bad in spite of the bobbles and it covers territory quickly!

Recently, I shared a request for scraps with a black or dark background.  Do you want to see what I'm making with them?  The black scraps are being cut into random size strings and the strings are being sewn together to make slabs like this . . .

The slabs are being used to make a design from Amanda Jean's book "No Scrap Left Behond"  and this is the quilt I will be making.  This is a picture of a picture so the colors aren't very accurate but you get the idea.

I will be using a solid cheddar gold color where the green squares appear in Amanda's quilt . . .

I auditioned lots of different ideas for the cornerstone pieces . . .

I wasn't really excited about any of those.  I finally found something I like but I will leave that for a surprise to show you after I get more slabs made.  I want to give a shout out to Janine at Quilts from the Little House and Nicole from Handwrought Quilts for sending me some colorful scraps with a black background.  Oh!  I almost forgot!  I won a pink scrap giveaway from Mari at Academic Quilter.  When I got the package I found she had also included some black scraps for my project.  Thank you, Mari, Janine and Nicole!  Quilty friends are the best!

In other "color" adventures, here are a few photos I took this week.  
So much fun and colorful photography material during spring!

 I have always been a collector at heart and I have developed a new attraction to miniature floral oil paintings.  I would like to create a small collage of these and here is what I have so far.  These are currently sitting in a bookshelf until I have collected enough to make a collage on the wall.  I found both of these at an antique store.  One of them for $5! The one on the left was more but I had to have it because I really liked the frame.   I am having fun being on the lookout for these.

I recently went on a trip to see my sister's youngest son gradate from high school.  Congratulations Dane!  Here he is with his three siblings and one brother-in-law!

While I was visiting, my sister took pity on me (sewing withdrawals) and dug out one of her UFO's and let me work on it for her!  It was a wall hanging that she and I had started together about 15 years ago.  I helped her choose fabric and she got a few blocks sewn.  That's pretty much all that got done.   She got out her sewing machine and let me finish piecing it!

The picture below shows the color we chose for the binding.

That yellow plaid drove me nuts as it is not printed straight!  I now have this project at home with me ready to baste and bind.  I'd like to have that done for my sis before she brings her oldest son back to school at the university where I work.

And to end today's blog post, I have to show off my granddaughters.  They are the CUTEST!!  Not that I am biased or anything (grin).  My daughter-in-law has a sister who is a self-taught photographer and very talented if I do say so myself.  

Aren't they stinkin' cute!!?  

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Which Fabric Pull Do You Like Best?

Yes, I am supposed to be finishing Ashley's quilt and I will!  But I figured I had time to fit in a baby size mystery QAL hosted by Tish of Tish's Adventures in Wonderland.  (she also has a lap size option)  It's called Fireburst Mystery

The instructions will be shared once a month so I figured I'd have plenty of time to work on both.  Since I don't have enough of any one fabric to make the larger size, and I'm trying to use up what I already have, I will be making a baby quilt.  My colors are not babyish at all so maybe I should rethink this plan.  (brief pause to think)   Nah, I'm betting there are some mom's out there that like non-traditional colors so I'm going for it!

The dark purplish blue color is the background so it will be the color showing the most.  And yes, those stars on the turquoise fabric in option #2 are shiny!

Please vote! 

Option 1

Option 2

OR . . . would you switch them around.  Currently the yellow is fabric #4 which will be the one with the least amount.  Should I switch it and have more yellow and less of something else?  Help me decide!  I wanna start cutting!

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Continuing Quilting Adventure

This week I tried three new quilting motifs on my daughter's quilt.  Come see!

I love watching Craftsy classes about free motion quilting and, of course, all the videos I can find on Youtube as well.  One of the things I learned is when you can't decide what to quilt, let the fabric tell you what to do.  So for this first motif, that is exactly what I did!  Here is the fabric without quilting.

I decided to just follow the squiggles and quilt on either side of them.  I chose to use coral thread on the top and as I mentioned last time, the bobbin thread is always going to be periwinkle.  So here is what it looks like afterwards.  I'm a little shaky about staying on the line but mostly because I went too fast.  If I had slowed down a bit I'd probably have been more accurate.

And here is the back . . .

I did the same thing with the next fabric.  I followed the outlines on each circle, so basically, really large pebbles.

I thought about doing spokes on each of the circles like this with a little swirl in the center but didn't really like how it looked.  My first try was messy so I didn't want to keep doing them.  I continued on just doing the outside of the circles.

Back side  .  .  .

Next up I wanted to try the motif taught by Angela Walters in her Craftsy Class  called Borders and Backgrounds.  This motif is called Wavy Wavy.  Here is her sample from the video . . . very beginner friendly

The next fabric I chose to quilt is this coral color.  Coral thread on top, periwinkle in the bobbin. 

One thing I learned from this fabric is that when the thread matches exactly, it is really hard to quilt with because it's very hard to see.  I couldn't see where I had already quilted and had to resort to turning off the lights and trying to have some light shining from the side in order to see the places I had been.  I think in the future, I will probably use a more neutral colored thread when there are multiple colors involved.  I will also NOT use polyester batting like I did this time.  I just doesn't seem to give the quilting as much texture and feels flat to me.

Another thing I am learning is to have a better plan for the path I am going to take.  I had to do a lot of back tracking and when you don't follow the original path exactly, it doesn't look very good on the back.  Either that, or stop and cut the thread more often.

I am looking forward to the rest of the fabrics because it will be much easier to see what I am doing and I am going to try some motif's that are perhaps a little more challenging.

I sewed another 2018 Rainbow Scrap Challenge block this week.  The color is pink this month and I added a pink Migrating Geese block to my collection!

Here are all my Migrating Geese blocks that I have collected so far . . .
I think the pink one kind of sticks out a bit.  It needs some red and red violet to blend it in better.  We'll see what the future RSC colors turn out to be!

Great big THANK YOU'S to those of you who are have sent and are sending me fabrics with black backgrounds for an ongoing project I am working on.  It will be fun to see what comes in my mailbox!

I am seeing so many fun Quilt Alongs lately that I can't make up my mind which ones I want to do.  For now, I think I'll keep plugging away on my UFO's.  Ashley's quilt is getting closer to a finish and I'm excited to actually have another finish.

What QAL's are you jumping on board with?

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Quilting Ashley's Quilt

Let me share with you the adventure of the periwinkle quilt!  Sometimes we just have the urge to want to own pretty fabric when we see it.  We don't know what we'll do with it but we know it will make something pretty someday.  So this purchase was the result of an urge like that.

When I showed my daughter my newfound acquisition, she REALLY liked it (her current favorite color is periwinkle).  So I said I'd make her a quilt using it.  Of course, that meant going back to the store for more fabric.  (Oh darn)

I chose to use the pattern called 
The Betty Quilt by Erica Jackman at Kitchen Table Quilting

Here's an in progress shot . . . 

And here's the finished top before trimming. 

My plan is to quilt each fabric in a different quilting motif and stitch in the ditch around every piece so the back will still kind of retain that woven look the front has.  I still consider myself a newbie when it comes to free motion quilting.  It takes me so long just to get a quilt to finished that I forget all the fmq practicing I have done and have to learn all over again!  So I do some practicing on scrap fabrics before I do it on the quilt.   The first color I quilted was the periwinkle polka dot.  I attempted using the pattern taught by Angela Walters on YouTube called The Incredible Swirl . 

  My swirls don't look anything like hers, and I can see every little thing I did wrong, but you know what?  It doesn't matter at all.  Ashley loves it!  

And here is what it looks like on the back.

The next strip I quilted was one of the lighter colored one and I decided to keep it simple with that one.  All I did was quilt diagonal straight lines following the pattern on the fabric as a guide.  I thought about going back and doing diagonals in the other direction to create a grid, but I kind of like this look.

Next up is the coral polka dot.   I decided to try a pattern from Lori Kennedy at the Inbox Jaunt.  This is from her Craftsy video entitled Creative Free Motion Techniques From Doodle to Design.   This particular motif is called Faye's Flower.  

The coral thread I chose matches so perfectly it's kind of hard to see the design.  Oh, by the way, I decided to always use periwinkle thread on the bobbin and whatever thread matches best on the fabric strip I'm working on for the top.  I see a few problems with that method when my tension isn't just right but I keep a close eye on my tension and adjust it if I see thread showing through from the other side. 

Here is what Faye's Flower looks like on the back . . .

So that is my quilting adventure so far with Ashley's quilt.  Stay tuned for further episodes!   I'm looking for some new motif's to try out  What are your favorites?  

This week I also "baked a cake" for Velda who is the queen bee for the Stash Bee I belong to.  Here is Velda's Strawberry Shortcake!  Yum!!

Also, this month's color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge is pink and rose.  So here is my first block to meet that challenge.  Cute house block is a free Craftsy pattern designed by Sandra at Mmm! Quilts!

And my collection of houses so far . . .

And last but not least, I started another project to help use up my scraps but after I got into it, I realized that I really didn't have as many of the type of scraps I need as I thought I did.  Phooey!  But since the whole point was to use up my stash, I refuse to go out and buy fabric for this project.  That is where you come in!  I am hoping I can do a scrap trade with some of you.  I promise I will send you back as much or MORE than you send me.  

What are you collecting?  

I am looking for anything with a black or dark navy background.  

Here's a picture of a pile of my scraps so far.  I'm needing strings that are at least 5 inches long and width from 1 to 2 1/2 inches.  They can be much longer than that but the minimum is 5.  So what do you say?  Anybody out there wanna do some trading?  I'm in the market!  
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