Monday, August 21, 2017

Gotta Love 15 Minutes Of Play

So, this just happened.  I sent an email to Victoria Findlay Wolfe, author of "15 Minutes of Play" to let her know I finally finished my Bee Block Quilt.  I started it in 2011, because of her blog, when I joined one of her Bee Block groups.   I posted about it the other day in this post. 

She posted details about it today on her blog --

I really appreciate her doing that!  Check out her blog -- .....

..... and her books --

She's pretty awesome!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Play Time

I didn't get a whole lot done this week, but I did do something.  I played.

At the 2015 AQS quilt show in Chattanooga my friend, Denise, bought a "mystery" charm pack at the Missouri Star Quilt Company booth for $5.00.  Even though I was determined not to buy any fabric that year, she talked me into buying one, too.

We both ended up with identical fabric from the Disney/Pixar Finding Dory line.  Denise thought we should do a challenge and each make a baby quilt from our charm pack.  That's what I played with this week.  

I started by putting a sashing strip around each block, thinking I would only use orange and yellow.  

But, no -- that would be too boring.  You know -- not colorful enough!  With such busy prints, though, I thought it would be nice to use all solids for the sashing strips.  I don't have a lot of solids in my stash so I decided to pull a few prints and see if the backs of the fabrics would work.   Some of them did!  

I managed to get about half the blocks made.  Not too bad for a half day of playing.  At least it's something. 

Did I mention that Denise's quilt is already finished?  I have some catching up to do.

I'm linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Another week earning a Whoop Whoop!  Check out her site to see what others are accomplishing!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Bits 'N Pieces

This has been a very good week.  I completed my 10th finish of the year and checked off another UFO, leaving only five on the list.  "Bits 'N Pieces" is done!

Quilting this one was not a good experience.  (I was going to say that it was a huge challenge, or maybe a real hassle, or maybe even a pain in the neck, but I'm trying not to be too negative.)  First, I spent an hour trying to get the tension right.  I was trying to use a light grey thread on top and black thread on the bottom, but it was not working at all.  I knew it would be better to use the same thread on the top and bottom for the tension to work out.  My friend Faye at Mimi's Passions told me to think about using chartreuse or orange thread.  Now, why didn't I think of that?  I'm always suggesting that to other people, but I didn't think of it for myself.

You know what?  I really liked the orange!

Then, I had a lot of trouble stitching through all those layers.  In some spots with all the slashing apart and sewing back together, there were so many thicknesses it was really difficult to get smooth curves or keep the needle going without it getting hung up.   To top it all off, I managed to do this - 

Take my advice.  Don't do that.

I felt better once I decided on a binding color (with the help of Sweet Adorable Hubby) and I knew I was almost done.

Hand stitching the binding down is my favorite part of making a quilt!

Now that it's finished I really love this quilt.  There are so many fun fabrics in it, from plaids and selvedge edges .....

..... to thirties prints .....

..... to juvenile prints.

Even watermelon!

So, tonight I'm sitting back and enjoying my accomplishments (when I'm not doing a happy dance!)

I haven't kept a quilt for us in a long time, so I'm looking forward to snuggling up in this one, drinking coffee, and reading a book.  

I may just do that every morning!

If you want to see how the blocks were made look at this blog entry then read this one.

I'm linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Can I bet a Whoop Whoop?

Saturday, August 5, 2017

I've Been Rockin' those UFO's Lately!

I pulled out a UFO the other day.  (I'm determined to get as many finished this year as I can.)  

This particular quilt top was started in 2011 when I participated in a block swap involving "made fabric."  That's when you take your small scraps and sew them together, then use that "made fabric" in other projects.  Some people call them crumb quilts.  If you google "crumb quilts" or search Pinterest for them you will see some great quilts made that way.  Here are some examples.

 In this blog post from 2011 you can see how my blocks were made.  The basic blocks were by the other gals in the block swap.  I made the purple ones.  (I know.  Purple, right??)  I cut them up and rearranged them, then added the contrasting strips.  After that, it became a UFO because I couldn't figure out what to do about borders.  

This week, determined to get something checked off my list, I pulled it out and started to play.  At first, I thought I would put a small black inner border and then use made fabric for the outer border working my way around the top with red, then yellow, then teal, purple, blue, etc.  I wan't motivated to do that much work, though.  Lately, I've seen a lot of quilts with a pop of black and white stripes so I thought I'd do something with that.  It works.

What to do for the backing was another tough decision.  (I'm not used to making all these decisions without input from Sweet Adorable Hubby, but he was out of town, so I had to do the best I could!)

Thinking I would use a black on white print I dug through my stash and, instead, came up with these very cool prints.  I had about 5 yards of each.  I remember buying these at Hancock's of Paducah a while back when I was at a retreat at Kentucky Lake. 

Here's the backing I came up with.

Now, it's basted and ready to quilt.  

That's the goal for this coming week.  Checking off another UFO from the list will be so fun!

I'm linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  I'll wait until it's finished before I ask for a Whoop Whoop!