Sunday, September 25, 2022

September Goals Met!

September has been a productive month.  And it's not over!

Light blue is the color this month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  I finished my Windmill blocks and Sawtooth Star blocks today.  The collection of rainbow blocks is looking good.  Those ziplock storage bags are getting full!



The brick blocks are stacking up, too.  




 






I met my One Monthly Goal, too.  Early!  The blocks for Aidan's quilt are now a top.  I used Stephanie Sheridan's "Cartwheels" pattern.  It's 84" by 99" so the only way I could get a decent photo was to throw it out on our (king size!) bed, so you can't actually see the whole thing, but you get the idea.











I didn't have quite enough of the backing fabric I showed you last time (Tonal Squares by Ann Lauer for Benartex) .....













.... because I had bought all my LQS had and had to order more online.  










It's the same fabric but the selvedge edge on this piece says "Dog On It' by Ann Lauer for Benartex.  And it came up in the site's catalog when I'd searched for "Tonal Squares".  I know.  It's not very exciting, but iI thought it was interesting, and I'm just a little curious now.

I'll post my Stash Report later.  I still have five more days to sew!

Linking up with Super Scrappy and Elm Street Quilts



Thursday, September 22, 2022

A New Old Project

When I was working on Kacie's quilt in 2021 (you can read about it here) I pieced a backing for it using leftover fabrics from the front along with a few pieces from my stash.  I liked it so much when it was finished that I decided to turn it into a quilt top at a future date instead of using it as a back.













I added an orange strip .....







 






..... and knew it needed more, so I set it aside.  A few weeks ago I was in the mood to get something off my UFO list, so I pulled it out and put it up on the design wall and waited for inspiration to strike.

I found these squares I had appliqued in January of 2020 when I started my temperature quilt.  That plan was a bust.  I didn't even make it through the first month!  Hmmm, could I work some of these into my design?










Yes.  I could.













Some of of them I added by ripping out sections and inserting in a new strip -










Some of them I added using raw edge applique -













Wow!  The color in this photo is really bad.  You can see in the photos up there ^ that it's two really cool shades of green.  Of course every shade of green is really cool, but let's move on.

Next, I auditioned some strips of orange and grey in the lower half .....













I said that once those strips were sewn in I was going to call it "done" no matter what.  Well, you know how that goes.   I made a few more changes in the top half, and now it really is done!













My LQS came through when I set out to find a backing fabric with grey and teal and orange in it.  Isn't this fabric the best?  It's from the Love Always AM collection by Anna Maria for Free Spirit Fabrics.   You should see this in the other color ways.  You really should.  So fun.










And speaking of fun..... The person I'm going to gift it to is going to absolutely LOVE this quilt.  Seeing that is one of my favorite kinds of fun.


Linking up with Scrap Happy Saturday

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Progress Reports - "All Stacked Up" and Aidan's Quilt

Don't you hate it when you have a really vague idea in your head of the fabric you want when you go into your LQS (local quilt shop), and they don't have it?  Then, don't you love it when they have the perfect thing, and it isn't what you had in mind at all?  Funny, but that happens to me all the time.  I found this perfect gorgeous batik to use for the background in my "All Stacked Up" blocks.













Even though there are some HSTs in this pattern, it's a nice change from the projects I've been working on lately, because of all the straight-line stitching.  I added a few more batiks to the mix while we were in Middleton, Wisconsin recently at Blue Bar Quilts .....



..... so they made their way into some of the blocks.


This top will be ready to go to my quilter's soon.

Meeting my September goal (getting Aidan's quilt top finished) is looking good, too.  I found this great Bernartex print, Tonal Squares by Ann Lauer .....



..... and now 120 String Block HSTs are ready to go up on the design wall.  


More later.  I'm headed to my sewing room.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

September Goals

My grandson needs a new quilt.   It seems he has outgrown all the quilts I've made for him.  It's no wonder.


 






 


Look at this child!  I think he gets taller every day!

He wouldn't give me any ideas about the style or colors I should use.  He wants to be surprised.  I bet that would be risky with a lot of 16-year-olds, but I'm pretty sure he'll like whatever I do.  I've decided to use the "Cartwheel" pattern by Stephanie Sheridan.  It was featured in the Aug/Sept 2016 issue of McCall's Quick Quilts magazine.  This is what I have done so far .....










..... 60 string blacks partially made, and a huge mess in my sewing room!










The plan is to turn the string blocks into HSTs with a navy or dark blue monochromatic print.  My September goal is to have the top finished and ready for quilting.  

I'm all set up and ready to get back to work!

Linking up with One Monthly Goal and So Scrappy

Saturday, September 3, 2022

A Happy Girl and A Stash Report

First up - the happy girl.  Last month I told you about the Nightmare Before Christmas Quilt I had just finished (you can read about it HERE), so I thought I'd share this picture of Cerena with the quilt when she received it.   I think it was a hit!




 








I've started working on another niece/nephew quilt, still making my way through my batiks stash. That stash "ain't what it used to be" (as they say), so I added to it when I was at retreat in July.  Just some FQs but not a bad selection. 






 




If you ever get to Shipshewana, Indiana try to make a stop at Lolly's Fabrics and Yoder Department Store to do a little stash enhancing.  And make sure you allow plenty of time!  

I'm using the "All Stacked Up" pattern by Linda and Carl Sullivan for Colourwerx. Here's a preview -


















AUGUST

Fabric Added in August - 3.7 yards
Fabric Used in August - 14.5 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date - 55.7 yards
Fabric Used Year to Date - 153.4 yards
Net Used in 2022 - 97.7 yards

Days I sewed in August - 31/31
Days I sewed this year - 232/243
Percentage - 95%

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

August Goal Done (Thank Goodness!)

My August One Monthly Goal was to finish putting together Cerena's quilt top.   I used a really fun "Nightmare Before Christmas" print for the focus fabric and drew colors from the print to build my version of the Mountain Horizon pattern. 



When the blocks were ready to put into rows (on point) I wondered how it could possibly come together accurately since the directions called for using half-blocks as setting triangles.  Normally, you make your setting triangles in such a way that they are large enough to give you a seam allowance along the quilt's edges, so you don't lose any of your nice, clean, sharp points.  In fact, when you look at the "picture" on the "Mountain Horizon" pattern the points along the edges of the quilt are perfect.


I consider myself to be a fairly precise sewist.  Decent points. 
 



But the edges of my quilt top looked like this .....



..... which meant the triangle points would be cut off once the binding was added.  

I checked the designer's web site (Lo & Behold Stitchery) to see if there were any corrections.  There were none.  However, the designer's own photo shows the same points cut off when the binding was added.



Another quilt top from her site ..... 





..... shows the same thing.  Obviously the "photo" on the front of the pattern is not a photo, but rather an artist's rendering or digital image of some sort.  (Can you tell I am not a happy girl right now?)

All that aside, the quilt is finished .....


..... and in the mail, and it might even be loved.  

Even though it's not my work that's in question, I'm not super proud of this finish.  I didn't even put my name on it like I normally would, just my initials.




And that's all I have to say about that. 


Saturday, August 20, 2022

Scrap Happy Saturday - Orange RSC Blocks Done

I got my Orange Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks done early this month.  Good for me, because we're headed to Seattle in a few days, and I won't be taking my sewing machine with me this time.  

Once again, I had a limited stash to work with .....


..... but I did it.  Sawtooth Stars, Windmills, and 60 orange bricks to add to the rest of the RSC blocks.










Would you look at that beautiful ironing board?  Re-covering it has been on my to-do list for too long.  The last time I did it I used a double thickness of muslin which was a mistake.  It wasn't long at all before it was scorched and ripped, so this time I bought an outdoor fabric, and I'm happy with the results.  










I'm having fun breaking it in! 

Linking up with Super Scrappy .


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Some Scrappy Stuff and a Quilt Retreat

I do love a good quilt retreat.  This summer I was able to go to a retreat for the first time in three years.  (Darn that Covid!)  The Farmstead Inn and Conference Center in Shipshewana, Indiana saw almost 40 quilters who had met and become friends over the years in an online quilting forum, and we were happy to be there.  What a beautiful setting!











This group had a good time and got a whole lot of sewing done.










A few weeks before retreat I came across some projects I had forgotten about.  First was a stack of scrappy 16-patch blocks I thought would make a nice donation quilt if I added dark blue alternate blocks.  I had just the thing.  When my middle grandson was about six years old I made curtains for his room, and when the room was re-decorated I deconstructed them and put the fabric in my stash.  Perfect!  Project number one was kitted and ready to pack.









Here's a little bonus pic.  My grandson, Gavin, jumping for joy in front of his curtains.  I just had to throw that in. 













Next I found a ziplock full of scrappy 4" by 8" bricks I had originally cut for a "Bricks and Stepping Stones" quilt (a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville site) and some black & white 4-patches I had made last year as leader/enders.    


I got a lot accomplished at retreat (in addition to visiting with friends, checking out what they were working on, and eating way too much!), and then got both tops finished when I got home  as well as using up some stash by making the backings. 
 


Now the challenge will be getting both of these finished and donated before the end of the year so they don't end up on the UFO list!