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Monday, April 20, 2015

Freemotion quilting challenge-April 2015

I needed a pillow and there is a quilting challenge at Quiltshopgal, what better combo!  And the fact that I love Christina's freemotion quilting designs, I have her second book, and did a review on it in past posts. It's a super book with lots of fun fresh new designs, you can find more info on Christina's blog.
She also posted the tutorial for the piecing of this pillow here.  My pillow fits an 18" pillow form.

Here it is in my Living room where it is feeling at home!  This was a fun and fast challenge I could meet with no problem :-)

I will be joining with a few linky parties from my side bar besides Darlene's this week, be sure to check them all out.
Happy quilting everyone!!!

Friday, April 17, 2015

My creative goodness for today

My Creative Goodness today is this improv chevron that I have been working on here and there. I started it in January, I think, and just work on it occasionally when I need a few mindless sewing minutes. But Thursday I had a friend over so I could share the technique with her, she caught on quickly and enjoyed it too!  The technique is from Tall Prairie Grass, she has a tutorial on it here.  I took it a step farther and made it bigger for a quilt instead of just a block of it. Same idea only on a larger scale.  I am planning on putting a solid white or gray sashing between the columns of chevrons to calm it down a bit :-)  It really is a fun free technique to try with your scraps! Yes these are all scrappy strips left from other projects. I think I might make another column yet.

Hope you all have a great weekend, with some quilting time in there but don't forget to enjoy the warmer weather(we've been waiting several months for a day like today!)

Joining in some of the wonderful linky parties you see on my left side bar. Go get inspired!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

2nd quarter Finish Along goals

This is the first time I have entered items into the FAL   I have lots of projects that need to be finished and this is the push I need to do it! I will pretend to be The little Engine that could-I think I can, I think I can, LOL
Last week I started this nine patch quick curve quilt. I used a bundle of Cotton and Steel FQ's that I won from Gotcha Covered Quilting through A lovely Year of Finishes.

A quick curve runner that needs borders and quilting.

This quilt that has been pieced for over a year that needs it's quilting.

I designed this table topper in EQ, needs quilting and binding.

Quilting needs doing on this donation quilt.

This one I finished piecing in March, it needs quilting and binding.

And last but not least a pillow top.

I do have many more projects that need doing but think I will stop there before I overwhelm myself!!

Linking to 2015 Finish Along, Scraptastic Tuesday and FreeMotion by the River. Links on side bar.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

April goal-ALYOF

For my April goal I am choosing to quilt this XBlock quilt finally. I pieced it just over a year ago so I think it has aged enough now, LOL.  I am thinking I will probably just do a pretty panto on it as the fabric is so busy the quilting isn't going to show up much. I am loving setting a new goal each month. It sure is helping me to get things done for me!  Then I have a couple customer quilts to get done, I might be doing some pattern testing and also a secret project or two, such fun stuff!!
 Linking up at ALYOF

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Play/learn time

Bea has an EQ7 tutorial every other Tuesday, so I thought I would try to learn something today!! And I did, thanks Bea for a great one today!  I was able to follow her tutorial and made this springy runner design. Linking up at her blog.

Monday, March 30, 2015

getting organized #1

A couple weeks ago I saw this Tooly pattern on craftsy and thought it was pretty cool and it kinda stuck in my mind I guess because Friday I went back and bought the pattern.  I cut it out and sewed it up on Saturday. Pretty easy and I used up some scraps!  This will be perfect to take to quilt retreat next year, but in the meantime I will still store some often used supplies in there.  I have a couple empty pockets yet to decide what I need in there!

You can find the Tooly pattern here.
And since I used scraps for it I will be linking up with Oh Scrap

The other projects I worked on last week were these 5 purses to have ready for my fall craft shows. They have a total of 11 pockets so you can get really organized! Three are on outside and 8 inside. I do have them for sale if anyone is interested-you can leave me a message or email me.

Linking up with a few more of the wonderful linky parties on my side bar. Go get inspired, each week there is something for everyone!

Monday, March 23, 2015

ALYOF-March goal met

  It is time to post my finished quilt for ALYOF, I met my March goal. My quilt is from a pattern by called Urban Abacus. I had pieced the quilt sometime last year and it has been in the 'to be quilted' closet since just waiting for some attention.  It is now residing in our master bedroom on this quilt hanger that my dad made for me many many years ago. The quilt turned out just how I imagined it, I am so very pleased with it :-)
  My Nolting FunQuilter helped me do all the quilting. The batting is a layer of Hobbs 80/20 with a layer of their 4 oz poly batting on top of that. Why did I do 2 layers of batting you may ask. Do you see the definition of the quilting-that is what happens when you do the 2 layers of batting, I love that for this quilt.  I personally would not do this for a bed quilt or snuggly quilt as it does give it body(stiffer) which does not give a snuggle feel, but for a quilt that will hang-oooh lala!!  Glide thread in Prickly Pear was used throughout the top, with an unknown for the bobbin. Which brings me to the back of the quilt-wow do I love it as much as the front-oh yes!

Some ruler work with stitch regulator on for the echo of the ( ) and the straight line in the mint strips. Freehand wishbones in the ( ) and the small stipple in the yellow without the stitch regulator. It was so much fun to quilt!

I think I will call it my parenthesis quilt~
It goes perfectly with our bedroom walls, which are a pretty mint green although you can't tell it by the picture. I just couldn't get it to show up naturally.

Thank you all for stopping in and taking a peek, and if you leave a comment I do respond to each and everyone that is not a no reply blogger. If you don't hear from me check to see as I would love to respond to your comments as they are very much appreciated
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

scrappy 4 patch and coins

A friend came over this week to sew and this is what I worked on.

This quilt was inspired by a Schnibbles quilt. I used my own dimensions. The four patch units I had pieced in January at a retreat I went to. After the retreat I set it aside until last week when I added the setting side and corner triangles to the 4 patch. I also came across all these coin strips already pieced in my UFO closet-whoo hooo I had enough all ready for this quilt!!!!!!  So I was able to finish the piecing of this flimsy when my friend came to sew. It measures approx 47 x 64 I think. I already folded it all up and put into the to be quilting closet :-) 
So everything is scraps leftover from sashings, borders, blocks from other projects, except for the tea dyed muslin setting triangles, gee it feels so good to make something out of almost nothing!! The 4 patches are 2.5" cut sqs. And the coins are random width strips there were cut at 6" or so (I didn't really measure them perfectly), sewn together into long strips then cut with my 5" wide ruler.  
Linking with Oh Scrap today.  Go on over and check some other scrappy projects out and get inspired to use yours!
Edited to say-also linking with for Design wall monday,  for linky Tuesday, and Creative Goodness .

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Wonky log cabin blocks

I started working on these blocks back in January...

They are wonky log cabin blocks with my bright scraps. The idea came from the Quilting Modern book.  I now have 12 blocks done that will finish at 12" each, I have a setting in mind and need a few more blocks to do it. 

Don't cha just love my little iron!!  A friend had one at a sewing day, I was really impressed at how hot it got and it steams!!  It's perfect for setting beside my sewing machine for pressing small things and for taking with me to sewing days. I ordered mine through Home Depot since I have a store close to me and it was free shipping to the store.  Here is a different view of it, oh it fits in the palm of your hand just to give you an idea of it's size.

I also want to share with you my new little traveling ironing board-it's a TV tray I purchased at Walmart.  It was a wood top, so I covered it with aluminum foil to protect it from moisture. Then layered with Warm and Natural cotton batting, and the silver fabric for covering ironing boards with. The hubbs stapled it to the back for me.  I also love just having it sit right beside the sewing machine for ironing small projects. 

Linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday, Freemotion by the River and Let's Bee Social this week.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Piecing fun, quilting fun and WIP

Yes a little piecing and quilting fun on this Tipsy Tumbler quilt from the Missouri Star video that Jenny did. I quilted a design from  Christina Cameli's Step by Step Free-Motion Quilting book. Remember last week I did a review on her wonderful book and just love so many designs in there that I had to do more! This was a more modern design so I thought it was perfect for this little Neonatal quilt.

This is while it is on the frame. You are supposed to do everything freehand but I just couldn't let myself go, so I used a template ruler and drew in the wavy line then I followed the line freehanding it and adding the 'L' loops, a fun design. I purposely placed them farther apart so the quilt remained soft and cuddly for a baby.

Isn't this Halloween panel adorable, I won it from my friend Jasmine this past fall. I should have taken a picture of it before I cut it up and sewed it back together. But the little pic's were on each side of the haunted house, so I cut them and rearranged it and added the green rectangle(which was from Jasmine too!) I was searching through my patterns as I was just sure I had the letters BOO in another pattern that would be perfect to add to this. Nope not the right size or shape. So duh!  I have a Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine where I can pick my font and size-perfect!!  I cut them from cardstock, drew around them on my fusible web. Ironed them onto fabric, cut out and fused to my green and appliqued them on with a satin stitch.  It's not quilted yet-I have a few months to go. I will use the rest of the green candy corn fabric and add a bit of orange from my stash to it for the backing. I LOVE how it came out. Thanks Jasmine!!!!!!!!!!!

I pieced this 25" table topper on Friday. The pattern is from Village Creek Quilt shop in Lodi, Wi. She was here vending at a local quilt shop a couple weeks ago. I have used her patterns before and love them, cute, quick and easy, can't get much better than that. Of course it is not quilted yet.  If you have been following me you know that I tend to go in streaks where I just want to piece lots, then quilt lots etc.

This was the project I worked on yesterday. It's one of the Lil' Twister patterns.  She has you cutting lots of sqs of the same color and sewing them back together so you get a stripe fabric before using the Lil Twister tool to cut them out. Well I thought why do all that piecing, so I just cut strips, sewed them together and cut. It is working fine so far and there are less bulky seams to deal with. Hopefully I will get the rest cut today and maybe with some luck get it all sewn up.

Lots of fun stuff to see through the linky parties at the left-go check them out!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

March goal for ALYOF

I am declaring my Quick Curve Urban Abacus as my goal for March for ALYOF. I only have to quilt and bind it, that should be doable right?  And while it looks lovely on my brown chair here in the living room, I think it will reside in the master bedroom when done since the room is browns and turquoise.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A lovely year of finishes 2015-Feb goal met

I am so excited to have my Feb goal met for ALYOF 2015!  I'm 2 for 2 :-)

This is a table runner or wall hanging that will hang at MQS(Machine Quilter's Showcase) in May in Cedar Rapids, IA.  Our local long arm group provided us with the fabric, and one of our members(my friend) came up with the piecing design. She wrote up instructions for us and even had the pieces all cut for us. We then pieced it so they would all look alike, except we could substitute (I didn't) one of the aqua pieces with one from our stash and we could decide where the GFG block should be placed within that strip. Then we all go quilt them up however we envision it.  I had so much fun quilting it!

Lots of people have been using a double batt so they get more texture to their quilting and I have always wanted to try it. So.... I decided to experiment on this
little piece of gray leftover before I quilted the real piece.  I love the effect of Hobbs 80/20 with a layer of Hobbs wool on top, leaves great definition to the quilting! This little guy measures at 6 x 13.

And now onto the real one... I am pretty confident that members of our guild don't follow my blog so I am OK with showing it now. Ghosting in the hexie's gives it a whole new look. I am very happy with how it turned out.  Inspiration for quilting the hexie's came from Angela Walters book Shape by Shape book.

 It measures in at 19x42 using the above mentioned battings. Glide thread in a very light grey was used. This was quilted on my Nolting FunQuilter using Deloa Jones' Castle ruler for straight line quilting with stitch regulator on. Quilter's rule nested circle is how I got the curved shape in the hexie. The ribbon candy and U turn quilting is all freehand.

So if you are going to MQS be sure to check out all the other quilts for comparison, it will be so fun to see how others quilt up theirs!

Linking with ALYOF,

Monday, February 23, 2015

Free-Motion quilting book review and WIP

I hope this post is as fun for you to read as it was for me doing the Free-Motion quilting! And let me tell you it was a ton of fun!!
Christina Cameli from A Few Scraps and CT Publishing was gracious enough to send me a book and let me do a review of her newest book called Step by Step Free-Motion Quilting. I absolutely loved her design on the cover and that is what got me looking into this book further.

 Christina shows you 9 simple shapes and how to turn them into over 80 wonderful designs. This book is well worth the money!  As you can see I stitched this design on a traditional table runner, but these designs would be wonderful on modern quilts as well. I will have another blog post next week with designs on modern quilts.
I really like how Christina draws out the basic steps for you, then explains it in words and finally shows how the allover would look. This is a clean, simple, easy to follow book for anyone whether you are a beginner, intermediate or have been free-motion quilting for years like me!  Some simple designs but also some more challenging. So if you are looking for some new fun designs go check out her book.  She also has another book out called First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting. You can find information on her blog-see link above.  These designs would work equally well on a  long arm or on your sewing machine.
So here are some more wonderful designs I stitched out that I want to share with you just to wet your appetite for more!  One thing to remember is when doing all overs like these is to echo your way out if you get stuck in a corner or find a little bare space that needs a little more stitching.

I also want to mention that Christina has several video tutorials on free-motion designs on her blog. Linking up with several of the linky parties this week.

I dug this WIP out of the box yesterday and worked on it. This was started about 4 years ago at a retreat and I only had about 9 of the blocks done and put it away. So yesterday I put them on the design wall and little by little got several more blocks together. They really are simple and quick to do, I just needed the desire to get this out and try to finish it up!  I still want another column and row of blocks, then some borders. Hopefully it will be a flimsy soon.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Glad to have more finishes

So glad to have 4 more finishes to show you today, and really glad to have them out of my closet!  I have been showing you so many little baby quilts lately so I am going to switch things up a bit-these quilts are a tad larger :-)  These will go to project Linus since they are small lap sizes.

This is a Villa Rosa design, I love those sweet little laminated cards. If you need a quick easy quilt you really need to check these out. For a while our local quilt shop was having a monthly VIP and we got a free pattern from Villa Rosa just for attending! But all good things must come to an end and she now has a different program.

I freehanded a curly half flower design on it. I had extra green 2.5" strips so I have a scrappy green binding.

This was a preprinted Mother Goose panel and I added the diamond red and yellow border along with the blue ones.  This panel was really wonky so I had a hard time when squaring it up, so it's their printing not my cutting/sewing-just so ya know, LOL

A disappearing nine patch with butterflies, I used the Angel Wings pantograph to quilt it because it looks like butterfly wings to me :-)

And another preprinted panel. I bought this one several years ago, when I was pretty new at longarming, so I could practice Pam Clarke techniques and never did it till now. Since then, I have learned I like free handing all overs or doing custom block work with rulers best. So that is what I did-all ruler work on this one. I used one of Renae Haddidin's amazing arc's for the block,  a smaller curved ruler for the flying geese border and a small squiggle ruler for the blue sashing.  I did piece and add the top and bottom (red and yellow) half square triangle borders along with the blue ones so it would have a little more length.

There are lots of inspiration in the linky parties each and every week, and we all love it when you come look and maybe even leave us sweet comments ;-)  So go get inspired by checking out the links on the left side bar!