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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Busy and fun times!

How time does fly when you are having some summer fun. But first I will show you my recent projects-well of last week that is... Yes I shifted gears from quilting to make some cute dresses for the popular 18" dolls. Such fun!!

And I finished sewing up, adding labels and getting these machine knit sweaters ready for the fall craft shows. I had knitted them up over the winter and there they sat taking up valuable counter space in my sewing room ;-)

And these cuties are Machine knit sleeves and bands set into fleece front and backs. Once again I had the parts knitted this winter and just never finished sewing them together and adding their buttons and labels. Now they are in the craft boxes too!  Of course if anyone came along and wanted one they are for sale at any time. I would really like to get more sweaters and more fleece sweaters done before the fall shows but I am guessing that won't happen, lots to do yet-good thing I have 2 more months but summer fun things are still happening!!

This past week the hubby and I got some much needed R & R by camping in Green Lake Wisconsin and spent a couple days at the EAA airshow in Oshkosh too.  The weather was just perfect for us. Here is a view from our camper each day, ahhhh so peaceful, I could have easily stayed longer but DH has to get back to work.

And we went kayaking a few times... here is a view from my Kayak including my paddle, LOL  Just look how crazy thick those lilies are!

 Me in my pretty lime green Kayak.
And look at this cool tree trunk, this was such a big thick ole tree, hmm wouldn't a quilt look really neat laying there!!  Too bad I didn't have any along :-(

 And a couple air show pic's, I took tons but don't want to bore you with too many!  We even saw a night air show that was spectacular with the planes all lighted up.  It is just amazing how many planes were in the air at one time and all going in different directions. The picture below is just one of 3 or was it 4(can't remember now) groups that were up at once.

 And a little Gyro Copter 

Now this week back to work so I have more pretties to show you!!  I hope you all are having a fun summer.

I will be joining in on some of the linky parties on the left side bar this week.  I need inspiration to get me motivated now :-)

I just want to thank everyone that visits my blog and leaves me comments, I read and respond to each one that I can. Sometimes there are 'no reply' ones and I feel so bad that I can't respond but please know that if you don't hear from me I still appreciate the time you took to check out my posts!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ta da-it's Tuesday!!

It's only Tuesday and I have a finish and it is on my Q3 list for 2015 FAL. Oh how wonderdful it feels to finish something so early in the quarter!! 

My question to all of you is-Do you recognize this pattern if so please, please tell me as I truly want to give credit to the oirginal designer.  I pieced it over the winter and now have no recollection what so ever as to whose it is.  I don't know if it is an single paper pattern, in a magazine, something I saw online or where-it is so frustrating!

Edit--My fellow blogging friend Jasmine identified the pattern for me-thanks Jasmine!!  The pattern can be found at Melissa Corry's tutorials. I used the 32" block to make this wall hanging. This makes me so happy to have discovered who designed the original block.

I had lots of fun deciding how to quilt it. When I put it on my longarm I only knew how I wanted to quilt the star.  The idea for the star points came from Sandra-thanks Sandra!!  For the star center I have used this Angela Walters design before and really like it.

From there I just stood back and saw I needed to accent the beige behind the star to make it pop. So easy peasy straight lines and wishbones. However, on the longarm going on a diagonal for the free motion wishbones wasn't all that easy, LOL But I got the job done :-)

Then I knew I wanted to repeat in some form the star points in the black triangles, so I used another Angela Walters idea. The diamond shapes received a quick freehand pointy elongated swirl, which doesn't show up much.  Then I stood back and I could see the hexagon shape that the black triangles were forming.  So out came the wishbones and straight lines to accent that feature. And well that presented a problem of what to do in the corner sections that were left!  So after a little more thought, something simple like straight lines seemed right to finish it up.  I think I achieved the over all balance of keeping the quilting at the same density all through the wall hanging. 

I used Glide color Leather throughout the top and SoFine in the bottom with Hobbs 80/20 batting. And finished it up with a solid black binding.

Linking with Adrianne at On the Windy Side at the end of the quarter. But for this week linking with FreeMotion by the River and Let's Bee Social-check out their links on my left side bar!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Scrap improv chevron progress

I started making these several months ago and little by little I have added to them when I have a few free moments. Thinking I would indeed add sashings to them. No particular size of quilt in mind except somewhere near a lap size as it will be a donation quilt.

They are improv chevrons loosely following a tutorial from Tallgrass Prairie. I changed mine up a bit by making mine into wide strips of chevrons instead of a small strip and making them into blocks. I really enjoy the process of making these.

Last week I decided to set them into this arrangement and began the process.  I had won a jellyroll of aqua solid and I thought it went quite well with the brights in the chevrons.  This will be an ongoing project of stolen moments here and there as I need more chevron strips and no time now to make them.  Back to work on items for fall craft shows.

I will be linking to a few of the wonderful, inspiring linky parties on my left side bar.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

3rd quater goals

My goals for the FAL 3rd quarter...

                                             Patriotic runner that needs quilting and binding.

 Patriotic wall hanging that needs quilting and binding. I believe it is just like another I made a couple years ago, which sold right away and since I still have more panels it makes sense to get another ready for this fall's shows.

                     Christmas wedge table topper-I have done one just like this before and sold it                                         so I decided to make another.  Needs quilting, binding and the center appliqued on.

 And yes another snowman table runner which I have made several and sold in the last few years.  This one needs quilting, binding and more applique of noses, hats and snowflakes.

This wall hanging just needs binding. I love how it came out.  I can't remember whose pattern or name of it, if anyone recognizes it PLEASE let me know!!

A Village Creek topper that needs quilting and binding.

Wish me luck in getting them finished this quarter!!  I love the push joining the FAL gives me to stay on track and get things done.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

July goal for ALYOF 2015

I have many projects I am hoping to finish this month. Several that just need to be quilted and bound, both quilts and table runners. However, since we only choose one project per month for ALYOF, I am setting my goal to finish this one. It is a preprinted panel in the center and I added 2 borders,  after quilting I hope it will look appliqued :-)  It is approximately 50" long and 22" wide.  I will be using Hobbs 80/20 for the batting.  I wish everyone a productive month-let's get quilting!!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Going Patriotic

 This is a little quilt using the Little Twister template. 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 worked great and there are less bulky seams to deal with. I pieced it back in March and a few weeks ago I thought I better get it quilted so it can adorn my wall for the 4th of July!

Not patriotic by these beauties are blooming in our yard right now. They look so soft and silky and just a beautiful peach color that I had to share with all of you!

My wish for everyone is to have a safe and Happy 4th of July!!

Linking up with Fabric Frenzy and Finish it up Friday

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The last one

The last item I am able to finish for this second quarter is this patriotic table topper I designed in EQ7. Just squeaking by with a finish-I had it quilted a couple weeks ago and just remembered I had to put the binding on and get it entered at On The Windy Side.  So that is 5 of the 7 items I was trying to get done. Setting these goals is really helping me get some things truly finished and not just pieced. And this one is just in time to use it for the 4th of July!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

2nd quarter FAL goals met

Setting myself some goals this year has been a good thing for finishing up projects that might have otherwise just got shoved to the back of the closet.  I joined the Finish Along over at On the Windy Side for the 2nd quarter this year. I entered 7 projects and I have now completed 4 of them and I will be able to finish up another yet, so I feel pretty good about that!  Hmmm I think I didn't blog about # 3 yet-I'll do that tomorrow or friday :-)

Here is the latest finish that will be at home in our family room.  A few years ago these solids were a reward we received after finishing a shop hop in our part of the state! If you visited all the shops and had your passport stamped you received a fat quarter bundle free :-)  So of course, in my usual style, I have to let things age a bit while deciding exactly what I should make with them LOL.  I finally decided and pieced this quilt December of 2013.

I kept the quilting simple by only using two easy to stitch designs and alternating them every other block.  The designs are from Jodi Robinson's book Modern Simplicity. I love her designs, very effective but easy to stitch and give a great impact.

I might use the new one as the fall/winter quilt for the wall and the one that is hanging up there now will be spring/summer since it is a little lighter in color.

I'll be linking up with the FAL soon as it is the end of the quarter soon!  The link on the left side bar will get you to the website where everyone will soon be showing their accomplishments!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Meeting another goal

I am pleased to have met my June goal for ALYOF  2015!

Last fall I won these gorgeous fat eighth hand dyed fabrics from Vicki Welsh 's blog.  I knew I wanted something to hang on my wall of sewing/knitting room.  But it took a while to decide.  While watching TV one night a couple months ago I caught of glimpse of something like this and an idea was born!  I cut 1" strips and laid them out in a pleasing order to me, added some white strips from my stash.  Then it just sat around for a while until I came up with a quilting plan and Sunday I put it
on my longarm and quilted it up, bound it yesterday and now I will go hang it on my wall :-)  It measures in around 19" square. I used Hobbs white batting which I think is 80/20 and glide thread in a very light silver which looks white on white fabric. 

Look at how cool the quilting looks when you look at an angle across the quilt. 
I am very pleased with how it came out and how it shows so nicely in the sunlight this morning to snap some pic's!  I found it interesting how the quilting on the back looks so different with just a little different angle to the camera.
Linking up with a few linky parties this week that you will find listed on my sidebar.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Runner with Island Batik

Remember when I teased you with this picture of fabric scraps a while back?  Well now I can reveal what I made with them.

Island Batik generously sent me a Half yard bundle of their yummy new releases from Spring Market that was held in Minneapolis a few weeks ago. They let me choose what I wanted to make with them in return for a few blog posts about my finished item showcasing their fabric-Thank you Island Batik!!

Here are the 3 fabrics I chose for this table runner.

And here is what I created...

The pattern is Good to be Square from Quilters Dream. It's for a quilt but there is a bonus pattern for the runner!

I quilted it with Glide thread, Hobbs 80/20 batting. First I meandered a spine across the runner and then on each side of the spine I freehanded a row of ferny feathers, so fun and freeing to quilt those!

Linking up with a bunch of wonderful linky parties, see the links on my side bar and come on let's go get inspired by others that are linking up too!!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

June goal for ALYOF 2015

This month I had a hard time picking one thing I wanted to finish up. Not because I don't have any projects that need finishing but that I just couldn't settle on the one I 'felt' like doing.  But this is the one I chose...

I had won this rainbow of bright hand dyed's from Vicki Welsh last fall, aren't they so pretty!!  It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to make with them. I knew I wanted it for a wall hanging in my sewing room. One night while watching television an image passed on the screen that lead me to make this. Each strip is only cut 1" wide, I usually don't work with that small of a strip but it really wasn't too bad.  Now to figure out how I want to quilt it this month. 
Linking up at ALYOF

Monday, June 1, 2015

Comparison quilts at MQS

MQS was great fun. I bought mostly just thread from Fil-Tech and Superior Threads. I was working in the Community Outreach booth longarming quilts to be left in the Cedar Rapids community for those in need.  It was rewarding and lots of fun since I got to work with a couple of my friends:-)  Another friend came over from WI and went down to the show with me, we had a good time catching up on things.

Our local longarm group called SEAMS had challenge quilts hanging at MQS in the Comparison challenge (not judged). We started with identically pieced hangings and then we secretly quilted them to show how the same hanging could look so different with just the different quilting.  I showed mine a while back and several of you asked if I would show the others. While I don’t want to ask everyone for permission to show theirs up close,  a couple of my friends said I could share their’s with you. So here is one from Laurie S.

  and one from Vicki M.

and mine once again. 

And here is the overview of most of our hangings.  I couldn't fit them all in my camera viewing area!
It was so fun to see them hanging, similar but different because of the way each of us chose to quilt it.  

There is always some great eye candy at the weekly linky parties, I'll be linking up with some of them!  Check the links on my sidebar.  Hope you are all having a great week!