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Monday, August 24, 2015

Weekend sewing

I worked on these toppers this weekend. Now I need to get their center circles cut and appliqued on. They are kinda addicting, it's so fun to see how different fabrics will turn out.  

The first one I cut and pieced is the bottom right one, after I sewed the strip sets together I thought this isn't going to look like I pictured in my mind. Then I cut the first 2 wedges and laid them out, nope not gonna like this one so much. But I already committed the fabric to this so I will persevere. And it was fun to see it come together and look good in the end!! It was amazing each time I made another topper I kinda thought the same thing. You just had to wait it out to the end and it turned out just fine!  This was Saturdays work.

Then Sunday I decided to make these. You see I had to mix things up a bit to keep from getting bored with the same style. I love that top patriotic one. The bottom left is actually green and rust for fall. But in looking at it I think it could be a Christmas one too as the rust became more reddish looking when cut into the smaller pieces. 

The star shaped one evolved from one I made last year with my 10 degree ruler, but this time I employed the help of my hubby (he's a math guy) to draw me a template of 15 degree so I wouldn't have to make as many points, LOL. The colors are so much prettier in person, it really is a pretty light olive green-not the puky brown the picture shows.  I gotta say it is much easier to have an acrylic ruler to cut with than a cardboard template! However, it all worked out in the end and I saved money right!!  Now I think I would like to see a 20 degree one, haha.  These all measure around 28-30"  depending on how wide I decided to cut the fabrics for the strip set.  

If anyone is interested in a little tutorial let me know and I could whip one up. They look a little complicated but they really are not.

Monday, August 17, 2015

A 3rd quarter goal finished

I am happy to report I finished my third goal for the 3rd quarter, only 3 more goals to go!  This is a pattern from Village Creek. I actually finished 2 of them, but only the top one is entered for my goal. At the end of the Month I will be linking up with On the Windy Side where you will see tons of finishes from a lot of creative busy people!

On a personal note, this is what we have been up to for the last 5 days. Fun times celebrating our 33rd Anniversary in northern MN. Biking, hiking, kayaking and camping-ahhhh so relaxing. We also had some fun with our son and daughter-in-law.
 St. Louis River

 Me and my honey!

 Campground at the Buffalo House

 St. Louis River

Jay Cooke State Park

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

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Scrappy Batik runner

I love working with Batik more and more :-)  I put together a couple of these scrappy runners. The pattern was in a magazine a few years back, sorry I don't remember which one. It is a great way to use up some scraps. I hope to finish quilting this one today so I will keep my post short as I have a long list of 'to do's' today.  It is receiving custom in each batik strip and then a stipple in the white blocks which will get appliqued leaves when I am all done with the quilting. It makes it easier to quilt that way without the leaves to maneuver around.

Linking up at Freemotion by the River and She Can Quilt(Scraptastic Tuesday). See the links on my left sidebar. Hoping over now to get in on some eye candy!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Just for fun

Friday I saw this Cobblestone Path free quilt pattern on Moda Bake Shop and decided Saturday morning I had the perfect fabrics to whip it up. So in between some summer fun activities Saturday and Sunday I got my flimsy put together. So easy to sew up but oh sew fun to look at!

The 2 green fabrics on the far right and the orange on the left are what started the whole thing. I was at Quilt show in Rosemont, Illinois a few years ago-yes they have been aging(like a fine wine)- and I fell in love with those prints which were half yard pieces. Then I tried last year to find coordinates in the stores here-wasn't happening, the shades were just not right. So one day I was going through my stash for something else and I thought wow that orange looks nice so I pulled it out and WOW I couldn't believe it was the perfect one to add to it!!  Love how that happens, makes me so happy I have a LARGE stash ;D  It is the one in front on the right.  Next I found some pieces that went well with them at SR Harris last fall. Then they sat just waiting for the right pattern to pop into my head or computer, haha  It was meant to be as I needed 10 prints and a background and I had just the right amount!

I am making this my goal to finish for the month of August. Linking up at ALYOF,  Let's Bee SocialFreshly Pieced and CreativeGoodness.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Patriotic finish for FAL

I finished another of my 3rd quarter goals. You can see the original post here.  And at the end of the quarter I'll be linking with the FAL.
This runner is made using a block from the Block-Maker ll book for Bloc Lock half rectangle rulers. The block is called Freedom Star. I love my Bloc Lock rulers!!  There are over 50 blocks in this book and tons of quilt designs and sashings. 

And I am off quilting the next runner in line, actually 2 and they are snowman ones!!  I'll probably quilt a bunch and then bind them all at once. 

Linking with FreeMotion by the River today.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sneaking in with a finish!

Just getting this finish done in time for ALYOF for July.  I had posted it as my goal here, so I won't go into detail other than to say I had a lot of starts and stops which means tying and burying threads, But it was necessary in order to obtain my goal. I stitched around each leaf and circle. I gave the border a special treatment by using my Deloa Jones cable template.  Glide thread and Hobbs 80/20

I see a lot of people were successful in completing their goals, check them out for great inspiration!

And just for fun, this is where I went today...

Oh so crazy, but oh so fun!!!  SR Harris in Brooklyn Park, MN.  These 2 rows are all Batik's plus there was one more. Then many, many rows of cottons, and of course I always want the one on the bottom, LOL  Then there are flannel rows, wool rows, silky and fancy fabrics, it is just something to see if you are ever in that area!!  Plan to spend a few hours, oh and you cut and mark it all yourself unless you are buying more than 5 yds of one piece. Then you put it all back too!  You work for it a little but so worth it as it is quilt shop fabrics for 1/2 the price, so $6-6.50 for cottons and $7.50 for batik's.
Did I buy anything you ask...well yes of course I did, haha!  Didn't get a pic of that yet though.

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