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Friday, May 29, 2015

May ALYOF 2015 goal met

I am glad I had this all quilted last week. I took a little time out of our very stressful week to bind this today. But I did want to get it finished so I can say I have met my goal every month so far this year for ALYOF.
With my Funquilter I quilted freehand U turns in the green scallops, the background received some echoed curves and some ribbon candy. The border just straight lines using a ruler.
Linking up with ALYOF, see link above or on my sidebar.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Yummy Batik's from Island Batik!

Several weeks ago I recieved this bundle of batiks from Island Batik to work my magic on-was I ever excited!!!!!!!   And look at that top fabric, it was as if they really knew me as I love purple/blue fabrics. I knew right away what I would do with that one and the third one. You ask what...




















A purse for me of course!!  I absolutely love working with Island Batik fabrics. If you have not checked them out you should, such beautiful prints!

This bundle contained just a few of all they released this past week at Market. I came so close to going to meet them but I had plans already to go to MQS in Iowa during that time.


I just happened to have an iron on stud butterfly in the perfect colors for it too.  I just love my new purse and so glad to start using it now that the fabric is released.













And the inside of the purse...


A close up of the beautiful fabrics with their name and number.  Thank you Island Batik for your generosity!!   Stay tuned as I have more plans for the rest of the fabric :-)

I will be linking up with several of the linky parties on my left sidebar. Don't forget to go check out all the inspiration at these parties.

Monday, May 18, 2015

2nd entry for Blogger's Quilt Festival-small quilt

This bright fun quilt is going to be entered into the Small quilt category at Amy's Creative Side for the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Nominations for Viewer's choice is going on right now, by using this LINK   Go check out all the wonderful quilts entered.  And then you can go back and vote on May 22nd.





 Thanks for stopping in and grab a cup of coffee and go check out the other entries!


AmysCreativeSide.com

Linking with several other linky parties, just click on the buttons on the left side bar.
Hope you all have a great quilty week!

Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival 2015

Thanks goes to Amy at Amy's Creative side for hosting the Spring Blogger's Quilt Festival!  I am entering this quilt into the Modern category.  I made it to hang in our master bedroom. The pattern is Urban Abacus by Jenny at SewKindOfWonderful.
I used Hobbs wool over Hobbs 80/20 to get more definition-I love how it came out-just the way I imagined. The 2 layers of batting helps keep it nice and flat for hanging. 


And the back...


My walls really are a mint green but the lighting just wouldn't pick up that color. It really does go nicely in there!  

There are tons of wonderful quilts being entering into this Festival go check them all out.

Nominations for Viewer's choice is open now thru May 21st. you can do that with HERE .

Voting begins May 22nd and you can do that with the same link. 
Thanks for stopping by and I would love it if you voted for me in the Festival!!
AmysCreativeSide.com
I will also be joining in with several of the linky parties on my side bar...stop by and check out some wonderful eye candy!  

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Baby quilts

I have just not gotten around to posting these finishes of baby quilts I will be donating to our local Neonatal unit.  Just a quick post as I am waiting for my Wisc. friend to come-tomorrow we are going down to Cedar Rapids, IA for Machine Quilters Showcase( MQS).



A sweet panel that I added the block border to and quilted an allover hook swirl.



 This is a strip tube quilt and...





















 these hexagons were leftovers from it and so nothing went to waste I added the light pink background and walla another quilt is born!

 This one is a disappearing nine patch and this is a little bigger so will be a project linus donation.
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And here are several of the donation quilts piled up-so colorful, LOL
Next week I will probably post a few more-some of which are in that pile :-)





Linking up with FreeMotion at the River and Scraptastic Tuesday-links on the side bar!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

ALYOF-May goal

Here it is-my May goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes. I have such a busy month so I have to pick one small item to finish, a table runner. The weather is warming up and that means lots to do outside!! But I hope to get a few things done inside as well.
Linking up with ALYOF

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Bright scraps!

This is gonna be a pretty quick post, it's so nice out today that we want to get our TerraTrikes out on the local trail. But I wanted to share this bright scrappy quilt that I finished up recently. The colorful blocks are wonky log cabin blocks from the Quilting Modern book. I was inspired by a setting that Cynthia from Quilting is more fun than housework blog used a while ago.



I used a brushed fleece in lt. blue for the backing and NO batting, it is a very sofy snuggly quilt! The quilting designs in the wonky blocks are designs from Christina Cameli's second book. I used Glide thread.


Linking with Oh Scrap, Freemontion by the River and Creative goodness
My side bar will give you the links!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Getting organized #2 and WIP

In March I posted getting organized #1 so here is #2. For Christmas this year I got this cabinet to store all my bright fabrics and some backings for my donation quilts.  Before I just stored them in Rubbermaid tubs or those plastic bags you get bedding in. That was hard to see all the fabrics, let alone find the one you knew you had somewhere.
Now it is like going to a store and picking fabric off their shelves!  Such a joy to see what I have and use what I have instead of going out to buy more of what I can't find, LOL
Nope this is not all of my fabric stash-the traditional colors are stored in a couple closets. Maybe someday I will show you those, we'll see!







And for todays WIP I am working on a top secret project!  I will share the finish of it after May 15th. I can say it has to do with market and I am using these fabrics :-)

Ok that was a big tease wasn't it!  Here is a little better pic :-)


Monday, April 27, 2015

April finish for ALYOF

My goal for ALYOF was my black,white and aqua XBlock quilt and I rose to the challenge and got it completed about a week ago and was just waiting to blog it for the link up at ALYOF.  I am really enjoying picking one project a month that must get done so I can link it up!!  It has helped me get things finished that might have otherwise just got passed over in order to start something new.

The piecing of this quilt began in January 2014. I had been collecting black and whites here and there-you know how the story goes I am sure, LOL  Then we had a shop hop and if we went to all the stores on the hop, I think there were 13 at that time, we recieved a wonderful bundle of-you guessed it-black and white fabrics!  There were 13 half yard cuts!!  So of course now I have way more black and whites than was needed for this quilt alone. So stay tuned as I have 2 more that just need quilting, they might be on my ALYOF list year too :-)

It is such a joy to be able to take pic's outside again without freezing in the process!! This week 60's and 70's!

 I had been thinking I would use the aqua for the binding. But then I happened to pick up this polka dot and when auditioning the two, the aqua made the quilt look pale. I am very pleased with the polka dot.








And just because it looked cute all rolled up...














The only place you can really see the quilting is on the back. The quilt is so busy I just went with a dk. gray Glide thread and used a panto called Fantasia. I think I would be blind now if I had chosen to free motion quilt it, trying to see the path you already quilted would be very difficult!

I have no plans for this quilt but I like it anyway. But if anyone wants to buy it I would surely consider it!!

You can click on the pic's if you want to see a larger image of it.


Linking up with ALYOF, Freemotion by the river, Let's Bee Social and Quilt story-you can find links to each one on my side bar.

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.