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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!

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.

I also entered this into the second quarter Finish A Long over at On the Windy Side.  It is one of the seven projects I was hoping to finish.

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!

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!!
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.
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!