Friday, May 23, 2014

Improv Echoed Hexagons

 I recently had the pleasure of testing a pattern for Rossie at Fresh Modern Quilts.  I had a blast making this quilt top.  I really enjoyed laying out the colors trying to figure out where to place different hexagons.  Her pattern tells you how to piece the inset hexagons without any Y seams.  It is up to you to determine the lay out.  This worked really well for me as I am always changing the pattern in front of me. Currently the pattern is available only at the Modern Quilt Guild to current and new members.  It is my understanding it will be available later in the year.

 Here is the first block I did.  I used Bella Grey for my background and my striped fabric is Michael Miller Free Style.  All of the other solids you see came from my stash.

I changed my layout several times and kept adding hexagons.  Once I was happy I began working on putting everything back together.
I took this picture behind the quilt because I just loved how all of the light was filtering in.  This weekend I am going to finish piecing the back.  I have figured out the design I want for the back,  I just need to execute my plan and hope it turns out how I have it pictured in my head.

I will then face my next fear - free motion quilting all of the negative space.  I hope to do several straight lines and echoing in it.  I am hoping I do not spend the next month ripping it out and I have made myself a promise that I will not do loops.  I may or may not need a lemon drop to begin the quilting process.  I promise to report back of my success or tell you about my "learning opportunity" 
I have finally finished my EPP pillow.  I am sending it off this weekend and I hope that my partner for the Modern She Made Swap enjoys it. 

I have also joined the Supernova Friendship Block Swap over at the Late Night QuilterOne Million Stitches I have teamed up with Jennifer who blogs at The Quilted Cat  We are going to be making our quilt with Denyse Schmidt's Ansona Fabric.  It is not too late to join - your first blocks are due on June 15th. 

Thanks for stopping by - I am linking up with Amanda for Finish it up Friday. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Color Blocks ~ Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2014

I am participating Amy's Blogger's Festival  - I am entering my quilt in the Large Quilts category.  I love this quilt now - however, it was not the quilt that I originally wanted to make.  As soon as I began seeing Tula Pink's Saltwater fabric come out I knew I had to make a quilt for my self.  I quickly decided that this was the quilt for me.  I ordered the kit, I was so excited when the kit came, I opened it and discovered 1008 neatly cut hexagons - Oh!  I had planned on making a queen size quilt.  I did the math - I needed 3 more kits... then I began to read the instructions, English Paper Piecing  (EPP)- I realized, they think I am going to sew this by hand.  Several swear words came out.  I placed the kit under my desk and began to look for a new plan.
The pattern can be found here.  I did make the quilt bigger than the pattern called for.  For the back I used my left over pieces of fabric.
 Close up of the front
All over quilting detail
And here are my irritated quilt holders - the sun was not cooperating so this was the third time I had taken my son out to take pictures of the quilt.  My son took pictures the first two times and he was either taking partial shots of the quilt, or of the running water - "in the interest of making it more interesting" He did take the 3rd and 4th picture as well as the pictures of running water below. Clearly he knows how to use the camera better than his mom who has not yet taken it out of automatic mode. 
 I recently did a swap in the theme of hexagons - I tried EPP for the first time and I found myself actually enjoying the process - I will admit that hand sewing and enjoyment are not yet used in the same sentence with me, but it was not as awful as I thought it would be and it helps pass the time when on an airplane.  I have since dragged out my kit and I will be slowly working on making the original quilt I wanted - just don't expect to see it completed anytime soon.
Quilt Stats:
Pattern and Fabric:  Tula Pink
Sewn by:  Me
Quilted by:  Loretta Tibor
Size:  95X96 or 382 inches
Thank you for stopping by - I am off to get a diet Dr. Pepper some chocolate and continue looking at all of the wonderful quilts on display at the Bloggers Quilt Festival.  I am sure I will find some new inspiration and a project or two....

Spring '14 Blogger's Quilt Festival -

Friday, April 25, 2014

It started out simple

My daughter wanted to take a class at my local quilt store - it was a class for cathedral windows.  She just turned 13 this week and while she is good at sewing but I was not sure she would have the patience for the class - she persisted in harassing me so we both signed up.  At the beginning of the class she was excited - an hour later when we were still pressing and folding she started shutting down.  It had too much prep work to keep her interested.  Below is the pillow I made in class.

After I made this pillow I really wanted to try something else. - I saw this pillow by Josh and Paise  I think it is absolutely amazing.  I wanted to see if I could make one similar.  The process was somewhat frustrating - I ripped out my first attempt as the proportions were off.

I wanted more pale yellow and less of the medium orange - I spent almost 2 hours carefully ripping out and redoing the center to move it all a quarter inch.  I have less of the medium orange, more of the bright orange and just a tad bit more of the pale yellow. IF I was to make this pillow again I would make more changes to my measurements..... However I am not in a hurry to make another one of these anytime soon. 

I used the Rosco Color Stack  the color is a little off in this picture - I was just so happy the sun was out.  I even got to spend some time on this chair over the weekend working on my EPP project. 

I used the left over fabric scraps to piece the back.  I saw a picture that Elizabeth Hartman posted on Instagram the other day and thought it would be fun to try.  I then did straight line quilting on the back.  I am having a hard time giving up this pillow. 

I have a friend who just moved away and I wanted to make her something for her new home.  She told me her new living room is going to be all cream and grey.  - The  joys of not having teenagers who destroy living areas.
Below is where my daughter left off on her pillow.  I am hoping I can get her to finish it soon.
She would be very angry if she knew I was posting a picture of her pillow top - she was not happy with her points.  I kept telling her to relax and enjoy the process - she looked at me and asked why I was always muttering/saying bad words and ripping things out.... I think it looks really good - of course I am biased

I only have one more pillow to make this week - at some point I thought it would be a good idea so EPP 120 hexagons together, then decided I wanted to inset the whole thing within a larger hexagon.  I had to order more fabric as I made a cutting error.  I hope to show pictures of that pillow soon.  I have reached the stage where I just want it done.

I am linking up with Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

You + Me Quilt

I am so happy I finally finished my You + Me Quilt.  I started this quilt at Sew Down in Portland.  The pattern is by Heather Jones of Olive and Ollie .  I used Kona Silver, Pea Pod, & Cyan.  I had originally done a different square in the center of the quilt, but when I was getting ready to put the back on I thought it would be fun to have the backing match.  It was a pain to rip out the center square but I am glad that I took the time to do it. 
 I love how I was able to find the perfect fabric backing - I love the back even more as it hides several of my quilting errors.  It took me over a week to quilt this.  I have no idea how many bobbins I used I was so happy to be done.  I swore off circle quilting - of course I am working on a different quilt (in my head) and I think the bubbles would be perfect for that.  I just love the texture. 
Close up of the quilting - After it was washed
Quilt before it was washed.
Quilt on hotel bed (its normal to travel with quilts to take pictures) I took a quick trip to Seattle to visit a friend and we spent some time on Bainbridge Island shopping.  We stopped by Pink Chalk Fabrics and another local fabric store Esther's Fabrics .  We also sampled fresh fudge and ice cream.   - That is a requirement when traveling.  I helped her get her new sewing machine set up and when I left she was well on her way to completing her first quilt top.  I don't think her husband is overjoyed.  Originally he thought it would be great - then we came back with fabric and needed to rearrange her living room for fabric draping/placement and he felt is space shrinking...... I told him it would get better.  I don't think he believed me and I think it is best that he has never laid eyes on my sewing room,
 Here is the progress I made this weekend on my EPP pillow - I am enjoying it far more than I thought I would.  It has convinced me to begin making a throw sized quilt - I may or may not scale it back to a pillow.  Sadly I am back home dealing with snow and work. 

I hope you have a great week.  I am linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts and TGIF

Friday, March 21, 2014

Diamond Tread Quilt

I am so happy to have this quilt done.  I had one of those weeks where finishing anything was nearly impossible - I went to back my  you + me quilt and I ran out of fabric.... Then I decided I would quilt this one.  Once again not enough fabric - I ordered more.  It came in a different color - (insert choice words here)  Then I began cutting my top down to match the size of the fabric I had - It is for a baby boy thus the quilt could  be made smaller. 

I worked on my free motion skills - I am not sure I am seeing lots of improvement but I did manage to quilt something besides meandering loops!  The pattern is from Lee at Freshly Pieced and can be found here. Fabrics used were Kona Snow and Simply Color in the navy and aqua ombre. I backed the quilt with Constellations by Lizzy House as it seemed to match the pattern perfectly.

I am currently working on a little hexagon project - I am not sure that hand sewing is my thing but I am determined to finish this one.  I can't decide if I want to have the hexi's random or in rows.  Feel free to let me know what you think - I may change everything as I am still not loving the look yet.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by.  Linking up with Sew Fresh Quilts for TGIF and Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Charity Quilt Done

I finally managed to get my charity quilt done. I did not have enough fabric to make it as large as I wanted so I added a large strip of Kona Iron at the bottom of the quilt. 

My biggest regret is how I quilted it.  I really wanted to outline each layer of the hexagon but I just did not have the time to do it.  I quickly did my meandering loops.  They are okay but I can't stand it at the bottom.  I was going to rip it out but then I reminded myself why I made it in the first place.  If you need a blanket to keep warm you really don't care about the quilting design. 

My son had an assignment for his photography class so I took him with me to take pictures.  He took all of the ones shown here.  His original idea was to take all of his pictures in the back yard. (A 5 minute homework assignment in his mind)  We spent most of the afternoon out hiking and enjoying the sunshine.  It was pretty cold but since the sun was out we were both happy and when the day was over he had lots of photographs to choose from.   I am certain he will try to hold some back for his next assignment. 

I did manage to trim up my half square triangles and get my quilt top done.  The pattern is Diamond Tread I plan to take my time quilting this one so I am not unhappy with the finished product. 

Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Sarah at Mila + Cuatro for TGIF  Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Triple Zip Pouches

I just finished participating in a Triple-Zip Pouch Swap on Flicker.  It was lots of fun.  The pouches are based on the tutorial found here.  I did make all of my pouches an inch longer than the tutorial called for.  I think I am going to make the next one wider and taller.  They are fun to make and the possibilities are endless.   I have several more that I want to make.  I think they will make great gifts for friends especially if they are filled with chocolate.....
 I had fabric in my stash with these cute quilting sayings on them.  I have a few more that I hope to make before the month is over.  The fabric is by Moda from the line Bobbins and Bits.
I am not happy with how the back turned out but I did not feel like ripping it out.  I will make changes to my pattern the next time I make this. 
 This explains why my sewing room looks the way it does.  Why is it so hard to put the fabric back where it was neatly folded once it has not made the "final cut" when pulling fabrics to audition for ones project?

 Here is the pouch I sent of to my partner - I am hoping that she likes it.  I filled it with goodies before I sent it off.  I hope she likes it.
I hope to get lots of sewing done this weekend - I have over 100 half square triangles to square up.  Yippee - (I may or may not look for more fabric before tackling that task)  Linking up with Amanda Jean   for finish it up Friday and Sarah for Can I get a Whoop Whoop?    
Thank you for stopping by.  If you had been participating in this swap which one would you have selected?