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?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Projects from Sew Down Portland

I had a wonderful weekend in Portland and met lots of wonderful and talented people.  I did not get as much done as I had wanted to - I am sure this has to do with the fact I always underestimate how much time it takes me to do something and the fact that I am always adding projects to my list.
Here is my Mini Shooting Stars Quilt Top I completed this in the class taught by Lee Heinrich.  In class she had us do flying geese the traditional way as well as paper piecing.
The next quilt I finished was the You +Me quilt by Heather Jones.  This went together really fast.  My daughter is already claiming this one. 
Here is my improve round robin block that was done in class with Sherri Lynn Wood.  The class was a lot of fun - it really got me out of my box.  I had a lot of trouble working without a ruler.  I am planning on cutting this block up and making some throw pillows with this.
I had to leave Julie Herman's class early as I was worried about the roads.  Portland managed to get a snow storm in the middle of Sew Down.  I will post a picture of my project as soon as I complete it.
I guess I have quite a bit of quilting to get done this weekend.  What are your plans for the weekend?  Linking up with Amanda Jean for finish it up Friday.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Wedding Quilt

I can't believe it - the quilt is done.  I just finished a custom request for a double sided king size quilt.  I think I am done with large quilts for a few months.  This was a challenge for me as the fabric had already been selected.  The quilt was made with the table runners that had been used for the wedding reception.  The front was made with fabrics in blue and green.  I must confess that I did add two fabrics to the front.  I  had some yardage in my stash that went with the rest of the fabric and I was worried about running out. 
After some thought it was decided that the back should have the fabric that was blue and brown.  I added several fabrics from my stash in the back  - I was running out of blue fabric and I felt a granny square quilt should have more variation in it.   
Quilt Back (105X105)

I rented a long arm machine to do the quilting as I did not feel like fighting with a quilt in my machine.  This is the third quilt I have done on a long arm and I have yet to deviate from my meandering loops - I know I need to try something else I am just terrified of really messing up the quilt.  I did not feel like experimenting on a quilt with this much piecing especially since I would not be able to replace most of the fabric if I ruined it.  Perhaps I will find my courage on the next quilt.
I am participating in a triple zipper swap.  Here is the first pouch I made based on the tutorial found at the Quilters Table.  It was pretty easy.  The  last part was a little tricky and I finished mine differently.  I am going to make a few more before I decide which one to send off.
I hope to get lots of sewing done this weekend - I am off to Sew down-Portland.  Hopefully I will have several finishes next week.   Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it up Friday.


Friday, January 31, 2014

Classmate Bag

I cant believe I am actually making progress on my list - I am finishing more projects than I am starting.... I realize this momentum can change at any moment. I just finished the Classmate by Terry Atkinson.  It was easier to make than I thought it would be.  The hardest part was doing the binding with the plastic lining.

Inside of bag - my large zipper zips from the wrong side but it still works and it is in straight.

The bag has lots of pockets and will be great for carrying some of my hand sewing around. 

I managed to finish a quilt top that I will be donating - unfortunately it will be a couple of weeks before I get to quilting it.  I ran out of fabric and was not able to make it as long as I wanted - so I added a large strip of Kona Coal to the bottom of it.  I will take another picture once Mother Nature cooperates with me.  I plan to back in a grey flannel. 

I am off to make a few triple zipper pouches for birthday gifts next week.  I also have a quilt in the dryer that I hope to have photographed in the next day or two.  Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts.