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.