Wednesday, February 1, 2017

One Monthly Goal: February

 

I'm getting lots of help from the blogging world with my to-do lists this year.  It has really served to help motivate me!  Yay!

My goal for February is to finish this quilt.  I'm about half done the quilting which means there is lots left.  I was feeling ambitious when I started it.


I'm linking up to One Monthly Goal.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Little Charmer Wallet

People look at me funny when I say I don't sew, but really it's true!  I just used my zipper foot for the very first time!


The tutorial for this wallet can be found here by Clover and Violet.  Jennie was doing a tutorial for the 2012 Finish-a-Long.  Clover and Violet have a whole ton of similar free patterns here.



Since I've never tried to use a pattern like this before, I make some mistakes, but I'm really pleased with how it's turned out.  The little pocket on the bottom and the hair elastic / button combo veer from the pattern instructions.


The fabric is entirely a set of charm squares from Connecting Threads - the line is called Faux Burlap.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Finish-A-Long 2017

Every year we, as quilters, decide that this year is going to be the year of the UFO (or PHD - project half done).  Every year, the shear amount of projects is overwhelming.

Just recently, I found a support group!


Oh boy!!

Previously I had resolved to to finish 9 quilts this year.  Some of my PHDs go back to 2010.  For reference, I started quilting in 2005.

For the first quarter of 2017 here are the three I want to finish:


The top one has been languishing for 6 years. the bottom left is only two years old but the hand quilting pattern I chose is beating me senseless.  The other is a squirrel from last summer that would be nice to have out of the way.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

String Theory Part I

String Theory is a quilt I started in 2015 after I had a work shop with the wonderful Bill Kerr.  He had some interesting thoughts on neutrals and their place in a colourful quilt and off I went making blocks so I could test his theories.

Along the way somewhere I discovered that all those string blocks created a lot of movement and stretch and after something didn't measure properly I put it in a box.  My version of a temper tantrum.


Size:  35 x 42

Fabrics:  I have a drawer of strips.  I was hoping to put a dent into them, but it's impossible to tell that I was in there at all except that they are messy now.

I wanted to do a series of String Theory quilts with different neutrals, but I'm going to have to change the design because this didn't turn out to be a lot of fun.


My favourite part of the quilt is the big stitching I did in red.  It's mostly invisible on the front side, but adds a lot of fun to the back.

This is the first of nine that I want to complete for 2017!

Linked up with she can quilt

Friday, January 6, 2017

The List for 2017

I read a lot of quilters' blogs.  A common theme every January is UFO conquering.  It's a good and noble thought, but most quilters have the next six quilts in their head all the time and the urge to start them can be insurmountable.

Back in 2015, I made a UFO list.  BTW, I've changed that name to PHD:  Projects Half Done.  It sounds so much better.  So, I made a list in 2015.  Click the year to view it.  I've made progress of a few of those.  Two are done.  At least one hasn't been touched.

Recently, I made myself a quilters journal for my PHDs.  Actually, I made two journals.  Each had forty pages - one page for each quilt.  I can check off each step as I complete it and make notes about what needs to happen.  Um.  There are 4 pages left in the first journal and only 3 or 4 quilts have been completed since I started using it a few months ago.  My quilting life is a constant state of 'squirrel'.

Back to quilters' blogs.  So many of us feel overwhelmed by the sheer number waiting to be finished that it's hard to know where to start.  This morning I had my answer to this dilemma.  I would choose nine quilts from my list and focus on them this year.  Why nine, you ask?  Because I can make 9 into a pretty little graphic like this:


Here they are.  My Future 2017 finishes.

1.  String Theory Part I:  This quilt is *almost* finished.  After I quilted it, I decided it needed some big stitch quilting so that's where I'm at now.

2.  Diamonds on a String:  This is a quilt that was started in 2010.  At the time, I felt all my quilts needed to be bed sized or they were not very useful.  My thinking on this has evolved to "I want to try all the things so crib size is where it's at".  I'm pretty sure I'm going to put a border on it and call it a day, but don't quote me on that.

3.  Modern Dresden:  I'm having a lot of fun with this.  When it's done it will probably look like I've tossed different sized Dresdens onto a pieced grey background and quilted them where they landed.  The top is maybe half finished.  All the Dresdens are done.

4.  A squirrel from last year.  It just needs to be quilted.

5.  A Craftsy class that I'm half finished.  I think I had a temper tantrum when I realized I needed to de-stitch something and put it in a box.

6.  Aurifil BOM from 2014.  The top is finished.

7.  Another finished top.

8.  This is the last quilt from a Craftsy Class on Modern quilting.  I decided to hand quilt the top with concentric circles.  I am having the worst time keeping all the circles even.

9.  Blocks from a friend that I just need to sew into a top.  I'll probably give this one to MCC when I'm done.

Meanwhile, I need to go shopping.  I'm down to one quilt worth of batting.  It's like only having one blade left for your rotary cutter.  It's making me itchy.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Flamingos


This quilt was a definite squirrel.  I was given a bunch of solid cotton poly blends so I took a minute or two from what were top secret pieces at the time and played.  Two tops were made that I then put away for a more appropriate quilting time.

This quilt is about 40 inches wide by 46 deep.

The quilting was also an experiment.  I practised for weeks on all available paper surfaces until I was less scared and plunged in.  My inspiration was a pattern by Threaded Quilting:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7lhVpsnBr8

It was also probably my first time quilting in a thread that was absolutely going to show.


Note to self:  Learn quilt blocking.  The quilting made it all warpy so I had to cut a bit off the last line to put it back into square.

Flamingos ended up in the "quilts for missions" category because after it was done, there was an opportunity for it to go to a little girl locally as part of a Christmas campaign through the Salvation Army.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Lion Sleeps Tonight


The Lion Sleeps Tonight started with a graphic I saw on the internet.  It was from THIS website.

I separated all the parts and pieces and printed four full sized prints (48 x 36) to use as templates and maps.


The first map was just for the background.  Then I made a monkey.  From the start, the goal was to not use fusible or interfacing.  Instead, the bottle of starch got a workout.  It worked well.


Lots more animals followed.  Eyes, mouths and tiny pieces were the only bits that had fusible on the back.


The grass was fun.  It was cut at random and sewed down to the background at the bottom of the fringe.


Once the background was done, the whole quilt was sandwiched together and the animals were pinned to the top.  Using a walking foot and a darning foot, the animals were thoroughly quilted to the sandwich.


This is probably the most fun I've had making a quilt.  Start to finish, it was a big adventure.