Monday, March 18, 2019

Almost a Finish

I spent most of last week arm wrestling the scrappy zigzag quilt. I wanted to quilt straight lines through the zigzags...should have been easy right? Not. Please explain to me why I quilted the quilt on my little itty bitty Bernina 125 instead of taking the nice large Juki off the frame and using it? And, yes, I did think of it after quilting a couple of the lines. No need to slap me upside the head I've already done it.

But it is done! Almost. Just need to hand sew the binding down. I picked up a couple of DVDs at the library last week so should have the binding finished tomorrow afternoon - the DVDs are due back at the library on Wednesday (I love my local library, they have everything!)

I put an ultra soft flannel on the back.

The quilt is 45 x 54 and has everything in it including two Christmas fabrics, a Halloween print, flames, cats, baseballs, and some sewing/quilting themed fabrics.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Squirrel Finish

So way way back in January 2014 I started two other scrap bin quilts. Three years later the string quilt was finished...five years later the scrappy trips hadn't been touched. I actually kinda sorta lost it but last week I found it at the bottom of the big scrap bin - now who would have thought to look there. I laid it out on the design floor and decided I needed more blocks. I made a significant dent in the 2 inch strip scrap bin (woohoo) making nine more blocks. Then laid it all out on the design floor again...this was okay, but I like to have things even, to me it needed another column on the right and I didn't want to make any more blocks.

This was okay also (got Nancy's vote), but again not even, needed another column on the left side...nope, still not making more blocks.

I decided this layout was just right. It is about 45 x 54. I'm not going to put a border on it. It is done!

Now to get it quilted and the binding added. Can I get it done by next Monday's post? That is my goal so hold me to it. Okay so maybe it was this Monday's goal but instead of sewing yesterday I spend the day reading a good suspense book.

Monday, March 4, 2019

More Scrap Starts

I'm blaming this project on Shasta of High Road Quilter. She calls them butterfly wreaths and as she says, they are addicting. The blocks are small so this one could take a while to finish. I'll stop making them when I run out of the background fabric.

On another blog, someone had staggered piles of flying geese blocks. I really liked the look. I toyed with this layout for about a minute...

But this was the look I was originally drawn to and this is kinda sorta the plan, lots of trapezoids with a flying geese thrown in periodically.

It won't take long to finish this quilt since the trapezoids are 2 x 8 finished and the geese are 4 x 8 finished. I have a lot of the background fabric so I may make a couple of quilts like this one.

Hopefully the three scrap projects will make a little bit of a dent in my scrap bin.

New blocks were revealed on March 1 and I've finished both. Kathleen Tracy's mystery:

And the Threadology quilt along:

I've determined that if I want to make a quilt similar to Melissa Corry's, I need to make two of the large blocks - I'll spend this week making them. It will be more like a day making them, so far the blocks are large and very easy.

Monday, February 25, 2019

More Little Finishes

I got a couple more small table toppers quilted and the binding added during the last week.

Again, no fancy quilting, but they are done.

Hehehe, I "staged" the mug rug  photo.

I think I have four small table topper / wall hangings left to quilt then I need to start in on the larger quilts.

I hit the scrap bin again this week and actually made a dent in it...sorta. I found there were a lot of 2.5 and 5 inch strips that I had dumped in the bin, I pulled them out and sorted them into their own bins. I can almost see the bottom of the bin.

I've finally settled on three scrap projects to make from the scrap bin. Here are the test blocks for the first one...

Sharon at Vroomans Quilts had a tutorial for the 3-D string blocks and I really liked them.  They are not very big, 5.5 x 6.5 unfinished. These were quick and fun to make. My plan is to do a few a week. I don't have sample blocks for the other two projects but they are cut out and ready to sew so stay tuned.

It has been cold here the past week. Here's Bella snuggled / burrowed into a bunch of pillows trying to stay warm.

We are suppose to get another week of rain, so I should have lots of quilty things to show you next week...unless my house floats away.

Monday, February 18, 2019

The first two sets of blocks are done for the Threadology sew along...

I am still really happy with my fabric choices.

Unfortunately the colors are not showing up in the photos. 

Years ago I bought this ruler at a garage sale (really really cheap) thinking it was for cutting out fabric strips (which it could be used for), but its actual purpose is to square up hour glass blocks.

It was a little awkward at first but I ended up really liking it. I'll be keeping it close at hand in the future.

I quilted, added the binding and gifted this little mug rug.

My imagination has been failing me lately so no fancy quilting.

Nancy came over to sew yesterday. While she worked on sewing blocks I tackled the scrap bin again.  Four hours later I had some lovely piles all over the family room (should have taken a picture) but again barely made a dent in the bin. I did decide on a couple of scrap projects I going to make with the strings and the small strips. Hopefully I'll have a few sample blocks for you next week.

Cussing out the scrap bin didn't stop me from buying scraps. My new favorite thrift store is the Habitat for Humanity Restore. I could have done some serious damage there but I decided I really didn't need a pallet mover, or a claw foot tub, or wood working magazines, or...

Monday, February 11, 2019

I was not loving the fabrics I had pulled for the Threadology quilt along...which I think is why I asked for your opinions. Normally when I select fabric for a quilt I feel pretty positive about most or all of the fabrics. I was doubting 4 or 5 of the fabrics. The only ones I truly liked were the two dark fabrics.  So I pull them and went through my stash again. Then I went to the Folsom Quilt Show with Stephanie and Nancy. Here are my fabrics for Threadology:

The top fabric will be my background fabric. It is a Moda Grunge and is not as white as it looks. The black and tan leaf is a batik. Normally I don't like to mix quilt fabrics (?? don't know the appropriate term) with batiks but I really like this print with the mix - plus I didn't realize it was a batik until I got it home and laid them all out together.  I really like this group. I've already started making the first set of blocks.

This past week I finish the February blocks for Kathleen Tracy's mystery:

The blocks are four inches finished. I took the bonus triangles, squared them up to one inch, made 1.5 inch broken dish blocks (my fav) then put the blocks together...

 Hehehehe...LOVE IT. I'm going to add borders to it so you will see it again later.

I also finished quilting Stephanie's quilt. She was able to add the binding this past weekend.

The pattern is Yellow Brick Road by Atkinson Designs. 

On a non-quilty note, for years, when I could, I have donated blood. I think volunteering to donate blood is easy and has a big impact.

Last Friday I hit the eight gallon milestone. 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Opinions Please

I am thinking of joining the Fat Quarter Shop's Threadology quilt along. I've always wanted to make a low volume quilt and was thinking this would be a good project.

Above is my fabric pull from stash. Some are a little yellowy, some are a little peachy-pink, but all have a "leafy" look to them. For grins I put the green and black leaf print and the green bee print with them - I kinda like them - I'll probably only do a few little blocks with them. It is hard to see, but the background has little dashes of tan/gold in it - not a strong white.

Here are the prints in monotone. Looks like there is enough contrast with the background fabric.

I don't intend to make the original version, I do like Melissa Corry's universal layout here.

So what do you think? Do these all work together? Would you pull out any? There are three that are questionable to me. Would you use a stronger white for the background?

Thanks for your thoughts and opinions.