Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March UFO #APQresolution

This is a pillow I made from a sample block for a large quilt.  The quilt was being made from a limited number of French fabrics, so I wanted to be sure my changes made sense and worked. The fabrics auditioned like the real ones and I continued with the quilt.  I thought I'd use the block for a pillow.  It uses the same border fabric and the cornerstones are some of the French fabric leftovers.

The pillow form is a little small but it does still make me happy.  I also love that this fabric was waiting to join the rooster on the front! I'm sure a chicken lover will love this pillow!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Planning for Spring Fling!

My annual quilting weekend is coming up!  We leave Thursday for Moultonborough, NH.

Guess what is there....

But I have to focus so I thought I'd write a little list (I'm in Maine and will pack Wednesday).

  • Bernina 440QE & manual & feet & bobbins
  • iron/board -beacuse I said I would
  • some new magazines to browse
  • Basic sewing equipment
    • rotary mat
    • rotary cutter
    • rulers
    • pins
    • pencils
    • seam ripper (I never need this (HA HA)
Projects to bring:

  • Batik half squares (stash busting)
  • Batik flying geese  (started last year from stash)
  • Selvedge bag
  • Placemats for a quick finish
  • La Passacagalia   (maybe one or two centers)
  • Fat quarters for game
  • Sew together bags
  • Strip project from last years fling
Clothing [the only trip where this doesn't hang me up!]:
  • Pajamas
  • Robe
  • Slippers?
  • 3 day change of underwear, socks
  • 3 day change of shirts/sweaters
  • a jacket or vest 
  • mud season footwear (SNOW this weekend)
  • toiletries - deodorant, shampoo, toothbrush/paste, hairbrush, moisturizers

  • snacks/evening drinks/coffee mug filled
  • vitamins/meds
  • ipad
  • electronic cords (phone/ipad)
  • extension cord (orange wheel)
  • ott light for table 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Free Fall Quilt Along

I am a member of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers and found a new pattern to do.

First, it fits into my goals of using up fabric that I already have.  In fact, I had been gathering my batiks to do a quilt with half square triangles and ran into this.  Funny thing, I was pulling a blue/purple combo from my pile and had a fall pile leftover.

Second, I needed a new project that excited me.  I have a lot of UFOs I am working on but was looking for something new.

Serendipity!  You can find the instructions for this quilt along at mmm! Quilts.  There is a button too on the right side of my blog.

I thought I'd link up to Sew Fresh Quilts and her Let's Bee Social Group today.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Scrap quilting

This is a project from the UFO list last year.   I had  some leftover flying geese and scraps from a Block of the Month quilt I made a few years ago.   I am making a table runner with it. I saw a pattern called "Elegant Runner" by Terry Albers in Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts, Fall 2012.  I put it in the bag with the scraps and this uses her pattern.  Of course, the dimensions are all different, but the idea is Terry's.


Some lessons I learned:

  1. There is never enough fabric in your scraps in the colors you need
  2. Thangles can help you squeeze half square triangles ⬕ out of fabric that is too short to do it the normal way.
  3. Keep on working with what you have
So far I have:
  1. Flying geese assembled into four pieces with some border fabric
  2. 4 stars made with thangles and
  3. more scraps
The plan is to make the the 8" block be surrounded by some of the leftover fabric and maybe a black inner border to finish the table runner.   

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Follow me in Bloglovin'

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

I am a part of the #2017NewQuiltBlogggers and am trying to get a few things up to speed with my blog.

I follow a lot of people on Bloglovin' but haven't claimed my blog on this platform yet.

This is my attempt to do so.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Travel and exciting news

I was lucky enough to be in Palm Springs for a few days....  We traveled up Mount Jacinto and we blessed with this glorious view.  It has kept me a bit away from quilting.

But, the good news is I am in the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers group.  It is hosted by Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl, Leann @she can quilt and Beth @Cooking Up Quilts.  I am truly excited as I think it will help me focus on a few technical things I am missing, expose me to a group of new blogging friends and overall be fun!  I am really looking forward to getting to know the gang and learning some new things.  A big thanks to our hosts - this is a labor of love.

2017 New Quilt Bloggers