Saturday, February 06, 2016

Scrappy Saturday - Maverick Stars

It's brown month over at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I needed some brown blocks for my Maverick Stars collection. 
I made a light star on a brown background, and a brown star on a light background.

And here's the whole collection so far on the design wall. It is such a fun project to work on to use up small cutoff triangles for the wonky star points.

To see more brown projects, hop over to SoScrappy.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Circa 2016

I am having such a blast with the new Temecula sewalong. It is my favourite kind of quilting project - tons of small scrappy pieces. For these little nine patch blocks, I cut 108 tiny squares from the scrap bin. 

This is how my work surface looked with all the pieces cut and ready to sew.  And today is Friday, so there will be another new block pattern posted and I'll be back to cutting and sewing more little pieces. This is my idea of fun! Click here if it's also your idea of fun!

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Aurifil BOM

Aurifil is my favourite thread - I buy it in every size available and use it every day. So of course I had to check out their new BOM. The January block looked like an interesting challenge with 40 components, and I was curious about it would be constructed. 
Because I had been sewing with a lot of blue in January, I needed a break from blue, so went with red and white. I can say that it is the most difficult block I have ever sewn, although I'm still not sure why it took me hours to make!
The cutting directions are complex and I made several errors. A lot of time was spent staring at the computer screen, checking and double checking measurements and pieces. And still, a couple of times I had to add on pieces from strips that I had cut too short. 
Then my centre pinwheel block ended up the wrong size according to the directions. I had to unsew, trim each HST by 1/4" and resew the pinwheel. 

But perseverance pays off, and here is the finished block. You can see some creative versions of the block at the Flickr group here and at Pat Sloan's link up here

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

UFO of the month

I have been excavating in the deep, dark, endless UFO closet looking for a project to finish this month. Look what I found!
This is an old quilt top that I finished sewing in June 2011. It has been "in waiting" ever since. The pattern was by Sindy Rodenmayer of Fat Cat Patterns. I don't see it on her website anymore but she has some great patterns there and a free BOM for you to check out. And I did finish the bright version of the same pattern (without the sashing) in 2011 - see it here.

Brown is not one of my favourite colours, but I do really like sampler quilts, so I think I will enjoy machine quilting this project.  I'm going to try to quilt 3 of these brown blocks each week and will blog about it on Saturdays for the brown RSC
The first step will be the 3 B's - getting a Backing and Batting, and pin Basting.
To see more February UFO goals, hop over to One Monthly Goal link up.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Allietare Update

On my design wall today are the finished star blocks for the Allietare mystery quilt. 
And when I look at the photo on the screen, I just have to say "there is one in every crowd"!!
Oh brother :( 
Where's the seam ripper?

It sure is a big quilt and this is only half the blocks taking up my whole design wall! The other half of the blocks are also sewn and you can see them hereTo work on the layout of this quilt, I'm going have to build my bigger portable design wall. I think I might take this project to work on at quilt retreat this month.
To see more versions of Allietare, Bonnie is hosting a link up over at her Quiltville blog. I am amazed at how many of the mystery quilts are already completely finished!
Happy Groundhog day!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Finished Quilt on the Design Wall!

My January UFO is finally finished on the very last day of the month! 
Here is my version of Deckade the Halls pinned to the design wall. It measures 56" x 68" which is wider than my design wall, so the edges of the quilt look a little bit wonkier than they really are.
This was a free pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop to celebrate their 10 years in business in 2013. It was such a fun quilt to piece with the Christmas themed blocks of ornaments, stockings, presents, trees, gingerbread people, mugs, stars and wreaths.

Although I am pleased with how the quilted grid design turned out, I wouldn't recommend it to a quilter who might have any perfectionistic tendencies, as it is very tricky to keep the lines at the same angle across the entire quilt. 

I am linking up my first finish of 2016 over at One Monthly Goal and Design Wall Monday.

Slow Sunday Stitching - Binding

Can you believe that January 2016 is already over?!? I really cannot believe it! We are already one month into the new year... how are you doing with your resolutions? 
I am so happy with my progress so far this year. I have already managed to (almost) finish a UFO! It was one big challenge that I have been working on either in my mind, or in my hands since November. Once I got the border problem solved, and the quilting started, it practically finished itself! Well, not really but it was quite fun and I'm so thrilled.
Stay the course!
It's time to give myself a big pat on the back. We all know that it is so much easier to start new things that are fresh and enticing, with no challenges or problems to solve. But there is such a sense of growth and satisfaction to "stay the course", to solve the problems that arise, to push yourself in new directions, and to actually accomplish a huge task.

Today I get to enjoy the wonderful task of finishing a quilt that I started in 2013. Isn't that a great striped binding fabric?  Binding a quilt is one of my favourite hand stitching activities, so I am in for a very enjoyable afternoon of slow stitching.  

What are you hand stitching today? Are you able to stay the course, meet your goals, and finish projects to completion?
Link up your blog post below and share your progress with us.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Scrappy Saturday Blues

It's the last saturday of the month and I have finished two blue scrap blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

The first block is Mad City Mama (a pattern by Bonnie Hunter in her Leader Ender book). This is a great scrap pattern and uses 133 blue scraps and 12 yellow scraps. That's a lot of small pieces!
I'm not sure I really like how the yellow wonky corners turned out, so I'll try something different on the next one.

When that block was done, I sewed the first Westering Women block. It has a lot of unusual measurements... lots of 7/8's, but the block turned out to be the right size. I used blue scraps because they were all over the cutting table. I'm not sure if this will be a RSC project, or if I will make all the blocks in blue, or if I will start over and make a new 1st block in reproduction fabric. I have a whole month to decide before the next block is posted.
To see more RSC projects, hop over to SoScrappy.