Monday, October 28, 2013

Blogger's Festival

It is that time of year where lots of bloggers link up a favorite quilt for Amy at Amy's Creative Side for the Blogger's Festival.  When I first found this link up, I was not blogging at the time and loved seeing what other people were making.  I was in awe!  I wanted to share things I was making too!  I started my blog about a year ago and linked up for the first time at the Spring Festival and it was so much fun.  I certainly was not going to miss out on this one.

Here is the quilt I am entering in the ROYGBIV Quilts. This is a very recent finish so it is making a repeat appearance.

It was seeing all of those beautiful quilts last spring/fall that I had to make a Rainbow Quilt of my own.  This started by doing my first ever swap on Flickr for all the rainbow charms.  Then I was convinced to join the bee of the local Modern Guild.  I was not worried about sewing for others I didn't know how I would choose one block for others to make me.

I found samples of this quilt on line in lots of color combinations and the block is called the Depression Block.  I handed out my blocks got them all back and knew I needed to finish it sooner than later.  I had to make 5 more blocks to make it a little bigger.

I did straight lines on each side of the blocks.

I used Architextures for the binding.  I need to buy more of this - what a great binding! I loved it.

I found the backing last year and of course did not have quite enough but used up the black and white for the rest of it.

This quilt measures 72" x 90".

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

WIP - Check In

Needed to check in and see how I am doing for the month.  Doing some sewing but not as much progress as I would like I think there are too many projects going at once.  This weekend since I have 2 days off of work is time to get a few things done!

From my list for the FAL List here is what I have been working on:

The scrap quilt from Quiltville's Free Patterns, the Dancing 9.  I had gotten 58 of the blocks over half done just by doing them as leader and enders.  Then I had a short amount of time and needed to do some mindless sewing.  Yup all 68 blocks ready for sashing. Now to to pick the sashing. I am not sure anything really goes with all this crazy but thinking I am picking a darker blue from stash. This will most likely a donation quilt and I do always like them better when they are done.

Moda Friendship Blocks - I finished all of them. I did buy the grey to use for sashing.  It is a new Kona color and bought the rest of the bolt on Sunday.  Now to figure out how I am going to lay this one out.

Of course I have a list a mile long and what did I do.  I picked up a pile of scraps that were already sewn into strips that I won at my Moda Quilt Club meeting and made this mini.  Not sure what it will be for but they were lying in a pile on the floor. Yes, I keep things on the floor.  They needed to be put away but didn't have a good spot for them so I made them up!  Now I want to quilt this little one up and have a finish this week.  I am sure someone might like this as a gift at the holidays.

No progress on the goal I set for my October finish or on my list of Christmas gifts. Hoping to finish a few things over the very nice long weekend I am going to enjoy and get ready for my sewing weekend in November.

I am linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Making Christmas 2013 List

A linky party that needs a list to be done by Christmas, why yes sign me up for that!  These items are separate from my FAL Q4 goals since most of these are not even started so don't qualify.  This list we can add to it and link up finishes as we go. The goal is to finish up things and get some encouragement from others along the way.

So here is my list:

1.  5 Thread catcher - pin cushion thingys.  (that is the technical term) November 13th
2.  Apron- chocolate theme - gift for my friend that we make chocolates together each year
3.  3 sets of pot holders and towels - gifts for co-workers
4.  Knitted cowl - bought the yarn last year and want to wear this now!  (I haven't started)
5.  Paper pieced pillow for SIL Xmas gift
6.  Xmas Table runner - gift for my son to give
7.  Christmas candies/chocolates - gifts to variety of people including teachers

I really need to stop but as I look at everyone's list I know I will add a couple of great ideas!

So go over to Rainbow Hare and Making Rebecca Lynne to see what others are linking up and the schedule to see what is happening!

Friday, October 11, 2013

A Full Finish Post

I did a quick post last on this quilt at the beginning of the week to get this in for the FAL - Q3 deadline but still needed to take pictures of it in daylight.  This whole getting dark earlier and having to work the daylight hours is always a bummer.  But I did manage to get some taken before the sun was completely gone.

Here it is:

I LOVE IT!  This quilt was my first bee I have done.  I did need my arm twisted to join.  It was not a fear of making other people's blocks but what would I pick for my own.  That is what I stressed over.

My month was March and I knew I wanted to do the rainbow colors since I had done a swap at the end of 2012 on flickr.  My first on line swap as well.  I love that!  All those pretty fabrics and colors and I only had to buy one yard.  That seemed like a great plan!  I then scoured the internet to figure out the perfect block. This block is called the Depression Block.   I was a little worried about all the HST's but everyone did a great job.

Here are some close ups of a couple of my favorite blocks(really there isn't one I don't love)!

There are actually 14 people in our MMQG bee so I had to only had to make six extra since I wanted it bigger.  I still have a stack of charms remaining for another rainbow project!

For the back I used a piece I had bought last year with the quilt in mind but of course didn't have enough so I used up the black and white prints.

Close up of the back print.  

I knew I had wanted to do a black and white and had just bought the one from the Architecture line.  Not necessarily for this project just to have.  Now I wish I would have bought more!

I know a lot of pictures!

Last one!

Quilt finished at 67" x 82"
Really no good name. Hopefully that will come to me.

Linking up to 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Finish Along - Q4 Goals

Q4 Really!  How does this happen so fast!  I was looking at my list and thought wouldn't it be cool if I finished all the quilts I have started before the end of the year.  Well, I don't think all of them but for sure anything started prior to 2012!  So that is the goal for this Quarter.

1. Moda 2010 Quilt - So this one has really been on the back burner.  Started in September of 2010 and I am doing a smaller version that the pattern called for and still not done.  I did finish the one block that was giving me issues in March and have not looked at it since.  This has a pieced sashing to finish it up.  Thinking it will be too small to be useful.  I need it done! Updated 12/30/13 done!

 2.  X and + Quilt - this one has been on the list just about all year.  I love the blocks and all the finished quilts I have seen.  I thought I only need 10 extra blocks but to get a decent size throw I probably need 30 -  yikes and then going through all those scraps to find enough seems like a big job.  I just have not taken the time to make them.  Sometimes I just really get tired of my own scraps. No progress!

3.  Ohio Stars- These are from a quilt that I am not going to do so now I just have these blocks and need to figure out how I want to finish this up.  I made these in December of 2011.  I pinned something on Pinterst over the weekend I think would look really cool.  Now to see if it will work with what I have.  Updated 12/30/13 done!

4. Moda Friendship Blocks- I started this one this year but my LQS owner tells me no problem to finish this in 2013!  I have 6 blocks to go and then to decide on a layout.  The layout the club is doing is using less blocks and I was not loving it so I did make all the blocks and thought I can do something else with the layout.  I am contemplating on point.  Blocks done and setting picked.

5.  Dancing 9 Quilt- this was my leader and ender project and now I have enough to start the nine patches.  I would love another 2.5 inch scrappy quilt done by the end of the year!  Updated 12/30/13 done!
(Sorry this one is really a bad picture!)

Not included for the Finish Along but will also be working on this quarter:

1.  Tula Pink Sampler-  looking to finish all 100 blocks.  Current count is 46 and none on deck to sew.  No Progress!

2.  5 Thread Catchers with pin cushions- I want to get these done for Mid November for our yearly quilting Cabin retreat.  Done!

3. 3 Sets of towels and pot holders for my handmade gifts to my co-workers.  Done!

The list is a little long but I figure anything I finish will be huge especially when everything gets busy with the holidays.  This gives me a great to do list when I would rather just watch television with the hubs and not sew.

Wish me luck since now I must sew!  Linking up to Q4 Finish Along at She Can Quilt and Lee for WIP Wednesday.

Monday, October 7, 2013

October Lovely Year of Finishes Goal

I think my goal for this month is to get my oldest WIP into a flimsy top.  Here are the blocks:

This was started in 2010 and I did not even make all of the blocks and still didn't finish it.  My plan was to do 6 blocks and those are now done.  I finished up the 6th one back in March of this year.  This needs a pieced sashing and border.  

I am thinking if I can break this one into steps I might get it done before the end of this year! 

An under the wire finish

Wow!  I can't believe I finished this one with one whole day to spare!  I knew it would be close to get this done in time for the Q3 goals but kept reminding myself how good it would feel to have done.   And it does!

I was only able to snap a couple of pictures considering everyone else is in bed and I have an early day at work tomorrow.  So here are my quick pictures and then my plan is to take some better photos later this week.  

I love this quilt!  And am glad I get to cross that off the list.  Linking up to She can Quilt.  I will have to see if anyone else is getting in under the wire.