Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January Finishes

I started 2017 with A LOT of quilty goals!

I have a long list of WIPs, UFO, quilt alongs, patterns and fabric bundles that I want to play with, as well as some shop samples and designs and customer requests.  So, I decided the best thing to do was WRITE IT DOWN! I figured if I write it down and can cross it off I will be more likely to do it.  So far, so good.

Each month I've got a balance of old projects to complete, quilt alongs to keep up with, customer orders, shop stuff, new patterns and pretty bundles.

My January list was long, and except for one project, I got it all marked off.

1. Sweet Love quilt - started and finished in one month.  Whoop!

2. Vintage Valentine quilt - top pieced

3. Quilt Alongs - I made progress on my Splendid Sampler, Farmer's Wife, Harry Potter, Orange and Blue quilt and Quarter Square Log Cabins

4. Comfort Quilt - finished and turned in 1 comfort quilt.

5. Bind and Label 3 quilts - Done!  Including getting labels on some older quilts.

6. Finish quilting Cade's quilt.  Done

7. Stash Bee blocks - Crashed and Mailed

8. Sleeping Porch bundle - quilt top made

9. Pillowcases for Matthew - done and being mailed this week.

10. Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks - Purple blocks made - plus, butterflies, snails and Fireflies

11. Michael Miller scraps - quilt top made and backing made

12. Eeyore dress - Done and delivered

13. Pixelated Hearts pattern testing - Tablerunner top made

14. Cole's quilt - 112/132 blocks made

15. Sloth Pillow - still waiting on fabric


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Scrappy Finish

A while back I finished this gorgeous quilt kit from Michael Miller fabrics and of course ended up with a pile of scraps.

I love scraps!  And usually after I finish a project, the scraps immediately get broken up and distributed by size, color etc.  But these scraps just seemed to want to stay together.  so, they have sat for more than a year just hanging out.  One of my quilty goals for this year is to get some of these WIP and stacks of saved fabric taken care of! So, on my list for January was to do something with the leftovers from this quilt.

Here is the scrappy stack:

 This stack included large 1 yard pieces all the way down to strips of 2 1/2 inches.  I needed a pattern that could use up some smaller pieces as well as some bigger cuts for the bigger designs.  I decided on the Scrappy Summer Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew.  It was perfect for a scrappy quilt!!

I ran out of the white with black dots fabric that I was using for the "white" blocks, so I bought about 2/3 yards of a similar dot.  I think the different sized dots just add to the scrappy feel.

I also mixed in a few other scraps to give it more variety and to save the larger pieces for a backing...

Ta Da!!  A pieced backing using only leftovers.  Yay!  A practically free quilt.  :)

I really enjoyed the tutorial for this quilt and will absolutely be using it again.  It was a quick and easy way to use up those scraps.

Even though I am sure this quilt top and backing will be hanging in my closet unquilted for some time, I feel better knowing that those scraps are all sewn together.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Even More Rainbow Fun

So, I really thought that this year I would only be working on two quilts for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.  Silly me. LOL!

When I saw the Slow Sewing Quilt Along with Pen and Paper Pattern's new Garden Snail Pattern, I knew that I had to make them.  So, it looks like I will be playing with some snails this year.  First up are some cute little purple snails.

Marching this way...

marching that way.

And if the snails weren't enough, I decided to pull out my copy of the Forest Friends pattern.  The RSC will be a great way to work my way through these cuties. 

Here are my purple friends.

Here is to another fun year of working through those scraps and turning into something beautiful!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Finishes and a Quilty Goal

I've got TWO finishes to share this week!  Whoop!  And a new quilty goal for 2017.

First up is my 2016 Stash Bee quilt.  I asked my beemates to make a spool block for me with a mix of strings and novelty fabric.  They did an AMAZING job.  They shared some precious fabrics and went above and beyond even sending me extra blcoks.  This menat that I was able to make a HUGE quilt.  so big that I cannot get the whole thing in a single shot without my trusty quilt holders.  LOL!

So.. Much.  Fun.

And the quilting is perfect!  I wanted quilting that looked like spilled thread unspooling all over.  Nailed it!  Thank you Cyndi!

And it is LABELED!  Which means it is really, really done.

This leads me to my 2017 quilty goal.  LABEL ALL THE QUILTS!

My goal this year is to label every new quilt I make and to go back and add labels to all of my old quilts.  Some will be fancy and some will just be a signature right on the quilt.  Excited to get started on that.

My second finish is this cute little scrappy quilt called Sweet Love.

Perfect for Valentine's Day!  It was a great way to use some stash.  I picked purply-pinks for crosses and for the bsackground a white with tiny gold pluses.  Love it!

 And I had yards of this simply perfect Heather Ross fabric for the backing.

And some more labels ...

 And one with a funny story..

So, one of my very first quilts, the one I consider to be my first REAL quilt, with an intricate pattern and small pieces was made for my husband.  I even hand quilted the whole thing with tiny stitches.  I was very proud of that quilt and he loved it.  BUT, he has also always called it his "kneecap quilt" because it is quite small.  LOL! He has given me quite a hard time over the years about some of the giant quilts I've made and compared them to the tiny quilt that is his.  So, this year I made a quilt just for him and this was the label.  He laughed AND he got a little teary eyed.  It was a success.  And that cemented my desire to LABEL ALL THE QUILTS.  Because they really do all have a story.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2017

A new year, a new rainbow of scraps!

January's color is Purple.  I have plenty of purple scraps, but before I could dig into the bins I had to come up with a plan.

I searched through my Pinterest boards and quilt books and finally settled on 2 new blocks to work on this year for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

First up is a simple cross quilt with lots of low volume fabrics.  I love playing with low volume so this should be a lot of fun.

And my second block was inspired by this amazing quilt by Lynn Harris from her book Every Last Piece.  So beautiful!!

I have lots of scrappy solid pieces and lots of cut off triangles that I just can't bring myself to throw away.  Perfect.


My first month of scrappy blocks are done.

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