Saturday, January 28, 2017

Straits of Mackinac

Straits of Mackinac

I started my second quilt for 2017 :) I fell in love with the mock up that Bonnie Hunter had blogged about in November, and it has been on my mind ever since.  I pulled out blue strips from my bin and started sewing!  So far I have all the large triangle pieces needed, but now I need to figure out what I want to do for the background.

Straits of Mackinac

I was thinking about a neutral cream or white, but yellow is really calling to me.  I pulled the majority of my stashed yellows, and I think I do like it.  I know what my friend Mary is thinking about the yellows :)

I'm also trying to figure out Instagram.  When I upload a photo, I find that I have an option to also post to flickr (where I host my blog images).  However... I haven't seen it actually post to flickr yet.  I'm not sure what I am doing wrong with that.  Has anyone else had success with posting there?  I'm taking a break with facebook (the politics are draining me!) so I have decided to start using my instagram account.  I only started one years ago to see what my son was posting, but now I'd rather start seeing fun images so I think I am going to start going there instead of facebook.  Anyway, if you have any tips, please send them my way!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Pink Lemonade using Kona COTY, Flamingo

I have been getting the Quilty Box subscription now for four months.  I have purchased a couple of boxes in the past, but hadn't subscribed until recently.  Honestly some of gadgets are interesting, but many I probably wouldn't buy.  However I did see in a month before I subscribed that the MQC's binding tool was included (I already have two sizes), so I do think they have great value.

In the last box was a jelly roll of some Kona strips and a pattern focused on the Color of the Year, Flamingo.  I've been wanting to dig into it for the last couple of days, but today I finally did some sewing.  It is a very easy pattern, and the top was finished within about two hours.  I think I may send this one down to my granddaughter who is ready for a bigger girl quilt.
KonaCOTY 2017, Flamingo.  Pink Lemonade

I haven't decided if I will make a larger strip border to frame or leave it as is.  I would like to make it a little larger than the 46ish"x62ish".  Though the yellow in this quilt (Buttercup) is slightly more subdued than last year's COTY (Highlight), I may try out some strips of it and see how it goes.  I don't think I have any solid pinks on hand.

The other pink is pretty bright (my camera really didn't capture the colors well here), and is called Pomegranate.
KonaCOTY, Flamingo.  Pink Lemonade

Anyway, this makes my first quilt start for 2017.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

First Finish of 2017

I really didn't think I would be finished with this little quilt today, but I am!  I had the embroidery left to do before quilting, and I had been putting it off.  Because we had a guest over New Years Eve/Day, my quilt room was turned into a guest room so I didn't have access to my machine.  It's been a few days since finishing up the last quilt (hexagons) so my fingers have healed up from sewing the binding.  As I mentioned in that post, that quilt really was a difficult one to work on--and in the end, painful!  Most quilts aren't like that where I am fighting sewing bindings and whatnot, but that one was from almost the very beginning.

Minnesota Flurries

So since no quilt room/machine, I decided to pick up a hand project and Minnesota Flurries it was!  I didn't expect to be completely finished today, but I just finished hand sewing the binding and the snowflake buttons down. The binding is a dark green fabric that I had left over from the quilt top in the pic below.

The only real change that I made to the pattern was to turn two snowmen corners so they were all facing the same direction.  I want to hang up this little quilt, so that seemed to be obvious. If I used it as a table topper, I would have left the corners alone.

This is a top I finished up a couple of days ago and is now ready to be quilted.  I plan to baste it tomorrow (but I need to figure out the backing first... I do have a lot of fabric leftover that I could piece together a backing with).

Always in Season

I thought I would try to applique the tree without fusible, and after sewing down the trunk and branches I had enough of that.  Not only did I have to deal with little whiskers of fabric, but you can see the trunk seems to be doing a little wiggle :)  It will likely not be as noticeable after quilting is finished... but geez!  That quilt was a project that I bought last year when it was half off after Christmas.  I still have one more winter-style quilt to work on from that spending spree.  I really like this quilt much better in person vs the photo, and I was thinking about changing it up by adding the blocks around the tree instead of just top/bottom and the two sides (for more of a "round robin" style).  In the end, I went with the pattern.

Always in Season, Strip It
What was kind of fun was that this quilt kit came with a fabric called "strip it".  It is basically yardage of strips.  You can get a larger assortment of prints for a quilt project, and depending on how you cut the fabric, you can make half square triangles without the work.  I didn't do that method because I was confused at first (this section of instructions was just before I got sick), but after figuring out the instructions, it is a neat idea.  I think I have about a yard and a half left and there are like 20 or so stripes that are 2.5" wide going across the width of fabric (this is half of WOF, the other side after the fold repeats).

I guess you could say I'm not tired of Christmas yet... still working on it :)  Though, my other quilt kit that I mentioned is more "icy" fabrics vs Christmasy.

Happy new year!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Final Finish of 2016

Well, I am guessing that this will be my final finish of the year. I am mixed on this quilt. I received the Hexometry pattern in a Quilty Box, and I did have fun with it. I needed to cut more hexagons so I used up some Cotton + Steel fabrics (a FQ pack that I bought a couple of years ago) that were in the same colors.  I ended up using the leftovers for the backing fabric.


The back:

It is a lap-throw size, all washed up and snuggly.  I'm planning to send this one off to a niece in the next week (Edit: just mailed off this afternoon!).

I did have some issues with quilting in a circle and had to rip out sections of quilting when I found the backing was gathered in spots.  I'm not exactly sure what happened with this project.... for whatever reason I had issues from the start to the finish with hand sewing the binding.  I think sometimes some fabrics just have different feels and sew differently.  This one was a lot of trouble--which I'm glad that I've used up nearly ever bit of the Cotton+Steel fat quarters that I had in this line.

I took some outdoors pictures, I think the colors look close to the indoor shots...
outside pics, hexometry

outside pics, hexometry

Happy Christmas and New Year!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Quilters Madder SAL

Quilters Madder SAL
Fun fact.... one of the red dyes decided to "catch" in a few of the white shirting fabrics.  I always find this interesting when this happens to some whites but not others.  I did not have any pink background fabrics in my quilt, but now I do... I'm ok with that.

Quilters Madder SAL
I arranged some quilts in my hallway.  I have been really lazy lately in hanging anything new, and have had bare walls for a few years.  The blue star quilt was going to be for the doll quilt exchange, but I changed my mind and went with something else.  I blogged about it last year (you can find the post in my 2015 finishes tab).  The black and red quilt was from an ebay auction of 1880's blocks.  I finished it up years ago.  It's wavy, and I love it.  The painting was from my grandma, it was a house that she grew up in at Wagner Mill Pond in Monroe, WA.

Quilters Madder SAL

Quilters Madder SAL

the other wall (we need to remove that old thermostat, but haven't gotten around to it yet).  The first quilt was one I received from the 2015 doll quilt exchange.  I love it.  It says Friends are the sunshine of my life in embroidery.  Next is a fall harvest panel that I cut up and spaced in an attic windows view.  And the last was a doll quilt exchange quilt I received this year.  It is looking very fall-ish in my hallway right now.  I need to get working on some Christmas and winter quilts next!

Linking up here:

Monday, October 3, 2016

Jumping in again on another SAL

What in the world am I thinking.... well, I do have a box of fabrics I bought and used for my Dear Jane that need to get used. So why not?

Quilters Madder

I only have a few madders left (and I am NOT buying any more--at least right now), and I think enough shirtings and lighter fabrics. So, here's to starting another SAL.

MSQC Freebees
I recently bought fabrics during MSQC's anniversary sale (I think it was) and received these freebees including a FQ pack. I don't know what the tweezer things are or the keyring thing. It seems to have a pointy part that would be for scoring cardstock, but I don't know if that is a normal thing for keyrings?  Is it some type of seam ripper?  The somewhat sharp part is where the "beak" would be.  I need to investigate.  A quick look on their website has been fruitless--I don't even know what search terms to use.  Thoughts?

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Gwennie Inspired Medallion QAL

It took me a while to do the final round, I think because I am still not totally convinced on the last one (stars).  But here's my process:

Seaweed/kelp and sea glass.  Both remind me of spending my growing up years at the beach.  The Puget Sound is not warm, but as a kid it is a great place to explore.  My grandparents used to have a house that had the backyard right on the beach... and then right around my preteen years they moved 40 minutes away.  The running complaint was that when my cousins and I were old enough to be able to cross the railroad tracks on our own and go to the beach, they moved to Monroe--which at the time (and still to a lesser extent) was a cow town.

Gwennie Inspired Medallion
Gwennie Inspired Medallion

My cousins and I liked to find the long kelp and jump on the heads.  If you lucked out, you found one that was still intact and it would make a pop sound (like bubble wrap, but better).  I'm sure that's not environmentally friendly, but we were kids and it was a fun adventure!

There were a lot of great memories of visiting their house (we lived in the same town, but they obviously had the best house to visit!).  I recall a time when my grandparents and parents were commenting about watching a crazy person being pulled by a parachute behind a boat (this was the pre-fancy parasailing days).... it turns out that it was my brother and his buddies. He always had fun adventures as a teen :) My parents didn't learn about a lot of those adventures until later of course.
Gwennie Inspired Medallion

The kelp was a fun process, as was the sea glass.  Both very Gwen Marston in style, but it isn't working for me.
Gwennie Inspired Medallion

Gwennie Inspired Medallion

Trying it with just the sea glass:

Gwennie Inspired Medallion
BTW, on sea glass... I was talking to the husband about my idea for the quilt and he had no idea what sea glass was.  I guess that's inland living for you.  So I explained the process of what happens to glass when it's being exposed to salt water and rocks/sand, as well as showing him some pictures.  We always seemed to find brown sea glass--likely beer bottles.  Occasionally we'd find some blue--which many could have been old fishing floats, and the clear was another that often found.

I ended up ripping off the kelp (I'll save that for something else), and decided to make more nordic stars.

Gwennie Inspired Medallion

My challenge is that the taupe fabrics came in a fat quarter pack and I am running out so I am getting creative in what I am putting together.  My yellow was a fat quarter from something else, and I am now totally out of that.  Fortunately I found another yellow in my Cherrywood Fabric stash, but the sea glass round has different yellows which works great.   With the stars it is about 29" square, and then the round with the sea glass, it is about 37"square.

To end the quilt, I am planning to do some embroidered flowers (or maybe some sort of pie variety writing? hmmmmm..... maybe some forks!) and then perhaps a round of red before the final taupe.  This was out of my comfort zone to make this quilt, it's not exactly my style, but I enjoyed the process. I have to admit, I unexpectedly like this top so far. I think the change I made between the last round and the sea round helped.

Linking up here for the final round of this QAL: