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:

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Gwennie Inspired Medallion PT 4: Stars

I finally had a chance to work on the QAL this last week.  I am not sure if I am going to leave the stars round like this and add on the next theme to the other two sides or if I will continue.  I'm letting it just sit.

Pt 4: Medallion QAL

My yellow stars are not where I initially meant for them to be... rats.  So much for trying to be both intentional and time saving at the same time :)

Next theme is "Something Fishy".  hmmmm... lutefisk anyone?  blech.  I am actually considering something sea-worthy that fits with my genealogical project this seems to have become (at least with my grandma's pies round and now the nordic stars for my mom).  Anyway, we'll let it simmer with ideas for a few days.

Linking up here:

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Finish: Allietare

Last night I finished the binding of Allietare and tossed it in the wash (after writing on the label of course).  Why is it that some quilts just seem to never end, but others are so much easier to work on mentally?  Very odd thing if you ask me... The binding for Allietare was finished much quicker than Field Day took, for example (and that one was smaller).
Finish: Allietare

The finish looks much like the top finish, but you can see a bit of the quilting spiral.

An interesting thing: this particular fabric with printing of fabric companies and designers seemed to become a "color catcher".  That makes me wonder if there may have been a polyester in it (which I don't know why there would be).  But there is no red beyond the seams of these pieces of this particular fabric.  Very strange, but oh well, I'm not worried about it. I was showing it to Kevin last night and he said it would be a "where's Waldo" of the quilt (since it is scrappy) :)
Finish: Allietare

Finish: Allietare

Finish: Allietare

The backing is flannel and a deep maroon-to-cranberry red.  The picture doesn't capture that, but I uploaded to show more of the quilting.  I need to go back over with a lint brush... flannel is very sticky with any loose hairs or fluff!
Finish: Allietare

Now I don't have anymore tops that are basted and ready for quilting yet, I need to pull something out of my bin to work on next--maybe the bitty blocks top from last year?

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Allietare Binding Time

For the next few days I will be working furiously (ok, maybe quicker than normal for me...) to finish up Allietare's binding.  I really want to finish it up before September hits!


I can't remember exactly what it was that spurred me on, but I decided on Friday night that I would do a spiral quilting pattern for this quilt.  I have been frozen over what to do since finishing and basting the quilt.  There is so much going on, but doing an all-over pattern isn't something I comfortable doing on my Juki (maybe on something smaller for practice).  Let me tell you... circles are not easy!  I first started off doing it free motion and trying to shove it in the arm of the machine, but after I ran out of my first bobbin I switched out feet.  It didn't really get "easy" until the final two bobbins (I used up 11!).  Now that I laid it out, I like it and I am glad I decided to do this instead waiting even longer to figure it out.

Loki in the center of the vortex... where else would he be?

As soon as I put it on my lap to sew the binding down, my buddy Loki is in my lap.  I don't think he's been feeling very well lately (very watery eyes), so it's nice that at least he's coming out to see me and lay on my lap tonight.  I'll take it.


This is what I will be doing for the next 3 days!  I can't believe September is so close, the summer has flown by.  And I have not even started working on my Gwennie-Inspired Medallion star round yet.... eeks.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Splendid Sampler

Tonight I finished up my 6th row for my Splendid Sampler quilt.  I'm not sure sure how many total rows I am going to do, but for sure I will at least have 8 rows of 8.

46 Twirl Time

50 Flights Of Fancy

Bee Happy: I decided to paper piece this one so I made alterations.  It also ended up facing the other direction, but that's ok.
51 Bee Happy

This is the latest block: At Home Anywhere.  Again, I drafted this one into a paper pieced pattern...  I am still on my applique and embroidery break.  When I saw this block I thought right away of a painting I have from my grandma.
56 At home Anywhere

This is the home where she grew up, and the chicken house next to it.  My mom used to tell me stories of visiting "Little Grandma".  When they butchered the chickens, her siblings would watch as they ran around headless.  She said the rooster was the worst as he was really mean.
56 At Home Anywhere

Another fun story mom would tell is that her grandma wanted to redo a portion of the house.  Her grandfather came home to her tearing into a wall, and cutting down what ended up being a bearing wall.  I can imagine this as I have felt the same at times in regards to home projects!

All my guys are gone to a scouting event. I have one more free day of sewing and no cooking left!