Monday, April 16, 2018

A Return to Hexies

I can hardly believe it... I have enough background hexies now basted and ready to finish up my flower garden quilt.  One thing is for sure, the background matches the weather!  I have some spring flowers in bloom, but that constant grey and rainy weather we've been having!

I get to the point that I don't even want to look at another hexagon, so this project sits (beside my chair!) for years until I decide to pick it back up again.

I only have four rows left to sew, hopefully this will be the year that it falls off the UFO list. Here is the last photo I took of the progress, July 1, 2016:
Row 5/9 completed

I didn't sew anything in regards to this project for nearly 2yrs.  On the pink piece of paper I tried to figure how many more I needed.  Right now I have 366, but I only needed 352.  I am undecided if I want to grow this quilt beyond the current plan so I am keeping that as an option.  I was considering a scrappy colored ring around the grey.  But considering this quilt project is 17yrs old, I may just be happy with a single grey edge.

I am really glad I took a picture of my blocks laid out, and then clipped together/numbered the flower blocks when I finally decided on the layout.  That cut down on any future confusion I would have had :)

Flickr is driving me crazy today.  First it wouldn't upload my box of hexies, now it is uploading it multiple times from my phone.  I've already deleted 8 copies of the image, hopefully it will stop.  Happy Monday!

Monday, April 2, 2018

A Finish: Eagle Quilt

It has been a long time, it's been nearly a year since my last post.  I haven't been very prolific in my quilting and I think life just said I needed to give something up for a while.  On the other hand, I have been busy with my serger... I have been having fun sewing clothing.  I have learned a lot on that subject, and am still in a trial and error phase with it.  I love being able to sew tops with real sleeves (vs the cap sleeves that it seems like they all have today), and with enough length to cover my rear end.  I don't like to model the creations, so I haven't been posting... but I am loving that type of creativity.

Now... after more than a year, I am finally finished with Daniel's Eagle Scout quilt.  As of today, he turns 18 in 11 days.  He has one more merit badge requirement left to finish, and I am feeling grumpy that he isn't taking the bull by the horns on it to finish.  So frustrating as a parent.  I will be relieved when he reaches that rank.  And then on to high school graduation on June 18.  What a year.

I plan to hang the quilt at his Eagle Court of Honor, which will take place likely in May.

Eagle Scout Quilt: finished!

Eagle Scout Quilt: finished! Eagle Scout Quilt: finished!

Sorry for the blast of half-sun... from the back, it seems as if this could be a peacock quilt!
Eagle Scout Quilt: finished!

I am glad I changed the beak color.  I think using the yellow fabric from the talons and the one border helped to balance the quilt.
Eagle Scout Quilt: finished! Eagle Quilt: dark beak

I haven't taken a finished measurement of the quilt, but it's approximately 90" square.  It was a bit of a beast to quilt with my Juki, but I am overall very happy with this finish (even with some "oops" and errors within).  It is now tucked away, waiting for me to write on the label and gift it to the Eagle Scout.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

New Clothing Finishes

I don't have a lot to report on the quilting front (or, I think I forget where I am putting my in-progress pics!), but I wanted to post three recent apparel finishes.  Well, except I still need to hem my patriotic top....

First is Rhapsody by Love Notions.  This top fits well and is meant for light wovens.  Because I didn't want to use quilting cottons (woven that I have on hand), I decided to pick a more flowy knit (an ITY which was a little slippery).  I like the fit, but I prefer longer sleeves.

Next is Mama Blair by Made for Mermaids.  This is one of my favorite patterns, this is one of three that I currently go to.  The blue fabric doesn't have a lot of stretch, but it will be good for the 4th of July.
Mama Blair

Today I made the Park City Pullover from Peek-a-Boo  I slayed the zipper like an advanced beginner! :)  Actually, it wasn't too hard but the pictures in the pattern aren't easy to see in order for me to figure out what they were wanting.  Thankfully I have experience with zippers with bags, so I understood the process when it seems like everything is backwards.  The rest of the pullover was easy!  This one fits Kevin well, but I am going to upsize the sleeves a little for him.  What I am looking forward to is trying this pattern in a waffle knit like LL Bean's tops.  I'm thinking Christmas might be good to Kev this year!  Now if I could just get a little more brave and try out button down shirts.
Park City Pullover

I may even make myself one!

I need to make a retreat post about the last two retreats I went on (one in May and the other this past weekend).  Perhaps in the next couple of days.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Eagle Quilt: Process pt 3

I think it's part three anyway :)  I have one more border round I want to do, and then it will be time to quilt.  I hadn't planned on making this a square quilt, but with the final border that I am considering, it comes out to 90" square and that is large enough.  I'm not sure how I add to the top and bottom only, but I will likely play with that a bit tonight just to see.  I've included an EQ mock up, but I am not very good at using that program.  My corners on the final round aren't exactly what I want, but it's the general idea (need to change around the four patches if I do this).  At this point I can't really cover up the quilt top on my wall very well, my Straits of Mackinac top isn't wide enough.  This weekend while the guys are off camping, I am planning to do some blanket stitch on the rest of the eagle.  I needle turn appliqued the body, but fused the feather portions and feet.  I thought about just waiting until I quilt, but I want to be sure it doesn't come off.

Eagle Quilt

I still had some fabric from the old Boy Scouts line (can't remember who did that run), and I was able to get all rank badges except the first rank.  It made a nice filler for these spots.
Eagle Quilt

I am not good at using EQ at all... but this is generally what I have in mind.  I use this star a lot in my projects, I really like the angles.

That's the update.  Hopefully I'll have more than a top when Daniel finally reaches Eagle :)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Eagle Quilt: Process

Now that I have the center medallion finished, I needed to surround it with the background fabric to square it.  I'm not sure yet what the center size will be, it will depend on my next steps in construction.

finding my quarter sections was simple with the number of wedges used for the pattern:
One large quarter

I had to use two layers of freezer paper to cover the entire quarter. I traced along the edge and then added a quarter seam:
Tracing 1/4" seam allowance

And here we go with trepidation I cut two layers at a time.  I matched the two ends of the yardage so that one side would have the words upside down.  I turned the template and cut two more sections in the same method.
The largest Drunkards Path template I've ever made...

After making sure the words on the background fabric were all going the same direction, I sewed the background together at the ends and then pinned it to the center.
Placing the background fabric in the right position so the words are going the correct direction

All together.  Now to figure out what size the center will be

The fabric isn't quite "smoothed" yet on my wall, but I can tell I may have to do something to the bottom near the tail to ensure no waves.  I'm thinking I may unpick and resew.

Currently it is over 64" square, but I will be trimming it back quite a bit (probably close to the sides/top/bottom of the center.  I'm not set yet what I will be adding around this medallion, but I have some block ideas in mind.  I've been pinning a few ideas on pinterest since I started planning this quilt last summer.

I am thrilled with how the center has turned out!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Boy Scouts Eagle Quilt

Yesterday I finally started on an eagle quilt that I have been planning since October (when I found the pattern I wanted to do to mark one son's Eagle rank earned).  He still has a project and two partial merit badges to finish up, so I have time.  I just uploaded one image to Instagram and I came across another with red/white/blue fabrics used, and it looks awesome:  Had I seen this first, I might have changed my mind on fabrics!

I began with labeling my fabrics. I took a swatch of each then glued and labeled on a card so I wouldn't confuse myself sewing the strips.  The background fabric has the scout oath on it, so as a directional fabric I had to be careful and be sure I was sewing that strip in the same direction.

Loving the tail!

And this is as far as I finished last night before my son came home from youth group:

One more section:

And voila! I am finished for today since the schools have early release day today, so it's all covered up and I can now consider how to attach fabric to this circle to make it into a rectangular quilt.
I am currently going for a queen sized quilt--or maybe slightly smaller full-size. I have some ideas in mind to add to it as well. One funny thing today, I sent the hubby a picture of the progress and I told him I was considering putting my picture where the eagle's body/head will be appliqued :) It would be a funny photoshop regardless.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Humble Quilts Doll Quilt Exchange

I received the cutest doll quilt from the Humble Quilts exchange over the weekend from Stephanie Hanson in Texas:

Humble Quilts, Doll Quilt Exchange

Those tiny triangles are so cute!

Humble Quilts, Doll Quilt Exchange

I haven't decided yet where I will display it, but I sure do love looking at it!

Link to the quilt I made:
2017 Humble Quilt Swap