Friday, December 2, 2016

What I'm Working On and November Stash Report

I received this quilt top from a friend of mine.  It's quite old and she wanted it quilted.  It's a hand pieced queen size quilt that is not in great condition.  Normally I would have said no to this request, because it's going to be impossible to quilt this without puckers.  It's that bad.  But she doesn't mind the puckers, she just wants it done.

November Stash Report
Joann's has a big sale for Black Friday and I couldn't resist getting a little fabric. So that means I brought more in this month than I used.  See that's just the reason for keeping track. I probably would have purchase way more if I wasn't counting!

Nov in: 31
Nov out: 34.5

YTD in: 473.75
YTD out: 566
YTD change: 92.25

Boundless Beauty

 68 x 68

This is Myra's new pattern! I made a lap size using a black blender for my background. This pattern is written so you can strip piece to make the sewing faster or you can piece it traditionally if you want more control over where the colors are placed. Either way you go, it's a great pattern.  You can find it here.

It is quilted with an meander in a black thread.  I spent some extra time piecing the strip for the back because I had some leftover pieces. I had to do some seam ripping and resewing to get the black zig zag where I wanted it.  But it was nice to use up the pieces instead of putting them in my scrap bin.

Linking with Finished or Not Friday and Crazy Mom Quilts

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Purple Diamonds

 50 x 60

These are some of my favorite colors! I used the same fabrics from my Falling Stars quilt except I changed the background color to Navy.  It's actually called Kona Cotton Nightfall. The squares were cut 6" sewn into half square triangles and trimmed to 5.5"

I wanted to quilt something different on the prints and the navy, but I wasn't sure how to get around the quilt on my longarm. So I asked some people on facebook for some suggestions. Going with some of their suggestions, I quilted e's and l's in medium blue thread on the prints and 2 straight lines in navy on the navy. I wanted to quilt more straight lines on the navy, but it didn't make sense time wise and it looked good without it.

I added a wide strip to the back as always because I never seem to have enough backing fabric. But you know I like to do that anyway. A pop of color on the back helps make the quilt special.

Linking with Needle and Thread Thursday, Finished or Not Friday, and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Country Brick Quilt

51 x 63

I made this brick quilt with the leftover fat quarter pieces from the Castle Dreams quilt. I added an accent fabric and a few browns.  This quilt has a totally different look that castle dreams even though I used the same fabric.

 The accent fabric is the cream fabric with brown leaves. I chose it because there were no light prints in the collection. It softens up the quilt more than a dark fabric would have.   I quilted it in a meander and added a strip to the back to make the green fabric big enough. I even got all my scraps cut and put away from every quilt I have made recently.

I'm feeling pretty good about only having one quilt in the works. I guess it's time to go play with some fabric and see what quilts I want to make for the rest of the year.  That's the fun part of quilting!

Linking with: Crazy Mom Quilts 

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Monday, November 21, 2016

Trip Around the World

51 x 63

Myra at Busy Hands Quilts was hosting a Trip Around the World Quilt-A-Long over the last few weeks.  Here's what I made.  I has some fabric I wanted to use up, but I didn't have enough to make a whole quilt, so I ended up alternating each color with a background fabric.

I was in the mood to try something different for the quilting.  So I started with alternating loops in white squares.  Okay, I ended up with alternating loops in the white squares too.  I was going to do the prints as well, but decided that might be too much. After washing, the texture is just as nice as if I had meandered it.

As always, I used up some leftovers on the back.  Most of the prints came from the "ol tub" of fabric I'm trying to use up.  Even the background print came from there.  The tub is still full of fabric! It's just that none of it goes together!

Thanks Myra for this fun quilt-a-long!

Trip Around the World Quilt Along at Busy Hands Quilts

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Modern Baby Quilt in Greens

40 x 45

This is my second solid half square triangle baby quilt.  You can see my first one here.  These are so fun to make. I'd really like to make some more and keep playing with colors (like blue and green combo or an orange orange combo), but it's probably time to work on some other projects. This baby quilt is made from Kona Cotton.  The colors I used were Sprout, Grass Green, Pepper, Medium Gray, Shadow, and White. 

Found this gray print in my stash. I must have missed it when looking for a back on the yellow quilt. Funny how we can have things right in front of us and not see them.

Light green binding to soften the solids a little.  This quilt is for sale in my shop!
Linking with Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Charming Plus Quilt

54 x 66
This is my Charming Plus quilt for the Charming Plus Quilt-A-Long that was hosted by Tisha from Quilty Therapy. I chose to use up my scraps from my 2.5" and 5" scrap bins. I had so much fun going through my scraps and picking out the fabrics.

As it turns out, I was able to use some of my weirder scraps because they blend in so well.  I have a piece that says "I love you", a few Christmas scraps, and a piece that is mostly red (you might be able to find it in the photo above).

I added some fun to the back by using 5" squares to make bigger blocks.  I just didn't have enough bright colors to make any more than this and I ran out of black, white, and gray prints too. This quilt really goes through the scraps!

I went with a grayish looking back and black binding to try to make my quilt more adult looking.  It's a bright and happy quilt that should make someone smile! Thanks to Tisha for hosting this fun quilt a long!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Fire Within Wall Hanging

29.5 x 78

This is my latest customer quilt/wall hanging.  You can find the pattern here.  She chose this beautiful 25 quarter yard set of Anthology BeColourful Fabrics.  It was an easy quilt to put together and the directions were very clear. It was a fun project! Hope you are all getting some time to quilt before the holidays hit!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Trip Around the World QAL

Here's my Trip Around the World top finished.  Myra is hosing a quilt along using different fabric, but I wanted to quilt along so I picked some country colors from my stash. Myra's quilt is amazing! Stop by and check it out here.  I'll post more about mine when I get it finished.

Trip Around the World Quilt Along at Busy Hands Quilts

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Charming Plus Quilt Top

I was able to find some time to sew this week and I sewed all 99 blocks in my Charming Plus Quilt into a top!   Now to get it quilted.   Linking with Oh Scrap!
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