Friday, January 20, 2017

TGIFF - #100Blocks

It's finished!  Here is my version of Tula Pink's 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.  The blocks were made during the #100Days100Blocks QAL hosted by Angie @ Gnome Angel on Instagram.  You can check out all my individual blocks here on Instagram.



Stippling in a light grey thread for a quick finish.  Here are a few closeup photos -- in some blocks, it's hard to see the thread because it blends so well with the fabrics.





I really like the texture the quilting gives the quilt.



If you have a finish this week, consider linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Quilt Alongs

I decided not to participate in online bees this year.  The increased cost of postage and the unknown of what you might receive in the mail were the two deciding factors.  But I am participating in a few online QAL.

Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts is hosting the Milky Way Sampler -- there will be 12 monthly paper pieced patterns.  No, I have not lost my mind.  Paper piecing is my least favourite technique, but I want to retain the skills I learned last year.  We'll see how it goes.  I had a few issues with the first block -- this was the first time I used a print for paper piecing.  I forgot that you have to be very careful of right side and wrong side of the fabric -- not a worry when you use solids.  LOL

Sirius

Molli Sparkles is hosting the Honey Pot Bee.  Each month, there will be two blocks, but the beauty is that you are making the blocks for yourself.  So you can pick and choose which blocks you want to make.  Here are the first three blocks.

Modern Christmas Tree

This was my favourite block to make.  I'm starting to like HST's.

Starflower

The strawberry block was my least favourite to make -- 2-inch squares.

Strawberry

There are so many QAL's out there, it's hard to decide which ones to play along with.


Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication






Friday, January 13, 2017

TGIFF - Modern HST Sampler

Another 2016 WIP finished!  My Modern HST Sampler quilt top is finished and ready to be loved.  You can read more about my quilt top here.  Thanks again to Alyce @ Blossom Heart Quilts for hosting such a great QAL.






And as has become the norm lately, loop free-motion quilting for a quick finish.  I like the texture it gives the quilt.




The striped fabric I used for the binding is also on the back.



What have you finished this week?  Make sure you link up with one or more of the following:


Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Devoted Quilter
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Wind Farm Pattern Testing

For the second time, I've had the opportunity to test a pattern for Leanne @ Devoted Quilter.  Wind Farm is made from three widths of fabric -- 1.5 inches, 2 inches, and 2.5 inches.  I raided my box of 2.5-inch strips and my scrap bag and ended up with a decent pile of blue strips.


Each block is made up of nine strips.  And then a gold strip is appliqued using your preferred method.


The quilt is made up of 30 blocks and finishes at 64 x 76 inches.  I decided to make a smaller baby quilt with just 9 blocks.

I can't wait for spring so I can get better indoor photos.

The blocks sew up quickly if you chain piece the strips together in sets of two.  I think I'm going to do some all over stippling in blue thread (avoiding the gold strips).

You can read about Leanne's version of Wind Farm here.

Click here to sign up to receive Leanne's monthly newsletter -- so you can receive the pattern when it's finalized.


Linking up with:

Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Scraptastic Tuesday - First Aid Kit

Last night was all about procrastination.  I was avoiding homework for a work course I attended today.  And also avoiding several quilt tops that need to be quilted.  But I felt like sewing a little something.  So I decided to dig through my scrap bag (aka pile on the floor) and make a little something for Scraptastic Tuesday hosted by She Can Quilt.



On Christmas Eve, my brother commented that he didn't have a band-aid when he cut his foot the week before.  He just recently moved out (yet again....have lost count how many times he's moved out and moved back in) from my parents' house.  So I thought I could make him a little first aid kit.  Found enough dark blue for the two exterior pieces and some red for the cross.  Noodlehead's Open Wide Zippered Pouch is my favourite pouch pattern.


But I was making it up as I went along (which is never a good thing) so the cross ended up being too big, and the bottom part is hidden when the pouch is full.  Oh well..even though the fabrics were from the scrap pile, I wasn't prepared to toss it and start again.


Ta da!


I was able to stock the pouch from my first aid box (yes, I have a box of first aid supplies...I am a Girl Guide after all).  I made the small size, but realize that the medium size would have been a better choice.



Linking up my little finish with:

Scraptastic Tuesday @ She Can Quilt
Sew Cute Tuesday @ Young Texan Mama


Young Texan Mama




Monday, January 9, 2017

Finish Along 2017 - Q1 Goals

It's time to set goals for the first quarter of Finish Along 2017.  If you want to play along, click here to read all about it.


My goals for Q1 are:

Stash Bee HST Quilt
- make a decision on quilting and then quilt and bind (I'm going to be so predictable and put orange on the back 😊)



Bee Round Robin
- quilt and bind (this is also my OMG January goal)



Isla Top
- make the Isla top by Made by Rae

[photo from Made by Rae website]


Since clothing is not my forte, I'm going to be cautious and only set three goals for Q1.  I have purchased the knit fabric for this top.  It's a bit bold, but the print intrigued me.

Here's to FAL 2017 keeping me on track!


Friday, January 6, 2017

TGIFF - 50th Anniversary Quilt

This is project that I just realized that I've never blogged about.  My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the end of August with a party.  Not able to think of a gift, I decided to do a signature quilt.  The squares were signed by the guests at the party.

The blocks sat in my sewing room for months because I didn't get my sister, brother, or nephew to sign a block until I had figured out a layout based on the number of blocks I had.  I wanted our blocks to be all the same colour to stand out in the middle.  It ended up around 74-inches square.


A guild mate embroidered my parents' name and wedding date on one of the blocks.  And then it's surrounded by our blocks (with our dates of birth indicated).  My nephew thought it was funny to do a second block:  "The prodigy grandson."  It should have read:  the spoiled grandson.  😊




Blue wide-backing.  How I love not having to piece (and then square up) the backing.


Loopy free motion quilting for a quick finish in time to gift it on Christmas Eve.



Linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finish Friday @ Quokka Quilts
Finish It Up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation 


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Finish Along 2016 - Q4 Finishes and Yearly Wrap Up

I completed all three of my Q4 goals!  Finish Along 2016 has kept me productive this year.  Head over to visit Leanne at She Can Quilt if you want to play along in 2017.

2016 FAL


I only set three goals for Q4 knowing that it would be busy with the holiday season (click on the photos to read more about the quilts).

Night Sky



Glamp Stitchalot



Maker's Tote



Here's a review of all my finishes from the entire year.  I'm pleased that I was able to accomplish all the goals I set for myself.


Q3 Finishes








Q2 Finishes





Q1 Finishes






I'm going to play along with Finish Along 2017.  How about you?



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

WIP Wednesday - #100Blocks#100Days

I played along with #100Blocks100Days hosted by Angie @ Gnome Angel on Instagram.  You can get the details here.  We made all 100 of the 6.5-inch blocks in Tula Pink's book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.

I successfully made each block and posted for 100 days on Instagram.

My first layout was each block in the order it was made.  I thought about re-organizing by colour, or some other sensible method.  But I didn't have a plan when I made the blocks -- I was using my scrap pile -- so there is no coordination of fabrics or colours.  So it got too complicated trying to figure out a layout for 100 blocks, so I decided to leave them as is.  Less stress and headache.


Here are a few of my favourite blocks.







The blocks are now all pieced together.  Going for a simple all over free motion stipple -- the focus and goal is to finish projects.



Linking up with:


Let's Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
WIP Wednesday @ The Needle and Thread Network
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication