Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Colorful Weekend

Nothing says "time to complete old projects" like a new project with a deadline, right? My local quilt guild is having their biannual show this year October, and I am a little bummed because I don't have any eligible quilts this time around.  But, they've asked each member to make two 6" by 8" bunting flags, and I figure that's my chance to be represented.

Of course, the guild is calling for flags in certain Kona colors, and I have been working on a manipulable color card since I took a Color Intensive class in February. So, Item #1 was, complete that. 

Which I did!

Luckily, my daughter picked that day to have a near insatiable appetite for "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic," So I had enough time to cut out and attach all the greens, browns, whites and blacks to my poster board in pretty much one sitting.  Which then meant I could use my own color card to see the required palette. 

It was actually quite fun to "audition" all my fabrics against the swatches. And I was surprised to see what things actually "read" as the recommended color when I put the swatch in the center. Here's the full assortment of viable candidates, all from my stash.

And my down-select color schemes for the buntings.

I wanted to reference some of my recent quilts with my buntings, so I chose design elements from "Winnie the Pooh" for one flag, and from my upcoming WIP for the other.

The "Blue Sun" bunting flag is made out of scraps from Winnie the Pooh, and used a modified version of that quilt's cornerstone block. Scraps from my upcoming WIP didn't match the color scheme of the assignment at all, so I had free rein to choose from everything else. I started out with the green and the orange (Kumquat and Pear) from scraps, but at the last second I added the grey from an upcoming project to help soften the look. Both are paper pieced in order to protect the designs.

All of this was done in one very hectic weekend while my husband was working. So, I owe my daughter big time. Fortunately, she was a really good sport about it (and about going to the babysitter for a few hours on Saturday). Then again, perhaps she too enjoyed our weekend of color.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Adventures in Perle

Another preview of my primary project, intended to be a quilt for my nice when it is finished. Right now I am working from a Tutorial by the Cozy Pumpkin to hand-quilt certain areas with Perle Cotton. It's my first experience, but so far I am loving the results.

And as always, linking back to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Inching Along: Christmas Traditions

I know it's only July, but maybe it's all the amazing Christmas fabric in stores: I have Christmas on the brain.

And, with my primary project laid up in a hand work state (stitch removal, ugh), I have been craving some machine time. So, earlier this week, I busted out an old perennial to-do, Christmas Traditions

Christmas traditions has been an on-again off-again project for a while, because when I first bought the fabric, it required two skills I had absolutely no experience with: paper piecing, and applique. I had to learn those both as I went (on this project, and on others), and there's been the added difficulty that this is one of those fabled "quilts for myself" which means it gets put on hold whenever someone quilt-worthy announces a pregnancy.

But, the thing is still taking up TWO of my precious craft bins (I have a rule: I can only have as many projects going as I have craft bins, and I have 5 craft bins total), and this will be the...(checks old posts) THIRD year in a row I have been working on it. Plus, the skills are learned and the blocks are made up, so it's about time to enjoy the fruits of my labor; I'm making a concerted effort to get this thing assembled.

So, at the start of the month, Christmas Traditions looked like this:

And now, it looks like this:

So, I'm pretty happy! I still have another 2 layers of sashing to go, but this feels like real progress: plus, I'm past the part where all the points have to match up, so that's one less thing to stress about. And I am free to fantasize that maybe *this* christmas, I will finally have this quilt to snuggle under.

And as always, linking back to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Sneak Peek

Yet again, I find myself working on a quilt that I'm not ready *quite* ready to show off. But I am working on it! So for this week's WIP, a couple of fun fabric-y hints.

Right now it's "Me and my stitch ripper: a love story" over some FMQ that... didn't turn out as I had hoped; but at least I'm getting there.

....linking to Work In Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Star Trek

I swear I don't actually set out to make space themed quilts... not that you'd be able to tell from my history with Star Wars, Alien Invasion, and now... Star Trek.

Star Trek was born to some degree of serendipitous timing; one of my closest friends from high school (and the Maid of Honor) at my wedding mentioned she was pregnant right around the time that Camelot Fabrics released a Star-Trek themed line. As she and her husband are both Trekkies through and through (he plays the collectible card game, she got me hooked on ST: Voyager in high school) It seemed only sensible that a star-trek themed quilt is something they would both enjoy.

Those with keen eyes and long memories may recognize this quilt as having the same pattern as Froggin', which was gifted (ironically enough) to another friend/bridesmaid of mine in 2010.  As such, it is not the most technically challenging quilt I have made, but I really do just love the pattern, and this had the added benefit of being something I can complete while my friend's daughter is still young enough to use a baby quilt.

I used fabric from the collection, and coordinating fabric from my LQS to piece the front; the back is my absolute favorite fabric from the collection, and this was my first try at an actual hand-stitched dedication... before I have always done them FMQ.

I'm actually pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Monday, May 19, 2014


Dear Charity: I owe you one. 

I started this quilt from stash fabrics in the wake of the May 20 tornado that devastated our community 1 year ago today. Originally it was going to be a Moore Love Quilt Project Quilt, but then I got so caught up in the business end of distributing charity quilts that I wasn't actually able to finish it in time. It's since languished at the top of my "to-do" pile through a job change for my husband, a change of address for us, and a first birthday party for my daughter. But about two months ago I finally got it out, and got it bound. 

Of course during that time, I've also gotten kind of attached. So far we've been blessed with a really inactive tornado season this year, so I'm thinking unless there's another big tragedy looming, this quilt might stay with us.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hand Stitching

The tough part about making a "secret" project is keeping it a surprise when you know the people in question occasionally read your blog... That said, I am almost done with the first major quilt I have tackled since my daughter was born.

I'm also excited to be adding a new skill to my repertoire. I've always wanted to hand-sew a dedication on the quilts I gift, but never quite gotten around to it. This time, I'm actually doing it.

....and linking to Work In Progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.