Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Blog Hop

When Cheryl, of  Meadow Mist Designs, and Paige, of Quilted Blooms  invited me to make a quilt from their new book Modern Plus Sign Quilts I was absolutely ecstatic!  I know both of these ladies to be extremely talented quilters and designers and I could not wait to see what they had put together this time around.

You can purchase the book here:
Signed Copies

Hard copy or digital:

They had asked me which of the 16 quilts in the book I would like to make and I just COULD NOT CHOOSE. There is a pretty good chance I will make at least half of the quilts in here!!  I ended up making Plus Surround.  This pattern was so amazingly well thought out!  I was a teeny bit intimidated because I had never tried anything like it before.  But, it was so straight-forward, that there was zero stress once I got started making it.  The size of the quilt is just perfect for a bed topper or a large throw.  
Although I don't have the quilting skills to do anything fancy with the quilting, this particular design would be the perfect pattern to show off an elaborate quilting motif if that is something you are looking for.  

I was really lucky and we had one day where the ground wasn't a muddy mess and I could take my quilt outside for a super quick photo session (hence the lack of decent pressing ahead of time).  

There are other quilters on the hop today (and yesterday, and tomorrow)  :)  Make sure you check them out.  These patterns are so versatile that everyone will have a different take on them.  Also, make sure to check out Cheryl's and Paige's blogs every day too.  They have giveaways!!!!!

Here is the schedule:
Monday, March 12th
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Tuesday, March 13th
Kitty @ Night Quilter
Sophie @ Luna Lovequilts
Afton @ Quilting Mod

Wednesday, March 14th
Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal
 Jen @ A Dream and a Stitch   You are Here
Abigail @ Cut & Alter
Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
Sandra @ mmm! quilts
Karen @ Run Sew Fun

Thursday, March 15th

Bernie @ Needle and Foot
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

Friday, March 16th
Izzy @ Dizzy Quilts
Christa @ Christa Quilts

Monday, March 19th
Jessica @ Quilty Habit

Tuesday, March 20th
Katherine @ Sew Me Something Good

Wednesday, March 21st
Anja @ Anja Quilts

Thursday, March 22nd
Joanne @ Quilts by Joanne

Friday, March 23rd
Paige @ Quilted Blooms

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

March Color Challenge Block - Yellow

Certain colors are always associated with certain holidays or seasons.
For many of us, March signals the beginnings of Springtime!  *About time right*

Spring is one of my favorite times of year.

I love the heat and warmth of sunny Spring days and look forward to them all winter long.  And what color represents that glorious sunshine and heat?  Yellow of course!  :D

Yellow is the color for the March Monthly Color Challenge.
If you haven't seen the January & February Challenges, then hop on over to Patterns by Jen and check out the last two blog hops AND link-ups!!  There are some great Red and Blue quilt blocks (not to mention some fun new/free patterns).

I am sticking with the 6" blocks designed by Jen for the hop and at the end of the year I will put them all together to see what happens.  :)

I did have a bit of trouble finding just the right yellows and ended up cutting into some of my fat quarters that I had hoarded away.

I love rows of flying geese and this block had me excited right from the beginning.  Although, my Square In a Square could use some tweaking, I think it still turned out pretty good.

ooops.  Points are off a little more than a bit.  Not ripping stitches on this little block though.

Make sure you check out what the other Blogs have to share for the month of March!

If you link up with Patterns By Jen towards the end of the month with YOUR Yellow March block you will have a chance to win one of three 6-month subscriptions to Make Modern Magazine!!!
How awesome is that??!?!

You can make the block pattern that Jen shares on her blog or a yellow-toned block of your choice.  Many of the other bloggers share their own patterns as well.  Just don't forget to link up March 24th - March 31st!  

Happy Quilting!!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Why can't I finish this quilt?!

What is it about an almost finished quilt that makes us pause and want to start something new?

It can't be boredom.
It can't be deadlines of other projects.
It most certainly can't be the Fear of Saying Goodbye ... or can it?

I don't know a single quilter that has no WIPs (Works in Progress) or UFOs (Unfinished Objects).  Actually, I know many that have piles and piles of them.  I know it isn't just me that suffers from whatever it is that stops us from finishing these projects.

There is the occasional one that just isn't appealing anymore.  The "what was I thinking" quilt top.
Then there is the mistake or method we just can't get right.  Too much frustration to keep going.

But, there is also the one we love too much.  We all have our weak points when it comes to the skills needed to make a quilt start to finish.  For some it is the start of the design - they are the pattern followers.  For others it is the fabric matching - the kit buyers. The piecing perfectionists have multiple, sharp seam rippers at the ready.  And others (like myself) need quilting practice. (and sandwiching practice too).  I am not "terrible" at it, but I want to be so much more. 

I am one of those quilters that likes to do it all myself start to finish.  Besides, I don't really have the funds to hire out a long-armer anyways.  That is probably why I have so many loved quilt tops in a tote setting off to the side. 

Every once in awhile I will pull them out, caress the fabrics and look at the beautiful fabrics and patterns, then fold them up and put them away, not quite ready to quilt them yet.  I want so badly to have the time to practice my quilting, but I just don't get around to it enough.  Not for the level of quilting I want on the beautiful tops I have set aside.  I want to learn to use a long-arm machine.  I would LOVE to be able to practice on one during my own time, but that just isn't the way it works.  Sigh.....

For you out there with your own long-arm machines.  What made you decide to finally make that purchase?  Had you built up your skill before buying one of your own?  How did you KNOW it was what you wanted?

Just a couple of Blocks & Tops I love too much to finish:

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

February Color Challenge Block - Blue

It is time to reveal the Monthly Color Challenge Block for February!

February is BLUE!  Oh I love blue.  Such an extensive variety of tones and shades to choose from.  I have a lot of blue in my stash (unlike the red from January).  I have pale denims and royals that pop.  I have deep, stormy fabrics and festive, playful ones too.

For the block that Patterns by Jen designed this month I decided to go with a bit of a subdued tone that went well with the red from January.  At the end of the year I want to put them all together, so I am considering that in my choices when I can. 

Two of my favorite fabrics in my stash paired with an almost-solid.

This block was super fun to make and you can get the design over at Patterns by Jen.  I want to make this one in some different colors eventually.

The threads were running wild in my sewing room.  I could not seem to take a single photo without some of them making an appearance.  Also, no natural light to be found....oops.  

Make sure you check out the other blogs that are sharing their versions of this block and some of their own BLUE blocks for the February Color Challenge!

And don't forget to make your own Blue Block for the linkup at the end of the month!  The sponsor for this month is ....... The Fat Quarter Shop!!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

CMM January - Star of Bethlehem

It is no wonder I am a bit off on my scheduling of my blog posts and link-ups!  I have decided to do two year-long quilting adventures.

1.  The Classic Meets Modern (CMM) quilt a long block of the month with My Quilt Infatuation.
2. The Monthly Color Challenge (MCC) with Patterns by Jen.

Do you see the similar acronyms (thanks for the correction Yvonne, my tired brain couldn't find the right word)?  I am entering a disclaimer here for any future misspellings or mislabels of these two projects.  :D

Last weekend I worked on the first block for the CMM Quilt A Long.  It took me forever to decide on my fabric choices for this.  I knew right away (even before she announced the QAL) that I was going to make this quilt. But, I had ZERO idea what colors I wanted to make it in.  The solids were so striking, but I am on a quest to use my stash this year, so solids were out.  I considered doing each block scrappy, but I didn't feel that was the right direction for me either.

One day I was rearranging my bedroom and pulled out a tote I had been using as a foot rest under my desk.  It had my unpacked items from the retreat I went to last July....ooops.  :D
And guess what?!?!  I had completely forgotten that I had found this absolutely stunning fabric at a shop on my way to the retreat.  And guess what?  I bought enough yardage for 4 of the 5 colors needed.  I had one more from my stash and the decision was made.

I have the first block done for the QAL and plan on doing the second sometime this week.  I can't get behind in the first month right!  :D

This is going to be so much fun!
Happy Quilting and have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Classic Meets Modern and Baby!

I finally finished my new niece's baby quilt.  Two days after she was born.  That is a win in my book.  Not like she needed it in the hospital anyway.
So, without further ado....
Baby Aurora Elaine:

Please ignore that quilt pucker and focus on my cute niece!

She makes the quilt look so giant.  It really isn't that big.  Large crib size I would say.  Isn't she just the sweetest lil' punkin you have have seen?  *I may be biased*

On another note:
The Classic Meets Modern Block of the Month Quilt A Long with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation  has begun!!!
I finally decided on my fabrics, although not which fabric will be which yet.  I'll probably do the solid black for the background, but the rest....who knows.   Here they are:

Please ignore the dog hair...it will be removed when sewing.  :D

Oh so gorgeous!  I can't wait to get started on this one!!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Progress and Growth

Heads up:  Semi-Non-Quilting post ahead., but kinda sorta quilting related......

It is a New Year and new years bring new things.
In 2018 I am going to focus on personal progress and growth.
There are a few areas I am going to focus on:

  • Sticking to my To-Do list
    • This means getting the projects I  have planned done on time and not stressing about them piling up.  I have multiple obligations I have committed to throughout the year, but I have left plenty of time for No Due Date projects as well.
  • Downsizing
    • My fabric stash is only a part of this goal.  I have far too much clutter in my life & house.  I am going to focus on purging the things that are not useful or do not bring joy to my life.  I will be getting rid of a lot of things that have been cluttering my life for far too long.  I will make a serious attempt to get rid of these things in ways that do not waste them, but if waste it must be, then it still has to go.
  • Intellectual Growth
    • I am a firm believer that if you should NEVER stop learning new things.  I want to keep my brain and my skill set active and growing always.
  • Physical Growth
    • This one has been a HUGE part of my life for the last 6 months and I don't ever plan on letting that fade.  I have changed my eating habits and added a fitness routine into my life.  I am such a better person because of it.
This last one is where my question to you all comes in.  For the most part, anyone reading this either sews or quilts with some regularity.  And that means sitting at a machine.  Sometimes ALL DAY.  I also sit at a desk for my full time job. Even with my new fancy-schmancy stand up/sit down convertible desk, I am still for a good part of the day.

This sitting for long periods of time is not good for our bodies.  And the tension that builds up in our backs and necks from being hunched over a machine can wreck havoc on us.  

I was considering starting a Facebook group for sewists/quilters/crafters that are also into some form of fitness or needing some advice and possibly motivation for it.  It might even include healthy eating tips or recipes.  How many of you would be interesting in joining something like that?  

While you ponder on your answer to that question, here are some cute photos of my latest project: